Friday, July 18, 2014

Cinnamon Shakers and Porcelain Clocks

Day 10 ~ July 18
Friday ~ Five Things I Am Grateful For

1. My friend and colleague of 20 years, who stumbled upon a houseful of antiques and picked things out just for me (when she could have kept them for herself)....It was like Christmas today! A box of surprises! And a German porcelain clock.

2. 33 gauge lancets

3. The 92-yr-old man I met today. I bought a box of glassware, china and odds and ends from him for the whopping price of $5.00. I spy a gravy boat in my grandmother's swirl pattern...which is not the most valuable thing in the box, but is the most precious to me.

4. Yellow tomatoes and cucumber salad

5. More blessings inside the box. I needed small shakers for cinnamon and pepper. Check! I needed a vinegar cruet. Check! Still going through the boxes (wait 'til I tell you the rest!!) ..I am grateful for boxes. And friends of twenty years.

 Day 9 ~ July 17

Thursday ~ Five Things I Am Grateful For Today

1. Light still penetrates darkness
2. Love still penetrates hate
3. Spirit still rises from ashes
4. Hope still breathes and moves
5. Mankind waits

Goodnight Friends

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Letters and Lemons

Day 8 ~ July 16
Wednesday ~ Five Things I Am Grateful For Today

1. That you are here reading my thoughts. 

2. Lost keys.

It saved me a trip I didn't want to make anyway.

3. Found keys. Outside??!! Really, Mimi??! 

4. Duplicate keys. On it tomorrow. 

5. Letters. Discovered in the bottom of drawer. An indrawn breath. I've been meaning to write that story forever.

Day 7 ~ July 15

Tuesday ~ Five Things I Am Grateful For

1. Rain
2. Lemons in ice water
3. Text messages from people I love
4. Pepper on cheesy eggs
5. Wood floors and fuzzy slippers
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Monday, July 14, 2014

I'll Have The Water With Lemon, Please

Day 6 ~ July 14, 2014

Five Things I Am Grateful For Today

1. For the nice mail carrier who drove through the tree branches, up to Bloggingham's door and rang the bell to leave packages and letters.....because...let's all say it mailbox is down again!

2. Time to write a novella. WHILE I was holding for customer service. 

3. Angry words that stayed in my head instead of flying out of my mouth (see #2)

4. Mistakes. The drive-thru server handed me a vanilla milkshake with caramel, bananas, cherries & whipped cream. I ordered ice water with lemon. I looked at the 3,000 calorie heart attack before me as a sign from the Universe. I loved the feeling of a healthier me as I drank the water and ate my apple. Victory!

5. After dinner Rewards! Strawberries and blueberries and a dollop of whipped cream for snack. (1 tsp = 1 hardly noticeable gram thank you very much)

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

I Can't Believe I Put My Pajamas on Facebook

Day 5 ~ July 14, 2014

Sunday - Five Things I Am Grateful For Today


1. Friends on the Internet (that would be you) who don't mind my cooking questions and pictures of my pork chops.

2. Stillness

3. The words on the pink ribbon around the waist of my new flower power PJ bottoms. Who knew??! I just discovered them.
4. That none of you will tell my mother I put my pajamas on Facebook

5. Words. Sometimes they really do hold us together.

Goodnight Friends

a daily exercise in thankfulness

Saturday, July 12, 2014

My Powerball Ticket Didn't Win. I am so thankful!

Day 3 ~ July 11 

Friday ~ Five Things I Am Grateful For Today
1. Coffee and creamer and books (that's 3 in 1)
2. The man who pumped my gas this afternoon accidentally gave me more than I asked for or paid for. He just laughed and said "enjoy the extra!" (It was only $1....but it's the thought that counts.)
3. I had to make an embarrassing phone call today. The lady said, "Oh honey! The same thing happened to me last week!" I wasn't embarrassed anymore.
4. Those two small kindnesses made me happy inside.
5. My mailbox fell down. Again. Seriously.
         I am thankful that I have a patient mailman.

Day 4 ~ July 12
 Saturday ~ Five Things I Am Grateful For Today
1. Google. I learned a lot.
2. I spotted some common sense on daytime TV
3. I got to talk to a real live person when I called a big corporation. I told him how much I appreciated that he wasn't a robot.
4. Pink legal pads!
5. That the six numbers on my Powerball ticket didn't win. It was dated August 2013. Whew!

Goodnight Friends

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Friday, July 11, 2014

The Five Things Gratitude Challenge

Nature is a reason to be grateful
 I started the challenge on Facebook this week. A way for me to get out of a negative-sliding-funk. 
Ever had one? 
It's not that I'm a negative person per se.... I'm just going through the challenges of life like everyone else. It can be overwhelming! It was midnight and I started thinking about all the crazy things I'd encountered during the day - some good, some bad, some stressful, some joyful - and it was easier to focus on the negatives (because they push the WORRY BUTTON - got one?) and then they stick in your mind like peanut butter to graham crackers. I needed to flip-flop the serotonin. 

