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 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!

12 Day of Christmas – Giving

The final day of my journey through the things that mean Christmas to me is of course giving.  I love to give!  It can be giving presents, giving time, giving of your heart, etc.

I have always tried the best I could to try to find that “perfect” gift to give someone that WOW moment when they open a present.  I delight in watching my daughter open her gifts.  I don’t think I can ever top the year I got her a new instrument (a piccolo).  She was completely unaware and really surprised.  No big surprises this year but I do really hope she loves her Crazy Frog Lady shirt.

At this time of year I always wish I had more energy so I could give of my time more.  Volunteering to be a bell-ringer for Salvation Army.  Or work at a the homeless shelter to feed the hungry.  I do it more in small personal doses.  Giving time to my Dad to just visit a while.  Writing letters to friends and family I cannot visit.  Some of those small gift that are “free” can mean a lot too.

Around the holidays people often give to charities as well.  Whether it be a toy drive or your favorite charity with an end of the year gift it is giving for those who need help.  Just once I would like to win the lottery to be able to do more than a $5 or $10 donation.

No matter what you give do so freely and with pure love in your heart.  I have learned if you give with strings attached it can just cause heartache.  Giving freely and without conditions is the only way to guarantee it will not hurt you in the end.

I hope you take the time to embrace all that Christmas means to you.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!!!!

In case you missed the other 11 days they were…

12 Days of Christmas – Nature

12 Days of Christmas – Friendship

12 Days of Christmas – Music

12 Days of Christmas – Cards

12 Days of Christmas – Spirituality

12 Days of Christmas – Children

12 Days of Christmas – Family

12 Days of Christmas – Love

12 Days of Christmas – Winter Snow

12 Days of Christmas – Food

12 Days of Christmas – Decorations

Day 84 – 100 Days of Happiness

I have a love hate relationship with shopping.  I really do love to shop for others, but I really hate having to watch my pennies.  I can look for just the right gift for someone and enjoy “the hunt” but if I find that extra something for them, it kills me to have to walk away from it because of lack of funds.  That being said, today’s happiness puts me closer to being done with Christmas shopping.  It was a requested item and one I know will get a lot of use.  I think so far the one “this it perfect” gift would have to be the shirt I found online for my daughter.  She has a small frog collection and I found a Crazy Frog Lady shirt for her at Cafe Press.

So the hunt will continue tomorrow.  If I can just get done in another week then I can sit back and relax a little instead of that last minute rush I am stuck in too many years.  How are you doing on your Christmas shopping?

100 Days of Happiness

Yes, that monster fatigue caught me off guard again last night (and today as I will explain later) so another double post.  Please forgive me…

Day 81 – I had just enough energy to make it to one store to look for two more Christmas gifts for my daughter and niece.  To my surprise, they had the popular one I thought they would be out of (an expansion pack for the game Cards Against Humanity… can be quite a fun game, but you have to watch who you play it with as it is not a game that suits everyone) and I got the next to last copy of the game (The Game Of Phones) I wanted.  It is always a guessing game what they will run out of, but this was a good shopping trip with no out of stocks!  Hooray… I am two gifts closer to being done with my Christmas shopping!

Day 82 – Today has been a day to take care of myself and take it easy.  I realized I have had something going on every day this week even if it was only a trip to the doctor that day.  I have been on the go every day.  So today was my day to relax.  My boyfriend and I started watching Quantico on Netflix.  And I even managed to put my fatigue at rest with two short naps today.  One this afternoon I kind of planned.  Tonight however, it just kind of happened.  But that is ok.  It is my body’s way of saying I needed some rest and I got it.  I was happy to have a day to recharge a bit!