15 June 2015


I really don't have much to talk about lately. Mostly everything has been about my garden and my ongoing struggles with weeds. The struggles are ongoing, the weeds are not going quietly. Perhaps I need to be a little more introspective.

Well one thought I've had lately is that I have been much happier this year. I have to say that I feel like I've come a long way from 2  years ago. I'm not saying it's been easy or all that enjoyable on some days but I am in a much better place. I have left behind a lot of negativity, it has been difficult to do that because it is so easy to hold on to the bad things in one's life. However, there is still work to be done on that, letting go of past hurts feels impossible some days but every day is an opportunity to forgive - whoever needs the forgiveness. You see this month has brought its very own "drama", nothing that is absolutely horrible but frustrating. I have had to concentrate on letting go of the bad this month. June brought with it a broken AC unit unfortunately. Yes it finally died. The compressor died in the condenser and that is equivalent to the whole HVAC breaking down. It seems my unit is so old that I have to replace the furnace along with the condenser because I need to change the coil. If you don't know what all that means it's OK, I didn't either I had to ask questions and look it up as well. The heat - not too bad actually - coupled with "friendly advice" from some family has been extremely frustrating.

Frustrating situation plus a less than stellar work week last week have forced me to take stock of what I can be grateful for this month. If I do not remind myself on a daily basis that there are things to be grateful for I fear for the life of some people. Here goes then a list of things I can at least be grateful for:

  • It has been a surprisingly cool spring, with lots of rain and low temperatures. I am extremely grateful for this weekend and the wonderful rain. I needed a couple of nights of good sleep.
  • I woke up.
  • I am able to exercise.
  • I am still trying to master swimming and every time it gets easier and better.
  • Wonderful friends who listen to me rant about the "drama", which I think is mostly me frustrated with hot days and nights. Hopefully I will get the AC thing sorted this week.
  • Netflix. 
  • A working vehicle.
  • Beautiful garden :) Yes that is looking incredible but those weeds are killing me! No matter it is all worth it to feel such a sense of accomplishment and pride.
  • Food to eat.
  • Having a job.
  • Did I mention incredible friends?
That is all I can think of right now and I also have to get back to work; just needed a break and to be grateful for a bit :) I leave you with a picture of some of my flowers.


  1. Great list! I love how making a list of things to be grateful for can actually brighten your day. Your flowers look beautiful! Oh, I do know your pain of the condenser coil - ours went a couple of years ago on the hottest weekend of the year - a long weekend. It took a week to get the part - Googled how repair it and did it ourselves. I'm grateful for Google.

    1. I wish I could have fixed mine by myself but I need all new parts and apparently my furnace is now a 40yo safety hazard. At least that's what I was told but I kind of believe them because we have fixed it before.

      Yeah the list put a better spin on my day yesterday :)

    2. Out AC went out a week ago. We have replaced both units in the past 6 years. My Bro in Law said it's prolly the capacitor. It is located under the cover of the outside unit. Sure enuff it was bad. $11 later I had it up and running. For that I am thankful.

      It is so dry here it is hard to have beautiful flowers like those without lots of watering. The water is going to the garden.