Five things that made me happy today – 1/26/23

Gratitude is liberating. It is subversive. It helps us realize that we are sufficient, and that realization frees us. 

Joanna Macy

1. It was 38 deg. and mostly cloudy when I got up. It got up to 46 deg under cloudy skies. For the first time since November, the sun will set AFTER 5:00 pm, instead of before. Sunset is at 5:02. It feels like we’ve turned the corner on the Big Dark.

2. Al had a doctor’s appointment at 8:00 am, so we were up and out of the house about an hour and a half before we were used to. All is well. They discovered Al hadn’t had a “Senior” pneumonia shot, so he got one of those while we were there. His blood work looked good, so next we visit the podiatrist and the pulmonologist in February. And I have a dental appointment also in February.

3. By that time we were starving, so we went to Pacific Southern for brunch. Al had two enormous pancakes and one egg, over easy. I had scrambled eggs, ham, grits, and a biscuit. BIG meal so we’re eating light the rest of the day.

4. Then we found our way to the Sherwin-Williams store to get paint chips so Facilities could order the paint for the refresh of our Duplex. They assured us that they wouldn’t be ready to start until after Bill gets back from Argentina (TBTG). I don’t have a clue about how to set up all the computer stuff for the network, so I’m happy that he will be back in country to take it apart and put it back together.

5. Now I’m starting to worry about what and how we’ll eat when we are in the “guest cottage.” We’ll have a small refrigerator, and a microwave. We can eat cold cereal, or oatmeal for breakfasts, and salads, fruit, and cheese and crackers for supper. I can take soups to warm up for lunches, but we really need at least three meals a week with meat, vegetable, and starch – and that’s pricy to eat out. But we’ll work something out. I remember when I was 12 years old, Papa was transferred from California to New Jersey, and Mama, Papa, Harriet, Betty, Bill and I lived in two motel rooms for two months. If my folks could do it with four kids, Al and I can do it without a divorce.

How about you? What made you happy today?