I am writing this from the San Antonio airport where I have a two-hour layover before getting home to El Paso at 7:30 tonight. It is wet and rainy here just as it was in Houston when we took off this afternoon. But poor El Paso can’t get a drop of rain. We have had precipitation twice this year, once in February and once about a month ago. Two days…wait, not even…two showers. Yet Houston and Dallas-Ft. Worth are about to float away.
Linking up with Shauancey at Simply Shaunacey for her “Monday Moments of Gratitude” which I call my little miracles over here. Having a rain in El Paso would be a very welcome little miracle. But it is probably a very real improbability until maybe fourth of July. In the meantime, I have plenty of other little miracles to be thankful for, such as:
Grateful that my PC and I are working together to get healthier and more fit.
Took these pics after we finished a 21 Day Fix/Beachbody upper body workout together. We were happily tuckered out. Good feeling. I am trying very hard to cook better and when eating out, we are trying to make wiser choices. This was breakfast last Sunday.
Eggs scrambled with fresh salsa, turkey bacon and corn tortillas.
This was a meal that PC liked the looks of so much (hadn’t tasted yet!), that he took a selfie with his plate. His baked potato isn’t exactly 21 Day Fix friendly but I had a baked sweet potato. PC doesn’t do sweet potatoes. The other “thing” is an open-face sandwich on naan bread. Grilled chicken fillets with onions and green peppers and a slice of provolone melted on top. I think my Prince Charming liked the way it tasted as well.
During the week, I had to administer the state assessment test to a group of third, fourth and fifth graders in the library. Our principal and AP brought treats each day as a way of thanking the test administrators. Someone brought me the small piece of brownie below but I only ate one taste. Hated to throw it away – it was so gooey with melted chocolate. But I did.
I did get off track somewhat in Houston on Friday night. Shrimp with tortellini and cheese. Lots of melty good cheese. Or maybe that should read lots of melty bad cheese, but it was sooo good. I shouldn’t be going out of town again for several months now, so hopefully I can stick to this healthy eating plan a little better, and be a little more faithful to my exercising.
So thankful that Lauren’s procedure went well on Friday.
I won’t go into a lot of detail but I think I have shared that my youngest daughter Lauren has a lot of health issues. One of the most problematic and worrisome is an unspecified autoimmune deficiency something like Lupus, which causes lots of other problems. On Friday she had to undergo an outpatient procedure that will hopefully correct a problem she has been dealing with for four years, involving four or five other surgeries. I went to Houston to take her to the hospital and to watch Lucia while Lauren was there, then to help out this past weekend as Lauren recuperates. Both baby girls are such a blessing to me. Lauren’s procedure was successful and less invasive than it might have been. Lucia was an angel.
Grateful for this little family.
I think I “forgot” to mention that we ate Mexican one night in Houston, too. We went to El Tiempo, our favorite Mexican restaurant. I did have a margarita but ate a shrimp tapatia which shouldn’t have been too outrageously bad for me. We were celebrating my birthday and Mother’s Day. Lucia was an absolute doll-baby and slept the entire time.
I am so blessed to have had this opportunity to work all year at Rosa Guerrero Elementary School. I have met some very dedicated teachers, two hard-working, devoted administrators and some sweet children. I have also been so fortunate to have been reunited with Lorena, my former library assistant before I retired.
We had a laugh on the day this picture was taken because we often wear the same colors or very similar outfits when we see each other. The way our schedules are, we only see each other on Wednesdays for a few minutes. Last Wednesday, I wore my faded blue Loft denim jacket with a teal floral Old Navy shirt and jeans. Lorena had on a teal tee and a soft blue cardi and jeans. Twins!
I have also been blessed to have help in the library in the mornings from one of the mommies at Guerrero. I gave her a little thank you a few weeks ago and she surprised me with a package a few days later. She brought me a book wrapped in this beautiful blue scarf.
Funny story. On this particular morning, I tried on about a half-dozen scarves at home trying to find one I liked but wasn’t “digging” any of the ones I tried, so went to work scarf-less. Now I know why!
So grateful that my granddaughter Cady seems to be adjusting to her parents separation. She is surrounded by love so I am sure that helps. I still get sad thinking about another family dissolving but I know that Brennyn and Corey will remain friendly and will always do what is best for Cadence.
This is a still shot from a video that Corey took of Cady dancing at a recent school performance. Her face radiates joy. And so does mine every time I look at this pic or watch the video. Cady is wearing the khaki pants and blue cardi and HUGE (toothless) smile.
About to board my flight for home. Always sad to say goodbye to my girls but always glad to go home to my Prince. Here are a few parting shots of my little ‘plumpies’. I love you, Lucia. See you soon.
Today’s question. You thought I forgot! Nope, here it is. In a comment below, please share one blessing or little miracle in your life recently. It feels so good to reflect on the small things that make life worthwhile.
P.S. Made it home. Thankful for traveling mercies and for having the means to go help my babies. Glad they want my help, too. So happy to be home to this guy.
Hugs and kisses,