Three Good Things

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Three Good Things

by Mary Jo  

This is a revised version of a blog I did way back in 2006, the first year of the Word Wenches.  It's been a lot of years, but the same ideas are still worthwhile.

I think the transitions seasons of spring and autumn are the loveliest of the year.  In the northern hemisphere we have spring and lush richness of new life.  In the southern hemisphere it's autumn, with the last nostalgic flare of beauty before sliding into winter.

But now we're dealing with the challenges of a pandemic, and a lot of stress goes with that.  Financial problems, cabin fever, way too much uncertainty, perhaps worst of all, not being able to hug people we love unless they're living with us. 

 

So I’m here to offer, if not a cure, at least a palliative.  <G>  Jo Beverley once mentioned a IMG_5278 study she’d read about that showed that even pessimistic people started feeling happier if they did exercises that required them to write down positive things in their lives– events and people they were grateful for, times when they felt good about themselves.  Consciously appreciating and thinking positively  even raised their happiness scale six months down the road.

A simple form of this exercise is to relax and think of three good things that happened to you today.  Maybe you can do it when you go to bed, rather than thinking of all the stuff that needs to be done tomorrow.  Only three good things.

One of the difficulties of the pandemic is losing our usual routines and the casual community of people we see regularly, with whom we exchange smiles and comments about the weather.

Quarantine ChallengesOne such community is the people we see when we go the hairdresser or barber.  Not only do we miss the friendly connections, but lack of personal grooming means we don't look our best selves when we look into a mirror.  (Sorry I can't credit this image–it's a Facebook meme that seems to keep adding new variations on the Mona Lisa. Do you fit into any of these squares? <G>)

Well, today's great thing was being able to go to my hairdresser, whom I've been seeing for over 30 years!  Her receptionist called last week to see if I'd come in today, their first day of reopening, and I said YES!!!  As I expected, the shop was using all safety precautions, the atmosphere was cheerful, and one stylist I said hi to is the woman who rescued my Panda Cat from homelessness.

AND I now look like the self I'm used to!IMG_5283

Another Good Thing: the Mayhem Consultant visited a friend he used to work with and they had lemonade and pastries in her garden. She sent me back this lovely bouquet from her garden, with country flowers and branchlets of red maple saplings. Gorgeous!  (This picture doesn't do it justice.)

And when I got home today, I saw a brilliant red cardinal winging his way skyward from the grass by the garage.  I sometimes see them in the winter, but I don't seeing one in blazing crimson at this season.  Lovely!

So what good thing/s have happened to you today? Yes, you can count a perfect piece of chocolate as A Very Good Thing!

And may you have no shortage of good things to brighten Panda snoozing 1  largeyour day!

Mary Jo, adding a picture of the Panda Cat

145 thoughts on “Three Good Things”

  1. I’m a great believer in an attitude of gratitude for lightening life’s moments. I’ve been known to stop by a flowering bush or lavish tree and say thank you for its existence.
    I once read about a woman who was paralyzed and could move no part of her body but a little finger. She became consciously grateful for that movement and before long she could move other fingers, working up to gratitude for a fully restored body. True story? I honestly don’t know, but it’s worth striving for that kind of life.
    One day last week, I headed to my car, for which I’m always grateful, only to find the battery dead. In short order I was grateful for it dying in my carport rather than a 110F parking lot; for my wonderful mechanic recommending an excellent roadside service; for that man quickly picking up the needed battery from the mechanic and installing it, then informing me my insurance would reimburse me for the service (which it did within two days); for the doctor’s office rescheduling with no penalty; and for having the means for the car, the carport, the service people, and the doctor and insurance folks in my life. And even the dead battery, which had served me well for its natural lifetime.
    Today I’m happy you received the floral gift and shared it (and Panda Cat) with us, Mary Jo. Thank you!

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  2. I’m a great believer in an attitude of gratitude for lightening life’s moments. I’ve been known to stop by a flowering bush or lavish tree and say thank you for its existence.
    I once read about a woman who was paralyzed and could move no part of her body but a little finger. She became consciously grateful for that movement and before long she could move other fingers, working up to gratitude for a fully restored body. True story? I honestly don’t know, but it’s worth striving for that kind of life.
    One day last week, I headed to my car, for which I’m always grateful, only to find the battery dead. In short order I was grateful for it dying in my carport rather than a 110F parking lot; for my wonderful mechanic recommending an excellent roadside service; for that man quickly picking up the needed battery from the mechanic and installing it, then informing me my insurance would reimburse me for the service (which it did within two days); for the doctor’s office rescheduling with no penalty; and for having the means for the car, the carport, the service people, and the doctor and insurance folks in my life. And even the dead battery, which had served me well for its natural lifetime.
    Today I’m happy you received the floral gift and shared it (and Panda Cat) with us, Mary Jo. Thank you!

    Reply
  3. I’m a great believer in an attitude of gratitude for lightening life’s moments. I’ve been known to stop by a flowering bush or lavish tree and say thank you for its existence.
    I once read about a woman who was paralyzed and could move no part of her body but a little finger. She became consciously grateful for that movement and before long she could move other fingers, working up to gratitude for a fully restored body. True story? I honestly don’t know, but it’s worth striving for that kind of life.
    One day last week, I headed to my car, for which I’m always grateful, only to find the battery dead. In short order I was grateful for it dying in my carport rather than a 110F parking lot; for my wonderful mechanic recommending an excellent roadside service; for that man quickly picking up the needed battery from the mechanic and installing it, then informing me my insurance would reimburse me for the service (which it did within two days); for the doctor’s office rescheduling with no penalty; and for having the means for the car, the carport, the service people, and the doctor and insurance folks in my life. And even the dead battery, which had served me well for its natural lifetime.
    Today I’m happy you received the floral gift and shared it (and Panda Cat) with us, Mary Jo. Thank you!

