Almost Over

Yes. Here we are, almost at the close of another year. Goodbye 2012. Hello 2013. Hey, I guess we can all be happy that the world did not end. I, for one, think that the whole Mayan calendar thing was ridiculous. No one knows when the end is going to come. Why even guess at it. It will end when it’s damn good and ready to. But I can’t complain; at least not much. Though we had a year filled with heartache; the death of my father-in-law; we also had joy; my parents coming up to visit in September. I discovered the reason for some of my health issues; lactose-intolerant and gluten allergy(oh, don’t you love when bloggers get all personal and stuff?). I’ve read quite a few good works of fiction lately and have added to my collection of paperbacks. I look forward to getting a lot of reading done in 2013. I also look forward to writing my first novel. There are so many ideas floating around my head that I can’t seem to keep them all straight and organized. One of my biggest problems I face is my definite lack of organizational skills, just ask my husband, he’ll fill you in on all the sloppy details. Perhaps that is what is holding me back from getting more of my work submitted, my lack of organization. I so desperately want to submit my works of short fiction and poetry, but I can’t seem to carve out more time for it. The sitting down and figuring out where they should be sent to is one of my main downfalls. Help!?

But life and love goes on. My biggest dilemnia now is: do I stay up til midnight or fall alseep early? We don’t go out anymore. We no longer drink or do a lot of crazy stuff we used to do in our ‘younger’ years. I’ll be turning 50 in 2013. Soooo excited, not. But I try to stay fit and active, healthy and sane all at the same time. Maybe I need to make New Year’s resolutions that I won’t bother to keep anyway. Like finally fitting into a size 2. Wow! Wouldn’t that be grand? Or how ’bout go for broke and fit in a size 0. Now that’s a goal every girl dreams of. Sigh. Okay, let’s get back to reality here. Just want to be in shape; not round; and I know that round is a shape(my husband likes to use that line on me), just not the one I’m aiming for!

So think on all of the good times that you and your loved ones enjoyed this year, and ponder upon those things that maybe you could have done better. Remember those that you loved and lost. Keep them firmly in your memory bank. Love them for who they were and all that they had done for you. And remember if you are going out on New Year’s Eve, be safe, not stupid. It only takes a moment to change a life forever. Let’s look forward to a wonderful and fun-filled, and adventerous 2013. We never know what the future holds, but isn’t it fun to imagine all the crazy, naughty, loving, fun things that we can do and get into? Oh, trust me, as I writer I can imagine a lot of things. So, dear ones, may blessings abound for you in this approaching new year, and may joy and peace grace your homes and your hearts.

Happy Holidays

Well here it is, another Christmas is soon upon us. This year it will definitely be harder to celebrate due to my father-in-law’s death in July.  We would spend it with him and now it will just be the four of us here.  It will be sad as there will be one less setting at the table. But then again, with everything that has been happening lately, there are many households around the nation that will be feeling the same sorrow.  But that is not what I want to write about. There is enough heartache to go around lately.  I want to bring some holiday cheer, or at least try.

This is the festive time of year to enjoy time with loved ones.  It should not be about finding the ‘perfect’ gift because, let’s face it, there is no such thing.  Instead of making yourself anxious by fighting the crowds in the stores, the obnoxious snarls of traffic on the road, and the constant exhausting running around trying to do everything, just take some time to s-l-o-w down.  Please.  For the good of your family and for the good (and sanity) of yourself.

We don’t exchange gifts in my house any longer, and as a family we are good with that.  It might sound clichéd but I am happier just to spend time with my family, loving them and seeing their smiles and hearing their laughter.  I revel in it.  Life is so precious and, sadly many times, painfully short. Love those family members who are around you.  Stop focusing on what you are getting and instead do some giving:  of your time.

Some family members you only see around the holidays.  For some families it’s a time of warmth and blessing, and for others a living hell.  I can’t even begin to understand how some families can’t seem to get along, but I know that it happens. That’s so sad.  To struggle with forgiveness at this time of year must be incredibly hard to bear.  I pray that these families can find the strength to reconcile, to finally have peace in their lives and in their homes.

