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!

Happy and Grateful – Day 353

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 has been a long day, but I put one foot in front of the other and just kept plugging away.  I tried to finish up my Christmas shopping today and came pretty close.  I will only need one more stop sometime this weekend and I will be done.  It is a good feeling… makes me happy.

I can now say I am done with Christmas cards.  I have the last sealed and stamped ready to head to the mailbox tomorrow.  I am grateful to have gotten them done on time this year.  Now I wonder who I forgot to send one to…?

I am pretty wiped out after today.  I did take a nap earlier so now I am up late again… a family “curse” we are all pretty much night owls.  My dad worked the overnight shift for about twenty years I believe.  So it is time to switch off my brain (I wish it was that easy) and get some rest.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 352

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 going to try to type fast… faster than my pain meds will dissolve and make me sleepy I hope.  Today was a pretty good day.  Got a little shopping done.  Got a little laundry done.  And I finished my last Christmas letter!  I still have a few cards to send out without letters to those I see often, but I hope to finish those tomorrow morning.  So I am grateful I got all that accomplished today in spite of my backache.

Tonight we finished the last little decorating of the tree and putting the garland on the patio railing.  It is not much but it makes it seem a little more cheery.  I am happy to see the decorations sparkle and shine around me.

Ok… speed tying and I am done.  Need to do a scan on my computer and shut it down.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 351

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.

AH!!!  Only one week until Christmas Eve… let the feelings of panic begin!  Will I be ready in time?  Will everyone like their gifts?  Will I run out of money before I am done shopping?  I need to breathe and regroup.  I have my lists and my calculator for shopping tomorrow (Monday should be less crowded than this weekend would have been).  My cards are almost done and I only have one more letter to write.  There is only one appointment this week.  I can do this!  …don’t worry, I go through this every year about this time.  That is why I will say I am grateful for my doctor who has taught me to be a little easier on myself this time of year.  If it weren’t for the years of counseling I would be in a state right now.  So thanks doc!

I got a little closer to being caught up on reading all the posts I have missed… I will eventually catch up and read everything.  I laughed a little, was surprised, and even got a lump in my throat.  I am truly happy that I have found so many good writers I can follow.  I may not read as many books as I used to, but I still read a lot of good things here on WordPress.

Ok it is after 2 in the morning already… time to rest my eyes and get some sleep so I can shop ’til I drop tomorrow.  The sad thing is that is what the shopping will probably do to me.  My back is still hurting from my day at the clinic with Dad.  But I try to stay positive and take some joy in the “hunt” for the perfect gift.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 350

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.

A little late as seems to be the trend for me this month.  But I am determined to accomplish this one way or another and I am very close to the end, so forgive me for being a little late once more.

Yesterday was a day to recover from a full day at the clinic the day before.  My back was hurting quite a bit and as usual the fatigue was ever-present, but I held on without any naps this time.  I was grateful to have my heating pad to ease the pain a little.

I did have a visit from my daughter.  She came over after work and did some laundry, borrowed my printer and ate dinner with us.  It always makes me happy to see her.  But it seems I always use her visits as my happy for the day.  There are more things I can be happy for… food, clothing, and a roof over my head, someone who loves me to share the night with, a family within reach if I need them, a lovely view of the Christmas tree, a chance to see the cards from those who care decorating the hall, etc.  There is always much to be happy and grateful for.

Now I need to get back to my letters and cards.  My list is getting shorter all the time.  I may even be done early enough to be able to make some candies and cookies next week… must have my pretzels in white chocolate and potato chips in milk chocolate, salty sweet goodness!  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful day/night!

Happy and Grateful – Days 348 & 349

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 having trouble keeping up these last few days.  I am still a poem behind but hope to get to it yet tonight if the muses are so inclined.  It has been a long day though…

Day 348

Yesterday was a pretty quiet day.  I was happy to spend just a little bit of time with my daughter.  She stopped by to pick up her laundry and we watched one episode of the soap.  We would have visited longer but I had my weekly therapy session.

My boyfriend was pretty worn out after a busy day at work and went to bed early.  I was grateful to have my Christmas cards to keep me busy and my mind off the empty room.

Day 349

Today was a long day.  It started as just a simple blood draw and a check-up at the doctor for my Dad… 5 hours later I finally got him back home from the clinic.  They did x-rays, blood work and a CT scan.  I was grateful everything checked out ok, but all the waiting for tests added up to a lot of time.

Being at the clinic all day I didn’t get lunch and I had not gotten up early enough for breakfast before hand… I was really happy to eat dinner.  It was only burgers, but boy did it taste good after not eating all day.

