Monthly Archives: August 2017

Good Morning Sunshine

Texting my Gdaughter. Goodnight Moonpie! Now I need to find sunshine! Fill my life and it drives out darkness. Good Morning Sunshine!

Seems like the quote from Martin Luther King Jr. keeps popping up. Dark cannot drive out darkness only light can can.

Working on a gratitude list for Sunday Church service.People have been telling their story of why they go to our Church. My turn for early service.

Local sweet corn. Sunshine in a bite!

Doing for others is the best way to stop a pity party.

Getting back on track with eating. Ate what I wanted when Sunshine was here. She went to the gym on returning home. I need to practice pushing food away.

Trip to produce store. I can’t wait to eat the best of summer. Melon,grapes,fruit salad and salad creations. We are so lucky to have the variety of foods available.

Realizing I can make my own sunshine. Yes my Sunshine went away but my life is still full of brightness.


Able to enjoy the peace of the morning as I could not fall back asleep.

My dog, Jax, being so adorable.

Not feeling rushed.

God in my life.

Being able to wake up slowly and just enjoy my coffee, the news and my Bible.

The smell of rain coming.

Feeling like Fall is near. 

My grief support group who are awesome.

Love of friends and family. 

My son. 


New day

Safe trip to the airport at 5 a.m. . Then nap when we returned

Started counting things we hadn’t done while Gdaughter was here but switched to things we did.

She’ll be back in October

Morning glories so beautiful I had to take a picture.

Feeling down but fighting it. Life is good!

Tired but day off.

Trying to figure out my phone. Fixed one problem will live with the other. No Dennis a hammer is not the solution.

Off to Church. Huge Rummage Sale there this weekend. Time to price.

Glad I’m not in charge of it.

Glad I’m in charge of Hymn Sing. It will be wonderful!

Word from Atlanta . She is safe!



Waking up feeling kind of down but able to pick myself up as the day went on.  Thanks God.

Paying attention at work and making less errors.

Working one a favorite coworker for a little bit. 

Calming myself down when I get agitated or nervous.

Beautiful weather as the day went on. 

My dog and cat.

My son. 


Coming home where peace is.  

A good cup of coffee. 


Last day

Can’t believe it is the last day  my Gdaughter will be here. Everything seems so precious today.

She wants Swenson’s .Who can  blame her? Their hamburgers are so good.

Mailing the things she bought back so she won’t have to pack a suitcase. Thank goodness for Postal Service Priority boxes.

Looking over the last three weeks I’m grateful for TV we watched together, the zoo and mini golf. Talks and walks.

Seeing my family  was a bonus. We enjoy each other.

A disappointing meteor watch was memorable  because she came. Shower? No. Just a few drops shooting across the sky.

Still I love the Perseid meteor showers and will return to their magic next year.

Purging the house of foods we enjoyed and getting back to better eating. Ir was fun while it lasted.

I’m vowing to text her often and grateful she is as near as my phone.

Up early tomorrow to get her to the airport by 6. Can’t promise I won’t cry. SO grateful she came. SO happy we have a connection. Here’s to October when she’ll visit again.



Grateful for the husband of a friend I met online over a decade ago texting me to let me know she had passed away.  I am sorry she is gone.  I was thinking of her yesterday.  I am glad she is not suffering her health issues anymore, however.  RIP Dhana Ann.  I will miss you even though we had not had as  much contact the past few years.

Life….it can end so quick.  Don’t take it for granted.  I know how easy I can do that.

My family and friends.

God and my church.

My pets who are always there for me.

A roof over my head, even though it has needed to be replaced for awhile.  One thing at a time.


A job to go back to for paying bills and keep me busy.

Good Christian music to raise my spirits.


Gratitudes Aug 6-12 2017

  1. Sun Aug 6, good meeting, conversations, progress at work, visit with nephew at hot springs, relaxing soak, conversations with family, insights, good meals.
  2. Mon Aug 7, early to work, cheerful help from co-workers, progress at work, good meals, helpful rain.
  3. Tue Aug 8, cheerful help from co-workers, progress at work, good meals, helpful man on bus and another at bus station.
  4. Wed Aug 9, cheerful help from co-workers, progress at work, good meals, fresh plums from the trees, good walks, conversation with coworkers and bus driver, prayers for peace.
  5. Thu Aug 10,  cheerful help from co-workers, progress at work, good meals, car out of shop.
  6. Fri Aug 11,early to work, cheerful help from co-workers, progress at work, good meals, fresh plums from tree, pleasant moment in park, conversations with co-workers and friend.
  7. Sat Aug 12, well rested, conversations with co-workers, productive shopping trip, helped friend, refreshing swim, good meals, prayers for peace.

Sometimes I feel like hiding, but I always come out!

Sometimes I just feel like hiding from the world and all its scary events!!

Writing a gratitude list is helpful.

Spontaneous writing in my journal will mellow me out.

Studying the artist, Marc Chagall, taking notes out of a huge coffee table book about him.

“In life, just as on the artist’s palette, there is buy one single color that gives meaning to life and art — the color of love.” — Marc Chagall

Having fresh corn on the cob for dinner will make me so very happy!

Watching my precious birds at the feeder outside my kitchen window.

Sitting by my fairy/gnome rock garden lifts my spirits. Our darling one year old neighbor, Penny, came over to visit and smiled, poked, and pointed at fairies, mirror ball, gnomes, pink begonias, and more. That makes my amazing garden even more fun and wonderful — to get the attention of a darling little girl.

The table cloth on our kitchen table is sprinkled with butterflies and flowers galore! It was hand colored by our beloved book group!!

Varied sizes of white vases that spell out L O V E. Have bright pink daisies to put in them! Hooray!

Ran into my dear friend Laura and her mother at the farm market. Great people watching and lots of fruits and vegetables.

Everywhere I look, I find someone or something that makes me grateful. I need to remember how blessed I am and counter scary world news with hope and compassion. Yikes!


Thankful for another day God has given me. 

Slept in a little more than I planned this morning but woke up when my son came home early this morning and grateful he is safe. 

My dog, Jax, eating all his food right away this morning.

Skeeter being his cute self just like Jax. 

The beautiful morning outside.

Enjoying my protein shake.

Attending and chairing my home group A.A. meeting last night.  I had not been there for a few weeks and was happy to be back.

Sobriety and not smoking cigarettes.

People at my meetings that I have known for over three decades.  Awesome.  It works if you work it.

Having  the weekend off.


My Bible and Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

A new phone (my son’s 9 month old one) but new to me.  He upgraded and I am fine with that as mine is so much nicer than the old one. 

That I did not let the salesman pressure me into making decisions I was not ready to make. 

Lunch with my son yesterday.