-my doctor was pleased with my general good health
-that he made arrangements so I wouldn’t have to give as much blood on Wednesday for another series of lab work
-for the pretty half moon shining through my skylight
-for feeling peaceful
-eating breakfast out with my sweetheart 12 hours ago
I’m home! I’m really home!
Today I am grateful for:
1. Seamless travel transfers at every juncture.
2. It’s not exactly freezing out.
3. The wonderful people of Belize.
4. The wonderful clear waters of Belize.
5. The wonderful beauty of Belize.
6. Seeing lots of beautiful, intriguing fish, coral, and other sea creatures.
7. Great connection with my husband.
8. Energy to go to and participate in class after all those legs of the journey home.
9. Reuniting with lots of my friends.
11. Bright sun.
12. Warm breezes.
13. Coming home after class to my husband making dinner. Not sure yet what it is, but there’s mango, pepitas, and avocado.
14. Oooh, dinner is on the table, and it’s a salad! 15 hours ago
-for the book I woke up to read at 5
-I reset the time on my Kindle and glucose monitor
-I’ve almost finished the first 25% of the afghan I postponed for a year
-laundry is done
-this gorgeous day 1 day ago
-that I decided to go to 2 Jazzercise classes this morning since the kiddos were sleeping in
-I went to a thrift store with my grandson and my friend K
-my grandson picked out the “best thing ever!” at the thrift store
an electric typewriter for $3. What fun it was to watch him.
-I got a couple of items for projects from Pinterest that I want to create.
-I took the time to spring forward at 7 in the evening on most of the clocks. Now I just have my Kindle & my glucose monitor to do. 2 days ago
-that Mum continues to be brilliant
-that my hub’s car parts finally came in so he can get the very old van fixed and I can have my hybrid back all the time
-2 of my grandchildren came to visit
-I got to Jazzercise twice
-my grandson put away 2 bags of grocery 2 days ago
-for coffee with the Jazz ladies
-getting to talk to K
-for finishing another book on my book club list
-for my sweet hub
-for pizza 4 days ago
-I got everything together for our film and lunch meeting and it went well
-I went to my exercise class
-that as I arrived at the hardware store they had just gotten a shipment of rock salt
-that, some sun and my shoveling got rid of some of the ice
-I got 2 loads of laundry washed, dried, folded and put away 5 days ago
-that my mother has discovered “Words with Friends” because now she has learned how to open her email
-I got to spend time with Mum
-I beat her at Scrabble, she’s great at this game
-my friend K called today
-for another gorgeous loaf of bread 6 days ago
-to be warm on this very cold day
-for my Mum who is learning all about email and words with friends. She is amazing.
-for my hub who went out in cold and snow and sleet to help his friend clear out the attic in anticipation of moving
-Parmesan chicken for supper
-a book to snuggle with 1 week ago
-for another lovely day on planet Earth
-I declared this to be a PJ day. For many months I could not have a PJ day and I’ve had several in the last 2 months.
-I’ve been able to work on my kitten afghan project for many hours today. I shelved this during the time I took care of Mum and then when I attempted to continue it, I made mistakes and had to pull out 21 rows. Now, I’ve done enough that I’ve caught up to where I was before.
-I eventually remembered to eat supper. I was nearly 3 hours late.
-We caught up on some of the DVR programs. 1 week ago
-I completed the project of embellishing the 2 hats
-I sent out the invitation to watch the film Bee Season on DVR at my house this coming Wednesday
-to begin (again) the cat afghan I promised M last year. With Mum’s illness, it was on hold far too long
-Time-Banker Donna was delighted with her hats
-to be warm inside as still another winter storm will come through tonight 1 week ago
-for the time I spend with my mother. Every time I get to spend part of a day with her I feel blessed. She is so grateful to me for the few chores I do for her. To me they are not difficult and for her they are. This week I fixed a window-blind that was bugging her, changed the cat litter a couple of times, opened a couple of jars/bottles, found something for her on line. I so admire her for being 86 y/o and tackling the intricacies of the I-pad. She really kills me at Scrabble 4 times out of 5.
