Saturday Gratitude List, 05/31/2014

It’s Saturday morning, here on the coast of Maine.  The sun is bright, peeking out around the clouds; it’s also much higher in the sky than in the winter.  The air is cool, and a light breeze is ruffling the tree outside my window.  I feel good — I am sleeping more soundly than I have in years.

I am full of gratitude for all the good in my life.  I picked up my paintbrush last night for the first time in weeks, and I am currently working on making my water more realistic.  This simple act awakened the creative side of my mind — not only painting, but writing, which I also haven’t done in weeks.

I decided last month that my apartment is far too cluttered — not just old magazines and mail, either.  I own souvenirs from everywhere I’ve ever been, and I spread them onto every flat surface here.  I own furniture I don’t use, and I know one cause of my underlying anxiety is the state of these rooms.  So, my plan is to turn my apartment into something resembling a dojo.  I dragged my busted rocker, and that now beat-up plastic palm tree down to the dumpster yesterday.  After my nephew takes the big, old, beautiful dresser out of my bedroom, I will move my painting stuff into the bedroom, where the window on the north side will give me more ideal light.

I already moved my little pedal-er into the bedroom, where I see it immediately after I wake up.  I jump to it each morning, and the exercise, along with a much more limited diet, (limited phosphorus and potassium, and very limited carbs,) I made a huge change in my A1c, (my three-month average blood glucose.)  Three months ago, it measured 8.6.  Not good.  This Tuesday, my A1c was 7.2 — a huge improvement and  right at the level my Nurse Practitioner wants.  Who knew, all these decades, that the doctors were right about me needing to exercise?  (She smirks, amazed at the level of her  own stubbornness.)

Back to my dojo:  I am ridding myself of my recliner.  Even with two pillows behind my back, I never get really comfortable, and I wake with a backache every morning.  I intend to get a club chair instead, and a love-seat or small sofa.  The desk is going, as is the office chair, which also requires pillows.  My friend D. bought it for me as a birthday present a couple of years ago, but I judged it by its looks, and not by comfort.

On Thursday, I called the cruise company to check D.’s and my balance owed, and the first person told me that she had no record of us — no reservation, and no sign of the $500 deposit we paid.  I experienced a brief moment of panic, but then I hunted down our booking number and talked with the agent with whom we made our reservation.  All is well, and we set sail on October 26 for Honduras, Belize, and two stops in Mexico.  I intend to be well and ready for fun before that date.

I am grateful for my life, for my family and friends, for my readers, (I love you all,) my home, my health, and my newfound appreciation for staying healthy through exercise.  I am very thankful for my mental health, and I understand more clearly how to keep up a sense of calm.  I am a very, very lucky woman.

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Saturday Gratitude Post — 02/15/2014

It’s Saturday evening, here in Maine, and we are supposed to get our second significant snowstorm in as many days.  I must begin this post with great thanks that all the people I know and love, who are traveling today, have so far arrived safely, and I hope the same for all travelers.

Speaking of traveling, my best friend and big sis, S., had a ticket to fly up for my Dad’s surprise 80th birthday, but the airline cancelled her flight a couple of days in advance.  We all wish you could have been with us, S., and Dad knows what happened with the ticket.  He was really happy you were planning to attend.  Maybe for his 85th!  He looks terrific and was really surprised when he arrived — not always an easy surprise to pull off.

I did see some of my sisters, and a couple of cousins, whom I hadn’t seen in a very long time.  When my cousin M., and his wife K., are around, we laugh like we’re out of control.  Today was no different.  I also rode to the party with my sister DB, and home with M., so we all got a chance to catch up.  Lots of fun.

Mom received some good news this week — her right hand is growing more numb by the day.  Now she has seen a specialist, and they are going forward with the surgery.  Yay!!  I know this will make life easier for her in so many ways.  I am really thankful that you hooked up with such a good specialist, Mom.

I am, as always, grateful for my life, my health, my lovely little home, my family, and all of the good people with whom I surround myself.  I feel well, and I’m making a point to enjoy every minute of each day, to the best of my ability.  I completed three paintings this week, but I just painted over the last with white — I want to try the same subject, surf, again from the start.  Most of my readers will understand when I say how much fun this new hobby is — I look at my finished work, and I get all bubbly with joy and satisfaction.  I do need to slow down, though — I can see going through $100s-of-dollars-worth of canvasses in just a few days.

I consider all of my blessings, and I count myself one of the most fortunate women in the world. That makes me smile!

