Monday, January 15, 2007

Winter! Winter! Winter!

Happy Winter!

Yes, Old man winter is in all his glory here in the foothills. We had a pipe head break last night and it created a very pretty ice sculpture on our river rocks. Good for us it was very minor and a simple fix. Is it cold where you are too?

On another homeowner note, we are remodeling our master bedroom bathroom. We had a water issue that is much too much of an explanation for this column but suffice it to say a newbathroom floor, new carpet in the bedroom is on the list for the insurance company and at this point it looks like we will just do some of the other painting and little things we have wanted to do while it is under construction.

So how are the resolutions going two weeks into the year? I have to say Dave and I are doing really well on our financial plan and we are both exercising more. I say more because it was none but it still needs to be more frequent. We are not eating out and so far it has been kind of nice. We plan ahead and eating out doesn't even come into question and even the time or two that we didn't have a plan we just work with what we have. I know it is only two weeks in but I am more optimistic than I have ever been about getting our bills paid and our savings built.

I propose you take today and find some time to go outside, in the cold and feel. Feel the cold air on your hands, your face and in your lungs as you breathe. Be present in the sunshine or the fog or the rain and see how alive you feel. While you stand outside, find five things to be grateful for right now, this minute in your life. See how your day goes from that point forward and if it is good, which I suspect it will be, find five more things tomorrow to be grateful for and do that each day and you will find more and more to be grateful for.

Have a wonderful week!

Lots of love,


"It's quite possible to leave your home for a walk in the early morning air and return a different person—beguiled, enchanted."
— Mary Chase, playwright and newspaper reporter

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