Happy and Grateful – Day 292

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.

Today was a pretty good day.  Weather was nice and I was able to walk to my weekly doctor’s appointment.  Taking a little bit of time to see the beauty of the trees I pass by on my way across the apartment complex.  The fall colors are really starting to pop.  I am hoping to make it to the park in the next week maybe to take some pictures before it is too late.

My doctor’s appointment went well.  It is always good to see my therapist.  I am having a little trouble with the morning appointment times.  I made it to alarm #4 before I started to really wake up.  I think I only have one more morning appointment left.  I find it so frustrating that I have trouble sleeping but then once I am asleep I have trouble waking up.  But I made it there and got to see the doctor and that made me happy.

Tonight was pretty quiet.  My boyfriend and I watched a little TV and had a nice dinner.  I am always grateful that my boyfriend likes to cook and will do so almost every night.  By the time dinner comes around I am often either tired or hurting.

Speaking of tired, it is time to rest my eyes.  I hope you remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 290

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.

It has been a lovely fall day.  I sat here by the window, had some coffee, listened to the birds sing and read though some blogs today.  It was a nice relaxing afternoon.  Then I went with my boyfriend out-of-town to meet my daughter for dinner tonight as it was my birthday.  We had a fabulous dinner at Olive Garden complete with left overs to eat later this week.  I was happy to spend the evening with two very special people in my life.

After dinner my daughter had to go back to work and we drove home.  We did stop to see my Dad and visited with him awhile.  He and my sister had a couple of birthday gifts for me so I opened them up.  I was so grateful for the gifts.  They gave me a new tool to use in my card making so I can not only cut but emboss cards too.  I can’t wait to try it out, but it will have to wait a day or two while I find room for it on my shelves.  It was a wonderful end to the day.

Now I need to go through some email and then call it a night.  I hope you all find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 288

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.

It was another nice day to sit by the window and enjoy a nice fall breeze.  It was perfect for sitting here and writing this afternoon.  I got a letter finished for a dear friend.  Now to make the card to go with it.  I have a few ideas in my head already.  I did a little more poetry today too… got some emotions on paper and that is always good.  It always makes me happy to write.

I did have to venture out and pick up a few things at the store for my Dad.  It was a fairly quick grocery run with only a short list.  Then to his house to drop them off and fix him some dinner.  Since I wasn’t able to make it there last night due to anxiety, I was grateful I felt up to it tonight.  I really worry about him being there alone too long.

Speaking of my Dad… I have to take him to the clinic in the morning so I should call it a night.  I hope you find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 286

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.

This month is flying by… (Friday) the 13th already is hard to believe.  How many of you have bad feelings about this day?  I grew up with a Dad who always said Friday the 13th was his lucky day.  His birthday was on the 13th, but his mom swore it was NOT on a Friday that he was born.  My Dad often bought lottery tickets on Friday the 13th whenever they would come up… alas he never has won big, YET.

So aside from Jason being on TV today killing all the campers, it has been a good day.  Had some rain off and on, but it was another day of mild temperatures.  I am not sure what it is about a cool evening when you need to throw on a sweatshirt that feels so good to me.  I just know it is one of the reasons I love this time of year.  Maybe it is like putting on a warm hug.  It was that simple comfort that made me happy tonight when my boyfriend and I walked to the store.

After hearing from a friend today who lives in Louisiana (hot weather year round) and thinking of a friend in California (in the midst of wildfire “season”) I am realizing how grateful I am that I live in Iowa.  I may not be a big fan of either extreme in the summer and winter, but I love that there are four different seasons here.  Spring and Autumn are my favorites with the mild weather, but it would just get boring if it was the same thing all the time.  Do you love the weather and seasons where you live?

Now I am going to go try to clear my head enough for sleep.   I hope you remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 283

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.

Today was in the upper 40’s and we had rain early in the day.  My body felt the temperature change.  I did still manage to get a load of laundry done at least.  Unfortunately the fatigue got the best of me today and saw me take two naps.  So I felt like I did nothing but sleep.  I guess I am grateful I had nothing going on so I could actually nap.

Tonight I went to my Dad’s to get him some dinner.  I had to stop at the store first and pick him up some soda and decided to get him a rotisserie chicken.  Then I just had to fix him a side when I got there.  I was happy to have a short cut like that available.

I am feeling pretty down tonight.  Really worried about a friend in Northern California I can’t get a hold of and I fear is too close to the fires.  So much devastation in the state.  Also have a couple of other friends who are suffering and I feel so helpless to do anything for them.  I know there is really nothing I can do when it comes to other people… I just wish I could make them feel better.

