Tag Archives: gratitude

Sorry, I got really sappy today

Please forgive me. If you are in a curmudgeonly mood, please come back again tomorrow. I’ll try to be more snarky then.

I have a partner. This is big. Really, it is. What I’m saying is, I have someone to share my life with. Someone to face life’s ups and downs with. Someone to celebrate with. Someone to talk things over with. Someone to laugh, cry, and argue with. Someone to love, and someone who loves me.

Someone to help fold the laundry. […] Continue reading

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Baby Nostalgia

I’ve given away all the baby bottles, the port-a-crib, and the sippy cups. The maternity clothes are long gone, given to friends and acquaintances and anyone who would take them.

I no longer have to get up several times per night to prepare formula or to change a diaper. I can’t remember the last time I had to drag myself awake so I could comfort a crying child.

So why, why do I still sometimes find myself longing for that new baby smell? […] Continue reading

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Another reminder: Life is short

I want to write a positive post. I want to discuss how to focus on the important things, the things that truly matter to us. I want to quote James Taylor: “the secret of life is enjoying the passage of … Continue reading

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Moodiness

Ooooof! I have been in a crummy mood lately. A really crummy mood. To all my friends and family who have born the brunt of my moodiness, I sincerely apologize. Good thing I’m usually so lovable.

I know that in the big picture of life, I have no reason to complain. So what should I do about this funk that I cannot seem to shake? Here’s my plan […] Continue reading

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Happy (Jewish) New Year: L’Shana Tova U’Metuka

The photo above is my ‘shofar,’ an instrument made out of a ram’s horn, which is a traditional part of the Rosh HaShanah ceremony. Personally, I am unable to make any sound come out of the shofar, but both of … Continue reading

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Kindness of Strangers

A recent post on RealDelia and two news stories has me thinking about the kindness of strangers. When a family’s house was threatened by a mudslide, strangers came out of the woodwork to help them. On the flip side, a woman is caught on camera treating a cat cruelly and she becomes the object of death threats.

Are most people kind to strangers?

Once, when I was traveling overseas, a very kind stranger came to me rescue. I was using a bright red day-planner to organize my entire life. All my travel documents, plane tickets, passport, and loads of cash were in that day-planner… Continue reading

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Central Air: A Luxury or a Necessity?

This summer’s unusually hot weather has me constantly complaining about: the heat and humidity, my lack of central air conditioning, the noise and inefficiency of the window air conditioning units, and let’s not forget my frizzy hair. [And, uh, no. I feel no need to post a photo of said frizzy hair!]

All this complaining brings up the question: is Air Conditioning a necessity or is it a luxury?

My mother, who grew up in the city, describes sitting out on the sidewalk under a streetlamp playing cards until 10:00 in the evening, because it was just too hot to be inside. Air conditioning only started to become common in office buildings, stores, and public buildings in the 1960s. […] Continue reading

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Weekend Happiness

The whole point of this blog is to focus on things that make me happy, that move me, or make me smile. I hope you find that it helps you to smile, too!

Usually when I write about things that make me happy, I tend to focus on the people I love. Which is wonderful. The people I love do, indeed, make me happy. But today, I’m going to write about a few things that are not specifically related to friends or family.

These are some things that made me smile this weekend, all on my own […] Continue reading

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Happy List

Today I’m happy because:

  • The weather is beautiful, a perfect day for the lake.
  • We have plans to spend the afternoon at the lake, with a bunch of friends. (Note aforementioned weather.)
  • Pumpkin is having an excellent time in Spain. At least, I assume he is, since I’ve barely heard from him. Not that I’m trying to guilt him into writing me, or anything like that…

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A bit of baking

I just love this photo of Monkey, with her face covered with the after-effects of baking and that huge smile.  She was quite pleased with the results of our baking experiments. You see, it’s been miserably hot and humid here forever … well, … Continue reading

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