Happy and Grateful – Day 310

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

A chilly day today, but there was sun almost all day.  Made for a better day to have to be awake early.  We had to (finally) take my car into have it worked on.  There was a problem with the air flow sensor harness… or something like that.  And my rear defroster was not working.  With winter around the corner, I needed to get that fixed.  My Dad helped me out with repair costs… I couldn’t be more grateful.  He has done so much for me since I have gotten sick.  I would be lost without him.

My happiness from today is harder to find.  Just not feeling the best.  It makes me feel so worthless having to ask for help with finances.  Then my boyfriend went to the doctor and came home all upset, because the doctor was upset he was not taking care of himself.  Not a big surprise, he knew going today he has not been following his diet, using his insulin or exercising.  He spent the rest of the day in a foul mood.

I did get a text from a friend, a phone call from my daughter and spent some time catching up on email… I will take all those little moments as my happiness for the day.  I think part of the reason I did not have a big happy moment is I am stressing the maintenance crew coming to the apartment tomorrow to change the furnace filter and smoke detector batteries.  I hate strangers coming into my home…. does anyone else feel that way?

I need to try to sleep now as I need to be up and showered before they start coming through to work tomorrow.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day.

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Happy and Grateful – Day 240

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 just a day… not good, not bad just kind of there.  The highlight of the day was a trip to the grocery store to stock up on food for the week.  But it was not totally boring.  I did see a friend I used to work with and that made me happy.  She even had some good news and said her reoccurring health issues were finally diagnosed and fixed with surgery.  I was very happy for her… only took the doctors about 15 years to figure it out!

My gratitude for the day would have to be a simple one.  We had the money to stock up the pantry.  My boyfriend had a little extra vacation time on his check so it helped stretch the budget just when we needed it.

I need to get ready to take my boyfriend to work… I might have fallen asleep before I did my posts for the night, oops.  I hope you find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 219

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!

The quiet time of the night once again descends on me… I am happy to feel a little less alone with this keyboard that connects me to others.  It has been another day fighting the depression.  I have resisted reaching out.  I don’t want to be a bother to anyone else.  I may send one email after I finish posting here.  Or maybe I will just read myself to sleep.

I am grateful for a good meal tonight – baked chicken breast and noodles with Alfredo sauce and broccoli.  We may only have one other one this week before payday.  We have left overs for one night.  Plan to fix beans and corn bread another.  And that leaves us one night to maybe just have sandwiches.  Had some extra expenses and are really cutting the money close.  I am hoping for some good sales starting Wednesday so we can shop after payday and restock the refrigerator.

Now I will post this and take my night-time meds.  Once again I have hope for a better tomorrow.  It will start early with taking my boyfriend to work then a stop at the store for beans; so I had better move the night along.  Have a good day/night!

 

Happy and Grateful – Day 216

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 with the windows open.  The birds in the morning, the crickets at night… I love it.  My allergies don’t love it so much and I had the sinus headache to prove it, but some things are just worth it.

Going to be short and to the point tonight as I did not sleep well last night and I want to get this done before I fall asleep tonight.  My happy for the day was meeting up with a couple of friends I used to work with for lunch.  We had a little over a two-hour lunch and had a good time… I even had a couple of genuine laughs.  Those have been hard to come by lately.

My moment of gratitude came shortly after I made it to lunch.  One of my friends, knowing how much we have been struggling lately gave me a little money.  This means I can fill the gas tank back up again and my boyfriend will not need to find another way to get to work.  I dream of a day when I can help her out somehow.

Now I must close my eyes and get some rest.  I hope you have a good night/day.  Stay happy and grateful!

Day 73 – 100 Days of Happiness

I cried again today… not for sadness though.  It was a more or less humbling moment.  My boyfriend and I have been in sad financial ways for some time now and I have been very worried about Christmas.

I grew up with Christmas always being a time of giving and I LOVE to buy stuff for other people and see the joy it brings them.  Strapped for cash though that is hard to do.  We have been saving change, taking pop cans to the redemption center, using coupons when possible… all the tricks we can think of to save.  Today my sister and father surprised me with a check to use for Christmas shopping.  It was all I could do to stop the tears from flowing right away.  I am so lucky to have family that understands what I am going through and is there to help where they can.

So one worry has been lessened. And happily I was able to take advantage of a Black Friday sale and get a shirt for my daughter at half price almost.  Now if I can get organised for Cyber Monday I can do some more shopping and then it will be a happy Christmas once again.

Day 70 – 100 Days of Happiness

I really need to get back on a writing schedule at night or I will be a day behind forever… but then that is one thing about me, ask any of the family and they will say I am perpetually late.  That was the only detention I got in school was for tardiness.  My daughter says I will be late for my own funeral.

But I am not here to talk about my inevitable death.  My happiness for yesterday… I finally got a couple of recall fixes taken car of for my car and sought the irritating source of a LOUD clicking noise the car was making.  If I had been feeling better I would have been pacing back and forth worried about the bill.  Car repairs can be so expensive and right before the start of the holiday season unwanted expenses really hurt.

I got the call that the car was fixed and they told me the total on the bill I about passed out.  All the work outside of the free recall fixes was covered under the extended warranty policy so I just had a $50 deductible to pay.  My car is nice and quiet, does not leak oil, and is safe again.  And I still have money for groceries – Yippee!!