Happy and Grateful – Day 362

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 tough week ahead of me.  I have homework from my therapist to do.  Writing down my pain (physical and emotional) in a diary.  It is part of acceptance therapy he is working with me on and as often as I have painful thoughts these days I will be writing all day long.  It is going to be tough to do, but I have already noticed some changes since we started this workbook and we are only 60 pages into the 200 page book.  So I am going into this week hopeful and scared at what I will learn about myself, but determined to get it accomplished.  For these last few days I hope I can do both.  I already had to note my sadness as I wrote my poem for “cozy.”

Besides seeing my doctor and watching the snow pile up… I did take my Dad to the clinic.  I was grateful the main roads were mostly clear of the snow and I didn’t slide around too much.  Now we are in for another system of about 3 more inches…only 81 days, 10 hours and 30 minutes until spring.  But who is counting?

I did relax a bit tonight and watch a movie with my boyfriend.  He got the new Kingsman movie for Christmas and we watched it.  It was good but it was another one of those movies with whispered dialog, so you turn the volume up but get BLASTED out of your chair when an action scene comes up.  I just sat in the quiet after it was over happily hearing nothing but the soft hum of the furnace running.

Ok… I am STILL behind on reading posts.  Let’s see how far I can get before my meds kick in tonight.  Please remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

 

Happy and Grateful – Day 356

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.

And then there were 10…. only ten days left in my challenge.  This year has gone by pretty fast and I am sure these last few days will be somewhat of a blur.

Today was a surprising day.  My daughter got off work early this afternoon and treated me to a movie.  We went and saw Hugh Jackman’s latest film “The Greatest Showman.”  It always makes me happy to see a good film and I love musicals.  It was my first time in our upgraded theater with the new assigned seating in the fancy new electric recliners.  It was a nice afternoon.

Then tonight my daughter came over to do laundry and help me finish the rest of the candies.  I did the rest of the potato chips dipped in chocolate… so yummy.  I was grateful for the help and the company.

Now I am headed back to sleep for a while… it was late when my daughter headed home.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 339 & 340

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 not done so good this month… here I am playing catch up once again.  The fatigue got the best of me last night and if I don’t hurry it might get me tonight too.  So lets jump right into the action.

Yesterday was pretty quiet.  I did a little work on my Christmas cards I am making.  I need to get busy on that project so I can crank them out and then write some letters to go with them.  But I was grateful for the little bit of work I did get done on them.

I did actually order two Christmas gifts online last night too.  It makes me happy that I have started shopping.  I would love to be done a week before hand, but I have never been that organized so I will take what I can.

Today was all about running errands – library, bank, pharmacy and tobacco shop for Dad.  I got a lot accomplished but I feel it too and I’m pretty worn out.  I was grateful to get it all done though.

Tonight was movie night for my boyfriend and I.  I had checked out the movie Logan from the library and it was really good.  I was happy to be able to watch it.  I love my local library and all it offers – books, movies, music.

Ok now to post this… it has been a long day and I am tired.

(and this is the point where I fell asleep last night… ugh!  Let’s wrap this up…)

Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Days 336 & 337

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.

Here I am playing catch up once again.  It got tired out very fast last night and I was asleep before I knew it.  But it was the first day “after” my cold where I did not nap at all and I went out to get my Dad dinner.  I did a quick drop off in case the germs were still trying to leave me and find their next victim.  But just that little bit of activity really wore me out.  I was grateful to have the energy to go out though.

It was such a little thing but getting a nice hot shower and getting dressed (aside from the standard cold wardrobe of sweats and a t-shirt) actually was the happy point of the day.  It was like I felt human again… insert laughter here.

Today was another pretty good day.  Still not 100% but I had a little bit more energy, a little less coughing.  What really bothers me is that all the while I have been sick, we have had unseasonably warm weather.  Now as I am starting to get back to “normal” we will see temps falling starting tomorrow.  Oh well, it is December after all.

Today I did a little bit more.  Loaded the dishwasher (that is a lot of bending up and down) and took a quick trip to the store for three things my Dad needed.  It was pretty much in and out but I could tell I had more going on today.  I was grateful that errand is done now so tomorrow is currently free.

I was happy to return home to my comfy recliner and watch a movie with my boyfriend.  It was not an Academy Award winner, but it wasn’t a total waste of time either.  Now he has headed off to sleep and I fumble with words to make this readable.  I am not completely free of the “fog” from the cold either.  And let me tell you the word prompt today really threw me… in what I looked up it appears to be a saying from the UK.  I know I had never heard of it before.

