Mumbles … Follow

To those who follow me I must apologize.  I have been wrapped up in letters and making Christmas cards and I have neglected my blog.  But for the first time in many years (probably about since the time my daughter was born) I actually got all my letters and cards into the mail early enough that the people will get them before Christmas!  I am stoked.  I even will have time to wrap stuff this weekend and then bake some cookies.  My daughter has requested spritz cookies this year.  And she has volunteered to do the chocolate dipped potato chips… I know it sounds odd but that salty and sweet is so good!  I have even seen them in fancy chocolate shops for a lot more money than a bag of Ruffles and some chocolate blocks.

So, I am back and going to stick with this at least until Christmas.  I may get behind then again.  But there is nothing going on after that so I should be able to catch up fast.  Without further ado, I shall get back to my reading and find my next daily challenge.  If I forget later… Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, joyous Kwanzaa, and festive “what-ever you celebrate.”  Hope it is a great holiday for you!

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – follow

Mumbles… Address

Here I am again trying to beat a deadline.  I am not talking about the daily prompts although I am a couple of days behind on that.  It is the Christmas Eve deadline.  For years now I have made my own Christmas cards and this year is no different.  I am only about 5 cards short of being done.  Then I will write about a dozen letters to go with a few.  The final stage is to address, stamp and decorate the envelopes.  As long as they hit the mailbox before midnight on Christmas Eve, I have fulfilled my duty to get them in the mail BEFORE Christmas.  I am doing pretty good though this year.  I do have three letters started and have plenty of time set aside for more writing this weekend.  I may be able to get them done and in the mail by Friday the 20th so there will be a good chance of them arriving before Christmas even.

In this day and age of computer and text communications… do any of you still send out Christmas cards?  I know I am part of a dying breed, but I still find it so nice to get something in the mail other than bills and that is why I still do cards every year.

 

Written for Fandango’s One-World Challenge (FOWC) – address

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 – 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 – 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!

Happy and Grateful – Day 339 & 340

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 not done so good this month… here I am playing catch up once again.  The fatigue got the best of me last night and if I don’t hurry it might get me tonight too.  So lets jump right into the action.

Yesterday was pretty quiet.  I did a little work on my Christmas cards I am making.  I need to get busy on that project so I can crank them out and then write some letters to go with them.  But I was grateful for the little bit of work I did get done on them.

I did actually order two Christmas gifts online last night too.  It makes me happy that I have started shopping.  I would love to be done a week before hand, but I have never been that organized so I will take what I can.

Today was all about running errands – library, bank, pharmacy and tobacco shop for Dad.  I got a lot accomplished but I feel it too and I’m pretty worn out.  I was grateful to get it all done though.

Tonight was movie night for my boyfriend and I.  I had checked out the movie Logan from the library and it was really good.  I was happy to be able to watch it.  I love my local library and all it offers – books, movies, music.

Ok now to post this… it has been a long day and I am tired.

(and this is the point where I fell asleep last night… ugh!  Let’s wrap this up…)

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

Day 96 – 100 Days of Happiness

Down to the last few days of my challenge… I think I will make it.  There were a few days that were a little tougher to come up with a happiness than others, but I did it.  Now I realized one of the best parts of the year will miss out on my happiness blog.  I will finish just a few days before Christmas, but there are many joys of Christmas before hand in the planning that bring me happiness.

Today I got to write 3 letters to family and friends to put in with their Christmas cards.  I love letter writing.  It can be such a personal little piece of yourself you share with others… of course it can be however you chose to write it really.  But me, I tend to share a lot.I can “talk” better to people in print than face to face.  I am sure my social anxiety is what causes that.

So my Christmas letters usually sum up the year, but I have never liked the form letter route so I write an outline of sorts before I start writing the letter so I don’t forget to share some piece of news from the year.  This year I have just been winging it though and so far so good.  But bottom line a letter does send a piece of you to the receiver.  And I don’t know about you but I would rather get a letter over a bill in the mail any day!

Day 95 – 100 Days of Happiness

Today did not go at all the way I had planned but it worked out great still.  I set out to make my Christmas cards today and had my planned wording and image saved, but when I went to cut it out, my Cricut machine did not want to work.  I fought design features and changing what I wanted to print for about an hour before I finally decided it just was not meant to be this year.  So I dug up my inking supplies and stamped a very basic card about 25 times then pulled out some cards in reserve to finish off my card list and in one afternoon I had addressed and made all my Christmas cards.  Now I have ten letters to write to go with them… I should have these done and MAYBE arriving on time this year.  A pretty good day in spite of the change of plans! 🙂