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Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock #6

Sometimes Mother Nature forces us to stop.  A winter storm followed by a winter storm did that for me this weekend. I couldn’t make it to Mrs. Wrestler #2’s 40th birthday party, and I was still snowed in for Miss G’s Christmas concert.  I am blessed that the Mrs. called with all her Birthday excitement.  What a wonderful party she had: old friends and neighbors, family, students, and new friends.  The Mrs. lost her sister and her cousins in early adulthood. When asked if she feels depressed about turning 40, she tells people, “No!  I’m here.  I’m so lucky to be here!”  The Mrs. is a good reminder to look at every day as a blessing.

Here’s a few more things that fill me with gratitude:

A strong back, heart, and lungs.  At 65+ I’m still shoveling the drive and walkway.  It’s a drag, and at the same time a joy.  Physical work fills me with a sense of accomplishment like no other.

Miss E, who came with her boyfriend to borrow our sleds and stay for hot chocolate.  I love the enthusiasm of teenagers.  Don’t you?

Loved-One helping me decorate the plant ledge with Christmas cheer. He climbs the ladder, and I give instructions.  What a team.

Christmas tree ornaments given as gifts.  Nearly every ornament was a gift and a reminder of friends and family:  Lisa, Justin, Dad, CoCo, Mehmet, Mary, Sharon…  Loved-One and I get one decoration a year, perhaps while on a trip: Poland, Sendona, Texas, Pearl, San Francisco, Africa.. I’m still decorating the tree.  I like savoring the memories as I go.

Two silly cats that love to help.  Sasha and Misha are under the tree, chasing the tinsel, and sleeping in the ornament boxes.

Knitting looms and pajama patterns.  Yes, it’s time for the annual pajama making.  And hats for those too big for pajamas.

Holiday parties. This week I have two.  One for Illinois Writers and one for Quality professionals.  Oh my, that reminds me, I better hop over to and get the announcement out!

What’s on your gratitude list?


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  1. that I FINALLY have recommitted to a yoga practice and my back no longer HURRRRRTS when I sneeze.
    it’s the small stuffs here.

    • Adela Adela

      Oh Carla! That’s BIG Stuff. Yoga really helps my back, too. I just took a part-time job and now must find a different time for yoga. 9:15 am just doesn’t work for me.

  2. Okay…good reminder. I’m taking a deep breath and focusing on what I am grateful for. Thank you.

  3. My list includes being grateful for good health, knowing I have two capable sons who are making good dads. I’m gratefully aware of all that I have, when there are days I feel lacking.

    • Adela Adela

      Great list, walker. I must add my gratitude in a little thing you did for me. You gave me just enough courage to sport my natural hair color. The compliments keep coming.

  4. I fall asleep each night giving thanks for what I’m grateful for that day. It’s a wonderful way to ease into dreamland, and no matter how rough the day might have been, there’s ALWAYS something to be grateful for (even if it’s that the day is over!). Thanks for your eloquent reminder.

    • Adela Adela

      Thank you, Roxanne. I’m going to start entering dreamland the way you do.

  5. Rita Rita

    Finally found this website, now we’ll see if it finds me

    • Adela Adela

      love your attitude, Rita. Glad you found me.

  6. You have a wonderful attitude for life and it shows in your beautiful home!

    • Adela Adela

      Thank you Laurie. Taking a beat to remember how blessed I am really helps me keep a positive attitude. What do you do?

  7. Teresa Teresa

    I’m grateful for the truly good and caring people in this crazy world. They are in the minority, the ones who routinely and selflessly make a difference for others (especially for non-human animals and the environment), and I am profoundly grateful for them.

    • Adela Adela

      Such good reminders Theresa. Since I started writing for smaller newspapers, I get so many opportunities to meet good people spreading kindness. This weak I will talk to a woman who began a Blue Christmas celebration recognizing that many people struggle through the holidays. She started the service after sh lost her son.

      • Teresa Teresa

        That’s lovely, Adela : ). We look around us at cherished family, friends, and well -loved and cared for pets, and we often forget that so many live in unchosen solitude (and worse, physical and emotional suffering either from neglect or direct abuse). Thank you for this uplifting article. I wish more journalists would choose encouraging themes over gossipy sensationalism

        • Adela Adela

          I am lucky that I can choose, within reason, what I write about. I choose uplifting stories nearly every week. If you’re interested, check out Anderson search for Adela Crandell Durkee.

        • Adela Adela

          I hope it’s as good for the world as it is for my own soul!

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