Happy Day

So I had a thought this morning. Many of us have a lot more cause to be happy than we think we do. 

Take me for instance. For the sake of privacy, I won’t go into great detail, but I have a lot I could complain and choose to be depressed about right now. Generally, it’s easy to focus on the bad things we’re dealing with in life, because they’re more readily called to mind, and they give us cause to worry. But my thought this morning was this: What if we chose to celebrate the good things in life? And once I focused on that, all the negative things I had been thinking of didn’t seem important anymore, mostly because they were things that I could do nothing about, or things that could be gotten through with God’s help. What problems do we deal with in life that don’t fall in either one of those two categories?

 In my case this meant that, at least for today, I have no reason not to be happy and enjoy life. And that’s a nice feeling. 🙂

So that’s my inspirational nugget for today. In other news, I’ve made a resolution. Well…more like “really really want” than a resolution, but here it is. For reasons beyond my control, my hours have been cut back at work. So for the foreseeable future, I will only be working Tuesday through Friday, and Mondays I have off. I have decided that I will not be sad about this. Instead, I am making it my goal to write something every Monday. Doesn’t matter what it is, but in most cases you will probably be able to read it here once I’ve had my editing way with it. Writing in general used to be a fairly prolific hobby of mine that I very much enjoyed, and I haven’t done enough of it recently. I’ve chalked it up mostly to, well, life being busy and me not having enough free time. But, I’ve realized that that’s a bit of an excuse, and now that I have one entirely free day at my disposal every week, I should take advantage of it. Mondays are going to be my creative days — for writing and crocheting, most likely. (At the moment, I have a list of things I’d like to finish crocheting about a mile long.) Plus, there’s always something to be done around the house…gecko’s terrariums that need cleaning, errands that need to be run, dishes that need to be washed, random things left laying around that need to be got rid of…you get the idea.

In short, today is a good day, and I am determined to make it a productive one in spite of the gray weather. Grace and peace to you all. ❤

“The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” – Psalm 118:6


I’m Published! ….Sortof.

So I realized the other day that I haven’t written a post in like 3 weeks? Sometimes life gets busy, so figure. So what’s going on with me you may wonder? Actually, you may not wonder that at all, but I’m going to tell you anyway. The most exciting thing that’s happened recently is that I just had my birthday! Whooo….I’m officially old. No but really, I had a really nice day doing things with friends and family and I got some fantastic gifts, including a few from my list I posted at the beginning of July!

[Side note: Is it weird that one of my favorite gifts was a bathroom scale? I take an unusual amount of happiness at being able to weigh myself every day….I don’t have an eating disorder, I promise…]

Anyway, one of the coolest birthday occurrences this year actually happened the day before my birthday, but it still counts in my opinion. I came home from work to a package from some bookseller that I had never heard of before, and I was all:

This doesn’t actually look like me at all.

I hadn’t ordered anything, and I knew my parents hadn’t ordered anything in my name, so I had absolutely no clue what it was. I opened it, and TA-DAH!!! I found two copies of “Crochet 2013 Calendar”, and I was instantly deliriously excited. Here’s the story. Back in spring of 2011 I submitted two crochet patterns for this calendar to the “compiler/editor”, who had just happened to contact me over Ravelry and told me that she liked my patterns. (By the way, if you’re a crocheter or knitter and don’t know what Ravelry is, you’re missing out…big time. And yes, I’m the ultimate granny-in-training, I do actually crochet quite frequently.) I didn’t hear back from them until May of THIS year (what a long time to wait, right?), saying that both my patterns had been accepted for the 2013 Crochet Calendar, yay! But I wasn’t going to actually get my free copies of the calendar until they’d actually been made, which was who knows when. So obviously, I was very excited that this

The earring pattern showing in the do-jigger is mine! 🙂

showed up on my doorstep the day before my birthday, because I wasn’t expecting them until fall. 🙂 If you’d like to see the patterns I submitted, you can actually find them for free on Ravelry under the username “kaityh1”, or on my crochet blog (which hasn’t been updated in a year, I know, I’m a terrible person) both here and here. Or, if you want to actually buy the calendar for next year, you can buy them on Amazon for $13.49.  Spiffy right?

Anywho, it’s about time to get back to my exciting life of postal work and housesitting! Au revoir!