-I went to 2 Jazzercise classes (getting as many as I can in anticipation of still another winter storm heading our way later in the weekend)
-I was able to embellish one of the 2 hats I promised a Time-banker I would work on
-one of the Jazzercise instructors and I had a talk and I feel I know her better as a result
-I put an ad for 20 cans of cat food on the Time Bank and had a response from someone who feeds stray cats. What a perfect match. 1 week ago
-my seatbelt on my car is fixed
-the laundry was done early
-I was with 2 other fun people while we got lost in Louisville by following GPS. (To be fair, there was a permanently locked gate across the road that the GPS did not recognize as a barrier.)
-for bookclub and our long discussion of Light Between Oceans
-My time-banker came to pick up her poncho and loved it 1 week ago
beautiful homemade ceramics
gentle hearts and warm spirits
the feeling of “this is it, it’s really happening!” following the purchase of my flight to Nepal for uni placement.
tasks being ticked off 1 week ago
I’m grateful for this very full day:
-because I dragged myself to Jazzercise with the temperature at 15 with the wind chill at 4
-for my housekeeper being at my home making it sparkle
-completing the poncho for my time bank member
-making a perfect loaf of honey oat bread
-meeting with another time bank member about another commission and learning she heads up the garden brigade, which is what I want to buy with my earned hours. 1 week ago
-for getting to Jazzercise twice
-to have remembered to go to the bank
-for a pretty day before the storm due to come in
-for a voice mail from my granddaughter that she has purchased a house
-I’ve got a loaf of bread proofing 1 week ago
-for a perfect loaf of oatmeal bread
-I spent time copying recipes and finding new bread recipes
-I took the time to really work on the poncho fringe (I have only an hour’s work left.)
-I got a nice note from my friend
- I get time to read for long stretches 2 weeks ago
-I slept 9 hours last night
-a Time Bank member contacted me for a service
-bread dough is proofing
-29 years ago tomorrow my sweetie and I went to the Carl Casper Custom Car Show (it was our first time out together, alone)
-that today my sweetie and I went to the Carl Casper Custom Car Show and New Car Show to see the new automobiles. We took some of the cars we had on our list off and added some more. 2 weeks ago
Today I am grateful:
1. I have found a faith community that is inviting, safe, and sees me for who I really am. That has been a prayer of mine for ten years, and I’m so grateful it is being fulfilled.
2. I believe in a God who listens.
3. J is inspired to change his lifestyle to be healthier, which is in fact his word of the year… I’m blessed to have him as my partner, who inspires me to follow through on more of my commitments to health. And I’m also thrilled he has a renewed passion for cooking us delicious, home-cooked meals.
4. The sun is shining and I remembered to open the blinds to enjoy it fully.
5. I am able to remember my cat more fondly, instead of being stricken with pain and loss every time I think of him. I am grateful he was such a faithful friend. I am grateful we knew exactly what was going on with him. I am grateful he lived a good kitty life. 2 weeks ago
- to have been able to fix French toast for my grandchildren
- that I did 5 loads of laundry (I decided I wanted all the beds in the house to have fresh linens)
- that in spite of 3 hours sleep I managed to get a lot done
- I finished reading a very good book
- I had a great PJ day 2 weeks ago
-I got to the library and the Jazzercise studio
-for the time I get to spend with Mum
-we ate a lovely lunch at a restaurant
-I played Scrabble with my mother and then when I got home I played Scrabble with 2 of my grandkids
-for this absolutely beautiful sunny day. All the ice and snow has melted. 2 weeks ago
Today I’m grateful for
-a flexible schedules that allow me to have the occasional lazy day.
-my dog having clean blood work. I know she’s getting old but I want to keep her as long as I can.
