Happy and Grateful – Day 49

This is February and I am well on my way to attaining a goal I set for myself.  I am trying to post every day with happiness and gratitude that I have encountered that day.  There is always something no matter how small it may seem that we can be grateful for and even just a shared smile can make you happy if only for a moment.  Please try to find those moments for yourself too…  if you’re up to it I would love if you would share them too in the comments or your own blog.  Being aware can really turn a day around!

And the warm weather just keeps coming. I was all set to write about the short walk my boyfriend and I were able to take tonight, but then the text in the middle of the night happened.

My daughter was just drifting off to sleep when she heard water running… an odd thing being in bed and your roommate is asleep.  Upon investigation she found there was water shooting out of the pipe that was supposed to connect to the back of the toilet, but it no longer did as the water was spraying everywhere.  No this did NOT make me happy.

I am happy she was able to get a hold of the maintenance people and they were able to come and fix the pipe.  In the mean time she has used all of the towels they own and one set of sheets to clean up the water.  What a mess!  At least it was clean water.  And I am happy no one got hurt and they were home when it happened.  Imagine the damage that could have happened if they had both been at work!

After my daughter told me she got zapped when she touched the wall and connected with the light switch that was wet.  I am grateful all she got was a little shock.  Water and electricity can be deadly.  So tonight was a rough night… glad it is over.  Now will either of them be able to sleep after all the commotion?

Happy and Grateful – Day 48

This is February and I am well on my way to attaining a goal I set for myself.  I am trying to post every day with happiness and gratitude that I have encountered that day.  There is always something no matter how small it may seem that we can be grateful for and even just a shared smile can make you happy if only for a moment.  Please try to find those moments for yourself too…  if you’re up to it I would love if you would share them too in the comments or your own blog.  Being aware can really turn a day around!

I am still LOVING the weather we are having!  Windows open today, temperatures in the mid 60’s, it was great!  I do wish I had a little more chance to enjoy it, instead I spent my afternoon waiting on my sister to bring me a check I needed to take to the bank.  But when it is this nice in February it is hard to stay grumpy or upset.

I took Dad to the clinic again today, picked up my prescriptions, and still got to the bank in time.  I just had to miss out on the short walk in the part… but there is always tomorrow for that.  This warming trend is going to last about a week anyway.

Otherwise my day went ok.  Nothing too great, but the feel of this warm weather had me craving ice cream.  My boyfriend was kind enough to get me some Butter Pecan ice cream with caramel sauce… it was heavenly.  I made me very happy (yes, I know food should not control your moods, but often it does for me… something my doctor and I work on a little).  I was grateful to have something cooling on this almost hot day.  Made me feel like summer was just around the corner. Do you have a favorite ice cream treat, or something else, you like to cool off with?

His Kindness Matters

She slowly pushed the knife

Through the juicy lemon

Slicing it to go into her water

It was another hot day

Humidity ruining her hair

She went to the porch

There was at least a breeze

So the shade wasn’t bad

And she sat on the swing

She lived for summer days at 4pm

That is when he walked by

She didn’t know his name

Only imagined his life

But he would smile at her

He would say hello

And she would feel

Like she mattered

If only for a moment

It was her best defense

From being invisible

And when summer was over

He would be gone

And she would once again

Be someone without notice

Happy and Grateful – Day 47

This is February and I am well on my way to attaining a goal I set for myself.  I am trying to post every day with happiness and gratitude that I have encountered that day.  There is always something no matter how small it may seem that we can be grateful for and even just a shared smile can make you happy if only for a moment.  Please try to find those moments for yourself too…  if you’re up to it I would love if you would share them too in the comments or your own blog.  Being aware can really turn a day around!

We are not in February.  I just don’t see how the calendar can be right when we have weather this nice in what is usually one of the worst winter months for us.  Today’s temperatures were in the 50’s and tomorrow we may see 60°F.  The weatherman talks of the possibility of record highs this weekend.  It does not feel like an Iowa winter at all.  BUT I am not complaining.

Today I felt good enough to take a short walk to the clinic for my weekly doctor’s appointment.  It was so nice I didn’t even need a jacket.  The walk there and back although short was some nice time to soak up some sun and increase my case of spring fever.  I do worry our trees and flowers are going to get confused what time of year it is though.  I guess they will bloom when they want to and I can’t wait for that burst of color in the neighborhood!

