Happy and Grateful – Day 303 and 304

The month of October is upon us.  Fall is in full swing with the leaves gathering on the lawn… maybe a pile or two to run through even.  The evenings are getting dark earlier as the days grow shorter.  And a few of us look forward to a good scare with Halloween coming this month.  Everyday has at least some small portion of good in it.  I am looking for that good with this challenge to find my happiness and gratitude every day.  Join in with the challenge by commenting or writing your own blog… let’s find some goodness today.

Monday was an ok day… it was a little difficult as it would have been Mom’s birthday but I stayed pretty busy so I didn’t dwell on it as much.  We went to the store and restocked the cupboards and refrigerator.  I was happy to get some more fruit to snack on, much better than the left over Halloween candy.

Then after the store we had a creative time in the craft room.  My boyfriend finished mounting a peg board for me to organize some of my supplies on.  I was grateful he did that for me.

Today was all about comfort.  I started some old-fashioned comfort food simmering on the stove around 2pm when I had all the veggies cut up for the homemade chicken noodle soup.  I was grateful to have something that would wait while I helped my Dad out with trick or treaters at his house tonight.  It was Dad’s comfort of not getting up to answer the door whenever the kids came looking for goodies.  We only had 23 kids and 4 sorority sisters looking for canned goods donations.  But I was happy to help Dad out and see the cute costumes.  I would have to give the best costume to the mother daughter combination of spider (daughter) and spider web (mom).   It was a pretty good way to end the month.

Now I sit with some music playing softly and hope for sleep soon.  Sorry the fatigue got the best of me last night, but I am winning so far tonight.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 87

As March begins I continue with my goal to find happiness and gratitude every day.  There is at least some small thing that can bring a smile and give you a moment to be grateful for.  Please join me in looking for the good moments of the day … it would be great if you would share them in the comments or on your own blog.  Be aware of the little wonders of the day!

Today was kind of a continuation on yesterday.  I felt a moment of pride and happiness when my daughter told me she had shared her leftover chicken noodle soup with a friend.  She loved it.  And then tonight when I took the soup to my Dad’s he too commented on how good I am at making it and thanked me for sharing.

I was happy to share my comfort food and grateful that everyone liked it.  I even got a request from my daughter for me to fix meatloaf for her again soon.  Makes me feel almost as warm inside as eating the soup did.  🙂

Day 44 – 100 Days of Happiness

Today is all about comfort.  It was another beautiful fall day.  And what is best on a cool night?  Some good warm comfort food.  I did a big batch of homemade chicken noodle soup today… fresh carrots, celery and onion, lots of chicken, the big thick home style egg noodles, and lots of rich flavor.  It has to simmer several hours before the noodles are added… let the flavors mingle together.  Then another hour to make sure the noodle are nice and tender… so yummy.  The warm liquid you can feel all the way down to your stomach.  Comfort food in the fall is great!

Day 25 – 100 Days of Happiness

A fourth of the way through this challenge I got to put on my Mom hat.  It is a hat I dearly love to wear.  And since my daughter is on her own it is rare that I get to wear the hat like I used to.  But today my daughter asked me to.

My daughter is sick.  Nothing major just the common cold, but it is one of the few times she wants her mom still.  She called asking if we had any chicken noodle soup in our pantry that I could bring to her.  A well prepared mom I jumped into action and pulled two cans from the shelves and set off to make a delivery.

She is actually on the tail end of the cold.  Her fever seems to have broken and she and I found a couple of things to laugh about as we sipped some tea and waited for the soup to warm.  I certainly don’t want my daughter to be sick, but am glad to still be needed at times.

Time to restock the pantry to be ready the next time… it is almost a perfect record of her getting sick every year around Christmas time since she was little so there will be more need I am sure.  I will set my hat back on the shelf for now and embrace the feeling of love and being needed while it is still fresh.  I love being a mom.