Thursday, September 29, 2011

Does Your Baby Know Sign Language?

Love this sweet baby from Heather Linda Young at Giants and Dinosaurs

Wow!  Did you know these little babies can learn sign language?  I mean, why not?  It's so much easier to learn when they are very young.  It's not that I've ever really NEEDED it to communicate with someone but just what if?  I guess I'd be running to find a class, enroll and learn it.  I need to do that with Spanish too but I just don't have the desire. 

But what if I had learned them when I was just a little tyke....hmmm....

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Early this morning...really early.

Just like clockwork...

Beach Bum Buddy

It was a very good day.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Is It Your Time Yet?

You never know the power of your words.  Sometimes, maybe even often, we try to say things which will have an impact on someone.  Maybe a lesson you want to convey or some experience that has taught you much and you are eager to share it.  I have found that we impact others the most when we are not trying.  Many times we affect others and we never even know it.  We may influence them for "good" or for "bad" and still perhaps never know.  Here are a few examples.

A neighbor once announced, "I'll never drink sweet tea again!"  He wasn't trying to cut down on sugar...he just didn't like tea.  He was a born and bred Southerner, like me, and we were raised on sweet tea, drinking it at, and between, every meal. Another friend present that day grabbed onto that statement and ran with it.  I don't think he ever drank sweet tea again after that day.  Instead he chose wine each time he would have had sweet tea.   I watched over the years as this pleasure became an addiction that took him to his knees.  But the neighbor never knew the weight of his innocent words.

About a year ago my sister was "wishing and hoping", talking about what she was going to do in the future.  I looked straight at her and said, "Shirley, it's time now."  Given that we are in our sixties, it IS time, for heaven's sake.  We talked and laughed about other things the rest of the day and never mentioned that statement again.

Fast forward to now.  Shirley and her husband have just returned from twelve days in Alaska.  A cruise and all the accompanying side trips, shows, food, and photos.  What a wonderful time they had.  After five days at home, Shirley left again for the beach.  Another of her dreams, and mine, has been to "live" on the beach for a month.  She is there.  Now.  For a month.

Yes, this is unlike her.  She has been a homebody, care-taking anyone in her sphere, and attracting other "needy" souls like sugar attracts flies.  From children, to husband, to parents, to church, to neighbors, to community, to friends....even to me.  She has "taken care of" them all.

But she heard me say, "It's time", and took it deep inside.  She paid much more attention to my words than I did.  I'm still just saying it.  She has moved into "doing" it.  For herself.  Finally.

At my father's funeral the young minister and family friend shared with the group that daddy was one of his main role models.  "Oh, he never knew it", John said.  Daddy lived a high value life in a very quiet way.  He would have been shocked at John's statement.  But I'm not.  And I'm rambling.

The powers of our words?  We just never know.  Read "The Five People You'll Meet In Heaven" and you'll know what I'm talking about.

Oh, and guess what?  I'm going to the beach with her.....for 10 days.  She gets all the rest.  And it is about time!


Friday, September 16, 2011

How I Ended Up With A Personal Trainer

Very simple answer to that one.  I got sucked in!  Ever happened to you?  You run into a super, good salesman who pulls out all the tricks on you?  And he probably does really believe in what he is selling too.  And you really do actually need what he is selling!  It just wasn't in your plan to purchase it.  Well, that is exactly what happened to me.

For the last seven months I've been a gym rat without a gym.  "My gym" closed.  I think they went bankrupt.  What a shock!  Anyway, one morning I'm ready to jump into my Kickboxing Class only to find the doors locked and signs all over the place.

The good thing was, the really good thing, was I had no contract with them.  I did not lose a penny.  But I did lose my gym life...the classes I like, the instructors I love, the friends I sweated it out with day in and day out.  Gone!  All of it!

I kept thinking they would work things out.  All of us held on as long as we could, then slowly we began trying out new places trying to replace what we had.  My greatest glimmer of hope was a new studio gym just for classes opened by Lucy, my favorite Zumba instructor, so I went there.  A few times.  Then I had to admit it was just too far, so back to square one.

Finally I just gave up on re-creating what we had and joined Anytime Fitness right near my house.  Good classes so far, so it'll work.  I got the one-time free training they include and that session just went so well.  Long story short, he was just too charming for me to say no, and he had all the answers to turning my 7 month fat gain into muscle, strong bones, and health.

So that is how I ended up with a personal trainer once a week for six months.  Here's the zinger.  HE is not my trainer!  HE is the salesman.  Well, yeah...I can see that.  So I have a sweet young girl putting me through my paces once a week and the rest is up to me.

Goal:  Lose 15 pounds of fat.  Gain 10 pounds of muscle.  Net weight loss:  5 pounds.  And the right 5 pounds.  I am excited and I'll work hard and keep you posted!  Today's Spin Class was a doozy but I must admit I loved every minute of it and I already feel strong enough to be on a Wheaties box!

Exercise is good.  We all know that. If you aren't exercising, for whatever reason, consider giving it a go.  There are so many ways to get it in...certainly not just at the gym.  Let me know what works for you!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Puzzle For Your Brain

Here’s a word puzzle you might like. Good for your brain too! You start with a given word. Then you change one letter and create a new word. Then you change another letter and create another new word.

I give you the first word and the last and the number of steps. You figure out all the rest.

Here’s an example. The word is COLD and I want you to change it to the word WARM in 4 steps. So: COLD>CORD>WORD>WARD>WARM

See how it works?

Here’s an easy one you can do in 2 steps. Change HOT to TOP. HOT>___>TOP. Easy, right?

Okay! Your word is CLIMB. Take 7 steps and end up with STEPS. If you are a parent or a teacher, work this along with your students. Great exercise. Also let them make up their own word puzzles for you to try.

Have fun!