1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them----that's what they're paid for!
2. Hang out with only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Enjoy the simple things (but you must learn to recognize them)!
4. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
5. Accept that tears happen. Endure, grieve, and then move on. The only person who is with us our entire life is ourselves. Be alive while you are alive.
6. Surround yourself with what you love whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies or whatever. Your home is your refuge.
7. Cherish your health. If it is good preserve it. If it is unstable improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve get help---and then, make the best you can of it.
8. Take a trip --- to the mall, the next county, a foreign country, or wherever but --- never take a guilt trip.
9. Keep learning about anything you choose: computers, crafts, gardening, golf or whatever. Keep your brain engaged. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop," and the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
10. Remember to tell the people you love that you love them. We never know when it will be too late.
a "been-there" mom of six offers encouragement
to wives, young mothers, and those not so young,
and simple common-sense approaches to
the "ings" of life:
child-rearing (hints and helps), homemaking (all areas),
cooking (simple, cheap, and do-it-yourself)
making (toys and gifts), preparing (for the unexpected),
maintaining (sanity and peace in this increasingly crazy world) and more---
all aspects of making the most of making do on little---
and having fun in the process.