Do you usually get up and go shopping on Black Friday? (I know this year things may be different).
I used to get up and go, especially if there was a good sale on something I really wanted. I will never forget the year that Wal-Mart had computers on sale and Tom and I got up and went about 3:00 a.m. and posted ourselves right by the computers to get one. We were visiting my family for the weekend, so we were in Altus. We got our computer lol.
The last time I went was 2011, the year that Wal-Mart decided to start their "Black Friday" on Thanksgiving evening. That experience was so awful and so ridiculous, that I decided I wasn't doing it ever again. They had a coffeepot on sale and we needed a new one. I decided I'd have been better off paying full price lol.
However you are celebrating today, I hope you each have a blessed and wonderful day!
This week's update:
Walk 25 minutes a day/9,000-10,000 steps five days a week: I walked everyday and got my 10,000 steps five of the seven days.
Post in blog and Facebook group: I did this every day.
Tracking food and blood sugar: Did this every day
Fruits/veggies: I met my goal on this five of the seven days
Work on classes: I did this five of the seven days
De-clutter: four of the seven days
Private goal: Six of the seven days
Does your family have certain Thanksgiving traditions that they observe most years?
For our family, one of our traditions is fried okra. "It's not Thanksgiving unless we have fried okra" is said almost ever year lol.
We also started a semi-tradition a few years ago when Josh was living in Colorado and came home at Thanksgiving, but not at Christmas. We call it Thanksmas and we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas all on the same day. I think it's really enjoyable because it takes a lot of the pressure off actual Christmas because we already have one family celebration done. We don't do it every year, but it is fun the years we do it.
What are some of your traditions?
You were my true love,
Missing you goes on and on.
It will never end.
This is a poem I wrote a few months after Tom's diagnosis:
The winter trees
So stark and empty,
All the leaves,
Have blown away.
The cloudy skies,
The winter’s cold
Why does the sun,
Hide from me?
Why do the clouds,
Take over me?
I look for the light,
It’s somewhere out there.
I wait for the sun,
To break me free.
December 6th, 2017
I have struggled with the holiday season for years. I know this year is going to be even more difficult since it is the first one without Tom. The hospice chaplain suggested I create a “holiday game plan” to help me get through it. I’ve been thinking the last couple of days what that plan might look like. This is what I have so far:
With Thanksgiving a week away, I thought we'd talk today about what we're thankful for.
There is all the typical stuff (family, friends, home, food) and all of that is important. Today I want to try to think of some more unusual things that I don't normally think of.
I'm thankful for sometimes getting to pet dogs when I am out walking. I enjoy the interaction with the pets and the owners and it puts a smile on my face every time.
I'm thankful for technology. Yes, it has issues, but it has been a blessing to be able to teach webinars between Tom's health and the virus limiting the amount of live teaching I could do.
I'm thankful my body is in decent shape. Yes, I am overweight, but everything still works well and I can get out and take walks with no issues. I can even still bend over and touch my toes.
What are some of the things you're thankful for? I love Thanksgiving with the focus on thankfulness. Yes, we should be thankful all year round but I think having a time of year to really focus on thankfulness is beneficial.
My passion is to share the importance of playing, and not just as a child, but as an adult also. It is so important to take the time to play and be active. Our children are losing that.