December 28, 2010

six days


Six days till I....

*Start my post-holiday diet.

I know January first is actually only four days away, but nobody starts a post-holiday diet on a Saturday.

Nobody.


Six days till I....

*Resume regularly scheduled programming of my exercise routine.

Please know I'm playing a little fast and loose with the word 'regularly' and the word 'scheduled'.

Actually, let's just go ahead and rephrase that last one just a bit.

Six days till I...

*Resume regularly scheduled good intentions of having some form of a regularly scheduled exercise program.


Six days till I....

*Start the deep clean/re-organizing of all the dark recesses of my home. Last winter was my first mega purge-the-junk extravaganza, and it was a great feeling to get rid of the boxes and boxes of stuff I'd been storing for years. I won't have nearly as much to get rid of this year, but I know there are plenty of odds and ends that haven't seen the light of day since I closed the closet door on them a year ago.


Normally, just the thought of January in all it's bleaky grayness would send me straight into a mental survival mode that would last until the first green of Spring.

I used to think I wanted to live in eternal Summer. Summer weather and a Summer state of mind. But more and more I find myself looking forward to each and every turn of the calendar page.

This year, I'm looking forward to January.

It will be a time for organizing and planning, for projects big and small.

A fresh start. A blank page. Endless possibilities.

But....


Till then, I'm still in vacation mode.

That means I'll be sleeping in, watching movies, and making a serious dent in the batch of Cowboy Cookies I made yesterday.


Heaven knows, I'll need all the energy those cookies can provide for the great things that 2011 holds.

38 comments:

  1. I just love your posts! You say all the things I (we) are thinking..and in a much cuter way ;-D

    You have brightened my dull-at-work-no-I'm-not-reading-blogs-there's-nothing-to-do-anyway..day.

    Thanks ever so much ;-D

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  2. Good intentions count!! When junk purging and organizing and thinking about exercising aren't enough to keep you sane this winter, remember the value of soaking up some sunshine in the greenhouse! Even if you just go out there to sit, sunshine and warmth can make a big dent in the Winter Blues. (I have been known to go out to my greenhouse and sit in front of the propane heater with a book and a beer.)

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  3. Beautiful Post. Love your photo's... and I can say I've been enjoying "turning the page of the calendar" as well. Every Morning Mercies New!!!

    That's what I thought of with your photos...it's like the world is washed white - fresh and clean and each day is a fresh new day with no marks or stains in it... that is, until our feet hit the floor. Ah, and then we really need HIS grace.

    Love your cookies and milk glass/jar. Love it!!

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  4. Your photos are always so gorgeous!! And the coookies look scrumptious. Hope your good intentions work out!

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  5. As always, your photos are lovely. And just like the camera you need to focus to make those intentions come to life. I wish you the best with all of it. It isn't easy but the end result is great! Till then, enjoy those yummy cookies.
    Annette

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  6. i too always have good intentions of exercising - but don't. i am reigning back on the food intake though. jeesh. i was a little out of control. good luck. happy new year.

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  7. I have been ignoring my scale. Maybe in six days :) I am afraid!

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  8. So beautifully said, and with such gorgeous photos! I think I'm living vicariously through you to enjoy a white holiday... the PNW just doesn't get much snow and I seem to miss it more this year than most.

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  9. I am yet another that intends to start exercising this year. I don't need to loose weight, but something about reaching 45 this last year has made everything go south! I don't plan on being hard on myself... I plan to start VERY slowly... because if I don't, and it's to rough and damanding, I won't do it. I plan to start jumping rope and doing floor exercises. That's it to start with. Sounds easy, but when I jumped rope the other night for about 5 minutes, I thought I was pretty close to dying!

    Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I too though, am one that if I let January and it's bleak grayness and coldness get a hold of me, would stay buried in the covers until spring! But, I really do try to enjoy the seasons as they come. I'll just bundle up my cold-natured self in the meantime!

    Hugs to you!

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  10. Gorgeous photos and a great post!

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  11. I'm still in vacation mode until I get back home and then I'll think about walking regularly again. Christmas is such hard work, we need a week off! So enjoy!

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  12. LOL, I hear ya about the exercise. I doubt I will be doing any of my regularly scheduled exercise this week while the kids are home. I already missed a day. And with all the good food around I'm going to have to start up in full force next week, but this week I'm going to relax, play games with my kids, snuggle and watch movies, and yes, eat cookies! Those do look delicious!

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  13. Hi there, I loved this and giggled at the intentions of the New Year with exercize and self-discipline; which I really need but with the cold weather I have to go somewhere to exercise. Have fun organizing too.
    Happy New Year.
    Noreen

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  14. I"ve always been a fair weather girl, but am learning to appreciate the time "off" from weeding, watering, etc. to work on the inside of the house to clean out and organize. But my brain cannot help but quietly count the days and minutes until we can go outdoors again and feel warmth in the air, not the chill. If we got more beautiful snow, I'd like winter a bit better.

    And...I've been debating all morning about making some oatmeal cookies. You've tipped me over the edge and I'm giving in to the temptation.

    Happy New Year!

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  15. that first picture looks so vintage-y (is that a word?) it reminds me of bing crosby's white Christmas!

