Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wednesday Gratitude # 9 at Heart and Home


"Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic"
- John Henry Jowett

It's time once again for Wednesday Gratitude. Thanks so much for stopping by! MckLinky will be up by 6:00 PM Tuesday. Remember to link to your actual Gratitude post, and link back to Heart and Home in your post. When you're done leave me a comment! I love to hear from you.

I don't know where last week went! Between worrying about the darn tree removal, dealing with the insurance company (lots of phone calls, waiting on hold, faxing paperwork, and more phone calls), and getting things ready for Easter, the past few days have just flown by.

Any free time I did have I spent doing fun things, like hanging out with my family, visiting the garden center, and planting pots with fresh new plants for the back deck. We get a lot more sun out there now, so I got to choose from a wider variety of flowers to plant. I had such a great time picking and choosing.

 But, I also seem to have overdone it a bit!  I pulled some muscles in my back, and right now I am alternating heat and ice, and having a very hard time moving around. I'm all stooped over like a little old lady, or someone from a fairy tale. I can walk, but when I do I look like the bad witch in Snow White!!  At least I'm not cut off from all of you, my blog friends! I can use the laptop wherever it is most comfortable for me to sit.  But there is so much I still need to do this week! I've got a bunch of people coming on Sunday!  I didn't get my holiday decorating done, and still need to shop for Easter dinner. This back of mine better snap back into good shape fast!!  I'm not used to sitting around for very long, I'm usually moving around taking care of the mundane tasks of running a household. I guess the chores will wait....this quote seen at 320 Sycamore is a perfect reminder for me right now:

"We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are.

As you create a home, don’t get distracted with a lot of things that have no meaning for you or your family. Don’t dwell on your failures, but think about your successes. Have joy in your home. Have joy in your children. Have joy in your husband. Be grateful for the journey." ~Marjorie P. Hinckley

Today I'm feeling gratitude for my good health, and the strength and resilience of my body. I know that in a day or two I'll be up and at it again, full speed ahead! I don't have any pressing issues other than migraines, (they're a pain, but I can deal with them), for that I am truly grateful. All the little aches and pains and annoying things that come with aging (which I try to do gracefully of course!) are small potatoes compared with what some people have to deal with on a daily basis. I'm grateful that on most days I feel pretty good, and that I can make myself stronger and leaner if I work on it (which is something I am doing - it's an ongoing lifelong project!).  Also, I'm grateful for my two wonderful daughters who will gladly pitch in and take care of things until I'm back up and running again! I'm feeling the "joy in the journey" today, as I'm forced to slow down....

I'll reflect on this post as I lie on the floor with the ice pack!  I'm okay, this is just not the way I had planned on spending the day! But, I'll keep the quote above in mind, and stop beating myself up over something that I can't do anything about right now. I'll try to focus on my accomplishments of the last week, and I'll take advantage of this time to do some reading, relaxing and blog-hopping!
Thanks for stopping by, I look forward to reading your Gratitude posts! I hope you all have a wonderful day and that you'll be back for another visit real soon.

Until next time,


CC said...

I so hope your back is better soon..
back pain is no picnic,it makes you just hurt all over. I'm so happy you have the help of your sweet daughters
and I'm really gonna try and remember that saying..and remind myself,at this stage of life,I'm okay just as I am.. We women,all of us..need to remember that.
Again, hope your back is better soon..

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Ah, back pain. How it can affect so much that we do. Hope you are feeling much better soon. And that is a great reminder. Thanks for sharing.

Lori E said...

Hmmm sometimes it is a cue to slow down and smell the tulips.
A sore back is something that you can't just tough out but have to make sure you heal up or it just comes back worse than ever.

Denise Marie said...

We seem to be right in synch with each other. I hope you don't giggle too hard and hurt your pulled muscles while you read that I'm living thru and embracing these sayings you are quoting.

Pat said...

Oh, Heidi, I so understand! Between my back & knees & a migraine yesterday...it is so wonderful to feel better. I am sending you calming vibes, healing energy and virtual hugs.

I hope that you feel better quickly! Have a blessed weekend ~


Tracy F. said...

Bless your heart, I hope your back is feeling better. I love your beautiful tulip pictures and really enjoyed the quote, as well. I would have posted for Wednesday Gratitude, but my computer crashed yesterday! Have a happy Easter weekend!

Cottage Rose said...

OH Heidi I hope you get to feeling better soon,,, I really love that quote,, will have to remember that myself...hehe Have a wonderful Easter,, and take it easy.... love all those flowers...