Category Archives: Gratitude

Gratitude Diaries: Days 52-57

Sorry for the drop off.  Life got busier than normal for a bit. My mom came to visit, we took her to Vegas and then my sister and her family spent a night with us on their way from Disneyland.  It was busy and there was no room for quilting.  But over the last few days, here are some things I found to be grateful for.

I’m grateful for…

… leading blessed lives.  My family and I are healthy.  We live in a single income family and the hubby drives the kids around and takes care of us.  That means on the weekend we are free to do whatever we want.  I forget how it used to be when we both worked and weekends were basically spent catching up on cleaning, groceries, laundry, etc.  We don’t always have the things we want, but we have the things we need and we have each other.

… rain in Southern California.  It didn’t rain today but it rained a little on Friday and a lot on Sunday.  At least it felt like a lot.  We’re scheduled to have a nice week but for rain to come back again on Sunday.  I’m looking forward to staying indoors on Sunday.

… getting rid of more stuff.  As I’ve been going through boxes and getting rid of things, I gathered some stuff I thought my niece would like.  She took a bag full of stuff and my girl’s old princess sleeping bag.  In addition, I was able to give my sister 2 boxes from our garage.  These boxes were hers and when we moved back from Northern CA, we accidentally took it with us.

 

Have a great evening!

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Gratitude Diaries: Day 51

I’m grateful for…

… last night, we watched Idina Menzel’s new musical If/Then.  Even though it started at 8, we left the house at 5 so that we would have plenty of time to deal with traffic, have dinner in Hollywood and get to Pantages with plenty of time to enjoy and not rush.  It was perfect planning and I’m grateful everything fell into place.  The boy wasn’t feeling well but felt much better as it got closer to 5 and was well enough to come with us.

… being able to sleep in a little.  The girl had cheer practice at 6 so I got up in time to wake her up and get her to practice.  But afterwards, I went back to sleep and didn’t make it into the office until 9:30.  By then, everyone was in a roll working on the things they needed to work on.  I was able to answer everyone’s questions and help where needed.

… having a house ready for my mom’s visit.  After I post this post, I’ll be heading out to the airport to pick up my mother.  The house is ready, the girl’s room is ready and now we just need my mother. ;0

Have a great evening!

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Gratitude Diaries: Day 50

I’m grateful for…

… waking up early.  I love being able to start my day bright and early.  I get so much done and have such a head start when the rest of the world wakes up.

… tylenol and cold compresses.  The boy came home from school with a headache and a fever.  We gave him tylenol and sent him to bed.  Every 5-10 minutes I would put a cold compress on his head.  A couple of hours later and he’s feeling much better.

… work slowing down before the holidays.  It doesn’t always happen but when it does, we are able to catch up on some projects and work at a leisurely pace.  We’re able to clean our office and get ready to start the year off right.

Have a great evening!

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Gratitude Diaries: Day 49

 

I’m grateful for…

… another sunny day in Southern California.  When I’m working I tend to go, go, go.  Sometimes it’s hard to stop, walk outside, and enjoy a bit of sunshine.  I did that today and it sure brightened up my mind and provided a breath of fresh air.

… in a couple of days, my mom will be in town.  The hubby and kids have been doing their part to get the house ready.  All the Christmas presents we have gotten so far are wrapped and under the tree.  My mom will be staying in the girl’s room so, it has been cleaned up and vacuumed.  I had planned to do a quick intensive clean right before I have to pick my mom up from the airport but they saved me from having to do it!  I think I’ll just make sure under the bed is completely clear and vacuumed.  My mom has allergies and she is sensitive to dust bunnies.  But that’s all I’ve got to do.  The hubby and kids make my life so much easier!  I’m so grateful for everything they do.

… Veggie Green.  I don’t eat enough veggies and I love drinking it to get in as quickly and as much as possible.  Most veggie drinks do not taste that great but I love the taste of Veggie Green.  The boy enjoys it too so I’ll get it a large bottle for lunch and bring home what I’ve got left.  He’ll usually finish it up for me.

