All posts by Karen T

About Karen T

I am a 52 year old widow who lives with her son, dog and cat. I work as a Supply Chain Clerk at a local hospital here in town. I have been sober since April 18, 1982 and have not smoked since September 8, 2005. I am a Born Again Christian who loves Jesus and am grateful for each day I wake up. I have found that even in the hard times, like after my husband's suicide that I can still find things to be grateful for, even if they are little things. God always has my back.


A day off from work. Very nice.

The luxury of having an A.A. meeting so close to my house that I could attend last night and see old friends and enjoy the recovery in the room.

A sunny day, albeit cold again.

My dog, Jax, snoozing by my feet.



Quiet time to read my devotionals.

Waking up sober and nicotine free another day.

An old A.A. friend offering me a ride home last night even though I was just about a block and a half away.  Thanks B!

A good cup of coffee.

That although I have aches and pains, at least I can feel them.  I have known some that are not so lucky and they are either in a wheel chair or dead. :(

Love, in its many forms. :)

Heat in my house.


Valentine’s Day & Thursday

  1.  I had a good day at work yesterday.
  2. My dog Jax is feeling better.
  3. We had beautiful weather yesterday.
  4. I got to go to my Bible Study last night and enjoy some good quality time with friends.
  5. I had my knee brace at work yesterday making it a little easier working.
  6. Waking up this morning sad but finding things to be grateful for anyways.
  7. Catching my cat before he swallowed the string and metal top of a Christmas ornament.
  8. A church friend offering to sponsor me to go Via de Cristo (Way Of Christ)  in October.   It will be Thursday evening till Sunday evening and I am very excited.
  9. I got a pulled muscle somehow in my left upper back, possibly by stretching in bed.  At least I don’t have to work for a couple days.  Happy about that.
  10. Discussing The Passion Of The Christ movie we watched at Bible Study last night.
  11. The ice moving off the lake a bit.
  12. Remaining sober and cigarette free another day.
  13. God.


My dog is feeling better.

My insurance guy called me back and I got loss of use coverage on my house insurance.

A good day at work.

Watching the View and the strong women and opinions on the show.

My Bible and Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Church service wonderful yesterday.

Good people in my life who love me and whom I love.

A sunny day.  We need more.

The end of the week forecast looks to be warmer.

A nice bubble bath.

Good food and music.

Love in all its forms.

A quiet day.

Time alone with my dog and cat today.

Dishes done.

A load of laundry in the wash.

My dining room table, which is a free-fall for mail and junk mail and boxes, is nearly cleaned.  I am going to try and keep it that way.

No t.v. all day.  Not a bad thing once in awhile, although I am sure I will turn it on at some point.

Good music.

A sunny and warming up day.

My Bible, My Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, and other prayer books to start off my day.  Also, prayer.  Good food for the soul, all of them.

Getting my head back on straight when I start to project.  My spare bedroom has cracks in the ceiling and walls.  Old house, settling,. Needs new roof. I start to worry and then I bring myself back to the hear and now.

A comfy chair to sit in.  Sometimes the littlest things give me pleasure.


Sobriety not not smoking cigarettes another day.

February 8 and 9th.

Grateful we could get our dog Jax in to the vet.  He has been throwing up and peeing more in the house.

Got blood tests back today for him.  Grateful to have it back so quick.

Bloodwork results:

ALT = 142  (10 – 124) mild elevation

Phos = 1.7 (2.5 – 4.0) decreased value

Urinalysis came back good for Jax yesterday.

Bland diet to get the throwing up under control and then a switch in regular died and get more weight back on him.  Thankfully he still seems okay.  God is good.

The weekend off.

Sober and nicotine free  another day.

My Bible study friends praying for Jax.


My son, Justin.

Good work buddies.

Nicer weather this afternoon.

I am not stressing out about Jax’s vet bill.

Early morning.

Waking up before 4 a.m. and getting in a nice shower.  Perked me up and am ready to go.

My dog, Jax, seeming to feel a bit better this morning.

Skeeter roaming around and being a little mischievous.  Love that cat!

It is a balmy 5 above on the lake shore.  Yahooooo!

My morning coffee.  Always an essential start to my day.

Being sober and nicotine free another day.

A job I really like, even when there are issues beyond my control.

I get to go to Bible study tonight.

God and all his mercy.

Some bills paid.  Always nice to have hot water, heat, electricity and my garbage picked up. ;)

Waking up to another glorious day.   My days are what I make of them and when they start to go down hill, God is there for me and I can always fall back on the Serenity Prayer and my A.A. program and church teachings.

Busy day

Busy day at work but I learned some things.

My poor dog puked and peed in the house but he seems to feel better and I am grateful for that.

The beautiful sunshine.



Good people in my life.

Good coffee.

The ability to express gratitude even in the good times.

A roof over my head as it is coming up to the time 4 years ago when we were really struggling to keep our home and land.

My son.  He is the best thing my husband and I did in our marriage.

Good, warm winter ware. God knows we have needed it recently.

My cat, Skeeter, meowing up a storm.  Singing the songs of his people. LOL!

Good food.

My grief counselor.  She is a gem.

I woke up this morning.  Thanks God!


The start of another work week but it was a great day.

Warm clothing to brave the cold.

A warm house to come home to.

My coworkers who rock.

My grief counselor who understands me.

Being able to come home and have the house to myself for a short while.

That I am thinking (just thinking) what it would be like to have a man in my life again with Valentine’s day approaching.  Not getting ahead of my self however. ;)

That grief work is painful but also very rewarding when I learn things about myself.


My church.

Alcoholics Anonymous.

Setting goals for my life.

Beautiful & Crisp

Cold day but very beautiful with the sun and the moon out at the same time.

My dog eating his Alpo London Grill food and enjoying it.  He doesn’t have all his teeth anymore.

God’s grace in my life.

I woke up this morning.  Thanks be to God.

Being able to watch The Passion Of The Christ with my Bible study friends this past week.  Truly an awesome movie.

The beautiful white snow coating on the ground.  It makes things look so much cleaner.

Heat in my houses.  My furnace broke down Christmas Day and I had to have someone out to fix it.  Thankful I could get it fixed that day.  The bill will be big but it was worth it.

My cat nibbling away at his food.

My son getting home safe after one of his best friends coming to town and drinking at his parent’s house.

I can easily get on this site and type away in the mornings again.