Procrastination is not good for your health

Procrastination is not good for your health

This week’s Think Write Thursday is to write about something you’ve been putting off doing. We all have those tasks, projects, phone calls and more that we find excuses to avoid. What are you procrastinating about? And why? And, finally, how are you going to address it? Happy writing!

I love this part – “Happy writing”

Ummmm, not so much.

This post strikes fear into my very inmost being. Really. I am going to have to talk about things I put off and I am not talking about cleaning out junk drawers or re-organizing kitchen cupboards.

Nope – even though those things are not on my “to do” list with any regularity. The Procrastination Elephant in the room for me is scheduling regular health maintenance.

Oh, I have a million excuses as to why I have not done this, but when it gets right down to it, none of them are really valid excuses.

This was not always the case – in Holland I had a doctor I loved. And, I trusted her.

No, I mean I really trusted her – even to talk about being overweight without shame or avoidance. And, with her I got regular maintenance done – mammograms, colonoscopies, bone density testing, and regular blood work.

Then I moved to Pittsburgh and discovered how hard it is to find a doctor. And, trust me – it is really hard.

Pittsburgh is a fairly large city, yet do you know that they do not have a single physician who specializes in Women’s Midlife Health?

So, in the time I have lived here, I have seen 3 different doctors – and last year, I did not visit a doctor at all. I have not really loved any one I have seen – and let me tell you about the Health Care Insurance Wars here in Pittsburgh. No one takes all insurances – so if you have “X” insurance, none of the UPMC doctors will see you. If you have “Y” insurance, none of the Highmark doctors will see you. (And, if you can only afford “Z” insurance – you are straight out of luck because no one will see you.) It is absolutely insane.

However, I have this list of things that has been nagging at me.

Things like getting a mammogram and a bone density test and a colonoscopy.

If this post was not hard enough, I now have to make a plan to address it.

Now is the part when I confess that typing is not easy – nor is it any easier to verbally say it out loud.

However, here I go…

I will look up my last physician’s phone number and call him TODAY to make an appointment. And, you can hold me to that – I promise to update you all with my appointment time in tomorrow’s blog post!

Will that get everything off my list? Nope, but it will be a start and I will bring my list…

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P.S. Every week is really not this hard! Promise!!

A Day for Love

A Day for Love

Happy Valentine’s Day, Gentle Reader! Today a poem from my favorite poet, Pablo Neruda. Go and laugh with your loved ones today.

Your Laughter

Take bread away from me, if you wish,
take air away, but
do not take from me your laughter.

Do not take away the rose,
the lance flower that you pluck,
the water that suddenly
bursts forth in joy,
the sudden wave
of silver born in you.

My struggle is harsh and I come back
with eyes tired
at times from having seen
the unchanging earth,
but when your laughter enters
it rises to the sky seeking me
and it opens for me all
the doors of life.

My love, in the darkest
hour your laughter
opens, and if suddenly
you see my blood staining
the stones of the street,
laugh, because your laughter
will be for my hands
like a fresh sword.

Next to the sea in the autumn,
your laughter must raise
its foamy cascade,
and in the spring, love,
I want your laughter like
the flower I was waiting for,
the blue flower, the rose
of my echoing country.

Laugh at the night,
at the day, at the moon,
laugh at the twisted
streets of the island,
laugh at this clumsy
boy who loves you,
but when I open
my eyes and close them,
when my steps go,
when my steps return,
deny me bread, air,
light, spring,
but never your laughter
for I would die.

Pablo Neruda

A Knitting Sonnett

A Knitting Sonnett

This week’s Think Write Thursday task is to write a love letter. It could be a letter to a person, an idea, a project, a dream, a wish, a relative, a famous person, an ancestor or anything (or anyone) else you can think of.


Well, as you could have guessed, today I share my deep love for all that is knitting.


Knitting, I love thee! I will gauge the ways!
I love thee in the knits and purls and YO’s
My needles can knit, and cables to slip
Even when there are many ends to weave in
I love thee without fail in every day’s
Netflixing or some audio-booking.
I love thee in a top-down pullover.
I love the joy of matching hand knit socks.
I love thy charts, repeats, and in the round
And when I grow old and my eyes weary
I will knit my love in miles of garter
With warm, bulky yarn on great big needles
Right sides and wrongs sides are loved equally,
And blessed are they that inherit my stash.


