Day 272 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Blog/ Living Through the Pain – There is always something to be grateful for.

Today sadly, I woke up in a great deal of physical pain. I had difficulty moving, My back, feet, and shoulders were getting the best of me. I decided to no do much of anything as I wanted to be OK to have lunch with a dear friend. I moved a few items out of the garage and in to the trash bin.

Then, I collected items that needed to go to school. I found another TE at home and had to return it. I also took up two school letterman jackets I will no longer need. I left them in the teacher workroom for anyone who would like to have them. I also dropped off a couple of school logo t-shirts for the taking. I picked up a few of my personal staplers and a one of my many three hole punches. I purchased so many items for my classroom over the years. Hopefully the next teacher will enjoy having my items. 

  I came home and worked on adding tags and categories to more of my oldest blogs. It takes me quite a long time to re-read the blog and then complete the task at hand. It is a stroll down memory lane. My next task was to prepare boxes to be sent off to family and friends. I foolishly thought I could get it done before my lunch appointment. No such luck.

I left my chore and ventured to a city in the next county. We decided to meet at The Cheesecake Factory.  It is my favorite place because of the vast and varied menu. It has been too long since we were able to get together and talk the afternoon away. We had an awesome time sharing our thoughts, experiences, and lives. We actually had room to split a piece of decadent chocolate cheesecake. I never get to do this as my spouse doesn’t share my love of chocolate.           

When I returned home my grandson had arrived. He and my spouse were shooting the breeze. He looked barely awake, a common ailment for a fifteen year old. I offered to make lunch for them and much to my delight he wanted a big salad. He is very adventurous when it comes to salads, which is not common. We played with the dog and then I took a nap. I was still in great deal of  pain.   

We played chess and checkers for a great deal of the afternoon. Then he opened the gift bag I made him for the end of the year. I found a Fortnight Monopoly game for him. He told me had seen it the day before and debated purchasing it. Score one for me. It is not easy buying for a fifteen year old. He liked the rest of the items but was unsure of the book I found for him. I know once he starts it he will enjoy it. SO I made him a deal. Why I made dinner he had to choose any five scenarios and read them to me. We laughed at the funny ones he chose. My favorite was how to survive jumping off a building in to a dumpster. Certainly everyone should know how to do this. 


We had steaks, corn on the cob, cauliflower with cheese, and the requested second salad. I was sure it would be way too much food, silly me. I forgot that teenagers are bottomless pits. He requested and had an ice cream sandwich immediately after eating. I have no doubt he will need a fourth meal before bedtime.   

After cleaning up I asked Z1 to look and see if there was a movie he might want to see tonight or tomorrow. He didn’t find anything online and asked if we could go to the book store as he wanted a new non-fiction book about some basketball player. He showed me that he had money to spend. I assured him I would be happy to get it for him. We went on the great book hunt but everyone was sold out of his selection. He was frustrated and unhappy with the inability to find it. (Amazon was searched once we got home.) He did find a video he would like to see. It is something I think we can share tomorrow night as a family. So as I finish my blog and ready for bedtime Z1 is playing some sort of video game with grandpa with the promise of forfeiting his phone at 10:00 PM.   

I am grateful for the easy day spent with a friend and family. I hope tomorrow comes with less pain.

Day 43 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Blog/Grocery Store – There is always something to be grateful for.

Today I am grateful for a better day. I left work immediately after school. I had finished my grades. I had entered my scores. I bid farewell to a dear friend who was retiring. I got advice from our wise custodian about a home improvement.   

I even had enough energy to go to the grocery store.  I rarely do much more than a quick shopping anymore. It is a task I used to enjoy. I had the energy and I knew I needed to do most aisles to get all my holiday shopping done. I actually was in the store for about an hour and a half. It was crowded and I was being careful to try to not have to make another trip.


I made it home but not before my spouse called to see if I was OK. I don’t make long shopping trips anymore so he was concerned. For the first time in my life I asked for help loading my car with all the groceries. I am grateful I asked for help because it was all I could do to put the items in the cart and then on the counter. I was grateful my husband brought them in the house and then put the refrigerated items away. The rest had to wait.   I was proud of myself for pushing through and accomplishing such a big task after working all day. 