    Reply
  4. I’m a great believer in an attitude of gratitude for lightening life’s moments. I’ve been known to stop by a flowering bush or lavish tree and say thank you for its existence.
    I once read about a woman who was paralyzed and could move no part of her body but a little finger. She became consciously grateful for that movement and before long she could move other fingers, working up to gratitude for a fully restored body. True story? I honestly don’t know, but it’s worth striving for that kind of life.
    One day last week, I headed to my car, for which I’m always grateful, only to find the battery dead. In short order I was grateful for it dying in my carport rather than a 110F parking lot; for my wonderful mechanic recommending an excellent roadside service; for that man quickly picking up the needed battery from the mechanic and installing it, then informing me my insurance would reimburse me for the service (which it did within two days); for the doctor’s office rescheduling with no penalty; and for having the means for the car, the carport, the service people, and the doctor and insurance folks in my life. And even the dead battery, which had served me well for its natural lifetime.
    Today I’m happy you received the floral gift and shared it (and Panda Cat) with us, Mary Jo. Thank you!

    Reply
  5. I’m a great believer in an attitude of gratitude for lightening life’s moments. I’ve been known to stop by a flowering bush or lavish tree and say thank you for its existence.
    I once read about a woman who was paralyzed and could move no part of her body but a little finger. She became consciously grateful for that movement and before long she could move other fingers, working up to gratitude for a fully restored body. True story? I honestly don’t know, but it’s worth striving for that kind of life.
    One day last week, I headed to my car, for which I’m always grateful, only to find the battery dead. In short order I was grateful for it dying in my carport rather than a 110F parking lot; for my wonderful mechanic recommending an excellent roadside service; for that man quickly picking up the needed battery from the mechanic and installing it, then informing me my insurance would reimburse me for the service (which it did within two days); for the doctor’s office rescheduling with no penalty; and for having the means for the car, the carport, the service people, and the doctor and insurance folks in my life. And even the dead battery, which had served me well for its natural lifetime.
    Today I’m happy you received the floral gift and shared it (and Panda Cat) with us, Mary Jo. Thank you!

    Reply
  6. I love this sort of uplifting positivity. Today my husband and I had lunch at a local hotel that has just reopened for meals after lockdown. Social distancing was, of course, observed. The meal was tasty and our server was so friendly and cheerful I couldn’t help but feel good. Also today the sun was shining in a crisp blue Autumn sky. Gorgeous after a freezing, drizzly grey day yesterday. Another thing to make me smile was our purchase of a stepladder that is light and easy to carry around the house and which means I can now reach to the top of my kitchen cupboards. And finally I’m on my recliner for the evening and our elderly mini foxie is curled up warmly on my lap. Bliss!

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  7. I love this sort of uplifting positivity. Today my husband and I had lunch at a local hotel that has just reopened for meals after lockdown. Social distancing was, of course, observed. The meal was tasty and our server was so friendly and cheerful I couldn’t help but feel good. Also today the sun was shining in a crisp blue Autumn sky. Gorgeous after a freezing, drizzly grey day yesterday. Another thing to make me smile was our purchase of a stepladder that is light and easy to carry around the house and which means I can now reach to the top of my kitchen cupboards. And finally I’m on my recliner for the evening and our elderly mini foxie is curled up warmly on my lap. Bliss!

    Reply
  8. I love this sort of uplifting positivity. Today my husband and I had lunch at a local hotel that has just reopened for meals after lockdown. Social distancing was, of course, observed. The meal was tasty and our server was so friendly and cheerful I couldn’t help but feel good. Also today the sun was shining in a crisp blue Autumn sky. Gorgeous after a freezing, drizzly grey day yesterday. Another thing to make me smile was our purchase of a stepladder that is light and easy to carry around the house and which means I can now reach to the top of my kitchen cupboards. And finally I’m on my recliner for the evening and our elderly mini foxie is curled up warmly on my lap. Bliss!

    Reply
  9. I love this sort of uplifting positivity. Today my husband and I had lunch at a local hotel that has just reopened for meals after lockdown. Social distancing was, of course, observed. The meal was tasty and our server was so friendly and cheerful I couldn’t help but feel good. Also today the sun was shining in a crisp blue Autumn sky. Gorgeous after a freezing, drizzly grey day yesterday. Another thing to make me smile was our purchase of a stepladder that is light and easy to carry around the house and which means I can now reach to the top of my kitchen cupboards. And finally I’m on my recliner for the evening and our elderly mini foxie is curled up warmly on my lap. Bliss!

    Reply
  10. I love this sort of uplifting positivity. Today my husband and I had lunch at a local hotel that has just reopened for meals after lockdown. Social distancing was, of course, observed. The meal was tasty and our server was so friendly and cheerful I couldn’t help but feel good. Also today the sun was shining in a crisp blue Autumn sky. Gorgeous after a freezing, drizzly grey day yesterday. Another thing to make me smile was our purchase of a stepladder that is light and easy to carry around the house and which means I can now reach to the top of my kitchen cupboards. And finally I’m on my recliner for the evening and our elderly mini foxie is curled up warmly on my lap. Bliss!

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  11. Lovely post, Mary Jo. I keep an occasional journal and often write down the things I’m grateful for, and there are so many. I just did a zoom panel with writer friends and it was actually fun — we’ve known each other for ever and we each had copies of each other’s first books that we waved at the camera. And my dog photo-bombed the meeting, and we all talked about how our dogs enrich our lives so much. We’re living in difficult times, no doubt about it, but it really helps to focus on the many small good things that are part of our lives.

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  12. Lovely post, Mary Jo. I keep an occasional journal and often write down the things I’m grateful for, and there are so many. I just did a zoom panel with writer friends and it was actually fun — we’ve known each other for ever and we each had copies of each other’s first books that we waved at the camera. And my dog photo-bombed the meeting, and we all talked about how our dogs enrich our lives so much. We’re living in difficult times, no doubt about it, but it really helps to focus on the many small good things that are part of our lives.

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  13. Lovely post, Mary Jo. I keep an occasional journal and often write down the things I’m grateful for, and there are so many. I just did a zoom panel with writer friends and it was actually fun — we’ve known each other for ever and we each had copies of each other’s first books that we waved at the camera. And my dog photo-bombed the meeting, and we all talked about how our dogs enrich our lives so much. We’re living in difficult times, no doubt about it, but it really helps to focus on the many small good things that are part of our lives.

