This week there was a trip to my physician to tackle a genetic tendency toward cholesterol and A1C numbers of the not-so-good sort, a very difficult decision to enlist the services of a home companion for my mother who has dementia (my sisters and I are exhausted from work and worry), a first-time appointment with a psychologist to help me navigate the struggles of life, and the usual chores and errands of home.
But there was also the most glorious breakfast of yogurt and granola and fresh fruit. I've switched to full fat plain yogurt, adding a few teaspoons of homemade vanilla syrup, along with chopped apple, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, banana, orange, topped with crunchy homemade granola. I don't care for the artificial flavor of store-bought vanilla yogurt. The do-it-yourself version is subtly sweet and compliments the tartness of the yogurt perfectly. The whole milk yogurt has enough fat and protein to keep me full. And making granola is fun and easy and it turns out consistently just right.
Other things that made me happy -
~ handwritten letters, both received and sent
~ a new-to-me cookbook, A modern way to cook by Anna Jones
~ a Fujifilm instax mini 8 camera - just for fun
I had a week of #GraceBeginnings playing along with Bella Grace Weekly - January Challenges.
Jan. 11 – My neighborhood is. . . vibrant.
Jan. 12 – I feel lovely when I wear it. . . this scarf, a gift from Miss Polly, like a soft brush that paints me with color.
Jan. 13 – A time I said yes . . . to shared experiences, taking a class, and learning to draw.
Jan. 14 – Beauty with age. Being older doesn't mean being invisible.
Beauty with age. Gray goes with everything.
Jan. 15 – Show us your favorite words. Even in the middle of winter, I long for Carl's frozen custard.
And of course, among my favorites are I love you, Thank You, Please, and I'm sorry (when it needs to be said). I have a file folder full of inspirational quotes and passages from books I hold dear.
But these words really make my heart sing.
Come on, you know you love 'em, too!
Wishing each of you a restful weekend with rejuvenation for another week of challenges ahead. Donna