Monday, January 15, 2007

              

The skies keep dropping buckets of rain around here.  This has been going on for days on end.  It's warm which is nice but soon will end.  The rain is supposed to change over to snow tonight...grrr.

Smoking update...no I didn't cold turkey it yet.  Emotionally, it's been rough on me lately.  I smoke no more and usually less than half a pack a day.  That is the first step.  I will be smoke free in a month or so.  I have noticed that the smoker's cough I had since my ear infection in the fall has disappeared.  I am starting to sneeze and cough up all the crap that has been sitting in my lungs so there is progress being made.  I think smoking cessation is sort of like dieting...we have to do what works for ourselves.

I do have some problems on weekends controlling the amount of smoking but do not go over my half pack limit.  When I'm working it's far less.  I know the time is coming when I will have to bite the bullet. 

Anyway, my thought for the day, week, whatever is reflected in my tag.  We really must be a friend to ourselves, love ourselves, accept our quirks; we are far from perfect.  Beating ourselves emotionally is totally non-productive.

As many of you know from my tag  journal, I have been trying to get my clothes under control...no small task as I have the smallest room with a ridiculous closet.  It was the baby's room previously...9X10.  The closet is not deep.  ROLF...I have to use those baby hangers because the louevered doors won't shut with full size hangers.  I have two plastic containers of summer clothes.  Only half of my winter clothes are jammed in that closet, and it's not that I have tons of clothes.  That closet is tiny.  I bought this neat wardrobe thingy at Home Depot that is sort of a canvas color and zippers and is on wheels.  It's got all kinds of pockets and things on the side.  Joey is going to put it together in Megan's room today.  After I get the other room totally empty, I want to shampoo the carpet, then wheel the new thingy in there.  I'm just hoping I have enough room to hang the rest of my stuff in it.  Storage in this place is a huge problem.  I've gotten rid of just about all I can so keeping my fingers crossed.

I'm sort of feeling like my strep is coming back...my fault because I didn't take my medication as diligently as I should have.

I have the day off today as it's Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday.  I'm hoping to get the room cleared and shampooed today.

I think I'm back off to bed for an hour or so.  I'm always up at my usual time even on my day's off.

Take care all.....the winter drears will soon be gone....

               CHRIS

25 comments:

shermeen0621 said...

I wish i had more closet space, as it is now my laundry basket and wardrobe is filled with clothes. I don't know, I think i might need to clean my closet out and get rid of things that i dont wear very often.

Well done for cutting down on smoking, its not any easy thing to do and I do believe that different things work for different people. but you sound motivated and that's what counts, don't give up because you can do it.

Hope you enjoy your day off!
Shermeen xx

jeadie05 said...

Chris all my summer clothes are in a suitcase ,then when summer comes I swap over ,discarding stuff then,good luck with the smoking  ...love Jan xx

midwestvintage said...

 I think quitting smoking was the single most hardest thing I ever did.  That fact that the cigarette companies deliberately add addictive ingredients to really hook makes it even harder.  They should make that practice illegal.  Good luck to you.

                         Julie

springangel235 said...

Good morning Chris,
First...love your tags...saw them at your other journal.  Beautiful!
We had rain off and on for days now...snow may be coming our way with cold air tomorrow.  Going to be in the 60's again today!  Weird weather!  It takes time to quit smoking...do it at your own pace.  I've met many who have quit, some who can't...but it is an individual thing.  My prayers are with you that it works at your own pace.  Talk about clothes and closets...we ran out of room and have some of our clothes hanging on racks in the garage! LOL...at least you are not at that stage...we need a bigger house to hold our clothes, LOL
I pray you are not getting strep, don't over do things, take meds and rest up...have a wonderful week, hugs and love,
Joyce

jckfrstross said...

enjoy your day off:)

Deb

queeniemart said...

i think when you quit smoking, it is common to get very flu like sick. I know how hard it is!! That organizer thingie sounds cool.....you would hate me if you saw the closets in my bedroom. Rick has a huge walk in and i have a huge walk in closet. Most of my stuff is on the floor.
i love you,
lisa

lisa41076 said...

Chris,hope the rains ends soon, love your tags, Hugs Lisa

siennastarr said...

Chris, you are so right about not being so hard on ourselves.  We are our own worse critics.  The smoking thing.. it is hard.  It will happen though.. just have faith, but do it the way you feel is easiest for you.  Well.. none of it's easy, but, you know what I mean..

I don't envy you having to clear out that closet.  I hate doing stuff like that.  Have to literally force myself! lol

I hope you aren't coming down with strep again... that would suck!  I know how sick you were the last time.

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers..

