2nd day of Christmas Gratitude

My first cookie exchange!  I was invited by my lovely friend Kimberly to join in the fun.  Everyone brings multiple dozens of one type of cookie, and goes home with multiple dozens of assorted cookies!

The laughter flowed, we drank Mimosas, ate cookies, had fun swapping recipes.

It’s so wonderful to have gal pals close by.

So on my 2nd day of Christmas gratitude, I’m very thankful for kind invitations, and wonderful company.

What do you enjoy?


I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately in my musings on the rest of my life.  What do I enjoy, and what do I want to do?

I don’t want to go into happiness.  Happiness is a state of being, a balance of attitude, will, circumstance and emotion.

It’s midnight on a Monday, I can’t sleep, but I’m not ‘unhappy’.  If it was Sunday 2 am and no sleep, I could be profoundly unhappy about that.  Capricious, I know.

What puts a smile on your face, a sigh in your breath, a contentment to your soul?

So….what is it?

For me, I love to sneak up on the day.  The thought of waking up before the sun to watch it rise, brings profound enjoyment.

Great conversations with witty, intelligent people keep me going for a long time.

I’ve recently discovered I adore Zumba!  It is the biggest kick to learn new routines, and have fun while working out.  I just grin from ear to ear with sweat pouring down my face.

Random acts of kindness to strangers…I was at the grocery store, and in the parking lot there was a man struggling with putting the groceries in his truck and a rambunctious toddler.  He got the groceries in, but was wrangling the little girl into her car seat.  I put his cart up for him when I took mine to the cart rack.  When I walked back he thanked me and had a huge smile on his face.  It was a little thing, but It was nice, it did us both good, and cost absolutely nothing.

Preparing a special meal means enjoyment for me.  Taking time to put love in my food for my family.

Writing holds a special place in my heart.  I enjoy putting words together, expressing myself as simply as possible.  The last two years on WordPress has been a blast, and I’ve come a very long way since my first post!


So many people don’t understand me at all.  I’m not sure why, I’m pretty simple.  But when I find someone who ‘gets me’, oh my word, am I over the moon!

I enjoy laughter.  I found a funny “Friends” snippet between Chandler and Joey.  I laughed till I had tears running down my face! My husband had no clue why I thought it was so funny, I must have needed that laugh.


Well I guess in light of all this I need a job where I can get up early, cook, talk to great people, laugh, and be kind to strangers.

I’ll be down at the IHop filling out my application when the sun comes up.


What do you enjoy?  What makes you smile?



Newest addition to the nutritional experiment


Here I am in my 2nd week of improving my nutrition with small easy changes.

I started with coconut oil, added bee pollen, then coconut water.

Today I added a cup of warm lemon water first thing.

This is strange for me.  I’m generally stumbling for my coffee first. What would make me reach for warm lemon water?  I read an article on  Health Beckon.com that described the benefits of this ritual such as improved immune system, improved mineral absorption, and a natural diuretic.  There’s more, but this was what I was looking for.  

If the bee pollen has all the minerals the body needs, but the body can’t absorb it, I’m wasting my time.  My goal is to optimize my health, not take bee pollen, right?

What have I noticed in the last 9 days?

My joints are moving better.  My knees and my knuckles aren’t as stiff.  My hands aren’t so puffy.  I’m not craving salty snacks.  My appetite has reduced, I’m satisfied with normal portions.  No weight loss to talk about.

I’m feeling lighter of mood.  I’m laughing more, which makes my family happy.  

I think this last addition will be sufficient for a while.  I have natural fats to support my brain and heart, natural minerals to support my nervous system and cellular health, I have a good hydration to make sure my organs function properly, and a morning start to help my digestion and immune system.  

Now I will take some time to make sure that I take good care of myself, and track the progress of what I’m establishing.

For my spiritual health, today I will meditate on Psalm 103:1-4.  I’m visualizing myself completely worshiping the Lord, forgiven, healed, renewed and restored.  That’s the Wendy I have in my mind, the forgiven, healed, renewed, and restored. A Healthy, energetic, lively, and fun Wendy as she is supposed to be.

Today, I’m grateful for Sunday, new friends, working the bees on Friday, and having some fun in between.

Live more


Art print by JulzieBird

My life gets out of balance when it is spent too much in my head, and not enough in my heart.

I’m living today–Enjoying lunch with an old friend, and taking time to laugh.

Enjoy your Friday, and have a great weekend.

Happy Father’s Day. Laugh, and let the fear depart.

I was listening to the presidential weekly address where our commander in chief admonished men that it takes more than the ability to have a baby to be a father, but the courage to raise the child that makes a father.

I went then to Emerson. He has this quote from a headstone in England typifies what makes a man. He is not perfect, but he cares for those around him. But this epitaph, and tribute sums up what makes a good man. From Emerson’s essays on Manners.

“Here lies Sir Jenkin Grout, who loved his friend, and persuaded his enemy: what his mouth ate, his hand paid for: what his servants robbed, he restored: if a woman gave him pleasure, he supported her in pain: he never forgot his children: and whoso touched his finger, drew after it his whole body.”

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What I really like about that…”whoso touched his finger, drew after it his whole body.” A generous soul. Isn’t that what a Dad should be? Shouldn’t he be the most generous and strong? Providing, protecting, instructing and correcting….entertaining, humoring, leading and guiding….

To all the Fathers who live, laugh, play, work, instruct, correct, and empower I say bravo and thank you.


The quote behind my dad says “Fear knocked on the door, upon hearing laughter, departed.”

Laugh, and let the fear depart. Enjoy your Father’s Day.

Rebounding back to gratitude


Returning to gratitude phase…paying attention to life and people is dragging me down to far into a depth that has no return. I can go no further, or I will have a more difficult journey back.

Today I am thankful for friends who ask about me indirectly…..may I say to them please be direct, I cherish you dearly.

I am coming through a difficult patch, there are more difficulties ahead. I will use these times, like exercise equipment, and come out a bit stronger on the other side.

Keep looking forward.

Today I am grateful for questions, exercise, and strength to keep going.

Thanks my friends.

Laugh like you mean it!


I’m a snorter. In times past I would try so hard not to snort. It made me self conscious, and embarrassed to laugh. I wanted a cute little laugh, something musical, lyrical, and feminine. Nope….I got the snort.

Can you imagine being afraid to laugh, because you’re afraid of people making fun of how you laugh? That is robbery! Don’t let anyone steal your laugh.

If you are a snorter like me, let it out! It will make the laughter last longer, because it usually shocks the snot out of people, and they laugh more!

Keep the laughter rolling today! Laugh like you mean it.