Category Archives: Shared Thoughts

Random thoughts I felt were worthy of passing along

No Pun Intended (NOT)

It seems more and more often in these Covid Times one’s life can seem like a “blank slate.” Well, I am personally telling you not to let that happen. Give yourself a break. Try to get out there. Go for a walk. I just got back from our local school grounds which was empty because it is late afternoon, and played fetch with my dog for nearly an hour. I had 4,020 steps on my fitbit and almost 50 active minutes.

I also called an old dear friend that I have not spoken to in almost two weeks. That was a really special art of my day. We both had time to chat and loved it. I also wrote two cards to family members in California. I love to write cards to people and I usually buy them in Thrift Shops, otherwise cards can be more expensive that a gift!

Finally, I masked up and went to the grocery store and purchased the final ingredients for chicken noodle soup that I plan to make tomorrow and deliver to my son and his family. I have also booked a manicure. We can still do that here in beautiful West Virginia so I am going to DO it while I can.

Just stop for a minute to think about what you CAN do rather than dwelling on the things that you can’t do. BTW with masks our church is still open and that is not a bad thing to do either.

PS-Read any good books lately?

I am so grateful that God gave us October. Yes, I am really into Fall and the beautiful colors. I hope that wherever you are you have an opportunity to view, even on TV or on line, this unbelievable time of year.

Cooking For One

Some people say that it is hard to cook for just one person Personally, I don’t think so and I never use this as an excuse to not eat something good. If you don’t want to actually cook, how about opening a carton of yogurt and adding some fruit and a couple of tablespoons of walnuts?

Speaking of cans, what about a can of soup with a piece of French bread or a roll? There are some really good soups out there now and I especially like the “YES!” brand.

Making a sandwich is OK, but how about making a really god one? Keep some boiled eggs in the fridge and make a deviled egg sandwich or cop out and make just sliced boiled egg with mayo and tomato.

Put together a salad and while you are at it, make enough to take some out and have it for lunch the next day See above for a suggestion, you guys!

I confess I often go the easy way and microwave a packaged entre. There ae no TV dinners out there any more. Some of the frozen dinners now are fabulous. I know “Amy’s” are a bit high in fat, but yum yum! Some of the veggie types are really good too.

Cottage cheese and anything (fruit, tomatoes, yogurt, nuts etc) is good and healthy too. OK, so no more excuses.

COOKING FOR ONE IS FUN!

Take It From Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh is a favorite character of mine and I think that as a philosopher he is highly under rated. Just think about this picture. What could be more fun than a crafts day? Knit, sew, clean a little maybe, make something with your kids or grand kids, do a flower arrangement……..and on and on!

He is also going for a walk. I do not even have to tell you how great that is on many different levels.

Finally he has a honey pot in his hands with flowers in it which tells you that he has already eaten the honey. Point? Yes, eat something yummy. Green seedless grapes are as sweet as candy and so healthy.

So, take a tip from W the P and have a great day!!

In Training-Get it?

We are , in fact, always in some kind of training. We may be trying yoga for the first time, learning a new healthy eating plan, or even taking a pottery class. Here are a few life tips for whatever you may be doing with your day today.

  1. Always remember to stretch before and after you do any kind of exercise.
  2. Try your best not to snack. Grab an apple if you just MUST have something.
  3. Eat your 5 servings of fruits and veg. daily. It is not that hard. A serving is only 1/2 cup.
  4. Try Quinoa or some other different food.
  5. Read a magazine you have not read before. I like to recommend “Real Simple” or if you are an HGTV fan you might try their mag. or the “Magnolia Journal.”
  6. Try to actively fight a bad habit.
  7. Make a list of NOT meals or calories, but rather of foods you like to eat that are healthy and then try to keep to these foods. After all, you just said you LIKE them.
  8. Evaluate yourself-Daily if you need to, but on a regular basis. No one knows YOU like you!

OK, so you hate other people’s tips-I get that. Just pick one and try it. Maybe you will go on to get on board the “Train.” Let me know how it goes.

Ok, so life just gave you some lemons

I love that old saying that when life gives you lemons you should make lemonade, but we here at “Skating Uphill” like to think out of the box. When life gives you lemons, first of all, jump up and shout “Lucky Me!” Then you can:
  1. Make lemonade and make lemonade ice cubes to put in tea
  2. Make a lemon merengue pie
  3. Use squirts of lemon on vegetables or fruits
  4. Saute fish with lemon and white wine
  5. Make lemon bars
  6. Put lemon peel down your garbage disposal to clean and refresh
  7. Rub lemon and or peel on your hands to kill the odor of fish or anything else you have been working with
  8. Use lemons in any kind of fruit bowl display to add big color
  9. Make lemon curd and bake it in those little puff pastry cups
  10. Make an easy pie with a graham cracker crust, a tub of Cool Whip, a package of lemon pudding, and 1/4 cup of squeezed lemon made boiling hot in the microwave with a package of lemon jello added to it and disolved. (I use Jello instant pudding and add 2 cups of really cold milk then stir for 2 minutes.) Combine all and pour into the pie shell. Put this in the fridge for at least 2 hours. It is lo-cal and really yummy.

See, being given lemons is not so bad really, is it? And if you do not want the lemon and you do not want to do any of these things, give the lemon back!!

Just A Thought

I love getting cards and letters in the mail. Do you? Well, this is the best way to assure that you will be receiving messages from friends and relatives-Send some out yourself. I have been doing this as part of a New Year’s Resolution I made several years ago and it has worked so beautifully. I get at least two cards, letters, yes, and even a post card or two each week.
Bring some joy to your day by putting some joy out there for someone else!!

Beautiful surroundings are good for your soul. Create lovely things in your home. Perhaps make it a bit of a hobby and give yourself a budget. I think you will find that you can do a lot with very little $$$$. In fact, you might make that a challenge. I wish you beauty!

“Nothing Days”

There is no such thing as a “Nothing Day”

I guess that I am not one of those people who think that life is short. Life is what you want it to be, within reason of course. Get up in the morning and look the day that you have been given right in the eye and make the best of it that you possibly can. If poor old Winnie The Pooh can make a fun day for his friends, surely you can do something along those lines, right? He declared an Arts and Crafts Day in the Hundred Acre Woods and all of his friends made something to share and then had lunch together.

Why don’t you declare it ……………….Day at your house and make it happen. Need ideas?

  1. Popcorn and a movie
  2. Let’s work in the yard
  3. Take the dog for a walk
  4. Eat something different
  5. Go out and buy something (New top, plant, flowers, a cake mix, a puzzle, a book, etc…)
  6. Call a friend
  7. Clean a shelf
  8. Re-org something that looks really bad
  9. Do something to your hair
  10. Learn something new

BTW at the “nothing at all to do” time, I play a computer card game or read a book. I love both of these things. Also, I read an article recently about how to start to HGTV type decore your space and they suggested the first thing to do when you want a new look is to Shop Your House. Yes, this is really fun!!