Looking for answers to life's questions

This first week of January went exactly as I expected. I’ve decided it may take me till February to make any real progress in my plan for this year. Instead of beating myself up as usual, I’ve decided to just relax and let the progress flow to me. I’m doing what I can each day and letting the rest go. I think that’s where most of us go wrong with resolutions, not that I made any. I’m calling it a plan.

I was going to join a few others with a spending diet. It was a great idea in theory. Until my son coerced me into an eye doctor appointment before he left. Watching me adjust my glasses to read the computer was driving him crazy. Four hundred dollars later, I was given a new prescription and ordered new glasses. A bonus for my money was that I finally found an ophthalmologist that wasn’t intimidated by the complexity of my vision problems and explained them clearly to my son. She also understood the vestibular integration dysfunction. The last ophthalmologist seemed to panic and walked away when I mentioned it. We now have a plan of action to deal with the droopy eye that clearly interferes with my field of vision. She has pictures to prove it when I finally get medical insurance next year.

The next morning my son drove my car to the airport and I waited for daylight to drive home. I don’t know about you, but I need GPS to get in or out of any airport. It can be very stressful so I stopped for breakfast on the way back. The rest of the plan was to visit the Fabric Depot in Portland. It’s 17 miles from my house so I rarely go unless there is a class to take or a much-needed supply. If you are a fabricaholic like me, this is like going to heaven. There is over 1.5 acres of fabric, not to mention all the rest of the goodies. This stop was to find a better stabilizer for my lace ornaments. What I had on hand, left me frustrated with the results. I did get it on sale and learned something new in the process. The kind clerk educated me in the art of downloading their mailer to my smartphone and not printing it out. You just show them the mailer on your phone and bingo, discount. I was also looking for extra large spools of shiny rayon thread for the lace but inventory was taking place and none were to be found. I’ll only get it on sale.

So far the only lace snowflake to turn out decent.

So far the only lace snowflake to turn out decent.

Portland, OR version of snowflakes this morning.

Portland, OR version of snowflakes this morning.

My plan this year has been to get healthy. That requires order in my home. So I started giving away everything I didn’t want in my fridge or cupboards. My daughter took a lot to work to pass on. A stop by the grocery that morning after filling the gas tank, brought home plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. I cooked up lots of lean meat patties that are now frozen and spaghetti sauce, portioned into individual containers to go over spaghetti squash noodles. I’m all set to combat the munchies. On the occasions that I go out to eat, which I truly enjoy, half of my meal always comes home so I get two for the price. That included breakfast.

The rest of the week has been spent cleaning, doing laundry and putting things back after the wonderful holiday with my children. A little at a time but I think I’m making progress. Wish I could say the same thing about my lace snowflakes. My motto this week in addition to learn something new every day is “I’ll get there yet”. How are you doing with your plan, resolution, or goal?

“People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar ~ Motivational author and speaker

From my heart to yours,
Marlene Herself

Comments on: "In Search of Progress" (9)

  1. Thanks for sharing your “plan” for the coming year. I don’t make resolutions either as I always let something get in the way. I do always strive to be a wiser and better person. Since I’ve starting reading your blog, I have learned quite a lot that I never knew before. I wish you much success in the coming year and I pray that you’re health improves beyond what you can imagine.


  2. I’ll get there, too – so far, so good! Every day I plod ahead, even if just it’s just a little.
    My vision is also deplorable and complicated. I’ll talk about it on my own site at some point. Glasses are a must for me unless I want to teach my dogs to lead me, in which case I suspect I’d be hanging around their food bowls most of the time 😉


    • You are a hoot. Hanging around the food bowls. I crack up everytime I get a drivers license. What are they thinking. So I”m very careful out there knowing there are so many more like us who don’t see all that well. You have no idea how much I miss my dog. They are a bit of heaven on earth.


  3. Congratulations on the new glasses, aren’t they outrageously priced? Mine are transition lenses (old bifocals), with glass that tints outside with a scratch proof lens (not) all in a designer frame (aren’t they all?)…a kings ransom later…I can see. Good luck with your resolutions, I’m succeeding some days while other days seem to be a nuisance. 🙂


  4. I have a GPS…..but haven’t learned to use it. Guess I’ll just have to stay at the airport forever!!! 🙂 So good to find you! paula ♥ p.s. LOVE the Zig quote. Heard it last night for the first time from Danny Cahill(Biggest Looser). Must be trying to tell me something?!?


    • Thanks for reading and especially for following. I just barely finished reading a couple of yours when this popped up. You read fast. I use the navigator on my phone to get everywhere these days. You have to fight with them awhile till they figure out whose the boss. It also helps if you give them a name so you have someone to swear at. 🙂


  5. eyeclic said:

    Great quote!


  6. I’m so glad you found an eye doctor you like and glasses that work. Good for you for taking things one day at a time. Some days it may be an hour at a time. So be it.



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