Happy and Grateful – Day 211

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 another fairly nice day.  Once again though the fatigue kept me indoors much of the day.  I napped twice and still felt so worn out.  After a cup of coffee I did get a little energy in me and made it to the store for what I forgot last night.  Now after dinner and a little dessert I am once again without much energy.

Today did take me to a good place down memory lane.  I found an old movie on TV that I had not seen in years.  It was Some Kind Of Wonderful and while it was no Academy Award winner, it was a good “first love” story from the 80’s.  It brought back some good memories of watching the movie with my ex-husband.  I am grateful for those early days we had that were good… very good.

I would have to dig a little for my happy today.  When I get stuck in these days of fatigue or depression too, it is harder to see the good.  It was a simple thing again today.  My cat being kind to me and laying with me a good portion of the afternoon.  Sometimes I do think she can sense my tough days and knows when to be closer to me.

Things ran late tonight (we didn’t even eat dinner until almost 11) because of my boyfriend laying down and napping with a horrible headache.  It is past my bedtime and I still want to read a couple of posts before I try to close my eyes.  I hope as the new work week begins everyone can find their happiness in the week ahead.  Good night!


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!

Happy and Grateful – Day 172

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.

Anxiety has been my shadow today.  I have done what I can to try not to worry, but I keep stressing about my drive to the city tomorrow and both the rehearsal dinner and wedding this weekend.  A room of strangers and a handful of people I know a little… plus in clothes I am not comfortable in, I am not looking forward to it.

But I forged through the day and came out with my sanity still as intact as it can be this late in life.  My Dad’s doctor appointment got cancelled, and I forgot about a meeting my boyfriend had tonight.  So I spent most of the day on my own.  Besides getting lonely and feeling the blues I did ok.  I am grateful for technology to keep me entertained today with some games and a space to write.  And I was happy I was not completely alone as my cat slept with me a good portion of the day, tucked in right next to my laptop.

Now my night-time dose of anxiety meds and some sleep before my drive tomorrow.  If only there was a local doctor who would take my case… but it does no good to dream about it.  Thanks for stopping by and remember to find your happiness!

Happy and Grateful – Day 93

We have reached the month of April and I am still on course to post daily with my happiness and gratitude I have found.  Please join in if you feel like doing this too by sharing in the comments or on your own blog.  There is so much to be happy and grateful for.

I haven’t felt the best today but with the continued rain I am not surprised.  I just have to make it through two more days of this and then they say we get sunshine again!  I really need to look into getting one of those full spectrum lights that doubles as the suns rays when you can’t enjoy the real thing.  I do think it would help my mood.

Today was a day spent at home.  I had a card to make (ink on my hands always makes me happy) and a short letter to write for a friend who suffered a loss last week.  The cat was very cuddly today (sometimes I think she knows when I need a hug or cuddle) and kept me company in my lap or on my foot rest a majority of the day.  My boyfriend was busy doing stuff on his day off so I needed the company of my cat to feel less alone.

Not any big things, but the little moments that still can bring a smile and peace of heart.  I am grateful for every small moment I can get.

The Mighty Huntress

She squats down

Wiggles her back side

And pounces forward

As fast as she can

Running quickly down the hall

It is time for the nightly fit

This takes place

For 2 to 5 minutes usually

Then she stops

Lays down

Acting as things are perfectly normal

For those moments

I think she imagines

She is in the wild

Hunting all sorts of prey

Then relaxing after the kill

Happy and Grateful – Day 11

I have undertaken a challenge this year.  I am trying to find the good in every day by writing about happiness and gratitude that I feel.  No matter how small there is always something to bring a smile or make you grateful, if just for a moment.  Follow along with me as I dig deep as necessary and find the peace of the day.  Join in if you are feeling happy and grateful too – in the comments or on your own blog.  Let’s find some fun!

I have fibromyalgia and some days it really has me good … or should that be bad?  One of the symptoms of fibro is memory problems often referred to as fibro fog.  Today was one of those days it was pretty foggy in my head and I managed to forget my morning pills.  Didn’t realize it until later in the evening so it was too late to take them.  So I beat myself up about it the rest of the night… add this to the headache the lack of meds can cause and it was a rough night.

But there is one “person” I can always rely on to help me out on rough days… my cat.  What is it about pets that they can sense when we are down.  She came into my lap and cuddled with me… she is not one to cuddle much.  So my stress level went down and I stopped blaming myself for forgetting and let her purring take my headache down a notch.  She made me happy.  And I am grateful she was able to sense that I needed a cuddle.  Love my (well, technically my daughter’s except she is in a no pets apartment) cat!


100 Days of Happiness

After seeing Rent and fixing Thanksgiving dinner, my body revolted and I have been fighting some major fatigue.  Forgive me for another late double day post.

Day 77 – Wow… today was a case of sticker shock.  I took my car into the repair shop after the woman backed into me in the clinic parking lot.  I was prepared for the estimate I thought, wrong.  He got to the bottom line number to only have a door repaired and after he said, “One thousand…” I kind of blanked out before he added six hundred and sixteen. From that moment on I spent the rest of the day so happy I had car insurance to cover it!

Day 78 – This was a tough day.  With the change in temperature outside and the level of activity recently I am fighting the pain today.  But better than a heating pad is a cat that likes to cuddle and today my cat was feeling friendly.  I think maybe she was feeling the increased cold in the air too.  No matter why she was on my lap doesn’t matter, her warmth and love made me feel happy.

Day 37 – 100 Days of Happiness

Two things today were laugh out loud moments and it is hard to pick from the two.  So I guess I will share both of them.

My cat has a love of laundry baskets.  When I manage to finally get one empty she always seems to be there to jump inside of it and sit.  She does the same thing with the clothes hamper.  Tonight after emptying the laundry basket, I pushed her around in it a bit – she seemed to enjoy the ride.  And I stopped her in front of her round track toy that has a ball in it to spin.  Next thing I know she is pushing her paw out the side of the basket to play with the ball.  She sat there in the basket nearly 5 minutes just spinning the ball.  I had to laugh.

One show that will often make me laugh is The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.  Tonight was no different.  He was live after the last presidential debates and his spin on them was funny.  Then he had a guest on I dearly love to see – Hugh Laurie.  The show made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion so I figured it was blog worthy.

Try to take some time to laugh… it can be good medicine.  (((HUGS)))

Day 31 – 100 Days of Happiness

My cat often provides us with needed comedy relief… today was no different.  Most all cats will have a time that they “need” to run at full speed through the house for no apparent reason.  My cat was doing this with a piece of string hanging out of her mouth for most of the run.  She would bounce sideways in the hall with back up and tail fully poofed out, then turn and run full speed again.  I have had 7 cats since childhood and never laughed as much as I have with this cat.  She provides us with lots of happiness.