Skip to main content

Smiling and Feeling Grateful

"Nobody can be uncheered with balloons." -- Winnie the Pooh

1. I have no balloons this week, but I have this smile throw pillow to borrow during family therapy with my son. The pillow is always there when we have our session. It makes the session easier, at least, it is comfy as I have it on my lap, resting my elbows. It gives me comfort. I am thankful for little things like that.

2. I am always thankful for the healthy food I enjoyed while Paul is out-of-state. No calorie-laden (but an oh-so-delicious gigantic platter of eggs benedict++) this weekend. I had, instead, an all-you-can-eat salad at Red Robins.

3 and 4. I also had a hot meal on a cold day after dropping him off at the airport while reading a book by Joel Osteen to make me feel even better.

5. A quick dessert with frozen yogurt satisfied daughter's and my tummy after a not-good-enough haircut she had next door. Oh, teenagers can be hard to please. I think her bangs are just fine.

6. My dogs' company is something to be thankful as well. They stay home longer than my teens. :)

7. My training chopsticks arrive so Paul can stop laughing at me when my Asian self-asks for a fork at Asian restaurants.

8. My yoga app is very useful for a quick at-home yoga without paying for a class.

9. I am thankful for my daughter's company although she did not let me take a good picture of her. She really does not like her bangs. "It's too much," she says. She has not taken any selfies ever since so she must not really like it.

10. Last but not the least, but may be the cheapest, I am thankful for my $1.50 bunch of flowers I bought from the store. I've had them for five days and they still look okay. Fresh flowers help brighten my home so I have been buying them every two weeks now. It is cheaper than therapy co-pay if I buy the simple bunch.


  1. Winnie the Pooh is right - it's impossible to be uncheerful when balloons are involved. We just had fun with a balloon and one of our cats this evening.
    Eggs of my favorite things. Not the healthiest, but so delicious! I figure if I serve them with some sauteed kale on the side I'm good, right? Balance?
    Good to see you here - keep the thankfuls coming!

    1. The kale on the side is a good idea! Yes for balance. :)

  2. This was a wonderful TToT, it made me feel good to read it! I am working on seeing about getting a TToT blog space back up and running, I miss it too. I loved your comment about the dog staying home longer than the kids, so true! My two grown children would also tell you that our cats get away with far more than they did growing up! Fresh flowers certainly do brighten up a house and I love anyone who buys them for themselves rather than waiting for someone to maybe bring some. I hope we'll see you again next week. My TToT for last week is at

    1. I can just home that TToT blog space will be up again. I realize it will cost so I can't insist, just hoping...
      I buy flowers for myself more often than I receive them for a gift. I choose not to wait till next Valentines, birthday, or Mother's day. I do kinda expect them though on those occasions.


Post a Comment

Thanks for reading. I would love to read your comment.

Popular Posts

New Year 2021 Gratitude

Welcome to my first post in the New Year 2021. Most of my off days are still spent indoors. It is cold outside. 39 degrees in Colorado. With still some social distancing, I still have many things to be grateful for this second wave of COVID. A family member was hospitalized in December but released in early January in better health. The COVID population in my hospital is low. I completed my 2/2 COVID immunization. It is something to be thankful for being in Tier 1A as I work in the intensive care unit. A working fireplace to sit close to - at home. A pedicure service for me and my daughter (and a cheese grater for callus removal *laughing out loud*) Chair massager at home to go home to after a long day at work. My family loves the chair, even little Josiah who is not even two. Funny Josiah whatever he does. He eats like a dog with a spoon and fork in his hands. Who needs those spoons and forks? They are just props. Kiddie masks fitting Josiah. He does not mind much wearing it. For many


I harvested some greens from my indoor hydroponic planter . The greens can't get fresher than these, harvested right from my dining room. They are perfect with the Costco-size beef and pork.  I cooked six dishes. Most left-overs will be frozen for later like after-work dinner when most times, we are too exhausted to cook. I am grateful for the memory of cooking comfort I remembered from childhood in the Philippines--peanut stew, adobo, pork chops seasoned with lemon pepper, and sour soup.  I am grateful for the recipes readily available from the internet, the oven, instapot, and air fryer. I was able to cook 6 dishes in 2 hours, preparation time included. You'd think I was in a cooking contest under time-pressure. Only the judges (my family) are more forgiving and very appreciative of my cooking. I am grateful for the simple things I get to enjoy with my family--walking outdoors, however cold, before the snow hit--picture taking, and watching TV together. I am even thankful for


Surrounding  Visiting Spending time with the people you love Takes a chunk of your time Yet the pay off is worthwhile I did these just yesterday and the day before While the days were bright, no rain, no pour So today it’s wet and we could not go out  I am thankful we did as we all look up