Thursday, March 3, 2022

Thankful Thursday Week 9

This past week was spent trying to reduce my feelings of stress even more. So exercise, healthy eating with occasional indulgences, reading what I really enjoy and thinking of enjoyable things to do each week.

I was running errands Monday and stopped at Trader Joe's to see what flowers they has and there were my favorite cut flowers in my favorite color.  There were even enough to put a few in the small bathroom. A great happy start to the week.


- We did our taxes together using TurboTax and had some laughs during the process. Better than tears!

- I finally figured out a system for getting caught up on the deep cleaning that seems to be working for me. I’m taking it in little bites such as just the bedside table drawers or just one side of the pantry. If I want to keep going I can but at least one little thing is done. Glad I found a solution that works for me.

- Put a painting of mine I was considering throwing away onto the shelf above the washer and dryer. Cheers up the laundry area and is seen from the kitchen. Glad I found a spot for it.

- After bad news from our HOA about their inability to get adequate property insurance for the exteriors of our homes, they came through with a tiny bit of good news. Their new contract for cable and internet leaves us paying only for our landline $19.99/mo instead of the previous cost of $102.43/mo. Of course the HOA fee annual increase was $37/mo including totally inadequate fire and earthquake coverage, but we have saved $45.44/mo after all this. I'm being thankful for small favors and focusing on what I can control or influence not the bad things that happen. 


  1. Love Trader Joe's flowers. Sounds like you had a productive week.

  2. I think people who cannot be thankful for small things and joys, they can never be happy. So, good for you to find those little joys. I started to listen to music all through the day lately. Mostly jazz. It calms me down and makes me happy.

  3. Finding the joy in small things keeps me motivated. Can you buy your own insurance or does it have to be bought through your HOA?

    God bless.

    1. In California HOAs are required to provide property insurance for the exterior and structure of each unit but the wildfires the past few years have made coverage unavailable. Our agent figured out a way for us to add some coverage in addition to our current interior and personal property coverage but the cost is really high. We are still thinking on it and the HOA is working with the state insurance commission but the communication was awful.

  4. Tulips and daffodils are starting to break through the soil here in the midwest, and I'm glad! As for deep cleaning, I have started breaking down projects, too. I used to be able to clean the entire house in a day, but no more. My mom was a very good housekeeper, but I remember when she was in her late 60s and 70s, she had to take it easier. She would set aside an hour a day to do her chores and that worked for her. Congratulations on finishing your taxes. Wish ours were done!!


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