Tuesday, October 08, 2013


Counting my blessings today. Here are just a few:

1) My husband. He has done the laundry, cooked meals, and kept the house running while I've been sick. He's also made sure I have plenty of chocolate. Love that man.

2) My daughter. She has hung out with me while I've been sick, talked to me about problems she's having with the plot of her current story (yes, she is a writer, too!), and been such a breath of light and love for me.

3) My cats. These two right here have rarely strayed from my side while I've been sick. I affectionately refer to them as my "slugs" because they tend to stay in one spot and barely move.

4) Social media. When you are stuck in bed, social media can be an absolute lifesaver. I've been able to stay connected with friends and family and it has helped tremendously.

5) My writing. I've actually been able to get some work done on the novel and it's been the best kind of therapy there is. To lose myself in that world, to forget reality for awhile, helps so much.

6) My faith. There have been many times during this illness that I could do nothing but pray. God hears my prayers, I know.

7) Chocolate. There's something very comforting about chocolate, and I have definitely indulged in a lot of it lately. 

8) Books. How can one be an invalid and not read to pass the time? Thank goodness I've been able to read some great fiction.

9) Frank Sinatra's album, In the Wee Small Hours. I first bought this album when I graduated from college, and it has a way of transporting me to a safe, comforting place. 

10) Comfy clothes. It really is a blessing to lounge in my pajama pants and be a lazy bum. I confess that I haven't missed putting on makeup one bit in the past two weeks.

What are some of your blessings?


  1. Even in trials there are many blessings to be found. One just has to have the right attitude and you certainly have the right attitude! Take care!

    1. Thanks, Sandi! I sometimes wallow in my own self-pity, so I forced myself to look around and see the blessings. Very glad I did. :)

  2. I'm glad you're looking at the sunlight and not the clouds. :) My cats are slugs when I'm sick, too—I call them my "nurse" kitties, and it is actually pretty comforting to see them keeping so close. Hang in there!

    1. Thanks, Jen. It's funny - I used to despise cats when I was younger (I was very allergic to them). Now I can't imagine not having one!

  3. I love this! How great that you can look around and notice all these blessings! It's so easy to get caught up in how bad we feel physically to remember that not everything is bad!

    I am blessed by good friends this week, and by fall weather, good health, and steady, if not slow, progress on my writing. Thanking God for providing for our family in this government shutdown, and peace in it, even though we have no idea where it will take us. God is always good!

    1. Oh, Heidi, I'm so sorry you and your family are dealing with the government shutdown. But you are right - God is always good and He will see you through it!


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