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.

Wellness Wednesday, April 1, 2020

I’ve been wanting reuseable, sustainable flatware for a long time, and now my friend Kimberly Flanagan has these (among other items) for sale at a 50% discount on her website! So I had to order some. She makes them to order. And they even come with their own case so you can take them with you and you don’t have to use the plastic utinsels that always seem to cut my upper lip…

I hope all is well for you and yours during this shutdown. You are all in my prayers. Please help to keep the economy going by supporting small businesses (like Kim’s) if you can. Every little bit helps.

What are you doing with your time these days?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, March 25, 2020

We’re staying home. But that doesn’t mean we can’t eat good food. And comfort food doesn’t have to be unhealthy.

I didn’t eat breakfast this morning, but hubby made this mac & no-cheese for lunch. It’s hard to tell, but there are brussels sprouts under all that delicious creaminess!

I made some colcannon last week but with a twist. I couldn’t find cabbage, so I used kale (which I learned is just as authentic in this Irish dish) instead. But what to do with the leftovers? I added a cup of flour, a cup of soymilk, some onion, nutritional yeast, and 2 flax eggs. Then cooked it up and served it with sauerkraut. Scrumptious! As usual, I could only eat one, so I’ll eat the other one later when I start getting snacky. If hubby doesn’t eat what’s left, it will make an easy breakfast. No-waste, healthy, simple, and best of all, tasty!

What are you eating as we flatten the curve?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, February 26, 2020

I have written before about how I hope to foster both mental and physical wellness in my posts. Moving to Colorado has been a huge boost to my mental state. For as much as I love Florida and miss my friends and family there, I really missed the mountains!

And we came here because of hubby’s kids and grandkids. I’m so in love with them all and am eternally grateful they include me in the family.

We had opportunity to see my boys’ graves when we were out for the holidays, and this might seem silly to some, but I feel so much closer to home. I love the Rocky Mountains!

It’s going to take a little while to adjust to the altitude, as I’m not as young as I once was. But my spirits haven’t been higher.

The key for my mental wellness is gratitude for all I have been blessed with. I’m thankful for the life I live.

Memories Monday, February 24, 2020

It’s been awhile, but we’ve moved from Florida to Colorado. We came out for Christmas to celebrate with family, and things fell in place for us to continue our life journey here.

While we were out for the holidays, we were able to make a trip over to Utah where, for the first time, I was actually able to see James’ headstone. Hubby carefully cleared off the snow and I took this.

I was a bit surprised at how emotional this was. Another reminder that one never gets over having to bury a child.

But he was a good boy, and I’m grateful I was able to see the man he became.

Thursday would have been his 46th birthday. So, Happy Birthday, my son! There are no words for how much I love and miss you! But I know it’s not forever. So this is just until we meet again.