Happy and Grateful – Day 282

The month of October is upon us.  Fall is in full swing with the leaves gathering on the lawn… maybe a pile or two to run through even.  The evenings are getting dark earlier as the days grow shorter.  And a few of us look forward to a good scare with Halloween coming this month.  Everyday has at least some small portion of good in it.  I am looking for that good with this challenge to find my happiness and gratitude every day.  Join in with the challenge by commenting or writing your own blog… let’s find some goodness today.

It was once more a beautiful fall day.  Sunshine and a nice breeze to shake loose the leaves from the trees.  I saw people mowing lawns, and blowing leaves.  Kids must have been out of school today as there were a few at the playground.  Seemed like a Norman Rockwell kind of day… but I just wasn’t feeling it.

I went to see my doctor for a yearly check up and everything seemed ok.  Will get blood work results tomorrow I assume.  And she did schedule me for a bone density test next week.  I am glad the appointment is done and over with and grateful it went well.

My happy moment would have to go to dinner tonight.  An old-fashioned comfort food meal with homemade meatloaf.  I don’t think it turned out quite right, but my boyfriend seemed to like it.  It is the kind of meal to make you at least temporarily happy.

I need to try to get some rest… going to be a challenging day tomorrow with rain and cooler temperatures – will most likely set off my fibro.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 260

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.

Ah… Sunday.  My boyfriends first of two days off and a day of only two errands to run, not bad.  My boyfriend usually spoils me on Sundays.  He fixes a big breakfast of eggs, sausage and hash browns.  Today was no different and it was so yummy!  It makes me happy, one of those comfort food meals.

It was also a nice fall like day.  We could once again open windows and hear the birds chirping.  It helped my mood a bit today.  With my daughter’s birthday coming up in about a week I am pinching pennies and trying to find corners to cut so I can get her a couple of nice gifts.  It has me stressed out.  I just want her to be happy with what she gets.

Tonight I am grateful to be able to take a little time to go through my emails from the week.  A good way to catch up on the last week before a new one begins.  Some weeks I can get really behind and this was a busy week.

I have taken my medication for the night and am starting to get tired.  I think I will maybe read a bit and head towards sleep.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 209

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.

I am doing this early tonight so that the fatigue doesn’t get me again.  It has been a pretty quiet day.  My boyfriend stayed home from work so we both slept in today.  The only trip out of the house was to the apartment offices to sign paperwork on our lease.

I have been writing a little beyond my posts here today.  I have been getting some emotions out onto paper.  I feel if I hadn’t I would have been fighting the tears today.  I hate having days when all around me is normal and fine, but I feel like things are caving in on me.  Those are some of the days I need the writing the most.  Depression can be so frustrating when your brain knows there is no “reason” to be down, but you just are.  So I write and I am grateful I can.

My happy moment was a simple pleasure.  A treat for my taste buds.  My boyfriend did a peach crisp dump cake today and it was delicious.  I know emotional eating is not great but some days comfort food is just what you need and some warm peach crisp was it for me today.

I think it is time to take my bedtime meds and hope for a peaceful nights sleep.  I hope everyone has a happy and grateful weekend!

Happy and Grateful – Day 177

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.

Not a great start to the week… I was supposed to be at my Dad’s today to get him at noon.  I woke up at about ten after.  Oops!  Luckily it was only for blood work and there is no set time for that.  I forgot my library DVD to take back – at least it is not due until tomorrow.  And my boyfriend made zero progress on fixing his car so there is another week I have to drive him to and from work.

I won’t let a bad start to the day get me down, or at least try not to.  It was beautiful windows open wide weather again, so the birds singing helped a little.  And it was an afternoon in the kitchen putting together a spaghetti sauce to simmer for dinner.  I do still like to cook when I have the energy … I am happy it was there today.  Although to be honest I did nap today for about 45 minutes.

Not a lot going on today though.  I did get some time to work on my pictures.  I did a little editing and deleting to get some more room on my SD card.  I am grateful I had some quiet time to work on my photography.  Now if I could just get the time and energy to get to the park before it gets too hot again… maybe tomorrow.

The night is getting away from me and 6am comes early to have to take my boyfriend to work.  Stay happy and grateful!

Happy and Grateful – Day 156 and 157

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.

Here I go again with a double post.  I guess I should be glad it is not a triple post…my mind is in a rough spot and I am really “forcing” myself to do this.  I have to find some happiness in something!

