Monday, September 1, 2014

Gratitude - Days 242-244 - Aug 30-Sep 1, 2014

Labor Day weekend.   In my world, this means:

The one-year anniversary of our move from MD to Raleigh.
The last hurrah of the neighborhood pool.
A quiet weekend of at-home chores and relaxing around the house.
A family birthday and a family anniversary.
The beginning of "fall", at least according to many of the home and lifestyle blogs I follow.
The start of the school year for many.
A time to relax and appreciate your hard work during the rest of the year.

Enjoy your weekend, friends.   

I'm grateful for you, and for all the blessings of my world.


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Gratitude - Days 234-241 - Aug 22-29, 2014

They say time flies when you're having fun.  I'm going to just say that time flies.   Whether you're having fun, working, or just not paying attention.    I've been away from this space for over a week, and in that time, I've moved our daughter into her first apartment, had a full quartet rehearsal weekend, done a small amount of housework, and spent a WHOLE lot of time binge-watching Downton Abbey Seasons 1 and 2.    

My garden is suffering from benign neglect.  My house is only held together because I resorted to forcing myself to do chores before "earning" more screen time for my new addiction.   I have a long backlog of "should do now" things that I've volunteered for, and of course the list of stuff that needs to be done around the house is really, really long.   Do I care?   Nope, not really.  

For some reason, I have lately felt like doing nothing except indulgently sitting and absorbing every nuance of Downton Abbey.  Maybe because I started Weight Watchers three weeks ago, and I no longer indulge in the food department, maybe I am rewarding myself differently.   I don't know.  I guess I shouldn't analyze it.  But the fact is, I'm all in.  Hooked.   Totally.   The only reason I'm not watching the next episode right now is that my husband is home and I feel some amount of responsibility for being somewhat responsive to his verbal communications now and then.  

So what's this got to do with the Gratitude project 2014 and my 8 days of missing Gratitude posts?  

I guess not a lot.  I just felt I needed to explain my absence.  To you, friends, and to myself.

I am still practicing gratitude during each day, even if I've not taken the time to write about it daily.  Though I'll admit, this long absence has resulted in a little bit less awareness of my blessings, which I am already remedying.  

I'm grateful for so much, for all the blessings of my life.  For you, friends who join me here.  For my health, my family, my stable and warm home.  And also, for the ability to enjoy the goings-on at Downton Abbey.  ;-)


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gratitude - Day 233 - Aug 21, 2014

Here it is - the day we are driving to Maryland to take our daughter back to school.  How quickly these last ten days have flown by.   We brought her home from Germany just over a week ago, and now it's time to take her back to school.   

Gratitude- Day 232 - Aug 20, 2014

(Catching up)

Wednesday.  Hump Day.  Middle of the week, halfway from here to there.  My Wednesday was an errand day, shopping for clothes for my daughter, food for our house.  Cleaning up here and there, finishing up a project or two before another busy weekend.

Gratitude - Day 231 - Aug 19, 2014

(Catching up)

Happy Tuesday, friends.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Gratitude - Day 230 - Aug 18, 2014

Sometimes things aren't easy.  Sometimes friendships falter... someone misunderstands something, views something through a personal lens that makes something look different than intended, takes offense.   It happens easily sometimes, even among closest friends.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Gratitude - Day 229 - Aug 17, 2014

I talked to my mom today.  Things have been tough for all of us since my Dad died in March, but for my mom especially.  Of course.