Saturday, October 18, 2014

Celebrate the good things . . .

I am not myself


and it seems like months since I have been myself.


Doctors orders are to listen to my body, something I don't do well, but I am forced to until I see a specialist next week.


I awoke this morning determined to just push on and do things that I haven't been doing like cleaning, decorating, gardening, creating . . . 


But, my body said no and I listened, a little.


I decided to "Celebrate the Good Things" and appreciate the simple pleasures in my life.


A little fall display I put together on the dining room table.


Precious little Leaping Lulu who gets me out on the beach every single day.


The weather that seems to get better every day and the water still warm enough to enjoy this late in October.


Letters I found in the attic this morning that Steve and I wrote to our parents while we were living in Jamaica as Peace Corps volunteers - we'll have some fun & teary reading tonight.


Flowers in my garden despite the lack of water.


Our son, JP,


who is happier than we have ever seen him because he is engaged to the sweetest girl.


Halloween decorations that I can play with tomorrow.


The guest room -  decorated and ready for company.


Yes, I celebrate all the little things in my life.


Slowly, but surely, I will get my fall/Halloween decorating done.


And, if I don't drop by or respond to comments quickly, I will be back in fighting form soon and back to regular posting, reading and commenting.

75 comments:

NanaDiana said...

I am so sorry you are going through some health issues, Carol. That really does throw our whole world out of whack, doesn't it? My father (who suffered with Parkinson's) used to say- If you don't have your health you don't have anything. I never understood that until I got older.

Your pictures are lovely-the beach- Leaping Lulu and your son with his sweetie.

Get well soon- I hope they can figure out what is going on...that's the first step. xo Diana

chateau chic said...

I love all the "little" things you shared, Carol, that you are enjoying right now while you're not feeling your best. You flowers inside and out are so lovely.

Take care of yourself so you get better soon...I know it's hard for those with your energy and drive to do so.
Mary Alice

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

I hope things work out and you feel better soon.

Blondie's Journal said...

I think I can identify. Maybe my advice won't matter because we are all different. I have to say hooray to you for finding the beauty and love in your life... Step #1. Exhaust the possibilities to get back to "normal". Life awaits you. Life is good. Step #2

Love, hugs and a shoulder should you need one...you know where. Step #3

Jane xxxxxx

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I hope you will find out what is wrong and start feeling better soon. I do think it's important to listen to our bodies and when they rest...well we need to try to a little bit! Hugs, Linda

Julie Corbisiero said...

I do hope that the specialist will find out what is wrong and you feel better soon. I loved the simple things you shared with us. Such pretty flowers and your dog playing on the beach. Take care.
Julie

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Carol,
I truly enjoyed looking at all the pictures of things you were enjoying. Love see sweet LuLu on the beach and ohhhhhh to see that lovely beach and waves of water. I will be pulling this post up when we start winter here to just be in awwww. Hope you feel better soon my friend. Worried and keeping good healing wishes for you and prayers you will begin to feel like yourself again soon.
Kris

bobbie said...

LOVE that shot of the Leaping Lulu!!!

And as I remember it, doctors AND nurses orders!!

{{{{{{}}}}}}

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol it truly is the simple things in life that matter most. Your photography is beautiful in this post, as is your heart. I wish you strength and better days ahead. Healh issues are indeed difficult to deal with and I will pray yours will soon fade away. Sending love your way.
xoxo,
Vera

Debby said...

Your little things are wonderful. Hugs and prayers

Kathy said...

Carol, I am so sorry you are having health issues. Sending hugs and best wishes that you will be feeling like yourself soon!!

Michelle Mortensen said...

It is hard when our bodies rebel. We are not "ourselves". I have suffered from a severe headache condition for five years, and sometimes I don't recognize myself. It is one of the reasons I started my blog (simplysantabarbara.blogspot.com). I hope that your health improves. In the meantime, you & I can both support each other in celebrating the little things (like when our kids are happy). Best wishes to you!
Michelle Mortensen

Vicky Hunt said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers Carol. All your photos are lovely as always. Keep your spirit up! You son and his fiance are such a nice looking couple and they do look so happy and in love. Have a restful and blessed Sunday.

Hugs, Vicky

Debbie Freitag said...

Hope you feel better soon. Yes, you need to listen to your body. Slowing down a little won't hurt and you're surrounded by such beauty it's ok to just slow down for a while and soak it all in. Your pictures are so beautiful.I love the picture of Lulu. I picture of pure joy!

Susie said...

Carol,
I always love seeing your picture and what you have been doing. Sorry you are yourself. Your son does look very happy and I am sending him best wishes for his future, with his beautiful girl. Enjoy the times at the beach with your wonderful Lulu. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Poppy said...