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  14. Lovely post, Mary Jo. I keep an occasional journal and often write down the things I’m grateful for, and there are so many. I just did a zoom panel with writer friends and it was actually fun — we’ve known each other for ever and we each had copies of each other’s first books that we waved at the camera. And my dog photo-bombed the meeting, and we all talked about how our dogs enrich our lives so much. We’re living in difficult times, no doubt about it, but it really helps to focus on the many small good things that are part of our lives.

    Reply
  15. Lovely post, Mary Jo. I keep an occasional journal and often write down the things I’m grateful for, and there are so many. I just did a zoom panel with writer friends and it was actually fun — we’ve known each other for ever and we each had copies of each other’s first books that we waved at the camera. And my dog photo-bombed the meeting, and we all talked about how our dogs enrich our lives so much. We’re living in difficult times, no doubt about it, but it really helps to focus on the many small good things that are part of our lives.

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  16. An attitude of gratitude is so important. The saddest people I’ve known in life are those who can’t seem to appreciate what they have got.
    I’m grateful for the stages of quarantined Mona Lisa shown above. My first laugh of the day!

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  17. An attitude of gratitude is so important. The saddest people I’ve known in life are those who can’t seem to appreciate what they have got.
    I’m grateful for the stages of quarantined Mona Lisa shown above. My first laugh of the day!

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  18. An attitude of gratitude is so important. The saddest people I’ve known in life are those who can’t seem to appreciate what they have got.
    I’m grateful for the stages of quarantined Mona Lisa shown above. My first laugh of the day!

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  19. An attitude of gratitude is so important. The saddest people I’ve known in life are those who can’t seem to appreciate what they have got.
    I’m grateful for the stages of quarantined Mona Lisa shown above. My first laugh of the day!

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  20. An attitude of gratitude is so important. The saddest people I’ve known in life are those who can’t seem to appreciate what they have got.
    I’m grateful for the stages of quarantined Mona Lisa shown above. My first laugh of the day!

    Reply
  21. The pandemic has allowed me to take courses that will lead to my being able to work as a genealogist professionally. I normally work in arenas and waiting for the NHL to determine if our city will be home to twelve Eastern Conference teams. I can’t sit here waiting for something that may never happen, so why not use this time to work toward certification in a field that will unite my passions for family history and writing.

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  22. The pandemic has allowed me to take courses that will lead to my being able to work as a genealogist professionally. I normally work in arenas and waiting for the NHL to determine if our city will be home to twelve Eastern Conference teams. I can’t sit here waiting for something that may never happen, so why not use this time to work toward certification in a field that will unite my passions for family history and writing.

    Reply
  23. The pandemic has allowed me to take courses that will lead to my being able to work as a genealogist professionally. I normally work in arenas and waiting for the NHL to determine if our city will be home to twelve Eastern Conference teams. I can’t sit here waiting for something that may never happen, so why not use this time to work toward certification in a field that will unite my passions for family history and writing.

    Reply
  24. The pandemic has allowed me to take courses that will lead to my being able to work as a genealogist professionally. I normally work in arenas and waiting for the NHL to determine if our city will be home to twelve Eastern Conference teams. I can’t sit here waiting for something that may never happen, so why not use this time to work toward certification in a field that will unite my passions for family history and writing.

    Reply
  25. The pandemic has allowed me to take courses that will lead to my being able to work as a genealogist professionally. I normally work in arenas and waiting for the NHL to determine if our city will be home to twelve Eastern Conference teams. I can’t sit here waiting for something that may never happen, so why not use this time to work toward certification in a field that will unite my passions for family history and writing.

    Reply
  26. OMG, the Stages of Quarantine Facebook meme is going to provide some great laughs for everyone I share daily ups and down with via email.
    And, by the way, speaking of grateful, these days having people I know and trust well enough to be able to truly let my hair down with at times of greatest stress is a true, deep, precious gift.

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  27. OMG, the Stages of Quarantine Facebook meme is going to provide some great laughs for everyone I share daily ups and down with via email.
    And, by the way, speaking of grateful, these days having people I know and trust well enough to be able to truly let my hair down with at times of greatest stress is a true, deep, precious gift.

    Reply
  28. OMG, the Stages of Quarantine Facebook meme is going to provide some great laughs for everyone I share daily ups and down with via email.
    And, by the way, speaking of grateful, these days having people I know and trust well enough to be able to truly let my hair down with at times of greatest stress is a true, deep, precious gift.

    Reply
  29. OMG, the Stages of Quarantine Facebook meme is going to provide some great laughs for everyone I share daily ups and down with via email.
    And, by the way, speaking of grateful, these days having people I know and trust well enough to be able to truly let my hair down with at times of greatest stress is a true, deep, precious gift.

    Reply
  30. OMG, the Stages of Quarantine Facebook meme is going to provide some great laughs for everyone I share daily ups and down with via email.
    And, by the way, speaking of grateful, these days having people I know and trust well enough to be able to truly let my hair down with at times of greatest stress is a true, deep, precious gift.

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  31. Mary M., you got wonderful positivity out of a situation that would have some people raging! And I’m with you–it’s worth stopping to look at a flowering bush or a soaring bird and feeling gratitude.

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  32. Mary M., you got wonderful positivity out of a situation that would have some people raging! And I’m with you–it’s worth stopping to look at a flowering bush or a soaring bird and feeling gratitude.

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  33. Mary M., you got wonderful positivity out of a situation that would have some people raging! And I’m with you–it’s worth stopping to look at a flowering bush or a soaring bird and feeling gratitude.

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  34. Mary M., you got wonderful positivity out of a situation that would have some people raging! And I’m with you–it’s worth stopping to look at a flowering bush or a soaring bird and feeling gratitude.

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  35. Mary M., you got wonderful positivity out of a situation that would have some people raging! And I’m with you–it’s worth stopping to look at a flowering bush or a soaring bird and feeling gratitude.

