Friday, March 1, 2013

{Five Fact Friday} Gardening, Soup, and Acceptance

  1. This week, on my 57th birthday, I decided to accept myself -- gray hair, wrinkles, errors and all! (This does not mean I will not continue to color the hair and smear the skin with coconut oil, however.)
  2. Number one is not as easy as it sounds. It is hard to change a bad habit, so every time I hear myself whispering "You idiot!" I am replacing it with: "Becky, I accept you." (It is my intention to succeed.)
  3. Planning a vegetable garden, with all of its deadlines,  possibilities, and snafus -- takes courage, curiosity, science, determination, and faith. It also helps to have good information handy. In the next few weeks, I'll be setting plants and seeds in my first "compost sandwich," as instructed by Chris McLaughlin, in her book Vertical Vegetable Gardening.
  4. It is almost time to say goodbye to some great soups and hello to fresh greens and iced tea.
  5. Dogs can read faces. Mine will sneak down the hall and hide under the dresser if I even think about giving her a bath.  Today is bath day. 
Sharing my {five facts} with one of my favorite blogs:A Rural Journal
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  1. I look in the mirror and gently shake my head at what has happened to me in just seven years-talk about going down hill fast.Retiring didn't help but so grateful that I did-the broken leg took alot out of me which I will never get back as hard as I try.But I have to stop and think-ok you are going on 66 years old (yikes,where has the time gone)and you are where you are supposed to be so look in that mirror and remember that you have earned those wrinkles (but why so many),the gray hair (that is hidden under hair color)and a few other quirks (that only a miracle could help).I thank God for helping me this far in life and for what I have.Becky,you are so right about accepting ourselves the way we are,God has no problems with us.
    Sandra Miller

    1. Sandra, (smiling and crying with you)...miracle? Oh, "I know a guy who does miracles!" (winking because you do too!)

  2. You will succeed - l did! Now l get an immediate guilty feeling if l run myself down. By the way, you don't look 57! :-). My mums cat has insulin twice a day and reads her body language when she gets up to get it for him. He hides under the couch where she can't reach him. Only comes out if she puts the after-injection-fishtreat on the table :-). Hope your weekend is a blessed one, Pam :-)

  3. Beautiful inside and out - I always enjoy reading your thoughts. I'm glad to know you.

  4. I enjoyed your random 5! I think it's so hard to accept ourselves, but so important to do it. I am working on the negative thoughts, too, and trying to let them float away without engaging them.

    Dogs--and cats--can definitely figure out what we're planning to do!

    I'm visiting from the Random 5 meme--nice to meet you!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Tina. I paid you a visit as well. ~Blessings

  5. I am visiting from 5 random thoughts and you have a lovely blog...I too am a daughter of the King so we have something in common along side the fact that I am struggling to accept my ageing body....thanks for the encouragement....

    1. Welcome Nancy, sister in the Lord. Hey, if I looked as cute with grey hair as you do, I'd go for it!

  6. I decided to cut myself alot of slack about my gray hair and wrinkles -- at 53 it's just the way it is, right? Life is good. :)

    Thanks so much for joining in at R5F this week. Much appreciated!

    1. Nancy,
      Yep, cutting slack for wrinkles sounds like a good plan.

      I love your blog and R5F party. Thanks for hosting!

  7. what is tough for me is my mother went all white/grey haired & suddenly i realize cramp i am getting older. now i feel it setting in because i'm getting grey hairs too. nuts!! do what makes you feel young & great. color or no color. whatever is great!! i know my mom feels her hair is much healthier, feels great & is more easy to take of. ... i have to accept that. ( :

    1. Aging has its advantages - that is for sure! Thanks for stopping by, Beth.

  8. Fellow Daughter - at 53 I've learned that I've earned every wrinkle, every gray hair & every extra inch on my body. Remembering that I am loved by God for who I am & that all I need to be is His child & live my life so that it is pleasing to Him is what helps me accept me....for me!

    1. Thanks Patti. I know you are right.

  9. Happy Birthday and keep being positive! PS 57 isn't old ... it's just slightly beyond Young & Foolish.

  10. Very nice random 5! I loved what you said about is an enormous challenge! And Happy Birthday, by the way!

  11. I think it's very wise that we can accept ourselves as we are-
    I wish it didn't take so long! I'm 50 and there has been a definite change, but what else to do but embrace it?
    I laughed that your dog knows it's bath day. They are too smart for their own good!
    Thanks so much for coming by and commenting. I am so behind, but trying to catch up. I'm in agreement about the coconut oil. My sensitive skin loves it.
    Happy Belated Birthday, Youngster!

  12. I am so glad I found you! At my church they did a volunteer luncheon with this as the theme...A Daughter of the King! It was so precious...everybody loved it. I am around your age and can relate to so many of the things you mentioned...sigh! happy resurrection day to YOU!

    1. Hi Laurie; Blessings to you. I love meeting my family :)


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