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 – Days 268 & 269

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.

Sorry about the double up post but I needed a day to “recover” from the last few days and kind of crashed right after birthday celebrations Monday night.  I did do the daily prompt this morning … better late than never.

The post for last night is easy too.  I am grateful for that night 23 years ago when I went into labor and finally had my beautiful daughter who forever changed my life. And the happiness was of course sharing her birthday with her.  It was going to be her and her boyfriend, but considering he worked about 14 hours he wasn’t up to visiting.  She enjoyed her gifts and we had a nice dinner at Texas Roadhouse.

Today was about recovery.  Some stretching for my aches and pains, muscle relaxers tonight, and a nap or two along the way.  I would really like to take it easy this week, but have to take my Dad to a doctor’s appointment tomorrow and Thursday is my yearly mammogram – and even though I am 14 years past the cancer, I still dread what they might find again.

So tonight I started my posting early to hopefully get it all in before either my mind turns to mush from the meds or the fatigue wins out.  My cat is currently “helping” me write by cleaning my left hand as I type…she is such a mama cat always licking and cleaning me and my boyfriend.  Makes me feel sad we took away her ability to have kittens.  I would say this is one of those sweet moments of the day with her that can be considered my happiness for the day.

Now the gratitude comes from a break from Mother Nature.  The weather has returned to more seasonable temperatures and we were able to open windows up again today.  It looks like we will have a few days of fall before the warm air is set to return once again.  I am listening to the crickets serenading me outside my window… almost as good as bird song.

Well I am off to clear out some of my email and then get some sleep.   Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy And Grateful – Day 176

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.

Another absolutely beautiful day of cooler temperatures.  I decided to risk it and take a short walk with my boyfriend, but boy did I feel the pain by the time we got back home.  We just walked over to the new fireworks tent set up by the grocery store.  The state of Iowa just made purchasing fireworks legal this year.  The problem is many cities have ordinances that make the act of setting them off illegal.  It is about a $250 fine if you get caught… in the capital city it is over $600.  Not sure I understand how they can be half legal and half not.  BUT I told my boyfriend I would have no part of them in town anywhere.  His sister has a farm though out of city limits… as long as the kids were not around that would be ok.  They just make me nervous.

Other than our outing to the tent, followed by a stop in the store for a few things… it was a day of recovery.  Thursdays drive, Fridays rehearsal dinner, and then the wedding yesterday.  I have been stressed and on my feet too much lately.  I was grateful for the nice weather to walk in, but happy to sit in my recliner with my feet up and just catch up on some WordPress and email.

I hope everyone had a wonderful and grateful weekend!

Happy and Grateful – Day 5

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!

Day 5 was when 3 and 4 caught up with me.  I did still have to take my Dad to a doctor’s appointment, but for the evening I was pretty much a zombie.  That is ok.  My body gets to a point where it is very convincing and I have learned to listen to it.  My boyfriend is great when the fatigue gets the best of me. The only trouble is I get behind on my writing.  I should not even be writing this now, but my friends I am supposed to meet for lunch know I tend to run a little late.  LOL  So I was happy last night to have an evening of rest and recovery.  Grateful that there was nothing I had to do to interfere with my recovery.