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  36. Beaufoy, it sounds as if you had a wonderful day, right up to the snoozing foxie! (At my house, this role is filled by Panda and Flufferbella, often at the same time. *G*) As a short person myself, I’m grateful for little stepladders and stepstools as well

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  37. Beaufoy, it sounds as if you had a wonderful day, right up to the snoozing foxie! (At my house, this role is filled by Panda and Flufferbella, often at the same time. *G*) As a short person myself, I’m grateful for little stepladders and stepstools as well

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  38. Beaufoy, it sounds as if you had a wonderful day, right up to the snoozing foxie! (At my house, this role is filled by Panda and Flufferbella, often at the same time. *G*) As a short person myself, I’m grateful for little stepladders and stepstools as well

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  39. Beaufoy, it sounds as if you had a wonderful day, right up to the snoozing foxie! (At my house, this role is filled by Panda and Flufferbella, often at the same time. *G*) As a short person myself, I’m grateful for little stepladders and stepstools as well

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  40. Beaufoy, it sounds as if you had a wonderful day, right up to the snoozing foxie! (At my house, this role is filled by Panda and Flufferbella, often at the same time. *G*) As a short person myself, I’m grateful for little stepladders and stepstools as well

    Reply
  41. Today my neighbor gifted me some lupins. A local plant nursery was giving them away rather than composting them, as there were no customers due to covid. Simultaneously the weather changed from hot and sunny to light rain …. perfect for planting! I also had the perfect spot in a border where some plants had perished. I now have a gorgeous view of flowering lupins and can also watch the small birds pick over the seed pods as the flowers fade. I almost wonder if covid together with climate change is Gaia’s way of fighting back against the way that the planet has been abused … suspect that James Lovelock might agree! Thankfuly there are always bright spots in the gloom.

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  42. Today my neighbor gifted me some lupins. A local plant nursery was giving them away rather than composting them, as there were no customers due to covid. Simultaneously the weather changed from hot and sunny to light rain …. perfect for planting! I also had the perfect spot in a border where some plants had perished. I now have a gorgeous view of flowering lupins and can also watch the small birds pick over the seed pods as the flowers fade. I almost wonder if covid together with climate change is Gaia’s way of fighting back against the way that the planet has been abused … suspect that James Lovelock might agree! Thankfuly there are always bright spots in the gloom.

    Reply
  43. Today my neighbor gifted me some lupins. A local plant nursery was giving them away rather than composting them, as there were no customers due to covid. Simultaneously the weather changed from hot and sunny to light rain …. perfect for planting! I also had the perfect spot in a border where some plants had perished. I now have a gorgeous view of flowering lupins and can also watch the small birds pick over the seed pods as the flowers fade. I almost wonder if covid together with climate change is Gaia’s way of fighting back against the way that the planet has been abused … suspect that James Lovelock might agree! Thankfuly there are always bright spots in the gloom.

    Reply
  44. Today my neighbor gifted me some lupins. A local plant nursery was giving them away rather than composting them, as there were no customers due to covid. Simultaneously the weather changed from hot and sunny to light rain …. perfect for planting! I also had the perfect spot in a border where some plants had perished. I now have a gorgeous view of flowering lupins and can also watch the small birds pick over the seed pods as the flowers fade. I almost wonder if covid together with climate change is Gaia’s way of fighting back against the way that the planet has been abused … suspect that James Lovelock might agree! Thankfuly there are always bright spots in the gloom.

    Reply
  45. Today my neighbor gifted me some lupins. A local plant nursery was giving them away rather than composting them, as there were no customers due to covid. Simultaneously the weather changed from hot and sunny to light rain …. perfect for planting! I also had the perfect spot in a border where some plants had perished. I now have a gorgeous view of flowering lupins and can also watch the small birds pick over the seed pods as the flowers fade. I almost wonder if covid together with climate change is Gaia’s way of fighting back against the way that the planet has been abused … suspect that James Lovelock might agree! Thankfuly there are always bright spots in the gloom.

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  46. In my grief support group we were also told to think of three good things that happened that day and to smile at the thought of each one. Even the smallest thing should be counted. It helped me and others to do this.
    For me during this time of isolation – I am home alone with a cat that is not too sweet and cuddly but she is all I have to talk to. I have had more friends call me to make sure I am OK, My daughter calls me more often, Facebook contacts have been good and my yard has lots of work for me to do. I want to be able to help my friends who are having a harder time and I find being there with and for them is satisfying.

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  47. In my grief support group we were also told to think of three good things that happened that day and to smile at the thought of each one. Even the smallest thing should be counted. It helped me and others to do this.
    For me during this time of isolation – I am home alone with a cat that is not too sweet and cuddly but she is all I have to talk to. I have had more friends call me to make sure I am OK, My daughter calls me more often, Facebook contacts have been good and my yard has lots of work for me to do. I want to be able to help my friends who are having a harder time and I find being there with and for them is satisfying.

    Reply
  48. In my grief support group we were also told to think of three good things that happened that day and to smile at the thought of each one. Even the smallest thing should be counted. It helped me and others to do this.
    For me during this time of isolation – I am home alone with a cat that is not too sweet and cuddly but she is all I have to talk to. I have had more friends call me to make sure I am OK, My daughter calls me more often, Facebook contacts have been good and my yard has lots of work for me to do. I want to be able to help my friends who are having a harder time and I find being there with and for them is satisfying.

    Reply
  49. In my grief support group we were also told to think of three good things that happened that day and to smile at the thought of each one. Even the smallest thing should be counted. It helped me and others to do this.
    For me during this time of isolation – I am home alone with a cat that is not too sweet and cuddly but she is all I have to talk to. I have had more friends call me to make sure I am OK, My daughter calls me more often, Facebook contacts have been good and my yard has lots of work for me to do. I want to be able to help my friends who are having a harder time and I find being there with and for them is satisfying.

    Reply
  50. In my grief support group we were also told to think of three good things that happened that day and to smile at the thought of each one. Even the smallest thing should be counted. It helped me and others to do this.
    For me during this time of isolation – I am home alone with a cat that is not too sweet and cuddly but she is all I have to talk to. I have had more friends call me to make sure I am OK, My daughter calls me more often, Facebook contacts have been good and my yard has lots of work for me to do. I want to be able to help my friends who are having a harder time and I find being there with and for them is satisfying.

    Reply
  51. Since it’s still morning today, I’m going to include a couple of good things that happened yesterday. I went hiking with a friend. It was wonderful to see her, even though we didn’t hug, and the woods were lovely in the spring. Second, my peonies are blooming! They are white, pink and cerise. Third, I woke up today to a beautiful sunny morning, but it rained overnight so I don’t have to water my garden.
    Quantum, I am also very excited to have lupine in my garden for the first time, I started them from seed last year. How lucky you were to get them for free!

