Looking at Multiple Celebrations

Even though this has been a terrible, horrible, rotten, no good, very bad year, I’m happy. Even as September rained blow after blow on my head I was able to maintain a little perspective. It was a big month for celebrations among our friends and family. We started the month with Labor Day. Though with the pandemic it was a much more subdued event. Son #1 was working overtime as it was a big day for fried chicken from the deli so we saved him a turkey leg. He is currently sick of chicken anyway… This was followed by our anniversary. It was a very auspicious date as I have a nephew who chose to get married that day and a former coworker/current friend who likewise got married that day. On top of that it was the birthday of my SIL (wife of Sparky’s brother). We had a nice dinner at a fancy and socially distanced restaurant and watched a movie (rental). From there it was a quick hop to son #2’s birthday. This was not a banner birthday year but a celebration nonetheless. He requested a tart cherry pie which I was able to provide.

From there we had a constant stream of nieces and nephews celebrating birthdays. We are quite fortunate that birthday gifts are not required or we’d go broke! We had relatives that live in Montana take their motor home on its maiden voyage to come to Indiana. That was another opportunity for physical distancing as we got together for a meal and conversation. So as we skid into the final stretch of the month, I’m prompted to do a little gratitude list.

♥ I am married to the love of my life.
♥ He still thinks I’m sexy after 2 kids and 37 years of marriage.
♥ Even with the pandemic we are able to celebrate (mostly at home and at a distance).
♥ We are still healthy and avoiding the virus, major health problems, and assorted colds and flu.
♥ Our sons are gainfully employed, healthy, happy, and still talk to us regularly!
♥ I’m back in the ceramic studio (all 5 of us spaced at 10 feet apart).
♥ The family flung to the four corners are all still healthy and fairly happy (as happy as social butterflies can be in a socially distanced situation)
♥ The election season is heating up and I have reason to be hopeful.
♥ My geocaching is on target to fill in all the blank spots on my calendar. I might even reach the next milestone!
♥ I’m going to take a road trip filled with adventure, geocaching, and spending time with good people.
♥ Not least, my friend is nearly completely mended physically.

I have water wings of faith and hope to keep me afloat. I am buoyed by the love of family and friends. What is keeping you above water this year?

42 thoughts on “Looking at Multiple Celebrations

  1. Ha. What keeps me afloat is not having your exhausting social calendar!! I’m thrilled for you that your social calendar meets your needs. You do sound happy.

    Saturday keeps me afloat. Or at least not actively drowning. My work schedule is a lot.

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      1. I don’t have time to post – I MAKE time to post and respond to comments!! I’m also very good at multi-tasking. In fact I’m doing it right now – the laundry is going and I am running the Roomba in the downstairs…

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    1. Thanks Carrie. I am so happy not to be so immersed in the “rat race” that the weekends are an oasis! I hope the coming Saturday is sunny and you find relaxation! The fun is there – you just have to have the right attitude to find it… And yes sometimes it is easier to find than others.

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  2. What a lovely post to read Val. I was there right with you. What has kept me going is my faith. Sometimes it waivers and even disappears but it always reappears again and keeps me going. Another thing that has kept me going in the last couple of weeks is that I received a lovely hug out in my garden from someone. It was my first dog for many months. Sadly Holtby is not able to hug me anymore and it made me very sad but someone else made up for it laughing face . although I have often despaired due to my own particular condition I do seem to have a well inside me from which I can always drink. It is nothing that I can’t really describe properly but I know that I have an iron will. This too has kept me going. Oh and my dog and my budgie as well. We all Hope that this virus is going to work itself out very soon so that we can all be free again to take off our masks to smile to love to hug and to celebrate. One day that will happen.

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    1. Thanks Lorraine! I used to have “Dragon Naturally Speaking” as a dictation program on the computer and I know how difficult it is to get it right… It is as bad as autocorrect spelling on the smart phone! I too have a strong faith and often rely on that grace to get me through tough times. This pandemic is surely one to challenge our inner resolve. Stay strong and look for the little joys!!

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  3. Holtby should have been hubby. And dog should have been hug lol. I dictated my first reply and it got it wrong, as it ofte. Does. Duh!

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  4. I have realized many dreams coming true in my life this year, so it’s a bit wonderful for me, though I am still praying for others who are struggling with trials as I have done before. My faith is certainly my grounding point. It keeps me standing even with all of the buffeting that may stir up around me. All of our family celebrations have happened without gathering, so that’s been sad and odd for our poor graduates, and birthday kids. I keep a gratitude list all of the time, and I loved reading yours ♥.

