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Have my challenge!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I have said for years that I want to inventory all the antiques that my husband and I inherited so that my children know what each item is and why it is important to the family. My dad did this so I am lucky that I have something to go with. However, when my sister and I went through his house after he died we had trouble finding some items because he did the inventory by category. I am going to do mine by room because I do not think I will be moving anything any time soon. This way, when my children need to go through item, they can go room by room.
I also need to get rid of things that are no longer needed or used. Plan on cleaning out closets and clutter. Along with dusting and polishing furniture and silver tea sets.
So my challenge is two fold, to be accomplished together. I am going to take the house room by room and as I do the inventory on the computer spreadsheet, I am also going to be cleaning out. I am going to reward myself by paying myself for each days work, if I work at it for at least six hours a day. Then when the whole house is done, I get to take that money and go to Pandora to buy charms. I love Pandora charms!
Tomorrow I have the grands and we are going to Chattanooga Aquarium for the day so my challenge starts Friday.

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RAINBOWFALLS 7/20/2014 8:46AM

    What a great idea with the reward system. Best of luck to you on your inventory.

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GOOZLEBEAR 6/24/2014 8:30PM

    Sounds like a wonderful challenge!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 6/20/2014 8:50AM

    An excellent plan. When you are done there, can you come help me? Good luck and hope you can get it al done.

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JOYINKY 6/18/2014 3:15PM

    Great plan, productive and has a reward built in! WTG!

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OLDERDANDRT 6/18/2014 2:23PM

    This is a fantastic plan!!! I think you'll have so much accomplished, even more than categorizing, that you'll be getting a truck load of charms!!
Have fun at the aquarium!!(((HUGS)))

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LILYDOG11 6/18/2014 1:50PM

    Very good plan, when I feel overwhelmed, especially when company is expected I take it room by room a day at a time until done. There is out bedroom which needs clothing hung up rather than folded on trunks, but am affraid I would forget what clothes I have. Any how you can do it !! emoticon

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I need a challenge!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I have decided that I can't sit here on the days that I don't have the grands. I no longer need to make schedules or stuff for the new school year, so I think I need to make a challenge for myself for the next two months. So now what will be my challenge? I know it should be weight loss or exercise but I have lost motivation for those right now, which is the reason for the challenge. I have a reward if I meet the challenge. My plan is to post every day about my challenge. So I am turning to my Sparkfriends for suggestions.

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JOYINKY 6/18/2014 8:43AM

    I used a sticker system for years; would pick just a few things that if I did them daily it would make my life better. If it was making me feel negative, I'd drop it, i.e. not eating after supper. Most became habits and stuck, cumulatively making my life better. It might be making my bed before I get dressed, 10 minutes of exercise before I shower, walking Sugar at least once a day weather permitting, putting the family room in order before turning in for the night, etc. But the void you are feeling wit retirement, I filled at first with a part time job. Other's I know found a volunteer job. I also took some classes through the Donovan (Sr. college enrichment classes) program. I learned to play the dulcimer (not well, but had fun). The list is endless seek your passion now! Currently it's gardening and I'm really enjoying my yard. Start small, grow your own salads, I'm doing that now in 3 big pots on my deck outside the kitchen!

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GOOZLEBEAR 6/17/2014 11:07PM

    Do you need to do any deep cleaning or just cabinet/drawers etc?
Are you getting all your water each day and of course freggies?
How about finding some neighbor or friend that needs some extra attention?

I know when we think of challenges it is usually weight loss and eating right and those are great but at times we might miss out on the little things.

Let us know how you are doing. It is an adjustment to go from a full time job to retirement. How well I know!


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BUSYGRANNY5 6/17/2014 10:52PM

    Summer time is a great time to expand our horizons with new and challenging events!! Good luck finding the perfect one for you!

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RAPUNZEL53 6/17/2014 9:30PM

  Good Luck!

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This is my new life

Friday, June 13, 2014

sweet little girl

grandson being silly

coloring the afternoon away

holding her head up and rolling over now

My life is wonderful. Still trying to figure out why it is so much more enjoyable with grandchildren than when my own were this age!

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MSLZZY 6/17/2014 6:47AM

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GOOZLEBEAR 6/14/2014 8:47PM

    I am so happy for you getting to spend such quality time with your Grandchildren. There's no better way to spend the day!!!!! They are both adorable!!

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OLDERDANDRT 6/14/2014 11:15AM

    Sweet, precious grandbabies!!! My DH says he still can't figure out why we didn't figure to have grandchildren first b/c they are so much more fun!! hehe
Have tons of fun with them, my friend, as I know you will!! (((HUGS)))

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BECKYLIZ 6/14/2014 9:18AM

    emoticon your grandchildren are absolutely precious

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JOYINKY 6/13/2014 10:10PM

    Enjoy! It is great!

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LILYDOG11 6/13/2014 9:52PM

    Beautiful grandchildren. They are lucky to have you and vise versa !!

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TWEETSMOM 6/13/2014 9:05PM

    not as much pressure......and lots more shugah!!!!!


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LAURELSPARK 6/13/2014 8:32PM

    What a great new life you have!!!!

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What is Happening?

Friday, May 30, 2014

I have one day left of work. I retire next week. I always thought I would jumping for joy at this point - no more paperwork, no more lesson plans, no more meetings, no more being hit or hurt by students, no more parents who don't seem to appreciate what I did.
I am so happy that I get to spend time with my grands on a daily basis. I will have a relationship with them that my parents never had with my kids. I will be in their lives and they will be in mine. I am planning things to do with them most days - story time at the library, farmer's market trips, painting.
So why as I leave the tedious paperwork behind and look forward to the joy my grands bring to me am I feeling so down and confused? I don't know what to say to people any more when they say they are jealous of me. I don't even know for sure what I feel. I know today I ate my feelings and ate all the wrong things all day so that isn't helping for sure. Hope I figure this out.

