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.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Gratitude - Day 228 - Aug 16, 2014

A quiet day spend around the house getting chores done.  A nice feel-good movie in the afternoon. Dinner in the crock pot.   Easy puttering in the garden in the evening.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gratitude - Day 227 - Aug 15, 2014

Took my daughter shopping today for things for her first apartment. 

Gratitude - Day 226 - Aug 14, 2014

What a beautiful day!

Taking a moment to just appreciate the lovely weather, the good coffee, and the great conversation with my daughter while she's here in between her summer trip and her fall semester.  

I'm just so grateful for these moments.  These brief and oh so meaningful moments.


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gratitude - Day 225 - Aug 13, 2014

(catching up)

With all of the news about the loss of Robin Williams, I'm feeling lots of emotions, as I guess many of us are.   I'm struck that it seems that some of our most brilliant creative minds are also marked by mental illness - maybe the two must necessarily go hand in hand?   

Gratitude - Day 224 - Aug 12, 2014

(catching up)

Home in Raleigh with my daughter. 

Gratitude - Day 223 - Aug 11, 2014

(catching up)

Today's the day!   My daughter is flying home from her summer in Germany!

Gratitude - Day 222 - Aug 10, 2014

(catching up)
After yesterday, I thought I'd have no voice, but NOPE!  I'm good as gold!

Gratitude - Day 221 - Aug 9, 2014

(catching up)

OMG -----  can't -- stop -- singing!!!!

Gratitude - Day 220 - Aug 8, 2014

(catching up)

When I talk to my friends outside of Sweet Adelines about my hobby, often times they don't understand.  How could I possibly put so much of my self, my time, my energy and yes, my money, toward this hobby?   What's the big deal?  Why all the fuss?

It's hard to explain.  

Gratitude - Day 219 - Aug 7, 2014

(catching up)

Drove to Maryland today... so happy to have an easy drive with no traffic or weather problems.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Gratitude - Day 214 - Aug 2, 2014

Today we're celebrating 28 years of marriage... a total of 31 years together as a couple.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Gratitude - Day 213 - August 1, 2014

Crazy how time flies, isn't it?    It's already August!   Wasn't it just Christmas?