A to Z Challenge – Q

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The letter Q …

This one is a silly thing, but it has saved my butt more than once.  In my years of playing Scrabble with my Dad (he would ALWAYS win) and now I am knee deep in games of Words With Friends and Words With Friends 2, I have not found a better way to use a Q without a U.  Today’s post is short and to the point.  I am grateful for Qi(s) and Qat.

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Mumbles … Follow

To those who follow me I must apologize.  I have been wrapped up in letters and making Christmas cards and I have neglected my blog.  But for the first time in many years (probably about since the time my daughter was born) I actually got all my letters and cards into the mail early enough that the people will get them before Christmas!  I am stoked.  I even will have time to wrap stuff this weekend and then bake some cookies.  My daughter has requested spritz cookies this year.  And she has volunteered to do the chocolate dipped potato chips… I know it sounds odd but that salty and sweet is so good!  I have even seen them in fancy chocolate shops for a lot more money than a bag of Ruffles and some chocolate blocks.

So, I am back and going to stick with this at least until Christmas.  I may get behind then again.  But there is nothing going on after that so I should be able to catch up fast.  Without further ado, I shall get back to my reading and find my next daily challenge.  If I forget later… Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, joyous Kwanzaa, and festive “what-ever you celebrate.”  Hope it is a great holiday for you!

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – follow

Mumbles… Address

Here I am again trying to beat a deadline.  I am not talking about the daily prompts although I am a couple of days behind on that.  It is the Christmas Eve deadline.  For years now I have made my own Christmas cards and this year is no different.  I am only about 5 cards short of being done.  Then I will write about a dozen letters to go with a few.  The final stage is to address, stamp and decorate the envelopes.  As long as they hit the mailbox before midnight on Christmas Eve, I have fulfilled my duty to get them in the mail BEFORE Christmas.  I am doing pretty good though this year.  I do have three letters started and have plenty of time set aside for more writing this weekend.  I may be able to get them done and in the mail by Friday the 20th so there will be a good chance of them arriving before Christmas even.

In this day and age of computer and text communications… do any of you still send out Christmas cards?  I know I am part of a dying breed, but I still find it so nice to get something in the mail other than bills and that is why I still do cards every year.

 

Written for Fandango’s One-World Challenge (FOWC) – address

Happy and Grateful – Day 347

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.

I am sneaking this in before I fall back asleep again… at least that is the plan.  I spent another day at my craft desk and typing away at 4 more Christmas letters.  My hands are grateful for my word processing program at this time of the year… there is no way I could hand write so many letters.  But it is not a form letter, they are individual to each recipient.  I love being able to keep in touch with everyone.

My happiness today came in the mail… I got two Christmas gifts I ordered and two Christmas cards from friends.  It is always good to hear from people this time of year.  And any time something other than a bill shows up in the mail it is a good thing!

Ok I am off to print out my letters and then maybe I will catch some more sleep… then again I may just dive back into my cards.  Especially during this busy time of year remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 344

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.

This was a day of more work on my Christmas cards and letters.  I also went to the store for my Dad.  And got dinner for him.  Kind of busy for a Sunday.  But I was glad to make more progress on my letters and grateful another list of things from the store has been gotten for Dad.  Now I don’t have to make that trip tomorrow.

We did get a surprise this afternoon.  Actually it was when we were just getting ready to eat lunch a friend I hadn’t seen for quite a while stopped by to drop off a Christmas card and Save the Date card for her wedding this coming spring.  It made me happy to see her again.

I need to read some more posts and hope to sleep soon.  I’ve got a lot to do tomorrow so I know I need my sleep.  Try to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Days 342 & 343

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.

I have a feeling December is not going to go very smooth with this posting everyday stuff.  Once again the fatigue got me last night and I play catch up today.  I have a lot of reading to catch up on and will get to it all, just not tonight.

So Friday was not one of my better days.  After two years of being down and away from a lot of everyday cares… I finally faced the music and went to the dentist.  I had been so good with my tooth care up until this round of depression… I did not get an all clear check up and am terrified at how much of a bill I am going to mount up.  I know insurance will get some of it but not all.  I am still grateful that I was able to return to this dentist and start over with my dental care.  He is a great dentist who explains things well before he does anything.  So much better than my old dentist that cracked my tooth to the root with no Novocaine – OUCH!

I did some work on my Christmas cards, they are really coming together and I am thrilled with the way they are turning out.  I am close to halfway through with them.  I am happy to get some of them done.  It was good to get ink and glue on my hands as always.

