Monday Musings

Wow.ย  Is it Monday again? Time for another edition of Monday Musings and what not in my life.


Ever notice how funny that is? It’s a commodity we all have and are all given the same amount of each day. Sometimes it seems to crawl by, like when you’re stuck in some god awful boring meeting. A few months ago I was in such a one and I felt myself settling into that “to comfortable zone” as in, if I didn’t start moving around or doย some active deep breathing I was going to take an unscheduled nap.ย  I glanced at my watch and scrolled to my heart rate.


My heart was getting just as comfy and relaxed as the rest of my body haha

But then there are occasions when time seems to fly like when you’re with people you really like or are doing something fun. Time then moves all to swiftly.

Deadlines make time seem to move faster.

Being stuck behind a driver who doesn’t know where the gas pedal is makes time crawl by.ย  ๐Ÿ˜›

I think, as we get older we are much more mindful of it than when we lived careless days as children.

Speaking of time, itย makes me think of seasons. This in turn makes me hopeful that spring is in the near distant future. It’s been a whole lotta grey, misty, dreary, foggy and overall gross days here in the happy land of south Texas this winter season.

I’ve tried not to think that last February I was running in shorts a lot and by March was rocking a decent enough tan that people thought I was using a tanning booth.

That. Will never happen.

I assured a lady my golden skin was a by product of spending time outdoors on bike or foot, not a tanning bed.

All that to say the other day I actually got to hit the road in shorts and I forgot the pure freedom of running with less stuff hanging off me. It was glorious and reminded me that sun and daily sweat sessions will be here before I know it.

Hello sunshine! What a wonderful treat

I’m not whining. Oh no, I’d never be a whiner, but it will be nice to really start logging some miles again and not have to worry about safety issues ’cause of fog and sloppy roads.

If I complain when the humidity cranks up again and its nothing but sun and I’m sweating out the weight of a small child on a run, you may nicely remind me I asked for it.

In the context of time management

When I hit the floor in the morning my mind is already spinning for what I’m doing in the day ahead. I sometimes worry if I have ADD as I can be wanting to do ALL of my projects, errands, and necessary house requirements at the same time.

What I have started doing is writing down all the things I want to do and picking one or two in my day alongside everything else to get it done. I try and get the necessary, not usually my most fun things done, ( like cleaning)ย out of the way then I can work on my fun projects.

Like my furniture shenanigans.

Last week took me into the big city to this seedy littleย dive in pursuit of a 1930’s china cabinet I had spotted online.

Yep, that’s my big game in the back ๐Ÿ˜‰



Here it is in all it’s glorious disarray…waiting to be transformed.

Oh, so when I’m at this little hole in the wall shop which, really, was a time warp of treasures from decades, and decades gone by ( I am planning a field trip backย  there) the only person working was this short little older lady wheezing and huffing telling me she should probably be in the hospital ’cause she might have pneumonia.


Of course I’m thinking, “she’s the only one here who is supposed to help me get this out and loaded??” She mentions having a dolly, I ask her to get it, thanking God at times like this I’m strong and capable and I wheel it out making jokes I should get more of a discount since I’ve gotta load it too. I did get them to drop it 35.00 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, she was able at least to help lift the other side with me into my vehicle.

Yesterday I spent more time prepping it for it’s transformation. Sanding, cleaning, dusting, digging (leaves??) out from under the drawer, doing a little repair work ( the decorative wood in door needs replaced. Once upon a time it had glass but I’m not putting glass back in it) removing the hardware etc. it’s so close to starting the fun part.

But before we leave this topic… I also got the cutest little cupboard… I tried to leave it behind I just couldn’t. I managed to get it for half of what it was marked ๐Ÿ˜‰

It looked like this…..seriously though… how CUTE is it??

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How sad IS it? The obvious before pic.


It didn’t take long for me to catch a vision for it. I finished it today. I am totally, completely in love with it.

What do you think about it’s make over?

The ugly duckling transformed


I will share some more adventures on this topic in upcoming weeks ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have a couple pieces in the works.


In some final musings…

Haveย  you ever wondered why foods you thought were so good when you were aย  kid, don’t really taste good at all when you grow up?

My youngest son had brought home a half gallon of premade chocolate milk one day.ย  I never drink chocolate milk unless I’ve come off a long hard workout then it’s a delicious instant recovery drink. But I always make it, you know with milk and chocolate syrup… yeah I’m bad.

Anyway, I opened the fridge and there it sat… and I thought …heck yeah.. I’m just gonna have some.

The first chug it was like…. ACK! It tasted like and reminded me of, the way the school cafeteria had smelled.

Which was not good, I might add.

Weird, I know. That chug was all I got in.

Then there’s things like fish sticks. boxed macaroni and cheese, most cheap sugary cereals, and bad thin crust boxed pizza.

Ok true and well, I’ve grown up, but I think I really enjoyed that as a kid. Thank goodness my tastes have changed.

