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, November 13, 2019

Today was the first cooler day here in Florida, so I decided to make some red lentil chili in my instant pot.

Then I had the idea to make a chili mac, so I boiled some noodles from Trader Joe’s and added a no-cheese sauce.

And I steamed some broccoli, because we need our greens. And this was the end result.

A delicious lunch with leftovers! I didn’t mix all the chili with the mac and cheese, so there’s two meals besides the original! I love to cook, but I also love having healthy food on hand when I’m busy or just not feeling it. And chili always tastes better the next day!

And, as always, it’s vegan. Yum!

What are you cooking this cool Wellness Wednesday?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Memories Monday, November 11, 2019

Linda L. Zern is my favorite author. But before that, she was my neighbor, and before that she was my friend.

This past summer, she won this award

for this book, Gryphon’s Glade. It’s a fantasy.

It’s a different genre from her bestselling Strandline series, which is a near-apocalyptic story line.

But the reason she’s my favorite author is because of this book, Mooncalf. The writing is so well-done, and the story is reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird. It was written to a middle-grade audience, but it made me cry! And she’s in the process of writing a sequel!

All of her stories are based in Central Florida, where she has lived most, if not all, her life. I cannot recommend her enough!

And if you want a touch of her humor, check out her blog at zippityzerns.blogspot.com. She’s hilarious!

What are you reading this memories Monday?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, November 6, 2019

I have been asked how, after the deaths of my boys, I am able to cope. One of the ways I manage is to journal. I make notes of my thoughts and struggles, my hopes and dreams.

I also keep a gratitude journal. I make a list of five things each day for which I am grateful. It can be as simple as the smell of the breakfast my husband is cooking for me to the profound recognition of my Heavenly Father’s care and protection from harm when my husband walked away from a head-on collision.

Writing and gratitude go a long way for this person’s mental wellness.

I’m grateful to you, my readers, my audience, for taking this wellness journey along side me.

What are you doing to promote your mental health this Wellness Wednesday?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Memories Monday, November 4, 2019

Tonight we had an Empty Nesters Thanksgiving potluck. All who have no children in the home are invited. And we hold them monthly, but this month is, of course, Thanksgiving.

But while everyone brings sides and ham and turkey, I have to be so careful. I hate missing out on the social aspect, so I bring my own dinner.

I had the turkeyless roast from Trader Joe’s along with their new cauliflower dressing. I also made some asparagus in a lemon sauce and a sweet potato casserole. The meal was completed with a bit of cranberry sauce. I made an apple crumb cake for dessert (sorry, no picture), but I didn’t eat any because I don’t like sweets. The casserole was more than enough for me.

I do love the table decorations, though. Cute!

All in all, a most enjoyable evening!

What memories are you creating this Monday?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Sometimes dinner is a big fail, so you have to settle for drive thru at Taco Bell. These are simply bean burritos without the cheese and added black beans and potatoes. Not the healthiest, but they’re vegan, and beans are healthy, right?

And I’m still walking. I’ll get at least 1000 more steps before the night’s over. I’m moving every hour. Not bad for the shape I was in a year ago!

What are you doing for Wellness this Wednesday?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day