Day 264 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Blog/Hot days – There is always something to be grateful for.

 Yesterday was a busy day. But it was different because I was also busy doing something fun, just for me. I did some touch ups on the front porch because of course there are always spots that need fixing. I hate it when there is blue on the white or white on the blue. I also worked for what seemed like hours on the slate porch floor. Between cleaning the tiles, scrubbing off the paint spots, and spreading the wet-look sealant it was a long job. Of course i realize that if I did the job more often it would not be so arduous. I left the disaster from all my porch items on the front lawn.     

Then the back yard planters needed work again.  My beautiful jacaranda is still shedding her purple blossoms. It is fun to sit on the downstairs swing and watch it rain. This year my agapanthus are doing better than ever. The white and purple agapanthus reside below the jacaranda. The next planter has wonderful star lilies with white, purple, and yellow flowers. In front of them are yellow day lilies and of course my latest additions asparagus ferns. I have a sea of purple, white, and yellow plants.  

We took a break to do more errands. Home Depot is our home away from home in the summer. It seems there is always something else that needs to get done and some new product I need. I usually try to rely on memory for what I need. I am not always successful. Yesterday’s outing was a success.

It was much too hot to work outside when we returned home so I successfully took a nap. When I awoke I had a wonderful call with my cousin. She is so very busy and whenever she has time to kibbitz I am thrilled. She is planning a party for her mom. My aunt is 80 this year and the eldest member of my maternal family side.

Eventually temperatures dropped to a cool 85 degrees. I put another coat of sealant on the front porch and admired my handiwork. I completed some spray painting tasks out front. I redid the CLR on the cement by the shed out back. Working on my hands and knees in the sun was pretty difficult.  

My evening was spent back inside. I decided to watch some more episodes of Call the Midwife on Netflix. I am totally hooked on it. Because I had a rest during the day I knew I would be up late. I ended up watching all night long and finally turned off the computer at 4:22 AM. I made it to season 3 episode 8. I am very grateful Maggie introduced me to the series. I haven’t purposefully pulled an all nighter in a long time. 

I slept for a couple of hours before Annie insisted on breakfast.  After feeding her I decided to sleep for another couple of hours. Unfortunately, by the time I went outside this morning to continue working, it was hot as hell already. I cleaned up my mess from the front lawn and hosed off the patio furniture. I washed all the cushions from out front. (I made them a few years ago and I am prefer cleaning them to remaking them.) I filled an entire trash can with garbage from supplies I used on the porch. 

 It was so hot we decided to get errands done instead of working more outside. Off to Home Depot again to get more products for the next project. Then lunch at a favorite BBQ restaurant before grocery shopping. We have been on a hunt for squaw bread. No one seems to carry it anywhere. We decided to try Whole Foods. We don’t usually shop there as they are too high priced for us. Sadly the young man behind the bakery counter did not even know what squaw bread was. I guess I have to stick with dark rye as a flavorful choice.   

It is currently 91 in the shade and I am not up to working outside in the sun. The bottoms of my feet are still in paint from being burnt on the cement outside days ago. So it is back to watching Netflix. I am grateful that I can put off my chores until it is cooler. I might need to be outside before 6 AM to be cool. 

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Day 209 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Chores – There is always something to be grateful for.

It has been another crazy weekend. When my body is not screaming at me too loud I take advantage and totally overdue it. I realize it means I shall pay a price for the entire week ahead but I am willing to accept the consequences of my actions. I fight my fibro with everything I’ve got when necessary.

I worked in my yard yesterday and today. I go out super early because as the day goes on I have less and less stamina. A normal person would go for a couple of hours but I go until my body cries for relief. There have been months and months in my past when I could not move off the couch. I am not in that place now and I am taking advantage. My good weekends are for me to catch up on chores I don’t have the energy for during the week. 

Both yesterday and today we went out to a thrift store after my gardening antics. Both days I found books for my aunt. I enjoy finding books for her from the author she enjoys reading.  I found two DVD seasons of a series I have never seen. It looked  like an interesting topic so I added it to my retirement collection. If I can’t find the other seasons I may have to bite the bullet and order them on Amazon.

