Thinking:  I’m glad that the weekend is here, I’m tired and it’s only the 4th day of the year/month! I spent yesterday having a lovely IKEA breakfast – all of $3 including coffee (unlimited if purchased before  10 am ) – joined by friend Diane. After eating and catching up, we shopped… I bought some household items I probably didn’t need and stuffed husky dogs for the little boys.  Chris took to his tout de suite; Elias…not so sure… After breakfast, I had a medical appointment with a new ENT doctor. That always takes more time, filling out papers, etc…after, I drove to pick up my sister. By the time I got home, it was about 5:30 pm; I sat down to watch the news and the House proceedings…and found myself glued to the TV for most of the evening. Long story short, I never made it to my computer to post … “first thing tomorrow,” I told myself.

Grateful: Today dawned with great promise. I arose at my usual early hour, 5:30-ish and settled in for an extended MSQT, especially since yesterday’s was somewhat abbreviated (for a good reason). My plan for today included

  • writing an early morning post;
  • taking the tree down and putting away the last remnants of holiday décor;
  • gathering items from the basement and the garage targeted for donation or discard to put in my car;
  • doing a couple loads of laundry.

Inspired: During MSQTI spent a fair amount of time looking at quotes and definitions for my 2019 word…I’d not settled on one. I’ve been contemplating continuing my 2018 word: mindful/mindfulness using it as an umbrella and focusing on several subsidiary words per quarter, sort of like the spokes of an umbrella. After breakfast – cereal and yogurt – I decided to take the tree down and put away the other holiday decorations. Just as I was finishing with the tree, about 11:30 am, my sister arrived. Several hours later, getting ready to take her home (she’d borrowed my car Thurs eve), I couldn’t find my house keys…YET AGAIN! After spending another 20 minutes looking for them, in the house, I gave up. Blame it on the Time Thieves, I told myself…and her. We left; I dropped her off and returned home. About 3:45pm, I put a last load of laundry in the dryer, fixed a snack and for some reason, put my hand in my back left jeans’ pocket*. Dah Dah Dum!

Fun: Guess what I found? I’m almost ashamed to admit: Yep! My keys! So, that settles it: I’ve been toying with the word habit for a while and yes, I am choosing it to be the first spoke of my umbrella. I am too thru with spending time looking for keys. I’ve decided that there are only two places in this house where my keys will reside. .. certainly not my back jeans’ pocket! * And yes, I sat on my keys and no, I never felt them!

Keeping my fingers crossed, practicing mindfulness habits and wishing all a lovely weekend!


14 thoughts on “TGIF …

  1. The annoyance of not being able to find something is huge! So glad the keys turned up … intrigued by your word and umbrella concept. It sounds as if the political proceedings there are as gripping as ours over here!


  2. One of my most-used features on my watch is to “ring” my phone … and almost always it’s very close by. My keys only live in two places – the outside zipper pocket in my handbag OR the cup holder in the car. Good luck with making your new habit (I think eating breakfast is going to be a lot easier!)

    LOVE the little boys and those adorable stuffed animals. I didn’t know you could buy such things at IKEA!


    1. Nice to know the watch has such a useful feature…my keys are getting used to their new home/s…as for me, I”m working on it!And you’re right: eating breakfast is easier…more filling too! Cheers~


  3. Although I hate to admit it, I’ve actually walked around the house looking for something that was in my hand! (Not often thank goodness, or I’d probably need to see a specialist!) Those boys are so cute—and so are their new “pets.”


  4. I recently put a small basket on the counter and have trained myself to out my keys in the basket as soon as I come home. No more morning chaos when I can’t find my keys when I am ready to leave for work.


    1. Ah yes! We have a bowl just as one steps inside the front door…these days, my keys are ONLY in one of two places: the bowl or the bedroom dresser. So far, so good, fingers crossed!


  5. Nothing beats IKEA for things you just can’t live without! And, I love their stuffed animals! Vivi has quite a collection herself! The boys are just so sweet and I love Elias’ uncertain face! Ha!

    I am with Mary on the “ping my phone” from my iWatch. Yep, at least twice a day! Haha! We put the keys in a small basket in the dining room (if they are not in the car!) Loosing them is disastrous! I am glad you found them!

    I think Habit is an excellent word for you! I can’t wait to see where it takes you!


  6. Buying stuffies for the boys…….so wonderful of you. Habit….hmmmmmm we’ll see how that works for you! I’ve got 3 phrases: dont overreact, dont overworry and dont …..ooops what is the last one? One year my word was boundaries.
    As for lost items…….that is a good way to know where they are. Fireman had a career of putting things in precisely the same place at the firehouse ……so he continues this at home now. HE even has his credit cards ina particular order in his wallet. This by no means eliminates the stuff we share . I put the creamer in a different place than he does. I put the cookies in a different spot etc etc lol. Happy new year HOnore


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