21 July 2017

This Week in Joy & Thanks

Gratitude List

14 - 20 July 2017

Note: this has been an ongoing project of mine for over three months. I have decided to move it to my blog and publish my lists on Fridays along with a collage of shots from my week.

Friday 14
  • The migraine I'd had for a week lifted by evening.
  • There was a wild and dark rainstorm that Tristan and I watched from the porch.
  • It smelled so good.
  • The wind gave me fond memories of Santa Ana winds of my youth.
  • Am thrilled with Audible subscription and listening to The World of Ice and Fire.
Saturday 15
  • I was gifted a polish by Ellagee Polish and it came in a happy package!
  • So I did a mani
  • I tried something new with my nails (vinyls).
  • That helped me relax after all the migraines from the past week.
  • Brandon and I continued rewatching Game of Thrones Season 6
Sunday 16
  • We tried a new church and it was great!
  • Especially excited over the youth program.
  • We cooked a whole turkey so I could try making bone broth later.
  • ...that feeling after the episode. So good!
Monday 17
  • 8 years ago I commented on a photograph of Brandon which reconnected us.
  • We were both in hard positions but we made it out on our own to be together now.
  • I cleaned our back garden. City yards are teensy and with so many clustered together as part of an ally it is rather disgusting this time of year. Like, gag.
  • Washed the house and porch.
  • Played with my longer string levitation wand (The Hover Craft).
Tuesday 18
  • Cleaned!
  • Got our upstairs bathroom organized...then bumped a pipe. DOH!
  • However this accident would nudge me to face the kitchen sink situation. YAY
  • Began the process of making rock candy with Tristan.
  • The beautiful Inner Holo planner from Choose to Do came!
  • I hung a towel rack by myself!
Wednesday 19
  • The plumber could come right away to assess the situation/s.
  • The business was the first truly kind business I've head with in ages.
  • I ordered the parts.
  • Finished decorating our downstairs bathroom.
  • It looks cute.
Thursday 20
  • I got a book to make me smile: Misheard Lyrics of the 1980's
  • I'm so excited about it that it needs it's own story.
  • I took Tristan to Rite-aid so that he could claim his first wishbone wish.
  • My wish had some true; he won the break!
  • Made my first batch of bone broth since going Keto (about a month ago).
  • Brandon likes it!

Moments from my week.

23 May 2017

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That's more satisfaction than any rusty grocery store machine ever gave me!

18 May 2017

Badmotorfinger: The Passing of Chris Cornell

Today Chris was lost to suicide, in 1991 he helped save me from mine.

Grunge. It happened in the early 90's just after I'd relocated to a small town outside of Boston from Southern California. I was not in a good place mentally. I wanted to die and frequently called the Suicide Helpline from the back of YM (magazine) to either sit in silence or hang up on them. It was an 800 number so there would be no charge to alert my parents.

I didn't know what I was feeling. There were just so many emotions. I hated being alive, though.

My old music reminded me of home and I thought the stuff they played on the east coast was lame. But then grunge began to filter in. It was angry and raw. I didn't know the lyrics by heart but the music and growling words fed my soul.

Today Chris Cornell hung himself.

I drifted away from Soundgarden's music over the years but they hold a place in my heart.

I remember that by the time Stone Temple Pilots came onto the scene I'd met a Florida girl in high school and we bonded over everything, not just lack of sunlight. She found a flyer to a dingy pink graffiti clothing dive that we'd save our allowance to visit. Three dollar flannels while the polo crew at school wore GAP's fashion rip offs and we'd roll our eyes. That's what you do when you're 15.

She saved me, too, but that's a story for another day.

Music has been the net to contain my chaos. When I turn it on everything settles down and I can function productively.

Today will be my 3rd year, 1 month, fifth day of hooping in a row.
Today will be outshined.

Thank you for everything, Chris.

08 December 2016

Accidental Photography


1. Still figuring out the kinks of blogging by phone but doing it!

2. Twilight.

3. When Tristan and I sing Jigglypuff together in harmony.

4. I read Dune!

5. Portable heater. Oh warmth, the California in me needs it.

08 November 2016

Daily Thanks on a Manic Monday

1. I'm thankful for good friends.

2. For the keyboard Tris plays with such passion.

3. That his Homeschool charter has a dance class!

4. I have been stretching daily for two months straight.

5. For structure. I need it as much as T.

07 November 2016

Daily Thanks - 6 Nov 16

The name is rather long so I'm sorting the title of these posts out. But here we go for today...

1. It was a cozy family day.

2. Bran and I watched a couple episodes of The Walking Dead season 6...we used to love it but are anti-fans now. However, their zombie makeup and such has gotten so cool!!!

3. It's like the time change didn't happen. But I'm thankful for the privacy window cling on one of front windows. I'm a total California girl and since leaving the west coast I struggle emotionally without enough sunlight in my day, even if it's just sunbeams from the window.

4. Oh! I've been cleaning my office and today it finally looked like something is happening! That's encouraging.

5. Tristan saw some smudges on the kitchen floor (I know, I saw, I was going to do it tomorrow tomorrow)...but before we knew what was happening he had his trick or treat bucket out, filled with water and mopping! He said lots of cutie little kid stuff while doing it and I was thankful to get a clip on video. Coming soon to his YouTube channel (he really wants to be a YouTuber).

06 November 2016

The Daily List of Joy and Thanks

These are daily lists of little things to be thankful for to help me notice and remember them. I have been making these lists almost every day for over 1,000 days on a few platforms. It is done in conjunction with #thedailyhoop (my daily time spent outdoors). 

With that, I'm back on Blogger with my first list [here]. 

1. I saw an old friend today who has been Born Again since the last time we hung out. 

2. This makes me SO HAPPY!!!!

3. The light of Jesus shines through her demeanor & I found time with her to be inspiring. 

4. We colored our Bibles! That was so fun!

5. Cat she gave us was mostly well behaved and rather liked her which means she left unharmed. That's a win since we had to extract her several times recently.