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Not fun but good…

Celebrating The Small Things


Have you ever noticed how sometimes the most irritating and aggravating things can end up being good things?  This week has been one of those weeks filled with frustration. It started on Monday and has continued until today and will probably continue for awhile.  As crazy as it sounds the bother of the week has made me see how easy and pleasant my life is and I am grateful.  It also made me aware that my temper needs some discipline and patience doesn’t happen without thought.  Being reminded of these things was good, not fun but good.

This week was not what I like but just what I needed.
Sometimes we need a little trouble to keep us humble.
So, I celebrate all the small things I take for granted.

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TToT this week…

Ten Things of Thankful


  1. I am blessed by the people around me.  All I have to do is call or knock on a door and I am welcomed.
  2. I was feeling kind of down and a friend gave me a “talking to”.  He said just what I needed to hear. I left feeling like I have it all together and can do anything.
  3. I am participating in The Kindness Challenge and last week was week one. When I wrote my reflection for the week on Self-Love it was cathartic. Sort of wrote itself. Hopefully, those who read it will be encouraged and see it for what it is, an honest assessment of self-love and living a life of discovery.
  4. A long time ago I learned that sometimes you know Who talks to me through my dreams and I think these dreams are part of a conversation He wants to have with me. I think this happens when I just don’t get the message through regular means. There have been such dreams lately. I see this as a gift but still, I wonder what’s up?
  5. I have the greatest dentist and hygienist. Saw them last week. The whole staff is wonderful.  Of course, I got the talk about sodas and how bad they are for teeth…again. I am not going to stop drinking sodas. Guess I will have start saving my money for dental implants.
  6. It is the middle of May and I have not had my A/C on yet.  So happy! I know the day is coming when it will be turned on and stay on until September. Very happy to have A/C but it is a love/hate thing.
  7. A young woman I know lost her job due to the place closing. She was very upset because she has a brain disorder caused by an illness she had years ago and finds it difficult to learn and remember things. Took her months to get a job when she moved here. Well, her boss from the closed place, got her job where he is now working. Hallelujah!
  8. I washed windows the other day. Not a big deal I only have two windows and a sliding glass door, but I put it off for quite awhile due to laziness. It is lovely looking out and seeing things as they are without streaks, dust, and nose/paw prints.
  9. Aren’t naps wonderful? Yeah, they are!
  10. Finding the world of blogging has been a blessing filled with surprises; to have a place to express my ditzy self and be accepted as I am is truly humbling, to read the blogs of some awesome folks, and form friendships with some of these folks is beyond imagining. Thanks,y’all!
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CTST, ready for action…

Celebrating the Small Things


Today I am celebrating the end of a rough week or so. Nothing terrible happened just a little flare of a bothersome chronic health issue. A bit of a challenge but not insurmountable. I am feeling almost normal…whatever that is…and will be back to regular posting of my nonsense, responding to comments and reading your blogs in the next few days. It may take awhile to catch up because I am still a tad tired but I am ready for action!


It amazes me how we are wonderfully made. Even when things are not to our liking and we think we are less than we should or want to be the truth is life is a gift. Sometimes the wrapping gets a little ragged but the gift is still a miracle.

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CTST, rain, and advice…

Celebrating The Small Things


I am celebrating the soft rain we had yesterday.
No thunder or wind with it. Just raindrops falling quietly.
Last week there was a ferocious storm which was exciting to watch
but came down too hard and fast and then drained away without giving
the earth a good soak so the flowers and grass did not benefit much.

I am also celebrating the end of the A to Z Challenge.
It really is a good exercise but does take some discipline.
It would be easier if I did the posts ahead of time but I don’t.
Every year I tell myself I will be more prepared so that
April won’t seem so rushed and every year I
wonder why I didn’t take my own good advice.

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TToT, third week of April…

Ten Things of Thankful


  1. My new balcony railing! I knew I had a good view before but now I know that it is truly breath-taking. I feel like I am living in a treehouse. I know I have said this before but I am still amazed by it.
  2. I went to Subway and had a Black Forest ham sandwich.  After six weeks of no meat just veggies and fish, it was wonderful to chow down on that sammich.
  3. The clerk at the drugstore who was so helpful. I had forgotten my glasses and he helped me find what I was looking for. He was very patient with a great sense of humor.
  4. Bought some flowers to fill in pots that have perennials in them. Verbena, Bocopa, and Cosmos. All so colorful.
  5. Painted the last of the flower pots…another check on the to-do list. Now just need to get some plants to put in them and my gardening will be done…for now.
  6. We had some sweet soft rain. The perfect kind of rain for gardens. It was beautiful as I watched it moving over the city to where I live.
  7. Got my fans out and cleaned them up. So far I haven’t had the A/C on but I know the day is coming and until it does the fans are great for keeping the apartment comfortable.
  8. Netflix is great. I can watch movies at home and pause them if I want or go back and watch a scene again. It’s not expensive and I see more movies than if I had to go to the theater to see them and probably see some I wouldn’t normally go see.
  9. My blood pressure is lower than it has been in several years. Wonder if the veggie diet during Lent had anything to do with it?
  10. Watching Teddy play with his new toy. It’s a mouse with treats in it. He has to bat it around for the treats to come out. He is so funny trying to get those treats!

So that’s it for this week.
Blessings all around!

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TToT week 4/14…

Ten Things of Thankful


  1. Another lunch with friends I haven’t seen in awhile! It was fun to catch up and share the happenings of life.
  2. I got new curtains for my bedroom. Got the old ones down just fine but had to call for help to get the rod and new curtains back in place. Never had this problem before, bummer. But a friend came to my rescue. The curtains are up and we had a nice visit.
  3. We have had a lot of windy weather lately but there was one day when there was no wind so I could spray paint some containers on my balcony. I love to spray paint!
  4. A couple more things crossed off the to-do list and no new things added…for now.
  5. Finalized kitchen cabinet design and measurements. Once all ordered the work should start late May early June. Exciting!
  6. I had a couple of bad mood days.  I am most thankful that no one was around to witness my anger.
  7. I have been reading a lot which is wonderful.  But sorry blog world, you are in second place just now. Sometimes I have to step away from the computer to get my “nice” back. But I do love reading about what is happening to my cyber friends and reading the stories and seeing the photos they share.
  8. Looking forward to getting some flowers planted. Flowers doing their thing on my balcony make me wonder at the beauty we are given to enjoy.
  9. Today is my big brudder’s birthday! I will be forever grateful for having such a wonderful brother.
  10. I get my new balcony this week…if it doesn’t rain and if it isn’t too windy. It is going to look so awesome!

So, that’s it for this week.
Even with a couple of not so nice days because of my attitude
it has been a week of blessings and beauty.

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