Today I started work on some of my Christmas letters… got three of them done.  I am grateful that I am getting a fairly early start on my cards so maybe this year I am not out on Christmas Eve mailing the last of them.  I am not known for being on time… LOL.

Since I was writing Christmas letters I figured it was time to start listening to Christmas music.  I love Christmas music!  I have not dug up my CDs yet but I was listening to the local cable stations Sounds of the Season channel.  Some classics and new hits alike.  I have not yet heard my favorite though – the duet of Bing Crosby and David Bowie doing The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth.  I love that one… let me pull up the video to share so you can all hear it.  I am always happy to listen to good music.  Do you have a favorite Christmas or holiday song you try to hear every year?

I need to stop babbling and get to reading a few posts before my meds put me out for the night.  Take time to find your happiness and feel your gratitude… especially at this busy time of year.  Have a wonderful night/day!

7 Days 7 Photos – A Black And White Challenge Day 2

I want to thank Stella at Giggles & Tales for challenging me.

Seven days, seven photos rules

  • Black and while photos
  • Photos of your life
  • No people
  • No explaination
  • Challenge someone each day

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Today I challenge Michael at retireediary to join in the fun.

Happy and Grateful – Day 19

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!

Today has been a challenge.  I am dealing with a lot of anxiety.  I took anxiety meds during the day today… first time in quite a while for that.  And then of course I find that discouraging and get down on myself, which doesn’t help the depression… it all feeds of one feeling to another.  So I have not done much today.  Besides nap and staying in my safe little comfort zone I did one thing to try to help a bit.  I wrote.

I wrote to my doctor – I do this on a fairly regular basis to purge words and feelings between visits when I feel overwhelmed.  The first 5 minutes or so of our sessions are him reading my “letter” and me gathering my thoughts of what I want to talk about this week.

I wrote here on WP.  Sometimes the daily prompt can distract me a bit to help avoid the thoughts I don’t want to hear.  Today I just worried more about a friend.

I wrote some poetry.  And that is what I will share.  At least the best of what I wrote.  It is nothing great, but it helps take the fear out of me and sometimes that is all I need to detach from it.

The Countdown

Drop by drop

The tears fall

Fear rules my day

Rational or not

It has taken over

Life hangs in the balance

Feels like the air is thin

Every shadow is an enemy

Every noise an intruder

Break this cycle

Stop this fear

Before it consumes me

If only I knew how…

My fear is a little less tonight.  I feel scared and alone still, but not the all consuming fear and anxiety that left me breathless earlier.  I guess that means the medication worked some.  The writing worked a little bit more.  I am happy I made it through the day minute by minute.  I am grateful to have the ways I can try to calm my fears.  Now I am off to write one more place… to a friend who is having a birthday soon.  A nice upbeat letter will help keep my mind active and unaware of the surrounding darkness.

Day 96 – 100 Days of Happiness

Down to the last few days of my challenge… I think I will make it.  There were a few days that were a little tougher to come up with a happiness than others, but I did it.  Now I realized one of the best parts of the year will miss out on my happiness blog.  I will finish just a few days before Christmas, but there are many joys of Christmas before hand in the planning that bring me happiness.

Today I got to write 3 letters to family and friends to put in with their Christmas cards.  I love letter writing.  It can be such a personal little piece of yourself you share with others… of course it can be however you chose to write it really.  But me, I tend to share a lot.I can “talk” better to people in print than face to face.  I am sure my social anxiety is what causes that.

So my Christmas letters usually sum up the year, but I have never liked the form letter route so I write an outline of sorts before I start writing the letter so I don’t forget to share some piece of news from the year.  This year I have just been winging it though and so far so good.  But bottom line a letter does send a piece of you to the receiver.  And I don’t know about you but I would rather get a letter over a bill in the mail any day!

Day 95 – 100 Days of Happiness

Today did not go at all the way I had planned but it worked out great still.  I set out to make my Christmas cards today and had my planned wording and image saved, but when I went to cut it out, my Cricut machine did not want to work.  I fought design features and changing what I wanted to print for about an hour before I finally decided it just was not meant to be this year.  So I dug up my inking supplies and stamped a very basic card about 25 times then pulled out some cards in reserve to finish off my card list and in one afternoon I had addressed and made all my Christmas cards.  Now I have ten letters to write to go with them… I should have these done and MAYBE arriving on time this year.  A pretty good day in spite of the change of plans! 🙂