Happy and Grateful – Day 246

The kids are all in school, there is a growing crisp in the air.  Football games and shorter days fill the weeks.  It is September.  I have accomplished another month of acknowledging my happiness and gratitude every day.  Join me as I continue my goal of one year on this journey.  Please join in with your happiness and gratitude in the comments or your own blog post.  No matter how bad the day is there is always something worthwhile in the day.

Another night I am just hanging on to stay awake… hope I make it through the post this time.  *fingers crossed*

It has been a long day (with no naps either).  Just shortly after we got up I showered and got ready to head out-of-town to the big city to see my boyfriend’s mom for a late afternoon lunch.  I love to visit her, but really hate driving in the city.  So I had a little added tension and anxiety from the drive there and back.  It made me happy to see her though and visit for the afternoon.

When I got home I checked my email and found some sad news… my friend’s brother had died.  I remember meeting him on a couple of different occasions and he was a nice man… had a good sense of humor.  My friend and his brother used to do a lot of fishing together and those memories led me to today’s word prompt poem Priceless Memories.

By the end of the day it was with gratitude I put my feet up and relaxed with my boyfriend watching a movie.  It was a good way to end the day.

*fingers weren’t crossed tight enough*

I was so close to having this done and posted… only missing a couple of sentences, darn fatigue!  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day.

Happy and Grateful – Day 244

The kids are all in school, there is a growing crisp in the air.  Football games and shorter days fill the weeks.  It is September.  I have accomplished another month of acknowledging my happiness and gratitude every day.  Join me as I continue my goal of one year on this journey.  Please join in with your happiness and gratitude in the comments or your own blog post.  No matter how bad the day is there is always something worthwhile in the day.

Another night when the fatigue got the best of me.  Now I struggle early this morning trying to get this done before I fall back asleep.  Bear with me as I clear the cobwebs out of my mind.

This was an ok start to the month.  I napped twice today and fought an intense headache.  I had to do some shopping for my Dad but didn’t have the energy to do it alone and asked my boyfriend to help me through it.  I was grateful he came along.

The night ended on a happy note.  My daughter stopped by after work with laundry and we watched some of the soap opera.  Even if I am not feeling that good she can always make me happy.

(Now I just found I did not publish this in the morning… my head is just not in the game these days, oops!  Wish me luck on getting tonight’s post out on time.)

Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 232

Seven months are gone now and surprisingly I am still plugging along with this challenge to post about my happiness and gratitude every day this year.  August brings the state fair here in Iowa and lots of heat and humidity.  It is the time to see the back to school shopping start with kids dreading it and parents loving it.  As I continue my challenge I hope you will take a minute to reflect on your day too.  You can even share your happiness and gratitude here in the comments or on your own blog.  There is good in every day!

A bittersweet day.  Got to wake up today with one of my best friends here after a fantastic night… but then I once again had to say goodbye knowing it will probably be spring before I see her again.  Why are some of my closest friends so far away now?  My mind twists things and tries to make me believe they wanted to get away from me when I know (or at least hope) that is not the case.  It is part of the twisted way depression works… it is always my fault.

But we are here to talk about good things and without a doubt it was good to share breakfast with my friend this morning.  Made me happy to talk to her a little more today… still had to bite my tongue a million times when I wanted to tell her to stay though.  It was a good afternoon… because to face the truth none of us saw morning to wake up after being up until 4 in the morning!  LOL

I am grateful for an understanding boyfriend who knows it does me good to have my friends close.  He never puts up a fuss about them coming over and that is a wonderful thing that some people don’t have.

I am really still worn out tonight so I think it is off to bed I go.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 230

Seven months are gone now and surprisingly I am still plugging along with this challenge to post about my happiness and gratitude every day this year.  August brings the state fair here in Iowa and lots of heat and humidity.  It is the time to see the back to school shopping start with kids dreading it and parents loving it.  As I continue my challenge I hope you will take a minute to reflect on your day too.  You can even share your happiness and gratitude here in the comments or on your own blog.  There is good in every day!

