The First WeekendCaféShare of 2019 Is Here!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I feel like I have been gone forever from you dear friends! The month of December flew past in a whirlwind! Things are settling down now and I can get back into a comfortable routine. That is to say, “I make lists.” I like everything in neat little boxes. I like knowing what I did last year and what I plan to do this year. I keep track. For example, I looked at the blog stats…….last year 16,300 folks looked at my site. The garden posts were the favored, which surprised me, because I would have thought it would be the travel posts or the door posts, but they did come in very close behind the garden posts. Thursday at 5pm was the day and time most people read my posts. That would suggest to me that it is the Door Folks, since the posts are called Thursday Doors (hosted by Norm) and are posted on Thursdays. Most of my readers were from the US, then the UK, Canada, Australia and then a big jump from the folks in India. I met a new friend this year from India on our cruise. My stats have jumped significantly from India. I think she has passed the word around about my blog, or at least I would like to think so.  I will continue to do what I have been doing in the blogging arena.

SS Voyager Laundry

Following my health pursuits has been interesting too. I wear an Apple watch and I do virtual walks from Yes.Fit. That means I track everything, ha ha. Last year I walked 2,787 miles in 50 designated walks. I burned 309,000 calories! My goal was to walk 2018 miles in 2018 and I did more than that. I also had surgery on my spine in October. It’s a good thing I did extra miles last Spring or I would have been short on my goal. I walked right up to the morning of my surgery and I walked a couple of days following my surgery. Laying down and sitting down were my problem! But, now I am as good as new, so I am off again this year.

SS Voyager Laundry

I also document everything I eat and I mean everything. I follow a few apps to keep up with this. The SparkPeople have many followers and there is a lot of incentive to keep your motivation up. I like the tracking and the health articles and meeting all the folks. I also follow LoseIt, because the app is so easy to use and every food I eat can be found in their data base. They both track my walking miles automatically too.

SS Voyager Laundry

I found a new App in December and am so happy with it. It is called PlanToEat. I like finding and trying new recipes, but half the time I can’t remember where I found them. I would go to the grocery store (with yet another list) and then when I went to make something with the food I couldn’t remember what food was for what or what recipe I had bought it for! There is no problem now that I have PlanToEat! I can put any recipe, either from the web, my own cookbooks or something I have scribbled down, automatically in my PlanToEat. Then I can put the recipes on my calendar for what day I want to make it. I can add the ingredients of the recipes that I am making to a specific grocery list for my specific grocery store. I can add staples to that list that are not in my recipes, but that I need. If I need an onion for 3 recipes it tells me that and which recipes it is that needs the onion! And, then I only buy what I have printed on that list! Love It! It has saved me so much time! And, I know where all my recipes are!

Now you must think how anal I am. But, I like getting things done and knowing what I do with my time.

SS Voyager Laundry

Are you a planner? Do you like lists? Do you keep track of things? Let me know what you all think………..until next week, have a great cup of coffee and enjoy the day!

PS You are probably wondering about the photos today……..On our cruise this summer to the Mediterranean, we had a butler. We’ve never had a butler, so we were not exactly sure what a butler did……….Well, they do just about everything! Just ask…….

After a week on the cruise the butler asked us if we needed any clothes washed or pressed. Now we have always done our washing and pressing and the facilities on board the Regent ship were fantastic, located on every floor with little to no time waiting on washers, dryers or the ironing board. But, we didn’t want to act foolish so we said “yes, that would be fantastic,” and quickly gathered up two bags of laundry, one of darks and one of lights. When the laundry came back two days later, this is what we got. Our dresses, shirts and pants were all hung in garment bags. Our undies had been washed, ironed and folded, and placed in a nice sturdy box with tissue paper.   My husband’s socks had their own special box……. so you see I am not the only one with lists and to-dos that need to be kept track of! Enjoy your day!

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh, my goodness! A personal butler! I need one of those, please. How delightful. Aren’t you grateful you accepted his offer?
    Yes, I do make lists, but now I’ve learned to make “appointments” with myself to accomplish what I need to do on specific days of the week. Works just dandy.


  2. Antoinette Truglio Martin says:

    I too make list, both on paper and in my head. I always leave the paper one somewhere I cannot locate when needed. Because I write it down I can remember most items and errands. My head list is not as efficient.


    1. I know that feeling all too well!


  3. Hi CCL. So good to have you back. And wow, the whole butler thing must have been fun and weird. I doubt I’ll ever have the need/opportunity to figure that out but what fun for you.

    I don’t make many lists, as you do, but I did have some goals for 2018 regarding my story blog. I was hoping to have it up and running smoothly with at least 50 story items by the end of 2018 and I made it. I didn’t know at the the time I made these goals that WP would give me various stats regarding readers. Those were only okay. I made the few targets I set and pursued, but not very many readers know about my collection yet. Those that do, have given me very nice feedback.

    While you were off enjoying the butler, I produced a story I really like named, “The Manic Mannequin Memory”. You should check it out because I think you would enjoy how I got on with a certain mannequin one Christmas season.

    Once again, it’s great to ave you back.


  4. Kathleen Howell says:

    Long time list maker here! Thanks for the app suggestions! Will have to check them out. I use FitBit and iTrackBites and I’m really liking iTrackBites so far. Welcome back to the Coffee Share!


  5. Sherry Felix says:

    Love to have a butler. Talking of clothes, I just went through all ours and discarded bags full (for charity) and folded and organized .


    1. Sherry, how are you? Did you have a good holiday?


      1. Sherry Felix says:

        It’s a quiet time for me. No cure in sight.


  6. Dimitri says:

    Yeah, I like tracking things and making lists. Usually I do it for my business related things, but I keep records of how many miles I swim in the swimming pool as well. I mean I have weekly swimming targets like you have annual walking targets. 🙂
    wish you can do 2019+ miles in 2019..
    Have a wonderful New Year


    1. Dimiti, once you are accustomed to walking everyday, it seems to become a permanent habit. I don’t think I will have any trouble this year with my walking goals! If I had a pool I would swim too!


  7. Doug Warren says:

    Thanks for sharing the PlanToEat website and app. I didn’t know about it before, and it looks great. Just what I need to help plan my diabetes meals. Thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I really use that app and website every day!


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