Five things that made me happy today – 2/8/23

I speak of change not on the surface but in the depth — change in the sense of renewal. 

James Baldwin

1. It was 38 deg when I got up with clearing skies. We had sporadic sun breaks all day with the temperature topping out at 48 deg.

2. This morning was spent catching up on emails and newsletters that I have let slide all week.

3. I went over to the Wellness Center and managed to get most of my steps for the day before I scurried home to fix lunch.

4. We had Bear Creek “Darn Good” Chili that I added ground turkey to. It was very acceptable, but not like Wick Fowler’s at all. Hot (with fire, not with pepper), and filling.

5. The landscapers have been spreading wood chips in all the flower beds. That really helps hold the moisture in the soil and gives some nutrients to the plants.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 2/7/23

One day at a time – this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering. 

Mary Morrison

1. It was mid 40s and raining when I got up. The rain kept on until shortly after noon when the sun came out. They are promising changeable weather for the rest of the day – alternating sun and showers. The high temperature will be 49 deg.

2. I was struck by this post from one of my blogger friends. She basically said exactly what I’ve been feeling.

3. Over to the Wellness Center to work out on the NuStep. I’ll be happy when the wind, rain, and 40 deg weather lets up and I can walk outside more.

4. I brought a tunafish sandwich and chocolate chip cookie home from the Bistro. Big Al made his own sandwich.

5. The fellow who’s in charge of buildings and grounds brought the carpet man over for us to look at what colors they had. We were able to pick out a really nice selection for the living room, and bedrooms.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 2/6/23

The time is always right to do what is right. 


1. It was 43 deg with drizzle when I got up this morning. The drip, drip, drops continued all day with the temperature only reaching 48 deg.

2. Busy day, with a few changes to my schedule, so I was a little stressed today. Nothing major, just nothing happening when I had planned. Sometime in there, I got the laundry all washed, dried, folded, and hung up.

3. I had an appointment with my personal trainer, and we got it done, Although I felt rushed the whole time.

4. Lunch was a chicken thigh, yellow squash, and rice for me, and Al’s leftover chicken yakitori for him.

5. The Greisser Girls got rescheduled to today on Zoom. Luckily, today is Gazebo Group on Zoom, so I can go from one to the other without having to cut either short.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 2/5/23

We can never underestimate this truth: No matter who you are, the biggest thing you do in any day is most often going to be a small act of kindness, decency, or love. 

Cory Booker

1. It was 42 deg with drizzle when I got up. The rain continued until about the time we got home from lunch. Now it’s just cloudy (what a surprise) and 48 deg.

2. I read through my posts for the current date first thing every morning. Three years ago, I was all excited to be planning my trip to Houston for the General Assembly Nominating Committee meeting. That was going to be a long train trip, and it was cancelled by COVID. Two years ago I was excited to be getting my second COVID shot on February 17th. A year ago I was tired of lockdown. I still haven’t used the voucher for that trip – it’s probably expired now.

3. Nice church service this morning. I had wine and a lemon Oreo for my communion in my living room. I’m still reluctant to go anywhere and sit in proximity to lots of people.

4. We went to our favorite Japanese restaurant for lunch. I had assorted sushi, and Al had chicken yakisoba. We like that place because the tables are still separated, and there are rarely a lot of people there. (And the food is yummy, too.)

5. We picked up the Safeway order for eggs, milk and fruit for the week, and came home to hibernate the rest of the day. I’m really looking forward to All Creatures Great and Small on PBS this evening.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 2/4/23

This was love: a string of coincidences that gathered significance and became miracles. 


1. It was 45 deg and damp when I got up. We’ve had rain off and on all day. The high temperature was 50 deg.

2. I’ve started messing with the taxes. I discovered I still need Al’s paperwork from the Office of Personnel Management. <sigh> I did get the filing cabinet drawer cleaned out, though.

3. I went over to the Wellness Center and got my steps in this morning.

4. We had most of the rest of the White Bean Chicken Chili for lunch today. Good dinner for a cold rainy day.

5. I heard from #2 son with more pictures from Buenos Aires. It’s a bustling city with lots of construction and cranes dotting the skyline.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 2/3/23

Your fate is not yet sealed. Even in the darkest night, a star will shine, a bell will chime, a path will be revealed. 

Pam Munoz Ryan 

1. It was 37 deg with cloudy skies when I got up this morning.

2. Under the heading of “What rock have I been living under?”, two different blogger friends have done posts this week about Imbolc. I had never heard nor read the term before, but apparently it’s a Celtic and/or Gaelic festival on the quarter year half-way between the winter solstice and the spring solstice – February 1. It’s the “already and not yet” time for nature to turn to spring. Think baby animals, and daffodils in the snow.

