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Let the sneezing begin

23 Mar

It must be springtime. I can tell because I’ve been sneezing almost nonstop for the last couple days.

I have really bad allergies pretty much all year. I take medicine for them every day. But a few times a year, I almost need to double up. In the fall when the season changes, around Christmas when all the pine and cedar come inside, and every spring. And spring is the worst. I think it’s because everything is waking up at the same time and sending out new shoots, leaves and flowers.

  • I’m grateful for tissue paper. I go through rolls of it. I’m grateful for lotion under my nose. It gets so sore. I’m grateful for allergy medication. I couldn’t imagine life without it.

Night all. LOVES


Always say I love you

22 Mar

I love you. I say it all the time. Some might think that it’s just words because I say it so often, but it’s not. I always mean it.

I’ve been saying it ever since my mom passed. I never got to say it to her that last time we talked because I had been dodging her calls. She was on the warpath about something and I didn’t want to listen. So I just told her goodbye and I’ll talk to you later.

I have decided that I will never miss another chance to tell my loved ones how I feel. I say it when the kids go into another room. I say it when I don’t want to yell down stairs and call instead. I’ll even say it if I call you from across the room because you’re ignoring me.

  • I’m grateful to have another chance to tell you that you are special and are important to me. I’m grateful to tell you I love you frequently. I’m grateful that you tell me too.

Night all. LOVES

Counting blessings

19 Mar

As I sit here listening to lullabies playing, I’m counting my blessings. My son is almost asleep. He came home from his foster mom’s with a basket of clean clothes, a new hair cut, and a new attitude about him. And he’s tired.

I made it to Sacrament Meeting today even though I had to come home afterwards. I didn’t stay for Sunday School or Relief Society because I felt terrible.

I was able to cobble together something to eat today that hasn’t had too many bad consequences for my stomach. Sometimes oatmeal is amazing.

  • I’m grateful to have my needs met most of the time. Even when I don’t think I do, it’s mostly because I’m being lazy and not doing my part. I’m grateful to all those who bring sunshine to my soul. I’m grateful to know that things will work out the way they are supposed to.

Night all. LOVES

That one uncle’s sister’s cousin’s child’s friend

16 Mar

There are those people in life who you get to deal with whether you want to or not. I have found that no matter how much you don’t want to have anything to do with them, sooner or later, you get to deal with them. Usually because they are related to you or your loved ones.

We all have that one person who you don’t want to sit next to at Thanksgiving or the wedding reception, but you do it so you don’t cause a bigger unhappy scene for the host and hostess.

You learn to smile and speak insane amounts of small talk until you can politely escape.

  • I’m grateful that I don’t have many of those unwanted conversations much anymore. It helps that I don’t talk to anyone very much. I’m grateful I can find the good and funny in difficult situations to make them bearable. I’m grateful to have learned to politely escape. Mostly anyway.

Night all. LOVES

Sharing the wealth?

15 Mar

Something surprising happened today. I had a strange man and his girlfriend knock on my door asking for empty bottles. I understand that at 10 cents a piece, you can get a healthy pocket of change relatively quickly.

I don’t have many bottles lately. Because I can’t have carbonated beverages with my new diet, our bottle recycling has dropped dramatically. But I did tell them that I usually put bottles out by the dumpster when I have them. I don’t want to haul nasty bottles on the bus. And if I put the bottles beside the dumpster and recycling bins, I’m not getting woken up at 3am by the regular diver hard at work.

As I was telling the couple I didn’t have any bottles, he pipes up asking if I had any extra cash or change lying around that I could give. I was floored! While I can understand asking for recyclables, it’s a totally different ballgame to knock on someone’s door asking for money. Especially “extra” money. Does anyone have extra money? It’s like when someone asks if you have an extra cigarette. There are no extras, they only come 20 to a pack.

So I’ve sat on this all day and I wasn’t sure if I was going to write about it. But as I was sitting here thinking about it, I had a few random thoughts. While I didn’t like someone coming to my home asking for money, I can understand the desperation running through his head that gave him the courage to do it. I have been there a time or two. I’ve been that person in the parking lot asking for some change for the gas tank. I’m also a little ashamed of myself for being angry. I know I don’t have any extra money, but I could have offered to share some of the food that I have. Or even asked if he needed blankets or something else that I could share. Even if it was as simple as a glass of water. I need to remember that next time.

  • I’m grateful that this couple came and asked instead of just trying to break in and steal. I’m grateful that all my needs are met. I need to always remember that there are those who don’t. I’m grateful to have learned a valuable lesson today. I will try harder to remember it next time.

Night all. LOVES

I’m just late tonight

14 Mar

I didn’t forget my gratitude tonight, I just took a really long time to get to it. I was in meetings all afternoon and evening. Then there was soothing the ruffled feathers when I got home to take care of. The things that really annoy some people are just so bizarre.

I had a really good day today though. I didn’t fall off the diet wagon at my meeting tonight. And it was the Spaghetti Factory! I didn’t even drool over the bread! I ate my salad like a good kid.

  • I’m grateful to be able to say no when I really wanted to say yes to dinner. I’m grateful for the ruffled feathers because it shows me what needs to be worked on. I’m grateful to pass on traditions to another generation.

Night all. LOVES


13 Mar

Feeling really discouraged and disappointed about some stuff tonight.

There’s a huge junkyard fire down the road and the smoke is giving me a headache and makes it difficult for me to breathe. I probably shouldn’t have went out and about, but the child had therapy and we needed milk.

  • I’m grateful the fire seems to be getting under control this evening. The smoke and smell are clearing up. I’m grateful to get to the store today. We even have a little bit left on the card. I’m grateful to watch my child become more responsible. At times, anyway. He took the garbage this morning without me asking him to.

Night all. LOVES