Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude and thanksgiving, I pause once a week and give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life. There are really too many to list, but I try to take Tuesdays and make them my highlight reel.
I know I haven’t done this list consistently for the last couple of months. It’s funny – the last couple of years I have been busier than I am right now, and I still managed to blog more often and much more consistently than I have been lately. I read a blog post recently that said that once you get out of the habit, it’s so incredibly difficult to get back to it, and I’m finding that to be true. Baby steps, I suppose, so I’m working my way back to a regular habit.
This week the following are making the list:
- Cobbler Doggie. She turned 9 in January, and with the recent passing of the Blackberry, I’ve been more keenly aware of my puppy doggie’s age. The last couple of years, I’ve noticed the whitening of her chin and wondered…how much longer does my sweet girl have? I’ve had her since she was 6 weeks old, and watching her age, knowing that her time with me is limited is incredibly difficult. Cob and I used to travel together – all over this country – she has been my roadtrip companion. Went out for what I now think was our last hurrah Saturday and just like always, she followed me wherever I wanted her to go. I noticed it was a little difficult for her to get in and out of the truck (I have a Sante Fe…it’s a bit higher off the ground than the Accord that she used to ride in all the time), but didn’t think much of it until Sunday when she had trouble moving. I think my sweet girl has some pretty extensive arthritis. We’ll be going to the vet and getting some pain meds and supplements to help her be comfortable from here on out. (By the way – come back on Sunday for the rest of the series of these photos from our road trip)
- Spring Break. I had a million plans. A to-do list a mile long. And I scratched exactly 3 things off the list. Apparently I needed to rest. I’m thankful that I had the week off, and I’m thankful that as our boss said in the faculty meeting this afternoon, “There’s more of the year behind us than there is ahead of us now.” Seven weeks with students and 4 days of shut down. I can do it.
- Sweet Husband. With my angst around how much I didn’t get done over spring break, he kept reminding me, “Baby, it’s your spring break. You’re supposed to rest. You obviously need it so you rest.” He knows how hard I can be on myself and he keeps reminding me to be gentle. He loves me regardless of whether I am productive or whether I am a slug. I didn’t cook dinner one night last week…and I was off the entire week. Not a word of compliant from him. Gotta love that, and you have to love that he’s working hard to better himself…even though it is an extremely stressful process for him. Did I mention he killed a rat for me this past week? Yup.
- Baseball is back! For those of you who follow me on twitter, you’ll be seeing lots of posts from me about my Kansas City Royals. I enjoy sports but it’s baseball that has my heart. I played as a kid and have the best memories of listening to Royals and Cardinals baseball games on the radio on the front porch. I still actually prefer to listen to the games (Thank you MLB At Bat app!), but I loved getting to watch my boys on national television last night. I’ve been waiting for months for baseball to come back. It’s here, and I am so incredibly excited about it!
- Amber is home! She left the rehab hospital on the 2nd and while she is facing a huge recovery, she is making progress and she and Nate are moving forward like they always do – determined and full of grace.
- Time to take some photos. I didn’t get to take the trip that I wanted to, but I did get quite a few photos taken this past week. I’m excited about sharing them with y’all! I’m also excited about the photo-taking opportunities that are coming up. I’ve missed regular extended time with my camera, and I need to get back to it.
- A gradual return to routine. It feels like I’ve been in a fog the last couple of months, and I’m working towards getting back to where I was. I feel like I’m ready to get back to a regular routine of posting, and I think I’m ready to move on. I’m about ready to begin looking for or forming a Master Mind group because I think I need that additional level of accountability and tempering. Are you looking for that too?
- Spring. Hopefully we have seen the end of the awful weather and cold snaps. Things are blooming here in the yard, and we’re working on making it even more lovely. As SH says, the trees are waking up, stretching and settling in to their season of growth. Spring also means that soon – very soon – I will be spending time and writing on the writing porch. I need to get the daybed cover washed and some plants moved around…bring in a little color, and then it will be absolutely perfect.
Those are the things that have me happy this last couple of weeks. In the comments late me know what you are grateful or thankful for in the last week!