Gratitude Post — Saturday, September 7, 2013

Another beautiful Saturday

With many thanks to Eldy

With many thanks to Eldy

and I have much to be grateful for.   The weather is somewhat cooler than it was last week, and the humidity is down.  If nothing else, that is worthy of thanks, all on its own.

I am well and happy, and my Marble program is still working beautifully.  I walk as much as I can, although I am limping a little from overdoing on Thursday.  I still pedal my pedal-exerciser for 45 minutes to one hour every day, and my blood sugar average is dropping by the day, as a result.  I still climb stairs, both up and down, at least once a day, usually twice now.  I moved back to my desk and office chair — I still jam a couple of pillows behind my back, but I am thrilled to be able to spread out once again.

Work is as pleasant as ever, and my home life keeps me busier than it used to.  My family members are all well, more or less cheerful and successful.  I spoke for a long while with sister S. yesterday afternoon; I was lucky to catch her home, with free time to talk.  Her daughter E., and E.’s family are all fine, although I think E. is a little bowled over by having two children under three, one of whom is an infant.  My other nieces and nephews are living happily — I don’t see any of them as often as I would like, but FB allows me to keep some track, anyway.  My brother and sisters and their families are getting along well — DC is back to teaching, DB is still happy at the Audubon society.  J. is thrilled to be back in her old school, and she loves the principal with whom she works.  Sister M. and brother M. continue to be successful and satisfied at their jobs, and brother M. and sister-in-law L. are enjoying their empty nest.  Dad and P. seem as happy and healthy as ever, and I certainly hope that continues to be the case.

Mom is getting closer to the time for her knee replacement surgery, and she is preparing her home for a more limited month or two.  I will be spending a lot of time at her house when she is out of commission for a few weeks.  I expect her to heal relatively quickly, as I did earlier this year.  As nearly as possible, I will stay with her for the month.  I anticipate spending time with the cats, as well, which is always a great bonus.

Next weekend, Mom and I will drive up into the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where we’ll stay in North Conway, and drive around to the spots she used to visit with her parents.  I am looking forward to spending that time with Mom, and I love the mountains and countryside of less-developed parts of New Hampshire.  We should have a lot of fun.

Overall, my life is very rewarding, and I am quite happy.  Of course I am  — I am a very lucky woman indeed.

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