It was a pretty warm day.  It was supposed to storm maybe tonight, but now the radar looks like it may go past us.  We could sure use the rain… not the storms.  Although I don’t mind the sounds of a distant thunderstorm at all… it is kind of comforting in a strange way.

Today was a busy day.  Errands, shopping and a little more tidying up of the apartment.  I will have company over tomorrow night.  There is a fierce card game battle planned with a friend and my daughter.  So I may not post until Sunday… all depends on how late things run tomorrow night.

I am grateful I was able to get a little cleaning done.  Not floor to ceiling work, but a lot of putting things away that were out on tables and counters.  I have never been a great housekeeper … I tend to be clean but cluttered a lot of the time.  My boyfriend helps out a lot with the clutter too.  One of the things that fibro takes from me is my stamina to do much housework in one day, so that adds to it all as well.

I am trying to decide what was my happiness of the day.  Running errands is not really happy stuff.  Cleaning is not what I call happy either.  But I did get to spend more time with my boyfriend by doing both of those things together.  So I did not feel quite as isolated today and that is something to be happy about.

Ok I will stop babbling for the night and let you move onto another post.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a great night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 227

Seven months are gone now and surprisingly I am still plugging along with this challenge to post about my happiness and gratitude every day this year.  August brings the state fair here in Iowa and lots of heat and humidity.  It is the time to see the back to school shopping start with kids dreading it and parents loving it.  As I continue my challenge I hope you will take a minute to reflect on your day too.  You can even share your happiness and gratitude here in the comments or on your own blog.  There is good in every day!

Another day in the record books, a day to scratch off the calendar, a day closer to death… however you say it, it’s over.  My day started out in utter panic.  I woke up sure I was late to pick up my dad.  Texted him and said I would be about 45 minutes late.  He replied, “what?”  It was about the time he replied that my mind woke up and reminded me this was Tuesday and not Monday all over again.  Love it when a day starts out like that … NOT!  But it gave us something to laugh about when I went over to fix him dinner.

It was a rainy and then humid day.  Got a little cleaning in the kitchen done and baked a small batch of cookies tonight.  Can’t help but be happy with a warm chewy chocolate chip cookie in your hand!

I am trying to get the apartment ready for my friend to visit.  I know she will be here Saturday night for cards, not sure if she is coming before that or not.  Kind of just playing it by ear as we go.  So I am picking a small area to tidy up every day.  I hope it doesn’t overwhelm my body with aches and pains,  One of the worst things about fibro is the way it punishes you for doing just a little too much.  And there is no warning that it is too much, it just feels that way the next day.  Well sometimes later the same day.  I am grateful that my boyfriend helps me out some.

Tomorrow is coffee day for my Dad so I should call it a night so I can get up and get ready for that on time.  Find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 226

Seven months are gone now and surprisingly I am still plugging along with this challenge to post about my happiness and gratitude every day this year.  August brings the state fair here in Iowa and lots of heat and humidity.  It is the time to see the back to school shopping start with kids dreading it and parents loving it.  As I continue my challenge I hope you will take a minute to reflect on your day too.  You can even share your happiness and gratitude here in the comments or on your own blog.  There is good in every day!

It was a day to run a couple of errands.  Not bad weather for it, a little high on the humidity, but that is normal Iowa weather in August.  It really has been nice for the Iowa State Fair so far.  Mid 80’s and no rain.  The farmers are wishing for rain and our grass is turning brown, but it should help the attendance at the Iowa State Fair.  Don’t think I will be able to go this year.  I just can’t do all the walking necessary during the day.  It is a shame though I LOVE the fair.  It is huge and there is so much to do and see.  Maybe once they cure fibromyalgia!

Today I got to spend a little time shopping with my boyfriend.  We didn’t need much but still it was time together instead of him being in front of the computer all day.  I was happy for that.