So come on, blast those old favorite Christmas carols, and belt them out as loud as you can.  My favorite has always been Nat King Cole.  He had a spectacular voice.  So calming, I think.  Have some eggnog, sans the rum if driving, please.  Be safe out there, dear friends.  Go to Christmas Eve service if you so choose.  Gather with other who worship the way that you do.  Always more awe-inspiring to share those precious times with like-minded people.  Exchange gifts.  Be thankful for each one,  even if it’s not the ‘perfect’ gift that you were expecting.  Have a wonderful hearty meal and save room for dessert.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, whichever you prefer.  God bless you and protect you during this season.  May your hearts be light.  May your wishes and dreams all come true.  May love surround you and wrap you snugly.  May peace reign.  And,  if you are needing to or needing it, may forgiveness be given or found this precious season.

No Longer Unaware

Guess what?  I no longer have to be afraid to eat.  I’ve always wondered why I’d get sick whenever I ate.  Now, I found out my triggers:  lactose and gluten.  What a joy it is to find out that I can eat again without fear.  I’m happy to finally figure it out.  The downside is the cost.  And just trying to figure out what is ‘safe’ to chow down on.  But the internet is great for looking up great information on gluten-free items.

I found a really good cereal:  Barbara’s Puffins Honey Rice.  Really tastes great!  Got to find some coupons online for that product.  Maybe drop the company a note letting them know how good I think their product is.  I’ve tried Amy’s Gluten Free pizza too.  The crust is made with rice flour.  I’m definitely looking forward to trying more items.  Oh, and I found a great recipe for gluten-free blueberry muffins.

Okay, I know I do not normally write about this topic, but I just had to share.  It was exciting to discover this on my own after trying for years to figure out what was wrong with me.  So let me know if any of you out there have a favorite recipe or brand you like.

Happy eating.

Now That It’s December…

Here I sit at my computer, just typing away what comes to mind.  I have been off for a couple of weeks due to Thanksgiving.  This year it was tough because of the passing of my father-in-law back in July.  It was just the four of us for dinner and we started a new family tradition:  pizza.  Hey, cleanup was a heck of a lot easier than in previous years, and not that many dishes to do.  But I miss my father-in-law.  He was a wonderful man.  And he loved me like his own.

But with the upcoming holiday season, and I say holiday because in this country I know there are more than one that is celebrated.  I am a Christian, but it does not bother me if someone wants to say ‘Happy Holidays’ instead of ‘Merry Christmas’.  I am not one to force anyone to bow to my own beliefs.  I guess as I’m aging, I’m a bit more lenient in my views.  I can be conservative in some, liberal in others, and totally libertarian in even more.  That is my choice.  Yours may be different, very different, from mine, and you know what, it’s fine.

I’ve probably wrote about this in the past, but I believe that my life should speak for itself.  I am who God made me to be.  I don’t believe in beating people upside the head with my beliefs or that they’ll wind up in a very bad place when they die.  It’s hard to scare people about them going to a place they don’t even believe exists.  Show them how to live by example.  If they want what you have, great; if not, that is their choice.  We scream so much about choice in this country, don’t we?  I don’t condone or condemn.  As long as no one is being abused or killed.  If you don’t like my opinions, fine.  We all have the right to our own thoughts, views, opinions, and beliefs.  Please do not scream red-faced at me for being ‘narrow-minded’ in my views.  To me that is nothing more than ‘playground mentality’.  Of ‘you have to share my views or else I’m going to bully you into accepting them anyway.’  No good.

I will look at varying viewpoints and life-styles and make up my own mind.  That’s what is so great about having a mind!  You can make it up all by yourself!  Isn’t that awesome?   Don’t be afraid to share your opinions.  There’ll always be those who will be offended by what you say.  But that’s normal.  It’s called being human.  So to all of my friends and readers out there, ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Happy Holidays’.  God bless and stay safe, stay sane, and stay opinionated.