Carol, I'm glad that you are listening to your body and are getting the attention that it needs, while taking things a little bit more slowly right now. Sometimes, feeling out of sorts, makes us appreciate the beautifully simple things in life, as you have shared with us today. Your guest room is so calming and pretty; I hope the company you are expecting brings you joy.

Hugs,
Poppy

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My friend, this is a beautiful post from which I can feel a mood - a certain mood that I know well. Not knowing exactly what your body is telling you leaves us in a place where we start to think about the beautiful, small but very significant things in our lives. My first concern is to pray for you, to hope that all will be well....

Dawn said...

So sorry to hear you're not feeling like yourself. I pray the specialist has some answers. I loved seeing all your flower decorating skills. Beautiful like always.

Rita C. said...

Carol,
Fantastic photos, journaling a happy life. I hope you find peace and strength with whatever you're being dealt right now. Know that you have a circle of friends and/or warriors - whatever the need may be - at the ready to support you in this world-wide web.

Your son is a fantastically handsome man with great stature!

Peace & love,
Rita

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

I hope you're feeling better soon. All of the little autumnal (don't you just love that word?!!?) touches look so wonderful. Happy Sunday to you!! : )

~ Wendy
http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Cynthia said...

I totally understand going through health issues and how hard it is to listen to your body. Sometimes we don't like what it has to say. Take things as they come. One day at a time. I'm so sorry you have to go through this. Everything is so pretty and you'll get it finished.

Cindy

Art @ Home said...

I hope you are feeling better soon, my sweet friend. I pray that you will get answers so you can get on a good program to wellness.

xo,
Ricki Jill

ANNE said...

Sounds to me like you would be a good candidate for a yoga class that focuses on meditation and listening to your body. I started one last fall and I wouldn't miss a class for the world. It's been so helpful!

Be well!

xox

Daytona Damsel said...

Praying all is resolved soon so you can feel like yourself again. Hugs my friend.
Debbie

Leslie Harris said...

You didn't tell me you've been feeling under the weather. Hmm.. i'll have to hear more. Until then, I'm so glad to hear that you're slowing yourself down. Focusing on those simple little things that make you feel happy...I really enjoyed seeing your son and his future wife, they look so in love.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, I am sorry you are having health issues and not feeling up to yourself. Saying a prayer for you and better days ahead. I have been on this path and listening to your body is a great first start.
Love your beautiful pics from around the house and beach. It is these special views around us that give us joys.
Enjoy the day and sending feel better hugs to you sweet friend.
Prayers xoxo

a breath of fresh air said...

Sorry your not feeling on top form :-( thanks for sharing the pictures love your leaping pooch and your son does look happy ......get well soon :-).
Annie x

Susan said...

So sorry you are not feeling well. I'll keep my fingers crossed all goes well at the doc's. Sometimes doing just one teeeny tiny creative thing can boost one's spirits so take it easy and be good to yourself.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Carol, so sorry that your not feeling your self. I am glad that your going to a specialist - he will get to the bottom of the problem.
Your photo's are beautiful and I love the one of Leaping Lulu on the beach. She sure has grown up.
Take care dear friend and listen to your body. You will be in my prayers.
Mary

Sally Somervill said...

Your home is so bright and beautiful! I hope you feel better soon!
Sally

The Junque Seeker said...

Hoping you find answers and are feeling much better soon. Loved all your photos but especially leaping Lulu!

podso said...

Be well Carol, and it's good your listening and slowing down and enjoying simple things --not that you don't always do that. I have always liked the way you celebrate small things in your life and home. Small changes=joy.

Sam I Am...... said...

I hope all is well with you and maybe it's just a thyroid issue or a lack of a vitamin? You're too vibrant, talented and young looking to be ill for long! I must admit though I got the sickest when I was in the best shape ever. But that was years ago and I have 3 chronic diseases but I take very good care of myself now. No more burning the candle at both ends as I used to do.
I will say a prayer that all is well and I hope to see you back here again SOON! You certainly haven't lost your decorating touch as everything looks wonderful.
What a handsome, and yes, happy son you have. Maybe you're just "run down" getting ready for your guests?
The beach is beautiful! Big hugs!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

I am sorry you are not feeling well...and I do hope all will be well with you. When I was sick last year it became very clear to me to enjoy the "simple" things for that is what truly makes us happy. I will keep you in my prayers...and pray all will be well once again!

Mimi Sue said...

When we're not feeling our best it really makes us stop and not take anything for granted doesn't it? Prayers are on their way. Mimi

must love junk said...

It sounds like you have a great attitude by looking at all the wonderful things you have to celebrate! Hope and pray that you're feeling your best soon.
xo
Susan

Stacey said...