Groceries were purchased at three stores. Dinners were made for a few nights this week and naps were taken. Laundry was done and the very last of Passover was returned to the attic.

Numerous trips were made to both Home Depot and Lowes, Paint was purchased for more projects next weekend. We finally found a pillar for the front porch and spindles for the porch banister. I purchased a variety of new plants to refresh my spring gardens. Hopefully this week I will have the energy to plant them. 

So as I reflect about my physically overdoing it again this weekend, I am grateful that I have what limited energy I have. I am grateful that I have meds to help me survive the pain I feel. I am grateful that soon I will not need to overdo my weekends because I can spread out my chores over all seven days. I am grateful I will be able to have energy on weekdays because I won’t come home exhausted from my days at school. I am grateful that I am fighting my fibro as best I can. I am grateful I have many more years to play in my garden. 

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Day 93 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Blog/Rest – There is always something to be grateful for.

Today I struggled to find joy. I am happy to have gratitude though. The cold weather is kicking me physically and I am just worn out. Today I listened to what my body needed. I am grateful that I took three naps to help refresh my tired achy body. After my usual early morning wake up I took care of a few household chores and laid back down for nap number one.   

After I awoke my spouse and I did a couple of outside errands. The first Costco we went to was a nightmare. We made it to the front of the parking lot and left again. We have learned too crowded in the parking lot means too crowded in the store and too much aggravation. We went to a thrift store and found a few books that looked interesting. There were no bowling balls on the half price sale today so I passed. We had terrific Mexican food for lunch and then had success at a different Costco. We were in and out in less than half an hour. We finished our outside chores at a Sprouts. We love finally having one in our town. Fresh fruits and veges at a good price makes me happy.   

Back home once chores were done, my body screamed for a second nap. I am grateful that I was able to sleep when I needed to. When I awoke I did some more reading which is my  indulgence of choice this holiday. I finished a couple of loads of laundry and made the bed.  Such a lovely boring stress free day today was. I planned on doing some more reading and instead fell asleep for a third quick nap.

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My phone ringing made me fully awake. It was my cousin in Michigan. We had a very long catch up call. We shared the ups and downs of the last couple of weeks. We supported each other and laughed together. It is wonderful having her as my sister from another mother. I am grateful we can talk to each other about almost anything.   

I dearly love both my sweet cousins. I am grateful they are in my life.     

 

While talking with my cousin my front door RING went off.  I assumed it was someone driving past. When I checked my phone it indicated there had been someone at my front door.  Much to my surprise 3 of the four books I ordered last night after my call with Kim had arrived. Much to my surprise it was pouring rain outside. It made a lot of sense that I was so sleepy today. I feel like I am fighting a cold. I know I am sleepier than normal. I know I have the luxury for one more day to allow myself to just take it easy.   

So tonight I shall clean out some of my emails, I shall check Facebook, and I shall read awhile before getting some sleep. I am grateful for a lazy day that I could just rest.

Day 84 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Blog/Thursday Errands – There is always something to be grateful for.

I am grateful that today was a successful day in many ways. It took a little help, but I was able to sleep last night. I awoke early at 2:30 AM but I went back to sleep which is very unusual for me.

Image result for kvetching memeI am grateful that I made it out to do some shopping early in the morning. I found some things I wanted, some things I needed, and some things I purchased just for the heck of it. (I know I’ll need it at some point)  I waited in a very long line and instead of being angry that there were 22 check stands and only two with real live cashiers, I engaged in a comedic conversation with a total stranger. We both agreed with the fact that we do not like to use the self-serve check out registers. We joked that it feels counter intuitive to use them and both deny a worker a job and to do the job of a cashier without getting a discount for doing so. Our kvetching made the wait easier and less upsetting.   

I came home and made a special breakfast with some croissants I had splurged on. After breakfast we made a spur of the moment decision to visit my aunt and take her the box full of Nora Roberts’  books I had been collecting. On our way to her place we stopped off at Baskin Robbins as she is an ice cream fanatic as well as a chocoholic. Sadly she was out at a doctor’s appointment. We put the ice cream in her freezer, left the books on her chair, and dropped off a box of books my husband had finished in her community library.  All I could do was to leave a message so she would know we had been there.   