3. Good workout with my personal trainer. Not too exhausted, but pleasantly tired.

4. Big Al and I both had appointments with our podiatrist, so we’re got trimmed toenails and the calluses on the bottom of my feet are taken care of. Feels so good.

5. We didn’t get a chance to eat before we went to the doctor, so we stopped on the way home at Oddfellas. Al had a pepperoni flatbread pizza, and I had cod with chips.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 2/2/23

And if you follow your truth down the road to peace and the affirmation of love, if you shine like a beacon for all to see, then the poetry of all the great dreamers and philosophers is yours to manifest in a nation, a world community, and a Beloved Community that is finally at peace with itself. 

John Lewis

1. It was 31 deg and clearing when I got up. The sun was out until the middle of the afternoon when it clouded up and began to get cooler. The high temperature today was 47 deg.

2. I’ve been on a jihad today to squash the ads on Facebook. They always come back, but at least they slow down for a while.

3. I spent an hour on the NuStep at the Wellness Center. It beats sitting in front of the computer or in my recliner with my feet up. I feel like the kids in The Cat in the Hat.

Too wet to go out and too cold to play ball,

So we sat in the house and did nothing at all.

Dr. Seuss

4. I picked up Whoppers for lunch today. Big Al had fries with his.

5. It’s Groundhog Day. I’m eternally grateful that we don’t have to repeat these cold, damp February days like those poor people in the movie.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 2/1/23

If something good happens, travel to celebrate. If something bad happens, travel to forget. If nothing happens, travel to make something happen.  


1. It was 33 deg and cloudy when I got up. It cleared off by noonish, and the temperature topped out at 45 deg.

2. One of the maintenance men came and checked on my shower that lost its plastic strip at the bottom of the door. It’s okay for now, but they’ll order another one to be dealt with when they do the refresh.

3. I scurried down to Trader Joe’s and picked up a couple of oranges, and a couple of apples, and enough of my breakfast sausages to last until I can’t cook.

4. After that, I went to the Wellness Center and watched HCR’s Politics Chat from yesterday. I came home and fixed White Bean Chicken Chili. It smells and tastes wonderful. It’s another offering from the sisters for soup/stews with lots of veggies.

5. I’m really pleased with my weight loss following a combination of the dietitian’s plan and my doctor’s plan to minimize beef, eat mostly chicken, fish, and pork, include beans and whole grains, and at least 5 fruits and vegetables every day.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 1/31/23

While the news often features the worst of humanity, there are a billion acts of human kindness every hour of every day! Take another breath and sense this truth.

Jack Kornfield

1. It was 32 deg and purportedly snowing when I got up. I saw the snow once it got light enough to see anything. It quit before 9:00 am. Now it’s just plain cold – 40 deg – and the sun is shining sporadically.

2. We’re continuing in the Sermon on the Mount in Bible Study. We had a good discussion about what the people listening understood as “The Kingdom of God.” (This is a really old painting, but, unfortunately most people still think of Jesus and the disciples as light-skinned.)

The Sermon on the Mount Carl Bloch, 1890

3. I got most of my steps in at the Wellness Center, and picked up a tuna fish sandwich and a chocolate chip cookie for my lunch. (I PLANNED for the cookie.) While I was gone the housekeeper came and changed the sheets on the beds, cleaned the kitchen and bathrooms, and vacuumed and swept and mopped the floors.

4. I got my Intentions Review for January 2023 written.

5. Greisser Girls Gab is in a few minutes. It will be nice seeing the sisters and learning about their activities and lives. Although we’re all three in our 70s, I still feel like they are a different generation.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 1/30/23

Time passes, seasons bring change, people die, and those of us left hold the memories in our hearts. 

Janice Stamper

1. It was 25 deg and clear when I got up. From sunrise to midafternoon the sun was out with blue skies. Now it’s clouded up, The high temperature this afternoon was 38 deg, but this is the end of the cold-cold for a while. It should be in the 40s again tomorrow.

2. I learned yesterday of the death of one of my oldest friends from Air Force days. She helped me learn how to be an Air Force wife – took me under her wing. We were stationed together in Louisiana and Texas, and near enough to see each other regularly in England. I had one of her daughters in my Girl Scout troop, and she babysat for my kids. Her husband died several years ago, but the two of them are still in my heart.

3. Good workout with my personal trainer today. We even got through a little early, which was good because I had to stay after to finish my steps for the day.

4. Ham, boiled potatoes and broccoli for me, with cauliflower for Al.

5. Gazebo Group later this evening. It will be good to see everybody.

How about you? What made you happy today?