Monthly Archives: December 2017

Slow down

The individual flakes have made a trace of snow. They do not slow down as they flutter to the ground. Calming to watch them float.

Out for a bite to eat. A slow down in a busy day. Grateful to hubby for being my right hand man.

By going thing to thing and not slowing down I accomplished much.

Saw two cars collide in a parking lot. No real damage but a warning, pay attention and slow down.

Even made a batch of cookies at 9:30 for the Search at Church tomorrow. Sleep time. Slow down. Relax.

Roads were a little slick in places. Slow down.

Stop. Look and Listen. Breathe in today!

Intentionally slowing my thoughts and organizing my priorities.

Gratitudes Dec 3-9, 2017

  1. Sun Dec 3, good meeting, progress at work, conversations with friends and family, good meals.
  2. Mon Dec 4, well rested, sunny walk, picked up medicine before shop closing, progress at work, good meals, help from custodians
  3. Tue Dec 5, well rested, on time to work, good walk, cheerful help from co-workers, good meals, progress at work.
  4. Wed Dec 6, good walks, good meetings, cheerful help from co-workers, progress at work, kind word from boss, good meals.
  5. Thu Dec 7, sunny walk to work, cheerful help from co-workers, progress at work, good meals, bed early.
  6. Fri Dec 8, good dr. appt., good seminar, cheerful help from co-workers, conversations, progress at work, good meals, good walks.
  7. Sat Dec 9, well rested, sunny day, progress at work, conversation with brother, good meals, Pavorotti Xmas music on you tube, bed early.

Day for M.E.

Yesterday I decided I didn’t feel well. I gave myself a day off. Grateful that I can and do, do that. Putting myself first allows me to recover.Grateful I have learned that.

Procrastination.Letting the world turn without me.

Hubby guarded me by screening calls like a bodyguard. My diligent secretary!

Simple foods can taste so good. Applesauce, ginger ale, a banana and some yogurt.

Reading and napping to heal my body and soul.

The cat who decided she was my doola.

My nephew lost his house in the California fires. Thank God all made it out safe.

My incredible body. A little rest and I’m ready to roll! I’m up! It’s another day for M.E.!

A-Z M.E day!

A rescheduled job and I have a day to….

Accomplish some things. Breathe. Cleaning up. Deck the halls.. Expect a miracle. Finish a book. Go for a walk. Happy Birthday card sent. Ideas for gift exchange. Joy! Kitten calendar for a present. La! La! La! I’ve a  song to learn! Mailing packages,Not yet,One more thing goes in. Peace! Questions answered. Radio sing along music. Simple supper. This Is Us. Underwear laundered. Very productive. Whisper a prayer. Xchange for size. Zip my coat!

A-Z. What a ride! I will savor the addition of a day to check things off my list while embracing the glory of a M.E. day.


Tis the season

Sleeping in till 10.Grateful to be able to relax. Now ready,set and GO!

I have paper lists but will mentally list the beauty around.

Going Christmas shopping. Making a list and plotting my course with a smile on my lips and a song in my heart. Music on the radio!

I picture each child I’m shopping for and choose with joy. Five children and my grandson. (I’m shopping for Church requests.)

A few things for the home bound at Church. No one should be forgotten.Kathy’s help to get the Christmas card for them just right. Grateful boomerang. Send gratitude out and it returns.

Taking the time today to say a personal goodbye to my brother-in-law. A candle,a picture, paper to compose my thoughts, a condolence card I received and the comforting words of Scripture. Intentional grieving!

Today I begin to decorate my spirit soon I will decorate my home.


Time off the grind of work is a blessing and I am grateful
Time to have breakfast with my husband
Time to read uninterrupted
Time to wrap a roomful of presents for family, and never met friends through Church
More time to spend with my best friends, one of whom is till working and not that social, one of whom leaves every winter for Florida and I’m about to miss my window…..
Time to clean my house in my order to my specifications (not that high) and with music blasting in my ear
Time to sit at my computer uninterrupted
Time to play the piano in my “never used as a dining room” dining room
Time to consider my upcoming retirement this year, how do I want to use that time?
Time to grocery shop, which I hate, but I do get to buy things I like…
Time to relax into being just “me” for a week, not the nurse, not the church worker, not the Mom, just me.
I think I’m going to enjoy this week.

Remember in December

A new month. The busiest one for me. I will try to remember why I do what I do and not just go from thing to thing.

Friday was a day of contacting  cousins as I notified them of the impossible news of John’s death. In the midst of that was the joy of reconnecting. John has reunited us!

Remembering my counselors advice that for every thing I had to do to plan something fun.

A visit to my sister in the nursing home so we could reminisce. Her happiness  at getting a strawberry milkshake.

A Christmas Concert that was so inspiring. The music was sublime. The program was so well rehearsed. Solos,a duet, a quartet and the chorus singing like a heavenly chorus.

Handel’s Messiah! Sing my soul!

Our choir director switching from directing to tenor. His wife”tickled the ivories.” Good job Chuck and Janice!

Seeing friends from Church there and sitting with them. How wonderful to be able to lean over and whisper a comment!

The first Sunday of Advent. The couple doing the reading at the candle lighting holding their toddler. Charlie sad “Amen” at the end.

The Children’s Program. Their joy! Their enthusiasm!The  little girl portraying Mary with her brother(Joseph) rubbing her shoulders.

Welcome December!

Thank You

  1. Realizing so much of life is just showing up for the things you want, and going through the motions. You might not always feel amazing or chipper or even remotely glad to be there, but when you keep showing up, day after day, magic happens- and by magic, I mean: what you truly want comes to pass
  2. The sparkle in children’s faces
  3. Giving and giving and giving when you know that’s what someone else really wants
  4. The power of knowing what you want
  5. Flowers, always flowers, may I be forever surrounded by flowers
  6. Christmas decorations and sparkles and lights
  7. Joy in all things
  8. Self-honesty
  9. Sunlight
  10. Birds

Nov 26-Dec 2, 2017 Gratitudes

  1. Sun Nov 26, good naps, conversation with friend and family, good meals, good medicine, bed early.
  2. Mon Nov 27, well rested, pleasant walks to and from work, progress at work, conversations, good meals, recovered from cold.
  3. Tue Nov 28, early to work, good doctor appt., cheerful help from co-workers, good meals.
  4. Wed Nov 29, early to work, prayers answered, good meeting, cheerful help from co-workers, progress at work, good walk home, good meals.
  5. Thu Nov 30, well rested, 3 exciting leads at job fair, good walks, progress at work, cheerful greetings at work, progress at work, encouragement from boss, pleasant music, helpful info on internet, good meals.
  6. Fri Dec 1, well rested, good seminar, good meals, cheerful help from co-workers, progress at work.
  7. Sat Dec 2, pleasant walks, progress at work, cheerful help from co-worker, conversation, good meals, insights.

Sunday, December 3, 2017



My family and pets.

Being back at my old job and getting to hang with my co-workers at our Christmas dinner this past Friday.

My A A program even when I miss meetings.

My church.

The Tree Of Lights Ceremony this afternoon.

A roof over my head.

My health. It could be better but could be worse.

The beautiful sunrise today. Yes, God is Good.