Free Friday – Practicing Gratitude

I had no appointments today. There were things to do, but no time constraints or mandatory commitments. It was rather freeing. I awoke in the wee hours, but eventually went back to sleep for a while. Annie was fed and laundry was started. It was in the 50s this morning.  I debated if I wanted to do my grounding. I eventually decided to wait until later in the day.

I received four robocalls before 9 AM. They are so annoying. I would like the ability to charge companies that call your private number without permission. It is an inconvenience, but not a tragedy. I choose to not have my great day ruined by the many unwanted calls.

I went to the bank and cleared up a problem with a lost check. They were very accommodating and apologized for the “customer service” rep I had spoken with two days ago. I was so grateful to have the issue resolved. There were two more robocalls while at the bank.

I decided I felt well enough to get my turkeys today. Off I went to the store to find the bird and some other necessary elements for Thanksgiving. I knew today was the last day before the chaos begins at the grocery stores. This is the first time in over forty years that I was able to shop without crowds. I often wonder what the people do for a living that are in stores early in the day. Happily, I was finished with my shopping before school was out. I came home in plenty of time to beat the crazy drivers doing after-school pick ups.

After my groceries were put away Annie had her playtime outside. She decided to play with the poop emoji today. It was a gift from my cousin. It no longer makes a poop sound as it has been washed numerous times. I had no need to water my plants, thanks to the glorious rain we had. This meant more Annie time to play and she was giddy. I am grateful we had more outside play time than usual. She decides when she is done. She drops her toys and comes and sits by me to get more love.

While I was glad I waited for the sun to come out, the temperature did not rise to a comfortable degree. My body feels the cold weather in my bones. 50s during the day is a bit uncomfortable for me. I am grateful the forecast for the weekend is in the mid-70s. Then it’s back to the cold weather again.

I debated taking a nap this afternoon. I had no mandatory items to get done. Instead I walked around each room in my house to see what, if anything needed to be finished before next Thursday. The stress is self-imposed and silly. No one will even venture upstairs. My expectations are that everything is clean, tidy, and refreshed if necessary.

I had a few phone calls from friends that lifted my spirits. This feeling of not having to do things is rather addicting. Thanksgiving is a week away and I have cooking to do of course. But I do not have any schoolwork to do. That is amazing.

I am feeling less stress this holiday than I have felt in years. I am grateful that I have a simple menu planned. I am grateful to be celebrating my aunts 94th  birthday next Thursday. I know that my autoimmune diseases are affected by stress. I am grateful that I am learning to lower my stress levels to help take care of my body. 


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