Had dinner with a friend I used to work with. Was so good to see her and catch up. She treated me to dinner which was a sweet surprise and quite unexpected.
The handyman was here and took care of some of what is on my list for him. Nice to have a level armoire and curtain rod brackets that aren’t falling off the wall.
The first part of the week was cold and wet. I stayed warm and dry inside with the cats. It is a blessing not to have to go out in bad weather.
Spring is here!
Watched the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. There was some rain but the folks in the parade didn’t let it dampen their spirits. It was colorful and fun to see passing by my apartment.
Someone tried to log into my Google account but Google caught it and no harm done.
A migraine threatened but a couple of aspirin took care of it. It has been years since I had a migraine…definitely a blessing!
Watched a nice father-son-bonding movie, The Confirmation. It is an independent film worth watching. The acting was good and the story of a young boy spending the weekend with his alcoholic father while his mother and his step-father are away was lovely, funny, sad, uplifting. Just a good movie.
Since my cataract surgery, I only need glasses for near sight. I wear “cheater” glasses for reading and crafts and the computer. I get the glasses at the drug store or dollar store so they never cost more than $10.00 and often less. It is such fun to have all these different glasses!
I have been getting eight hours of sleep most nights. Even if I go to bed really late I get enough sleep because I can sleep until late. A wonderful benefit of retirement, I feel so rested. And spoiled!
A friend was sorting through his kitchen stuff and called to see if there was anything I might want before he took it to Goodwill. He had some really nice things but I am trying to declutter. Okay, I did take one ceramic bowl.
The weather has been really nice and I haven’t had the heat or a/c on for over a month.
Spent a lovely afternoon shopping with a friend. She is family to me and I am blessed beyond measure having her in my life.
Someone in the building donated a chair and ottoman to our library. It is a great leather swivel chair and so comfortable.
A friend hadn’t been feeling well and there was some concern because of a serious health issue last year. He went to the doctor and was given an antibiotic for a bad infection. All is well.
Went to the grocery store and when it came time to pay I used my AmEx card then saw the notice that they weren’t taking AmEx because of a glitch in their system. All I had with me was my that card. The manager said not to worry just take the groceries and if the card didn’t go through they would call me for another card number. What I bought didn’t come to much but it was pretty trusting and generous of the manager.
I was out of my favorite chai tea latte and couldn’t find it at three stores. Found some at Walmart. Only two boxes but that’s better than none.
Next week the handyman will be here and a few little but bothersome things will be taken care of and we will talk about a project I am hoping to start.
A friend gave me a ride to the pet store so I could get kitty litter and some sticky tape. The tape is to put on a new sofa I am getting so the cats will, hopefully, be discouraged of scratching the new sofa. The litter is self-explanatory.
I am reading a book by (a new to me author) Michael Robotham. It is very good and now I have a new author to read.
Washers and dryers in the building where I live so I don’t have to go out to do laundry. There are seven washers and seven dryers. Usually, I am the only one in the laundry room so I do three loads at once and I am done. Wonderful.
I took a walk the other day and stopped at the grocery store to pick up a couple of things. Of course, a couple of things were more like several things and the bags were heavy. I only walked about two blocks when there was a short beep and when I looked it was a neighbor on his way home and he gave me a ride. Saved me from some huffing and puffing and a sore back.
The library in the building has received several bags of books. It is nice that people donate books so we can have new books for the shelves. I was able to clear out some older books that were ready to be retired to make room for the new ones. The old ones will go to the public library for their sale.
I had a surprise when I opened my door today. A friend had left a large plush throw for me. It looks great on my sofa and is so soft and comfy. Sweet friend!
I had some leftover vegetables and pasta so I stir fried the veggies and added them to the pasta with some herbs. It was quick and easy and made a delicious supper.
We have had some rain which we needed. The trees and shrubs look clean and refreshed. So pretty.
With the rain, there were no leaks in the building so the repairs made last month worked! So thankful for this.
I love to read and it is a wonder to me how many really good authors there are and so many books to choose from. Even when I find a book that isn’t something I really like it is still a joy to read.
I have my theme for the A to Z Challenge in April! It helps so much to have a theme for this challenge. I look forward to being a part of it and reading new (to me) blogs. There are so many talented people in blog world.
I have started walking up the stairs, eight flights, every day. After two weeks I can make it to the top floor breathing almost normally, not quite normal but almost. And my legs don’t feel like they have cement in them when I get to my apartment!
I am joining
Ten Things of Thankful
Here is my list
The cleaning and waterproofing restoration work on the building where I live is complete. Very much needed and long overdue.
The installation of the new balcony railings will begin the end of this month. The building will look so much better and will improve property value.
I made the best vegetarian chili ever. I never use a recipe and it is always good but this time it was better than good.
I read a really good book by Jodi Picoult, Small Great Things. I always like her books but this one made me think about my feelings and beliefs regarding race more deeply and thoughtfully.
A friend I haven’t seen in awhile got in touch and we made plans to meet for lunch.
I still have petunias blooming. Even with some cold weather, they are filled with buds and blooms. Beautiful surprise.
I went to the library and it was packed. Wonderful to see so many people in one of my favorite places.
A friend wrote me the sweetest note. It came so unexpectedly, it made me get all teary-eyed and everything.
I clicked on a YouTube link and watched a hilarious video of a dog fetching things his master told him to get. The dog was so excited and got everything right. It made me laugh so hard I had to watch it several times.
I have peace in my life. Wasn’t always that way so I can appreciate it with great thankfulness.
Today I celebrate getting a sweet note from a friend.
It was like a Valentine.
The words were sweet and thoughtful and kind and lovely.
It is one of those notes that goes in the special box
where things of the heart are kept.