Friday, May 05, 2017
#Friday Five - Practicing Gratitude
It is late Friday afternoon - and I have finally been able to sit down - to relax and read. Over at smidgens bits and snippets Paula was doing this Friday Five and I thought, since we've had quite a week, I would join in. This Friday it is about Practicing Gratitude.
When things are going well we sometimes, forget to show gratitude. It's not that we don't care, we just get caught up in the wonderful moments of life and the present and just plain - forget. This week, started off a bit dull. We were not terribly worried, but we just didn't feel right - because my husband had to get a cardiac catheterization - his first (hopefully his last)
1. We are tickled pink, that the test went well and he won't be needing any surgery; just medications. We both feel so relieved and light. Even though we could of and would have handled it if the news was otherwise, we're just happy that is turned out to be a fairly simple fix. I am grateful for today's technology. Amazing, they can take pictures of your heart. I still am in awe.
2. Sometimes when you are confronted with your own mortality or someone you love- you naturally start thinking about things- you normally wouldn't. That necessarily isn't a morbid or bad thing. It made us, both decided we have waited too long to make out our wills and our burial plans. His dad will be 91 in a couple of weeks and we have everything set for him.I guess we just wanted to take a couple of years off - before tackling all of that for us. So I am grateful, that we saw what needs to be done and that we need to prepare.
3. In the midst of all of this, my van had no working AC. It went out a few months ago. We've had mid 90-degree temps and driving in that HOT van was...HOT! I'm grateful for that substantial tax refund that we received so that we could pay for a new AC in cash.
4. The good news was- the AC compressor was fine and for a lot less, we had it fixed.
5. Finally, I am just grateful for everything I have and even the life I have led. I'm coming up, on Monday, May 8, the 14th anniversary of my first born son's death. It was a hard road to get to where I am today. I am grateful I did not get lost in the grief. I try, on that day, instead of remembering the sadness (which I admit can be very hard) to try and remember the good times and how grateful I am, that I was able to have him as my son, for 25 wonderful years.
PS. So far, Miss Buster, my renal cat is doing well. She eats this special food in smaller portions, several times a day. She has brought so much happiness to me, in her 17 years, making her final weeks or months pleasurable is the least I can do for my old feline friend.
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