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Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-8

This weekend truly gave me an opportunity to re-set emotionally.  I got away from the news, spent some quality time with Loved-One, in one of my favorite places, Chicago, and answered an unexpected invitation to connect with a nephew.  All good for me.  All a welcomed distraction and relief.  Thanks to a little re-set, the my list of gratitudes comes easily and reminds me of the abundance in my life.

 A very sunshiny and WARM weekend.  I even saw someone laying on a blanket in her front yard.

Long walks with Love-One. It’s about time we both started moving more.  What a great weekend to do so.

An afternoon at the Joffrey Ballet.While there, I met an 82 year-old who’s downsizing, but still interested in reading A SHIP OF PEARL and I met a couple who have been coming to the ballet since the 1950s.  According to them, the 1950s were the hay-day of ballet in Chicago.  Wow!  That must have been terrific, because it’s pretty darn awesome now. Plus, we won the tickets last fall while visiting Chicago Open-House.

Loved-One sorta, kinda fell asleep. I remained wide-awake.

Waiting in line for the best breakfast place ever. We met several couples who frequent “Batter and Berries” and had some great conversations with Dale and Ed, who we met for the first time there. I believe I will be back there.

This is Mom with two of my three brothers, on her 85th birthday.

Mom, who turned 89 over the weekend.  I may have mentioned her last week. I do give thanks for her friendship quite often.But can it ever be too often?  I think not.

Meeting new neighbors while out on a walk and stopping to chat.

A fun book to read:  A MAN CALLED OVE by Fedrik Backman.  Don’t tell Love-One, but Ove reminds me of him, just a little.

A successful book signing at the local library.  Oh my librarians Mary and Karen were so excited about A SHIP OF PEARL, and the audience had such wonderful questions and comments.  I’m beginning to feel like a legitimate author!

Ice cream from Costco.  Real 1/2 gallon cartons of the best vanilla ice cream: 1/2 cup at a time with a drizzle of Hershey’s dark chocolate and a few nuts on top. Yummy.

Sharing an old word, malingering, and laughing with Loved-One about its meaning.  I’m still laughing.  Did your parents ever say to you, “Stop your malingering.”?

What’s on your list this week?  As always, So please, leave a comment and help me add to my abundance.



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  1. I used to keep a gratitude journal and I need to get back to it. It really does change your mindset when you wrap up your day with things you are grateful for! Thanks for reminding me!

  2. Sounds great! I have a blog coming up about One!!

  3. I like reading about how people re-set. I just like reading that others have to as much as I do. There’s just so much noise right now, and how lovely that when you tune it out, you get more than quiet, you get beauty.

    I also love your gratitude attitude. I journal every day, and if I’m dealing with negative thoughts, I’ll force myself to look at them differently. It improves everything.

    Thank you.
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    • Adela Adela

      You are so right, Susa. Just a little change in angle can make the light bend to create a rainbow.

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