Queen of Pink

Loving all things pink, glittery, shiny and the list goes on

Day 4-Ho Hum

A dear sweet lady I knew from my old church passed away recently.  Her memorial service was yesterday, Jan 4.  I went to the service even though I no longer feel comfortable attending this church itself.  Many of the people of the church, however, are wonderful people that I truly miss seeing from week to week.

I am all about pushing myself out of my comfort zone this year.  At first, I wasn’t going to take communion because I did not feel comfortable going to the front of this church.  However, my love of the Lord overrode that discomfort, and I bit the bullet and stepped up.  I was trying to look at the bigger picture.  I still felt terribly uncomfortable, but I know in my heart I did what was right for me spiritually.

So, all in all, not a big experience/adventure…but a big one for my heart. 

And one other beautiful thing I experienced…Pat had belonged to a Polynesian Dance group.  She loved dancing with the girls.  Before the luncheon/dinner was served, the group got up in front of everyone and danced the Lord’s Prayer.  It was the most beautiful and moving tribute to a wonderful woman.  Thank you to all those Polynesian ladies who honored their sister in dance.

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January 5, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Not Much Excitement Here

I made it to Day 3.  On Thursday night, I was reading the newspaper article about the 2014 NHL Winter Classic held at the Big House.  I would have liked to have gone, but as you are getting to know, I am not a fan of the cold.  A gentleman talked about coming from Canada and how he had dressed for the weather, including thermal underwear.  I have not had thermal underwear since I did my travelling to Alberta and Saskatchewan in the 1980s for Portland Winter Hawk hockey games.  You would think by living in Michigan now, thermals would be part of my wardrobe; they are not.

Since I am pushing myself to do cold weather items, I decided I should buy myself some thermals.  I went to KMart where they had a buy one, get one sale going on.  I bought 2 sizes of pants and 2 sizes of tops; once I got home where it is warm and cozy, I could decide which sizes fit best and return the others.  I went with black to absorb the heat.  It also looked better than the white.

John has challenged me to go skiing.  Does anyone in the Detroit area ski?  Maybe you can take me on my inaugural run at some time.

Today, Day 4, I wore the thermals.  I have to say they have kept me toasty warm, but drats if the temps didn’t rise to the 20s today.  Let’s get back to the single digits so I can really try these babies out!

Do you have any items you wear to keep you warm during this cold weather that maybe I should try?

January 4, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Learn To Use a Circle Loom

Ali got a set of circle looms and rectangular looms for Christmas.  While in college, she learned to knit and joined the knitting club.  When she’s not studying, she is knitting.  We joke that we sent her to college to learn to knit.

Ali has been wanting to teach me to use the circle loom, so I was open to the opportunity to have my daughter teach me something.  We went to JoAnn’s today; I picked out some yarn and got my own circle loom.  I am going to make a hat to keep my head warm when I partake in more cold-related activities.  I was hesitant to start this because it would take time to do; all I could think about was my list of things to do for today that I hadn’t done yet.  This project is all about getting me out of my comfort zone, so I bit the bullet.

I still don’t understand making the slip knot (Ali lost patience with me and did it for me) to start knitting on the loom, but after my first few times around the circle, I had the hang of it.  I “knitted” all during Project Runway All-Stars.  The picture shows how far I got in that time.  Now the challenge will be to finish the hat.  Hopefully before spring arrives!

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Do you have a circle loom and what have you made with it lately?

 

January 2, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Make a Snow Angel

Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not like to be cold.  I like my house to be warm in winter.  I like to dress warmly.  I enjoy sitting beside my electric fireplace (it takes a lot of work to light an actual fire in the fireplace, although that is something that is on my list of things to try this year as Bob is the one who makes our fires.)  I like my warm, toasty blanket.  I like the heat on in the car during Michigan winters.

All that said, I have decided I need to learn more about the cold.  When I would take the kids sledding, I would sit in the car with the heater on and my cup of hot cocoa.  That’s all about to change.  I am going to go outside and make a snow angel.  I don’t have to do anything else outside, just make a snow angel.  Seems like such a simple task.

I put on my hoodie and put the hood on.  I put on my coat and zip it all the way to the top to cover my neck.  I have on my socks and my new snow boots.  I don’t have any snow pants, so my jeans will have to do.  All I can think about is how wet my jeans are going to get and I will have to find something else to wear when this is over.  I put on my gloves.  I am ready.  John will be my photographer today, and I have to wait for him to finish shoveling the sidewalk and driveway.  I tell him we are losing light and he can finish shoveling when I am done making a snow angel.

The time has come.  I plop down on my back and start waving my arms up and down.  I feel snow making contact with my skin at the waistband of my jeans.  It’s really not as cold as I imagined it would be.  John reminds me that I need to move my legs in and out too.  He gets a kick out my comment that the snow isn’t as cold as I thought it would be.  After I am sure John has a photo, I get up.  I am surprised that my jeans are not wet.  I won’t have to change my clothes!  I am so energized, I throw snow at John several times.  The snow is not hard enough to make snowballs, but I can make it snow on him.  Then I let Bella outside and we run back and forth on the sidewalk and play for a few minutes.

I am now done and go inside.  The worst part of the experience is the small wet spot on the small of my back where the snow got me.  At least I will be better prepared for covering that area next time I venture out in the snow to play. I learned the snow is not as cold as I imagined it to be.  While playing, I temporarily forgot about the cold.  What will I do next?

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How long has it been since you made a snow angel?

 

January 2, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Happy New Year!

Having just turned 50 and with a fresh new year upon me, I decided I would move out of my comfort zone and dare myself to take action on new things.  This came about after reading 2 great books-I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day by Luann Cahn and No Opportunity Wasted by Phil Keoghan.  Excuse me for not providing a link for these books, but I don’t know how to do that. At least, not yet.  In I Dare Me, author Luann dares herself to try something new, or a first, everyday for one year.  It could be something she has done before but maybe way back in her childhood.  As for Phil, he advocates N.O.W. (No Opportunity Wasted).  Instead of saying no to things, start saying yes and see what happens!

With these 2 books as my foundation, I started a list of things I would like to do or haven’t done in a very long time.  I currently have about 200 items on the list, so I figure I’ve got over half of 2014 covered.  My plan is to dare myself to do a “new” thing everyday. I did break my list down into items I could do to improve, well maybe change is more like it, my appearance; items to do in the winter, items to do when the weather is nice out, items I can do in the house, items I have to leave the house for, items I want to learn, etc.

I was all set up for January 1.  I was going to get this blog started up and learn to make changes and make the blog look the way I want it to look.  Yesterday, my mother in law mentioned it was going to snow lots today.  That meant if snow was on the ground, I needed to concentrate instead on my snow-related challenges.  So sometime today, I will tackle one of those challenges and share all about it with you tomorrow.

Stay tuned and thanks for checking my blog out.  I hope you will decide to follow my blog.  Perhaps I will challenge you to do something new that day too!

January 1, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment