Archive for December, 2015

My website is back!

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

For a few days I wasn’t able to blog on this website because of a technical problem, which is now resolved. And here I am! Just in time for me to wish you the very best in the New Year…2016!

There is a large platter of lasagna waiting to be heated up for my dinner and my husband’s, so I will be able to complete this blog without worrying about what is for dinner? My husband is thin and active and requires a lot of food, which I, as a good wife, aspire to provide with God’s help. So if I have to run downstairs, it will be only to cut a portion of lasagna to heat up, and then again upstairs I will go.

There is so much to look forward to in the New Year! I think it is a wonderful thing to try to make changes in our lives for the good, of course. Even little changes can help so much. With me, I’m supposed to use a cervical heating pad on my neck each day for just ten minutes to loosen up the muscles and help with the arthritis, and I humbly admit I haven’t been doing it. Now, if I do it at first twice a week and then maybe three or four times a week, it will be such an improvement over not doing it at all! Isn’t that true?

Also, I love to do water color paintings and adult coloring books. The flowing of rich, vibrant colors actually fills me with joy and totally relaxes me. So I am going to indulge in these wonderful hobbies a little each day…maybe even for an hour, if I can spare the time from other more important activities.

Then, of course, there is the writing of this blog. It would be great if I could get myself to sit down and blog every day, but at first, I would settle for once or twice a week. Gradually, I could raise my blogging time to three or four times a week and more!

I want to cut down (not cut out) on chocolate and cookies. I enjoy baking for my chiropractic office …staff and patients…each week, so I will definitely always have some chocolate and cookies…but just not as much, so I can lose another five or ten pounds. Also, I must add more veggies to my diet and include a banana several times a week. Also an apple a day. You know what that does!

I also want to walk more and increase my religious volunteer work. It is important for me also to read parts of the Bible every day, not just three or four times a week. I also need to donate most of the hard-covered secular books that I have read in the last few years to the library as well. And clothes! I have so many clothes to give away also!

These are great New Year’s resolutions, but they are only going to work if I do them. “Faith without works is dead,” James 2:26 says! Therefore, I think I am going to write a check list and every time I do what I resolve to do, I will check that item off.

There are so many other changes I could make, but I am going to start with these! How much can one poor person do at one time???? And if you try to do too much, you might wind up not making any changes at all! I wouldn’t want that to happen, would I?

So I recommend beginning your own New Year’s resolutions as soon as possible…and not overdoing it either. Think of the most important changes, and start with them;! I resolve to blog tomorrow and Friday (and maybe more days this week, if at all possible)! Let’s see how I do!

Until the next time (I hope tomorrow),

Best wishes,

Cheryl

AN INTERESTING REVELATION…

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

I was thinking about a few articles I have read about the dangers of flirting, as well as some advice from a speaker at one of my meetings. At first, I thought it might be “much ado about nothing,” but then I began to think about it, and I knew I had been wrong.

To flirt is defined by Webster as “to behave amorously without serious intent.” So one is showing somewhat romantic attention to another, (let’s say of the opposite sex), without any real intentions of furthering the relationship in a wholesome manner. It could lead to something immoral, but not to anything permanent or meaningful.

So what is really happening? Feelings are aroused temporarily, for a few hours at a party, for instance, or on a few separate occasions, but nothing is to come of it, and it is not to be taken seriously. If you think about it, is it even possible for both parties to be okay with appearing romantic, even loving, but not really meaning it? As human beings, isn’t it more than just possible that one of the two parties may take the interaction more seriously than the other? When one of the flirters moves on after losing interest in the fun of the moment, certainly, it is in the realm of possibility that the other one will still be engaged in the excitement of the repartee and not want to move on? Might that person even obsess a little or at least fantasize about it? And by doing that, won’t that person feel abandoned and hurt ultimately?

Of course, some of you may say that this will never happen, but that is not true. It does happen. It has happened, and something supposedly innocent has resulted in inflicting emotional pain upon another. That is why, in my opinion, it is best not to flirt at all. Show interest when you really mean it. Start something that has the potential of growing into something healthy, permanent, beautiful and approved of by God. If I have gained any wisdom during my lifetime, I like to pass it on to others less experienced. Flirting leads either to nothing at all (emptiness) or possibly heartbreak, if one of the parties takes the flirting seriously while the other doesn’t.

With all the parties people attend at this time of the year, I believe this advice will be helpful. When you meet the right one for you, flirting will not be necessary. Be yourself and allow the shining star within you to emerge. And don’t lead another to think that there is hope of furthering a relationship with you when you know there is no such chance!

Until the next post,

Cheryl

P.S> If you have your own opinion about this topic, please e-mail me at an e-mail address just for my readers: ch571324@aim.com

A DAY OF MANY SURPRISES!

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Today, December 21, 2015, is a very special day. Fifteen years ago on this date, my first grandchild, Alexis, was born. She is a talented, highly intelligent and all-around lovely young lady, of whom I am very proud. Also, on this date, too, my daughter-in-law’s nephew was born twenty-eight years ago as well as a niece, who is also very special in many ways. In addition, at 11:58 tonight, Winter will make his entrance, despite the warmish weather! Yes, what a day!

This week is a busy one for so many people. Last-minute shopping, whether for presents or food for parties, runs so many ragged. We love the mild weather, for the most part, but many of us are anxious about the long-term problems associated with El Nino and global warming. The important message here is to try to enjoy each day and keep the anxieties at bay.

Whatever your religion may be, faith, love of God, family and friends, as well as hope for the future are the things that keep us all going.

Remember always that you are never alone. Jehovah, (God’s name, mentioned in the original manuscripts of the Bible at least 7,000 times) is as close as a prayer. His Son, Jesus, has reigned as King since 1914 and will one day lead the battle of Armageddon against the evil forces of this world. Also, even though we cannot see them, angels are all around us. That is where our faith comes in.

“The angel of Jehovah is camping all around those fearing him,
And he rescues them”

Psalm 34:7

Remember there was never a day quite like this ever before, and there will never again be a day quite like it! Take a few moments for some deep breaths and a loving prayer to the One Who made all this possible, and His Son, our reigning King. If your religious beliefs differ from mine, take refuge in the best-seller of all times, the Holy Bible, as well as the assurance that there is a Higher Being, Who created and balances this mind-boggling universe, of which there is always an abundance to learn and explore to infinity!

Until the next post,

Cheryl

ISN’T THIS A FANTASTIC TIME OF THE YEAR?

Monday, December 7th, 2015

It has been such a mild autumn, and I am hoping the winter will be just as lovely! After two brutal winters, we’re due for a break, aren’t we?

Blogging is something that I have always loved, but in the past few months, I have let all my other activities place it on the back burner, so to speak…and for that, I am truly sorry.

All I can say is that I will make every effort to sit here at my computer in the coming days and weeks and WRITE. I hope you will do your part and read.

Wishing you a wonderful evening and great days to come.

Sincerely,

Cheryl