Welcome to my Saturday Gratitude Post. Before I begin, I enjoy writing this post almost every week; may I suggest that some of you might enjoy writing a gratitude post weekly. No rules, no themes. Simply a post about your life and the blessings you experienced the previous week.
I am grateful for so many blessings, big and small, that touched me this week. I am feeling very healthy, losing a little weight and, surprisingly, I’m not having difficulty sticking to the renal diet. As a result, my blood sugars are far better, and I look relatively shapely right now. I am so grateful that I am fighting myself all the time when I am caring for my body and my health.
Our weather is glorious — bright blue sky in the morning and early afternoon, then clouds and rain in the middle of the day, and finally back to clear skies for the latter part of the day. Each day like this is a gift, and I spend a lot of time outdoors. What a treat after such a long winter!
Someone is mowing grass outside, that lovely smell of cut grass blowing into my living room — a smell that, for me, embodies all the glories of summer.
Mom is much more contented, and enjoying an overall sense of good health, though her knees still bother her if she sits too long in the wrong chair. The rest of the family is doing well; J., my next younger sister, lives with her family just north of San Diego. The fire doesn’t usually reach their block, but they are close enough to unsettle nerves. Nevertheless, J. is home with her husband M. and their daughter M., who just finished a successful year in college, and who will be dancing at SeaWorld this summer.
The rest of my family are happy, busy, and enjoying Spring. My older sister can finally get into the pool, and that must feel like a little slice of heaven. My brother’s son and daughter serving in their respective stations. S. is at sea, and I wish I was there, too. I love being on the ocean. C2. is thriving down in Maryland — she will be a wonderful doctor/nurse/medic or anything else she pursues. My brother’s oldest daughter is closer to home, trying and outgrowing ever retail job she’s had. I know that she will decide where she belongs soon — C1 is a strong young woman. Finally, my sister DB’s younger daughter, left high school after four remarkably interesting years, after several successful theater performances in which she shone.
I start back to work this Wednesday, and I can hardly wait. Funny how four little hours a week are so important – I look forward to seeing my fellow workers, and all the customers I see at the register. I am at least strong enough for one day, and that is all I am working this week. I hope to work two days next week.
Life is good. D. and I took a big swipe out of the living room last week, disassembling my altar and giving away anything I no longer use. We cleared off the dining room table and put all of my pump supplies in a big drawer in the kitchen, which I should have done at the very beginning. What a difference a clean table makes.
My life is so full of joyful goals. D. and I know the balance we each need for the cruise. I am not really very close, actually, but I have four more months, which will mean at least $400 in savings. I saw a program about Belize today, and the teal and aqua water just called to me. I am practicing patience!
This is only a small section of my Gratitudes list. I am a very lucky woman indeed.