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  16. You're killing me with the recipes... first the Peanut Butter Pie... now THE COWBOY COOKIES! I made that pie, (not holding it against you yet, even though I can't button my fat jeans,) and it was truly the most blessed thing I have ever tasted. I will only be making it, from now on until forever, on Christmas. Because... something that divine should only be around on the most holy of days. :)

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  17. As always, I love the beautiful photos. The one of the birdhouse is my favorite--it’s just like a magazine. I am with you on the seasons. Last year I was ready to move to Florida but I feel different this year. Let me say that again in February though. Those cookies look wonderful. Now I am going to have to go to the kitchen and find some hello dolly bars to munch on :)
    Happy 2011!

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  18. My favorite shot is the little snow peaks along the top of the fence or maybe the one with the little snow flakes and the pine tree or ... well, maybe I love them all.

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  19. Love your way of thinking!! Saturday is not a good day to start healthy eating...not the weekend...no way...but Monday...yes 2011 is the year for organization and getting healthy. I'm with you:) Happy New Year my friend.

    xo
    LeAnn

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  20. Amazing photos...especially the one of the bird house. Love them. I hear you on the diet. I was off sugar and managed to stay off thru Thanksgiving and even vacation, but Christmas did me in. Mon is my 30th wedding anniversary so there will be cake but on Tuesday, you will hear the screams!!

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  21. Love all the pictures of the snow. So beautiful! It's good to know that someone out there has good intentions of getting up and doing more exercising. I make no resolutions what so ever. And right about now, there are no thoughts on making any fast movements for anything. :)

    Happy New Year Teresa!

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  22. Great pictures! Love your postings, they always bring a smile to my face. Enjoy the next 6 days AND those cookies. :)

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  23. I hear you on that six day timing. I actually was thinking the same thing. Then I thought, "Hmm, well my birthday is the 13th, should I really start before my birthday????" ha!!! BUT I am still in that eternal summer frame of mind. I can't get past that. That's probably why I teach school....so I am always looking forward to summer....wishing...hoping! Here's to the next six days. I hate for any good Christmas goodies to go to waste (as opposed to WAIST!!) Lori L

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  24. I started today! But those cookies.... look away! Beautiful snow pictures.

    Allison
    Atticmag

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  25. Oh my. Thank you for the snowy inspiration and the attitude adjustment. That's a really good way of looking at January. :)

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  26. Any cream cheese in those cookies?

    Glitter Troll

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  27. Loved all the photos and your plan sounds good to me. I have to be a lot more strict on myself I'm older than you so you have more time to fail and start over than I do lol..Nan

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  28. Hummmmm, cowboy cookies...cowboys + cookie...what's not to like I ask you. I feel the EXACT same way about January. I'm ready, lets do it. Now that all the distraction of Christmas is done, it's time to get into serious "get ready for baby" mode. That means projects, really, really fun projects. Ooooooo I just can't wait. I'm pretty sure my honey could wait...he knows this is gonna mean work for him!

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  29. I love your attitude about winter. I needed to hear that. I also have good intentions about exercise this new yr. It is a must at my age of 67, and it does get harder the older you get. I am in good health so I have no excuses.
    Lets do it!!!!!
    Blessings, Sharon

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  30. What wonderful pictures and post! I have the same intentions this year...exercise...eat better...purge and get organized. BUT until then I'm enjoying the last few days of the holidays. I'm looking forward to 2011 too...I think it's going to be a great year. Enjoy the last of your holidays and all the best for 2011!
    Maura :)

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  31. Hmmmm...that milk bottle looks vaguely familiar. Of course you would think to use it in a delightfully delicious cookie photo- how clever! I can relate to the "best intentions vs. procrastination" idea. I actually have Hubby framing me a itty bitty tiny room in the basement so I can exercise. Who wants to exercise staring at the washing machine, right? With the holidays we have been so busy, it is still just the studs. I am fully enjoying (pigging out) until the room is done. Then there will be no excuses. Who can say no to exercising when your Hubby builds you an entire room for it?

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  32. The only problem with the count down is that I tend to see how much I can consume until then! Happy New Year.

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  33. I'm with you -- no one starts anything on the weekend -- six days it is!
    Your son and his kissing partner are adorable!
    Your photography is stunning.
    Wishing you a healthy and happy new year!

    Deborah

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  34. I realize it's dangerous to post this in the comments, but do you ever sell or swap prints of your images? I am in love with that snowy barn photo and would love to print a copy and frame it for my Pinecone Meadow Farm in lovely Fennville, Michigan. Where, by the way, I read Trixie Belden mysteries set at Crabapple Farm, Sleepyside-on-Hudson. As kindred spirits I'm sure we can work something out!

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  35. I feel your pain! I think I have eaten just about the entire batch of peanut butter fudge I made all by myself. And I haven't been able to stay on a steady walking schedule since last Summer. I need to get my groove back.
    It looks beautiful in your neck of the woods! It's just gorgeous!

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  36. Oops, that last comment was from Tara. Not Michelle, we have to sign our names so you all know who you're hearing from and I forgot!

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  37. Good post, good pics, good attitude into your new year!!!

    Happy 2011 to you and your family! :)

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