All posts by MaryEllenNeitz

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.

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.

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!

Fill me up

I have given much in the last few days and am depleted. Fill me up!

I am searching for good memories and forgiving bad.

Time to think without overthinking.

I am counting on laughter and music to soothe my soul.

I lean on my friends to keep me grounded.

Solitude helps when one more phone call is too much.

A brisk walk in the park where I do not have to act or react in any way.

I stand firm on the decisions I’ve made.

Grateful even on a day I feel empty.



Hello December

My brother-in-law is at peace. A cure for his ills was not possible so they let him go.

Weary prayer warriors waiting for a miracle not realizing the miracle was in his release from suffering. Peace  to all!

My niece who kept all of us informed. It was an essential role and she did it well.

We all grieve so differently. It is hard to realize that many actions and reactions fall under  the range of emotions we call grief.If I can remain loving and forgiving, I will be able to do what I need to do.

So December I greet you !

A promise that for every thing I have to do I will do something fun.

Open my eyes to see beauty and wonder. Open my ears to music and quiet conversations.

Close my eyes so I can rest. Close my ears to all that is counterproductive.

May I never take one single day for granted and be grateful always grateful.



Wake up

It is dark but behind me a sunrise is beginning to threaten the world with promises of light.I’m uneasy as if it were a storm not a light show. Relax now! Whatever the day brings I will embrace.

Wake up to the morning . Wake up to the light. Wake up to the day.

Wake up to December. There is much to do.One day at a time. One thing enjoyed then another.

Wake up to beginnings and endings. Prepare your soul. Open your heart.

Wake up brain and organize yourself. New day coming!

Wake up body! Head to toe. Breathe!

Wake up and go about your day. Peace and love!


Shine on!

Where do you put your gratitude? Too busy I’ll post tomorrow or do you express it and cross that off the list?

Or do you put it in your pocket to carry it with you available but easily lost?

I absorb mine. Take it into myself and then shine.

Open eyes and senses alert I add to the embers.

Happy Anniversary Carol and Tom. Carol,I love your ideas. Through giving that we receive.

Shopping for children I don’t know ,imagining the light in their eyes.

Crystal’s advice to Glow through the Holiday season.

December brings a series of events. It can exhaust you or stoke the fire of your soul.

Shine on!

Prayers and hugs.

My brother-in-law had a  massive stroke and I have decisions to make when he leaves us but the decisions my sister is making are harder.

Grateful to my niece for keeping us updated but sorry to see his decline.

He is in Hospice and in a strange place between life and death.

Where is the gratitude in this? Grateful for his steady presence all of my life. His subtle humor. Good man.

Watching the outpouring of love to my sister and my niece. So many prayers and hugs. So many well wishes.

Emailing often with another sister and protecting another. I play many roles.

Grateful I was not the guest speaker yesterday at Church though it means I will have to restructure my message. I believe God wants me to say something else.

The mighty trio at Laughing Club. We have some good memories.

Whisper a prayer and gather a hug!