If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Random Ramblings Volume 6

Just in case you haven't noticed...

I'm not very organized.

I try to be.

I think if I get certain containers and set them in a certain place to corral the stuff of life I will be more organized and I try that.

But it just doesn't happen.

So, I always seem to have projects to tackle.

Right now my project list is rather overwhelming.

I need to tackle my closets because they are aclutter and overstuffed.
I need to tackle my sewing room because it features stacks here and piles there.
I need to tackle my kitchen because there are 'collections' here and there and everywhere.
I need to tackle the back porch because warm weather is upon us and it has been neglected all winter long.

And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

So, today I tackled the bed.  I made the bed.  I smoothed the coverlet.  I folded the quilt.  I placed the pillows on top.

And then...

I walked away knowing that the other projects I need to tackle will be there for another time on another day.

I'm so disorganized I'm not even certain that this is volume 6 but that sounded good enough to me.  So, in random news:

I was excited and wondered where to start looking for some of these old favorites.  I wanted to tell Bridgette to place Molly up on a shelf where her girls wouldn't devalue her but I realized that the whole reason for having her is for the girls to enjoy.  I wondered where my first edition Barbie might be and if she looked half as good as the one in the picture.  I wondered if I wound up throwing those old Game Boys away or if they are still in a box in the basement somewhere.  Who knew that some of those things would turn out to be valuable treasures after all this time?

Speaking of Barbie, who knew that she has evolved?  Well, I mean, yes, I knew she had evolved because the ones Bridgette played with looked different than my first edition.  She also had different ensembles and different choices for occupations over the years.  So, I knew she had evolved but I didn't really realize she had evolved and could be curvy and petite and tall and that there were changes that startling and newsworthy to the most infamous body in the world.  Wow!  How about that?
My mother and father's wedding in 1959

While I'm talking about fashion and evolution, have you seen 100 years of wedding gowns in 3 minutes?  My mother could have been the example for 1955!  (above photo) Even though she married at the end of that decade, her dress was almost exactly like the example shown - well, only she looked far prettier, don't you think?  Then, our daughter-in-law, Jessica also could represent her decade - only prettier - and at the end of that 2005 decade.  (below photo)  If I were a young woman getting married, I'd choose to emulate 1935 or 1995, I think.  How about you - which decade do you think is most beautiful?

It seems I'm always talking about reflecting and reflection on my professional blog.  Yep, I keep another blog going as well.  Since the focus of it is educational, I figure not many of the readers of this blog even know about it.  Not that you are not educated.  Not that you are not interested in education.  I just know my family and I know you all don't really care about my ideas concerning education because you already know most of them.  And I think my immediate family is really my only audience here on this blog.  Anyway, I'm an encourager of reflection when it comes to teaching and learning.  So, I love that Emily Freeman shares a reflection once each month.  In her March post, she recognized something that lots of educators have come to realize about doodling and I happened to write about it in a recent post over there on my professional blog.  How about that?  Great minds and all that stuff.  She also wrote about the difference between being nice and being kind.  It makes me want to write down all those things she says about kindness and post them in various places along my routine path to remind me to be kind.  After all, "kindness goes far wider and far deeper than we can ever imagine," she quotes from Corey.  Maybe I need to read his book, too.  I do know that I plan to start asking myself the question she poses in this post: Where did I see God today?

The weather has been beautiful this weekend and I've wanted to soak it all up.  Of course, I did soak up a little too much yesterday while we were cutting grass.  I forgot to re-apply sunscreen and my arms got a wee bit too pink.  Well, really, they leaned more toward the lobster-red look last night and I could feel the heat radiating off them.  So, today, even though I was inspired by Mary and my palms were itching, I stayed inside and just enjoyed the beautiful weather from the windows in my kitchen as I weeded through email and edited photos and prepped this blog post.  I may putter around on the back porch a bit as the sun begins to fade and the back porch is in shade but I am ready to do some flower planting.

Finally, I was really glad to read that "Clean Eating" is total BS this week.  I like to eat.  That is probably more of my weight problem than anything else.  Well, that and the combined fact that I don't really like to exercise.  I especially like numbers 2 and 3 on her list of five important things.  Being a farm girl with a degree in agriculture, I know that sometimes the trendy ideas about foodstuffs such as organic and the labeling jargons sometimes fool folks into thinking a product is something more than it really is.  I mean, when we were looking at fat-free diets, why didn't the milk industry jump on that and begin selling their products differently like 2% milk as being 98% fat-free?  Yet, what I really loved is number 5...Embrace indulgence.  I think we all need to indulge ourselves a little bit more in different ways.  Maybe I need to indulge in exercise a little more and that is okay.  But instead of punishing ourselves for the bad, I think we need to embrace indulgence and reward ourselves for the good that there is going on in our lives.  Maybe that would spark us to make sure that there is more goodness going on and we would become better people!