Friday, January 24, 2014

Finding some good in something bad

I really hate wishing the winter away.  I realize that time is so precious, and to just wish it to pass is probably a sin.  So I have been trying to find some positive things about the season.

I concluded that winter provides the perfect excuse to not go someplace or do something.  So far the things I canceled I absolutely wanted to do.  But I can't take a risk of falling again, I do enough damage indoors, or getting into a fender bender, or worse.

It is also prime soup season, and I just adore soup.  I usually have about 16 pints in my freezer, but didn't get to make a nice big pot of turkey soup from the Thanksgiving dinner.  However, I am enjoying a quick warm and satisfying soup using broth (commercial is fine, as long as it is low sodium), pastina, a handful of fresh baby spinach and topping it with grated cheese and black pepper.  It is so yummy and it satisfies the soul.

I also decided that being in a spirit of gratitude was a much better place to be than the complaining one I have been wallowing in.  So I am so grateful that I am retired  and do not have to venture out.  I am grateful for a friend who always checks on me when she is running errands to see if I need anything.  I am grateful for my two neighbors, Tony and Gina, who take turns shoveling my walkway.  Homeowners doesn't let the shovelers do this.  In years past they would ring the bell and ask if we wanted it done for $10.  Now they come in the middle of the night.  

I realize the winter brings an abundance of blessings that come in various forms.

God provides.

Finally loaded the Blogger app.  This is very restrictive, more so that doing it the other way.  No preview, no publish button, I may be typing just for myself.  The app barely got 2 1/2 stars.....God provides but not for the iPad.  ;-)

Oh, publish button exists, no spell check though.  



  1. I think it is always better to live with gratitude, Barbara. Winter will be over before we know it and then everyone will be talking about the heat!

    Have a good weekend!

  2. Thank you for the Blogger app review. I've got it, but am nervous to try it. Two and a half stars isn't much of a rating.

    Gratitude is better for us, but I know how tough it can be, especially when it seems that things pile on. (Like this vile cold.)

    Work on cozy, cozy. That's what I'm doing and it works a little. =D

  3. Your post looks good and I love your good attitude! I'm so thankful we are retired and don't have to get out unless we want to. Take care of yourself and stay safe and warm! Sweet hugs, Diane

  4. I love your attitude, and I've been trying very hard to adopt the same thing by looking at the positives instead of the negatives. (Not that I am comparing my "negatives", but you know what I mean. I love that you have neighbors who shovel your drive. Sometimes I forget what it's like to live where that is a constant reality.

    I keep saying that I covet an Ipad, but you make me think I need to stick to my primitive old Dellie.

  5. You do have much to be grateful for and I'm grateful for your friendship!


  6. I'm so grateful for being retired, too. Would not have liked having to be out the door in the dark these last few days. Grateful for a warm house and grateful that the cross walks near me were shoveled out. And I'll reaally appreciate the spring this year.

    Grateful for my friends to chat with on Facebook!

  7. Barbara, I love soup, too!! But Todd's not a big soup eater, so I don't make it too often. C'est la vie! Sorry you're struggling with the iPad and its apps. Hope it gets easier!! :)

  8. Your soup sounds great! Yay for someone who shovels the sidewalk! Yay for retirement! Yay for a new iPad! I'd like one, too!:-) With all that said, winter is really packing a wallop this time around! I hope you will stay safe and warm. xo

  9. That's our Barbara! Your attitude is the right one, and I know that's not always easy! We are all glad for your friendship and miss your regular blog posts. So glad that you gave the iPad app. a try, even though it doesn't have a very good rating. I think I would have a hard time blogging that way, so kudos to you for giving it a whirl. It's good to hear your "voice" online again. :)

    Your soup sounds so comforting and satisfying. I, too, adore soup. I could eat it seven days a week in the fall and winter. As for movies, hubby and I went to see "The Hobbit" over the holidays, as we are big Tolkien fans, and we also want to see "Monuments Men." My in-laws read the book, and they said it was great!

    I'm glad you have such nice neighbors and friends; hang in there Barbara, and stay warm!

    Big hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

  10. Yes, gratitude is always the best choice!
    I have cancelled an outing and made soup this week, so I think we're on the same page. :D

  11. A spirit of gratitude is a good thing! Even the snowflakes are beautiful if looked at closely:@)

  12. <3 love u sweet friend! God DOES provide and your spirit of gratitude is inspiring. <3

  13. Barbara F.,
    Your spirit is uplifting.

  14. Yep we need to look for that "silver lining" and keep positive. I know this one all too well. Soup sounds good. I have a simple potato soup recipe I should try again. Stay warm!

  15. Barbara, I love you attitude about life and soup. They both seem to be in good supply in your life. I did have a small fender bender recently and couldn't even blame the snow.
    Have a blessed weekend dear friend.
    xoxo Ginger

  16. I'm glad you're able to find the good in it. I try very hard each day to do the same. It has just been so bitterly cold that it's sometimes hard to do that. I thank God every day I don't HAVE to get up and get out in it like my husband!!! He's a trooper as are all the other people who get out there daily...and especially those whose work puts them on the wrong side of the warmth inside the door!!!

    My friends and I cancelled an outing this week because of the high winds and ugly wind chill since where we were going would require us to walk from building to building. No'll be there in the Spring! :-)

    Hang in there with that app!

  17. Mmm...that soup sound yummy. I'm making Wedding soup tomorrow. It will be good on these cold days/nights.


  18. First of all...the gratitude. What a great way to focus. I try so hard to make that my first thought, to focus on that to keep my mind from selfishly focusing on the things I feel I don't have.

    Your neighbors are good people. So are ours. In the winter when you don't communicate with many, this is their way of saying Hello, we care. I have to bake something for them.

    I hope you are well and up and about soon. Your soup sounds great. Recipe forthcoming?


  19. Thanks for your reminder about gratitude. Too often I forget to be grateful, but you are right that this is the way I should look at things. I guess I just get discouraged with all the snow (15 inches for us) that is on the ground. And I do have to get up and go to work each day. It's hard.

    Soup sounds wonderful and I think I just may do that today.

  20. Well done Barbara! I' m very glad you find gratitude.

  21. Hi Barbara,
    I'm glad you've found gratitude. That's always a good thing. Happy Sunday, dear friend. xo

  22. I'm glad you are seeing the good that has come along with the bad. I know how hard that can be! I wish I could be grateful for winter but that's what makes us love spring so much :) At least the snow is protecting the garden so I'm grateful for that :)

  23. Ha ha! I love this! Ok, may I add, I get to wear my boots and sweaters and lots and lots of black (more slimming right?) and I don't have to pull any weeds.


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