I am happy for the warmer winter we are having and very grateful I had the opportunity to take a little walk in the sun today.

The Mighty Huntress

She squats down

Wiggles her back side

And pounces forward

As fast as she can

Running quickly down the hall

It is time for the nightly fit

This takes place

For 2 to 5 minutes usually

Then she stops

Lays down

Acting as things are perfectly normal

For those moments

I think she imagines

She is in the wild

Hunting all sorts of prey

Then relaxing after the kill

Happy and Grateful – Day 46

This is February and I am well on my way to attaining a goal I set for myself.  I am trying to post every day with happiness and gratitude that I have encountered that day.  There is always something no matter how small it may seem that we can be grateful for and even just a shared smile can make you happy if only for a moment.  Please try to find those moments for yourself too…  if you’re up to it I would love if you would share them too in the comments or your own blog.  Being aware can really turn a day around!

Ever have a day when you felt just very deep in thought most of the day?  That is kind of where I have been today.  Thinking of my friend and his birthday – truly wishing him to have a good day as he does really need one.  Thinking about finances as my car needs work again.  And thinking about my future and where I am headed.  Just lots of thoughts that almost make me sad.  (and knowing I forgot my morning meds it doesn’t surprise me there is sadness there)

But it was another nice day out full of sunshine.  I took my Dad to his weekly outing to meet with his friends for coffee…that feels like my good deed for the day.  I have a home to be in and music to listen to while I write.  I have a lot to be grateful for and that should be enough to make me happy tonight.  Or at least as close to happy as I can get with so much on my mind.

Happy and Grateful – Day 45

This is February and I am well on my way to attaining a goal I set for myself.  I am trying to post every day with happiness and gratitude that I have encountered that day.  There is always something no matter how small it may seem that we can be grateful for and even just a shared smile can make you happy if only for a moment.  Please try to find those moments for yourself too…  if you’re up to it I would love if you would share them too in the comments or your own blog.  Being aware can really turn a day around!

This was a nice Valentines Day.  I got to spend some of the afternoon with my daughter and some of the night with my boyfriend.  My daughter and I took a nice walk through the park today.  It was not quite as warm as I thought it was going to be, but with hands around a cup of coffee it wasn’t bad.  I only wish I had felt better physically because I was concentrating too much on breathing and walking that I didn’t even take a single picture.  Maybe next time.  With this very mild February I am sure we will try again.

My boyfriend and I watched a DVD and he gave me a pretty necklace that says I Love You More…. just like the painting I did for him at the painting class.  It was a nice evening.  Then I went and fixed dinner for my Dad and called it an early night.  My guess is the great outdoors took a little more out of me and that is why it was an early evening.

I hope you got to spend your Valentine’s Day with someone you love.  I am happy to have done so with three people I care about.  Remember to tell people you love them everyday, not just on Valentine’s Day.  Sending (((HUGS))) to all my wonderful readers…I am grateful for you today and every day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

Expectation and Disappointment

I tried to come up with a poem about today’s word prompt but my mind kept coming back to one thing that I could not shake… so no poem tonight.

The timing of the word prompt makes me wonder if WordPress has a camera and is watching me this week?  I just learned the lesson about expectations when I got my feelings hurt over a gift I sent a friend.  I was all worked up, proud of what I had done for his birthday and had run through the great words of praise he was going to give me.  He did thank me for things but that was about it.  No mention of the handmade card I had made.  No words about the poems I had shared with him (him being a fellow writer too).  Only a comment on one thing from the 9 page letter.  I felt hurt.  I felt dismissed.  I felt somehow I had done something wrong.

Then it came to me… I had expectations.  Today’s word prompt hit me like a slap to the face.  I had expected to hear more.  I had expected things I should not have.  It was only words.  It was only a birthday card.  Why did I expect so much more than I got from him?  My depression has moved from just around the corner to nudging me in the side this week and I suppose that made it affect me more.

I have to learn to control my expectations better.  I also have to learn it is not MY fault when things are a disappointment, only simply misplaced expectations.  But right now I have to go look for that little hidden camera… LOL!

roses are red

violets are blue

don’t have expectations

disappointment doesn’t look good on you