Wednesday, August 23, 2017

For Pam*

Edited to add:  Linking up with FFF today, even though I wrote this post two days ago. The beauty of making it a habit to keep a gratitude journal or doing an exercise like Friday's Fave Five is that it gets me in the habit of looking for the good things in life, even in the midst of challenges. Wednesday was a good day for this;)

Sometimes you don't have to wait for a meme like Friday Fave Five to count blessings. Sometimes you need to just do it in the middle of the week. Here are some things that have helped me remain peaceful of late.

1. Mass on Sunday and coffee with friends. I love the early mass because it's quiet, the music is simple and many of the attendees are people I've grown up with, or parents of friends I grew up with. Afterward, I had coffee with some friends. It was nice to catch up after a long summer.

2. A day in the mountains. On Monday, I took a drive up to the little mountain town of Grand Lake, with my sister-in-law, aunt and stepmom. We met another sister-in-law for lunch, beside the stream in the photo above. It was during the eclipse, and the people at the next table shared their glasses with us. The solar eclipse was like a big party for the whole country, and it was really nice to join together and share something so extraordinary and positive.

3. The back porch with Dan. Talking quietly until we were both almost too tired to get up and go to bed. With him, I find my quiet center.

4. When life is chaotic, I find refuge in putting my surroundings in order. I cleaned out the refrigerator and the pantry one day. Simple, but restorative.

5. Dinner with good friends* in the middle of the week at the Old Spaghetti Factory. It feels like an indulgence to go out in the middle of the week, when it's a work night. But sometimes that is just when we need it, just like counting blessings doesn't have to be saved for the end of the day or the end of the week.

Happy Hump Day to all.


Melinda said...

Such a nice post and lots to be thankful for.
Sometimes we just have to slow down a bit and
enjoy our surroundings.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

M : )

Cherdecor said...

I felt peaceful just reading your post! Everything you did was slow and easy. I love getting together with family. I wish mine lived closer to me. Have a wonderful weekend!

Leslie said...

I love this. #3 Is something that happens around here a lot... except I'm the one trying to bring calm to paul. Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Dianna said...

Hi Karen,

I have been without the internet since last Saturday, with our service being restored this morning. I wanted to check in with you and see what I had missed. I love it that you did your FFF on Wednesday! I enjoyed your blessings so much...especially the evenings of quiet talks with your hubby. My husband is the same way...he helps me find my quiet self. The picture at the top is just peaceful in and of itself. xx

Susan said...

I love that you said we don't have to wait until the end of the day or week to count our blessings. We can do so as we go along.

I could just visualize you and your hubby talking on the porch and too sleepy to get up. Tender image and how precious that he is your quiet center.

Memorable way to spend the eclipse - with strangers and family beside a beautiful stream experiencing something extraordinary.

I don't say it very often in my FFF, but church on Sunday is always a blessing and my quiet center. I see the appeal of the early mass you attend: the quieter music and being surrounded by folks you know well.

Have a good week, Karen.

Mereknits said...

You are blessed Karen, and those around you are blessed by you my friend.

Susanne said...

What a lovely area to watch the eclipse. God's granduer in the sky and and at your feet. Mountains and their streams are my happy place. Old Spaghetti Factory is one of our favorite places to eat. It's probably a good thing they don't have one in our city. :)

Melanie said...

Beautiful blessings...nice to take note of them and be grateful for all the little lovely things in our lives.

Dewena said...

You have a gift, not just for writing about the days in your week, but for capturing the pleasure of them. This week's was especially moving. And inspirational.

Barbara H. said...

I felt like that about the eclipse, too - like a bog party for the country. It was so nice to focus on something positive. I find it restorative, too, to put things in order. I cleaned out the overflowing basket on my desk this afternoon, something I've been wanting to get to for days. Your time out with friends sounds great.

Willow said...

I can identify with your love of being at mass. We missed church last week and it was so good to be back this weekend.
Your hike along that river sounds wonderful. And it was great to experience the eclipse like that with everyone around you.
Love your description of sitting on the deck with your hubby.