This is not an original idea or post. But I like the idea of remembering what is special from the previous year!
So before the month of January 2011 totally slips away, here is my list of "2010 Special Favorites". They are in no particular order. Believe me, narrowing it down to 10 was hard.
So here goes.
1. My kids - Everyone says their kids are special. But this year my kids did more for me than just be "my kids". Previous posts tell the story. It is sufficient to say that they demonstrated in small, quiet ways what wonderful adults they have become.
2. My coat - Ok, so I agree this sounds strange. But my dog-walking coat was my friend so many times in December. To state the obvious, it is a warm coat even if it makes you look 15 pounds heavier. This coat goes all the way down to my ankles and when the collar is pulled up, it covers me to above my ears so a hat is seldom necessary. And at the hospital, this coat served as my blanket many many times, and at other times it was a wonderful pillow. I was never too hot or too cold. It is the best coat I have ever had - and last month - it was my best friend.
And when I am not wearing my coat, Wally is wearing it. No joke. The coat has a rustling sound when it is moved and I always hear it slipping to the floor.
3. My mom - I have learned alot about myself through taking care of mom. Last year the lessons learned unveiled many of my short comings.
- I am not the patient person I always thought I was. I am learning patience.
- I am not as understanding about the complexities and frustrations of aging as I thought. I am peeking inside the aging process. It is pretty scary in there.
- I am not as generous or kind a person I think I am. True generosity and kindness is expressed when you respond to a need without being asked and when there is no expectation of recognition. Learning, learning, learning.
4. Big snow storms - My God! I love a big, big snow storm. And in 2010 we counted our snow in"feet". It was very big!
5. My blog - Who would have thought writing to yourself could be so rewarding!!
6. Tuesday knitting group - My Happy Pill. Boy, if I could stick my knitting group into a bottle and sell it, the world would be a better place (and I'd be rich) ... or maybe we would all just warmer in hand-knit stuff.
7. Tai Chi - I returned to Tai Chi last Wednesday after missing 6 weeks - my legs were very unhappy! The rest of me was thrilled!
8. Time with cousins and my sister - Simply stated ... I don't get enough.
9. My four-legged family members - Max, Wally, Meathead, Grimace and Milo. It's a real zoo here sometimes!
This is Max. He isn't allowed on the kitchen table. He is on the kitchen table.
And, in typical cat fashion, he seems to be saying, "No, I am not on the kitchen table and, no, I am not checking out your purse for cookies - and there are no cookies in there, just in case you were wondering.
10. My good health! This year I did little to improve or even maintain my good health. At the risk of making my daughter totally nuts - I will share.
- I didn't do the walking I wanted to do.
- I didn't always eat right.
- I sometimes missed taking my pills (this week I went back on my blood pressure medicine when I causally discovered that my pressure WASN'T normal on its own *sigh*. I bet the same can be said of my cholesterol medicine).
- In December borrowed aggressively against my good health with lack of sleep and worry.
So that is my list. Do you have a list?
Today's walk: 4458 steps, 1.8 miles, 36 minutes