Thursday, December 29, 2011


This beautiful pecan pie was made by my husband who ever so delicately placed each pecan.

You might be wondering what this pie has to do with my making a New Year's resolution?  I won't dare tell you how many of the 4 pumpkin and pecan pies the two of us ate over the Thanksgiving holiday season.  Ok back to my sincere 2012 resolution.  This is the first time I have made a resolution and do intend to make every effort to keep it.  Recently I was diagnosed as a pre-diabetic.  This is not good news for anyone of course and it is especially tragic for someone whose diet isn't exactly what it should be.

My 2012 New Year's resolution is to work diligently on eating a more nutritious and healthy diet which in turn will hopefully keep future diabetes out of my life.

My husband is officially retired December 31, 2011.  I am so happy for him.  This morning it was if he was walking on air as he left for work with a smile on his face.  Usually it is a look of dread and his feet are like his shoes are made of concrete.  His retirement is for health reasons with the most significant being cardiac.

Retirement means we have many adjustments to make financially and to accept the necessary changes to our lifestyle.  This morning I was reading a blog post which in part said:
"Is there anyone on the planet having it worse than me right now?
When I am stuck on focusing on the negatives, when I feel like a victim and like things are going against me I ask myself this question.
The answer may not result in positive thoughts, but it can sure snap you of a somewhat childish “poor, poor me…” attitude pretty quickly. I understand that I have much to be grateful for in my life.
This question changes my perspective from a narrow, self-centred one into a much wider one. It helps me to lighten up about my situation. After I have changed my perspective I usually ask another question like:
What is the hidden opportunity within this situation?
That follow-up question is very helpful to keep your focus on how to solve a problem or get something good out a current situation. Rather than asking yourself “why?” over and over and thereby focusing on the negatives and making yourself feel worse and worse."

I am going to print the last paragraph and put it in a prominent place to remind myself and my husband that we are on the right track and we are OK. 
Please wish him good thoughts in being successful at getting his disability approved the first time out of the chute.

Happy New Year!


  1. Blessings and happy new year....
    wow your husband is quite talented. Both of you enjoy his retirement and each other.

    stay blessed.

  2. Thank you Rhapsody. So happy you stopped by.

  3. My mom's fave--pecan pie! I do wish your hubby good luck, it helped my partner that I had gone first with zero problems. Happy 2012 to you and yours!!

    1. Hi Diane. So glad you dropped by.
      Yes, I went first too and was approved the first time. I feel with his cardiac status, age(61) and being so close to retirement age anyway he will get approved. Crossing my finger.
      Happy 2012 to you and yours as well!

  4. Dear Kelli,

    I believe that anyone who lives with a Chronic Illness/ Pain issue has a deeper insight into the basics of life. As I have written on my blog, we seem to have a reservoir of endless ways to get through each day...for what is our other answer?? To NOT live our lives?

    For I would rather be in pain and be part of life, than miss anything and just slip away....

    Thank you for being positive and caring...sometimes that's all we need to read, or hear from someone.

    All the good thoughts to you and your husband, as he goes up against the Disability machine...I think he will get it 1st time around. :) Got to keep positive, no?

    Gentle Hugs----<3

    1. Hi Shauna,
      Thanks for dropping by and leaving the message. I feel my husband will be approved the first time too.


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