Happy and Grateful – Day 121

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!

Today was … you guessed it – cloudy and rainy and cold.  In other words icky!  I guess I am glad that is all it was, no tornadoes, no floods and no snow.  Some places were not as lucky.  It still didn’t help my mood today as if anything could have cheered me up today.

My friend is headed “home” on Wednesday and I had to say goodbye to her today.  I am worried she is headed back to a messy situation and I am afraid for her.  She promises me if things are still or get bad she will hop in her car and come back here.  I want to believe her.  So today I gave her a hug and fought back tears telling her goodbye.

In spite of the tears there has to be good.  This starts a new week and my doctor is back from his vacation so I can finally talk to him about my friend returning South… I just have to hold on until Thursday.

I am still holding onto the hope that all this rain is bringing some beautiful flowers our way soon.  Now in the next few days I can hope that it will warm up and be sunny enough to take some pictures of them.

So I am happy to be looking forward to my therapist session on Thursday (and feel a little better knowing if things bother me too much my doctor is back and I can always call to talk to him before hand).  I am grateful the weather is starting to break up tonight and will bring sun and clear skies by morning.

Happy and Grateful – Day 47

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!

We are not in February.  I just don’t see how the calendar can be right when we have weather this nice in what is usually one of the worst winter months for us.  Today’s temperatures were in the 50’s and tomorrow we may see 60°F.  The weatherman talks of the possibility of record highs this weekend.  It does not feel like an Iowa winter at all.  BUT I am not complaining.

Today I felt good enough to take a short walk to the clinic for my weekly doctor’s appointment.  It was so nice I didn’t even need a jacket.  The walk there and back although short was some nice time to soak up some sun and increase my case of spring fever.  I do worry our trees and flowers are going to get confused what time of year it is though.  I guess they will bloom when they want to and I can’t wait for that burst of color in the neighborhood!

I am happy for the warmer winter we are having and very grateful I had the opportunity to take a little walk in the sun today.

Happy and Grateful – Day 31

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!

One month done… it seems to me like it went by pretty fast.  Maybe it was because the weather was a little nicer for January than usual.  Don’t get me wrong, we had ice, snow and bitter cold some days but overall I think the month was warmer than usual.

The nice thing about January being over is that February is a short month and in March a few things may start to grow… I am ready for spring.  I know there are seeds in the ground waiting to sprout forth and bring us new life in the spring.  I am tired of bare trees and brown grass poking through the snow.  I like the color green.

I guess the one good thing is I have my pictures to prove to myself that there will be regrowth.  I can go through my spring and summer photos and find that renewed life.  I am happy I have a nice collection of pictures to remind me of spring.  I am grateful for all the posts I see here where people share their nature photos and give me a little more hope for spring and flowers to return.

…only 49 days until March 20th, the official return of spring!

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