Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wednesday: Autumn Joy List Update and More

Thanksgiving Wreath

Once again, I couldn't fall asleep, last night.  It was 4:15 a.m. when I last looked at the clock.  Then, I woke up at 6:00 a.m.!  But, I managed to go back to sleep and slept till 9:00 a.m.  I tried to return to sleep, but couldn't and a certain kitty was asking for breakfast, so, I got up.  I figured I could always take a nap in the afternoon, if I needed to, but I didn't feel sleepy in the afternoon.

I spent the rest of the morning doing office work.  Later, in the early afternoon, I ran my errands.  The pharmacy had texted saying one of my prescription refills was ready; I picked it up, then bought some sympathy cards and a birthday card, and did my grocery shopping.  Put gas to the car, too, so I don't have to think about that during the holiday weekend.

Came home and vacuumed and tidied the bedrooms (just mine and daughter's; the guest room will be done, later), changed my bed sheets, did the laundry, hung it up to dry, and decorated the house for Thanksgiving.  I only have two Thanksgiving decorations; the wreath shown above (made several years ago) and the decorated broom, below, (which I renewed, last year).  It makes it easy to decorate!  Then, I did a little more office work.

Decorated Broom

My daughter called to say her office closed early, at 3:00 p.m., for the holiday!  She was booked on a flight that was scheduled to leave at 8:15 p.m. and she asked me what I suggested she should do.  I told her to go to the airport early and see if she could get an earlier flight at no extra cost.  She called me after she got to the airport and said she was on stand-by for a flight leaving at 6:15 p.m., then, again, at 6:00 p.m. saying she was able to get a seat on that flight and had boarded the plane!  So she came home earlier than expected and we're having a longer evening together!  She had brought some food home with her: some noodles she had cooked and some wild rice; I reheated a packet of cooked meat I had in the freezer and some of the curries I had in the fridge and we had a buffet dinner!  

Wednesday's To Do List:
- Office work - DONE
- Tidy/dust/vacuum bedrooms - DONE
- Change bedding - DONE
- Launder sheets - DONE
- Decorate for Thanksgiving - DONE
- Pharmacy for refill - DONE
- Buy sympathy cards and birthday card - DONE
- Grocery shop to buy half and half for daughter, cat food, maybe bread - DONE
- Pick up daughter from airport -DONE
- Call cousin - DONE

I am so glad I was able to get my To Do list done, today!

Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) To Do List:
- Put away laundry
- Bake corn bread and banana bread
- Do the dishes
- Go to aunt's house to celebrate Thanksgiving

Back in September, at the beginning of Autumn, I had been inspired to write a list of joy.  It was a list of 25 seasonal things and activities that would bring joy from the beginning of Autumn until Thanksgiving.  Well, Thanksgiving is almost here, so I thought I'll update the list to see how I've done.
List of Autumn Joys:

1.  Continue to begin and end each day with prayer
2.  Continue to drink my tea using my special cup and saucer
3.  Continue to chat daily with my daughter
4.  Decorate my house for fall (in October) and for Thanksgiving (in November)
5.  My daughter's visits home  (1 planned for in October; 2 in November)
6.  Attend up-coming family gathering for cousin's daughter's baby shower
7.  Make some cards using items I have on hand
8.  Host the October prayer gathering
9.  Visit my mother's grave on her birthday (October) - both joyful and sad at the same time
10. Celebrate my birthday (November)
11. Celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family - Will be doing so, tomorrow.
12. Go to the Sri Lankan grocery store and indulge! - Went several times!
13. Go out to dinner with a friend
14. Go out to lunch with sister (I invited her, but she couldn't make it)
15. Invite cousin and aunt to dinner
16. Spend more time gardening
17. Continue to work on on-going craft projects
18. Visit the library
19. Read a book (or two, or more)
20. Listen to music 
21. Play the piano
22. Sing
23. Bake something when it is cooler - Will be baking tomorrow - corn bread and banana bread
24. Visit my neighbors
25. Go out to dinner with an aunt (and maybe a cousin) Several cousins!

I accomplished most of the activities on my Joy list!  I couldn't go out to lunch with my sister or visit my neighbors (although one visited me) and I didn't do much on the craft projects, either.  But that's OK.  I am happy with what I was able to do and each activity brought me joy.  I think I shall make another Joy list after Thanksgiving, for joyous activities from now till the end of the year.

Today, I am grateful for:
- Daughter getting an earlier flight home
- Daughter having a safe flight home
- Starting our holiday weekend that much earlier, as a result
- The garden showing new growth after the rain
- Getting my To Do list done

How was your Wednesday?  If you are celebrating Thanksgiving, tomorrow, I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving.  


  1. I love your decorations. What a joy to have your daughter home a little earlier than expected. It's lovely to see so many things crossed off your Autumn joys list. Such a lot to be thankful for. Xx

    1. Thank you, Jules. It's a blessing to have my daughter home for the long weekend and, yes, I've a lot for which to be thankful. I hope you and your family have a lovely weekend and enjoy doing some of your favorite activities for this time of the year.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving.
    So happy that daughter got the earlier flight and could spend the evening with you.. Know you two are enjoying it.
    The wreath and the broom are so cute.
    Take care and enjoy the week.

    1. Thank you, Judy. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. Are you planning to go Black Friday shopping, tomorrow?

  3. The broom and wreath are lovely. And what a good way to start the holidays with your daughter managing to get home earlier than expected. I love your list of joys, the simplicity of them seems to make them more meaningful if that makes sense. xx

    1. Thank you, Suzanne. The holiday weekend has sped by, it seems and it is already time for my daughter to go back! Simple joys...doesn't take much to make me happy, I guess. :)

  4. So glad your daughter could have more time with you. It was lucky she could get the flight! x

    1. Yes, very lucky, as these day before a major holiday flights can be fully booked!


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