Monday, April 24, 2006

TEN EXCELLENT GOOD THINGS

LISA'S BRAINCHILD

Yesterday I had my doubts about coming up with ten things. I thought, maybe four or five. This is the magic and beauty of the exercise! Once you let your mind wander through the days of the previous week trying to focus and pinpoint the good things...guess what, not only did I unearth four or five I came up with over ten.

1)  Got a raise! Yea!! And an excellent review. They don't know me very well yet. HA!

2)  Had to go see the Doctor at the immediate care center and really lucked out! Got a woman and got in and out in under an hour. And...got good drugs. lol!!

3)  Found a terrific antique/flea market in Ft. Wayne. Spent an enjoyable lunch hour browsing through all the old photographs, books, magazines, dresses, paintings, furniture, toys...the list was endless.

4)  Spent all week-end in my yard gussying it up. One thing about Ft. Wayne, everybody takes pride in their yards. I planted a lot of summer bulbs in the back and have some blooms for the front. Some gladiolus in honor of my Grandmother who never smiled.

5)  I finished The Beast...a 250 page handwritten personal journal that I have laboring in for a year and a half. It was one of those experiences where at the beginning it was all exciting and stimulating and at the end it was "GOSH, will it ever end." And it did. Never again. Only those mousy 100 or 150 page deals from now on.

6)  Took a trip (work related) to upper Indiana and bought three bottles of fabulous raspberry wine from Satex Winery in Angola.

7)  I ran in the 5K Mastodon Stomp several weeks ago and signed up so late that all the T-shirts were gone! Because of my work connection with the establishment that sponsored the race I was able to receive one!! It came in the mail on Friday. Unexpectedly! The best kind of packages.

8)  Joe gave me an unexpected gift this week, a beautiful pink golf shirt/sweater. I am so lucky to have him in my life.

9)  Reality TV. I just love it. I only watch three shows on TV, two of them are reality. The other is The Soprano's...which I love too. But the Reality...geez! Amazing Race is now on at a time I can remember and stay up for. I loved the couple Lake and Michele, not sure where they are from but those Southern Accents were music to my ears. Too bad they were eliminated last week. I don't know, it just tickled me to hear them go at it with each other. Especially when he said, "Bitch, Shut-up" in that high pitched Southern Accent. You had to be there. Does not translate to the written word.

10)  The last thing is just a thought, a seed that my sister Kit planted last week at the family gathering to celebrate Easter. Seems there is a couple somewhere up north who decided to try for a year to diminish their dependency on consumerism. She is going to grow her own vegetables, only purchase clothes second hand....etc.etc.etc. They will only purchase the absolute necessities. Wine is consider a necessity. (the husband)   I find it very intriguing and wonder if I could cut my consumption in half.....could I do it?

I did give up alcohol for six weeks...except for those times the Bishop gave us Irish a dispensation.

I know I have the will power, do I have the desire??

My hit counter just got zapped. I knew it was just a matter of time because it seemed I have been the only left who had not suffered the Zap Monster. So, I just retired it. Seems like a good thing to do. Who cares  (anyway anymore.....)?

10 comments:

nellemclaughlin said...

I once had a huge vegetable and flower garden but I was not working outside the home in that life. They take up a huge amount of time. Congrats on the raise! I am still trying to find the permanent full time job I seek while putting in about 30 hours on my part time job w/no bens. It's frustrating at times. Of course like you I have much to be grateful for. :)

suzypwr said...

There is a book written by a lady in NY who dropped a pile of Christmas boxes or something like that and decided she was going to stop buying things for a year. Hell, I haven't bought anything at all for myself since Molly got sick. Not one pair of socks, haven't been to a movie - and you know what? I don't mind at all. Well, I did buy a condo :)

She got sick 6 months ago. I see another 6 months of no shopping going by with no problem at all.

xoxo

suzypwr said...

There is a book written by a lady in NY who dropped a pile of Christmas boxes or something like that and decided she was going to stop buying things for a year. Hell, I haven't bought anything at all for myself since Molly got sick. Not one pair of socks, haven't been to a movie - and you know what? I don't mind at all. Well, I did buy a condo :)

She got sick 6 months ago. I see another 6 months of no shopping going by with no problem at all.

xoxo

helmswondermom said...

Said goodbye to mine a while back, too.  Got SiteMeter, and I'm shocked to see where some of my readers come from!  I've been resisting doing this exercise; I think because I've been afraid I wouldn't be able to think of 10 things!!  Maybe I'll give it a try.
Lori

onemoretina said...

I didn't think there was anyone left who didnt get zapped by that darned hit-meter thief !  Like you, I ended up considering it a good thing.  I now concentrate less on how many visitors I have, and more on what I want to say to the ones that do stop by.  Kind of freeing, isn't it ?   ( gotta admit though, I'm still just a wee bit curious ... lol )   Tina

onemoretina said...

I didn't think there was anyone left who didnt get zapped by that darned hit-meter thief !  Like you, I ended up considering it a good thing.  I now concentrate less on how many visitors I have, and more on what I want to say to the ones that do stop by.  Kind of freeing, isn't it ?   ( gotta admit though, I'm still just a wee bit curious ... lol )   Tina

onemoretina said...

I didn't think there was anyone left who didnt get zapped by that darned hit-meter thief !  Like you, I ended up considering it a good thing.  I now concentrate less on how many visitors I have, and more on what I want to say to the ones that do stop by.  Kind of freeing, isn't it ?   ( gotta admit though, I'm still just a wee bit curious ... lol )   Tina

mtrib2 said...

I spent all my yard hours building the dog pen for Salty with 150 feet of fencing that had to be dug all along and refilled to keep the wire several inches below ground to prevent digging escape.    He has started one and I filled it in and put a piece of re bar iron over it to discourage him.    Having him not have to stay in the house or on the chain for short periods of time is great.    I throw him the stick and he can use his leg muscles to their fullest.    He will speed around with it and if I get close to him he has his growl and will not let me have it.   Last fall he would throw sticks up in the air and chase them and the chain would stop him which was not good.    I have to spray up with DEET because of chiggers and have had to pull off ticks and gotten numerous bites this spring.     mark

mtrib2 said...

Your photo is great, I especially like the way the top flowers are in focus giving way to the distant background.    The colors and variety are wonderful.     mark

am4039 said...

yep I got rid of my hit counter too after it kept on resetting itself. I love the picture, looks like summer.   I love your 10 best things sounds like you had a wonderful week.