GIST – The Sunday Edition # 175

It’s been awhile since I have done one of these although my offline gratitude practice remains on point.

In no particular order, here are the things I am grateful for today:

1. The blooming flowers. I removed a gazillion weeds from the beds around the new house & the flowers that remain, are starting to bloom. They add some much needed joy. Also, I potted a couple of miniature rose bushes that Chris gifted me for Mother’s Day from my children & they are growing so well.

2. Lillie: the shih-tzu who loves everyone of us without ceasing . She never fails to meet each of us at the door when we come home from work & demands snuggles when we are sitting anywhere. Recently learned is that she loves the outside. Her favorite place, besides someone’s lap, is a chair on the screened porch in the sunshine where she can keep an eye on the world (and the birds & squirrels)

3. Random compliments.

4. Time to read. The last half of last year & first half of this year were busy & I feel like I didn’t really get to read much of anything besides work documents. I’ve made it for this month though, averaging about a book every day & a half.

5. An upcoming break. 5 glorious days to do what I want when I want without having to set an alarm clock. Friday can not get here fast enough.

Posting every day went by the way side with what can only be termed the illness from hell. All I have managed to do is sleep & go to work. Attempt to eat. Take a shower. Repeat. I *finally* am starting to feel a little more human. I had today off & I was able to get all the laundry done & make some headway into arranging my bedroom. We’ve lived here for 2 months & it’s still not completely done the way I want it.

The heating pad & ibuprofen have been my best friends today. I somehow managed to pull a muscle in my lower back & in my shoulder. (It may or may not have had a lot to do with lifting some boxes incorrectly.)

I go back to work tomorrow for a 7 day stretch & then have next weekend off. Since our inspection happened on Wednesday I no longer have to be concerned with that. At least until after the first of the year. We passed which is all that ultimately matters.

I think I am going to read a few chapters while I wait for the nighttime meds to kick in.