Have a great evening!

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Gratitude Diaries: Day 46, 47 and 48

 

Life has been busy and when my nights are busy doing stuff, my gratitude diaries do not get posted.  I still think about it and what I would have posted had I got around to being in front of a computer.  So for the last few days, I’m grateful for…

… taking time out to spend time with friends and family.  The last few nights I’ve been hanging out with long time friends.  I always enjoy this especially when it seems that we aren’t always able to find time to hang out.  I am so grateful that we found the time this holiday period.

… trying new things.  We went to the tea festival for the first time ever yesterday.  I went with the kids and a friend and you never know what to expect when you go to something for the first time. It’s a little scary at first to try something new.  I get a little worried taking the kids.  But both kids were in good spirits and while we have discovered that the boy is not much of a tea drinker (unless there are sugar cubes in it), we were able to take pictures and explore a part of LA that they had never been before.  We also went to a tea room we’d never been before and it made us so grateful for the tea room near our house.  The new tea room was not as good as the one that we normally go to so the girl and I are looking forward to our next trip to our regular tea room.

… busy days and quiet days.  While the last few days have been busy, I scheduled a very quiet Sunday to end the week with.  I knew that having so much time out of the house meant very little sewing time.  And without sewing time, I get a little cranky.  So I’m grateful for scheduling a slow, quiet, relaxing Sunday dedicated to me and my sewing room.  The family fell in line with today’s requirements and pretty much hung out with me.  The girl went to take care of her volunteer requirements for the semester so she was out of the house most of the day.

Have a great evening!

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Gratitude Diaries: Day 45

I don’t have a lot of time this morning to post my regular living simply post.  But I did want to get in my gratitude diary from last night.  I celebrated the birthday of one of my long time friends and I am grateful to her and our friendship.  It was a wonderful night.  We experimented at a new restaurant and while it is not worth going back, now we know.  And we enjoyed ourselves with each other. Then we headed over to the Clipper game.  It was a sad sad loss.

My work day surprisingly ended early yesterday.  I usually have a late call that generally ends around 4pm but yesterday, we were able to start early, get our items discussed and done, and I was finished with the call by 3:30.  That helped because I needed the time to get ready and leave to make it to downtown in time to meet my friend.  I am so grateful for time adjusting itself so effortlessly around me allowing me to do the things I need to do.

Traffic was a mess.  We ran into a minor accident right at the beginning that set us back 15-20 minutes.  Once we past it, the rest of the ride was normal LA traffic.  While we were late, we were able to get seated right away and get our orders in.  I am grateful for being able to spend the time with the hubby and talk about today’s basketball events and listen to my current favorite basketball podcast.

Looking forward to today and the surprises that the world has to offer!

Have a good day!

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Gratitude Diaries: Day 44

I am grateful for…

 

… winning a prize!  One of our fellow bloggers was hosting a giveaway and emailed me that I won.  I checked her site and didn’t see it mentioned so I’m not sure if I can mention it yet.  I’ll say which blogger once she gives the ok. 🙂 It’s so exciting and I feel so lucky and grateful to have won something.

… my mastermind group.  Today was my first time where I can share a problem and receive feedback.  It’s so wonderful to get ideas on how to solve my problems from objective people.  I’ve got a lot of homework on my plate as I research some of the suggestions and open myself to solutions I never considered.

… my daughters new phone arrived.  Last week sometime I posted how grateful I was at the ease of claiming a new phone through the insurance program through AT&T.  It arrived and it was a breeze to get it all set up and up to speed.  Now, she has a reliable phone to call us when she needs us to pick her up! 🙂

Have a good evening!

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Gratitude Diaries: Day 43

I am grateful for…

 

… a cold day in Southern California.  It feels like winter is upon us.  I took the girl to cheer practice at 6am and it was 34 degrees.  Up until now, we would have a cold night here or there but nothing that cold and it would usually warm up again.  It doesn’t feel like it will be warming up soon.  Now if only the rains would come.