I have a friend here visiting from Georgia this week.  She just arrived in town tonight and is staying with her parents.  She will then come and stay a couple of nights with us too so we can play some cards and act like teenagers again.  I am grateful she had a safe trip here.

I am going to go watch a movie now – Walk The Line.  It is a story about Johnny Cash and I think they did a good job on the movie, seen it many times before.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 222

Seven months are gone now and surprisingly I am still plugging along with this challenge to post about my happiness and gratitude every day this year.  August brings the state fair here in Iowa and lots of heat and humidity.  It is the time to see the back to school shopping start with kids dreading it and parents loving it.  As I continue my challenge I hope you will take a minute to reflect on your day too.  You can even share your happiness and gratitude here in the comments or on your own blog.  There is good in every day!

Yesterday’s activities left me very fatigued today.  I napped twice and almost a third time.  Just about missed my doctor appointment because I couldn’t wake up to my alarms… ended up about 15 minutes late.  But I made it through the day and I am now winding down for the night.

Today’s gratitude… coffee.  Without that little boost I think I would have slept more.  Some coffee with a little french vanilla creamer hit the spot after I got back from the doctor visit.

My boyfriend and I have been watching a series on Netflix called Dark Matter.  We are winding up the second season.  I was happy to watch a couple more episodes with him tonight.  It kept me awake almost as good as the coffee earlier.

I need more sleep now.  Keep finding your gratitude and happiness every day.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 155

June brings warmer weather and the start of summer.  Hopefully it brings many ideas from my muse too.  I continue to write for my challenge to find the things that make me happy and grateful each day this year.  Please feel free to join me in this challenge with comments about your happiness and gratitude or start your own blog.  There is always something good to find in each day.

It was another warm one today, but temperatures are dropping tonight so tomorrow should be closer to a seasonal average.  It was a blue sky day with a little of that humidity hanging in the air still, but better than yesterday.

Today was my boyfriends birthday so we celebrated with a dinner out at one of his favorite BBQ restaurants.  They have a HUGE chef salad there with chunks of smoked meats in it that I had tonight.  I am still full!  It made me happy to get out for dinner some place and I was grateful to be able to afford a little something for him.

Now I am going to call it a night and get some sleep before my alarms go off for another day of errands.  Have a good night everyone!  (((HUGS)))

Happy and Grateful – Day 149

May has arrived and I hope it brings lots of Spring cheer with it.  I am in my fifth month now of taking time to acknowledge the things that make me happy and grateful every day… almost half way to my goal of a full year.  If you want to join in on this challenge please add your thoughts in the comments or start your own blog.  There is a lot to be happy and grateful for!

Today was a picture perfect day for a holiday.  Mild temperatures and lots of sunshine and blue skies.  We kept out traditional Memorial Day appointment with my Dad.  His house is right on the “big” parade route so we always wave to the veterans and dignitaries that take up half of the small town parade… a community band and the emergency vehicles of the town take up the other half LOL.  We can usually hear some of the ceremonies they have at the cemetery only 2 blocks away.  Then we have some breakfast pizza and donuts.  It is a nice way to spend the morning.  I know my Dad really appreciates the company on days like today.  It makes me happy to see him laugh and smile a little more.

The rest of the day was pretty laid back.  My boyfriend napped and I got closer to caught up on my email.  We had a nice dinner and I went and got some dinner for my Dad.  Then we had to deal with a little drama from my boyfriend’s ex-wife, but nothing that is new.  Still a little unsettling.  Makes me grateful we are in a pretty good place… at least I think we are.

All in all it was a nice holiday.  The only part I didn’t like is the part that gets to me every year and that is hearing the 21 gun salute at the cemetery for the fallen soldiers.  Chokes me up every time.  Now it is back to a “regular” week tomorrow.  Well as regular as it can be with a boyfriend who just dyed his hair purple… LOL.

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! ❤