The radio announcers may be calling this the “Dog Days of Summer” but here in the Roseville Sacramento area we are actually enjoying better temperatures and delightful “Delta Breezes” making morning walks delightful and even late afternoon walks relatively nice. As a busy baby boomer in the Sandwich Generation, I really appreciate that. Turns out my goal of 2 miles a day for walking is paying off in a variety of ways. After years of D+ cholesterol tests, I am now straight As on all my scores. HOORAY. And that was BEFORE I started in on my healthy eating program! DOUBLE hooray.
It’s now 3 months of my own little diet of eating healthy, no sodas, and no chocolate and I’m happy to say I’ve lost 30 pounds and am quite excited to be dropping into the 130s any second. 🙂
My senior mom has not been feeling up to walking too much. Either it’s too hot for her to walk or her traveling arthritis is giving her grief by attacking a knee here, an ankle there, etc. But she does do her best to walk around inside the house when she can. And she LOVES to vacuum. (I kid you not!) So `that, along with her regular chores and her fun bird-watching activities keep her happy and somewhat active.
She has sadly given up her bird feeding but is quite excited about the bird baths we have ordered for her. (See above. 😉 ).
Speaking of my senior mom – we came up with a handy tip for helping our beloved elderly with memory issues. If you have to be gone but want to be sure they do eat, stock up on easy cook TV dinners. And, when possible, go for those that only need one step cooking. In other words, instead of “cook for 3 minutes, lift plastic and stir, then cook another 1.5 minutes” look for ones like “cook for 5 minutes,” then serve.
Amie’s (a fave of both my mom and myself) has a macaroni dish with vegetables that has that type of direction. Much easier for my senior mom to prepare than her fave Chile’s Macaroni with Bacon. She can still enjoy that easily when I’m around. But she loved the Amie’s dish as well and that will be so much easier for her when I’m out and about.
Anyone else have grandkids starting school – be it Kindergarten, junior high/middle school, high school, and/or college? ME TOO! So many cute photos of grandkids, not to mention friends all across the country! I’m doing a ton of praying for all. Several of mine are starting new schools so extra prayers needed that’s for sure! It’s such a blessing to be close to all, even the ones who are far away in distance – but in prayer we’re all right close by – right? 🙂
Here is a lovely prayer to pray for them all, don’t you think? These Scriptures keep their priorities on God first, fellow students and teachers second. And I always add the last phrase to it to remind us how to deal with everyone, even our enemies!
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength..Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
And check out this awesome quote from Corrie Ten Boom that goes so well with this…
That’s it for now in my neck of the woods. How about you and yours? We’d love to hear – either here or at Facebook.
Blessings to y’all!