Searching

Tanya walked into the shop on her right. She had been browsing the mall stores for a gift of some kind for her sister’s birthday. Her sister was older than her and had very different tastes that Tanya. She walked over to where the puzzles were and thought of her Dad who had loved them… her sister, not so much. Tanya went to the bookstore about three doors down. Her sister was an avid reader and had a love for puzzle books. She browsed the bookstore and found a few things, then progressed to the video game store. She began to browse through the Nintendo DS games and found the game she knew her sister was looking for waiting in the used bin just for Tanya to find. She had gifts in hand and began the trip home to wrap them, hoping her sister would love them.

 

Written for Famdango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – browse

Happy and Grateful – Days 359 & 360

One of my favorite months is upon us. I love the wonder of the holidays.  How it can light up young and old alike.  The weather is (usually) starting to change the world white and frosty.  And the promise of a new year is just around the corner.  This is the final month of my attempt to find the things that make me happy and grateful every day for a year… I have mixed emotions that it will be ending.  Please join me these last few days and post your happiness and gratitude in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always some good in the day no matter how small.

So much holiday activity left me really fatigued… forgive me for being a little late again.

Day 359

Christmas was busy.  We packed up the spicy chili that had simmered all night long and went to my boyfriend’s sister’s house to be there for a noon lunch.  I was grateful the roads did not have much snow and ice on them so it was an easy drive there and back.  After a few hours there we returned home to spend the remainder of the afternoon and evening with my daughter.  It was a wonderful holiday.

I handled the day without taking an anti-anxiety pill and was proud of that achievement.  It is always a challenge to balance the good of the day with how all the people will affect me.  I tend to shy away from a lot of conversation and focus in on the joy seen through the eyes of the children.  My boyfriend has two great-nieces who are almost 2 and a 4-year-old great-nephew, watching them was a joy.

One of my challenges of the season is finding that “ideal” gift and we did pretty well this year.  But of course the best thing was spending time with my daughter.  She was not able to stay late as she had to open at work the next morning and I needed to runs some dinner to my Dad’s house anyway.  It was a busy but happy day.

Day 360

This was the day of recovery… but I had to take my Dad to the clinic for a blood draw and an appointment with the dietitian so no rest for me.  Dad had me a little concerned as he forgot the doctor he was seeing and once in the office he confused his cell phone for his blood sugar meter.  Otherwise he seemed fine other than back and leg pain that was worse yesterday.  I was happy the doctor was pleased with how his blood sugar was running.

I did get a chance to put my feet up and relax last night though.  And my boyfriend brought home the belated Christmas present that was not in stock before Christmas.  It is a heated massage mat to use in my recliner for my back.  I am planning on breaking it out when I am done writing to see how it works.  Even if it is just for the heat alone it will soothe my back… I am grateful for that.

I have babbled on far enough now.  I hope to get back on track tonight.  There are just a handful of days left… then a whole new year to explore what ever comes next.  Try to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful day/night!

Happy and Grateful – Day 355

One of my favorite months is upon us. I love the wonder of the holidays.  How it can light up young and old alike.  The weather is (usually) starting to change the world white and frosty.  And the promise of a new year is just around the corner.  This is the final month of my attempt to find the things that make me happy and grateful every day for a year… I have mixed emotions that it will be ending.  Please join me these last few days and post your happiness and gratitude in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always some good in the day no matter how small.

Well I took a little snooze before I could write this…. out like a light after my poem.  But I woke up with my boyfriend this morning (he is not the most quiet person) and I am awake for a while now.  Let’s see if I can accomplish this!

It was a good day, busy but good.  Dad had another blood draw… sometimes he can go 2 to 3 weeks without testing then other times he is at the clinic 2 to 3 times a week, but at least they are keeping an eye on him.  After that I had one more gift to pick up.  I stopped at the Dollar Tree to get gift wrap and food tins for my goodies. Then back across town to see my doctor.

Just about every year I try to make my cookies and candies to share and the first place I shared my treats was at my doctor’s office.  The girls at the front desk are always so nice and as long as they promise to share with the doctor I treat them for the holiday.  I am happy to share and with such wonderful people… the help they give me does not go unnoticed.

After the doctor’s office it was off to the grocery store to purchase nearly the last of the gifts.  I now have only a calendar I ordered to pick up and lottery tickets to get and then I am done!  What a great feeling to be so close to done.  I am grateful for my “organization” this year so I can sit back and enjoy the holiday some.  I have three whole days to wrap presents!  Whoo hoo!

So it is time to drift back to sleep for a little while.  Four hours of sleep was just not enough.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 330

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

I have a lot to write and I hope I can get through it all before I fall asleep.  First of all bear with me… I am starting to get my boyfriends cold/flu and may not get to reading all your posts right away.  I am already behind by more than a day and am not sure when I will catch up now.  BUT I do promise to read everything!

Tomorrow is going to be our late Thanksgiving (we are all at varying stages of sick too LOL) so I don’t know that I will have time or energy to get my Monochrome Monday post done.  So it may be two weeks in a row I don’t have one.  I am sure though next Monday I should be back on track.

Ok, my gratitude for the day is for all of YOU!  I just discovered that I am now at over 15,000 views for my blog… this little old thing I sit down to each day and let my babbling fingertips take over.  I am amazed that for some reason or another that many people would stop to look.  I appreciate each and every one of those views, whether they are liked or not.  It really does matter to me, so THANK YOU!

