Lovely Little Leaves

The kettle starts to whistle

I make my way to the stove

The day has been hectic

And it’s time for a cup of tea

I search through the cupboard

Finding just the right blend

Tonight it will be a little chamomile

I pour the water over the tea and wait

When the time is right

I add a bit of honey

Then take my cup to the couch

I grab a book to read

And try to relax the day away

One sip at a time…

Happy and Grateful – Day 206

July brings fireworks, picnics, pools and air conditioning.  It is a time for those of us in the USA to celebrate our “birthday” and a personal time for me to celebrate life.  It is hot and humid days and thunderstorms cooked up at night.  I am continuing my challenge to find happiness and gratitude in every day.  Join along in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always good in every day.

The forecast was wrong.  It got warmer than they said and more humid again too.  I swear that is the only job where you can be wrong a good percentage of the time and still keep your job.  But I survived it and am so ready for the rain that is supposed to come tomorrow.

A strange day where I got very little sleep between phone calls and people knocking on my door… oh well, maybe I will sleep better tonight.  I did take about a half an hour this morning to finish the book I just couldn’t stay up and finish last night.  I was grateful my daughter recommended it to me.

Just a little bit ago I got an email from a friend of mine.  It is always good when I hear back from my friends, it makes me happy.  She had good news too about some financial matters that had concerned her.  It turned around enough she was even able to get the used car she was looking at upgrading to.  That news made me very happy.

I need to try to make up some sleep hours now… I know it doesn’t really work that way but I will be happy if I can get a full 5 hours before I have to get up to take my boyfriend to work.  I can always go back to sleep for a little more rest as long as the phone is quiet and nobody stops by.  May you have a wonderful night/day!  Keep looking for happiness!

Happy and Grateful – Day 205

July brings fireworks, picnics, pools and air conditioning.  It is a time for those of us in the USA to celebrate our “birthday” and a personal time for me to celebrate life.  It is hot and humid days and thunderstorms cooked up at night.  I am continuing my challenge to find happiness and gratitude in every day.  Join along in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always good in every day.

It was a beautiful day today.  Temperatures were a reasonable range and lower humidity than we have been having.  I would have to say I was grateful for the break in the heat and humidity.

I took my Dad to get some blood work done at the clinic today.  We joked that I should go buy a lottery ticket today as for the first time in quite a while I hit nothing but green lights on the way there… he always makes fun of my for my “ability” to find all the red lights in town.

After I returned home, my boyfriend and I agreed that it was a tired day and we both took a nap for almost two hours.  I felt better afterwards, shook at least some of my fatigue.  I was happy to have the time to be able to do that.

I am once again getting a little tired.  And until we can get repairs or fund a new car, I have to get up early to take my boyfriend to work.  I wish you all a good night/day!

*Sorry this was posted so late… I’ve been having internet issues.  It appears to be up and running again.  So for about the fifth time I will try to post this.

Monochrome Monday – Picking Wildflowers

This week it is a pretty basic photo.  And no, I didn’t actually pick the flowers.  As a kid I would bring my mom wildflower bouquets a lot, but as an adult I would rather leave them to live and bring smiles to those who notice them.

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And I did not forget last week’s challenge (Monochrome Monday – From The Back) … no one guessed it from the back.  Here is a front color view.  I hope everyone has a great week! ❤

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Happy and Grateful – Day 204

July brings fireworks, picnics, pools and air conditioning.  It is a time for those of us in the USA to celebrate our “birthday” and a personal time for me to celebrate life.  It is hot and humid days and thunderstorms cooked up at night.  I am continuing my challenge to find happiness and gratitude in every day.  Join along in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always good in every day.

It stayed under 90 today, that was certainly nice for a change.  The humidity was still pretty high, but more manageable with the cooler temperatures.

Today was a half and half day.  The first half was pretty good, but I kind of crashed the second half to end the day feeling less than zero.  But lets focus on earlier today.  My daughter and her friend “kidnapped” me and took me to a movie out-of-town.  They were showing the film Kiki’s Delivery Service on the big screen today.  It was one of the movies my daughter had growing up.  It was good to relive some of her youth today, made me happy.

I have struggled with what to put for my gratitude of the day.  I am sure it is just because I am not feeling that well tonight.  Tonight I would have to say I am grateful for my ability to write out some of my feelings.  I wrote some words to purge the bad feelings and it did help a little.  It is so much better than letting the feelings fester inside.

I have taken my evening meds and have yawned at least a dozen times while I was writing this, so I think it is time to say goodnight.  Hope you all find some happiness in your day.

Four

The four men took to the stage

with a great thunderous applause.

Before the crowd could quiet down

the band began to play

and the tenor took to the mic.

His voice sang of love and loss

then the other men joined in,

beginning to harmonize on the chorus.

The crowd roared in approval

as the bass singer hit a long low note.

Throughout the show the harmonies blended

and the crowd was drawn in

to a mesmerizing performance.

Four part harmony performed in perfection,

truly a memorable concert.

Happy and Grateful – Day 203

July brings fireworks, picnics, pools and air conditioning.  It is a time for those of us in the USA to celebrate our “birthday” and a personal time for me to celebrate life.  It is hot and humid days and thunderstorms cooked up at night.  I am continuing my challenge to find happiness and gratitude in every day.  Join along in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always good in every day.

Last day of the heat advisory that was issued back on Tuesday I believe.  We have finally dropped below the 80’s but the humidity is still 89% so it is definitely sticky out still.  I really hate to think what August will bring for heat.  Maybe we will have an early fall… I won’t hold my breath for it though.

This is the last day of my boyfriends week, he always has Sunday and Monday off work.  I am grateful that the weekend is here.  If I could get more than a few hours of sleep before I had to get up and take him to work it would sure make for an easier week.  Unfortunately that is not the case usually and especially this week staying up late with my daughter Thursday night.  I get to sleep in a little tomorrow – yippee!

Today was another day of fatigue and depression.  One of those days I was glad for a nap because then I didn’t feel the pain and loneliness.  But like other times, my cat seemed to know I was not feeling the best and curled up on my lap with me most of the afternoon.  Happiness is a purring cat on your lap.

Now I will try to catch up on a little reading before I drift off.  Or I may decide to just call it a night and sleep some more.  If I could just find a way to muffle the voice in my head that makes me feel so alone… now that would truly make me happy!  Oh well… she isn’t always talking.  Stay happy everyone and be grateful!

It Sleeps…

It lies beneath the surface.

It is quiet and in the shadows

Like a dormant volcano

Just waiting to erupt.

The proper term is remission

And I fear it’s end.

Testing comes yearly

But fears are there daily;

Not strong like they used to be,

But still ever present.

Maybe someday it will return

And I’ll be ready for the fight;

I’ve already been there and done that.

Until that day I just wait,

For now the volcano is asleep,

Who knows when or if it will awaken.