Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Lost

Do you lose things?  Keys?  Shoes?  Papers?  Reading glasses?

I’ve lost them all.  More than once.  Dozens of times.

Lately, I have developed losing things into an art form.  Not that I’m proud of it.  It’s embarrassing. 

You are probably organized.  You probably don’t understand what I’m talking about.  You have probably never lost your purse.  You have probably never lost your shoes.  You have probably never misplaced your cell phone.  Maybe you are left brained.

I am right brained.  I envy left brained people, sort of.  I say sort of, because I love being right brained.  I just hate losing things.   It’s inconvenient, and downright annoying.

Fortunately I never lost any of the children, at least not permanently, and I have never misplaced my house.
I have fixed some of my problems with losing things by having a particular place where I always put those easily lost things.  It works really well, mostly.

I have been missing my car keys for 2 weeks and I have looked everywhere.  That cute little hook thing that keeps them attached to my purse works every time, except for when I don’t take my purse with me.

I know exactly where my purse is and all my shoes except that one pair.  I have lost only one sock from each pair. I tend to lose them on the couch when Friend-husband gives me foot rubs.  Oh well, it’s only socks, and I adore foot rubs.

On Tuesday I lost a little pile of checks that were ready to be deposited.   I wonder if someone sneaked into my house and put them in their pocket.   Not likely.  Where could they be?  

I hope there are a couple of angels with time on their hands today.  I hope they will come to my house  and help me find The Lost.

Linda Garner

Friday, November 7, 2014

Family Talk

I am excited to introduce you to a new book by my awesome friend, Christy Monson.  Christy is a retired psychologist with a wealth of experience and a variety helpful ideas.  No matter what your family dynamics are, you are going to love Family Talk.

Some of the topic covered in this book are family rules, setting goals as a family, problem solving, strengthening relationships, family unity, building self-esteem, working together.  She also tackles tough issues like video game addiction, Aspergergers, Down's syndrom, and fetal alcohol syndrome.  She can help you with temper tantrums, discipline, money management, and much more.

Many families today have trouble connecting.  Many things compete for our time and attention.  If you value family, then you have probably noticed how difficult it can be to put family first, and you may have wondered how to tackle  the difficult issues facing families today.

Whether your family is humming along or struggling you will find valuable information on the pages of this book.  Get your copy today at one of these links.  To buy at Amazon click here.  To buy at Familius click here.  To buy at Christy's website click here.

Once you start turning the pages, you'll understand why Ben Bernstein, said this about Family Talk:

The Family Council Guidebook (Family Talk) is a vital and necessary addition to every 
home. In this day and age when emails, chat rooms, and staring at computer screens are 
rapidly replacing real-time human interaction, what better corrective could there be than a
 guidebook to how to talk with one another in meaningful, productive and healing ways.
 Christy Monson knows what she is talking about. It is a great blessing that she is
 sharing it with all of us.
            —Ben Bernstein, PhD, Author of Test Success! and A Teen's Guide to Success

Gotta run.  I'm off to read my own copy of Family Talk.

Linda Garner

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Cute Shoes

I wore the cute shoes yesterday.  The ones that hurt my feet.  I don’t wear them often.  I really like them though.

In the store I wore them for a really long time to make sure they would be okay.  Now they mostly sit in my closet. 

In the store, they felt fine. “These aren’t really heels,” I told myself.  They don’t count at all.”  In the store, I loved them.

The cute shoes are the only heels I own, because of an agreement I made with my feet.

When I wear the cute shoes, my toes sometimes cramp.  I really like them though.

When I wear the cute shoes, my arches hurt.  

Have you noticed that hardly anyone wears nylons anymore?  I still wear nylons mostly, but I forgot to buy some last week.  My other dressy shoes look weird without nylons.  They feel weird too.
The cute shoes look fine without nylons.  They feel fine without nylons, if you don’t count the toes and the arches.

I wore them on Friday and my toes were okay.  I didn’t have them on very long.
I forgot again about the nylons and I wore them again on Saturday.  I wore them for a very long time.  I wore them to a funeral and then a little later to a piano recital.  My toes didn’t cramp and my arches didn’t ache.

“Hmm…” I thought.

I really like them, and I forgot all about the nylons.

Yesterday I wore them to Church.  Our Church lasts three hours, but most of it is sitting.  My toes didn’t cramp and my arches didn’t ache, but a funny thing happened to my hip.

My hip does not like the cute shoes.  I had been at Church for about 15 minutes when my hip sent me a memo about the cute shoes.  Three hours is a long time even when you are sitting for most of it
I hope my hip forgives me.  She’s not very happy with me right now.  I’m walking kind of funny, and I’m not even wearing shoes.  I hope she forgives me soon.  Who knew that cute shoes could be so much trouble?

I really like them, though.

Linda Garner