Anyway… it is late and the eyelids are getting heavy.  Please remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  I hope you have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 331 and 332

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 think I am back to the land of the living… been sick the last couple of days and sleeping a lot.  Let’s see if I can catch up a little more today.  At least with writing posts… I am getting there on reading.

Day 331

This was our late Thanksgiving.  I could feel the cold coming on but you know the show must go on.  It was a memorable day, one unlike any other I have been a part of.  Got up and put the turkey in the oven and slowly gathered together all the trimmings to be cooked as well – mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, green been casserole, corn, rolls, stuffing and cranberry salad.  Enough food for an army.

After all hustle and timing was executed to get things done at the same time… I put the yams in the oven with the marshmallows on top to brown and waited.  …and waited.   … and waited.  Finally I thought they were almost ready and my boyfriend went to carve the turkey… it was not fully cooked.  We then discovered the oven was not heating up fully.  So we microwaved the turkey to finish cooking what we were going to eat and put the bird back in the oven.

All in all the turkey probably took twice as long to fully cook. By the time it was done I was coughing and starting to feel feverish.  So after my daughter went home I took some medicine and sat down finally.  Since then all I have done is cough and sleep.  We did have the maintenance crew look at the oven.  The element was broken and it took maybe 5 minutes to fix.  Not that we will need the oven anytime soon with all the leftovers we have now.  But we were together, could laugh about the troubles of the day and had a delicious meal still.

So to get where I need to go with this, instead of just babbling about the day…. my happy moment was being together with family.  I was grateful to have a back-up to finish cooking the turkey in the microwave.  Can’t imagine what we would have done without that.

Day 332

I slept.  I slept a lot.  And I was very grateful to be able to sleep most of the day away.  I did stay awake long enough to watch a movie with my boyfriend… we watched the suspense drama Split with James McAvoy.  It was really very good I thought and I was happy to stay awake long enough to watch it.

I can finally say I am actually hungry again… yesterday all I ate was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  So I am going to go take a stab at some leftovers for lunch.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Days 324, 325 and 326

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.

Ok… so I am a little behind.  I haven’t felt the best and I know that is no excuse for not taking 15 to 30 minutes to post this daily… I am sorry.  Monday night I fell asleep early and Tuesday I was with my daughter… so here we are on Wednesday and it is time to play catch up.

Day 324

I spent a lot of the day still worried about my friend I posted about last time.  It was a very quiet day… nowhere to go and no big plans of anything to do for the day.  So my gratitude was definitely the free time to do a little of nothing.  I was so wrapped up in nothing… I forgot all about my Monochrome Monday until today.  Let’s just say I took the week off for the coming holiday.  My happiness was watching a movie with my boyfriend.

Day 325

I woke up with a pretty sore back.  Did some of my PT exercises to try to loosen it up a bit.  Then took a nap.  Then took another… yeah two naps before my boyfriend came home at 4!  I then got kind of mad at my daughter.  She had said she would come over to do laundry and I got the impression she was talking about the early afternoon… I waited and waited, finally gave up and went to my Dad’s about 7 pm to get him dinner. Then of course she showed up.  So seeing her when I got back home did make me happy.  My gratitude would have to go to Nintendo for the day.  They came out with a version of Animal Crossing to play on the phone… I spent too much time on my phone yesterday!  LOL

Day 326

I was finally feeling a little bit better today.  I was able to make it into my craft desk and do a little card making.  I sent out two sympathy cards to friends who lost their mother this month.  Even if it is a sympathy card it makes me happy to create a little.  And tonight when I went to run a couple of quick errands I was able to talk my boyfriend into going with me, I was grateful for that.

Now I will try to stay on track the rest of my days doing this.  For the readers in America, have a happy Thanksgiving… I hope you share it with family and not employees in retail!  It is a day for togetherness not shopping.  But because I have a boyfriend in retail and a daughter in food service… our Thanksgiving will be a few days late (on Monday).  Once again I am sorry this was so late.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day

Happy and Grateful – Day 246

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 night I am just hanging on to stay awake… hope I make it through the post this time.  *fingers crossed*

It has been a long day (with no naps either).  Just shortly after we got up I showered and got ready to head out-of-town to the big city to see my boyfriend’s mom for a late afternoon lunch.  I love to visit her, but really hate driving in the city.  So I had a little added tension and anxiety from the drive there and back.  It made me happy to see her though and visit for the afternoon.

When I got home I checked my email and found some sad news… my friend’s brother had died.  I remember meeting him on a couple of different occasions and he was a nice man… had a good sense of humor.  My friend and his brother used to do a lot of fishing together and those memories led me to today’s word prompt poem Priceless Memories.