So now I need to try my hand at “meager” for a poem and get back to work on a letter or two before I fall asleep.  I hope you remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 347

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 sneaking this in before I fall back asleep again… at least that is the plan.  I spent another day at my craft desk and typing away at 4 more Christmas letters.  My hands are grateful for my word processing program at this time of the year… there is no way I could hand write so many letters.  But it is not a form letter, they are individual to each recipient.  I love being able to keep in touch with everyone.

My happiness today came in the mail… I got two Christmas gifts I ordered and two Christmas cards from friends.  It is always good to hear from people this time of year.  And any time something other than a bill shows up in the mail it is a good thing!

Ok I am off to print out my letters and then maybe I will catch some more sleep… then again I may just dive back into my cards.  Especially during this busy time of year remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Days 345 & 346

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 playing catch-up this afternoon before I end up 3 days behind.  I almost always post my daily prompt poems first but “theory” is giving me troubles… maybe I am using up all my words in all the Christmas letters I am writing and there is nothing left for a poem.  LOL

Day 345

Monday was busy.  I had to drive out-of-town to see my doctor to get my prescriptions renewed.  The powers that be are in negotiations right now as to whether or not that clinic will continue accepting my insurance next year.  It may have been one of my last visits with that doctor and that makes me sad.  I am so grateful for her and all she has done for me… I hope and pray I will still be able to see her next year.

After our trip out-of-town my boyfriend and I did a little Christmas shopping.  We are now done with his side of the family, started on my daughter and have a couple of ideas for my side.  It made me happy to get some of that finished.

Day 346

After the stressful drive and shopping I had to have a day of recovery.  I was so tired I napped nearly two hours!  I almost napped again later in the day too, but managed to stay awake.  I was grateful it was an easy day with nothing going on too pressing to get done.

I did however work a little bit more on Christmas cards and letters and took the first batch of 7 cards to the mailbox.  I am happy I am making steady progress with them.  I just hope I don’t run out of steam and end up sending them out late.

Ok… I have to try to work some more with “theory” and there are more letters to write.  I really hope to get back to WordPress tonight and stay on top of my posts… I make no promises though.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 344

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.

This was a day of more work on my Christmas cards and letters.  I also went to the store for my Dad.  And got dinner for him.  Kind of busy for a Sunday.  But I was glad to make more progress on my letters and grateful another list of things from the store has been gotten for Dad.  Now I don’t have to make that trip tomorrow.

We did get a surprise this afternoon.  Actually it was when we were just getting ready to eat lunch a friend I hadn’t seen for quite a while stopped by to drop off a Christmas card and Save the Date card for her wedding this coming spring.  It made me happy to see her again.

I need to read some more posts and hope to sleep soon.  I’ve got a lot to do tomorrow so I know I need my sleep.  Try to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Days 342 & 343

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 have a feeling December is not going to go very smooth with this posting everyday stuff.  Once again the fatigue got me last night and I play catch up today.  I have a lot of reading to catch up on and will get to it all, just not tonight.

So Friday was not one of my better days.  After two years of being down and away from a lot of everyday cares… I finally faced the music and went to the dentist.  I had been so good with my tooth care up until this round of depression… I did not get an all clear check up and am terrified at how much of a bill I am going to mount up.  I know insurance will get some of it but not all.  I am still grateful that I was able to return to this dentist and start over with my dental care.  He is a great dentist who explains things well before he does anything.  So much better than my old dentist that cracked my tooth to the root with no Novocaine – OUCH!

I did some work on my Christmas cards, they are really coming together and I am thrilled with the way they are turning out.  I am close to halfway through with them.  I am happy to get some of them done.  It was good to get ink and glue on my hands as always.

Today I started work on some of my Christmas letters… got three of them done.  I am grateful that I am getting a fairly early start on my cards so maybe this year I am not out on Christmas Eve mailing the last of them.  I am not known for being on time… LOL.

Since I was writing Christmas letters I figured it was time to start listening to Christmas music.  I love Christmas music!  I have not dug up my CDs yet but I was listening to the local cable stations Sounds of the Season channel.  Some classics and new hits alike.  I have not yet heard my favorite though – the duet of Bing Crosby and David Bowie doing The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth.  I love that one… let me pull up the video to share so you can all hear it.  I am always happy to listen to good music.  Do you have a favorite Christmas or holiday song you try to hear every year?

I need to stop babbling and get to reading a few posts before my meds put me out for the night.  Take time to find your happiness and feel your gratitude… especially at this busy time of year.  Have a wonderful night/day!