Stuff

We took a rare family trip to Cleveland this weekend for 4 hockey games for the boy.  I say “rare” because it’s not very often we take these trips as a family as one of us will stay home to care for the animals especially in the winter when everything is more work because of the cold and snow.  We were only gone for 1 night.

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I took these pictures of the things I had packed for an overnight stay and the “baggage” the tween queen packed.  She had more packed for one night then the rest of the family combined.  This picture does not include her purse, blanket, pillow and 2 favorite stuffed animals.

I remember those days being a teen and into my 20’s and early 30’s thinking I needed all of my “stuff”, yearning for more stuff that others had, and always thinking this stuff is good, but I need a few more things for my “stuff” collection to be complete.

Funny how as you get older the needs and desires for more stuff starts to fade away.  The stuff I need now does not store in bags or drawers.  My stuff consists of my family, clothing, and a good book.

I no longer yearn for better stuff.  I am content with the stuff I have.  I think I am growing up 🙂

How it should be

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I try to keep my posts short and will do my best here.  This is my mother.  She is 71 years old.  She has always been a very independent woman carrying on the legacy of most of the women on her side of our family.  This picture was taken yesterday, June 6th, in the Erie Canal.

I am sure some of you remember the song about the Erie Canal.  We are lucky enough to live very close to it and are able to take our boat on it and kayak.  It’s always a great time!!

My father passed away in 2002 from cancer.  A few years later my mother’s best friends husband passed away also from cancer.  Rosie is also 71 years old.  These two women are crazy together and keep us on our toes.  This winter they decided to take off and live like gypsies visiting friends along the East Coast driving from Buffalo to Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and all over Florida.  They had no reservations, picked places to stay along the way, bought food to eat in the car and visited all of their friends and relatives.  They were gone for 3 months and spent less money than it would have cost our family of 4 to fly and stay somewhere for a week!!

They kayak almost every day in the summer in the early morning.  These pictures were from yesterday along the Erie Canal and the Ellicott Creek.  They loaded their kayaks onto their cars and off they went.

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driving off the Island to the Erie Canal (mom)

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Mom’s friend Rosie

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cruising along

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stopping along the way for lunch (they had an apple, banana, and blue chips lol)

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Rosie launching

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Where the two canals meet

Can’t imagine where I get my independence and determination from 🙂

Fit Bit — Water

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Ok, I admit it…I love water in pools, surrounding the Island we live on, in ponds, lakes, streams and everywhere in between.  But when it comes to drinking it….UGH…I have to force it down.  I don’t know why.  I’ve always felt that way.  I would rather drink a glass of milk than water.  Knowing the body is made up of over 70% water, I am well aware of the importance it has in my daily life.  So I thought I would share a few ways I trick myself into drinking at least 6 to 8, 8 ounce glasses a day.

Lemon Peel — it’s no secret I love lemons and they are a happy thing to me.  So I will save lemon rinds after my daughter has juiced them or from a recipe and I cut them small and slip them into a water bottle or my cup.  Seeing that bit of yellow makes me happy and it adds just enough lemon flavor to the water.  Limes and Oranges work well too but I love the Lemon!!

Small bottles or glasses — seeing a smaller bottle tricks my mind into thinking this is just a little bit so drink till it’s gone which I will.  Then I will refill it and wait a bit and do it again.  Breaking it into small batches you drink all day helps with the digestion process and less running to the bathroom which happens after you chug an 8 oz glass.

Splash of cranberry or grape juice — let’s face it color is more interesting than clear.  So I splash a tiny bit to give the water a hue of color which makes it more appealing to drink in my mind.

Decorative water/sports container — if I am running around and need to drink I will fill a pretty container and keep it with me in the car.  It is easier to drink while driving or at a light from a bottle that has a controlled top or tip on it.  Again, I pick a pattern/colors that appeal to me so I like looking at it and it invites me to drink it (yes, I have to do this stuff!!)

Water is so important to your body.  When I don’t drink enough I can feel the affects immediately with dry hands, dry lips, fatigue, hunger (which is truly thirst), and even a cloudy mind.

I hope some of the tricks help you in reaching your daily ration of water!!!