I’ve Got The Joy…

When I was a little girl, I remember singing that song, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart.”  It was such a cheerful tune and lighted up my soul as I sang along with all my friends and we clapped our hands in the happiness of the moment.  Can you recall a time like that in your life, when your face hurt because you were smiling  so hard, but you just couldn’t stop?  Or has time erased some of what was once so easy to bring to mind?  It isn’t hard these days to lose sight of our inner child, the one who craves the simple sound of a song.  So here, I hope you’ll find a pocket full of joy to fill your day with just enough of that tune to see you through whatever is your need.  Stop for a moment.  Breathe deeply.  And soon, you may be singing of joy as well.

Thankful Thursday 7/21/16

Today I am thankful for a fitness group I belong to. It keeps me focused on what really matters as far as my health is concerned.

Here I posted about a salad I had for lunch, the water I drank, and my walking. It’s so hot that I walk in the local stores. And the gator is representative of the group.


This was my Transformational Tuesday post from last week. It’s my before and after pics from my healthy travels. I can’t take credit for the weight loss, though. My body did it to me. I got so sick. But I am recovering nicely! I’m thankful for that.


This shows my first meal of hubby’s and my new whole foods, plant-based diet. It’s not really a diet, but a new way of life. I’m thankful for the knowledge I am gaining regarding this.


Here I am demonstrating that I can get exercise and fresh air even when I can’t make it out to walk. I am thankful for the physical therapy exercises I do.


This was my second to last meat eating day. But what I am thankful for here is my ability to walk. I’m thankful for my walker which helps me to remain steady. I don’t want to fall and break bones!

So what are you thankful for this Thursday?

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Thankful Thursday 7/14/2016


Four pairs of shoes and my walker. Five things for which I am grateful. Because I have balance issues, I’m grateful I can walk with the aid of my five “friends.” I’m grateful for my legs and feet that keep me mobile! And for hubby who takes me wherever I want or need to go! 

What 5 things are you thankful for this Thursday?

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Miscellaneous Thoughts 

This is where I live. I love the dead end sign. The street doesn’t just end, but if you ignore it, you’ll end up in Lake Tohopekaliga! It’s one big lake. In fact, there are national bass tournaments here.


I tried to capture a Florida sunset from the car. It was much more beautiful in person. I think I was a little late in taking it, and the lights on I-4 competed too much with it. 


Outstanding in their field. Or standing rib roast!😀 What captions can you come up with?

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Thankful Thursday 

I’m thankful for my comfy shoes. They’re awesome to walk in!


I’m thankful for my family. My mom has been gone for over 45 years now, and I still miss her!


I’m thankful for the farm stand that I love to go to for fresh produce. (Love the eggplant smiley faces!) Today we bought bell peppers, Vidalia onions, carrots, celery, and vine-ripe tomatoes.


I am thankful for the beef stew hubby made for dinner from our leftover roast from Sunday, and using some of the produce we bought today. It was scrumptious, btw! 


And again, I’m so grateful for hubby, who takes me walking everyday and drives me wherever I want to go.

What are you thankful for this Thursday? 

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Walking – A Source of Joy 

Walking at Walmart. 

I love to walk and, since it’s so hot, we’re walking in the air-conditioning of Walmart. For those who don’t know, I have had four strokes and there were times I could not walk at all. So I’m grateful for my legs, for my balance (although I still need a walker or some other aid – like hubby!) and for my strength to walk. 

When I was little, I hated walking, because my mom didn’t drive and we had to walk everywhere! On the way to a laundromat (because our washer was broken), I told her that my shoes hurt. She knew I wanted her to carry me, but in her lovingly sarcastic manner, she told me to take them off. Needless to say, I didn’t get picked up, and I didn’t take my shoes off, either. Pavement isn’t kind on little feet, and in Florida, it gets quite hot! 


Walking at Winn Dixie 

But now that I’m older and, hopefully, a little wiser, I have learned to appreciate what God blessed me with. And if I don’t use my legs, my muscles will atrophy. What a tragedy it would be if I wasted such a gift. How many people are there who wish they could walk? I would be such an ungrateful person! 

So I walk. And love it. I love being able to get out and about. I love doing my own grocery shopping. I love to meet and greet people. And I hate having to depend on hubby more than necessary. I don’t ever want him to think I don’t appreciate him. 


A bit blurry, but check out my walking shoes!

What kind of exercise do you like? How do you appreciate your gift of mobility? 

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