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In the bleak midwinter

In the bleak midwinter

This week’s Think Write Thursday topic is to write a post titled “Hello, February.”

Hello, February!

You might be bleak, but you just happen to be one of my favorite months! You are short and sweet with days that are slowly lengthening and you are the last full month of winter!

Those are some darned good things – but you have so much more packed in to your 28 days!

There is some Groundhog excitement today, and apparently, Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow and there will be six more weeks of winter. (However, remember this – only 49 days until SPRING!!)

There is one particularly SUPER Sunday and I will be cheering for a certain team from New England. It’s practically a patriotic thing to do!

You bring the birthday of my Rachel, who this year will be 28! Okay, really? How on earth can that be! (And, for those of you wondering – yes, I did use the calculator to determine her age!)

You bring a reminder that love is important on Valentine’s Day.

February 15 would be Susan B Anthony’s 197th birthday…which I think is kind of a big deal this year. A good day to put a pink hat on and celebrate!

We all get a long weekend for President’s Day…which is never a bad thing! (Also a great time to reflect on what makes a good president!)

And, all month long I will be putting pen to paper to send out a letter nineteen times.

I would be REALLY happy if you were a Leap Year – sadly this year you are not!

While I am not officially in the “Bang out a sweater” crew over at MDK this year – I hope to get at least one sweater finished this month. I am also joining in the Kirsten Kapur sock MKAL – I am not sure these will be completed this month, but they will join the knitting rotation!

I am going to try to finish another 6 books this month, which might be a challenge…we’ll see how I do!

I am also hoping that you do not bring days on end of snow and bitter cold – you could keep those things to yourself. Thank you very much!



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A Joyful Tuesday

A Joyful Tuesday

Month One of joy is almost over, so how is my Joy Meter doing? What sparked joy in January?

Well, there were so many things!

The joy started with “virtual cheers” shared with Honore´ (okay, maybe this happened for me before midnight, but I am counting it!)

Joy continued with Mary’s help on this bit of hat knitting.

Joy overflowed in the books I read this month I finished 6 books this month! Best of the bunch: The Nix, The Secret History, Moonglow, and The Cruelest Month.

There was joy in the unity of the Woman’s March on Pittsburgh.

There has been so much joy in daily stitching – I just must add today’s stitches and the first month is done! I am so happy with this new outlet for creativity!

And, there was all kinds of joy inspired by all of you. Joy from your comments – joy from your posts – and most importantly, joy from the community we share!

What brought you joy in January?

Procrastination is not good for your health

Mirror, mirror…

This week the topic for Think Write Thursday is to tell us what your mirror would say if it could talk.

Oh, boy…

Really? Can I just say for starters that I am unbelievably glad that my mirror cannot talk! Exceedingly glad – and then some! Ha!

However, perhaps if it could talk it might say things like this (in no particular order)

  1. Yes, your hair looks fine and does not need more hairspray. Really.
  2. Please do not forget the under-eye cover up – those dark circles and bag are not your friends!
  3. You know, if I were a bit bigger you might not need that magnifying mirror… okay maybe not.
  4. Two words – grey roots! You better get on that yesterday, girl!
  5. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!! And, puh-leeze!! Use the SPF 30 stuff!

Do you hear the sarcasm, because I sure can! In actuality this was a very challenging topic for me – one that is totally outside my comfort zone. I am not comfortable talking about myself in a positive way – I can talk about things I do, or ideas, or beliefs without any hesitation. But, when it gets down to that face in the mirror – it is an entirely different story.

Rather, here is what I see when I look at this picture – a middle-aged woman who will stand up for what is right and help you if you have a problem. I am a procrastinator and a dreamer and I do not at all feel like I am 57, but I sure as heck am glad I am not 75 (yet) or 25 (again). I am content with who I am inside even if I am uncomfortable talking about the outside.

A challenging journey that is, I hope, far from completion.

Thank you for selecting such a thought provoking topic this week Carole. And, I really mean that!

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