It brings me to the thought again of what will it be like when I am retired. Will I “take to the bed” and veg all day long?  Will I read and read and read until my eyes cross?  Will I binge watch all my DVDs and be bored silly?  Will I practice moderation in my new found unlimited time? Will I attempt new classes and topics of interest? Will I be secure in my belief that I made the right decision?  Wow more questions than I expected. Today was a day to be grateful.

“Retirement is supposed to be the great escape from the stresses inherent in most jobs, a time to experience a fulfilling life derived from many enjoyable and rewarding activities.” Ernie J. Zelinski, The Joy of Not Working 

“We work all our lives so we can retire – so we can do what we want with our time – and the way we define or spend our time defines who we are and what we value.”Bruce Linton, Fatherhood: The Journey from Man to Dad 


Day 42 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Blog/A Better Day – There is always something to be grateful for.

Today I am grateful for better days. I woke up in tolerable pain instead of OMG pain. Not a day goes by that I am not in physical pain but some days are oh so bad.  Today is a much better day. 

I am grateful that I was able to remain at my desk and have the kids correct their homework. They did so well. I enjoy the unit of astronomy and there is always so much new information to add to my lessons. Then while they worked on their laptop assignment I was able to catch up on what I did not do at home at last night. I am so grateful when I am not way behind in my grading. I take pride in letting them know how they are doing quickly.  My students have high expectations of me. Whenever they finish a test, before leaving my class,  they ask me how soon the grades will be posted on the portal so they can see how they did. I jokingly always ask them if they think I am superwoman. We both laugh. 

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The secretary emailed the staff and asked if anyone could help cover someone else’s class as we were short subs today.  I am grateful that I offered even if I wasn’t the one who filled the job. To be well enough to even offer to help is such a huge leap from yesterday.   


I spent my prep period getting tomorrow’s lesson ready as well as the lesson for the Monday after Thanksgiving. While I was in moderate pain, the feeling of accomplishing so much overrode my thoughts. I have been doing this job for so long and I actually enjoy tweaking my lessons to meet the needs of my class. 


I came home right after school to take some meds. Luckily I didn’t need anything super strong like yesterday and I am grateful for that. I threw a load of laundry in the washing machine and waited for my husband to come home from his school. He finally called and told me he was doing errands. I decided to take advantage of the time alone and took a long hot soak. I am grateful for the fact that my body is soothed by hot water. I saw a funny post on Facebook that spoke to my love of baths.


Lying in a Long Hot Bath Burns as Many Calories as a 30-Minute Walk


I am grateful for a better day today. I am grateful that I am caught up with my grades. I am grateful that I am ready for school tomorrow and for the first day of school after the holiday. 

I am very grateful that I have more good days than bad. I am glad that my afflictions are not the total person that I am. One more day that I have successfully completed.


Day 41 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Blog/A Day in Pain – There is always something to be grateful for.

GratefulToday I am grateful for the ability to look for little things that bring me joy. Today is a day of debilitating physical pain. Sadly it started last night and didn’t let up. So my goal here is to just make a list of small gratitudes.


I am grateful for the hot, hot shower I started my day with. It gave me a little relief.

I am grateful that an administrator was genuinely concerned that I was in pain.   

I am grateful that my students sensed something was off and were extra special good and even made me laugh. 

I am grateful that I was able to come home early and take some strong medication that helped me nap. 

I am grateful that my spouse knew I wasn’t well and after his errands he brought home an individual pizza and a salad for me. (without my asking) 

I am grateful that my friend and I chatted and shared about our day. 

I am glad I got to listen to a SARK call tonight. (I really enjoy them) 

I am glad my students have a group activity tomorrow so I might be able to do some of the work I brought home and didn’t do tonight.   

I am grateful that even though I canceled an appointment tonight, I will be OK. 

I am grateful that my pain level has lessened a little and hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.

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