Saturday Gratitude Post — 02/01/2014

Another Saturday, already.  I am once again full of gratitude, as I have experienced another really good week.  I feel good, blood sugars are in range, and I am pedalling every day.  My house is relatively neat, and I cooked my breakfast this morning, Huevos Rancheros, which transported me back to Colorado.  Very nice — I really love Colorado, and I am so grateful I had five years there.

Our house committee is facing a lot of bitching from people who don’t want to take part, but who feel quite comfortable criticizing those who are doing the work.  I was invited, (read implored,) this morning, to stand for Secretary.  I remained true to my promise to myself, and declined.  But the chair of the committee has taken nothing but crap for days.  She is ready to quit, as another member already did.

Meanwhile, I continue to participate in activities:  this week, Bingo and a painting class.  I love that we have a schedule of this kind of activity.  I really enjoyed painting class today — acrylics, which are very forgiving, and I got a good start on a landscape.  I will be looking forward to next week’s session.  And, for the first time since I was about 7 years old, I won at Bingo, twice.  Someday I’ll find the photo of me and my giant blue poodle prize from that day.

My family is well — Dad turned 80.  Mom is looking forward to our trip to Chicago, as am I — can’t wait to see the parts of my family I haven’t seen for years!  The weather has been marginally warmer, which is nice, but still below freezing.  Maine in Winter — what else do I expect?

I am grateful for the peace and ease of my life right now, and I plan to keep it this way.   I love my home.  I am feeling extremely lucky, and extremely thankful.

Saturday Gratitude Post 01/18/2014

Hello, all.  I am very thankful for today.  I am still relatively healthy, I’m happy, I’m writing again, and almost all the people I love are okay, as far as I know.  Mom’s high-school best friend is in the hospital with congestive heart disease.  Mom saw her today, and I will try again to phone tomorrow.  If you have an extra slot in your prayers or devotions or meditations, please include her.  Her name is Rose. Continue reading

Saturday Gratitude Post -1/04/2014

I am grateful for so many different things, this week and this new year.  First and foremost, (as I was sure I’d never live to see 2000,) I am happily living the bonus years of my life with a sense of peace and of hope.  They really do feel like bonus years, too — like a special gift I received without deserving it.  I guess every day is a bonus gift, but at the beginning of 2014, I feel reflective. Continue reading

Gratitude list — Saturday, August 24, 2013

I am so thankful today.

With many thanks to Eldy

With many thanks to Eldy

We had another perfect Maine summer day — great temps, lower humidity, light breeze.  Mom and I got together this morning and threshed beans my sister DB grew in her garden — doors and windows open, and kitties around us, asking me to scratch their ears and give them treats.  We were all deliciously relaxed and comfortable — Mom made a special treat:  my Nana Gray’s blueberry cake.  I ate some, and every bite was a little piece of food heaven.

We talked about her Google Chromebook, and I started this post on it.  My Mac laptop is feeling a little worn — the h, g, and v buttons either don’t work, or need to be leaned on.  The left shift button stopped working  almost 2 years ago, and now when I type on any other keyboard, I forget to use the left shift, and do it all with my right hand.  Still, I am using the laptop right now, and for straight typing, not requiring speed beyond my typing speed, this computer still works.  So I have plenty of time to save for another laptop, after I get done saving for the cruise.

My exercise program is still progressing well, and I am glad stairs are a part of my regimen, because today our power went out when somebody hit a light pole on the highway through town.  A few of the residents were stuck on the second and third floors, and I was happy to be mobile through it all.  I managed to pedal 45 minutes without the benefit of TV to distract me.  Instead, I read a good book and while the time didn’t seem to go as quickly, before I knew it, 45 minutes were over.  I climbed the stairs both ways, down and up, and got to most of my other tasks.  One of the ones I missed was no added sugar, what with the blueberry cake, but I don’t care at all.  The cake was worth sacrificing a few marbles.

For all of this, I am grateful, and for things like walking up a flight of stairs with a lot less pain, and down the stairs with no pain at all.  I am grateful that my sister DB’s garden is as prolific this year as it has been in the past.  I thank the Universe for helping my sister DC and her husband to get her oldest girl to college with minimum difficulty, and thankful that my oldest niece has a healthy new daughter — a lovely sister to grow up with her older brother.  I hope that everyone in their sphere is well and happy.  She is precious!  Who’d ever have thought I would live to be a great-aunt?  Very cool!

In fact, I am happy and relatively healthy myself, and for that I am gratified beyond measure.  I know I say this every week, and I don’t want to sound pat, but really, I am a very lucky woman.