Love you
jackie

chat2missie said...

I think your doing great with quitting smoking.  You have to do it in a way you know is good for you.  Seems you're on the right track.
Missie

my78novata said...

yes and I need i tto stop raining I dug up my back yard and I Have five dogs that go in and out. Yes quit one day at atime that is all you can do

tendernoggle said...

Just keep hanging on Chris...Please ...YOU CAN DO IT.
love ya,
carlene

queenb8261 said...

I'm SO VERY PROUD of you Chris!!! You will not believe how long & how nasty the stuff is that you cough up is. Have you noticed being able to smell things better and how much better food tastes? Do areas where people smoke like around buildings and stuff make you want to gag yet? LOL I tell ya, as a reformed smoker I'm the biggest snob.  I JUST cannot take the smell of old smoke and stuff. OMG, we painted out house after we cleaned itfrom top to bottom and I have this pic of the ceiling how YELLOW it was.  Crazy.  I'm praying for you and I know you can do it.  And I wish it would stop raining for you but I don't wish the cold on you.  It is supposed to get above freezimg tomorrow.  YAY!!  Take care and you've got this thing beaten.  Hugs, Barb  

princesssaurora said...

Sounds like you totally have a plan with the closet and have it under control!  Good luck with the project!  I hate the rain too....

be well,
Dawn

rebuketheworld said...

Hey Chris, I am not doing so well either in terms of quitting. Your still ahead of me. But, we will both get there soon. High fiven yah sweetie...~Raven

penniepooh said...

Good luck with all the organizing. You will be so happy once it`s all done and everything`s in its place. I hope you`re not getting sick and congrats so far on the smoking thing. You`ve cut down a lot and I think that`s a great start!!!
Love ya
penny xo

zoepaul6968 said...

good on you hun with the smoking,you are doing so well,nearly there,dont dread the first smoke free day,dont think about it,that helps a bit,just remember why youre doing it and how good you feel now,let alone when youre smoke free,it helps to keep busy and use the money you save on some lovely new shoes,lol take care zoe xx
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xxroxymamaxx said...

I'm glad you are doing good with your quitting.  : )  And I hear ya on the clothes...I have big bags of stuff to give away but I never get around to it so it just sits in the garage. lol  Have a great week Chris!  Love ya, Shelly

fuzilady said...

sometimes it is so hard to be a friend to yourself. We judge ourselves so easily. I am at fault there. Goodluck with the smoking. I am getting there day by day. when my husband is gone it is easier, and of course when I am working.

hugs
jennifer

ally123130585918 said...

Hope you are enjoying your day off ~ and good luck with the smoking you are doing well ~ Ally

thegirlnexdoor77 said...

Boy let me tell ya...when the nice wore off here...it really wore off...they say more snow...we had the ice storm...thank the Lord no where near as bad as the last bad ice storm...this time we kept the electric..I hate cold...whaaaa!!!And good words of wisdom...I so need to be a better friend to myself...swallow some of my own medicine...have a great week!! Hugs,TerryAnn

rdautumnsage said...

Hi hon, I know exactly what your talking about with small closets and no storage. I have the same problem here. The weather cannot possibly be any wackier this year. Your doing good with the smoking hon, keep up the good work. (Hugs) Indigo

jlocorriere05 said...

I tried to cut down on smoking but it didn't work for me, I found lit cigarettes mysteriously appearing in my hand! I hope you get your closet sorted, I need to do mine one day! Jeannette xx  http://journals.aol.co.uk/jlocorriere05/Welcometomytravels/  

shayshaydc said...

Storage always seems to be a problem for me.... I brought some of those plastic under the bed storage units to put some of my clothes in.... they work pretty good!!! Yea we seem to beat up on ourselves!!!! I am doing better......... actually I'm doing better now than I have in a long time!!!! Living without a man is not half bad!!!! LOL!!!!! http://journals.aol.com/shayshaydc/Golfaholic
Sharon:)

helloimkara said...

Im glad to hear you are making progress on not smoking. Isn't that frightening to be coughing up all that stuff??  My gosh!  Not having any storeage space is no fun at all!!!

Kara :)

gehi6 said...

My second son is on his 4th week of quitting smoking  Congratulations on getting this far with your struggle.  I always head toward weight loss and have not done a while lot yet except lose a pound or two I put on during the holidays.  I find buying clothes motivates me so I head for the thrift stores when I need a pickup.  My closet is jammed, but fortunately it is quite big.  I have always envied those fortunate to have walk in closets which my daughter has in the new house they could order to custom.  My son has one of these trees I guess you would call it where you can hang quite a lot just out in the open.  Gerry