Happy and Grateful – Day 247

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.

Today was … hazy.  I am sorry for anyone near the wildfires in both the US and Canada.  I am always stunned when the smoke makes it all the way to Iowa.  I can’t imagine how thick the smoke would be closer to it.  I have one friend in Montana too close to the fires there and another friend in Canada who already had to evacuate once.  I just can’t imagine going through something as wild and unpredictable as a forest fire.

Between the fires up north and the hurricanes down south I am pretty grateful to be in the Midwest.  It is not a destination others dream about going to, but I like it.  We have all four seasons.  There is plenty of warning usually for the risks of thunderstorms/tornadoes or blizzards.  And those are a one time thing, not multiple day.  So yeah, today I am grateful to be in Iowa.

I didn’t do much today except a little bit of cleaning.  We are having an apartment inspection this week… I hate those.  Always feel my life is being invaded and scrutinized.  But the place looks pretty good.  I still need to go over the kitchen floor but, body permitting, I can get that done tomorrow.  I am happy the majority of the work is done.

I need to try to sleep… nice to be able to say that.  I finally got the blog done before going to sleep, hurrah!  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 224

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!

Today was an ok day.  Not great, not horrible, just a day.  First day of my boyfriends vacation and we did nothing… had a very lazy day.  I took a nap in the afternoon, he took one in the evening.  We watched some more Dark Matter on Netflix.  We did take a walk to the store down the block, but only to pick up something for dinner.  I was grateful for a day with very little to do.

I did get an opportunity to do a little cleaning up in my inbox today.  I am forever terrible about sorting through emails.  I will go through and look at the important email and leave the ads and junk mail for weeks sometimes.  I was even able to browse a few new blogs here on WordPress and find a couple new people to follow.  It made me happy to get some computer “work” done.

Now my nighttime meds are kicking in and I am starting to get drowsy.  Must be time to end this for the night.  Find your happiness, feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 9

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!

Coming off of a couple of rough days I found a little hidden stash of energy and I got a few things accomplished.  Did some laundry (the worst never-ending chore there is… I swear the dirty clothes just appear out of thin air some days LOL). And then I hauled the empty boxes into the living room to remove the last signs of the holidays.  It is so much fun putting everything up and making the house all pretty, but putting it away does not hold the same happy feelings.  I hate saying goodbye to the holidays.  And I pushed things just a little bit more and with the help of my boyfriend cleaned out the old leftovers in the refrigerator.

My back was screaming by the time I was done, but I got a lot accomplished.  It is nice to have good productive days every once in a while.  I just wish they did not zap my energy the same night and next day.  But I was happy to get the work done and grateful to have the open space back in the living room where the Christmas tree used to be, laundry done and space in the fridge again.  And very grateful my boyfriend was here to help me get it done!