On the way home we made a detour to a tiny Goodwill in Pasadena that only sells books, DVDs, and CDs. It is a favorite of ours when we are out that way. We had a conversation with the clerk and I am grateful that she kindly told us that two colors were on a special sale. That changed what we looked at. Well at least what I looked at. I found many DVDs that I might not have purchased had they been full price. I also found four more books for my aunt.   

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Traffic coming home was not easy, as usual. I am grateful my phone allows me to catch up on my email which tends to be a little overwhelming. I was happy to discover two friends had reached out to me. I love to hear from friends. I try not to lose their messages in the multitude of emails waiting in my inbox. I read some joyous news about another friend who welcomed a new fur baby into her home. Such a wonderful post to read. I am grateful that I too know how much a life is enhanced with a new snuggle mate. 

We had many options for linner (between lunch and dinner) at home. I worked at putting all the days purchases away where they went sans the tags and labels. It meant I had to go to the attic and add some items to a holiday bin, but that is where it belonged.   

I am grateful that I am looking forward to tomorrow’s morning appointment with my chiropractor and my evening appointment with Kim. I am grateful that I had a full day even if I didn’t get everything done I had hoped to. I am grateful that I have a warm heater making my body warm which lessons my pain. I am grateful that I finished my blog and I am off to bed. (Hopefully to get the sleep I need.) 

Day 83 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Blog/Little Chores – There is always something to be grateful for.

Today I am grateful for so many things. While I did not get much sleep last night when I awoke I was in a terrific mood. I reread a terrific article about an Icelandic tradition of eating and drinking chocolate and reading books on Christmas eve. 

It’s called Jolabokaflod, which basically means “Christmas book flood.” The tradition began during World War II, when basically everything was rationed in Iceland except for paper. So Icelanders started giving books as gifts for Christmas — and a new, brilliant tradition took root. Read more here. Even Jews Can Get Behind This Tradition 

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I love giving books for the holidays. Heck I love giving books all the time. I love books and I feel they make me happy so they usually make others happy. What’s not to love?

 

I had to finish some chores before the plumber came. I have not had hot water in the guest bathroom shower for a couple of months. When family visits they have to use the master bathroom shower which is very tiny. So the fact that he came while I am on break, fixed the problem, and was so pleasant made for a very happy morning. The only frustrating part is that I have no idea if what was charged is fair, over the going rate, or a special price. I am acting on faith that he was honest in his pricing. All we have is faith in the trades when they come in to our home. 

I am grateful I finally delivered my last bowling ball gifts to a dear friend. She wasn’t home so I dropped off the rebar, the poles, the shells, and the bowling balls to her porch. Such a déjà vu moment. Before long all my friends will have bowling ball gardens also. It makes me want to go out and decorate another ball. 

I went to the grocery store and picked up a few items and my husband’s meds. I am grateful that there were few people in the store and I got in and out very quickly. I did not stay long because I wasn’t feeling my best. I am grateful we have a fridge full of leftovers so lunch was easy.   

I tried to take a nap after lunch I but was unsuccessful. It all worked out because I was able to talk with a dear friend, video chat with my cousin in MI, and have an email conversation with another friend. I am grateful for the wonderful people in my life. 

I had some shocking and joyful news from my cousin. I mailed a package to her on Monday, Christmas eve, at 11:55 AM. I am grateful that the package traveled 2,391 miles and arrived today, the day after Christmas. I feel grateful that the post office was doing their best to get packages to people as close to Christmas as possible.  While the box was not in fact, a Christmas present, it is the thought that counts. Sometimes packages take forever to get from point A to point B. I feel like they were doing their best to accommodate the Christmas rush. The irony is not lost on me. I am grateful that my cousin was able to open the box with her visitors present. She was explaining to her grand kids that just as they are meeting their cousins, I am her cousin. Family, family, family.

I continued  with a long conversation with my dear friend. I am grateful she had time to kibitz with me. She has been overwhelmed with events, plans, and presents. I have missed our conversations.

I am grateful that I shall try once again to get a good night’s sleep. I really do need more that three or four hours to feel OK. I have completed my nightly chores and I am retiring to what I hope is a blissful deep slumber. And to all a good night.