I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. What a year it's been. So much to be thankful for, so many to be thankful for. It's been a world wind month, tons of artwork created, lots of cooking and sharing of bread with family and loved ones, a couple of art show features, my magazine article, and another submitted. And of course my lil men in my life....
I'm thinking everything looks better in black and white, including my fat face. yuck. Anywhoo--after the holidays we'll deal with that. I've tried to be good but you know how that goes. Everything is just soooo tempting.
One of my stress factors this last week was trying to figure out how to turn my art table into a table where we could eat at...well I pulled it off at the 11th hour. Don't even ask where I put everything. A girl has to have a few secrets.
After everyone left, I pulled off the fabric I placed on the and underneath was my freezer paper base for the table and out came the out work. It didn't take long for me to get back into the swing of things. Well, that's a lie...it wasn't right after, they left--it was more like the next day. Thanksgiving Evening I had all I could do to stay awake. My belly was so full and my eyes were drooping like no tomorrow. Things finally caught up with me by 7 or 8 and I gave into my nice comfy bed.
Friday though...after work I did a little shopping (brave souls that ventured out in the early morning hours....I don't do that anymore after spending years in retail..uhhhh nooo...thank you)! I waited until the evening where I still got a few good deals. Like many, we are cutting back this year. After so many years of excess, we are just doing a basic Christmas and thank our blessings that we still have jobs, still have family and for the most part we still are healthy.
The thought though, isn't far that there are some in the family that are not exactly in perfect health and we can only pray that they will be around for many years to come, but one never knows. In fact, one never knows how quickly things can change in a heart beat. A friend of mine had what we think is a mini stroke on Saturday. In front of her teenage son. Scary. Just doing a normal everyday thing, folding laundry, and then her arms went numb, speech and motor skills went limp in a heart beat things changed for her. After hours in the emergency room and a stay in the hospital-they still aren't quite sure whats wrong.
I started to think about myself and how I probably need to start taking my blood pressure medicine more regularly (I'm not one that does well taking medication on a regular schedule), perhaps watch my weight....Lord knows that the last two years, I've used food as a security blanket and it's showing in my hips and face something fierce, I need to exercise more...ahem...just exercise because using the word more means that I do something at all...but I don't...I may want to get on a better sleep schedule because with what I try to pull off on a daily basis, sleep is usually last on my list of priorities.
Anyway, I'm rambling on--my point is, while there is so much to be thankful for, I want to continue to be around to be thankful. I want those around me to be around to enjoy our kids and our kid's kids---and it takes paying attention to the signs...to do better with our diet, to be kinder to ourselves and mental health. Worrying and stress contribute to so many physical ailments, it's important to find ways to ease the fears that abound and be at peace with where we are and what we can control.
2009--needs to be a year of change, regrouping, healing, as much as it needs to be a year for my creative side to really formulate a plan to come to a full time fruition.
A lot to think about as I move into the new season.
What is that you are thankful for, and what is it that you need to change about yourself to enjoy all that is around you for years to come?