Happy and Grateful – Day 290

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 has been a lovely fall day.  I sat here by the window, had some coffee, listened to the birds sing and read though some blogs today.  It was a nice relaxing afternoon.  Then I went with my boyfriend out-of-town to meet my daughter for dinner tonight as it was my birthday.  We had a fabulous dinner at Olive Garden complete with left overs to eat later this week.  I was happy to spend the evening with two very special people in my life.

After dinner my daughter had to go back to work and we drove home.  We did stop to see my Dad and visited with him awhile.  He and my sister had a couple of birthday gifts for me so I opened them up.  I was so grateful for the gifts.  They gave me a new tool to use in my card making so I can not only cut but emboss cards too.  I can’t wait to try it out, but it will have to wait a day or two while I find room for it on my shelves.  It was a wonderful end to the day.

Now I need to go through some email and then call it a night.  I hope you all find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 276

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.

I have got to find a breaking point… something has to give.  I am so worn out and things are not slowing down anytime soon.  The fatigue it feels like, is swallowing me whole.  By the time I got the cobwebs out of my head this morning it was already time to leave to get Dad for coffee so there was no time to post until now.  I hope you forgive me for being late once again.

Tuesday Dad went in for a follow-up with his doctor after going to the ER.  Really nothing new except she did say it could be a month or two before there is much change in Dad’s leg.  He is either getting a little better (or just getting used to it) though as he seems to be limping a little less.  I was grateful to know there are no underlying problems.

My daughter messaged me and we chatted about a cute conversation she had with her boyfriend.  It was about watching HGTV together in their house.  Made my daughter giddy and made me happy to know they are talking of things in the future. …ah young love!

I need to go try to tackle some laundry… not sure I can lift the laundry basket I am so tired, but I will give it a try so we can have clothes to wear.  I hope you find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 273 and 274

As we transitioned from September to October I have been extra busy and got a little behind on my posts.  I hope I can manage to catch up in the next day or two.  I will read all the posts eventually I promise!

On Saturday we celebrated my daughter and niece’s birthdays as they are only 4 days apart.  It was not quite the party we had planned because my Dad was still having a lot of pain in his leg from the swelling that took him to the emergency room Friday night.  But we were all able to gather at his house and share some pasta for dinner and ice cream cake for the girls.  I say girls like they are still young… they are now 23 and 25.  We made a big point of reminding my niece she was now a quarter of a century old several times.  It was a day of some laughter and family.  It was a happy time.

I had some sad news from a friend just before the birthday party.  She lost her son to cancer.  It brought to light the same question I have had many times.  Why was my fight with cancer won, when so many others have not made it.  I once again felt grateful that I was one more year cancer free.  I may not know why I survived, but there must be some reason.

Sunday was in keeping with the birthday theme.  My boyfriend’s great-nephew was turning 4 and his parents arranged a surprise party for him.  He was definitely surprised.  By the time the stun wore off he had a great time.  His grandparents had gotten him a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bike and helmet.  He rode it from his house to the park, less than half a block away.  We had gifts and cupcakes at the park and all the kids played on the equipment there.  By the time the day was over the birthday boy decided it was, “the best birthday EVER!”  It made me happy to see all the kids with smiles on, especially the birthday boy.

Sunday evening I checked in with my Dad again to see if there was any improvement in his leg.  He has been icing it with no reduction in the amount of swelling.  It is worrisome to me what he is going through.  He agreed to consider calling the doctor on Monday if it was not better and I was grateful for that.

Now I need to read some more posts and start work on today’s daily prompt.  Hopefully I can post later tonight before the fatigue from all the activity catches up with me.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good day/night!

Happy And Grateful – Days 268 & 269

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.

Sorry about the double up post but I needed a day to “recover” from the last few days and kind of crashed right after birthday celebrations Monday night.  I did do the daily prompt this morning … better late than never.

The post for last night is easy too.  I am grateful for that night 23 years ago when I went into labor and finally had my beautiful daughter who forever changed my life. And the happiness was of course sharing her birthday with her.  It was going to be her and her boyfriend, but considering he worked about 14 hours he wasn’t up to visiting.  She enjoyed her gifts and we had a nice dinner at Texas Roadhouse.

Today was about recovery.  Some stretching for my aches and pains, muscle relaxers tonight, and a nap or two along the way.  I would really like to take it easy this week, but have to take my Dad to a doctor’s appointment tomorrow and Thursday is my yearly mammogram – and even though I am 14 years past the cancer, I still dread what they might find again.

So tonight I started my posting early to hopefully get it all in before either my mind turns to mush from the meds or the fatigue wins out.  My cat is currently “helping” me write by cleaning my left hand as I type…she is such a mama cat always licking and cleaning me and my boyfriend.  Makes me feel sad we took away her ability to have kittens.  I would say this is one of those sweet moments of the day with her that can be considered my happiness for the day.

Now the gratitude comes from a break from Mother Nature.  The weather has returned to more seasonable temperatures and we were able to open windows up again today.  It looks like we will have a few days of fall before the warm air is set to return once again.  I am listening to the crickets serenading me outside my window… almost as good as bird song.

