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, August 3, 2022

I wanted to come on and let you know I’m getting settled at my sister’s house. It has taken more out of me than I expected. And now I’m sick with a bug. Not the big C.

Still trying to take care of my mental health. I believe I will have something big to share next week that I am really excited about, if my suspicions are right, and they usually are when it comes to my health. But I have to get the final roundup before I can share.

I am learning a lot about compassion and forgiveness these days. Being kind is more than just buzz words.

So do yourself and your world a favor and be kind. It is extremely healing.

How can you show kindness today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, July 13, 2022

It’s been a ride! But hopefully I can get back to posting what I eat vegan to try to stay healthy. Not everything is perfect, but I keep trying.

I’m trying to have more protein in the morning. This is the only protein shake I like. And it’s pretty good. I start the day with it and I’m good to go til lunch. I’m not much of a breakfast eater anyway, unless it’s brunch.

I love potatoes. A simple lunch with Chick-fil-a Polynesian sauce I found at my local Detwiler’s. It’s a Mennonite grocery store here in the Sarasota area.

I forgot to take a picture before I began to eat this Impossible Whopper. Only has lettuce and ketchup. We had to go grocery shopping and we were hungry. But I can still not eat a whole one. Hubby always finishes mine.

What was on your menu today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, June 22, 2022

In case I didn’t say, they found no cancer. The bad news is they don’t know what is wrong. But I have a good team of doctors who aren’t giving up. More testing ahead. I will keep you posted.

Meanwhile, another what I ate today.

Breakfast was baby potatoes with vegan cheese sauce and grape tomatoes. So good!

Lunch was potato soup and 3 peach halves. Delicious!

Dinner was homemade vegan mac and cheese and baby beets. I must say, I had some pretty satisfying food today!

And one more thing.

Thank you for being with me the past 8 years! Y’all are the best!

What did you do this Wednesday?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Just another update.

I was supposed to see the doctor last Thursday but they called to reschedule. The pathology report hadn’t come in yet. Having worked in the medical field, that tells me one of two things. Either it’s really bad and they want to recheck their work for accuracy, or it wasn’t significant enough to put on the front shelf.

Someone had mentioned to me that perhaps they are understaffed. That could be true, but for it to take three weeks sounds less like staffing and more like procedure.

I apologize if I have said all this before. I am just getting anxious, more than I usually do. I’m really a pretty laid back person. I don’t let things get to me.

But I have been waiting for two years for an answer. Perhaps that’s one reason I came back to Florida. To my former doctor who will leave no stone unturned.

I pray that Friday, I will have my answer so I know how to proceed. For the first time in a very long time, this is getting to me. I have two days to wait. Hopefully it will not be another non-answer.

How is your Wednesday going?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, June 8, 2022

I was supposed to go to the doctor today to get the results of the biopsies they took last week. They called to tell me the pathology isn’t done yet. Which tells me one of two things. Either it’s really bad and they’re double checking their work or it’s so insignificant it doesn’t need to be put on the front shelf. So I wait until Friday the 17th.

So I’m turning this into a what I ate blog.

Breakfast was my Spanish omelete…vegan, of course.

Lunch was leftover spaghetti made with Trader Joe’s beefless ground and their pasta sauce with mushrooms and onions added. It’s really good!

Don’t know what we’re doing for dinner yet. We might do Chipotle. Haven’t done that for awhile. I usually cook. But I’m not feeling it today.

What are you eating this Wellness Wednesday?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, June 1, 2022

This is my hell month of the year. The month both my boys were killed. Contrary to popular belief, this is not something one gets over…ever. I just had to learn how to live my life without them. The 9th marks 31 years since Junior died, and the 24th marks 27 years since James died. Nobody should ever have to bury their children.

And I see my gastroenterologist on the 8th, where I should get the biopsy results. None of this is easy.

I write these things on occasion because my blog isn’t just about the food I eat. We all have to take care of our mental health as well. Writing down my thoughts and feelings help me to process such issues.

I can say that my faith in God is what gets me through. I know this is temporary. We live in a temporal world. And every day I wake up is just one day closer to my joyful reunion.

In the meantime, I have memories. I will share a few as these dates come up this month. And I have love. Enough to last my lifetime.

What is something you do to help deal with trauma?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, May 25, 2022

What I ate for lunch and an update.

Had a bowl of leftover pasta with marinara, mushrooms, olives, and topped with some plant based cheese sauce and hemp seeds. It’s always better the next day! Had leftover veggie stew for dinner over a bed of rice. Sorry, no picture.

The reason for the leftovers was that I had an endoscopy yesterday and didn’t feel like cooking. I have to wait for the biopsy results, but it seems my stomach is too close to my esophagus and I have bile pooling up in it causing extreme pain. I guess bile burns the esophagus. It does for me. I have aspirated about half a dozen times since October and that’s bad. I don’t like not being able to breathe and it burns! With the right intervention I might finally be able to get this under control.

How is life treating you today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day