Be Well - Physically


Today’s goal was to get rid of the crappy food in the fridge and pantry and then to replenish with low carb, naturally gluten free options. Matt made us a wonderful fish dish for dinner tonight with scrumptious lemon and garlic green beans. I also made my first homemade salad dressing: lemon mustard vinaigrette. Yummy! Very full and very tired tonight. ❤️

Beach Thoughts

Yesterday started with a crimson sky and ended with lavender. I love the beach and how strongly I feel God's Presence here. Every year it is a time of refreshing for me. Here are some "beach thoughts" from this past week:

1. Life Rule: For the second year, S and I have started a new journal/planner at the beach - Sacred Ordinary Days. Part of the journal is thinking about your "Life Rule". Psalm 65:11b has spoken to me this week and I will be chewing on it as the basis of my rule for this next "year". 

You crown the year with bounty, your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
— Psalm 65:11

And here are some good words from a fellow traveler i'll be chewing on as I work on my rule. 

2. Oh, the things I want to do! Mind, Body, Soul, Home, Work, Others, and Steward. These are my categories this year. And here's my monthly focus for each:

  • Mind: Register and prepare for Knox class this fall. 
  • Body: Just move it. And put good stuff in it. 
  • Soul: Always quiet time.... Scripture, prayer.
  • Home: Just one deliberate thing a day.
  • Work: Don't let the day happen to me... Do two deliberate things every day.
  • Others: Reach out to someone everyday.
  • Steward: Track money with spreadsheet daily.

3. Creative things for this month: 

  • Complete drawings for Alphabet book!
  • Finish Afghan
  • Finish guest room decor/organization
  • Start on master bedroom!!! Ack, it's so bad!

4. Family stuff:

  • Mary to school!
  • Wedding focus
  • Grammy boxes
  • Matt wellness
  • Weekend with A&T!

That's all for now. I'm so good at making lists and not-so-good at execution! 



Bookish Things #2 - The Big Read (Intentional Year 47)

From my (10)(10) list for On-Going Projects - The Big Read books for Intentional Year 47:

4 Harry Potter series - (Book 1) J.K. Rowling
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
33 Chronicles of Narnia- C.S. Lewis
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis de Bernières
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie*
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole


Year 47 - Intentional

Happy Birthday to ME! Here's a follow up to my post yesterday on my (10)(10) list. I've culled the list down by close to half and now have a plan for which items I will be "INTENTIONAL" about during my 47th year. I've divided my list into two categories - those things that are pretty much just a one-shot item and then those that are on-going projects that I want to chip away at this year. 

Thirty-Two One-Shots:
2-Write a novel/short story collection,
7-Create a calendar with my art,
8-Go on a silent 3-day retreat,
10-Open an Etsy store,
13-Make our bedroom a haven,
19-Make a family photo album,
21-Write a one-year diary for Matt,
29-See the Mona Lisa,
30-Plant a vegetable garden,
34-Catalog my personal library,
35-Plant a flower garden,
40-Make a family tree,
47-Put up a hammock,
48-Take a technology break for a week once a year,
49-Write my own recipe book,
57-Write an “In case I die suddenly letter”,
59-Have a family portrait made,
61-Find Mrs. Lonez and tell her thanks,
62-Visit Sandra’s grave,
63-Get down to my goal weight and stay there for a year,
65-Have a cul-de-sac party,
67-Sell something in Swank,
71-Spend a whole day at the Metropolitan and National Gallery alone,
74-Make a font,
76-Open my own business,
78-Write a letter to Angie, Tammy, and Julie
84-Walk and blog a virtual Camino,
88-Learn how to play chess,
89-Buy a telescope and learn how to use,
91-Take a house boat vacation on a river (Planning this in France, 2016!)
93-Sleep on the beach,
95-Have fresh flowers in the house every week for a year,

Nineteen On-Going Projects:
16-Walk ten half-marathons in ten different states (a.PAb.NC)
17-Visit a flea market in *ten* different states of the union (a.Mile High Flea Market in Denver, Co 6/12),
25-Paint a portrait of every family member,
33-Finish the books I haven't read (and want to) on the Big Read,
37-Read 25 poetry collections,
41-Visit the most beautiful libraries in the U.S. (a.NYC-check!),
54-Crochet an afghan for each of my children and their spouses and grands, (Mary, Ellen, Leelyn, check!)
60-Finish visiting list of historic NC churches,
64-Visit ten coffee houses in old NC/SC/Va towns,
72-Visit 25 countries virtually,
68-Make 100 beautiful things,
70-Buy 100 handmade items,
77-Complete 20 important, huge, impressive organization projects,
81-Write a prayer book,
82-Watch 50 great movies,
83-Listen to 100 new songs, pod-casts, or audiobooks,
92-Leave 20 of my poems in library books in 20 different cities,
94-See 50 great pieces of art,
96-Read 25 great biographies,