Happy and Grateful – Day 52

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!

It looks like we have one nice day coming tomorrow and we are done with our warm spell.  I should have known snow would return soon.  In Iowa when the high school teams gather for the state basketball championships we almost always seem to get snow some where during the tournaments and the boys started playing this week I think.  SO I need to pull up some energy and get to a park tomorrow because I just didn’t have the energy today.

It has been a tough day.  Took Dad to the doctor and once again hit a brick wall on why he keeps getting dizzy.  So there are two more tests to take next week.  Does not seem to end.  And he is so frustrated with the doctors turning him in circles and passing the blame back and forth to different specialist… it gets old fast.  Add that frustration with another flare of my fibro and I was glad to see the sunset.

The nice thing about a bad day is that it will end… even many in a row will eventually end.  For that fact I am happy.  I am always grateful to work through the pain of the day, fight the fatigue,  and trudge through the fibro fog.  The term they use on some of the websites it a fibro warrior, some days it does feel like a battle.  But minute by minute I will win. Now on to that warm day tomorrow!

Happy and Grateful – Day 48

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 still LOVING the weather we are having!  Windows open today, temperatures in the mid 60’s, it was great!  I do wish I had a little more chance to enjoy it, instead I spent my afternoon waiting on my sister to bring me a check I needed to take to the bank.  But when it is this nice in February it is hard to stay grumpy or upset.

I took Dad to the clinic again today, picked up my prescriptions, and still got to the bank in time.  I just had to miss out on the short walk in the part… but there is always tomorrow for that.  This warming trend is going to last about a week anyway.

Otherwise my day went ok.  Nothing too great, but the feel of this warm weather had me craving ice cream.  My boyfriend was kind enough to get me some Butter Pecan ice cream with caramel sauce… it was heavenly.  I made me very happy (yes, I know food should not control your moods, but often it does for me… something my doctor and I work on a little).  I was grateful to have something cooling on this almost hot day.  Made me feel like summer was just around the corner. Do you have a favorite ice cream treat, or something else, you like to cool off with?

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.

Happy and Grateful – Day 38

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!

Today was a return to “normalcy” after my busy weekend.  Taking Dad to the clinic and headed to the store with my boyfriend.  I could certainly feel the effects of the long weekend on me as I did the errands but overall it was a pretty good day.

The best part about the day was being outside.  Here it is the first week of February and it was in the low 50’s today… just beautiful for this time of the year here in Iowa – the average high temperature for the day is 33°F.  I was outside in just a t-shirt most of the afternoon and it was great.  This has overall been a pretty mild winter and I am happy about that.  Which also means that the heating bill is lower this winter and I am very grateful for that.  How was your weather today?

Happy and Grateful – Day 16

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 live in the Midwest… we get every kind of weather except hurricanes.  We are having a bit warmer winter right now.  That may sound like a nice thing but that means ice instead of snow.  I recall winters as a kid where we would build tunnels through the snow it was piled so high… not this year.  We just had a big ice storm, actually a lot of the country saw ice.  I am not happy about what we got, but what we didn’t get.  No wind to pull down heavy ice-covered trees and power lines.  And it was not thick ice.  Now we are looking for temperatures near 50°F later this week… certainly not a “normal” winter.

I am happy we came out of this storm with no damage in the area.  There were no accidents for the people I know.  And nobody I know ended up falling on the ice.  I am grateful I didn’t have to go anywhere once the freezing rain began.  In fact most of the ice is off the roads now before I have to go out.  Mild temperatures are good for clearing the roads quickly at least.

Day 94 – 100 Days of Happiness

I am starting to bounce back a little from the anxiety, depression and fatigue of the last few days.  The first half of the day was slow going but I did make some progress tonight.  I emptied the dishwasher, worked on Christmas cards and ran to both the pharmacy and my Dad’s house.  The weather tried to drag me down, but I just took it slow and made sure rush hour was well over with before I ventured out and about.  So I am feeling a little accomplished and sometimes that is half of the battle when you have no energy or enthusiasm.  So today turned out ok… and I can be happy with just ok.

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.