Tuesday, October 23, 2012

eight legs

Arachnids. Congregating in our master bedroom. Sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles are having a Spider Reunion at my house. My apologies, Charlotte, of the Web, for hurting your sensibilities but I do not like your friends. Especially the ones the size of a quarter, with fur.

I have been totally mystified, losing track after flushing down #13.

Past time to seek demand mister's help to solve the eight legged mystery. 

Wednesday's careful tiptoe to my bathroom . . .

Eight legs of blue plastic planted by Mister, totally missing the urgency of the mission.

That was Wednesday. On Thursday, Chuck turned on the Yankee baseball game. I, resigned to living on tiptoes hunting spiders, opened up Kindle and settled in for a read.

(I kid you not. Read on.)

I opened one of the books I'm reading by Warren Wiersbe, 10 People Every Christian Should Know (Learning from Spiritual Giants of the Faith).

Enter Jonathan Edwards, 1703-1758. A quiet scholar who preached one of the most famous sermons ever preached in America. He had one purpose in mind: to shake people out of their religious complacency. He made a list of resolutions that he read weekly, as a compass to guide him.

As a young student, he learned Latin, Greek and Hebrew. One of his passionate interests was WATCHING SPIDERS! (page 143) He wrote an amazing essay about them.

I see God smiling as I read.


Dear Jonathan, I may not share your passion for spiders but I would do well to share your passion for Resolution #28:

"Resolved to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently, so that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same." 

You were a man who loved God and longed more than anything to glorify Him. Mr. Edwards, I am pleased to meet you.


Note to our B & B guests: We have two young couples coming in from out of state this weekend to go to Cedar Point. For Sweetest Day, armed with his caulk gun, mister went on offense to destroy Spiders. I am happy to report no sightings since Saturday.

Best Sweetest present yet, honey. Oh, along with these.

What a thoughtful and brave man I had the good sense to marry :)

So done with 8 legs,

monkjo@live.com  Always happy to respond to comments/questions.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

triple digits

Not the end goal but a BIG one on my journey to health!

100.6 pounds lost since my journey began on January 3, 2012.
Success = The sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. (281 days, to be exact)
(Hair is minus the touch of a curling iron and on the end of a windy day.)
2 questions I am asked repeatedly:
1) What are you doing to lose the weight?
2) How much farther before you reach your end goal?
Answers for #1: 
Support. Structure. Scripture. (I created my plan around these 3 S's)
My public chalkboard with weekly weight loss/gain recordings has helped my family, friends and blog world buddies support my efforts. I have leaned hard many weeks on your cheers and applause and encouragement. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Eat lean meats, fruits, veggies, eggs, cheese, nuts, seeds. Basically eliminating sugar and flour (I do allow myself a very limited serving of whole wheat rounds). I drink water and coffee. (For taste testing as chef in my own kitchen, I have a fork allowance.)
Exercise 6 days/week. I have a circle path in my house - takes 27 steps for one lap through kitchen-family room-sitting room-laundry room. It is amazingly simple! Every morning I lace up my tennies and walk my laps indoors - a full 30 minutes. I do six times up/down my stairway and 30 push-ups against my kitchen counter. Anything extra like biking or walking at the school or shopping (a new aerobic) is a bonus!
Could I increase my exercise minimum? Yep, but I probably won't. I wanted to begin something that I could sustain for the next twenty years. I love the indoor house track - safe, weatherproof, cheap, and it is so mindlessly boring that the creative juices come alive in my heart. Not kidding. I also devote some laps to my "prayer walking."
Last, but not least. If you have been following my blog at all, you know how important the Bible is to me. It is the passion of my life to know God and inspire others to know Him too.
I am reading a book about being on mission with Christ. Here is a quote from this book entitled "Godspeed" by Britt Merrick.

"Effective ministry often comes through the most broken people, for their poverty makes them acutely aware of the limitless riches of Jesus' grace."
I find myself broken, yet experiencing the wondrous and limitless and all sufficient blessing from God along this journey.
Answer for #2 - if you haven't fallen asleep yet
I don't have a magic weight on the scale that I am aiming for. I know I'm not there yet. I have put two people responsible for telling me when I hit End Goal. My husband Chuck and daughter Danae. No pressure, you two beloved family.
Do you have time for one more quote?
"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second."   ~William James 
In this case, Sparrow finds her flight going into the second wind - flying in a size 12 blue jean. (And if I knew how to crop these photos, you wouldn't see my curling iron still plugged in!)
Maybe you have an area of life that needs some "flight encouragement." If I can put in small efforts day upon day, YOU can too.  Really. And truly. Together.
Grateful, amazed, and humbled by #100,
monkjo@live.com  Always happy to respond to your comments/questions.