Creativity: Stained glass design
Gratitude: the ability to order dinner and have it delivered to my door
Joy: books, finished one and started another
Awareness: Mulberry tea: tastes exactly how I envisioned if I’d grabbed a hunk of grass from my yard and steeped it in hot water! It’s pungent, almost the scent of a water-logged lawn. It’s not strong nor is it repugnant, simply bland and earthy. The upside is if the tea is chilled it is quite refreshing.
Creativity: Purchased stained glass supplies, made a carrot cake from scratch (for hubby’s birthday tomorrow)
Gratitude: errands accomplished and relaxing time at home afterward, the hubby and I tried to watch a movie; either we were both tired or the movie sucked…we opted midway to go to bed early!
Joy: signed up for mosaic classes
Awareness: How important it is to put love first…before opinions (judgments), before feelings. Just love and the rest follows.
Creativity: Cooked a lovely birthday dinner for DirtMan
Gratitude: family time, also includes phone calls from those not physically near
Joy: breakfast out with hubby and Oldest and dinner at home to celebrate, a hanging basket with Portulaca to replace the flowers destroyed by the squirrels, the first two bee balm blooms
Awareness: Realizing I am not the only sentimental fool in this family…gave hubby a gift I’d love (to remind him of a fun day we recently had) and he liked it as much as I did.
Creativity: mosaic and stained glass design (owl and dragonfly), watching mosaic tile videos (probably shouldn’t have paid for a class and just dove right in, ha!)
Gratitude: a relatively light work day for a Monday, time to read
Joy: Beautiful sunny weather but not too hot, a chance to water the flowers, left overs, a glass of wine, communication with loved ones, snuggly cat, playful dog
Awareness: Love spreads love…joy spreads joy; you get the picture.
Creativity: mosaic and stained glass design, Youtube videos on various processes
Gratitude: Hubby home safely from trip, phone call with Youngest, Oldest making me laugh, texts with sister, phone call with a friend
Joy: New project ideas! And ordered a mosaic book.
Awareness: Appreciating presence…the spirits of those in my life and how our presence in one another’s lives makes a positive difference.
Creativity: stained glass design
Gratitude: Finally got a chance to get my hair cut…I don’t especially like it but my hair grows quickly.
Joy: Finished my work day up a couple of hours early! Exchanging emails and messages with the hubby’s cousin. She is an accomplished stained glass artist and gave me great tips and places to get patterns.
Awareness: Will there ever be enough time (even when I retire) to make all the things I dream of constructing. I focus far more on things I can make with my hands (fabric and glass) than I do with writing. I think this tells me writing is something I enjoy mostly cathartic) but really not what I want to spend the majority of my time on. This is why I no longer feel guilty for letting my blog go to one post a week. Will I continue next year? I have no idea, but I do like trying to focus on the things I find important in my life, as trivial as those things might seem to others.
Creativity: I was unable to do any creative projects. However, I dreamed of stained glass, mosaic, and fabric patterns while resting…lots of great ideas, the ones I remember! I did manage to make my hubby homemade baked spaghetti for dinner so I’m counting that as my creative effort for the day.
Gratitude: Coconut water and vitamin water. Had a light day which worked out well since I had a bout of diverticulitis. Though it took me half a day to figure out what was wrong. I had felt off kilter for the past two days, but blamed it on a virus which it wasn’t. One would think I would know to stay away from popcorn, nuts, and other irritants, but no, I decide to give it a try anyway every now and then.
Joy: At 7 pm I was finally able to eat without my body rejecting food. A positive update from a loved one.
Awareness: I need to listen when my body speaks. Ignoring nudges often ends up with negative results.