Happy and Grateful – Day 221

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 busy day today… I hope I don’t pay for it tomorrow.  It started with taking my boyfriend to work at 6:30 and I returned home to sort out some pinto beans for our beans and cornbread dinner.  I tried to channel the ghost of my ex-husband and he made great beans like his mom.  I was only the observer in that dish.  I think I did the dish alright.  Everyone who ate it seemed to think it was good so I was grateful for that.

I finished a letter for a friend and mailed it, took my Dad to his coffee group, picked up my boyfriend, picked up a handful of items at the store and delivered some of the dinner to my daughter and Dad… phew! Like I said a busy day.  But I got through it all with little pain.  Fatigue was really high and I did nap after dinner.  I just hope the activity does not bring aftermath pain tomorrow.

I think the moment of happiness was when I got a couple of messages from my daughter that she approved of how I made the beans, greens and cornbread.  I am sure it will never be as good as her Daddy made, but it made me happy to get her seal of approval.

Now in the quiet time of the night I think of two friends and worry… one’s husband had a heart transplant surgery last week.  The other is in a volatile situation with someone who should be her EX-husband and their son.  I haven’t heard from either of them the last couple of days and I am worried.  So I babble a little longer here and get some of the fear out on paper.  I am sure everything is fine but it just makes me aware of how far apart we are when I can’t just hop in the car and go she them.

I will stop babbling now.  Let you all get on to another blog to read or your own writing to do.  Thanks for stopping by!  Find your happiness today!  Have a great night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 211

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.

It was another fairly nice day.  Once again though the fatigue kept me indoors much of the day.  I napped twice and still felt so worn out.  After a cup of coffee I did get a little energy in me and made it to the store for what I forgot last night.  Now after dinner and a little dessert I am once again without much energy.

Today did take me to a good place down memory lane.  I found an old movie on TV that I had not seen in years.  It was Some Kind Of Wonderful and while it was no Academy Award winner, it was a good “first love” story from the 80’s.  It brought back some good memories of watching the movie with my ex-husband.  I am grateful for those early days we had that were good… very good.

I would have to dig a little for my happy today.  When I get stuck in these days of fatigue or depression too, it is harder to see the good.  It was a simple thing again today.  My cat being kind to me and laying with me a good portion of the afternoon.  Sometimes I do think she can sense my tough days and knows when to be closer to me.

Things ran late tonight (we didn’t even eat dinner until almost 11) because of my boyfriend laying down and napping with a horrible headache.  It is past my bedtime and I still want to read a couple of posts before I try to close my eyes.  I hope as the new work week begins everyone can find their happiness in the week ahead.  Good night!