Happy and Grateful – Day 283

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.

Today was in the upper 40’s and we had rain early in the day.  My body felt the temperature change.  I did still manage to get a load of laundry done at least.  Unfortunately the fatigue got the best of me today and saw me take two naps.  So I felt like I did nothing but sleep.  I guess I am grateful I had nothing going on so I could actually nap.

Tonight I went to my Dad’s to get him some dinner.  I had to stop at the store first and pick him up some soda and decided to get him a rotisserie chicken.  Then I just had to fix him a side when I got there.  I was happy to have a short cut like that available.

I am feeling pretty down tonight.  Really worried about a friend in Northern California I can’t get a hold of and I fear is too close to the fires.  So much devastation in the state.  Also have a couple of other friends who are suffering and I feel so helpless to do anything for them.  I know there is really nothing I can do when it comes to other people… I just wish I could make them feel better.

I should stop my babbling fingertips and see about some sleep.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

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 277

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.

Today was another busy day.  I took Dad to his coffee group.  I was surprised he was up to going but he did pretty good walking in to the table.  Maybe some of the worst pain is past for him now.  I can always hope!  Then I had to pick up some prescriptions. I have been without my inhaler for a while now because I kept forgetting to call the refill in.  I am grateful I am restocked now.

My boyfriend wanted some Mexican food tonight so we went to a local restaurant that is always good.  I picked up some food for my Dad and dropped off his dinner.  Then was happy to be home where I could put my feet up and relax finally.  It seems I have been on the go for a full week now… I am exhausted.

More errands tomorrow so I should post this so I can get some sleep.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 272

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.

*Yawn*  I am posting this after a very short “nap” last night.  I didn’t get home from the hospital until almost 2am and had to eat something so it was nearly 3 when I fell asleep only to wake up at 7 and be wide awake.  Oh, I bet you are wondering about the whole hospital thing.

I went to visit my Dad and get him some dinner when he was complaining about his leg.  It was painful, swollen and tender to the touch.  After a call to First Nurse she said to take him to the ER.  So Dad finished his dinner and away we went.  After several tests they found only what appears to be a pool of blood in the tissue of the leg that was likely from a bump he was unaware of.  No blood clots.  No problems with the hip replacement.  I am grateful they did not keep him overnight.  It is now just a matter of elevation, ice and time.

So needless to say I was happy to get home to my comfy chair and some food.  I had been running some errands with my boyfriend during the day and never did eat lunch after only having a honey bun for breakfast.  I was so hungry.  So I reheated dinner that my boyfriend had already made.

Now I need to get ready for a birthday party… wrap the gifts I was going to wrap last night and maybe catch another nap before we have to be there.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 199

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.

Like so much of the country we are in a time of high heat.  They issued a heat advisory that starts tomorrow and lasts through Saturday.  Not my ideal time of the year.  But I make due with what I am given.

Today I spent a little time reading.  My daughter recommended a book for me to read.  So far it has been pretty good.  It made me happy to take the time to read a little today.  I don’t take enough time to do that.  But part of that is because I have problems with concentration and short-term memory with my fibro flares.  It gets very frustrating reading the same page over and over before I get it.

It was a great dinner we had tonight.  My boyfriend fried up some hamburger with taco seasoning and we set up all the fixin’s and made tacos.  It was so good, right down to the homemade guacamole!  I am grateful that he likes to cook and does so most nights.

Well I am going to keep this short tonight… pretty tired and hope to get to sleep soon.  I hope you find your happiness everyday!  Please watch out for the heat and try to stay cool!

Happy and Grateful – Day 174

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.

Today was beautiful… lower 80’s and mostly sunny.  We opened the apartment back up and had the cool breeze of the night blowing in.  A wonderful way to end the night.

Tonight we went to the rehearsal for a nephew’s wedding.  I had to take an anxiety pill and am now thinking of a pain pill after the little bit of standing we did until we found a table to sit at.  It was a nice dinner, but as usual I felt like the outcast.  My boyfriend’s family is not the friendliest and don’t know that they said more that two words to us.  But I survived and didn’t make a fool of myself so that is a plus.  I am grateful it went ok.

I am taking a simple happiness tonight.  Having the windows open again, listening to the crickets, occasionally seeing a lightning bug flash by… a rare cool summer night.  I will take as many as I can get!

What was your happy moment of the day?

Happy and Grateful – Day 127

May has arrived and I hope it brings lots of Spring cheer with it.  I am in my fifth month now of taking time to acknowledge the things that make me happy and grateful every day… almost half way to my goal of a full year.  If you want to join in on this challenge please add your thoughts in the comments or start your own blog.  There is a lot to be happy and grateful for!

Day two of the vacation and it was another lovely day.  We had an exciting afternoon (insert sarcasm font here)… we took pop cans back for redemption.  The collection here had taken over the closet and was way over due to go back to the store.  We managed to get enough back that it cut our shopping trip down to half price basically.

We did enjoy a little walk though to get our dinner.  I had a gift card from Christmas still for Subway and there is one about a block away, so we had a little time in the fresh air.

So I was happy to find the floor in the closet once again. And grateful for a good meal and a nice walk to get it.

… there was also another heated battle of cards tonight.  This time we played two games of Canasta.  Each won one, so we have to have the tie breaker tomorrow.  Vacation has been alright so far!

Happy and Grateful – Day 24

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!

Trying new things is something that I need to do more of.  Anxiety often keeps me from branching out to do this.  Of all things to be anxious about tonight it was walking into an unfamiliar place.  A new restaurant opened close by about a month ago and my boyfriend wanted to try it out tonight.  Sometimes I have enough social anxiety a crowded restaurant is hard to walk into… make it one I am new to and it is worse.  I did some coping mechanisms – deep breathing, concentrating really hard on just our table, not the whole place, and reminding myself I was safe and close to home if there was a big problem.

I made it through dinner ok.  It got better after a lot of the dinner rush was over and the place emptied out a bit.  The food was really good and reasonably priced.  The restaurant had a nice sports bar type atmosphere and was playing some college basketball while we were there.

I don’t understand how I can get so worked up about something so simple as a dinner out, but I do sometimes.  The thing to remember is I made it through ok in the past and I WILL do so again in the future no matter how much anxiety I have.  I am happy we tried something new tonight,  I am grateful I was able to get through it without an anxiety attack that only would have made things worse.

Happy and Grateful – Day 13

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!

My Dad turned 81 this week.  We took him out for dinner to celebrate.  He wanted to have a steak so we went to Texas Roadhouse.  I like their food but it is always so crowded and LOUD.  It is almost impossible to talk over dinner with all the noise.  And being packed in to small spaces (to get the most customers possible) messes with my anxiety.  But it was good company and great food.  I am grateful my Dad is still healthy enough to enjoy things like that.  His health is not perfect but for 81 he still is doing pretty well I think.  I was happy to help him celebrate another birthday.

Day 97 – 100 Days of Happiness

I had dinner tonight with two dear friends.  One was a big help to me when I was going through my cancer treatments and the other has been a friend for years from work as well.  It had been far too long since we had gotten together to talk so dinner stretched out more than 3 hours!  We had to catch up on how our families were doing… and let’s just say it has been a bad year.  We decided tonight that 2017 has to be better… murder (of a family pet), suicide attempts, health crisis, alcoholism, etc.  We decided we should write a soap opera based on our lives as things have been so rough it is hard to believe.

But we got out laughter and tears.  Leaned on each other a little and exchanged wishes for a great Christmas and a MUCH better New Year.  We promised to get together more often and stay in touch.  It was a wonderful night with good food and great friends.  …now bring on that better New Year!