I am grateful for so many things today, but let’s start with the big ones.
I give thanks that Barack Obama is president during the recent superstorm, rather than the opposing candidate, who has stated openly that he thinks he should do away with FEMA at the national level, and that he will expect states, and eventually private companies to provide those services if he is President.
I am filled with hopeful gratitude as our presidential election comes closer. I know that many Republicans are wishing for a return to the old days, and that’s why some of them accept their candidate’s changing opinions by swallowing them whole. And I am grateful to have found a group of people on my side of the fence, who have liberal radio and talk shows and who report the state of the election run, including pointing out the many changes of position from the other side.
I am more than grateful for my family, who continue to offer me support and comfort as I proceed through this time of my life. Mom and I had breakfast and a long catch-up chat today, which was very nice. Sister S. called yesterday to fill me in on the last few months and all her travels and people visiting her. We have, of necessity, been pretty much out of touch, but for the bare essentials. I enjoyed having a nice long talk with her. My sister J., outside of San Diego, called me as well, just to say hi and check in. Her daughter is home from college for the first time, and I know they are happy to see each other. One of my other sisters, DC and I had a chance to talk a while ago — she is so busy with her teaching schedule and class prep work, as well as having two daughters. I hear through Mom that DB and M are doing well; against all my expectations, both of them are running every day and doing very well in that effort. I’m very proud of both of them. And of course, last week I spent some time with my brother M and his wife, L. It had been a while since I saw them, so we had a lot of catching up to do. I have been receiving some very cute, and very funny emails from Dad and P.; Dad has been absolutely faithful in his promise not to send political emails, according to my wishes. He and my step-mother are both in good shape, and are very happy together.
I am finally getting a grip on my eating. I eat smaller meals now, eat smaller snacks, and continue to walk for exercise. All is well, but…..I have not yet overcome the desire for very sweet foods, and I have found, to my dismay, that the sugar-free popsicles I was having still make my blood sugar go up fast. I’m trying to figure that out. I think I am losing some small fraction of a pound each week. I always lost weight first in my boobs, in the past. Now, I’ve lost enough weight in my fingers to wear my Disney World ring, which I’ve been unable to wear for months. So that feels very good, and I know that my activities, although mild, are affecting my health in a very good way.
I give thanks for all of the people who were spared from the worst of Sandy last week, and I offer condolences to all the people who lost either family, or friends,, or their homes and possessions, and to the ones who lost all three. I am broadcasting all kinds of good wishes, for health, and peace, and some sense of normality, to everyone affected, including the thousands of volunteers doing what they can to help.
This has been a good week. Dream Team ended, but that was okay, as I had a very good session this time. I am writing in the National Novel Writers’ Month challenge, NaNoWriMo, and loving that!
A very good week.