Happy and Grateful – Day 202

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.

For us there was a little bit of relief today… it rained.  It was not much but it was enough that it was about 10 degrees cooler.  The grass is still brown and we need a lot more rain, but it is a start.

I paid today for being up so late last night.  I took about 3 naps and still fought my eyelids from closing.  I am definitely going to be sleeping earlier tonight.  I was however grateful to be able to take the naps I did today.

Tonight I let my inner child out.  The movie Matilda was on TV and there is something about that movie that just makes me happy inside.  I really needed it tonight.  I will take my happiness where I can get it!

Now I will try to escape a little bit in a book and soon drift off to sleep.  I hope you find something to be grateful for in your weekend.

The Broken Ones

Close the gate and
Keep us locked inside for
We are the broken ones;
Not quite accepted,
Beyond what is normal.
Our flaws set us apart
As not good enough
To be a part of the crowd.
We have the same dreams as you,
Our blood flows like yours
And destiny is not in our control.
Because we don’t fit with the norm,
We are the outcasts,
The ones you look down on.
Maybe if you keep us confined,
You can somehow put us
Out of sight and out of mind

Happy and Grateful – Day 201

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.

Temperatures hit 100 today with excessive heat warnings.  I only was outside for the bare minimum time.  The heat is bad but when the high humidity is added it makes it hard for me to breathe.  It is just like walking into a wall of heat outside.  It is supposed to be about 5 to 10 degrees cooler tomorrow… wish it was 15 to 20 instead.  Oh well, we take what we get.

Today I heard from a good friend.  I was grateful to get a phone call from him.  He has recently moved and been busy so it had been a while since I talked to him.  It was good to hear his voice again.

I got another surprise… my daughter stopped by after work tonight.  She brought me some coffee and we visited while she did some laundry.  It always makes me happy to see her.  She has a 48 hour work week so I was really surprised she stopped.

Now my boyfriend needs a ride to work in just 4 hours so I should try to get a little rest.  I hear my pillow calling my name.  Hope you find your happiness today!

Lollipop

Sugar on a stick
Give it a lick
Lollipop tastes so good
Wonder if I should
It’s not on my diet
I can’t help but try it
Cherry delight
Taste buds take flight
A return to childhood
If only I could
It turns my lips red
While thoughts in my head
Return to playgrounds
And the youthful sounds
Of happiness and laughter
Joys that I am after
and finally with a crunch
it ends my dessert from lunch

Happy and Grateful – Day 200

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 oppressive heat and humidity continues.  My Dad skipped his coffee group today to avoid being out in it.  I felt with him being in his eighties that was a wise decision.  My boyfriend however wanted to go to the outdoor shooting range for some special target practice today.  Heat index in the triple digits and he wants to be outside… not me.

I did do something for me while he was at the range.  I attended another Al-anon meeting.  I really like the people who gather on Wednesday nights but haven’t been able to make it to many of the meetings.  I am so grateful to have the meetings to go to when I can.

I did get a chance to talk to my daughter briefly today.  Seems like it has been a while since I have seen her so a chance to talk to her is good.  It always makes me happy to talk to her.

My eyelids are drooping, so I am going to call it a night.  May you find happiness and gratitude in your day!

From Bad To Better

The day has been disastrous
Bills in the mail,
Pain in my back,
Phone calls from lawyers,
I’ve about had enough.

One thing after another –
The stress is piling up,
Anxiety takes hold,
Fear is creeping in,
My mind’s on overload.

I need to just unplug –
Relax my mind,
Clear my thoughts,
Slow down,
Take a deep breath.

It’s bound to get better –
Time will tell,
Sooner or later,
Keep hope alive,
Tomorrow is another day.

 

Happy and Grateful – Day 199

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.

Like so much of the country we are in a time of high heat.  They issued a heat advisory that starts tomorrow and lasts through Saturday.  Not my ideal time of the year.  But I make due with what I am given.

Today I spent a little time reading.  My daughter recommended a book for me to read.  So far it has been pretty good.  It made me happy to take the time to read a little today.  I don’t take enough time to do that.  But part of that is because I have problems with concentration and short-term memory with my fibro flares.  It gets very frustrating reading the same page over and over before I get it.

It was a great dinner we had tonight.  My boyfriend fried up some hamburger with taco seasoning and we set up all the fixin’s and made tacos.  It was so good, right down to the homemade guacamole!  I am grateful that he likes to cook and does so most nights.

Well I am going to keep this short tonight… pretty tired and hope to get to sleep soon.  I hope you find your happiness everyday!  Please watch out for the heat and try to stay cool!

Happy and Grateful – Day 198

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.

Today I wanted to run away… and in a small way I did.

I had to take my Dad to the eye doctor and when we stepped back out into the 90°F weather, started the car and cranked on the A/C… there was nothing!  No fans, no cold, no hot, nothing.  My boyfriends car is out of commission, so I can’t have my car in the shop for a repair right now.  I was devastated.  After I dropped off my Dad I “ran away” to the park.

I got out and pounded the pavement to the flower display took my camera out and started looking for peace and beauty.  Halfway through my pictures I realized my camera had low batteries and was taking very shaky pictures, so I switched to my phone.  I walked a little further to the other small garden area and took some more pictures before I melted onto the nearest bench.

I cut through a couple of short cuts and made it back to my car drenched in sweat.  Put the key in the ignition and crossed my fingers.  It worked!  The air conditioner came back on.  So I am a little confused on what my car is actually doing.  But for now it works.  And for that I am grateful.

The internet was then out when I returned home (which is why my Monochrome Monday – From The Back  post was late going up) so I did a little photo work.  I was happy, even in the heat, to see the flowers today and “pound out” the frustration with a short walk.  The day was not a total loss.  I got to see this…

 

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