My kids are adults… they complain since I “got healthy” I don’t buy fun foods anymore. This translates to ” crappy, walk in pantry or go to freezer and grab pre made foods and snacks with zero nutritional value”.

They can go buy their own minced, diced, chopped, prebaked fish sticks and what not..

Is it just me? What about you? Have you left foods behind that aren’t seemingly as tasty as they once were?

In the way of food… this week coming up we will be looking at healthy cheap meals, and of course a few spotlights on various fruits and veggies (’cause ya’ll seem to dig those posts),ย fitness,ย and as always a little sassy, cheeky attitude to go along with it.

You’ll just need to check back in hereย and see what’s up ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now tell me…

What are some favorite foods that hang on from childhood? Do you have any new healthy foods you’ve tried this week?


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8 years ago I began what I now refer to as my "journey into lifestyle fitness". After a yearly check in with my Dr he said I looked "really good on paper, but I might consider losing a few pounds" I wasn't offended... I knew I needed to but it seemed like to much work at the time. In that year we had adopted 2 girls out of foster care, plus caring for my 3 sons & husband sort of left me on the back burner taking care of "me". I told him I "used to" walk & he encouraged me to at least get back to that. I left his office that day, started, & never quit. As time moved on my walks increased in length & speed. I started mingling some jogging into it...then after more time some short sprints. One day I realized I was doing more running than anything else. I learned to run longer and farther. I constantly challenged myself to do more. I realized I had turned into a runner & was loving it. I have since run 6 half marathons, 2 full marathons, and my first 50K scheduled for March 1,2015. Not bad for a girl who just started off walking not quite 2 miles! My body was now beginning to show the results of my work as weight & inches dropped off. I began to add in boxing & weights on days I wasn't running. Over time as the fat left, my new muscles were waiting underneath =) Obviously, I also made some food changes. Nothing drastic..just started eating less and trying to eat better.. I hated diets and how they made me feel....deprived & left out of all the adjusting & eating less of what I liked and moving more.. I found myself getting in decent physical shape. It began my thinking of lifestyle and not "dieting". As I got stronger,healthier & more fit it was an easier process to "let go" of some of the foods I had enjoyed. I had more energy, strength and confidence in what I could do. It was empowering. It made me realize that I probably wasn't the only one who wanted to lose weight, be healthy & strong but not always be on some sort of "diet". Maybe my journey & what I had learned & been doing might possibly help others to success in their lives... I consider myself to be rather normal and ordinary ( meaning I haven't always been into fitness and healthy eating) it has been a steady, daily, learned process with good days and bad days and my hope is that you too, will see the greatness in you, and that you have the ability and power to change and do anything you put your mind to. If you want change, you can make it happen. It's just one day at a time, making smart moves and better choices, and before you know it, things are happening. Get started on your journey, really, what do you have to lose ? And yet, so much to gain =)

4 thoughts on “Monday Musings”

  1. I LOVE that piece you picked up downtown! 35 dollars!!!???? Wowza . . . the possibilities. I can’t wait to see what you do, when you do that voodoo that you do so well. As per the second piece. Love it! The frosted glass was such a perfect way to go. Primitive meets elegant, and yes, they play so well together!

    As for time? Where has it gone for me this morning? I enjoyed a leisurely morning of reading, making myself a breakfast sammy and reading some more. Before too much longer, it’ll be time to kick it into gear. This whole time thing . . . tell ya what.

    Foods that do not keep from my childhood? Yes to the fish sticks and chocolate milk. And Ellios pizza? I used to love that stuff! Not sure when that changed. Kraft Mac and Cheese is always in my kitchen cabinet, because with kids . . . yanno. On occasion (when I don’t feel like cooking), I will break one out for myself. I usually try and ramp it up by adding some different kind of cheese to it, with olive oil and butter. I’ll oftentimes top it with stewed tomatoes. It’s STILL Kraft, in spite of those modifications, lol.

    M&M’s used to taste so much better, from what I remember. Same with tater tots. And grilled cheese sammys (the american cheese version). Those carnation hot cocoa packets too. And I could go on and on . . but the time!

    Peace and good Monday

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    1. Ha I love all of this! Stewed tomatoes on mac n cheese? I have never. Is it good? Maybe I just need to add a healthy dose of veggies to it haha I will still eat tater tots, those lovely fake potato impersonators.. and fried please. I love M&M’s but lately they’ve tasted so sweet to me so I’ve left them alone. You have a splendid list of foods ๐Ÿ˜› Hope you’re day is going well. I am off to work on a new hideous dresser I picked up today. My only clue I’m offering for now is… Barney purple. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. Stewed tomatoes are something I add to my homemade version. I can’t eat mac and cheese without it any longer. It adds a nice tang to the savory.
        Tater tots? I mean . . I wouldn’t turn them down, haha! And yes FRIED. If you’re gonna go, go all the way!
        Broccoli florets in the mac and cheese, they can be tasty.
        M&Ms changed Not sure when.
        Barney purple???!! Leave me hanging like that why dontcha?!!
        Haha! Have fun! Can’t wait to see it!


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