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Digging Your Potatoes

I have been watching my life pass me by.  Sometimes, the view is not pleasant, but for the most part, it looks pretty enjoyable.   One would wonder, why I just don’t jump right in.  Instead, I keep digging my potatoes.   Let me hip you to what “digging your potatoes” means.     Way back when I was a young lady, we use to play double dutch.   Not only was did it strengthen our legs, stamina, and eye coordination, but  we could make up these cute songs as we jumped.   Songs about boys, kissing, and getting into trouble with the first two.   On my block, every girl, even mothers would jump double dutch.  Keeping up with the rhythm, the twist and turns and the sheer joy.    There was always girls wanting to play.  The line was long to get a turn to jump.   The longer you jumped, the faster the turners would speed up.   Once you finished your turn, you took the place of the turner.    You  tried to stay in the moment as long as possible.

 

There were times, when  someone  would take a while to get going.  Pumping back and forth, trying to gauge the right entrance into the center to start jumping.   We call that “digging your potatoes”.   I understand the reason behind the digging part.  Usually you would pump your arms like you were in a row-boat, moving your body back and forth,  trying to gauge the right entrance.   The potato part was always a mystery to me.   It could have been tomatoes, carrots, lettuce.  We picked potatoes.  Once that phrase came out, everyone else chimed in.     STOP, DIGGING YOUR POTATOES. Your whole rhythm was thrown off, you jumped in  and you got tangled in the rope, missing your turn.

 

That is what life feels like now.   I am digging my potatoes.   I am pumping my arms. throwing my body back and forth, trying to get my timing right to jump in.   The voices on the playground have been replaced by family friends, spouse, and even myself.   STOP DIGGING YOUR POTATOES.     So I pump back and forth one more time, jumping in.    Sometimes, I get tangled up in the rope, other times, I succeed and jump to my heart’s content.    It is not success that worries me, but the failures.   As a child, all I have to, is get back line and try again.  As an adult there is  more at stake.    So much more.     OK, here I go, pumping my arms, I am ready…………………………… I could also turn the rope for a while.

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Why must we make……..

Every article I have been reading lately discusses making resolutions.  Making them stick.  Keeping your resolutions during the first month.   We all do it.  I am going to make a change, start or end something, generally change my life.   How do you go about changing your life?   How long will it take.   If I don’t make the changes, then am I considered a failure?  Who even started this resolution idea.   It is so funny, we spend this great amount of time making and trying to keep these resolutions, that by the end of the month, our big life change had dribbled down to drip.   

In my earlier post, I have talked about making changes to my life.  New beginnings, New year.   I believe in making goals, not resolutions.   Resolutions sound so final.   Goals sound infinite, ever-changing, ever-growing.  You reach one and move on to the next.    It is just like a statement saying,” I am going on a diet”, then becoming very hungary.   Or maybe that only happens to me.  Oh well,  I did not make any resolutions.   Just couldn’t.  Nope, not me.

I applaud those who make resolutions and keep them.  For me, one of my goals is ………………………..  I will let you know.

 

 

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New life

I have already started to make changes to one of my blog, this blog.  I have changed the header.    Added color to the sides.  I also changed the layout.  The only thing I was not able to change was the font.  I am still in the free mode of the internet and I am trying to be as frugal as possible.  Now I will start to clean up some of my widgets and apps.   Hopefully I will make it more user-friendly and streamline.     If some of you have any suggestion feel free to chat to me about it.  I am always looking for new and exciting ways to spice up my blog.     I would love to add more functionality to my blog.   Word balloons and arrows, better word captions.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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Transformations

In keeping with my previous post, I have made some changes.  Lets start with my body and health.    I have started a weight loss/exercise program.   My dear husband has decided to take up the banner with me.   Together we will be walking and exercising together.   We also discussed cooking more scratch and less process foods.    Good talk, good walks.   Gotta love a man who want to get his act together too.  Bravo husband.     I have been purchasing vitamins and coordinating with my doctors on more preventative health issues.    Because most of my work is sitting down, whenever I am working on a project, I started wearing ankle/arm weights.  Taking breaks throughout the process, doing leg and arm lifts,  keeps me from getting stiff and tired.   I call it the sneaky way to exercise.  Whatever works. 

One of my most potent weapons is my faith and spiritual guidance.  I rise early to read my bible and spend time with the word of God.    This keeps me grounded, less stress and more centered. 

Next on the agenda, the outside looking in.

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Great Recipe

A friend of mine, who keeps sending notes about how to improve the quality of my life andmaintain the loving relationship that I have.  I am a friend of hers, though I do not send out as many emails as I use to( she forgives me).    Here is one she sent me.   Right now it sums up what 2012 is shaping up to be or the promise of the year.

Great Recipe (one of the best that you will ever read)
1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate antidepressant.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.  Talk to God about what is going on in your life.
3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following
statement, ‘My purpose is to__________ today. I am thankful for______________’
4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
7. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead
invest your energy in the positive present moment.
8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
9. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
11. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
12. You are not so important that you have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
13. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
14. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about .
15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
16. Frame every snowballed disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’
17. Forgive everyone for everything.
18. What other people think of you is none of your business.
19. GOD heals everything – but you have to ask Him.
20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
21. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch!!!
22. Envy is a waste of time. You have everything you need.
23. Each night before you go to bed, complete the following statements: I am thankful for__________.
Today I accomplished_________.
24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
25. When you are feeling down, start listing your many blessings. You’ll be smiling before you know it.

