We are heading into the end of another calendar year. This is an interesting time for me each year. My birthday is in December, so I tend to do a personal inventory sometime in November or December. I find it usually depresses me, so I try not to stay on that for too long. 

This year, from the physical standpoint, I have done well. I have continued with the walking and watching portions that I eat, and have managed to lose about 113 pounds since late January. Still a work in progress, but I have actually gotten to the point of enjoying the whole thing. I think I will be ready to exercise and eat this way for the rest of my life. 

Finances are not going great. Not really terrible either. But, I have come to the point where I want to try my hand at the personal chef/small party catering thing I have been thinking about for a year or more. Also, compiling recipes has been a good experience, and I may have to try to find a way to finally get a cookbook together in the coming year. 

My personal life has been like spinning wheels the last year. Not a lot of forward progress, but I am trying to plan things and work things out to improve my own situation.I really have no idea what that might bring next year, but I have confidence I can figure something out.

In the middle of all this came the worst election season ever, and somehow, the U.S. elected the candidate I most wanted us not to elect. This gives me pause, and makes me very nervous. I hope we will find a way through it all. I fear it might become difficult for a lot of us out here. After all, the things this candidate seemed to endorse while running should scare anyone who is not exactly like the candidate himself. 

Anyway, as Thanksgiving is coming up in the U.S. this week, I want to try and be thankful that, at least for now, our free speech rights are still in place, and hope that the safeguards in our government do what they are supposed to do, and thwart the insanity that could potentially happen in the next four years. 

Hope all will be safe and well.

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Comment by Grinning Cat on November 23, 2016 at 11:08am

Congratulations on your personal progress, especially your new ways of exercising and eating!

As for Popular Vote Loser Trump (how we should refer to him), check out this shortcut URL; you might want to give it to family members and friends who are also scared: ECpetition.com

(goes to change.org's petition with almost 4.6 million signatures and counting; and you can stay updated on this campaign to try to persuade Republican electors to vote for Clinton)

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 23, 2016 at 3:44am

You must feel very proud of achieving such a remarkable weight loss and you say you have more to do. You are in the groove and you will reach your goal. As to finances, there exists a very rocky road for those of us who work for a living, or who depend on a pension that isn't nearly big enough to meet all the costs of aging and inflation eating up our buying power.  

It's time to hunker down, grit our teeth, clench our fists, and dig our feet into the ground if we want to survive. Looking back on the challenges my ancestors overcame, I have it easy. They have given me a legacy of knowing how to work hard, rest gently, and dance. 

Yes, we have free speech, unless we have radical thoughts of being equal. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on November 23, 2016 at 1:37am

Congratulations on the 113 pounds, Rhonda!!  It sounds like you are doing pretty good overall.  What you might try to do is to work for a caterer for awhile for experience.  It will give you some insight to things that you haven't even thought about yet.  And working for someone else while gaining experience, will help in the financial area also.

Good luck!!

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 23, 2016 at 12:55am
Re the political scene, Rhonda, I am faintly recalling when, in the US Navy, orders came for my ship to enter a combat zone close to shore.
Had a landing been ordered I would have gone ashore with a Browning automatic rifle strapped to my back and my life expectancy would have been eighteen seconds. I hoped I would return.
As we in the Navy and Air Force say, no one envies a foot soldier.
I do not now envy the activists who are resisting the Dakota pipeline.
Comment by Idaho Spud on November 21, 2016 at 3:12pm

Congratulations on loosing 113 lbs.

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