By the end of the day it was with gratitude I put my feet up and relaxed with my boyfriend watching a movie.  It was a good way to end the day.

*fingers weren’t crossed tight enough*

I was so close to having this done and posted… only missing a couple of sentences, darn fatigue!  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day.

Happy and Grateful – Day 218

Seven months are gone now and surprisingly I am still plugging along with this challenge to post about my happiness and gratitude every day this year.  August brings the state fair here in Iowa and lots of heat and humidity.  It is the time to see the back to school shopping start with kids dreading it and parents loving it.  As I continue my challenge I hope you will take a minute to reflect on your day too.  You can even share your happiness and gratitude here in the comments or on your own blog.  There is good in every day!

Today was not one of my best days.  Felt I was fighting tears on more than one occasion.  Spent most of the day alone which didn’t help me any.  The worst thing about depression is not having any control over your mood.  I have read before “fake it until you make it”… but it has never been that easy for me.  Maybe I am just doing it wrong.

The evening did take an unusual turn when my boyfriend and I had a laugh or two when the Sy Fy Channel started to run Sharknado 5.  I guess that was my happy time of the night, making fun of the campy movie.  My boyfriend however was not entertained and didn’t make it through the whole movie when he got up and left the room.

Also tonight I was grateful to turn the air conditioner back on.  I didn’t sleep real well last night and there was not much breeze moving the air around today plus it was hotter than it had been forecasted… so I was grateful to get a little relief from the heat and humidity.  Now tonight I should sleep a little better.

Hopefully with a better nights sleep and a fresh start tomorrow will be easier for me.  It doesn’t help that I am a little upset with a friend who is snubbing me it seems.  The acronym I have heard is HALT … if you are Hungry Angry Lonely or Tired you should address those issues before you lash out.  And today I had 3 of the 4 covered… not a good time to deal with anything important.

I need to call it a night.  I hope you can find your happiness today and are grateful for something from your day.  Have a good day/night!

Happy and Grateful – Day 211

July brings fireworks, picnics, pools and air conditioning.  It is a time for those of us in the USA to celebrate our “birthday” and a personal time for me to celebrate life.  It is hot and humid days and thunderstorms cooked up at night.  I am continuing my challenge to find happiness and gratitude in every day.  Join along in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always good in every day.

It was another fairly nice day.  Once again though the fatigue kept me indoors much of the day.  I napped twice and still felt so worn out.  After a cup of coffee I did get a little energy in me and made it to the store for what I forgot last night.  Now after dinner and a little dessert I am once again without much energy.

Today did take me to a good place down memory lane.  I found an old movie on TV that I had not seen in years.  It was Some Kind Of Wonderful and while it was no Academy Award winner, it was a good “first love” story from the 80’s.  It brought back some good memories of watching the movie with my ex-husband.  I am grateful for those early days we had that were good… very good.

I would have to dig a little for my happy today.  When I get stuck in these days of fatigue or depression too, it is harder to see the good.  It was a simple thing again today.  My cat being kind to me and laying with me a good portion of the afternoon.  Sometimes I do think she can sense my tough days and knows when to be closer to me.

Things ran late tonight (we didn’t even eat dinner until almost 11) because of my boyfriend laying down and napping with a horrible headache.  It is past my bedtime and I still want to read a couple of posts before I try to close my eyes.  I hope as the new work week begins everyone can find their happiness in the week ahead.  Good night!

 

Happy and Grateful – Day 204

July brings fireworks, picnics, pools and air conditioning.  It is a time for those of us in the USA to celebrate our “birthday” and a personal time for me to celebrate life.  It is hot and humid days and thunderstorms cooked up at night.  I am continuing my challenge to find happiness and gratitude in every day.  Join along in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always good in every day.

It stayed under 90 today, that was certainly nice for a change.  The humidity was still pretty high, but more manageable with the cooler temperatures.

Today was a half and half day.  The first half was pretty good, but I kind of crashed the second half to end the day feeling less than zero.  But lets focus on earlier today.  My daughter and her friend “kidnapped” me and took me to a movie out-of-town.  They were showing the film Kiki’s Delivery Service on the big screen today.  It was one of the movies my daughter had growing up.  It was good to relive some of her youth today, made me happy.

I have struggled with what to put for my gratitude of the day.  I am sure it is just because I am not feeling that well tonight.  Tonight I would have to say I am grateful for my ability to write out some of my feelings.  I wrote some words to purge the bad feelings and it did help a little.  It is so much better than letting the feelings fester inside.

I have taken my evening meds and have yawned at least a dozen times while I was writing this, so I think it is time to say goodnight.  Hope you all find some happiness in your day.