Now my happiness, let’s see.  I am sick, my boyfriend is sick, my daughter is sick, I have to cook a big meal tomorrow, money is super tight and Christmas is less than a month away now… and I am supposed to find the happy under all of that?  (sorry, but I get a little snippy when I am sick) Well, how about the fact that we know who we are buying Christmas gifts for now.  In both my family and my boyfriends we drew names to find out who we buy for.  And aside from one person, all the others are pretty easy to shop for.  But my sister’s boyfriend never gives any hint about what he wants ever and is one who will just go out and get something if he wants it… not leaving much for gift giving ideas.

Ok I have babbled on long enough.  I think I got done all I set out to do with this blog tonight.  Time to use my inhaler and try to breathe a little easier so I can sleep.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 290

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 has been a lovely fall day.  I sat here by the window, had some coffee, listened to the birds sing and read though some blogs today.  It was a nice relaxing afternoon.  Then I went with my boyfriend out-of-town to meet my daughter for dinner tonight as it was my birthday.  We had a fabulous dinner at Olive Garden complete with left overs to eat later this week.  I was happy to spend the evening with two very special people in my life.

After dinner my daughter had to go back to work and we drove home.  We did stop to see my Dad and visited with him awhile.  He and my sister had a couple of birthday gifts for me so I opened them up.  I was so grateful for the gifts.  They gave me a new tool to use in my card making so I can not only cut but emboss cards too.  I can’t wait to try it out, but it will have to wait a day or two while I find room for it on my shelves.  It was a wonderful end to the day.

Now I need to go through some email and then call it a night.  I hope you all find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 267

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.

Another summer like day today.  I think the temps are supposed to drop to a more seasonal range this week.  I am ready for the cooler temperatures and opening windows back up… I miss hearing the birds sing.

Went to price tires for my boyfriends SUV today and also looked at TVs as mine is starting to go out.  Prices really seem to be pretty comparable the two places we have checked.  It was slow going out and about today though as I was paying for the shopping I did last night with pain.  I was still grateful I was not too stiff and sore to get the shopping done.

I had an unhappy moment tonight though and maybe one of you could give me a hand.  I have used PicMonkey for my free online photo editing, but tonight it seemed to appear that they no longer have the free offering and have to pay for a membership. Do any of you know of a free online service for editing that is EASY to use?  I have used PicMonkey for a long time and hate to have to look for something else, but I cannot afford that extra money right now.

For my happy moment it would have to be getting the gifts ready for my daughter’s birthday.  I love wrapping gifts and putting ribbons and bows on them… my cat also loves to “help”.  LOL

Fatigue got the best of me… sorry this is a little late.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 262

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.

I can breathe a sigh of relief… I am done!  My Dad wanted me to shop for birthday presents for both my daughter and niece.  He gives me a dollar target and sends me on my way.  My niece has a lot of online wishes, but my daughter has more things she wants that I can actually pick up in store.  But I have been navigating the internet to find some good deals for my Dad and think I am finally done.  Not only did I have items that were out of stock, but I had to watch delivery dates as I am pushing my luck with a celebration planned for the 30th.  But I got it done and the latest delivery date possible is one of my daughters gifts set to arrive between the 26th and 29th.  I am very grateful that task is done.

As I sit here thinking back on the day I try to find my happiness… it was kind of a rough day.  I came back from taking my boyfriend to work and napped.  Then tried to track down the last of the online gifts.  Picked up my boyfriend.  Checked the mail and found a possible problem with my insurance I have to straighten out (called and left a message for my agent) tomorrow.  Got dinner for my Dad.  And then it was time for dinner for us (a team effort tonight)… it was a busy day.

So I am having a Killian’s to relax a bit.  I would have to say my happy moment today was when my boyfriend got his email confirming his 401K loan so he can get his car.  Knowing that the check is on the way is a big relief.  Now it is simply a waiting game to see how soon he gets it.

Time to slip off to dreamland… oh if only I could sleep well enough to have a dream!  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

12 Days of Christmas – Spirituality

This is a post I am kind of afraid to write, but know I have to include it as a part of what Christmas means to me.  First of all I chose spirituality instead of religious as I have never felt I was a religious person, but I am spiritual.  And I take my spirituality as something very private and personal, so that is why I am afraid to bare my soul.

The saying Jesus is the reason for the season comes to mind every year… and I do believe in God and Jesus’ birth (although I have heard more than one person say there is no evidence that it happened on December 25th).  I don’t really care when it happened… I care that we take this time of year to acknowledge His birth.  I put a star on my Christmas tree to represent the star that lit the way for the wise men.  I buy presents for those I love like the wise men brought presents to the baby Jesus.

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I also believe there is a certain spirituality in the story of Santa… children have to believe in order to get presents on Christmas Eve.  You have to take a little faith in miracle like behavior (visiting all children in one night all over the world, flying reindeer, knowing what the children want) to keep the magic of Santa alive for the children.

There is not a year that has gone by as a parent that I haven’t felt a great deal of awe at the magic of Christmas.  There is just a feeling I get… you know one of those warm and fuzzy moments you can’t really explain… when it is late at night, the house is quiet and all the gifts under the tree sit in the glow of the tree’s lights.  A feeling I get when I see a child, my own or others, open a gift and express pure joy.  A feeling when friends and family are all gathered together however briefly it may be when there is love all around the room… THAT is the feeling.  That is the feeling of spirituality at Christmas.  A greater presence in the room.  A love showering down on us all.

I believe in the spirituality of the holiday… of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and any other celebration that brings together love and faith.  This is a magical time of year.  And I wish you all love, light and peace this Christmas season.