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  52. Since it’s still morning today, I’m going to include a couple of good things that happened yesterday. I went hiking with a friend. It was wonderful to see her, even though we didn’t hug, and the woods were lovely in the spring. Second, my peonies are blooming! They are white, pink and cerise. Third, I woke up today to a beautiful sunny morning, but it rained overnight so I don’t have to water my garden.
    Quantum, I am also very excited to have lupine in my garden for the first time, I started them from seed last year. How lucky you were to get them for free!

    Reply
  53. Since it’s still morning today, I’m going to include a couple of good things that happened yesterday. I went hiking with a friend. It was wonderful to see her, even though we didn’t hug, and the woods were lovely in the spring. Second, my peonies are blooming! They are white, pink and cerise. Third, I woke up today to a beautiful sunny morning, but it rained overnight so I don’t have to water my garden.
    Quantum, I am also very excited to have lupine in my garden for the first time, I started them from seed last year. How lucky you were to get them for free!

    Reply
  54. Since it’s still morning today, I’m going to include a couple of good things that happened yesterday. I went hiking with a friend. It was wonderful to see her, even though we didn’t hug, and the woods were lovely in the spring. Second, my peonies are blooming! They are white, pink and cerise. Third, I woke up today to a beautiful sunny morning, but it rained overnight so I don’t have to water my garden.
    Quantum, I am also very excited to have lupine in my garden for the first time, I started them from seed last year. How lucky you were to get them for free!

    Reply
  55. Since it’s still morning today, I’m going to include a couple of good things that happened yesterday. I went hiking with a friend. It was wonderful to see her, even though we didn’t hug, and the woods were lovely in the spring. Second, my peonies are blooming! They are white, pink and cerise. Third, I woke up today to a beautiful sunny morning, but it rained overnight so I don’t have to water my garden.
    Quantum, I am also very excited to have lupine in my garden for the first time, I started them from seed last year. How lucky you were to get them for free!

    Reply
  56. It’s possible that I can relate to more than one of those Mona Lisas….
    I sometimes lie in bed at night and count my blessings. They include a wonderful husband and daughter, other family, friends, a mostly healthy body, a roof over my head, food on the table, and the list goes on and on!
    Three things I’m grateful for today ~ it’s a beautiful day, my husband is healing so well after his recent surgeries, and our ex-sister-in-law invited us over for dinner on Saturday (a first dinner engagement since quarantine). The Word Wenches makes four things!

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  57. It’s possible that I can relate to more than one of those Mona Lisas….
    I sometimes lie in bed at night and count my blessings. They include a wonderful husband and daughter, other family, friends, a mostly healthy body, a roof over my head, food on the table, and the list goes on and on!
    Three things I’m grateful for today ~ it’s a beautiful day, my husband is healing so well after his recent surgeries, and our ex-sister-in-law invited us over for dinner on Saturday (a first dinner engagement since quarantine). The Word Wenches makes four things!

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  58. It’s possible that I can relate to more than one of those Mona Lisas….
    I sometimes lie in bed at night and count my blessings. They include a wonderful husband and daughter, other family, friends, a mostly healthy body, a roof over my head, food on the table, and the list goes on and on!
    Three things I’m grateful for today ~ it’s a beautiful day, my husband is healing so well after his recent surgeries, and our ex-sister-in-law invited us over for dinner on Saturday (a first dinner engagement since quarantine). The Word Wenches makes four things!

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  59. It’s possible that I can relate to more than one of those Mona Lisas….
    I sometimes lie in bed at night and count my blessings. They include a wonderful husband and daughter, other family, friends, a mostly healthy body, a roof over my head, food on the table, and the list goes on and on!
    Three things I’m grateful for today ~ it’s a beautiful day, my husband is healing so well after his recent surgeries, and our ex-sister-in-law invited us over for dinner on Saturday (a first dinner engagement since quarantine). The Word Wenches makes four things!

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  60. It’s possible that I can relate to more than one of those Mona Lisas….
    I sometimes lie in bed at night and count my blessings. They include a wonderful husband and daughter, other family, friends, a mostly healthy body, a roof over my head, food on the table, and the list goes on and on!
    Three things I’m grateful for today ~ it’s a beautiful day, my husband is healing so well after his recent surgeries, and our ex-sister-in-law invited us over for dinner on Saturday (a first dinner engagement since quarantine). The Word Wenches makes four things!

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  61. I can look out my patio door and see my pots full of flowers in bloom.
    I have been able to watch two squirrels chasing one another around a large live oak tree.
    I heard the doves who come to my small water bowl to drink. Their very voices sound like peace.
    Today, that sound of peace makes me very happy.
    Thanks for this post. I hope everyone is safe and taking care of themselves.

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  62. I can look out my patio door and see my pots full of flowers in bloom.
    I have been able to watch two squirrels chasing one another around a large live oak tree.
    I heard the doves who come to my small water bowl to drink. Their very voices sound like peace.
    Today, that sound of peace makes me very happy.
    Thanks for this post. I hope everyone is safe and taking care of themselves.

    Reply
  63. I can look out my patio door and see my pots full of flowers in bloom.
    I have been able to watch two squirrels chasing one another around a large live oak tree.
    I heard the doves who come to my small water bowl to drink. Their very voices sound like peace.
    Today, that sound of peace makes me very happy.
    Thanks for this post. I hope everyone is safe and taking care of themselves.

    Reply
  64. I can look out my patio door and see my pots full of flowers in bloom.
    I have been able to watch two squirrels chasing one another around a large live oak tree.
    I heard the doves who come to my small water bowl to drink. Their very voices sound like peace.
    Today, that sound of peace makes me very happy.
    Thanks for this post. I hope everyone is safe and taking care of themselves.

    Reply
  65. I can look out my patio door and see my pots full of flowers in bloom.
    I have been able to watch two squirrels chasing one another around a large live oak tree.
    I heard the doves who come to my small water bowl to drink. Their very voices sound like peace.
    Today, that sound of peace makes me very happy.
    Thanks for this post. I hope everyone is safe and taking care of themselves.

