August Goals?


Alright, now it the time to be totally truthful.  No excuses.  I did not attain all my goals for August.  Actually, the only thing that I did was to do some form of exercise every day.  Actually, that’s a pretty big deal since the weather was horribly hot and humid with quite a few days reaching the heat index of 101° and above.  So, for the first time in many months I either got up early or worked out, or I went for a walk with the dogs.  But, I did it!


My other goals didn’t fare as well.  I’ve kind of hit a writing block that I hope to end during the month of September.  Also, my throwing things out didn’t go anywhere.  My windows are still without curtains, and there was no quilting that happened.  Not great goal achievement here.  I have collected lots of ideas for blog posts, so that’s another goal that I attained.


Did you met your goals for August?  Let me know.



Waiting for – The Tardis!


Okay, so I admit it…I’m a pretty big Dr. Who fan.  I’ve gone to all the movies, (I have to say that I wanted to wear a fez, but my daughter wouldn’t let me), watched the series more than a few times, and love Dr. Who quotes.  In my fantasy world, where I like to live the most, there are a few things that I’m perpetually waiting for.  One of them is the sound of the Tardis.


After all, I’d be a great companion to the Doctor.  I’m curious, interested in almost everything, would like to travel through time and space, and I can be just as unconventionally nerdy as the Doctor.  So, you tell me, just how long will I have to wait to hear the sound of the Tardis coming for me?  Really, it’s been a long time already.  Hurry up Doctor!


My Library is Closing – Again!


My library has been undergoing a renovation for the last year.  While it was being renovated, it was moved into a much smaller space across the street.  This smaller building had actually been the original library about 100 years ago.  At first the library was closed, and then after a month, it was opened again in this smaller building, and that’s the way it’s been ever since.  Now however, the library renovation is done, and they will be moving back into the newly renovated building.  While the moving process is going on, the library will be closed for about two months!  Yes!  Two months!  I’m not sure how I’m going to survive.


I don’t think I can do this again!

And, yes, of course there are other libraries around here that I can go to.  And I will, since I don’t think that I can take out enough books to last me two months.  However, the library is my refuge and I love going there.  At least I know that after this closing, the library will re-open into a new and improved building, and that it won’t be closing again.  I’ll just have to hold on to that fact!


This will be me taking out all the books before the library closes.

I guess I’ll just have to take this closure one day at a time.  We’ll see how it goes!



Reading Really Is Good for You!


A study done by Yale researchers has found that reading increases longevity.  And, it’s not just any reading that makes the difference, it’s the reading of novels.  The development of cognitive abilities is what makes novels so good at increasing someone’s life-span.  This extension generally averaged 23 months, so it wasn’t a fantastic length of time, but again, 23 months is 23 months.  Of course, the study found a correlation, not a causation.  There will be more studies done to see if there is a causation.


So, here is the good news for all those book-worms.  Stick your nose in as many books as you want.  It’s good for you!



Monday is for Motivation!

1. Dog reading a book by Margaret Konikkara

The heat and humidity are sticking around, and all I really want to do is sit next to a fan and read a book!  So, I decided to find some motivational quotes to try and give myself a good old-fashioned kick in the pants.  Here they are!




Do Your Actions Inspire?


I came across the quote above a few days ago, and it set me back on my heels.  In my head, I try to be a “good” and loving person, but do my actions reflect that?  Like most people, I do have an “idea” of who I am.  However, I’ve been wondering if my actions reflect my intentions.


I do struggle with this idea a lot.  There isn’t a whole lot of money left over at the end of the month, so I don’t give much money to charities.  There are so many charities out there that are doing great things, but I don’t contribute to them.  I spend a lot of time signing petitions and leaving personal comments.  I try to let others know what’s going on in the world if I’m asked.  However, am I always a loving and understanding person?


The truth is, probably not.  I get upset, confused and overwhelmed.  I don’t hurt others deliberately, but I can be a sarcastic person at times.  When I’m being personally attacked (and it happens more often than not, due to one of my family members), I try to block out what that person is saying, and not respond.  My real problem is that I let what they say, even if there is absolutely no merit to the attack (as has been pointed out by various other people) undermine me.  This, of course, was the point of the diatribe, which says more about the other person than it does about me.  I do have a wicked tongue in my mouth, but I can’t recall a single time I let it loose.  Of course, the discourse in my head can be vicious, but like I said, it’s just in my head and not coming out of my mouth.


Do you struggle with your intentions versus your actions?







It’s been extremely hot here lately.  We actually had a temperature of 111° over the weekend.  I don’t have air conditioning and have no plans to buy any in the near future.  I’ve got lots of fans, so life is usually bearable.  But, with the extreme heat and humidity I’ve been having a hard time with motivation.  So, here are some quotes I wanted to share with you.


 One of my goals for August was to do some form of exercise every day.  So far, I’ve been successful.  Because of the heat, I’ve gotten up early and worked out, since I was never sure if the heat and humidity would be too much for a walk later in the day.  Even though there have been days that I’ve wanted to sleep in, I’ve managed to keep getting up by telling myself the number of days that I’ve done it.  So far, it’s working.


What do you do to help yourself stay on track during a heat wave?