Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday Thirteen

Last week I did bad habits, so I thought this week I'd see if I could come up with 13 "good" habits. I strongly suspect I will find this more difficult.

1. I shower daily. You might think, so what, but if you've ever been around someone who doesn't, then you know this is kind of important.

2. I moisturize. This is important for good skin health. I use a jojoba oil on major body parts. It is odorless and I am allergic to most fragrances.

3. I care about others. I don't have a huge cadre of friends, but I have a fair number, and I worry about them all. I also worry about people I don't know and make donations to worthy causes that I have investigated and found to be helpful to others.

4. I am honest. Of course I am going to tell you that you look good in that horrid puke green, but little white lies like that don't count. Aside from common courtesy like the example above, I am an honest and decent soul.

5. I have a good work ethic. If I say I'm going to do something, 99 percent of the time, it will get done. If it doesn't get done, you can be assured I have had a car breakdown or experienced some other major inconvenience that kept me from doing my work.

6. I am punctual. Being late is not something I find attractive in myself or others. I am usually five minutes early, and will sit in the car listening to an audio book to be right on time.

7. I like learning. I enjoy learning new things and having my brain challenged. Once you stop learning, you might as well stop living, is my motto. So I try to learn something new all the time.

8. I keep a clean house. This has become harder since my health issues but I still try to keep the place as clean as I can. It isn't up to my standards at the moment but it is the best I can do right now.

9. I try to eat healthy foods. Well, aside from chocolate. I have a terrible time with chocolate. But otherwise, I do okay. I don't eat fried foods hardly at all, and I don't indulge in cookies and cakes and such very often. Even so, I am overweight and while I know some of this is caused by a hormone issue, it is still frustrating.

10. I exercise. Right now that too is limited by a health issue, but I am doing my physical therapy exercises and that counts. I need a cane on uneven ground which means walking around the farm is out for the moment, but maybe things will improve. I keep hoping.

11. I kiss and hug my husband. I think touch is something vital to our well-being and in the U.S., people don't get enough of it. We're not a touchy-feely people but I think we need to be. There is healing in the hands of everyone.

12. I am grateful for what I have. I try very hard not to want more than I need and be grateful for all I do have. My health makes me grumble but even so I am still standing upright and not bedridden, so it could be worse. We are not millionaires but we are paying the bills. I am grateful for all that I do have and try to remember to be thankful daily.

13. I respect the environment. I don't litter, I recycle, and I plant things. We practice best methods of farming on the farm, and have worked hard to improve the water quality and run-off issues that come from having cattle on hilly pastures. I also complain about pollution issues and write my legislatures (which is a useless endeavor because most of mine are Republicans but I do it anyway) about the things that concern me.

Not as hard as thought it would be. Had to puzzle out the last few but there you go. It is good to remind myself that I have my good qualities. How about you? What are your good habits?

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 388th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. Some good habits! People who are habitually late irritate me, and it drives me nuts when I find neighbor's trash in my recycling bin. My T13

  2. I'm honest and I don't try to make people do things they don't want to do. I've always thought that was kind of sinful.

  3. I"m not sure worry is a good habit, but catching up with your friends is a real good thing.

  4. I am punctual, caring and, like you, I love learning. Documentaries are something I love to watch.

  5. I, too, am a man of many habits. I suppose sometime I'll have to examine them more closely & check the Good / Bad balance..

  6. Thanks for pointing these out. Made me feel pretty good, too! One thing I could be better about is punctuality.

  7. I did Thursday 13 in 2011 but I only made it to 117 ... You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din.

  8. What a lovely list! I especially the one about the power of human touch. Very perceptive!


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