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Thursday, February 2, 2017

What’s Brightening My Day Right Now…

It’s cold, overcast and, for me personally, I am traveling through a truly mean season.

But there is always something to be thankful for such as: today is the halfway point of winter ~ also known as Candlemas…or it’s American cousin, Groundhog Day.

Here are five other things currently getting me through the day.

1. A Pretty Bouquet of Flowers.

This bright and happy collection was found at the grocery store in the floral clearance bin for $2.49. A quick snip of the stems and adding some plant food to the water perked the wilted wallflowers right up.

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2. Comfort Food

This is how Monday morning started. But I didn’t even care.

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Because the steel cut oatmeal with dried blueberries was totally worth it.

This morning was biscuits and gravy. Truly, this got me out of bed. I’ll worry about weight gain later. Right now I’m thinking fried chicken for lunch. Who’s with me?

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3. Having Something To Look Forward To

It can be BIG or small.

My son calls me everyday at 4:05 to chat while he walks home from school.

This weekend I made a date with the Fashionista to go see this movie:

4. A Little Red Wagon

Every single day around 1 pm I load up my terminally ill dog Franz in his wagon. His red headed companion, Rudi, walks for most of the way.

It may be the exercise.

It may be the fresh air.

It may be the happy honks and waves we receive from passing cars.

Whatever it is, there is joy for many, and that is a good thing. 

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5. Beautiful blogs and wonderful readers

The inspiration for this post came from Modern Mrs. Darcy who encouraged her readers to focus on the things that give you life RIGHT NOW. You should try it, it’s a day brightener.

Every day I am inspired by the beauty that is freely given by creative and inspiring bloggers.

I also have to say, with tears in my eyes, I have the BEST bloggy friends and readers in the world.

About a month ago I posted on FB that I was interested in obtaining some copper molds so I could try my hand at mastering some Victorian Era dishes that required them. #historynerd

My dear friends Sarah, Carolyn and Darla responded with such lovely kindness. Thank you ladies ever so much! Your generous gifts truly brightened my day.

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I also have to say that so many of you left me such heartfelt comments on Sunday’s post that my love bucket is overflowing. You truly warmed my heart. Thank you so much.

So tell me, what is saving you right now?



Mildred said...

Hi Laura, Your bright bouquet of flowers caught my eye on facebook. Just had to come by and tell you that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I love the photo of Rudi and Franz riding in the wagon. So many folks at the park would see us pushing Harriet in her little dog stroller and would smile the most understanding smile w/o saying a word.

I found a vintage picnic basket at the consignment shop for $4 and that has given me a smile! I have wanted one for years to fill with old, sentimental pieces of china....even if only to eat a chickfila sandwich on the plates! lol

May God be merciful to you and yours.

The Boston Lady said...

What's saving me as I navigate some rough waters? Number 1, my grandson, definitely. Trying to stay away from news reality and reading some books which I haven't had time for before. Of course, being a movie bound I thoroughly recommend Jackie. Excellent portrayal, costumes, set details. Wendy and I are trying to see as many Oscar contenders as possible. Love to you and sweet Frank.

Linda said...

Dear Laura,
I'm so glad you're finding comfort in lovely things right now. ♥
January was our extremely bad month as I mentioned and I'm so hoping that some happier days are ahead now. The one thing I don't comfort myself with is - food. After getting in the best shape of my life over 2 years now, I'm just so daily conscience about what I eat and am so careful with calories always. I'm afraid it's a lifelong thing for me now and I'm no fun in that area, lol. But... other things that have been comforting me lately: My 91 year-old Dad cooked dinner at their house next door for us last night and it was wonderful! We finally reached some solutions to a problem that was nagging us for half of January and there is peace in that department now. I'm comforted by the fact that although it's not warm here, we finally are enjoying some sunny days and thankful that no snow or ice is present at all and that makes for happy daytime runs/power walks.
Kind regards always,

sarah said...

So sorry you are having a hard time. Also try to remember the joy you have given to Franz and Rudi.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

You have always looked at the bright side of things for all the years that I have known you. That always brightens my day.

Marilyn said...

What saves me right now is reading a post like you just wrote!

Marilyn (in Dallas)

Simply LKJ said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your cheerful flowers are enough to make anyone smile. And, adore the picture of Franz and Rudi riding in the wagon together. What gets me through tough times is looking back at other times that were hard and seeing how faithful God was then, and knowing He will continue to be through whatever it is I am currently going through.

Brittany said...

I loved your list. Your dogs are so sweet. What happy little faces. Those cake molds remind me of The Great Britsh baking show. I hope you have fun baking some stunning cakes with them!
I linked up with MMD too (! This was such a fun and life-giving exercise.

Debra Oliver said...

I read your post on Sunday about Franz, so I was so glad to see you post again today. We just found out one of my sweet little girl kitties is diabetic, so that's been the struggle this week. Getting used to giving injections and knowing that her health is now very fragile. Our pets are just part of the family, no other way to put it. LOVE seeing you take a walk with your fur babies. I'm sure the outdoor exercise is helping all those good "happy" endorphins circulate. It's important to enjoy our time with them, and not look back and know we were too busy to savor their sweet companionship. Right now you need comfort food, sounds like you walked off those bisquits and gravy! xoxo

Jane said...

Holding you in loving prayer!

Stacey said...

I love lists like this. ;)

Didn't realize your little Franzie is terminally ill. I'm so sorry about that - I know you love him.

Have a great weekend!

Brenda Pruitt said...

That is the cutest photo of the dogs in the wagon!

Jeanie said...

When you give love it comes back to you in so very many ways. And this post is full of it -- love, gratitude, joy and yumminess. Sending happy hugs today and hope you have a lovely weekend.

Christine said...

Oh, how special to get a call from your son, every day! That is special!
Did you enjoy the movie, Jackie?
You family is rallying around you at this time. *Smiles* at the picture of the red wagon :)

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laura, your thankful outlook is inspiring and this post is filled with joy when times are sad. Thinking of you and sending hugs and prayers your way for sweet Franz. Have a blessed weekend.xo

GSGreatEscaper said...

As I started to scroll the photo of 'Jackie' up I thought it was a picture of you! Perhaps you could make yourself a Jackie costume some day.

Best to you as you go through hard times. One thing that keeps me going is remembering that I have a husband who really loves me. I hope that makes you feel good too. Another thing is that every time I take a hot shower, I try to remember that there are people living on the streets to whom that would be the greatest luxury in the world. And when I feel the soft fleece blankets on my bed, again, I think of the people sleeping on the streets in the 20 degree weather we are experiencing right now. But not saying this to appear as if I am some saint - I experience lots of sadness and rage too!

Lorrie said...

So sorry for the mean season - those are hard to navigate. Your list of small pleasures is a lovely one, and the way I get through less than stellar days as well. Franz and Rudi in the wagon are adorable. Hugs to you.