Happy and Grateful – Day 358

One of my favorite months is upon us. I love the wonder of the holidays.  How it can light up young and old alike.  The weather is (usually) starting to change the world white and frosty.  And the promise of a new year is just around the corner.  This is the final month of my attempt to find the things that make me happy and grateful every day for a year… I have mixed emotions that it will be ending.  Please join me these last few days and post your happiness and gratitude in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always some good in the day no matter how small.

Happy Christmas Eve!  This is the quiet of the night… very little traffic outside, no noise from the neighbors, and everyone asleep waiting for the big day tomorrow.  This is the first year in a long time I will not be up until the wee hours wrapping gifts – I finished that early this evening.  I am grateful to not have hours ahead of me still.

Today we finished the last little bits of getting ready for tomorrow.  We have chili simmering to take to lunch tomorrow and my boyfriend’s sister’s house.  The meatloaf for dinner is mixed and ready to go from refrigerator to oven tomorrow for dinner.  We are so organized this year compared to other years it is kind of scary.  BUT, it makes me happy to be able to relax a little (as much as my anxiety will let me) and just enjoy the day.

Now my meds have been taken and the chili has been stirred so I will read a few more posts and hope to sleep soon.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 357

One of my favorite months is upon us. I love the wonder of the holidays.  How it can light up young and old alike.  The weather is (usually) starting to change the world white and frosty.  And the promise of a new year is just around the corner.  This is the final month of my attempt to find the things that make me happy and grateful every day for a year… I have mixed emotions that it will be ending.  Please join me these last few days and post your happiness and gratitude in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always some good in the day no matter how small.

I am a little late… better late than never, huh?  Fatigue caught up with me again… fatigue and depression.  I am missing some important people from my life this holiday.  I have gone through this more than once, but it doesn’t seem to get any easier.  I just have to focus on the good and remember fondly those memories that will never be lost.

Saturday was a day to wrap gifts.  My boyfriend was at work so I was able to spread everything out and wrap away.  Got through most of it but still have a couple left to do.  My back started to bother me quite a bit so I had to return to my recliner to rest a bit and lost my motivation.  But I am grateful for all I have accomplished earlier this year than usual.

I did have contact with two dear friends during the day.  I got a call from a friend who means the world to me.  And then I received a letter from a friend I used to work with years ago and have not seen in quite some time.  It always makes me happy to connect with friends.

Well there is still much to do today so I better post this and get on with it.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful day/night!

Happy and Grateful – Day 356

One of my favorite months is upon us. I love the wonder of the holidays.  How it can light up young and old alike.  The weather is (usually) starting to change the world white and frosty.  And the promise of a new year is just around the corner.  This is the final month of my attempt to find the things that make me happy and grateful every day for a year… I have mixed emotions that it will be ending.  Please join me these last few days and post your happiness and gratitude in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always some good in the day no matter how small.

And then there were 10…. only ten days left in my challenge.  This year has gone by pretty fast and I am sure these last few days will be somewhat of a blur.

Today was a surprising day.  My daughter got off work early this afternoon and treated me to a movie.  We went and saw Hugh Jackman’s latest film “The Greatest Showman.”  It always makes me happy to see a good film and I love musicals.  It was my first time in our upgraded theater with the new assigned seating in the fancy new electric recliners.  It was a nice afternoon.

Then tonight my daughter came over to do laundry and help me finish the rest of the candies.  I did the rest of the potato chips dipped in chocolate… so yummy.  I was grateful for the help and the company.

Now I am headed back to sleep for a while… it was late when my daughter headed home.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

The Photograph

The old photograph was faded and torn

And she held it like it was as fragile as glass

There was a tear in her eyes and sadness in her heart

She drew a heavy sigh and whispered his name

He had been taken from her far too early in life

And all she could do was dream of what could have been

At this time of the year she really missed him

Remembering his laugh and the way he would tell a story

Never would he make her laugh again

Never would he walk her down the aisle at her wedding

Never would he be the man who hung the moon in her childhood ever again

She gently placed the photograph on the table and whispered,

“Happy birthday Dad.”

Happy and Grateful – Day 355

One of my favorite months is upon us. I love the wonder of the holidays.  How it can light up young and old alike.  The weather is (usually) starting to change the world white and frosty.  And the promise of a new year is just around the corner.  This is the final month of my attempt to find the things that make me happy and grateful every day for a year… I have mixed emotions that it will be ending.  Please join me these last few days and post your happiness and gratitude in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always some good in the day no matter how small.

Well I took a little snooze before I could write this…. out like a light after my poem.  But I woke up with my boyfriend this morning (he is not the most quiet person) and I am awake for a while now.  Let’s see if I can accomplish this!

It was a good day, busy but good.  Dad had another blood draw… sometimes he can go 2 to 3 weeks without testing then other times he is at the clinic 2 to 3 times a week, but at least they are keeping an eye on him.  After that I had one more gift to pick up.  I stopped at the Dollar Tree to get gift wrap and food tins for my goodies. Then back across town to see my doctor.

Just about every year I try to make my cookies and candies to share and the first place I shared my treats was at my doctor’s office.  The girls at the front desk are always so nice and as long as they promise to share with the doctor I treat them for the holiday.  I am happy to share and with such wonderful people… the help they give me does not go unnoticed.

After the doctor’s office it was off to the grocery store to purchase nearly the last of the gifts.  I now have only a calendar I ordered to pick up and lottery tickets to get and then I am done!  What a great feeling to be so close to done.  I am grateful for my “organization” this year so I can sit back and enjoy the holiday some.  I have three whole days to wrap presents!  Whoo hoo!

So it is time to drift back to sleep for a little while.  Four hours of sleep was just not enough.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 354

One of my favorite months is upon us. I love the wonder of the holidays.  How it can light up young and old alike.  The weather is (usually) starting to change the world white and frosty.  And the promise of a new year is just around the corner.  This is the final month of my attempt to find the things that make me happy and grateful every day for a year… I have mixed emotions that it will be ending.  Please join me these last few days and post your happiness and gratitude in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always some good in the day no matter how small.

It was a busy day today.  I took Dad to his coffee group… well I say group but it is often just 2 or 3 other guys, not really a group.  But today we had 9 people there.  There were 4 “new” faces to the group for me.  But it was so nice because one of those people remembered my “sister” and asked about her.  She was the first female officer in town and lived across the street from me.  We hit it off and would ride bikes to the field where the college kept their horses and we would just spend time petting them.  They were beautiful!  So in spite of the anxiety of such a large group and new unfamiliar faces, I did have a good time and I was happy about that.

Now tonight it was all about the sweets.  Baked some chocolate chip cookies, made pretzels in white chocolate, peanut but crackers in chocolate and potato chips in chocolate.  I will divide some up for my doctor tomorrow, my daughter to take to work and my boyfriend to take to work.  Then Friday (when my daughter can help me) we will do some more candies… I have an easy toffee pieces recipe that uses butter, brown sugar and chocolate that is heavenly.  Every year when I make my goodies I remember Christmas time at my Gma’s house … she would make the most delicious treats every year  I am grateful to have those special memories.

Now I need to get some sleep soon… have to take Dad for another blood draw tomorrow.  Time to unplug the tree and shut off the computer.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  I hope you have a wonderful night/day!