Day: November 4, 2017

Alphabet of thanks, “E”

(Hey, I had this ready to publish this morning. I did not miss a day. But I just caught it now, so am sending it on its way to you.)

I am thankful today that I can Exercise. That means I’m healthy enough to do so.

My husband and I walk forty-forty five minutes every day. When we can’t because of inclement weather, we use our treadmill. I feel downright sluggish when I don’t.

Excercise is good for just about every illness. It helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, dementia, etc. And it certainly doesn’t have to be forty minutes. Thirty minutes is just fine.

And the best part is, it’s free. No expensive gym memberships. One can just walk out the door and begin.

While exercise is good for almost every medical condition, it really helps promote good mental health. I’ve written many posts about the importance of exercise in treating and preventing depression and anxiety. You can find some of those posts here, and here.

For me, to be able to walk for forty minutes is a real gift. I have very bad feet (five surgeries to prove it) and sometimes I would rather not walk but I know that I am able to walk because I do walk.  I’ve always remembered what my doctor told me a number of years ago.

If you don’t routinely walk most days of the week, you will find that eventually, you won’t be able to walk. You will go from a cane, to a wheelchair, to being bedridden.

So I walk. When my feet hurt, when my back hurts, when I just am not in the mood. If you have to start out with two days a week, do it. I can almost guarantee that after even one walk, your mood will improve. You will sleep better, too.

So today I am very thankful for exercise. It has made a huge difference in my life.



Alphabet of thanks, “D”

I am grateful today for my Daughter.


She is one of the nicest, kindest, most giving person I know. I would love to say the “apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”, but I’m not sure that’s true.

Sometimes mother/daughter relationships are troubled. I loved my mother dearly and I know she loved me but our relationship was complicated at times. She never really knew me and that wasn’t her fault, that was mine. For reasons I won’t divulge, I was hesitant to share too much. I will probably always wonder if our relationship would have been different if I had.

Female relationships can be more complicated than male relationships, don’t you think? As a general rule, men are more “surface” in their relationships. They don’t worry too much whether they said the right thing, did the right thing, etc. They don’t worry about the future of a relationship. We women do all these things.

Back to my daughter.

We are very close. We talk every day. She doesn’t try to be something she isn’t. I am grateful for many things this Thanksgiving season and she is at the top of the list with some other people you will read about.


I hope if you are reading this and your relationship with your own daughter is not as healthy as you’d like it to be, you won’t give up. Just because something is a certain way today, doesn’t mean it will always be that way. Remember, “It is what it is”, doesn’t mean it will always be that way. It’s not written in stone.

Give it some time.

Give it some thought.

Give it some prayer.

I found this article I thought might help.

God bless and have a good day,

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