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.


Saturday Gratitude Post — February 22, 2014

I am so grateful, today.  I stopped this morning to think about the blessings I enjoy, and how I came to understand them so late in my life.  I am surrounded by family and friends who love me, and who want to see me succeed.  That is very gratifying.  I used to believe the people I knew, who wished me well, also had expectations I would never be able to meet.  Time and circumstance collaborate to teach me that love, friendship, encouragement, and even constructive criticism  are all gifts, from others to me.  I had best learn from them and appreciate their inherent value.

I am thankful for the many people who choose to receive and to read my writing.  Each person reading this post can take some credit for my continuing blogging successes, and if I could, I would love to thank each of you personally for your gifts of support, argument, questioning and seeking deeper knowledge.  I know the exchange between us, a function of this blogging relationship, strengthens me, and pushes me toward more in-depth writing, as well as deeper self-understanding.  Thank you, each of you, for heaping these blessings on me.

I saw my diabetes nurse-practitioner this week, and I believe we are finally dialing in my insulin levels.  This is the first time in decades that I am maintaining a solid <180 blood glucose.  I am more than happy to admit that small adjustments to my insulin doses make huge differences in not only my physical health, but also in my sense of self-confidence and self-worth.  I am very happy to be alive and interested and interacting with the world around me.

I could go on for days and still not list all the truly positive aspects of my life.  And even though I don’t mention everything for which I am thankful, I dwell now in a more solid sense of appreciation for the world around me, and for my life.  I know I say this every week, but truly, I am a lucky woman, and I live with  sincere thanks for my every moment on our lovely world.

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

Happy New Year! Welcome 2014!

My warm wishes to all the people who have been so supportive of me in 2013 and always — family, friends, Dream Team friends, Guppies friends, blogger friends, reader friends, work friends, friends in my building.  May this be our best year ever!

Love you all!


Gratitudes — Saturday, 10/12/13

Gratitude Saturday Challenge Badge (with thanks to Eldy) at Loving Life: A Green Journey)

Gratitude Saturday Challenge Badge
(with thanks to Eldy at
Loving Life: A Green Journey)

Saturday sneaks up so quickly each week that it always catches me by surprise.  Here we are again, and my gratitude list is full of love and happy thoughts today.

I am grateful to be alive, to be relatively healthy and very happy.  I am grateful for Mom’s ongoing recovery from total knee replacement, and so pleased that I can spend this long amount of time with her.  Along with the challenges of healing, Mom is BORED, a condition not easily dealt with, for someone who normally works full-time.  She exercises as much as she can stand, and she has Physical Therapy twice a week.  We are doing very well, and the kitties, (full-grown tomcats, actually, named Theo and Barney,) remember that they love me and keep me company much of the time when Mom is napping or resting.  I curb my slobbishness as much as possible, downstairs, but today I need to clean upstairs, as she got to the second floor with no problems yesterday.  As much as we can, given the circumstances, we are enjoying our time together.

I say I am relatively healthy, because while I am walking around the house, quite a bit, I am not accomplishing any kind of endurance training or practice.  We just got back from the supermarket, and Mom walked further than I did!  I gained back all of the weight I’d lost, (not really lost, obviously, but misplaced for a while.)  I have a job ahead of me to catch back up.  But I will do it.

i am very thankful for our continuing beautiful autumn days — one rainy day since September 25, and the rest are breathtaking, even looking out the window at my mom’s neighbor’s house.  We see bluejays, cardinals,  all kinds of sparrows, and a fat fluffy squirrel who has the run of the lawn — when he can avoid Barney and Theo.  I don’t think they want to kill him, just chase him around, but he won’t consider it.  He likes to climb a very tall telephone pole outside the neighbor’s door, and he will sit up there and observe his domain for long stretches of time.  He was on the lawn looking for acorns — surrounded by oak trees, but none close enough to drop into the grass.  He stops and thinks every once in awhile,  and I think he knows he’s in the wrong place; still no acorns.

I am proud of myself today — it’s my second blogging anniversary.  Thank you, all of you, for sticking with me and supporting me and teaching me this whole time.  I could make a list, but I don’t want to leave anyone out.  Besides, you have all impacted me and my attitude almost every day, and I am very grateful.  I am a very lucky woman!