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    1. Thanks Dodi! I’m tickled that my gratitude list was enjoyable for you. We have met and overcome so many challenges this year. For every negative there is a positive if we can look beyond our hurt and disappointment. I’m happy for you having realized some dreams – that is a major help in maintaining a good attitude this year!

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  5. Enjoyed your list. I am thankful hubby and I are protected from grocery shopping by our daughter and the home delivery from Wal Mart when needed. As new little things crop up with hubby’s dementia I am thankful he is such a mellow guy, makes it easier. Most of all I’m glad I am able to care for him.

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    1. Ah, Bonnie. I think about you and Wil often and you are in my prayers. I’m glad you are able to stay together. I know Wil would not be doing as well as he is if not for your attentions! The online shopping and delivery has been a Godsend for many people!

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  6. Val, what a wonderful, full of gratitude post! This year has been generally bad! Just a while back I heard about a loved one’s illness. Reading your post I felt not all is that bad! Stay blessed, dear.

    That cherry pie looks scrumptious!

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    1. Thanks Punam! I’m so sorry you have had illness in the family. It is a scary thing. Every sore throat or sneeze or sniffle triggers the question of coronavirus or not! I am trying to maintain a positive outlook – for my own mental well-being and for Sparky’s peace of mind. I think if I were to be negative about 2020 (which is so very easy to do) He’d have a much harder time maintaining an upbeat attitude! (because it is contagious!)
      I’m making pies more often this year because pie makes everything better!

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  7. Glad you had a good month. Things that have helped is less time on Facebook. There is such hatred and negativity if your views don’t match. Photos can be taken in good and bad times. I focus on mom, Wrangler, and me. Right now I turn down invites that I would have accepted out of guilt. I say no. I hate baby and wedding showers of people who you don’t really know well but they want gifts.

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    1. Ha! So very true! I rarely go on FB to post and seldom leave comments on other people’s posts there. As for the invites as a way to get gifts – I try not to go. I had one girl at work who was getting married to a drug addict and she had the nerve to ask all the invitees to give cash – in amounts of $200 and up. They were going on a cruise to Bali for 22 days and wanted to finance the trip. I declined to gift them or go to the wedding. They divorced 6 months later…

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  8. wow that is some party schedule Val … and sounds like all good news for those directly connected! Appreciate your gratitude list, not many have so much … you are truly blessed 🙂

    I have a stable home and income, my health and good close friends .. no more i need 🙂

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  9. Such a positive view of your life! I think it is so important to stop, especially when so much is going on, to look at what we have to be grateful for. I just lost a friend and this makes one loss for each of the past three years. It is often hard to stay positive but I am still so fortunate to have my health, people who love me, and all of the things I have.

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    1. I’m delighted that you enjoyed this post! I try to avoid autopilot, being intentional in my thoughts and actions prevents saying and doing things that I regret later. I do have to admit that there are times when I am so deeply wounded that I react out of instinct but that is few and far between. I can usually anticipate the direction of many conversations thus avoiding those situations. But I know that many have lesser developed early warning systems and are often imperiled emotionally or psychically. In those instances a withdrawal is a normal protective response. You shouldn’t have to apologize for protecting yourself from the hurts in this world…

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  10. Your gratitude list is the loveliest thing. Your relationship sounds great and I hope you continue to love and support each other for another 37 years. Glad you celebrated a lot recently, because it makes me happy knowing that the world still functions okay on some sides, despite the many horrors of this year. Good luck on the next milestone of your geocaching, too, and have fun at the ceramic studio. It sounds awesome to have a ceramic studio actually.

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    1. I’m elated that you enjoyed the gratitude list! Sparky and I are very happy together. The celebrations are not dependent on outside events but rather stem from a love of family and friends. We are trying to carry on despite the roadblocks that the pandemic has place in our way. The ceramics studio is part of the city’s art center and museum. It houses studios for ceramics, weaving, jewelry making, knitting, photography and stained glass making. I’ve been working out of that studio for 21 years and thought that if it didn’t open again I would have to make my own studio! Thankfully they opened and I’m back to playing in the mud!

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  11. Sounds like a full. exhausting month. Septembe saw my Mom’s 92nd birthday, as well as my sister’s and middle brother’s. The 30th would have been Penny’s 66th. I have a fairly long list of gratitudes as well.

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    1. It was. October is shaping up to be just as full. Currently we have 2 funerals pending (until the immediate families clear quarantine) and we are waiting on the next grand nephew to arrive (ETA 10-29-2020).

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