Memories Monday, April 30, 2018.

This one’s going to be short and sweet (hopefully!)

For some reason unbeknownst to me because I’m so techno-challenged, I wasn’t able to pot photos to go along with my previous blogs. But I figured something out, and now I can share a little through my pictures.

This is the memory I have of my bedroom. We’re sitting on my grandfather’s bed and that, of course, is my crib where I huddled in the middle to keep the monsters from being able to reach me. I believe this was taken around Christmas, as we’re showing off the dolls we got for presents. That would have made me 2 1/2.

This was taken right before we moved to Florida. My aunt took the picture (and most of the pictures of our family when I was growing up) and wouldn’t snap it until everyone had their eyes open. We’re just trying to comply, as the sun was very bright that day! Lol!

What memories are you cherishing today?

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Wellness Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Today’s dinner was this delicious tofu stirfry that hubby made for us, complete with peppers, onion and tomatoes, and seasoned with garlic and onion powder. Completely oil free and healthy.

I’m also trying to get a little walking in every day, as well. Considering I was out of commission for the better part of 6 months and probably getting less than 500 steps a day, I figure for the first little while, anyway, anything more than 1000 a day is good. I’ll try to up my count each week, but my baseline is 1000. So far today I have over 1300 steps. Yay me!

I even accessed an accountability partner to help keep me on track. She’s been great! My goals are to walk, write, and study my scriptures daily. With rampant ADHD, it’s been hard for me to stay focused enough to stay the course. So, thanks, Lisa!

What are you doing to make your life a little healthier?

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Memories Monday, April 23, 2018

I will try to fit the rest of my memories of New Jersey in this post, in no particular order, as I don’t remember the chronology.

We lived in a two family home…like a duplex, but with one family upstairs and one downstairs. We lived upstairs, but still had access to the basement, probably for laundry, utilities and such. One day, one of my sisters and I were on the basement steps, and my brother kept turning out the light. There was a hanging cord that my sister would pull to turn it back on each time. Then my brother unscrewed the lightbulb and shut us in the basement. As I said in my last post, I was really afraid of the dark and began to cry. That’s all I remember, but I apparently survived!

My grandfather and I shared a bedroom. I remember his huge (to me) bed beside my crib. It seemed to take up the entire room. I also remember him sitting in his rocking chair and reading. Perhaps he was an early influence on my love of books.

There was a railroad track that ran back behind our house. My mother had been teaching my sisters and me to sing, and every time the train passed by, we would run to the kitchen window and sing “Little Red Caboose.”

There were steps at the front of the house that went up to the street. One day I was sitting on the curb facing streetward right beside those steps when a neighbor girl about my age came and sat beside me. She told me to shut up. I told her I didn’t say anything. Twice more she told me to shut up, and each time I protested. Then she slapped me right across the face. I cried, my mom came out and sent her home and took me inside.

And that’s all I remember about my life in New Jersey. Next week, I’ll have to tell you about my experience with Hurricane Donna after we moved to Florida.

What memories are crossing your mind tonight?

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Scripture Sunday, April 22, 2018

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

What scriptures are you pondering today?

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Wellness Wednesday, April 18, 2018

It’s hot today, guys. Like 90° F. Feels like 93. So everything we cooked today was microwaved except for the rice. And we made a simple bowl.

I had my usual hash browns for breakfast but forgot to take the picture. For lunch:

Sushi! It’s been a long time and no cooking. Pretty cheap, too. I had an avocado roll and sweet potato roll.

And here’s dinner:

Sweet potato, rice, black beans and salsa, swiss chard, a nut mix, nutritional yeast, and avocado. Delicious!

What did you do to nourish your body today?

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Memory Monday, April 16, 2018

I decided to start a new addition to my blog. I want to write an autobiography, but there’s so much to write about, I considered this to be a great way to collect my thoughts.

I grew up in Florida, but was born in New Jersey, where I spent the first 3 1/2 years of my life. My first posts will be about the half-dozen or so memories I have of my time there. I’m not sure of any chronological order, but today’s is what I believe is my first memory.

I’m trying to insert a picture here of when I was 2, but can’t figure out how to do it, so I’ll just continue with the story.

It was bedtime, and my mom laid me down in the crib. I was afraid of the dark, but didn’t want anyone to know, so I kept calling my mom back into the room. I said I was thirsty, and she said I didn’t need any water. This went on about three times when finally I admitted I was scared. She told me just to lie down, and I wouldn’t even remember it in the morning.

I thought to myself, “I will too!” But I laid down in the very middle of my crib, so the monsters couldn’t reach in between the bars and get me.

Here it is, over sixty years later, and I still remember! I guess I’ve always had it in me to prove people wrong! Lol!

What memories are you thinking about tonight?

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Wellness Wednesday, April 11, 2018

What’s for dinner? Sushi bowl! Chock full of veggies…romaine lettuce, jasmine rice, roasted red bell peppers and onions, carrots, Persian cucumbers, mushrooms, tofu, and avocado. Not shown, pickled ginger and nori snacks. Had a sprinkle of white and black sesame seeds and served with tamari. Completely oil free and so delicious! I could only eat about half (as usual). But that’s ok. I have some for later.

What are you eating for dinner tonight?

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Scripture Sunday, April 8, 2018

And now, my brethren, I wish from the inmost part of my heart, yea, with great anxiety even unto pain, that ye would hearken unto my words, and cast off your sins, and not procrastinate the day of your repentance;

But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all longsuffering;

Having faith on the Lord; having a hope that ye shall receive eternal life; having the love of God always in your hearts, that ye may be lifted up at the last day and enter into his rest.

And may the Lord grant unto you repentance, that ye may not bring down his wrath upon you, that ye may not be bound down by the chains of hell, that ye may not suffer the second death.

Alma 13:27-30

Book of Mormon

What scriptures are you pondering today?

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