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Grief And Gratitude

If you follow the blog, you didn’t see a Happy Homemaker Monday post from me this week.  Unfortunately, my husband’s grandfather passed away Friday evening.  My husband was already in Oklahoma to support his family.

The services were Monday and Tuesday in Oklahoma. The boys and I packed up and traveled down there on Sunday morning.  

 

Even in grief, I found a little time for gratitude. I kept a running tally in my head. The first six items, I threw in a draft folder on Friday evening. The rest popped into my head during the weekend and early part of the week.

Before We Left Items:

  1. My boys getting a chance to know one of their great-grandfather. He lived 99 years!  Only in the past 2-3 years did his health quickly decline. How many 14 and 17 year-old kids are lucky enough to have known their great-grandfathers for so much of their lives?
  2. Liz Claiborne for making stylish plus sized clothing

    Full disclaimer: I opted not wear this after to the services after all as it felt a little too informal once I arrived down there. Still happy with my purchase and will wear it for other more casual occasions.

  3. Not being sick this weekend with a million things to do
  4. A kind friend willing to look after our little gray cat on a moment’s notice
  5. Payday!
  6. Seeing more birds at the bird feeders each day

Items From The Rest Of The Weekend/Week:

  1. Safe travels to and from Oklahoma for all of us

    So glad they did their range-burning on one of our non-travel days!

  2. Caring middle school teachers (I had to e-mail each teacher regarding missing parent-teacher conferences regarding a different matter)
  3. Good weather, both here and in Oklahoma
  4. A good breakfast each morning at our hotel (normally, we stay with family but opted to get a hotel room this time because of the number of people in town)
  5. Minimal family drama (Honestly, this concerned me. Prayers for healing of some on-going family rifts appreciated)
  6. Mostly avoiding family drama (Extra prayers my husband and I continue to avoid it.)
  7. Family
  8. Grandpa’s faith.
  9. My kind, generous husband and children
  10. Good friends
  11. Sleeping in my own bed last night!
  12. Coffee, especially at home coffee. While I love Starbucks and the fancy creamers of the hotel lobbies, nothing beats being able to just get up and fix yourself a cup of your own coffee to start the day.
  13. My plants in the windowsill (mostly) surviving as I forgot about them
  14. Today being an absolutely beautiful first day of spring!

What things are you grateful for this week?

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Joining the I Like Thursdays over at the Not Afraid Of Color blog. Be sure to go check it out and say hello to LeeAnna and the other wonderful bloggers joining in today,

I Like Gratitude

For this week and maybe going forward (still trying to decide), I’ve decided to combine my gratitude post with my I like Thursday post.

This week started out kind of hectic so this may be brief as I’m still playing catch up after being down all weekend with a nasty virus. Thought it was the flu but now I’ve decided perhaps just a nasty cold virus.

Straight to the gratitude list (and I also like all these things!)

  1. Feeling healthy!
  2. Medicine that works or has the placebo effect. Don’t care, better now. Shout out to Elderberry syrup.
  3. My happy little phone game where I can make it spring right now! 
  4.  Kids smart enough to do this while saying it’s all just numbers. (His grandfather gave him the card, I like it as well!)
  5. All the signs of spring I see around me: lots of birds including robins “fighting”, geese flying north, and rain with warmer weather.
  6. Dark chocolate (Trying to do no sugar in March is tough, I’m allowing myself a little dark chocolate here and there as a treat to keep from giving up completely)
  7. Unexpected poetry hidden in my chocolate bar wrapper
  8. Showing up to work on the wrong day yesterday (oops!) and getting to stay, they needed me after all.
  9. Green plants, can’t wait until I can see some outside
  10. Having older kids so I could sleep when sick and not worry (too much).

What things are you grateful for this week?

Linking up with LeeAnna over at Not Afraid of Color for I Like Thursdays. Go check it out!

(Apologies for not visiting anyone last week, thanks to all who stopped by the blog. Hopefully, I’ll be a bit more social this week though I don’t look to have lots of blogging time again until Saturday.)

 

Friday Night Likes

I don’t think I ever watched the Friday Night Lights television show. Heard it was good.

Late with my Thursday I like post because of watching a little too much of a different show on Netflix. And working. And running errands. Mainly though watching too much brain-dead TV.

Z-Nation is a corny zombie show and I really do like it. (See the popcorn picture above?).  I did like our stove-top prepared popcorn during my week of grocery store avoidance.

Did you know I have 2 teenage boys living here? We only held out until Wednesday evening. Didn’t help that Wednesday was yet another snow day! (Ice day actually).

Goodbye February!

Anyone else enjoy saying that? Funny to find this little token of a work day in my pants pocket during the last week of the month.  One of the fun parts of my job is never knowing what “treasures” I might discover later in my coat and pants pockets.

Hello March!

I like my new March/Spring garden flag. Not sure how I lost my previous spring garden flag but it gave me an excuse to get this one. It was nice getting out a bit today while the temperature was a balmy 34 degrees.

