Monthly Archives: May 2016

Gratitude all day

Crystal asked for gratitude last night and I realized I send my day off with gratitude and by evening I am grumbling. Going for extended release.

Grateful for hubby’s Aunt Betty. She welcomed me into his family first.

Unconditional love unconditional acceptance.

With a large family ,she knew she was overwhelmed and outnumbered and handled it with aplomb and laughter -lots of laughter.

Faith that things were following a plan. I would be grateful to have a measure of that fortitude.

Quiet dignity as she lost first her husband then many of her children. Grateful to witness such strength.

Always happy and happy to see you, her sweet nature drew people to her. Let me remember you draw more flies with honey than vinegar.

We lay you to rest today. Grateful for the reunion of us remaining. We will remember and hopefully share a laugh or two in memory.

1. God
2. Box of flowers
3. Lydia came over from next door to meet Peabody and helped Cassie plant zinnias
4. Turning to a poem
5. Benefit of the doubt
6. Some other benefit
7. Winds
8. Memorial Day observances – especially stories from friends

  • Crystal’s   Prayers to the Muses !
  • Garrett’s great long list!
  • Mary Ellen sharing her holiday weekend on her daily list!
  • Calls from my granddaughter… always makes my day!
  • Finally had our snow tires removed…noticed how quiet everything runs without those studded tires :)
  • Thankful for the blessing of health and the strength and ability to do extensive Spring cleaning
  • V.A. at Fort Harrison…Todd for being extremely helpful!
  • Looking at the lovely pine cone light yellow buds on our tree
  • Luann going to Wyoming for this long weekend.

It is what you make it

Not used to many days off in a row and I’m finding that I’m rather unstimulated. Changing my attitude today to find excitement in the mundane.

Sitting with hubby on the front porch last  night watching lightning last night key words hubby,front porch,lightning,light talk

The wind was blowing pollen off the trees like a dust storm

Amazing thing is he came and got me so we could watch together

He quit smoking in February. Grateful he made the choice to breathe.

Errands today hold possibilities. Gabriel Brothers for a nice shirt for hubby to wear to a funeral tomorrow. Something summery for me! Hanging baskets from Marc’s and a visit to the Thrift

Steaks on the grill maybe some corn and a salad. Slice a tomato and call me to dinner.

I’m in Garrett’s post . Wow! I do exist!



1. God
2. Kind of MaryEllen to write and ask how I am. I’m doing fine. Glad that MaryEllen posts so frequently on WLG.
3. Visiting my mother and father. My father’s irises grew quite nicely this year. The heat got to them, he remarked, but they are still quite colorful.
4. Cassie found toys for my nephews who will visit this summer and brought them to my parents’ house.
5. Little foots does not like to be petted. He just rubs or bumps against you as he walks by.
6. Lots of flowers and vegetables to plant.
7. The young lady at the garden center who helped me in the extremely hot weather, smiling all the while and not minding the heat.
8. Eating supper outside and Cassie made a fine cucumber salad. Asking her as I mixed it, you don’t care if I destroy the integrity of the paprika (spread on top.)
9. The tree Cassie gave me has grown substantially in five years. It is a star magnolia. Blooms have come and gone although one still persists. The snows and cold snaps in April did not help, but it is thriving with green leaves as summer arrives.
10. Cooler today by about 20 degrees. Good day to work in the garden.


I woke up from a dream where I was younger and I had to fast forward through my life to the age I am now.

Grateful for all the things that have brought me to May 29, 2016

Grateful many are behind me

Grateful to remember snippets of joy

I see my insecurities and am glad I have become strong

I see my choices and harbor no regrets

Illusion made me miss my parents though the dream was not accurate. Grateful that the truth was more on the mark. I was unconditionally loved!

Today I am grateful for the good , tolerant of the bad and looking forward to tomorrow.

Gratitudes May 22-28, 2016

  1. Sun May 22: Pleasant day to attend meeting at Purchase, able to deal successfully with long drive back to Maryland.
  2. Mon May 23: Pleasant flights and conversations back to Reno, insight into family emotional dynamics, good reading in “Forgive to Live” book.
  3. Tues May 24: Ran errands, good session at physical therapy, good conversation with a friend, shopping expedition, good meals, bed early.
  4. Weds May 25: Early to work and appointment, productive day at work, insight into my emotional habits and patterns, good appointment with pilates coach, good meals, bed early.
  5. Thurs May 26: Early to work, productive day, pleasant chat with boss, insight into my attitudes towards him, good meals, helpful info on internet, opportunity to stretch and exercise back and shoulder.
  6. Fri May 27: Early to work and appointment, very productive day at work, helpful conversations with co-workers, good meals, opportunity to go to bed early.
  7. Sat May 28: Inspiring music from internet, fun email from cousin, good conversation with friend, received Forgive to Live workbook, productive shopping trip and errands, progress at work, stretching and exercise, opportunity to go to bed early.