Happy and Grateful – Days 345 & 346

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 playing catch-up this afternoon before I end up 3 days behind.  I almost always post my daily prompt poems first but “theory” is giving me troubles… maybe I am using up all my words in all the Christmas letters I am writing and there is nothing left for a poem.  LOL

Day 345

Monday was busy.  I had to drive out-of-town to see my doctor to get my prescriptions renewed.  The powers that be are in negotiations right now as to whether or not that clinic will continue accepting my insurance next year.  It may have been one of my last visits with that doctor and that makes me sad.  I am so grateful for her and all she has done for me… I hope and pray I will still be able to see her next year.

After our trip out-of-town my boyfriend and I did a little Christmas shopping.  We are now done with his side of the family, started on my daughter and have a couple of ideas for my side.  It made me happy to get some of that finished.

Day 346

After the stressful drive and shopping I had to have a day of recovery.  I was so tired I napped nearly two hours!  I almost napped again later in the day too, but managed to stay awake.  I was grateful it was an easy day with nothing going on too pressing to get done.

I did however work a little bit more on Christmas cards and letters and took the first batch of 7 cards to the mailbox.  I am happy I am making steady progress with them.  I just hope I don’t run out of steam and end up sending them out late.

Ok… I have to try to work some more with “theory” and there are more letters to write.  I really hope to get back to WordPress tonight and stay on top of my posts… I make no promises though.  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 242

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!

The words are not here.  I have started to describe today about a dozen times and keep back spacing over it so I am just going to go for it and keep what comes to mind this time.  I am sitting here watching How To Lose A Guy In 10 Dates again… it is a cute movie.  I feel like it has been a long day and I got nothing done.

It was Wednesday so it was coffee day for my Dad.  We sat and visited with his former coworkers for about an hour and a half.  We got there a little late as I had fallen back asleep after I took my boyfriend to work, and managed to over sleep.  But we still managed to grab a couple of seats and chat.  It does make me happy that I can take my Dad to see his friends still.

Then I had to go and get my boyfriend after work.  Getting home it felt good to put my feet up and relax a bit.  I actually almost drifted off to sleep then too.  All the fatigue the last couple of days must be the start of a flare.  If that is the case I am grateful I don’t have much going on the next few days.

I have accomplished what I set out to do… sorry it was a little disjointed tonight, I’m just not feeling it.  Maybe a better night’s sleep will turn things around for me.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 224

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 an ok day.  Not great, not horrible, just a day.  First day of my boyfriends vacation and we did nothing… had a very lazy day.  I took a nap in the afternoon, he took one in the evening.  We watched some more Dark Matter on Netflix.  We did take a walk to the store down the block, but only to pick up something for dinner.  I was grateful for a day with very little to do.

I did get an opportunity to do a little cleaning up in my inbox today.  I am forever terrible about sorting through emails.  I will go through and look at the important email and leave the ads and junk mail for weeks sometimes.  I was even able to browse a few new blogs here on WordPress and find a couple new people to follow.  It made me happy to get some computer “work” done.

Now my nighttime meds are kicking in and I am starting to get drowsy.  Must be time to end this for the night.  Find your happiness, feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 205

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 a beautiful day today.  Temperatures were a reasonable range and lower humidity than we have been having.  I would have to say I was grateful for the break in the heat and humidity.

I took my Dad to get some blood work done at the clinic today.  We joked that I should go buy a lottery ticket today as for the first time in quite a while I hit nothing but green lights on the way there… he always makes fun of my for my “ability” to find all the red lights in town.

After I returned home, my boyfriend and I agreed that it was a tired day and we both took a nap for almost two hours.  I felt better afterwards, shook at least some of my fatigue.  I was happy to have the time to be able to do that.

I am once again getting a little tired.  And until we can get repairs or fund a new car, I have to get up early to take my boyfriend to work.  I wish you all a good night/day!

*Sorry this was posted so late… I’ve been having internet issues.  It appears to be up and running again.  So for about the fifth time I will try to post this.

Happy and Grateful – Day 202

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.

For us there was a little bit of relief today… it rained.  It was not much but it was enough that it was about 10 degrees cooler.  The grass is still brown and we need a lot more rain, but it is a start.

I paid today for being up so late last night.  I took about 3 naps and still fought my eyelids from closing.  I am definitely going to be sleeping earlier tonight.  I was however grateful to be able to take the naps I did today.

Tonight I let my inner child out.  The movie Matilda was on TV and there is something about that movie that just makes me happy inside.  I really needed it tonight.  I will take my happiness where I can get it!

