Happy and Grateful – Day 178

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.

Not too bad today… a little warmer, but there was a nice breeze.  I think now we head into a period of rain possible every evening again as the heat of the day cooks up some storms.  But that is summertime in Iowa.

I feel like I have to stretch today to make my happy and grateful work.  I just have not had one of my better days today.  Tired, irritable, headache, backache, and a boyfriend who had too much to drink make for a rough end to a long day.  I did however hear from a friend from Nebraska who will be here in the area this weekend and hopefully we can connect at some time and maybe have dinner.  Haven’t seen her in over a year so it would be really good to see her.  I was happy to get that little bit of hope.

I have to say tonight I am grateful for my laptop.  I can connect to WordPress, email friends and even keep in touch with my doctor through it.  It is my connection to a world that is sometimes frightening and out of reach in a lot of ways.  If I hadn’t needed to run to my Dad’s tonight to get him dinner I would have stayed locked up here all day… on a day like today that is not all bad.  I am not to the point I never want to leave, but that thought does scare me sometimes.

I am going to read a few more posts and try to get some rest.  Maybe I will wake up better tomorrow… maybe not.  Remember to be grateful for the little things!

Happy and Grateful – Day 150

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 mostly good.  It was another picture perfect spring day with blue skies and a gentle breeze.  I got to do one of my favorite things today… spend time with my daughter.  We went to the local library to pick up some books and DVDs.  And then shared a little conversation with coffee.  It always makes me happy to see her.

Then came a turn in the day.  I went to pick up my prescriptions and ran into a friend I used to work with.  She has been going through treatments for cancer.  I asked her how things were going and she said the chemo was done.  Not because she was in remission, but because that was all they could do for her.  The doctors say she has 6 months to a year left.  She just witnessed the birth of her first grandchild, she has three wonderful children, and is a friend to many… she has a lot to live for.  Why is she losing it all?

I feel a lot of frustration having gone through both chemo and radiation nearly 14 years ago and I am fine now… why does cancer have to be so unfair?  I do take some comfort in the fact she is dealing with it well.  Even has a vacation planned with the family to an ocean get away.  She is going to live life until the cancer will no longer let her.  She is still working at a job she enjoys and not going to quit until she has to.  She is a remarkable woman.  I have heard it said before that death is only hard on the living… seeing her life force still strong I think of that.  She has come to terms with her mortality and is facing it with great dignity.  It is those of us left behind that will mourn her spirit for many a year… I am grateful for the time that I have been blessed to know her.

Happy and Grateful – Day 144

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!

Good morning… not what I normally say in my posts, but the fatigue hit me hard last night and here we are at the start of another day.  Will you forgive me for being late again?

The day was a good one.  My Dad, daughter and I all met a dear friend from out-of-town for lunch.  She was back in town for some graduations and Memorial Day with family and we were lucky enough to have a time we could all get together to see her for a while.  It made me very happy to hear her laugh again… she has an infectious laugh I just love.

We had a couple of errands to run after that and one was to the clinic that has the best grounds keeping staff and always keeps the entryway blooming this time of year.  And I just happened to snap a photo on the way out.  I am grateful that such an often depressing place has such beauty outside.

Now I am off to try to catch up on the day… remember to be grateful!

Clinic Blooms LR

Happy and Grateful – Day 133

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 a day of rest.  The fatigue was rough today.  I napped twice and still feel I could go out before this is finished.  So I better type fast and get this done before I am overcome with sleep!

A little bit warmer today but still a beautiful spring day.  With it being a nice day and a Saturday the kids were all out at the playground across the courtyard from us so not many birds singing to hear.

I did hear from a friend from high school who was having a rough day.  We talked for a while this afternoon and planned to talk again tonight, but apparently she went to sleep early.  Then when I was at my Dad’s for his dinner I missed a call from another friend.  So this was a hit and miss day.

I am happy I was able to talk to my old friend from school.  I am grateful our friendship has survived many ups and downs, but weathered the storms intact still.  You can’t say that about all friendships.

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 120

We have reached the month of April and I am still on course to post daily with my happiness and gratitude I have found.  Please join in if you feel like doing this too by sharing in the comments or on your own blog.  There is so much to be happy and grateful for.

Another day of rain… cold rain.  There are puddles all over.  We had to go to the store and got pretty wet just walking in.  But no worries… I am not so sweet I will melt LOL.

Once again I am posting late…played cards last night one more time before my friend gets ready to return to Georgia.  We laughed and trash talked each other and it was a very close game ending with only 20 points separating first and (tied) second place.  I am glad the three of us had a good night before sending my friend off on her way home.

I was happy to share the laughter with a dear friend.  I am so grateful for the time we had to spend with her these last two weekends.

Happy and Grateful – Day 119

We have reached the month of April and I am still on course to post daily with my happiness and gratitude I have found.  Please join in if you feel like doing this too by sharing in the comments or on your own blog.  There is so much to be happy and grateful for.

This month is fading fast… and I think Mother Nature is in need of a reality check,  We had 70°F weather in winter and now 30-40°F weather in the spring.  That is mixed up!  Add in the rain and it was a good day for being inside wrapped in warmth of some kind.  I spent most of the day in a sweatshirt.

No late night card games this time… my friend has to get up “early” for a lunch date.  So the three of us watched a movie instead.  It was Deja Vu with Denzel Washington.  It was a very good movie with lots of action and a little science fiction thrown in too.

Over all it was a good day, pretty quiet and relaxed.  I am happy I had some time to talk, just us girls, with my friend.  And I am grateful that the rain stopped while I was headed to my Dads to fix him dinner – I am finding the older I get, the less I like driving in the rain.  BUT I will still take it over snow and ice anytime!

(Sorry this is posted late…. darn fatigue and meds hit faster than I thought they would last night!)

 

Happy and Grateful – Day 118

We have reached the month of April and I am still on course to post daily with my happiness and gratitude I have found.  Please join in if you feel like doing this too by sharing in the comments or on your own blog.  There is so much to be happy and grateful for.

Well… lets see how much sense I can make.  It is 4am and I have had 2 shots and 2 drinks while playing cards tonight, more than I have had to drink in a long time.  I recommend the raspberry schnapps, the watermelon vodka is ok in a mixed drink but a little too intense for a shot for my taste.

My friend from Georgia is back with us for the weekend before she gets in the car to drive back home on Wednesday.  I am going to miss her.  I also worry about the somewhat unstable situation she is returning to.  BUT… it is her life to live and I have to trust she knows what she is doing.

… oh by the way, it was once again cold and rainy today.  But we stayed in tonight and played card games for 5 hours or so…it was lots of fun.  How many of you have played Cards Against Humanity?

To stop babbling and get to the point of this… I am happy to have this time with my friend and more so I am grateful she is here still – about 9 months ago she had a health scare and almost left us.

Know everyone can go at any time… tell those you care about you love them and treasure every minute you can with them.