Goodbye to August
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
I can't say that I'm unhappy to see August go. It's been hot and humid and rainy. But the heavens are smiling on us today because the last day of August is going to be a perfect day. The sun is shining, the humidity is way down and the temperature will be in the high 70's - exactly how I like it!
Daisy and I had a most excellent walk this morning. I needed my light sweatshirt for most of it. Because it was so nice, we walked just over 2 miles. I love watching her when we go for a walk - she likes to be just a bit in front of me, her tail is going the whole time and she charges on like she's on a very important mission.
This morning I was thinking about all the things I am grateful for - what a list it became.
On the top of the list are my dear Tom and, of course, Daisy. They both require a lot of energy on my part, but it is so willingly given because I receive so much in return.
Then comes my children, stepchild, daughters & son-in-law and those wonderful grandchildren. I don't get to spend as much time with them all as I would like, but the time we have together is precious to me.
I am so very grateful for my health, and Tom's. Sure, we have our aches and pains and those nasty demons that we are constantly fighting off, but for the most part we are both very healthy. My knees give me trouble from time to time, but a couple years ago the Physical Therapist I saw told me "you either have to use them or you will loose them". And how true that seems to be. Last summer I could barely walk a mile and I would have never even tried going up or down the stairs unless it was an emergency. Now I am walking at least 30 minutes each day - and usually make my 10,000 steps; I have no reason to go downstairs so I just do the stairs at least 4 times a day; and I'm on my stationary bike for 15-20 minutes 4 or 5 times a week - it's what I do while watching General Hospital! I've found that if I don't do the bike for a few days, knee pain returns!
I am also very grateful that I found SparkPeople 20 months ago, and have made so many great Spark friends. I may not have lost as much weight as I would like - yet; but I feel so much better every day than I could say a couple of years ago.
There are so many other things to be grateful for - the beautiful flowers, the birds singing, shade from the big tree in the backyard, and many more. But one thing that came to mind this morning that even surprised me: I'm grateful for Netflix, Hulu, and Xfinity DVR that we have recently signed up for. I can record thing I like to watch and when I'm ready to knit I can watch without commercials - what a blessing that is!
What are you grateful for today?