Monday, March 05, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 114

 I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful



The beginning of March is always such a tease in the mid-Atlantic area. You get those hopeful whisps of spring that make you believe winter is almost through, then a giant snowflake shows up on your forecast and Mother Nature says "Ah, ah, ahhhh... Not so fast!" In this particular case, there are three snowflakes - one in a few days and two this weekend. Might the snowstorm that I've been wishing for since November finally make an appearance? Only time will tell.

Happy Monday, friends. How's the weather where you are?

This week, I'm grateful for:
  • People who are patient when I have anxious days. You can always tell someone's character by how they treat you when you are having bad days. This weekend, I had a bout of anxiety that made me pretty irrational for a few hours. I am thankful for patience and the people who were calm when I couldn't be.
  • Homemade granola. I love granola but I cringe when I look at the ingredient list of packaged varieties. Years ago, I started making my own recipe and have never looked back. Let me tell you, nothing smells quite like a pan of fresh granola out of the oven. Yum!
  • The best hand cream and lip balm. The dry winter weather is hell on my skin, but I found my holy grail products. This hand cream and this lip balm are always with me. Both are super-moisturizing but don't leave you feeling sticky afterward.
  • Essential oils. For about five days last week, I felt like I had the beginning of a migraine coming on. Extreme pain, blurred vision, sensitivity to light and sound... I started using this oil blend (diffusing it and rubbing a drop on my temples and neck) and it prevented the headache from becoming as bad as it usually gets. Amen.
  • Spring bulbs. Last fall, the front yard had to be regraded because of some water drainage problems. Part of what had to go was the big garden containing the peony bush and all the daffodils and hyacinths that I've enjoyed taking photos of over the years. I was sad when I realized I won't have any pretty flowers to look at this spring, but just this week, a few bulbs started poking their green leaves through the ground. They must have been buried so deep in the dirt, they remained safe from the landscaping job. 

What are you grateful for today? 

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29 comments:

  1. I so, so resonate with your first gratefulness point with anxiety and when people are patient. It's so important to have those people in your life.

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  2. Your blog always gives me such a peaceful feeling.
    I'm extremely thankful for my husband - his patience on my worst days is amazing.

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  3. I have been wanting to try essential oils, but don't know where to start. Homemade granola sounds delicious. Please share your recipe. We've been having some spring weather...it's been cool in the morning, but then it warms up in the afternoon. Hopefully, the warmer weather stays. I hope you have a great month and good luck on your goals.

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  4. We had a huge snow last weekend. Unfortunately, one of my favorite trees was split in two, but the others seem to be okay. I know someone who suffers from panic attacks, and until I saw her having one, I had no idea how bad it could be. My heart goes out to anyone who has them.

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  5. Homemade granola is so good, but I always end up eating way too much :)

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  6. I can't say I've loved any of the homemade varieties of granola that I've made myself. Do you have a favorite go-to recipe?

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  7. I love that there were some flowers left behind to bring you some unexpected happiness! Sneaky little guys! I need to make some granola, I bet it really does smell heavenly! YUM!

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  8. I'm glad your essential oils helped the headache not be so bad! And thank god for patient people when it comes to anxiety. I had a bad anxiety day yesterday and also had some good and understanding people around me so it made all the difference. I love fresh granola, I have a friend who used to make it but I haven't had it in a long time!

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  9. I'm glad the essential oils helped with the headache so it wasn't quite as bad! That's great. I don't know that I'll get much more snow, but I'm sure we'll have some. It's supposed to get colder later in the week.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  10. I love homemade granola. I've been making it for a couple of years and won't ever go back to store bought. You have to share your recipe sometime.

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  11. I'd love to make my own granola too! Do you have a recipe?
    Currently, I'm most thankful and grateful for the freedom I have to do anything I'd like and my extremely supportive Husband who has made this possible.

    Cheers!
    Parul - https://girlinchief.com

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  12. I need to check out that lip balm! My lips have been so dry this winter! I also love essential oils! They're my go-to for any issues these days. If I can treat something naturally, that's awesome!

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  13. Thank you so much, Amanda. :) Sounds like you've got a good man by your side!

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  14. You should give the oils a try. The three basics, no matter what brand you try, are lemon, peppermint, and lavender. I recommend starting there and seeing how you like them, then trying different kinds if you found those to help. Let me know if you have any specific questions about them. I'm happy to share what I've learned through use and research. :)

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  15. It's always sad to lose an old tree to a storm. I've seen a few of my favorites go down too. :)

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  16. I don't have a specific recipe, I sort of winged it. I melt some butter and honey in a pan and add cinnamon and a pinch of kosher salt to it before pouring it over the oats/nuts/dried fruit and mixing it all together. Then I spread it evenly on a baking sheet and bake at 400° for about half an hour or until the oats are toasty. It's been delicious!

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  17. The lip balm is so good! And yes, I love trying natural remedies before resorting to medications.

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  18. There is potential for a big snowstorm this weekend, so I'm watching the weather models to see if we will get it. Fingers crossed!

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  19. Having friends who understand you so well that they know triggers and how to react when you are experiencing panic--yea, I get that. I feel so incredibly lucky that I have some girls in my corner who don't make me feel bad when I'm having a moment, and SO grateful that you have those friends in your life, too <3

    Well, we're getting about a foot of snow today. LOL, it's never-ending this winter and sometimes I look at my pics of Jamaica because I want to feel the island breeze and the sand between my toes again. GAH, take me away!!

    Also I'd love a batch of homemade granola. Sounds delicious :)

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  20. I was so happy about those leftover flowers. And yay for granola!

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  21. Those friends who will hold your hand while you're struggling with anxiety are such a blessing. I'm watching the weather models closely because there is the potential for a foot later this weekend, but it's one of those "if the stream moves north, we won't, but if it stays south, we will" kind of deals. Who knows! I'm excited for beach weather, for sure!

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  22. I don't have a specific recipe for my granola, I sort of winged it. I melt some butter and honey in a pan and add cinnamon and a pinch of kosher salt to it before pouring it over the oats/nuts/dried fruit and mixing it all together. Then I spread it evenly on a baking sheet and bake at 400° for about half an hour or until the oats are toasty, stirring in the pan several times. It's been delicious!

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  23. Yes! I am blessed to have a few of those people around me and I'm so thankful for them.

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  24. It's so nice to have caring and understanding people around when you are struggling with anxiety. Hope you are having a better day, my friend! <3

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  25. Me too! I love making my own and controlling how much sugar is in it. I don't have a specific recipe, I sort of winged it. I melt some butter and honey in a pan and add cinnamon and a pinch of kosher salt to it before pouring it over the oats/nuts/dried fruit and mixing it all together. Then I spread it evenly on a baking sheet and bake at 400° for about half an hour or until the oats are toasty, stirring it several times on the pan. It's been delicious!

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  26. Hey sweets,
    Can you/have you/would you share your granola recipe. That sounds delish, and I agree about the packaged kinds. Full of preservatives and chemicals.

    You are absolutely true about being able to tell the character of person a person how they are when you’re having a bad day. I’m grateful you had someone nearby that was patient and heard you out, however irrational you were. <3

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  27. I don't have a specific recipe, but I think I'm going to write one up for the blog since so many are interested. I melt some butter and honey in a pan and add cinnamon and a pinch of kosher salt to it before pouring it over the oats/nuts/dried fruit and mixing it all together. Then I spread it evenly on a baking sheet and bake at 400° for about half an hour or until the oats are toasty, stirring on the tray occasionally. Hope you have a wonderful week! <3

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