Pic above is St. D at Table Mountain with me during spring bloom.
My new blog-friend, Grace C. Saylor (see her name on my blogroll), left me a sweet comment this evening. I enjoy her blog because she shares from her life and posts from her journal on reasons to be cheerful. It is always a bright spot to read.
So, now that Olympics are over, I thought I would share some reasons I have to be thankful, and bright spots that cheer me.
1. Air conditioning that works very well. In our town, it was 108-110 yesterday, depending on who’s thermometer and yard it was being shared from. It is also very smoky in our valley from fires in neighboring towns that surround us. It tends to sock into our valley, and one of my sister-in-loves said that their news says the smoke is even coming to our west coast from Asia! The air conditioning is a blessing when it is hot but also to keep the smoke out.
2. Friends. I have several friends that will help me out when I need it, as much as they can. They are also fun to hang out with, and enjoy my company even when I am feeling exhausted. I appreciate having such wonderful people in my life who hang in with me no matter what is going on.
One friend, St. D went to pick up my new prescription for me this afternoon, and she brought me a bag of ice! I love ice and had run out. I go through several pounds of ice in a couple of days when it is this hot. Today is much cooler, perhaps 103-105, but very, very smokey. So, refreshing ice in my glass is lovely!
She also drove me to my medical tests on Friday, stayed through them, though it took a couple of hours longer than expected, and drove me home.
Teri, on a little get-a-way we had. It was so fun, just hanging out in a hotel near the lake and bugging into a nearby town when we wanted. We preferred to hang out and lie low in the room most of the time. She is a blast!
My sister-in-love, Teri aka: Halogirl1 loves my company, and misses me when we haven’t seen each other in a couple of weeks. Even when I am wiped out, she would rather have me with her. We make each other laugh a lot. She is easy. . . I mean to make laugh. haha! wink-wink!
Another friend, Linda V. (blogroll) who had plenty to do already, drove my husband to his medical appointment, helped with paperwork and brought him home. He has a nasty mole that changed too radically. The dermatologist says it is definitely cancer, but is waiting for the results of the biopsy to say what kind. My sweet husband has had melanoma before, as well as 4 other types of skin cancer and God has always kept it to a level that simple procedures would take care of. He was a sun-lovin’ guy most of his life, so this is all a result of years of being in the sun all day every summer.
Diana’s youngest granddarlings. Aren’t they adorable! This photo makes me smile every time I see it.
My sister, Diana Lynn on blogroll (binkysbaubles) who loves to chat with me, even for a moment each night. She is the most amazing person I know, and she loves me! Imagine that!
3. Ice! I love ice. I really do. The thought of a summer without ice is traumatic. I have mentioned above that I go through quite a bit on an average day during summer, and only a little less during winter. Yes, I drink icey drinks all year ’round. Mostly water, but also iced tea and an occasional spritzer of juice and lemon-lime soda. I do drink a lot of water with ice and I am so thankful for plenty of both being so readily available to me.
4. I am thankful for blogging! Writing blog posts and reading others makes me very cheerful. I can feel very exhausted and ill from my health, and if I can read a post or two from someone else, it just perks me up, makes me smile and even makes me laugh sometimes. I am so thankful for how many of you share with us so readily. It makes my day.
5. I am thankful for the Olympics, and for those who sacrifice everything to reach their goals. They rise from injury, illness, poverty, and many difficult seasons in life, and personal trials again and again to reach for their dream. For some, it has literally cost them everything, and they are so happy just for the chance to go for what they want so much. It is so inspirational!
6. I am thankful for a sense of humor, and for all the things that make me laugh. I can literally feel stronger and more well after a good belly laugh. And sometimes it is something so simple that makes me laugh, like a silly little joke on facebook, or a personal story on someone’s blog. Thanks for sharing the laughs that make me feel so cheerful!
7. God’s word. I am thankful I have known it most of my life, since early childhood, and thankful I still have it available every day. In the wee hours this morning, before I went to bed I read from several Psalms. I just randomly turned and read what was in front of me.
What I found was hope. Hope for our lands in the USA, and hope for every land that is parched and withering as ours is. God is the resource for all we need. We can come to Him and have hope for a better future for our lands, for the creatures who live on the lands, and for our lives.
You visit (give attention to) the earth and water it,
You greatly enrich it;
The river of God is full of
You provide their grain,
For so You have prepared
You water its ridges
You settle it furrows;
You make it soft with
You bless its growth
You crown the year with
And Your paths drip with
They drop on the pastures
of the wilderness,
And the little hills rejoice
on every side.
The pastures are clothed
The valleys also are
covered with grain;
They shout for joy, they
8. I am thankful for song. I have had the rising up of song in my heart and with my voice again this month. I am so grateful for this. Many years ago, I had a throat and voice injury. And after this, someone grabbed me by the throat and re-injured it. Both times I was told I would never sing again. I took these words to God, and asked Him to speak healing over my voice and throat from heaven, and that I would agree with whatever He said about me. I decided to not agree with specialists, but to agree with whatever verdict God spoke.
For many years, it seemed that perhaps they were right. But now, my song is returning. It has been returning bit by bit this year, but recently it is stronger and more clear. No matter what I am doing, or what time of night or day, no matter how my body feels, His song is with me, making me cheerful.
I have many reasons to be cheerful, and many reasons to be thankful. But I will finish with these for now.
Thanks for visiting!
Do you take note of your reasons to be cheerful? Do you feel thankful for much?