A to Z Challenge – W

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The letter W …

There is a small little town here in Iowa that had a water ban placed on it last year, nearly 14 months ago.  They still are without drinkable water and have no clear date when they will have the problem resolved.  Flint, Michigan has had bad water for years.  I never take my faucets for granted.  I have clean fresh water to drink with just a slight twist of the handles.  There are places all over the world where clean water is far too scarce.  Places where it takes days to get water.  Places where they use the water anyway because there is no alternative.  I am very grateful to have clean fresh water at my disposal and hopefully always will.

A to Z Challenge – U

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The letter U …

There is a lot going on in the world.  A lot of it revolves around a tiny little germ – the corona virus.  As I have mentioned before I have anxiety and this pandemic is not helping it at all.  Then the depression is intensified by the thousands who have died.  But I still go on.

My fibromyalgia is treating me pretty good today.  It hasn’t been too bad of a week even.  Really just sleep problems – can’t get to sleep, trouble waking up (that is due to medication to sleep I think), and the unexpected naps I take.  The aches are always there to some degree, but I am not curled up in pain, I can sit up and write, read and I have made it up and down the stairs a few times today fairly easily.  A shower did not completely wipe me out.  Bottom line is, I am upright and for that I am grateful.

A to Z Challenge – N

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The letter N …

It happened back in February.  I received a phone call from my niece.  She was on her way to work and needed a ride due to a stopped train on the railroad tracks: she was going to miss her bus and be late for work.  I left home headed the long way around town to avoid train crossings.  I was one block from the place where she was waiting for me.  I went to turn onto the street when a vehicle came up suddenly and t-boned my car.  It shattered the passenger window, sent me across the intersection, stopping just maybe 2 to 3 feet from hitting a light pole.  The impact was hard enough that the baseball cap I was wearing came off my head and landed in the back seat.

The accident did a lot of damage to my car, it was totaled. I was ok, as was the other driver.  But even to this day I still am so thankful my niece was not in the car with me.  It is frightening to think she could have been hurt if in the car already.

My niece has been like a sister to my daughter.  I spent a lot of time, when she was younger, babysitting her; so she is a second daughter in a way.  I care about her a great deal and that is why I’m grateful my niece was not with me that night.

Mumbles … Pass

I just want to put my two cents worth in right now.  I kindly will pass on getting the corona virus, thank you.  I have better things to do this week and really enjoy breathing fairly easy – I have asthma, so it is not perfect all the time.  So, whoever is listening… I don’t want the “rona” (as my daughter refers to it), I want a treatment, vaccine, and cure found for it sooner rather than later, and I want people to stop freaking out until that research is done.  There is no need for hording toilet paper.  If everyone respected each other, there would be enough to go around.  The people on the front lines are over worked and understaffed worse than normal – be kind.  And thank the people who are still working for you in one manner or another – medical personnel, food service, retail, delivery people of all kinds, police and fire, the newscasters who try to keep us updated on the latest information, the people who keep your cable and internet running and those who clean up our world.  They are all still out in the thick of it while you are at home trying to fill your day, so it passes quickly.  …end of rant.


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Mumbles … grateful

This is something I did for a year; it should be easy.  But I find my depression and anxiety standing in my way tonight.  The word prompt for the day is grateful.  And I know there is lot I should be and am grateful for, it’s just the voices in my head try to take the good things from me one way or another.

So, there is the obvious things like food, clothing and shelter, family and friends, words and music.  But tonight, I am thankful for many things.  After about 20 minutes of the power being out today, I have a stronger awareness of how grateful I am for air conditioning in this heat.  I know there are those homeless that need to find a place that is cool and welcoming this time of the year.  And some that don’t have air conditioning or just window units to cool one room.

Gratitude is something my doctor says I should embrace every day.  It is something that we talk about at least once a month.  It is something that can turn a day around if you just take a minute to notice what you have.  They say the grass is greener on the other side, but I like my shade of green just fine.  It is mine and I am grateful.


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Happy and Grateful – Day 167

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.

It was a long day today.  I had my phone call with the new lawyer and I think we are back on track with my disability claim.  I have so many numbers and procedures floating around in my head it is a bit overwhelming.  But he is sending me paperwork to look over, it may make more sense in black and white.  I am happy he thinks we can progress further.

Then this afternoon my boyfriend called saying he needed a ride home from work, his car battery was dead.  For some reason the lights were on even though they were switched off… sounds like an expensive wiring issue.  So we managed to get the car charged and home.  Now we will see about repairs.

The anxiety and stress of the day has left me tired and hurting.  So it is another night of muscle relaxers and pain meds.  I have had to rely more on my meds and I really hate it, but in the same moment I am grateful that I have them when I need them.  But they do make me tired… so it is time to close the laptop.  Be grateful! 🙂