-that we found #2 and gave him a good home. Considering his issues I know he’s happier with us
-some time in the sunshine today
-better financial security. I’ve felt we’ve been on a rocky foundation for years. I’m happy that this seems to be turning around, even if its just for now. 2 weeks ago
-yesterday I asked my hub if he could make me a pizza peel with the wood he has downstairs. He did, and I used it today to pull some baguettes out of the oven
-my Pepper Chicken came out very well
-my buddy brought us chocolate covered frozen bananas
-I finished up my procrastination challenge with an hour to spare
-it was good to talk to my buddy about the crazy place I retired from 2 weeks ago
-I got to spend time with my friend K. We drank tea and talked about what we have in common. (Born in the same state 1000 miles from here and about 14 miles and 5 years apart; we both were raised on foreign soil; our birthdays are a day apart; and we have a lot of Aries tendencies
-when I got home from my visit with K my sweetie was already home from Habitat because they had triple their normal crew so he quit after he got the first forms built.
-I worked on my project for this month and I nearly completed it today. I have about 6 more tiles in the kitchen to strip and about 6 outside the kitchen. I have 2 small strips of Magic Eraser left so it might be tomorrow before I can complete it
-I began the bread dough for making baguettes for tomorrow and I boiled chicken for making Pepper Chicken
-my BFF came over for the Yarncrafters and we talked about her great-niece’s death. It begins to sound like it was suicide rather than an unintentional overdose. She texted something which makes it suspiciously like an attempt. 2 weeks ago
-I baked a loaf of honey oat bread. It might be a bit burnt? Or maybe not. It smells luscious.
-that I finished another book from the book club
-I got to see Mum and her cat (who has been feeling poorly). Mister Magic loves me now, when for the past 13 years he’s chosen to hide whenever I visited.
-that last night’s rain got rid of a lot of the standing snow. Yes, I had to scrape frost off my car window, and I didn’t mind…too much.
-that I managed to get to 2 Jazzercise sessions today. 2 weeks ago
-I finally got my hair trimmed
-that we had a huge rainstorm (maybe it will wash away some of the standing snow?)
-I met a young woman at the hairdresser’s who was rather on the odd side. I’m reminded that I’m considered odd by some.
-I’m reading a different book and I’m nearly finished. I chose to read this book now because the author’s last name begins with an “I” and it is one of the books I wish to read to catch up with my book club. I would not have picked it out on my own and that is what is so good about belonging to a book club.
-mmm, leftovers can be better the second time. 3 weeks ago
-that I fixed a nice supper ~ New England boiled dinner
-I’ve gotten a lot of the poncho done and I’m in the final stage, the fringe
-I worked on the kitchen floor today, gradually clearing off the sealant we used on the grout. I’m about halfway done
-for my nice pretty bathroom. I just enjoyed a lovely bath
-I got to enjoy watching some of the Olympics 3 weeks ago
-we test-drove 2 cars today and looked at two other cars which we did not drive. The snow and ice made us hesitant to drive one and the other one was overpriced, cheaply put together and not something we want. At least we’ve knocked a couple more vehicles off the list
-I made a very nice loaf of German bread (this time I didn’t burn it)
-I finished the collar on the poncho and only have the bottom trim left to crochet.
-that since I didn’t get over to my mother’s yesterday because of the weather, I got over there today and we changed the cat litter, and took out the trash for her. She liked the look of the Nissan Cube that we viewed and didn’t drive. She’s always liked more modern looking design. On a day when the weather is better, we’ll probably test drive the Cube.
-that while we have had a winter that has been more harsh than usual, ours has been better than my sister’s in Indy and my brothers’ in Texas, and South Carolina 3 weeks ago
Today I am grateful for:
1. A phonecall from my dad.
2. A fun day cross-country skiing with J.
3. Yummy Thai food takeout.
4. Our Belize trip is becoming more palpably real. Hooray!
5. Finishing my survey and getting it to the person who emailed it promptly to the church email list. It has 10 responses already! I can work with that.
6. Good discussions after a lot of fighting earlier in the week. J and I have been making good progress talking about health, intentions, respect, love, and goals. It makes my love grow. 3 weeks ago
-I’ve completed the dark brown portion of the poncho
-I got to a Jazzercise class before the storm came in
-for the beauty of the snow falling
-finding 2 items at Goodwill to help me in my baking
-for a very sweet Valentine from my Hub 3 weeks ago