Did you miss me a little, last week? I took a vacation with three grandkids, their mom, Coco and Love-One. I scurried to get some posts scheduled, got my newspaper articles written, and set off for Disney World (and Universal.) Oh what a great time we had. The weather was hot, hot, hot, which brings me to the first thing on my gratitude list:
🙂 Air-conditioning: Usually, I’m cursing the cold of air-conditioned restaurants. “I shouldn’t have to carry a sweatshirt everywhere I go!” It’s summer, it’s supposed to be hot. But even this warm-weather-lover, appreciates a reprieve from 95° heat. And lucky me, the shops and restaurants in the parks keep their doors open to let a little of that cool air waft out over limp walkers.
😉 Strong feet, legs, and FitBit: I walked about 8 miles everyday. Yes, my calves ached. Yes, I ate whatever I wanted and didn’t track a single calorie. If I can just keep walking at that rate, I’ll never gain a pound. Of course, that means I’ll be walking all day long, every day.
😉 Mermaid lessons: The highlight of the vacation, watching 8 year-old Miss S flap her mermaid tail in the swimming pool.
😉 Ice Cream: My favorite dessert is a must when I’m on vacation. What a treat. This must be what heaven is all about.
😉 A resort with all kinds of activities. From salsa lessons, to mermaid lessons, a dive-in movie at the pool, and hair-braiding for Coco. What a lucky, lucky woman I am.
😉 A reliable cat sitter: Sasha and Misha actually seemed disappointed that we returned. Well, at first they turned their noses up a bit. After a few minutes, both cats climbed into my lap; forgiveness in the form of licks and purrs.
😉 Rain: Nothing wilted or died. The garden thrives, the flowers are perky. Yes, weeds flourished, too, but so far we’ve got the upper hand.
😉 A post-divorce relationship that welcomes me to travel with the ex-wife of Wrestler #1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, wonderful son of mine.
😉 A beautiful wedding: We came home, turned around, and traveled to our nephew’s wedding. Connecting with family is such a blessing. These two seem so very suited for each other. They give meaning to the fable of the split-apart. (Short, simplified version, we all search the world for our other half, the part that god split from us on the day of creation.)
😉 A birthday party of donned mustaches, beach ball volleyball, and badminton. What a great way to end the vacation, Miss G’s ninth birthday party.
😉 Free-lance jobs I love, a community of writers I missed, re-connecting on social media, and well…. getting back in the swing of things. It’s so good to be back to work.
Whooooshhh! I feel so blessed.
What’s on your gratitude list this week? Please hop on over to Laurel’s site, Alphabet Salad, and check out some others. You won’t be sorry. I promise.