The guard cat and I even went on a brief (and somewhat muddy and slippery) patrol around the yard.  The squirrels stayed out of our way and we didn’t find much to report. Going to have to enjoy my grocery store flowers inside as I saw no signs of any outdoor flowers.  Hopefully, they’ll keep things bright around here during snowmagadden, part 3 billion, scheduled to arrive tomorrow night.

What things are you liking this week?

Be sure to check out all the great likes from Thursday over on Not Afraid Of Color!

 

 

I Like Gratitude on a Thursday

Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy Thursday! I missed posting my gratitude list on Tuesday so I’m going to combine it with this post a bit.

I like Valentine’s candy! And I’m quite grateful for chocolate.  Although my heart might take me back to the candy dish a few too many times. It’s dark chocolate (my favorite) so that makes a couple extra pieces okay, right?

A better sight than chocolates? A gorgeous sunrise on a Tuesday morning after too many gloomy gray days. 

Stepped out on a cold, still slightly wet porch in my fuzzy socks to snap the quick (and sorry, blurry) photo above. How about a second try a bit later with shoes on my feet?

So grateful for some sun and a bit warmer weather after days of clouds, cold, ice, snow, and rain. 

I like the shadows the sun makes in the yard. Of course, now it’s not so much white as brown from all the mud.  Inside now for dinner. Still not the week to come to dinner unless you’re feeling a bit adventurous.

Tonight: Fish Tacos with Pineapple jalapeno Sauce.

Turns out I like the idea of such a thing a lot better than the taste of fish tacos. I did like the sauce on my cabbage salad/fish topping though.  Still cleared out some fish from the freezer and the sauce from the pantry.

Grateful for getting a bit of inspiration to try a little better with dinner ideas after reading my blogging friend, Carol’s menu planning post. My husband and G even agreed to try the fish tacos.

J remained skeptical so I made him fish sticks. That worked out since I didn’t care for the tacos so I had fish sticks as well.

Another week of not a lot of photos so I’m just going to end this post with my belated gratitude list.

Gratitude List

  1. A husband willing and able to take the deck partially apart to retrieve my dropped car key
  2. The joy my job brings me. Favorite from Monday: asked a kid to do something and he looked at me and said “Not today.” I had nothing for a response to that one but a smile.
  3. My daily medicines being simply a vitamin and a cup of green tea
  4. Time to relax and watch a movie
  5. Knowing when to take time to relax and watch a movie
  6. Music
  7. Conversations with my sons
  8. Sons with critical thinking skills
  9. My silly little phone game I play everyday (Pocket Camp Animal Crossing)
  10. Spring inching closer each day no matter what the weather
  11. Not having big plans for Valentine’s Day (and not worrying that we don’t)

Stopping this post here to go spend some time with the little gray cat. Be sure to go check out the I Like Thursday posts over at Not Afraid Of Color.

I Like Quiet Mornings In February

Even if I slept through most of this one.  Yet another ice/snow day in these parts. I don’t mind too much, thankful not to worry about newer drivers in the school parking lot or buses trying to navigate precious cargo. And not going anywhere myself.

My husband did apparently go to work. Again, I slept a bit late with no alarms other than this one:  

She did insist I get up and keep her company at 5:30 AM for a bit. She’s quite persistent. Once she had a new morning companion, I went back to bed for a bit. Didn’t mean to sleep quite so long but not a big deal today.

Not sure what she’s looking at out there. Thankfully, not trees full of ice. We got mostly sleet around here (I think) and now snow flurries. I spotted this squirrel (look near the top center):

We had ice Tuesday night (just a little) and more last night before the sleet/snow:  It’s 12 degrees out there, let’s come back inside!

You’re welcome to grab a cup of coffee or tea while I show you my tiny bits of Valentine’s Day decor in the living room… 

Valentine’s Day Touches in The Living Room:

Found a spot for picture atop the book-case. 

A few chocolates hidden in the Love box: 

And my favorite touch, this bit of garland framing the kitchen door frame: 

Not too many touches, just enough to make the house not quite as bare.

Dark chocolate (pictured above) or Warm chocolate chip cookies?  

I like them both. These were the refrigerated break & bake kind. And I didn’t make the whole package on Monday night, so the kids might get some warm chocolate chip cookies today. If they’re nice enough…

If not, I’ll just concentrate on feeding the birds a bit more (I like seeing new birds start to visit): 

Other Random Likes From The Past Week:

  1. Taking a road trip with my son and his best friend from preschool, both now high school seniors, to check out a college.
  2. This fun exchange with a pre-primary preschool student: Me (just making a general statement): Why are you all so out of sorts today? The Student: I’m not wearing shorts! (points to pants) See, I’m wearing pants!
  3. The movie, Deadpool 2, I didn’t really care for the first one. Surprised myself by finding this one witty and fun.

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What things are making you smile this week? Be sure to go check out all the likes over at Not Afraid Of Color.

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