Happy and Grateful – Day 170

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.

Today was a picture perfect spring day.  I did get a small chance to go out and enjoy it a little bit with a walk to the grocery store with my boyfriend.  It was a short walk but still a little time in the outdoors was good for me.  It made me happy to breathe a little fresh air – regardless of my allergies.

Tonight was a night to put my feet up and rest my back and shoulders that have been hurting.  Coming up on a busy week and it was nice to be able to relax as much as I could today.  I was grateful for the quiet time just to watch some Banshee with my boyfriend.

I did sneak in a little “work” and have a load of clothes in the dryer right now.  Will take my time folding it to hopefully not aggravate my shoulders any more than they are.  Then it is time to sleep.  I hope everyone had a good day and you had at least one happy moment.

Happy and Grateful – Day 162

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 scorcher today… dew point was about 70° most of the day.  I think they say 70 – 75 is humid, 75 and up is tropical.  It certainly felt sticky out there today.  So I stayed indoors most of the day.  I did venture out with my boyfriend to the grocery story around the block to pick up some things for dinner.  It was after 6 and not as warm as the noon day sun at least… I was grateful for a little breeze blowing too.

We had another quiet night finishing up season 2 of Banshee.  I went to see my Dad for a bit and got him some dinner.  Made sure his AC was still working well, I would hate to see him try to go without it in this heat.  I was happy to see he was feeling a little better tonight than the last couple of nights.

Now the day winds down and the anxiety beats at my head… I really hope I get some good news tomorrow from one of the lawyers I contacted.  BUT, for now I can do nothing about it so I hope I can just stay in my day and get some rest.  Wishing you all a good night!

Happy and Grateful – Day 127

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!

Day two of the vacation and it was another lovely day.  We had an exciting afternoon (insert sarcasm font here)… we took pop cans back for redemption.  The collection here had taken over the closet and was way over due to go back to the store.  We managed to get enough back that it cut our shopping trip down to half price basically.

We did enjoy a little walk though to get our dinner.  I had a gift card from Christmas still for Subway and there is one about a block away, so we had a little time in the fresh air.

So I was happy to find the floor in the closet once again. And grateful for a good meal and a nice walk to get it.

… there was also another heated battle of cards tonight.  This time we played two games of Canasta.  Each won one, so we have to have the tie breaker tomorrow.  Vacation has been alright so far!

Happy and Grateful – Day 65

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!

I am still here… the 65 MPH wind gusts today did not take me away.  But they sure tried.  After I took half the day to work out the muscle stiffness I had this morning we decided to go out to the lake at the edge of town to take a short slow walk and maybe see some of the water fowls my boyfriend had heard were covering the lake.  If it is windy in town, it is gusty on the lake. (The 65 MPH gusts were actually after our walk when the thunderstorms rolled through.  The gusts on the lake were closer to 35-40 MPH)

I am not sure if the wind was keeping the ducks and geese somewhere more calm, but we only saw two on the lake – too far away to get a photo.  But we did get some fresh air… blasted into our faces.  I think I got a little wind burned.  I did enjoy seeing the water.  It is a very small lake but it was still outside in the warmer weather.

AH Lake View LR

I was happy to move a little outside today.  I was grateful my boyfriend can still take the SLOW walk with me without getting frustrated about the breaks I have to take.  Even with the wind it was a beautiful day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 47

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!

We are not in February.  I just don’t see how the calendar can be right when we have weather this nice in what is usually one of the worst winter months for us.  Today’s temperatures were in the 50’s and tomorrow we may see 60°F.  The weatherman talks of the possibility of record highs this weekend.  It does not feel like an Iowa winter at all.  BUT I am not complaining.

Today I felt good enough to take a short walk to the clinic for my weekly doctor’s appointment.  It was so nice I didn’t even need a jacket.  The walk there and back although short was some nice time to soak up some sun and increase my case of spring fever.  I do worry our trees and flowers are going to get confused what time of year it is though.  I guess they will bloom when they want to and I can’t wait for that burst of color in the neighborhood!

I am happy for the warmer winter we are having and very grateful I had the opportunity to take a little walk in the sun today.

Walk Away

I am tired of your lies

Just watch me walk –


Don’t try to tell me I can’t

I am capable of so much more

Than you have EVER

Been able to see…


Don’t try to tell me I won’t

I am ready to be heard for once

Since your ears are closed

To all that I say…


Don’t tell me that I shouldn’t

I am finally seeing a future

One you have nothing to do with

As you’ve locked me out of your life…


I’m tired of your lies

Just watch me walk.

Vague Memories

The specific details are hard to recall

But you were there and that started it all


It started a heartbeat deep in my soul

When you took my hand and we went for a stroll


I remember we walked

I remember we talked


But what was said and where we went

I don’t recall during this event


All I know is we were close and you held me tight

My body reacted on that special night


And I saw you in a different light

And I loved you with all my might


When you did what you do

I felt brand new


Now my love is forever deep inside for you

And it all started with a dream from out of the blue

Day 79 – 100 Days of Happiness

Today was my weekly doctor visit.. I was tired and I hurt but I forced myself to walk the block to the clinic.  It was still nearly 40°F out today and with this being the first of December I know we are not going to have temps above freezing much longer.  So I made myself walk today and I was happy I did it.  I still hurt worse when it was done, I felt exhausted when I got there but it was something good for me accomplished for the day.

I think today made me want to get back to the warm water therapy I did for a while.  It was an exercise I could do that did not cause near as much pain due to the low impact, but it was still a workout.  If I had the money that is what I would do at least 2 to 3 times a week, but pool time costs and that is not a luxury I can have right now.  So I stick with the short walks when I can get them as long as the weather holds out.

Day 51 – 100 Days of Happiness

(I found this in my drafts this afternoon… sorry I was sure I had posted this last night, but I guess I was dreaming.)

Today is the 3rd of November… we should be thinking about turning on the furnace.  Instead the windows are wide open and the fan is on.  I can’t believe the overly mild weather we had in October and now November is providing more of the same.  It was nice enough I walked to my weekly doctor appointment today; no coat or sweatshirt, just my t-shirt.  I am sure these days are to come to an end soon so I am trying to take advantage of it while I can.  The extended forecast still looks good all week.  So as long as I can I will take in the fresh air of fall and be happy with each breath.