Well I am off to clear out some of my email and then get some sleep.   Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 267

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.

Another summer like day today.  I think the temps are supposed to drop to a more seasonal range this week.  I am ready for the cooler temperatures and opening windows back up… I miss hearing the birds sing.

Went to price tires for my boyfriends SUV today and also looked at TVs as mine is starting to go out.  Prices really seem to be pretty comparable the two places we have checked.  It was slow going out and about today though as I was paying for the shopping I did last night with pain.  I was still grateful I was not too stiff and sore to get the shopping done.

I had an unhappy moment tonight though and maybe one of you could give me a hand.  I have used PicMonkey for my free online photo editing, but tonight it seemed to appear that they no longer have the free offering and have to pay for a membership. Do any of you know of a free online service for editing that is EASY to use?  I have used PicMonkey for a long time and hate to have to look for something else, but I cannot afford that extra money right now.

For my happy moment it would have to be getting the gifts ready for my daughter’s birthday.  I love wrapping gifts and putting ribbons and bows on them… my cat also loves to “help”.  LOL

Fatigue got the best of me… sorry this is a little late.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 265

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 the start of Autumn and it felt more like July or August out.  Hot and humid with a breeze that just brought that hot air to blast against you.  Unfortunately I had to be out in it a little bit to run some errands.  But was able to get them done fairly quickly.  I was grateful I have a good working A/C in my car.

Just before I left to run my errands my daughter messaged me and was wanting to get together for coffee.  So after most of my errands I bought us some coffee and stopped by her apartment.  My niece shares the apartment with her and had the day off today so I got to see both of them.  We snacked on the new Apple Pie Oreos and also tried some of the M&M’s Cookies and Scream Halloween candy – both were very good.  It made me happy to visit and share a treat with the two of them today.

I am struggling to stay awake… time to close my eyes.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day.

Happy and Grateful – Day 264

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 a roller coaster day.  I just felt very up and down emotionally.  I met with my doctor and felt pretty good afterwards, but it did not last.  Felt better when my boyfriend came home but now I have crashed again.  …wouldn’t be so bad if I liked roller coasters.

I am still going to dig to find the good.  Today I was happy to hear from my daughter that she will be spending the evening of her birthday with us.  We will treat her to a dinner out and open gifts.  I didn’t know if she wanted to plan something with her friends or not so it was good to hear that she will be here that night.  Hard to believe she will be turning 23 already.

Now for my moment of gratitude… or actually my collection of gratitudes.  Since I saw today was World Gratitude Day I thought maybe I would do more today.  Some things are a daily thing but they are very important.  Home, food and clothing.  My family is my world… and that of course includes my cat.  I have friends I would be lost without.  I have a very good life…

There are things that I wish for, but all in all I have what I need right now.  And on days like today I have to remember that.  What are you grateful for on this World Gratitude Day?

Time to listen to my drooping eyes and close them.  Remember to feel your gratitude and find your happiness.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 263

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.

It was a day that was meant to be.  My boyfriend was getting his 401K loan check delivered today, as far as we knew by regular mail delivery.  I was supposed to take my Dad to his weekly coffee group but was met with a huge amount of anxiety today.  I tried everything to settle it down, but had to resort to meds, which means no driving for a while.  But it turned out to be a good thing I did not go to coffee.  When they delivered that and a couple of books I had ordered there was one knock and they dropped the box on the floor outside my door and left.  The box didn’t really bother me, but the envelope with the loan check in it laying in the middle of the common hallway upset me a little.  What if I hadn’t been home to get it right away?  That was a lot of money someone could have walked off with.  We have pretty good neighbors, but I know there have been some crimes in the area… you just never know.  I am grateful I was here to get the packages.

And of course, since my boyfriend got his loan check, that means he got his new vehicle.  I am happy for him.  He is like a kid with a new toy checking out all of the features.  Now does anyone have advice on how to go about selling his old car that has an electrical issue?  “Fixer upper for sale, new engine and transmission $X”  It really is a shame we put a lot into it and now a little problem pushed us over the edge to sell.  I am just clueless as to how to go about a private sale… we have always done trade-ins in the past.

AND… bonus happiness for the day.  Yes, a second major happiness.  My daughter is now training for a new position as store manager at her job.  I am so proud of her.  I know her Dad would be too if he were still here.  That is one of the worst things about him being gone – missing out on the great things she has done and being able to tell her how proud he is of her.  (I hate alcoholism!)

Ok now if I can just calm down from this day of activity and get some sleep.  Although I do NOT have to take my boyfriend to work in the morning.  Just go to my Dr appointment in the morning.  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 258

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.

We are one step closer to getting our new used vehicle.  We put a deposit on a Chevy Trail Blazer and will finish up paperwork and get it the first of next week… then I wont have to take my boyfriend to work any more.  We can both run errands at the same time again.  I am grateful it is that much closer to happening… I really hope it lasts for a long time before it needs any work on it.

Shortly after we returned from the car dealership, my daughter came over to do some laundry and have dinner with us.  We got caught up again on the soap opera and shared a laugh or two.  She always makes me happy when she visits.

Now to get some rest and start the weekend.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a great night/day!