… learning how to use the central air unit in the office.  I got in the office and it was 67 degrees inside.  Luckily I had my fingerless mitts that I knitted a couple of summers ago to keep my hands warm.  But it was still way too cold.  So I called maintenance and they showed us how to work it.  The office made it up to 75 degrees by the time I was leaving for the day.  I was even able to take my jacket off!

… staying warm in bed reading a book.

 

Have a good evening!

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Gratitude Diaries: Day 42

I am grateful for…

… my family.  I know I say it over and over again.  But when I get to spend days at home soaking in my crafty time, away from crowds and traffic, I love them even more.  We’re such homebodies.  The kids do not need to be entertained every second of the day.  We give them their chores, they read, they play, they hang out.  Not a peep of complaint from them or the hubby.

… having a mid arm and a quilt frame.  It was used and it’s not the best out there but it works for now.  I’m in the middle of quilting and I’m getting better but I’m recognizing places on the frame that doesn’t run smoothly and may be why I have a hard time getting a nice curve.  I’m thinking that I will probably get a new frame at some point.  But not right now.  I want to see if as I use the frame more it gets better over time.  The frame was in the previous owner’s garage for some time before I bought it and it was in my garage until I brought it into the house.  So, being in the garages may have affected it.  I don’t know but I don’t want to buy anything until I’ve used it for awhile.  But when I do decide to buy a new frame, I plan to get a bigger one.  I think my current frame fits a queen size quilt.  And really, we only have queen size beds.  But I don’t like to feel constricted and not being able to quilt a king if I wanted to.  We’ll see what the price differences are.  Despite these issues, I love having it and learning how to quilt on it.  It’s not easy learning new things sometimes and when I watch tutorials everyone else’s machine seems to run so much smoother and less difficult than mine.  When I’m done quilting Tell It To The Stars, I may bring it in for a good servicing.  I don’t know when it was last serviced (I haven’t done it yet and I got it earlier this year).  It may run better once it has been serviced.

… living simply.  I usually do a newsletter during the holidays.  I didn’t do one last year and it is looking like I’m not going to do one this year either.  I want to enjoy the holidays.  I don’t want to stress myself out by trying to do too much like I used to do when the kids were younger.  I think we’ll make it a simple holiday season.  Already, we’ve got something going on every weekend so we don’t need to make it more complicated.

 

 

Have a good evening!

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Gratitude Diaries: Days 39, 40, 41

Day 39 was Thanksgiving so that entire post was a gratitude diary.  Today is for day 40 and 41.

I am grateful for…

… yoga.  I went yesterday and today.  During a bit of meditation, an idea of a long term plan to a problem I’ve been mulling over came to me.  I don’t know if it will work, but I’ll start on it and we’ll see where it takes me.  I’m excited and looking forward to its implementation.

… The girl went to her first cheer party.  It was a chance for the girls to get to know each other and bond.  I was nervous for her.  I could sense she was worried too.  Her close cheer friends weren’t going for some reason so while she knew all the girls attending, she wasn’t really close to them.  And I had to make corn for her to bring to the party.  It was potluck.  I don’t really cook around here.  So I was nervous about making it.  I think it turned out pretty well.  I guess you can’t really mess it up.  Just stick a whole lot of butter, some salt, a little pepper and it is good to go.  Anyway, she had a great time.  She was able to get know some of the older girls better.  She’s part of the freshman squad so she didn’t know the older girls as well as the freshman girls.  I’m so grateful she is so much better at social functions at her age than I was at her age. 🙂

… One more day until it is time to work.  I can spend another day doing what I want: yoga, study, quilt… 🙂

… I don’t know what it is about Thanksgiving but I usually get around to working on my goals during this break.  This year was no exception.  I’ve been working on some work goals, personal goals, quilt/hobby goals, etc.  They’re almost ready to be finalized.  I’ll post the quilty/hobby ones as soon as they are.  I’ll need to figure out how I’m going to keep my work and personal goals front and center.  I review the quilty/hobby ones twice a month so I make a lot of progress on them.  I don’t review my work and personal ones as often.

 

Have a good evening!

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