I should stop my babbling fingertips and see about some sleep.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 282

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.

It was once more a beautiful fall day.  Sunshine and a nice breeze to shake loose the leaves from the trees.  I saw people mowing lawns, and blowing leaves.  Kids must have been out of school today as there were a few at the playground.  Seemed like a Norman Rockwell kind of day… but I just wasn’t feeling it.

I went to see my doctor for a yearly check up and everything seemed ok.  Will get blood work results tomorrow I assume.  And she did schedule me for a bone density test next week.  I am glad the appointment is done and over with and grateful it went well.

My happy moment would have to go to dinner tonight.  An old-fashioned comfort food meal with homemade meatloaf.  I don’t think it turned out quite right, but my boyfriend seemed to like it.  It is the kind of meal to make you at least temporarily happy.

I need to try to get some rest… going to be a challenging day tomorrow with rain and cooler temperatures – will most likely set off my fibro.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 281

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.

Today was another perfect fall like day.  Sat with the window open beside me listening to the birds sing and the kids play.  I have to shake my head at least a dozen times when there are a few of the neighbor kids out there.  If I had talked like that at their age I would have been in so much trouble.  And we have new upstairs neighbors who will yell at their mom from the playground… and the way they talk or back talk to her is astonishing!  Times have sure changed.

Today my boyfriend and I went to the grocery store and restocked the refrigerator.  It took almost an hour at the store… I am paying for it tonight with leg cramps.  My back is also not very happy with me for all the lifting and bending putting stuff away.  But I am grateful I am done with shopping for us for the week.

My happy moment… not so many today.  Feeling pretty down tonight.  My boyfriend and I watched a couple of movies tonight and I don’t recall laughing at all.  One was an action drama and the other was a “horror” film.  Nothing great, just something to pass the time.  No messages or texts from friends.  No answered emails.  No change in my Dad’s pain levels.  I did hear from my daughter this morning but it was a one message post and run.  Let’s just say I am happy to have seen another day from start to finish.

I am going to let my nighttime meds do what they are supposed to now and hopefully sleep.  Remember to find your happiness (no matter how small) and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 279

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.

It was a grey gloomy rainy day.  I am aching with the cooler temperatures.  But we have needed the rain for so long.  I did go out in the rain to meet my daughter for lunch and go to the post office and then get Dad his dinner.  I was grateful I didn’t have to drive through the heaviest of the rain.  This system is supposed to give us quite a bit of rain.  Maybe the grass can green back up before it gets hit by the first frost.

I have had a pretty quiet night.  My boyfriend and I watched a couple of things off our DVR.  Now he is sleeping and I am alone watching a movie I have seem many times before, Overboard.  This is the time of night I really dread.  Being alone and “isolated” especially when I may be tired, the depression flourishes.  So I write.

Tonight I wrote a little to my doctor and think I will start a letter to a friend.  The words help keep me somewhat grounded.  I feel a little less alone.  I feel a little less worthless.  So I keep clicking at the keyboard to mask the emptiness.  I am happy I have the words to get me through.  And I know there are some of you out there who read and relate and that makes it worth it.

I will stop for the night.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day.

Happy and Grateful – Day 278

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.

Today was a double doctor day.  The heart doctor for my Dad and my weekly therapist for me.  The appointments were spread out enough that there was no mad dash to get to one from the other at least.  But it made it another day of being out and about with little down time.  So tonight when I had nothing to do for a change it was so nice to be able to catch up a little on some email and posts.  I was grateful for that free time.

It was a pretty grey day with off and on rain most of the day.  But it was nice and cool so I could have the windows open after I got back home.  It always makes me happy to experience a little bit of nature, no matter how small a part that may be.  The birds singing and tonight the crickets chirping is good for me.

I should call it a night and post this.  I am starting to feel the effects of my nighttime meds.  I need to close up the apartment for the night and drift off to dream land (oh, to sleep well enough that I do actually dream would be a blessing).  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 271

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 for the delay in this post.  With all the anxiety I had concerning my mammogram I was hit with some strong fatigue and went out halfway through my daily prompt post.  The good news though is that my mammogram was clear… 14 years cancer free now and good for one more year!  I am beyond grateful for another clear report.

It was a stressful day, but it was also a beautiful fall day.  Windows open, birds singing and a nice cool breeze blowing made the day more manageable.  I was happy to have a little bit of nature to help soothe my anxiety a little.

Now let’s hope I can get tonight’s post done on time.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a great day/night!