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What made you happy today?

We all seem to get caught up in our illness and how to treat it. But even then, we all can find something positive in our day that puts a smile on our face and a little pep in our step.

What made you happy today?

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I’ll start it off.

I woke up with no headache, no wobbly feeling and ready to tackle the day. I have the next five days off, not counting on call duties, and I can do some honey do jobs that are inside. It’s raining out, the grass is green and I got to sit on the couch drinking my favorite decaf with my fur baby asleep in my lap.

It can be better, but I’ll take this any day.

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Watching my vegetables growing after some rain. The silverbeet has literally doubled in size overnight. My peas will soon be ready for picking and so will the broad beans. And my native Australian raspberries are getting red and ready to be eaten. I also have an abundance of passionfruit that have climbed up to my balcony. And the birds are singing.

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First bloom of the season. I’m hoping for better than last year when we had a bloom a day for over 100 days.
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Even though I’m having a bad migraine today, I still saw something to make me happy.

My new hibiscus plants that have only been in the ground about a month are starting to bloom. The first one is a scarlet color. I can’t remember what the second one is, I’ll just have to wait and be patient.

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Beautiful! It’s so strange to see this thread now as I was just lying on my bench in the garden, listening to Joni Mitchell on the radio and watching the clouds. The weather is perfect this evening in London. I saw two swallows whirling around and a plane. Made the slog of an afternoon seem far behind me! :blush:

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All of my hibiscus plants are blooming now. The oldest is loaded with flowers. It’s never done this before, usually, I only get one new bloom a day.

This makes me happy, even though the brain fog is making the day difficult and gloomy.

I’m thankful for Autocorrect. I couldn’t remember how to spell difficult and it suggested it. I hope it’s fixing my mistakes.

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Looking at the large number of sweet potatoes I harvested yesterday. And finding (and eating) a perfectly formed strawberry in my strawberry patch. My strawberries usually get eaten by something (I suspect little lizards), so finding a good one is a big plus.

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Went for weigh in today at HMR Weight Loss and I lost 4.8 pounds last week down to 226.6 a total loss of 60.9 pounds.

The Pain Management Doctor called this morning. They are able to move my appointment up from next week to tomorrow morning. I’m sure happy with that, since my back has been killing me for over a week. My sciatica is even trying to flare up again. It may be time for another injection.

On another note, my “crackin” Hibiscuses have been going crazy the last few days.

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Enjoying the daily hibiscus show and counting birds at the bird feeder. We count every morning that we can and submit the counts to Cornell University.

I took my grandson to a baseball game last night. It was awful. The home team gave up a home run on the third pitch and the visitors never trailed. Final score was 7-2 and their were 5 errors in the game. 2 from the visitors and 3 from the home team.

But I had one on one time with my grandson. That made it worth it.

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I picked up my pickup from the shop last night. The radiator had sprung a leak and had to be replaced. The tab was $582.00 USD, so I’m happy. Radiators can easily top that by themselves without the labor, coolant, hoses or clamps. Did you know that when you buy a radiator, it does not come with the cap? To me that’s absurd.

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One reads everywhere that we should all be making actual physical notes on ‘what made me happy today’ because it has such a positive effect on our mental health. Can’t say I’ve ever actually written anything down but I’ve regularly taken a moment to stop and stare. To watch the birds on my feeders, having a bath etc, etc or admire the view or the light. I always remember one very bright Spring day an Alexander Technique practitioner asking me when I was so photophobic I had to wear two pairs tinted glasses in her low light (ex church) studio where I could still appreciate sunlight despite my problem to which luckily I was able to honestly say yes. We certainly have to try to remember something pleasant each day however bad our symptoms might be. It’s often difficult and sometimes totally impossible but we should never give up trying.

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I know it’s cliché, but when life deals you lemons, you make lemonade. Those that can live by that mantra will be much happier than those who can’t. I’ve always thought you belonged in the first group.

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Today, I weighed in at 203.9 pounds. My goal weight is 200 pounds. It seems like a long time ago back in January when I started and weighed in at 289 pounds.

I start phase 2 next week, which is the maintenance phase. They say I’ll lose a few more pounds during phase 2.

I spent the afternoon going through my closet and bagging up all of my “fat” clothes. I now only have clothes that fit a only slightly overweight human. The clothes are going to AMVETS so there is no turning back.

I feel better physically and mentally. I am back to doing yard work, odd jobs around the house, home repairs, etc. I feel worthwhile again. I never realized how worthless I felt before.

I feel like I have my life back again, well, almost. Now if MAV will just go away and leave me alone, life would be perfect.

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A few of my sweet corn seeds I had sown a week or so ago are peaking their head through the soil. And my snake beans and soya beans are growing. I am always happy when I see the plants in my garden thriving.

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I’ve certainly made a good few gallons of lemonade over the years then Eric. Pity I cannot drink the stuff. Citrus is a main trigger for me. Has been so for years.:grin:

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The bees on my sunflower make me happy.

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That would make me happy as well. I love sunflowers and honeybees. My yard is a bit too small for sunflowers though. I could only have a couple and I would have to stay on top of them to keep them from propagating.

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