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  66. Lovely post. Here in Ireland not a lot has opened up here yet. My son and I had started to go for lunch on Friday’s when I picked him up from college. Then we’d go to town, do our separate thing and join up again for coffee. I miss this.
    I love the pics of the Mona Lisa you posted. Very funny.
    A hairdresser!!! What a joy! I can’t wait for this. My hair looks like someone put the kitchen mop on top of my head. Not looking like ours will open before end of July.
    Thanks for keeping our spirits up with all the lovely posts ye do here.

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  67. Lovely post. Here in Ireland not a lot has opened up here yet. My son and I had started to go for lunch on Friday’s when I picked him up from college. Then we’d go to town, do our separate thing and join up again for coffee. I miss this.
    I love the pics of the Mona Lisa you posted. Very funny.
    A hairdresser!!! What a joy! I can’t wait for this. My hair looks like someone put the kitchen mop on top of my head. Not looking like ours will open before end of July.
    Thanks for keeping our spirits up with all the lovely posts ye do here.

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  68. Lovely post. Here in Ireland not a lot has opened up here yet. My son and I had started to go for lunch on Friday’s when I picked him up from college. Then we’d go to town, do our separate thing and join up again for coffee. I miss this.
    I love the pics of the Mona Lisa you posted. Very funny.
    A hairdresser!!! What a joy! I can’t wait for this. My hair looks like someone put the kitchen mop on top of my head. Not looking like ours will open before end of July.
    Thanks for keeping our spirits up with all the lovely posts ye do here.

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  69. Lovely post. Here in Ireland not a lot has opened up here yet. My son and I had started to go for lunch on Friday’s when I picked him up from college. Then we’d go to town, do our separate thing and join up again for coffee. I miss this.
    I love the pics of the Mona Lisa you posted. Very funny.
    A hairdresser!!! What a joy! I can’t wait for this. My hair looks like someone put the kitchen mop on top of my head. Not looking like ours will open before end of July.
    Thanks for keeping our spirits up with all the lovely posts ye do here.

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  70. Lovely post. Here in Ireland not a lot has opened up here yet. My son and I had started to go for lunch on Friday’s when I picked him up from college. Then we’d go to town, do our separate thing and join up again for coffee. I miss this.
    I love the pics of the Mona Lisa you posted. Very funny.
    A hairdresser!!! What a joy! I can’t wait for this. My hair looks like someone put the kitchen mop on top of my head. Not looking like ours will open before end of July.
    Thanks for keeping our spirits up with all the lovely posts ye do here.

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  71. Quantum, it’s disturbing to consider that Gaia is fighting back! But being gifted with lupins is a multitude of good things–a good neighbor, whom you’ll think of whenever you look at the lupins. Perfect planting weather, AND you get to enjoy little birds. Win/win/win. *G*

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  72. Quantum, it’s disturbing to consider that Gaia is fighting back! But being gifted with lupins is a multitude of good things–a good neighbor, whom you’ll think of whenever you look at the lupins. Perfect planting weather, AND you get to enjoy little birds. Win/win/win. *G*

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  73. Quantum, it’s disturbing to consider that Gaia is fighting back! But being gifted with lupins is a multitude of good things–a good neighbor, whom you’ll think of whenever you look at the lupins. Perfect planting weather, AND you get to enjoy little birds. Win/win/win. *G*

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  74. Quantum, it’s disturbing to consider that Gaia is fighting back! But being gifted with lupins is a multitude of good things–a good neighbor, whom you’ll think of whenever you look at the lupins. Perfect planting weather, AND you get to enjoy little birds. Win/win/win. *G*

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  75. Quantum, it’s disturbing to consider that Gaia is fighting back! But being gifted with lupins is a multitude of good things–a good neighbor, whom you’ll think of whenever you look at the lupins. Perfect planting weather, AND you get to enjoy little birds. Win/win/win. *G*

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  76. LOTS of Good Things! The walk sounds lovely even though you couldn’t hug your friend, and peonies are sooo gorgeous–I have several here, now past their blooming season in Maryland.

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  77. LOTS of Good Things! The walk sounds lovely even though you couldn’t hug your friend, and peonies are sooo gorgeous–I have several here, now past their blooming season in Maryland.

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  78. LOTS of Good Things! The walk sounds lovely even though you couldn’t hug your friend, and peonies are sooo gorgeous–I have several here, now past their blooming season in Maryland.

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  79. LOTS of Good Things! The walk sounds lovely even though you couldn’t hug your friend, and peonies are sooo gorgeous–I have several here, now past their blooming season in Maryland.

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  80. LOTS of Good Things! The walk sounds lovely even though you couldn’t hug your friend, and peonies are sooo gorgeous–I have several here, now past their blooming season in Maryland.

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  81. Kareni, you do indeed have many blessings, and I’m glad the Wenches are on your list! I’m sure it will be wonderful to have a proper dinner party this Saturday. (I have an excellent ex-sister-in-law myself.)

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  82. Kareni, you do indeed have many blessings, and I’m glad the Wenches are on your list! I’m sure it will be wonderful to have a proper dinner party this Saturday. (I have an excellent ex-sister-in-law myself.)

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  83. Kareni, you do indeed have many blessings, and I’m glad the Wenches are on your list! I’m sure it will be wonderful to have a proper dinner party this Saturday. (I have an excellent ex-sister-in-law myself.)

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  84. Kareni, you do indeed have many blessings, and I’m glad the Wenches are on your list! I’m sure it will be wonderful to have a proper dinner party this Saturday. (I have an excellent ex-sister-in-law myself.)

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  85. Kareni, you do indeed have many blessings, and I’m glad the Wenches are on your list! I’m sure it will be wonderful to have a proper dinner party this Saturday. (I have an excellent ex-sister-in-law myself.)

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  86. Teresa–I’m sorry to hear you’ll have to wait so long for a visit to your hairdresser! Looking the way we want to look is very good for morale. I figured that I was lucky that I seldom look in mirrors. *G* I’m glad we’re helping to keep your spirits up, because you do the same for us!

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  87. Teresa–I’m sorry to hear you’ll have to wait so long for a visit to your hairdresser! Looking the way we want to look is very good for morale. I figured that I was lucky that I seldom look in mirrors. *G* I’m glad we’re helping to keep your spirits up, because you do the same for us!

