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Christmas Shopping is for the Birds.

In gratitude, reflectons on December 23, 2010 at 10:52 am


I will be glad when the holidays are over.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays.  But,  I just hate the shopping and all the hustle and bustle.  Christmas has definitely become too commercial.  I always say I’m not doing any shopping and end up doing so anyway—giving feels good.

What makes shopping even less appealing is that I have a disorder—Cervical Dystonia—which causes lots of pain; currently, the pain and spasms are often lodged in my shoulder and back area.  So, that is what’s really making shopping not-so-fun.  But, at least my hubby usually comes with…Poor hubby.

I have two Godchildren who live in another state.  So, I tend to find online gifts and have them sent directly to their address.  So, after spending much time, unsuccessfully, searching the web for toys, I stumbled upon the eGift card option which is offered by Toys “R” Us.  Let’s just say, “God is good.”  This was such a convenient option!

The Godkids’ mother sent me an email saying, “I got your ecard 2day.  Thanks so much.  What a cool way 2 send a gift.  Thanks again.  I will call u soon.” 

The eGift card arrived in her box in less than 24 hours.  I was relieved that I could, so conveniently, cross two, little people off of the gift list.  And, for that, I am grateful.


My Mother-in-law is Awake and Feisty as Ever.

In gratitude, reflectons on December 23, 2010 at 10:11 am

My mother-in-law woke up from the induced coma…

My mother-in-law had been in an induced coma for several days.  She has so many life-threatening issues going on right now.  Thank God, she is now awake and feisty as ever. 

 I hope that she can get out of ICU, soon.  Trust me, it’s not a place you want to be.  As you walk through the unit, you see faces that start to look familiar—you can see patients in their beds due to the big, glass windows.  It’s sad—especially during the holidays—when you walk in the next day to find out that one of those patients has passed away. 

Since I’m so grateful about  my mom-in-law’s improvement, I don’t want to waste this post on being negative.  So, I’ll save it for a later post—about why it’s scary to have to be in the hospital in the first place. 

As a frequent patient [outpatient] myself, I have come to appreciate the incredible work that many doctors, nurses, and other supportive staff do on a daily basis. 

But, I have also come to distrust some things about the whole medical system as well.  And, seeing my mom-in-law in the hospital has only validated some of that mistrust and weariness.  But, like I said, perhaps I will share my views another time.

Anyway, I hope my mom-in-law continues to improve so that she can get out of there in one piece.  Amen.

I Am Grateful For…

In gratitude on December 20, 2010 at 8:13 pm

A friend of mine–she lives several hours away–told me that she was on that Royal Caribbean ship that got caught in the storm.  I knew she had gone on a vacation, but I didn’t realize what had happened to her ship.  Wow…I am so glad that she and her family are okay!

I Am Grateful For…

In gratitude, reflectons on December 17, 2010 at 12:57 pm


A relative of mine has been very ill–with Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, swollen feet, etc.– for many years.  She has no medical insurance.   This past week, she became extremely ill and was hospitalized.  Unfortunately, it is presumed that she has a chronic form of Leukemia–the tests results are due back today.  Of course, we pray that it is not Leukemia.  But, I am grateful that she has been transferred to a top-notch hospital.  The doctors have run all types of tests and the hospital staff has been very kind.  I pray the blessings will keep coming and that she will continue to receive excellent medical care and treatment.

I Am Grateful For…

In gratitude, reflectons, Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm


Due to various, ongoing health issues,  I have a lot of medical bills.  I cringe each time I get a bill from the hospital where most of my doctors are located.  It’s always this huge, confusing bill.  So, I usually end up calling the billing department to help me clarify which items were covered by insurance, which items haven’t even been submitted to insurance for some reason, etc.  But, I am thankful on those days when the representative is very thorough, pleasant, and easy to understand.  Today, was one of those days. And, for that, I am grateful.

Gratitude of The Day…

In gratitude on December 9, 2010 at 1:42 pm

We have a reprieve from the snow, and the sun is shining.  Thank you, Lord!

My Gratitude of the Day…

In Entertainment, gratitude on December 5, 2010 at 5:06 pm


This weekend I’ve been watching past episodes of The Mo’Nique Show—shows which I’ve refused to erase from the DVR until I watch them.  I love seeing Mo’Nique’s old school and new school guests. I, especially, appreciate seeing those guests who were very popular when I was a teen—like Anita Baker, BBD, Keith Sweat, etc.  I love seeing what my favorite musicians and actors, from the past, are doing these days; the show gets me reminiscing about the good old days.  So, thanks to The Mo’Nique Show for showing some love to those who meant so much to so many of us back in the day.

My Gratitude of the Day…

In gratitude on December 2, 2010 at 9:59 am

I am thankful for the hot baths which I have been indulging in, lately.  For years, I have been more of a shower girl.  But, now, the bathtub has become my thing–at least a few times a week. 

Last night was great.  I turned some music on–romantic R+B songs, of course.  I, comfortably, positioned my bath pillow, and savored the steamy waters. 

For an hour, I read my magazines and listened to my music.  On a cold, winter night, it doesn’t get much better than that!

My Gratitude of the Day…

In gratitude, reflectons on November 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Speaking of Oprah Winfrey on my last post, I am going to try to regularly write about and/or think about things for which I am grateful–a practice that Oprah often suggests.

Today, I had to call a customer service number for some help with an issue.  Prior to the call, I experienced a little anxiety.  In the past, I have had some issues understanding representatives at this particular place of business. 

But, I was pleasantly pleased when the representative was so helpful, and I could understand everything he said.  I said, “Thank you, Jesus,” when I got off of the phone.

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