1. I’m still here. Sometimes you have weeks that are extra rough (this week one of the things I did was get a tooth pulled, and all of the fun that comes with it) and when you start to feel better, you are simply grateful to still be here.
2. Flowers. Ever since I was little, I’ve loved them. (Hey Mom, remember that time I went over and picked some of the neighbor’s peonies without permission?). I love a garden of blooms and I love to have them inside. It’s one of the things that consistently brings me joy.
3. Good friends. I really do have some of the best. They bring me eggs from their chickens when one of the only things I can eat is scrambled eggs, they meet me for our yearly breakfast at Lucille’s and it’s like no time has passed at all, they continue to sit next to me in meditation or writing practice even when it can be so hard to just show up, or they respond to my text’s about something hard that happened with so much love. They make me laugh, remind me that it’s worth it to keep trying. The women I know are kind, smart, creative, funny, and brave. I’m so lucky.
4. I finally got a haircut! It’s been two years since my last one. I got about three inches cut off, which means praise all that is good I don’t have a tail anymore!
5. My tiny family. Our summer is winding down, coming to a close, and I’m so glad we stayed home and had a quiet one. Sam is still having ongoing trouble with his back and back legs, but we are doing everything we can for him and he seems perfectly happy. Ringo is now a full on grown up dog in the prime of his life and as much as he drives us crazy sometimes, he also makes us laugh and can be such a lovebug if you catch him at just the right moment. And I wouldn’t trade Eric for anyone or anything.
Bonus joy: feeling a bit better today, having a wide open schedule so I can do what I need to do to rest and heal, my old computer hanging in there so I don’t have to rush to set up the new one, rain, Japanese cucumbers, soft serve ice cream from Dairy Queen, the kind of tv that’s the kind of good that you enjoy watching it but it’s also not a big deal if you fall asleep and miss part of it, a warm shower, clean sheets, new next door neighbors who put a “Hate Has No Home Here” sign in their lawn on the day they move in, long naps.