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  88. Teresa–I’m sorry to hear you’ll have to wait so long for a visit to your hairdresser! Looking the way we want to look is very good for morale. I figured that I was lucky that I seldom look in mirrors. *G* I’m glad we’re helping to keep your spirits up, because you do the same for us!

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  89. Teresa–I’m sorry to hear you’ll have to wait so long for a visit to your hairdresser! Looking the way we want to look is very good for morale. I figured that I was lucky that I seldom look in mirrors. *G* I’m glad we’re helping to keep your spirits up, because you do the same for us!

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  90. Teresa–I’m sorry to hear you’ll have to wait so long for a visit to your hairdresser! Looking the way we want to look is very good for morale. I figured that I was lucky that I seldom look in mirrors. *G* I’m glad we’re helping to keep your spirits up, because you do the same for us!

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  91. Karin, peonies are such beautiful plants, I just wish the blooms would last longer. I’m thinking of getting a tree peony soon. The blooms are much smaller but the interesting foliage adds to the attraction. Very impressed that you grew your lupines from seed.

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  92. Karin, peonies are such beautiful plants, I just wish the blooms would last longer. I’m thinking of getting a tree peony soon. The blooms are much smaller but the interesting foliage adds to the attraction. Very impressed that you grew your lupines from seed.

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  93. Karin, peonies are such beautiful plants, I just wish the blooms would last longer. I’m thinking of getting a tree peony soon. The blooms are much smaller but the interesting foliage adds to the attraction. Very impressed that you grew your lupines from seed.

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  94. Karin, peonies are such beautiful plants, I just wish the blooms would last longer. I’m thinking of getting a tree peony soon. The blooms are much smaller but the interesting foliage adds to the attraction. Very impressed that you grew your lupines from seed.

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  95. Karin, peonies are such beautiful plants, I just wish the blooms would last longer. I’m thinking of getting a tree peony soon. The blooms are much smaller but the interesting foliage adds to the attraction. Very impressed that you grew your lupines from seed.

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  96. I agree about the peonies! I only have one (sort of like a small bush) and the flowers come out once a year for about a week, then that’s it. Really wish they’d stay longer!

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  97. I agree about the peonies! I only have one (sort of like a small bush) and the flowers come out once a year for about a week, then that’s it. Really wish they’d stay longer!

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  98. I agree about the peonies! I only have one (sort of like a small bush) and the flowers come out once a year for about a week, then that’s it. Really wish they’d stay longer!

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  99. I agree about the peonies! I only have one (sort of like a small bush) and the flowers come out once a year for about a week, then that’s it. Really wish they’d stay longer!

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  100. I agree about the peonies! I only have one (sort of like a small bush) and the flowers come out once a year for about a week, then that’s it. Really wish they’d stay longer!

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  101. Great post Mary Jo! Three things? I’m getting to spend all day with my elderly dog and don’t have to worry him by leaving him when I go out. I’ve got all the time in the world to work on projects I’ve been putting off. And I have a garden full of gorgeous roses at the moment! 🙂

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  102. Great post Mary Jo! Three things? I’m getting to spend all day with my elderly dog and don’t have to worry him by leaving him when I go out. I’ve got all the time in the world to work on projects I’ve been putting off. And I have a garden full of gorgeous roses at the moment! 🙂

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  103. Great post Mary Jo! Three things? I’m getting to spend all day with my elderly dog and don’t have to worry him by leaving him when I go out. I’ve got all the time in the world to work on projects I’ve been putting off. And I have a garden full of gorgeous roses at the moment! 🙂

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  104. Great post Mary Jo! Three things? I’m getting to spend all day with my elderly dog and don’t have to worry him by leaving him when I go out. I’ve got all the time in the world to work on projects I’ve been putting off. And I have a garden full of gorgeous roses at the moment! 🙂

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  105. Great post Mary Jo! Three things? I’m getting to spend all day with my elderly dog and don’t have to worry him by leaving him when I go out. I’ve got all the time in the world to work on projects I’ve been putting off. And I have a garden full of gorgeous roses at the moment! 🙂

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  106. I have off and on kept a gratitude journal going because when you look back you realize, oh yeah…there are good things happening even in bad times. Last year, a friend of mine was all depressed and down because of her husbands broken hip, hip replacement, and bone cancer treatment all at the same time. I was able to convince her that she should keep a journal to record the tiny good things in the midst of her angst. After a couple of months she said, you know, it has made a difference. I look back and see how many good things happen and I feel better.
    As for my recent “Good Things”. I now have my little fleece vest back! It has been stuck in interlibrary transfer from library branch to library branch. It got left behind at the book sale and when I tracked it down they said, I’ll send it to you via interlibrary mail. Then they shut the library down for 3 months! As a bonus, I got to talk to 2 of my local librarians when I picked it up.
    Completely overcast at the exact time I wanted to finish working on a bed outside. Finally finished weeding it. That was such a great feeling since it was all shade, not patchy sun/shade where you have to keep moving to keep from frying.
    Found a good home for 5 seed starting trays. I hate trashing perfectly good items so always feel like I’ve made a big win when I manage to rehome items.
    The Big grateful is that I’m on a manic organizational and cleaning spree and I’m making lots of ruthless decisions about “WHY are you keeping this?” Things are getting moved out and I’m also starting to see progress in multiple areas.

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  107. I have off and on kept a gratitude journal going because when you look back you realize, oh yeah…there are good things happening even in bad times. Last year, a friend of mine was all depressed and down because of her husbands broken hip, hip replacement, and bone cancer treatment all at the same time. I was able to convince her that she should keep a journal to record the tiny good things in the midst of her angst. After a couple of months she said, you know, it has made a difference. I look back and see how many good things happen and I feel better.
    As for my recent “Good Things”. I now have my little fleece vest back! It has been stuck in interlibrary transfer from library branch to library branch. It got left behind at the book sale and when I tracked it down they said, I’ll send it to you via interlibrary mail. Then they shut the library down for 3 months! As a bonus, I got to talk to 2 of my local librarians when I picked it up.
    Completely overcast at the exact time I wanted to finish working on a bed outside. Finally finished weeding it. That was such a great feeling since it was all shade, not patchy sun/shade where you have to keep moving to keep from frying.
    Found a good home for 5 seed starting trays. I hate trashing perfectly good items so always feel like I’ve made a big win when I manage to rehome items.
    The Big grateful is that I’m on a manic organizational and cleaning spree and I’m making lots of ruthless decisions about “WHY are you keeping this?” Things are getting moved out and I’m also starting to see progress in multiple areas.