Now I will try to escape a little bit in a book and soon drift off to sleep.  I hope you find something to be grateful for in your weekend.

Happy and Grateful – Day 192

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.

Another day to regroup.  After the stress of the car trip to the city yesterday all my muscles ache today and I have been exhausted.  I was definitely grateful to take a couple of naps today.  And thankfully I am still feeling tired enough that sleep should not be too hard to attain tonight.

My happiness was simple today.  Communication.  An email to a friend and a talk with my boyfriend both put my spirits in a better place.  Most anytime I can really communicate with someone it is good for the relationship.

I have taken a pain pill tonight and am feeling like sleep is sneaking up on me.  Please remember to be aware of your happiness and gratitude every day!

Happy and Grateful – Days 138 and 139

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!

Have I mentioned before how I hate fatigue and fibro?  It hit me last night and has stuck with me all day.  I ache and an exhausted even though I have napped multiple times today.  We had a cold front move in and with it a bone chilling mist and wind… feels more like fall than spring.  So once again I find myself posting two days together and asking for forgiveness.  If I could have it any other way I would!

Yesterday I had to take my Dad into the doctor.  One of his x-rays came back with indications of maybe an enlarged heart.  So back to the cardiologist.  He was not convinced of the fact, but gave Dad a prescription to try to ease his shortness of breath.  It is very frustrating for him having had this problem for quite a while now and getting shuffled from one doctor to the next never getting anywhere with a reason.

But we got the appointment done and I ran a quick errand and then came home to nap a bit.  I took an anxiety pill and made it to the nights Al-anon meeting to try to grab a little peace of mind.  So I was happy to work the meeting into my night and grateful there were no major problems according to the doctor.

Today has been such a tired day.  The only thing I accomplished was loading the dishwasher and taking a check in for the electric bill.  I then went to the garage to see if they could fix my car, since the check engine light was on.  They hooked it up and reset things for me saying it may only be a little dust around the air filter.  Surprisingly enough there was no charge for that and I went on my way.  Time will tell now if it worked or not.

In spite of the fibro I still found some joy.  I was happy not to have to have any repairs done today.  And grateful I had the time to rest through my flair.  I hope tomorrow finds a little less pain and fatigue as my daughter has plans to take me somewhere for the afternoon, but it is a surprise where.  …now it is time to sleep again!  Yawn!

Happy and Grateful – Day 39

This is February and I am well on my way to attaining a goal I set for myself.  I am trying to post every day with happiness and gratitude that I have encountered that day.  There is always something no matter how small it may seem that we can be grateful for and even just a shared smile can make you happy if only for a moment.  Please try to find those moments for yourself too…  if you’re up to it I would love if you would share them too in the comments or your own blog.  Being aware can really turn a day around!

I am so tired… chronic fatigue is hell some times.  I can sleep long hours and take naps and it still feels like I only got an hour or two of sleep.  It is very frustrating.  But in between my naps today I did get some things accomplished and the biggest one was at my Dad’s with the help of my boyfriend.

Ever since Dad had his hip surgery he has been unable to use the stairs to the basement (no hand rails for support) to make it into the only true shower he has.  We had set up a temporary shower with a hand-held shower head in the bathtub upstairs for him.  Tonight we mounted the hardware on the walls to make it a more permanent arrangement.  I am happy it is done so now I don’t have to keep replacing the Command hooks I have been using.  Now the shower curtain is hung on the wall with real hooks screwed into the wall.  Still doesn’t look real pretty but it keeps the bathroom dry.  I am grateful my boyfriend was able to help me get it done tonight.

Happy and Grateful – Day 28

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!

I woke up today in a full fibromyalgia flare.  I was just out of 7 hours of sleep and I felt like I had been awake for three days straight.  Add in the head to toe pain and body aches… it was not looking to be a great day.

I did what I had to do to take care of me.  I took a couple of naps today and dug out my pain pills… I hate to take them very often because I don’t want them to lose their effectiveness.  I used my heating pad and put off the laundry one day.  I am hoping to get to sleep earlier tonight and with any luck the fatigue wont be as bad tomorrow.  It doesn’t always work that way though.  If it is still bad I will nap some more and adjust what I need to.

I am happy I have some things that can help ease the pain when I am hurting, I have the freedom to nap when the fatigue is bad and chance to rearrange things I don’t have the energy to do.  I am grateful there is always a chance tomorrow will be better… that is a hope I have to hang onto.