Gratitude Tuesday

Just because it’s Tuesday, I’m grateful on purpose for time.

Time to take care of the puppy.

Time to work.

Time to exercise.

Time with my family.

It’s good to have everyone home.

Grateful today

Image from Pinterest.

Yesterday was a hectic whirlwind of activity. Vacuum, mop, dust, Grocery store, laundry, and a Pork Shoulder done in the crock pot, with my first attempt at Naan bread. Everything came together like a symphony.

I love a full day, and climbing into bed with freshly washed sheets. There is a definite feeling of well being and sleepiness.

You might be thinking….”Wendy, you worked all day! What are you grateful for?”

I guess I’m grateful that I can. I have the physical, and mental ability to get things done. I’ve always enjoyed that moment, when the house is clean and I sit for a moment in pure satisfaction….even knowing it will soon be dirty again, but for now it is clean.

Being unique

I called my cousins to wish her happy birthday, and we got to chatting.

She was so encouraging and sweet.

We are all so unique in our own way.

It would be a shame if we couldn’t enjoy our own way of being unique.

Cheers to loving your own unique self.

Magical Kingdom

In a land, a few hours away, is the kingdom of Fredericksburg, Tx.

It is a magical place full of vineyards and wine tasting venues.

It is rustic and charming. With old-time transportation.

It has the fast and furious too!

The sound of thunder fills the valley.

The vintage bike show had a flat track race that left my heart thumping.

Magical creatures abound.

It is quiet, and still sometimes too.

From my vantage point, high on the hill I get to see a great distance.

Alas, I can’t stay much longer in this magic kingdom on the hilltop.

But I have enjoyed my stay.

From the Feet up #4

Shoulders.

Although I’ve had the Frozen shoulder issue, Adhesive Capsulitis, it’s thawing, and I’m gaining better range of motion, and am back at yoga.

Shoulders, what can you say about that complicated, seriously interesting joint?

Today, as I think about the strength of shoulders, what they represent for responsibility, and hard work. Shouldering burdens….shouldering and sheltering are terms that could be used interchangeably.

I like my shoulders. They are strong, and they’ve held great responsibility, and provided shelter for my children. I love the memories of their little heads on my shoulder, cradled in my arms.

Shoulders are great for hugging, and snuggling. I like hugging and snuggling. 😁

The newer fashions of ‘cold shoulder’ shirts, sweaters, blouses show off just enough skin, and that’s the skin that stays firm the longest on a woman, her shoulders.

Scars? Oh yea, I bear the mark of the Small Pox vaccine. I can still remember when I was a little girl, I believe it was kindergarten or 1st grade, we were ushered in our little line into the gym. The school nurse pushed up our sleeves, and shot us with a gun shaped, multi pin, needle contraption. I couldn’t leave that spot alone, and now I’ve got quite the Doosey of a scar. That scar tells the story of inoculations in the late 1960’s, when schools could administer required shots, and parents let them. Can you imagine that happening today? Nope, not a chance. Too much liability.

When things go Right!

Being in that ‘in-between’ season where my sons still need me, and aging parents start needing more help is somewhat stressful.

I took some time to reflect on my Mother-in-law’s situation this last year, and I noticed something remarkable.

Every time we needed to have something for her, it happened flawlessly:

She needed a new cardiologist.  A friend recommended the perfect doctor for her.  She got into to see him quickly, and he was able to change up some medication that helped her tremendously.

She needed to sell a piece of property.  A realtor reached out to her with a buyer who wanted to pay cash, at top of the market price, and it closed without a hitch in less than a month!  I’m so grateful that she got to put a little extra jingle in her pocket.

She needed daily assistance, and one of her neighbors had a friend that was between jobs, and the two of them are now inseparable buddies.  The young lady helped my Mother-in-law stay in her own home a year longer than we thought possible.

It’s now time for her to move into a full time assisted living facility.  Yesterday she went for an evaluation, loved the facility, they had a room available, and she moves in next week!  No arguing, crying, complaining, or dismay, she’s ready to move in and is super happy about it.  We thought it was going to be a difficult transition.

When I think back on all the really nice ways that things have come together for my 92 year old Mother-in-law I’m just in awe, and so grateful.

I’m a firm believer that God has been watching out for her, and it’s been such a blessing to witness such goodness.  Not only am I a witness, but in a way I get to benefit from that goodness because it’s taken so much off my list of things to manage.

I’m so grateful today to see the good things that God does for my family.

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Just owning it

This is so true for me.

In my early days, I put up with a lot of drama, conflict, and stress. I probably contributed to some of it too.

Now, I understand the value of Peace, Happiness, and minimal stress.

I find myself purposefully avoiding stress, drama, and conflict. It’s really bad for me.

Today, I’m grateful for a new week, a long holiday weekend, and a fresh start to the day.

What are you grateful for today?

Grateful for the calm moments

As I have practiced gratitude, I have noticed that there is a calmness. Some days are more calm than others, but overall I can see that I’m more calm now than ever before.

Like any practice, it takes continuous repetition and focus to see any specific results.

As I practice yoga, I have learned to focus on my breathing. When I focus on my breathing, I am calmer.

As I focus on the things I’m grateful for, I am calmer.

Looking for things to be grateful, I find more things that increase my gratitude.

Today, I am grateful for the little signs that remind me of how far I’ve come in this journey.