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BECKYLIZ 6/5/2014 9:54AM

    emoticon on your new life in retirement

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OLDERDANDRT 6/2/2014 5:15PM

    It's ok and perfectly natural!! You've been teaching for quite some time and it's part of your life! You are embarking on a new adventure in your life. You'll still be teaching ( your grands), but without all of the stress and horrendous mess of nasty kids and nasty parents and all the politics that go along with the teaching profession!! So......chin up!! You're just having a brief spell of the retirement doldrums! This, too, shall pass!!! Now get back on the healthy eating and moving bandwagon. All, really is well!! (((HUGS)))
Congratulations on your retirement from the stressful, work a day world!!!

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HDHAWK 6/1/2014 10:11PM

    Any change is a tough one. We put our heart and soul into working with these kids and it's hard to walk away from that. I'll find out in a few years. I do know that all my retired friends are very happy. I hope you find the same.

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 6/1/2014 9:04PM

    It has got to be hard to close a chapter in your life. You have been a teacher for years and year. Now, to be a teacher to your grandkids as a whole new level. To be a grandparent in their lives is AWESOME. I dream of the day when my mom and dad moves closer and my mom retires or works less. She will be 58 in July and I know I have a few more years of her working full-time.

Take a deep breath and enjoy your last day. Hug that one student one more time. Hug the one teacher (co-worker) you will miss the most. When you get into your car smile as you are on a new book.

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GOOZLEBEAR 5/30/2014 10:20PM

    While you are starting another adventure of retirement, you are leaving behind a career that you loved and was so meaningful to you and others, even if they didn't always express it. It will take time to adjust to this new phase of your life.

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LILYDOG11 5/30/2014 10:03PM

    You're a career lady, that's it !! You might consider tutoring to keep you in the teaching realm. Enjoy your Grands before you know it you won't even think about work LOL

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JOYINKY 5/30/2014 9:46PM

    I know what that last week is like and it's been even more stressful for you "because" you are not coming back. Passing the torch, clearing out your space, saying goodbyes. There is a sadness to leaving. But, what joy to the life you are headed for! At first I retired to a part time job at the public library and that helped my transition. Gradually in addition to enjoying my grandkids I began enjoying more of the things the community had to offer and loved having the freedom to help my kids with their young families. You have colleagues at work that you will be leaving; but I assume you also have friends and you want to be sure to hold on to them! It's a transition, even good change is not easy--but trust me. You're going to love it! Congratulations!
BTW, you'll finally really have the time to take care of yourself. That 2001 picture on my page is how I started retirement! You don't even have to go there, just put your cursor over "my sparkpage" tab. :)

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TRAVELGO 5/30/2014 7:56PM

  It will definitely get better!!

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BJPENNY70 5/30/2014 7:41PM

    My husband retired a year ago. You sound like you are going through something similar to what he did. He worked all of his life. He was so use to it, that it made him feel like he was missing something. He even felt guilty for not working for a while. It is an adjustment you will have to go through. It will get better, I promise. After a while you will not want to even think of going back to work. You haven't learning to relax yet. You will! Once you start doing the things you always wanted to or didn't have the time too, thing will be better. emoticon on your retirement and a new life to look forward to!

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Starting Over for the New Phase of my Life

Friday, May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014
Once again, I start again. I have lost count of how many do-overs this makes. Maybe this time it will make a difference! I have my physical in a month and it won't be pretty if I don't get my act together. So, looking into ways to lose the weight and to increase the exercise....comes down to stop eating so much! DH was told today he will have to follow a low fat diet, so that means I will as well. I also want to cut back on my carbs. I am going to set my trackers up to track protein and carbs. I am sick of looking the way I do. I am sick of being the fat one in the pictures and not looking the way that my mind thinks I look.
Spark friends, I am asking for your help in my journey this time. I need to commit to one way of eating and one way of living. The clock starts now, tonight, for the rest of my life.

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 6/1/2014 8:59PM

    Of all the SparkAngels in my life I know you will succeeded once you find the plan for your journey. Plus, with retirement all the opportunities you will have to enjoy the great outdoors and stuff. I will do my best to keep you going.

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SUCCUBUS 5/27/2014 9:52AM

    You won't regret doing it, only NOT doing it.

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ALEXSGIRL1 5/24/2014 6:45PM

    great blog well do it together

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OLDERDANDRT 5/24/2014 3:42PM

    You can count on me!! We're in the same boat!! If we both row, we'll get there all the better!! (((HUGS)))

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MSLZZY 5/23/2014 11:36PM

    I'm with you, every step of the way. emoticon

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LILYDOG11 5/23/2014 11:04PM

    I'm tired of being fat too !! There's still 1/4 of the month left to be productive !! Saturday it will be a new beginning !!

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BUSYGRANNY5 5/23/2014 9:42PM

    Great blog!!! Remember fall down seven times get up eight!!! As long as you get up more times than you fall down you're good!


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JOYINKY 5/23/2014 9:20PM

    You can do this! My retirement do over is the one that stuck! Life is better than ever. This time my focus was health, not weight. The weight loss was a bonus. Start now!

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HDHAWK 5/23/2014 8:39PM

    I can certainly relate as I'm on my latest do over. In a few days you can focus on yourself as you start retirement. It's your turn to be at the top of the list! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 5/23/2014 7:56PM

    Doesn't matter how many do overs you have. What matters is that you have not quit!

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ONECALMMOM 5/23/2014 7:55PM

  I had to chuckle because you sound like me! The dreaded physical is soon here too and I need to get my act together and "do" instead of just thinking about it. emoticon

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