Yesterday was a trip out-of-town to get my boyfriends new license plate tags and while we were there we hit the local hidden gem, a little summer time dinner.  Ordered loose meat sandwiches and a malt… yummy.  Not on the diet, and certainly not good for me, but sometimes you just have to do it!  We try to get there at least once a year to support the small town business.  It definitely made me happy.

I received some bad news I would rather not go into right now… but my boyfriend could tell I was pretty upset about it and didn’t push the issue.  I am grateful to have the time to deal with it in my own way.

Today was alright.  Still pretty warm out so no birds at the window only the air conditioner’s hum.  I did get to have some wonderful company for a little while today.  My daughter and I got some coffee and visited a bit.  We then left the coffee shop and went to the local library for some books and DVDs.  It always makes me happy to see her.

The afternoon and evening I reached out.  My boyfriend was at work and then home taking a nap so I tried to find some friends to talk to.  I was somewhat successful.  I have one person yet that was going to call me back tonight, if he remembers.  I am grateful to have friends who support me.

Now I can’t promise I won’t do this again, but I will try to keep my posts to once a day like they are supposed to be.  Thanks for your understanding!  (((HUGS)))

Happy and Grateful – Day 87

As March begins I continue with my goal to find happiness and gratitude every day.  There is at least some small thing that can bring a smile and give you a moment to be grateful for.  Please join me in looking for the good moments of the day … it would be great if you would share them in the comments or on your own blog.  Be aware of the little wonders of the day!

Today was kind of a continuation on yesterday.  I felt a moment of pride and happiness when my daughter told me she had shared her leftover chicken noodle soup with a friend.  She loved it.  And then tonight when I took the soup to my Dad’s he too commented on how good I am at making it and thanked me for sharing.

I was happy to share my comfort food and grateful that everyone liked it.  I even got a request from my daughter for me to fix meatloaf for her again soon.  Makes me feel almost as warm inside as eating the soup did.  🙂

Happy and Grateful – Day 43

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!

Well fatigue got the best of me last night and I am a little late with this.  I had another day of running errands – my boyfriend needed new shoes and we needed some groceries for dinner.  And food is a guilty pleasure of mine.  I know I use it as a crutch during my depression and I shouldn’t; it is something I am working on.

My happy for the day was being able to make some homemade meatloaf for dinner.  It is one of those comfort foods that always makes me feel good. I am grateful I was not too worn out to stand and mix it all together.  And as always enough was made for leftovers… YUM!

100 Days of Happiness

Another night got away from me.  Fatigue and insomnia… it is a coin flip on which will happen.  Last night it was fatigue and who knows what tonight will have in store.  So once again here is yesterday’s and today’s post for my happiness days in one blog…

Day 67 – There are times you just have to cave in to cravings, even if they are for food that is not good for you.  My daughter called last week and was sharing a craving.  She said she had been wanting pigs in a blanket for a while now and I should invite her over for dinner and have that… no, she is not subtle at times.  So tonight was pigs in a blanket with cheese inside all ooey-gooey and melty.  It is one of those foods that is far from gourmet, but sometime you just have to do it for the good of comfort foods!  And because your daughter asked nicely.

Day 68 – This may seem strange but my happiness today came from a sweatshirt.  In the fall when the crisp is in the air but I am too stubborn to turn on the furnace yet there is nothing like the feeling of a warm soft fuzzy sweatshirt to keep the chill off.  My boyfriend bought me one for my birthday last month and it was just the thing to wear most of the day to stay comfy and cozy in.

Day 57 – 100 Days of Happiness

I am not in the best place and I know that.  I see my therapist tomorrow and it can’t come soon enough.  But I am still striving to find even the littlest point of happiness in my day.  Today it was something I tend to do that brings me happiness, but is not really all that healthy for me.  I eat.  I found a box of sugary cereal in the cupboard for breakfast.  Munched on some trail mix for lunch.  Had a big juicy cheese smothered hamburger for dinner with tater tots.  And my daughter brought me an apple fritter for dessert.  All good greasy, sugary, bad for me food…. but it made me feel good in the moment.  And some days the moment is all you can get.

Day 44 – 100 Days of Happiness

Today is all about comfort.  It was another beautiful fall day.  And what is best on a cool night?  Some good warm comfort food.  I did a big batch of homemade chicken noodle soup today… fresh carrots, celery and onion, lots of chicken, the big thick home style egg noodles, and lots of rich flavor.  It has to simmer several hours before the noodles are added… let the flavors mingle together.  Then another hour to make sure the noodle are nice and tender… so yummy.  The warm liquid you can feel all the way down to your stomach.  Comfort food in the fall is great!