One of the things I want to work on is becoming more non-reactive in stressful situations. Sometimes I am a knee-jerk personality...sometimes...because I am (1) opinionated (2) passionate (3) too-vintage-to-give-a-hoot-what-anybody-thinks and (4) a tad bit Italian. Those are my excuses.

Gratitude journals are not a new concept or practice for me, and certainly not a new meme idea on the net. The benefits are immense! It's actually difficult to limit myself to five things a day. That is my goal. And that is what I will do. Next step? Take your gratitudes and share them with others. There's a lot to be grateful for.
Every day. Every day. Every day.

Last night...

The first day...

Wanna join me? You don't have to list them on Facebook. You can blog it! Or Tweet it. Or Instagram it. Or status post it. Or write it on a billboard.....

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Monday Mimisms ~ The Boy With The Tousled Hair

 Monday Mimisms

Life happens and there ya go. 
Me? I've gone tumbling headlong into the eyes of this blue-eyed boy. It is a strong and sure place to dwell.

My Baby Beans!!! The boy with the tousled hair. I'm having so much fun being his Mimi. Can you believe he is 2 1/2 already? Just seems like yesterday when the announcement was made in Bloggingham.  

There is nothing on earth more precious than seeing his little legs running toward me. "Mimi! Mimi!"  He jumps into my arms and muuwahh - a puckered kiss on the lips and a squeeze around my neck.  He is good for me. He is good for my soul.

The boy is spoiled rotten. 
And I'd like to keep it that way.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Homeless In My Town. Have You Seen Them?

I was there to have my iPhone examined. Nothing else. Just a quick fix and get out. 
You all should know by now that my life is never that simple. 

After much waving of the hands and long-winded explanations (mine, not his) the technician announced,
"The only option is to factory reset your phone, ma'am."
"Did you back up on the cloud?"
"You had a backup, right?" 
"Did you...??"
"Do NOT factory reset my phone until you check this one other thing, Sir."
Too late. Five thousand pictures gone. Let me say that again. Five thousand pictures g.o.n.e.

I was not a happy camper. He got that you've-got-to-be-kidding look from me and I tried not to throw a hissy-fit in the store in front of God and everybody...and her.  Yes, her. This annoying woman who would not stop trying to strike up a conversation with me. I was soooo mad. I buried my head and smirky face into the bowels of my pocketbook for a minute while the irky technician assisted the lady behind my right shoulder. 
 "I cannot believe this," I muttered in despair.
"Oh, I knoooowww that feeling," said she.
Go away, Lady. I'm having a pity party here and YOU are not invited.

She began to explain to the techie that she only wanted a new cellphone. She was unemployed, living in a homeless shelter, no car, no money, nothing. She couldn't properly look for a job without a phone and she couldn't afford a phone because she didn't have a job. He told her how much cash she would need to get a "free phone" as she'd requested and what sort of documentation would be required. She had none of it. 

I don't know if I was more ashamed of myself for ignoring her or not offering to help. While I moaned about lost photographs, she'd lost more than I can ever imagine. Why does the Universe always do this to me when I'm just gearing up for a colossal display of drama??!!


She left the store empty-handed. 
I climbed out of my pocketbook.
Oh, the irony.

Maybe I won't yell at Mr. Knows-Nothing-Repairman and keep that to myself. Maybe I won't tell his supervisor. Mmmmmaybe he has children to feed. Maybe I'll just have to deal with the picture loss and move on. Maybe I'll have to make peace with the stupid cloud.  I really really really hate the cloud.  He ordered a new phone for me and I zipped up my pouty face to go home. When I turned around to leave, I saw a man walk past the ceiling to floor windows of the store. He was hunched over, disheveled, pushing a little cart and wearing a raggedy backpack. 

Another one??! Really??! Today??!

"Is that a homeless man?" I asked the clerk. 

"I think so."

"Does he walk past here often?"
"Yes, several times a week I see him walking the same way and then back again."

"Where do the homeless people sleep in our town? I never see them on our streets. Where do they go?" I asked.
He didn't answer.

Maybe that's why I needed to be blessed and confronted by the presence of the needy today. And made to look closer at passersby and too-young-young-women who just need a home and a phone and a chance.
Maybe I do see them and pretend I don't. 

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day 2014 - What Is It Worth?

Tonight I will rest my head on a pillow of safety
knowing that freedom has been bought and paid for
by the sacrifice of men and women
who valued that freedom enough to risk everything they had
to keep it
for me
for you
for all of us

U.S. Airmen with the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing attend a Memorial Day service in Southwest Asia May 27, 2013
photo public domain

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

After Easter Fun

This is what happens when I'm left to my own devices with a bowl of strawberries.

I make peace

They didn't seem to mind.

For my next trick I will pleace bananas.
That's peace + peel for all you non-blog speakers.

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