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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

July Jumped Right In…

…with a family emergency that means my husband will be out of town for five weeks. How will I last that long without him you ask? Well, let me put it this way. I love my husband very much but we have been together 24/7 (he’s retired, I work from home) for the last 8 years. You know that old saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder?” It applies here. LOL

I have big plans for the available time. I have many projects around the house I would like to get done and some serious time in the studio is calling me. It is time for me to look back on the vision cards I made for this year to pick the areas that need tending to the most.

In order from top to bottom, left to right:

Business of Magic is the title I used for my craft business this year. I actually have been doing pretty well there and even was able to do a pop up craft show in June. I have made at least one or two sales every month and that is kind of like magic. I just got a notice to sign up for one of the holiday boutiques in November so it looks like things are flowing in this category. I did some rearranging and reorganizing in the studio too, which makes working in it much easier. Also made myself some new business cards with a new logo. What do you think?

Sharing is the title I used for connecting with family and friends. Of course the pandemic limited that a bit but we have had dinner with friends and made plans to go to a couple concerts in September with others so we’re getting there. I also did some Zoom and FaceTime interactions so I’m counting that too and we had a great 4th of July gathering.

Prosperity is the category title for our financial health. It is a struggle because my transcription business is quite hit and miss but fortunately I’ve been able to move some money around and we are doing okay. Of course winning the lottery would help!

I have had a lot of action in the Experience category. All my excursions through San Francisco for the A to Z really helped there.

Self-Care is one of the areas that needs some work this next six months. I have stalled in the weight loss department but haven’t given up hope to get going again. I intend to use the time while hubby is away to get more serious with my healthy eating and to increase the activity by dancing in the living room since he won’t be there watching TV. I also started listening to meditation while I walk Benny in the morning. It helps me focus on the day.

Nest is another area that I will be concentrating on. I have made a goal to go room by room listing all the things I want to attend to. I also have plans for the outside like a small fence in the front yard so I can let Benny get out there and not have to worry that he’s going to chase a passing motorcycle or run across the street to visit another dog walking by. I still haven’t gotten my fire pit yet either!

So, how has your year been so far. Did you make a list of goals you wanted to accomplish? How are you doing with them? You still have time to tackle something!

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Friday, July 9, 2021

July Jumped right in…

With a Bang! We had our usual 4th of July get together with friends in front of our house. My husband volunteers at the local fireworks booth every year and he gets free fireworks to take home. Our city is one of only 2 in the surrounding area that allows the “Safe and Sane” fireworks to be used in front of your own house. We had a pretty good show if I do say so myself.

And then there were the “illegals” which seemed to be much more prevalent this year, even though there is a fine of $1000 if you are caught.

It almost reminded me of the block parties we used to have when I was growing up. All the neighbors would come to our house and shoot their fireworks off in the street and then we’d watch the sponsored fireworks go off up on the hill. When we were first married my husband promised to show me fireworks every year and he hasn’t disappointed in the last 36 years, including the time we climbed out the bathroom window of the apartment we were living in and sat on the roof to watch the city show. Ah, sweet memories. Hope you all had a good 4th too! Let’s see what the rest of July can bring.

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