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Today

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.   Familiar phrase that everyone uses, when someone wants to make a change in their life.    So here is my beginning.  I will use this blog as my jumping off point.   Right I am starting a reagamin of eating healthy, exercising more, adjusting my time and schedule and become closer to God, who supplies my every need.  Right now I have about 5 blogs that I write.  Each one represents a part of me and who I.    Here is a list and what they stand for.

Not Just Knee Deep – My most personal thoughts, ideas and the building block of me.  Sometimes you will read musing, stories, excerpts from other places, people and readings.  

My other WordPress blog is  ILOVETOCREATE.    This blog represents all my other creation, besides my jewelry and paper crafts.  I will be recycling, up cycling, repurpose, alter, change, create, transform, decorate, investigate to just about anything that crosses my mind.   I love making things with my hands.  On this blog will be my creative outlet.   This blog with also house my paper crafts, such as book marks, cards, tags.

Jets Jewelry is my most favorite blog.  It deals with my obsession concerning jewelry, beads, findings and all that inspires.  I have been making jewelry for at least 25 years now.   I still get excited when I see beads in a shop or see a finished product.   This blog will include shows, festivals, fairs, vendor shows as well as bead shows, I plan to have a mix of handmade and new pieces.  Stay tune

It’s A W.W.W. World Out There  is the blog devoted to my love of computer and all things dealing with technology.   It will house my basic computer class I teach during the fall and winter months.   You can sign up for the class if you live in the Waterloo and Cedar Falls area.   You will find info, tips, tricks, how-tos and general information about the It world, as I see it.

Jet Jewelry, Re  and Livin for the Weekend are my frugal and thrifty sites.  These are my soul mates.  The people on these sites know how to make a dollar holla.  It is about spending less, and enjoying life on what you have.  Tip on second-hand shopping to how to make your own soap.  The information is outstanding. Everyone is trying to deal with rising cost and crippling debt.  These sites will give you info to arm yourself and steps to make through the tough times.   I can always get feedback from these supporters.  I am among friends.

Last but not least is Essence, Jets Jewelry .  I have a subscription to Essence.   This blog I don’t get to very often.  But that is about to change.  I am a fashionista.  a budget minded, frugal, thrift shop wearing fashionista, but a fashionista no less.   It is here where I will talk about being a proud, natural hair wearing sista, a women of color.

There you have it.  All my passion, all written for the world to see and read.    In the very near future, I will adding video to my growing array of services.  This is going to be hard for me.  I am very camera-shy.  But a girl, go to do what a girl has to do.   All of these blogs are connected to what I am doing, about to do and will be doing.  Stay tune.  We are going for the a roller coaster ride.

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This One Comes From The Heart

I have been sitting here at the computer most of the day trying to get a calendar on one of my other blogs.   It’s not working, they way I want.  So now, my spirits are a little low.    I try to keep up appearances, but most of the time I am just unhappy.    Why do people believe the strong  needs no help.   I know that God is on my side, but I truly believe he put people on this earth to help one another.   Most of the time I end up doing things for myself and by myself.   I know that I have changed.   My heart seems to be closed off.   I keep a distance.   My trust factor is at zero.   I have been hurt so many times, I can’t even explain.   I try to explain myself, about who I am and what I want out of life.   It is like I am talking in the wind.    I don’t expect anybody to give me anything.  I have been let down too many times.   Just don’t bother me when I am trying to get what I need.   Most of the time, I will not ask you for help.   I won’t ask for anything.   Since I am not bothering you, don’t bother me.   Just to leave me alone and I will come around.    Since my priorities have shifted, these are things I want and I know what  I need to get them.   They will not involve anyone’s  time, money or effort.    I am strong enough to make this happen, but when I need help, I expect it.    Since I don’t ask often, it should be an easy task.   It never is.  I am strong for one reason and one reason only, Jesus Christ in my life.   He knows I need help  sometimes.  He knows I need him all the time.   That is my spiritual side.  My human side needs to be held up, petted, stroke and told, “It is going to be alright”.   Just lean on me, and I will be strong for you”.   I don’t need it often, but I do need it.

I remember when I broke up with the father of my  children.  Right after the birth of our daughter, we  discovered we still had feelings for each other.  We had decided to get back together.   The other women was suppose to be told.  It never happened.   I kept wondering why he felt it was so easy to hurt me.   I guess I must have been talking out loud and two of my friends told me why.   They felt the reason was; he didn’t stay with me was because I could take the pain.  Can you believe that.  I could weather the pain better than she.  They felt the other women would not be able to recover.   He took the easy way out along with my heart and trust..   Even my mother agreed with the assessment.   How could my pain be weighed as less than.     I guess that is why doctor’s have a chart in their offices about the levels of pain.   So if at that time, a poll  taken and my pain threshold proved sustainable, then hurt I was.   I guess what goes around comes around.   I had to say sorry to my daughter.  Out of my two children, she seemed able to sustain the hits and blows.  She was the first to venture out there in that world by herself.   My son seem to shy away from the limelight.   By hook or crook, their roles are reversed, it was my son who is doing better and sustaining .  My daughter is now in her own, in an apartment and taking life as it comes, but it took a while.     I am proud of her  as well as my son.   But I tended my son’s garden more often than my daughter’s thinking she was the strongest.  Thinking that she would be able to handle the wears and tears of life.    Where I made my mistake was thinking at all.   Being strong does not guarantee you anything.   Maybe the reason the strong survive is because they have to.   No one  else to depend on.   Everybody expecting them to rise above and fly.    Everybody needs help.   No one is immune to hurt, disappointment and pain.   Some just handle it in a different way.  We all survive in the end.   Some of us  just happen to survive with more help than others.

So, the next time you see a strong person, standing tall in force of life, go over and give them a helping hand.   They just maybe falling down on the inside.

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