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  108. I have off and on kept a gratitude journal going because when you look back you realize, oh yeah…there are good things happening even in bad times. Last year, a friend of mine was all depressed and down because of her husbands broken hip, hip replacement, and bone cancer treatment all at the same time. I was able to convince her that she should keep a journal to record the tiny good things in the midst of her angst. After a couple of months she said, you know, it has made a difference. I look back and see how many good things happen and I feel better.
    As for my recent “Good Things”. I now have my little fleece vest back! It has been stuck in interlibrary transfer from library branch to library branch. It got left behind at the book sale and when I tracked it down they said, I’ll send it to you via interlibrary mail. Then they shut the library down for 3 months! As a bonus, I got to talk to 2 of my local librarians when I picked it up.
    Completely overcast at the exact time I wanted to finish working on a bed outside. Finally finished weeding it. That was such a great feeling since it was all shade, not patchy sun/shade where you have to keep moving to keep from frying.
    Found a good home for 5 seed starting trays. I hate trashing perfectly good items so always feel like I’ve made a big win when I manage to rehome items.
    The Big grateful is that I’m on a manic organizational and cleaning spree and I’m making lots of ruthless decisions about “WHY are you keeping this?” Things are getting moved out and I’m also starting to see progress in multiple areas.

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  109. I have off and on kept a gratitude journal going because when you look back you realize, oh yeah…there are good things happening even in bad times. Last year, a friend of mine was all depressed and down because of her husbands broken hip, hip replacement, and bone cancer treatment all at the same time. I was able to convince her that she should keep a journal to record the tiny good things in the midst of her angst. After a couple of months she said, you know, it has made a difference. I look back and see how many good things happen and I feel better.
    As for my recent “Good Things”. I now have my little fleece vest back! It has been stuck in interlibrary transfer from library branch to library branch. It got left behind at the book sale and when I tracked it down they said, I’ll send it to you via interlibrary mail. Then they shut the library down for 3 months! As a bonus, I got to talk to 2 of my local librarians when I picked it up.
    Completely overcast at the exact time I wanted to finish working on a bed outside. Finally finished weeding it. That was such a great feeling since it was all shade, not patchy sun/shade where you have to keep moving to keep from frying.
    Found a good home for 5 seed starting trays. I hate trashing perfectly good items so always feel like I’ve made a big win when I manage to rehome items.
    The Big grateful is that I’m on a manic organizational and cleaning spree and I’m making lots of ruthless decisions about “WHY are you keeping this?” Things are getting moved out and I’m also starting to see progress in multiple areas.

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  110. I have off and on kept a gratitude journal going because when you look back you realize, oh yeah…there are good things happening even in bad times. Last year, a friend of mine was all depressed and down because of her husbands broken hip, hip replacement, and bone cancer treatment all at the same time. I was able to convince her that she should keep a journal to record the tiny good things in the midst of her angst. After a couple of months she said, you know, it has made a difference. I look back and see how many good things happen and I feel better.
    As for my recent “Good Things”. I now have my little fleece vest back! It has been stuck in interlibrary transfer from library branch to library branch. It got left behind at the book sale and when I tracked it down they said, I’ll send it to you via interlibrary mail. Then they shut the library down for 3 months! As a bonus, I got to talk to 2 of my local librarians when I picked it up.
    Completely overcast at the exact time I wanted to finish working on a bed outside. Finally finished weeding it. That was such a great feeling since it was all shade, not patchy sun/shade where you have to keep moving to keep from frying.
    Found a good home for 5 seed starting trays. I hate trashing perfectly good items so always feel like I’ve made a big win when I manage to rehome items.
    The Big grateful is that I’m on a manic organizational and cleaning spree and I’m making lots of ruthless decisions about “WHY are you keeping this?” Things are getting moved out and I’m also starting to see progress in multiple areas.

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  111. Vicki–your vest stuck in Interlibrary Transfer! That is not a story one hears often. *G* I’m glad it has come home to you. I’m glad the “Good Things” concept helped your friend when she was in such a ghastly situation. It is used therapeutically, but any of us can do it.
    I’m glad that you’re so good at seeing the good things in your life. As for your manic organization spree–have you considered a nice visit to Maryland? *G*

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  112. Vicki–your vest stuck in Interlibrary Transfer! That is not a story one hears often. *G* I’m glad it has come home to you. I’m glad the “Good Things” concept helped your friend when she was in such a ghastly situation. It is used therapeutically, but any of us can do it.
    I’m glad that you’re so good at seeing the good things in your life. As for your manic organization spree–have you considered a nice visit to Maryland? *G*

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  113. Vicki–your vest stuck in Interlibrary Transfer! That is not a story one hears often. *G* I’m glad it has come home to you. I’m glad the “Good Things” concept helped your friend when she was in such a ghastly situation. It is used therapeutically, but any of us can do it.
    I’m glad that you’re so good at seeing the good things in your life. As for your manic organization spree–have you considered a nice visit to Maryland? *G*

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  114. Vicki–your vest stuck in Interlibrary Transfer! That is not a story one hears often. *G* I’m glad it has come home to you. I’m glad the “Good Things” concept helped your friend when she was in such a ghastly situation. It is used therapeutically, but any of us can do it.
    I’m glad that you’re so good at seeing the good things in your life. As for your manic organization spree–have you considered a nice visit to Maryland? *G*

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  115. Vicki–your vest stuck in Interlibrary Transfer! That is not a story one hears often. *G* I’m glad it has come home to you. I’m glad the “Good Things” concept helped your friend when she was in such a ghastly situation. It is used therapeutically, but any of us can do it.
    I’m glad that you’re so good at seeing the good things in your life. As for your manic organization spree–have you considered a nice visit to Maryland? *G*

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