Carol, I hope you are so much better quickly. Sometimes you just have to slow down a little and listen to your body. Sometimes it means a few trips back and forth to the doctor too. That part isn't fun but it's necessary. Thinking of you!

Consider It All Joy said...

Carol, you will be in my prayers over the next bit of time. Believing that things will be okay and you will be feeling yourself soon! I love your little wire heart with the key ~ so cute! And of course your beach photos always cheer my heart! Blessings, Cindy

cynthia lee designs said...

So sorry that you are not feeling very good. Saying prayers for you and sending hugs.
Thank you, thank you for my banner!! It came in the mail yesterday. I'm going to share it on my blog sometime this week.
~Cindy

Jann Olson said...

Carol, I have been thinking about you. You will be in my prayers and I hope that you get feeling better soon! Yes, take it easy; don't feel pressured and enjoy the little things! Love, love your pretty collages!
hugs,
Jann

Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I know what you mean... it's hard to get up and go when you want; but your body isn't willing to cooperate.
I've been under the weather myself the past week... Glad you're listening to your body and taking care of yourself.
Celebrating 'the good'...
it's important.
Blogs can wait. ;)

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

So much love and care for you resides above me, here in your comment field!

Our health can take so many unplanned detours as we age. I wish a quick diagnosis and simple solution soon!

Your son and his fiance' are adorable!

You are PRIMARY when it comes to colorful inspiration, Carol!
Be well!
~Lynne
w/L.


111 LaLa Lane said...

I'm sorry you're not feeling well, Carol. Hope the doctors find answers soon. I was so happy to see your son and his fiancé. Is he one that runs? Look forward to seeing your fall décor. Hugs and prayers.....Laurie.

Kelly said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you're under the weather. I hope your doctor can find out what is wrong and get you back to good health soon! It's good that you're still able to see the good things around you though.

Acorn to Oak said...

Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well! I hope you get answers from the specialist and are back to feeling great very soon!

Your pictures are wonderful! Great shot of leaping Lulu too! Congrats to your son on his engagement. He looks very happy! Have fun with those cute Halloween decorations! And, have a great week! Take care!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Carol, you sound a lot like me. I need to listen to my body too. I have cut way back on blogging because of health issues. There were times I almost quit blogging but I hung in there and so far I'm still enjoying it. I just do what I can.
Your photos are just wonderful and a lovely reflection of who you are. Do take care, my friend. I will put you on my prayer list. Wishing you a lovely day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

Bless you for finding the good in life even when you are not feeling your best. I sincerely hope you get well soon.

Connie said...

Carol, This post is lovely . . . but maybe you need to learn to slow down a bit. I know how hard it is, because I have this need to stay busy, too. It is not always energy, like people seem to think, but a drive that needs to be filled each day. I wish there were something that I could do to put a smile on your face, my lovely friend.
God bless you.
Connie :)

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You always share good energy here! Sending some your way. Best wishes. Be well.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Just take care of yourself, Carol. That is the most important thing. In the grand scheme of things, nothing else matters if you are not well.

Lorrie said...

I'm sorry that you've not been feeling well, Carol. Listening to our bodies is so important and I'm glad you're seeing a physician and taking it easy. Hope all is well. You are so right in celebrating the everyday things that make up life.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

My favorite out of all of these wonderful photos is Lulu leaping ...it's amazing how high she can go! :)

Take care :)

Down by the sea said...

Hi Carol, Sorry to read that you haven't been feeling yourself and hope that they can find out what is wrong with you. The action shot of Lu-Lu made me smile! Take care and try to listen to your body! Sarah x

A Joyful Cottage said...

Carol, your photographs are beautiful. Looking at these images I'm reminded of one of my favorite quotes, "It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all." -- Laura Ingalls Wilder

I pray you'll get the answers you need regarding your health very soon. Be kind to yourself in the meantime. :) Hugs, Nancy

Doreen@househoneys said...

It's scary and more than a little unsettling when our bodies seem to betray us. Not knowing is the hardest part of all, and I hope you get the answers you need soon. You're doing all you can...listening to your body, appreciating all the beauty and love in your life, and taking things a bit slower.

Your son does indeed look happy, and isn't that reason to celebrate?!

Be well.

xxx

Kris Anderson said...

it's always a sad moment to hear a friend is not doing well as they hope.. gee whiz -- err health is sooooooooo important - I know from experiences -- you seem to be hanging in there - bless your heart..I'll be thinking of you!
Photos are all sweet and inspiring!

Hugs

side note: happy for your son!

White Weathered Hutch said...

Oh no! Please take care of yourself ! Take one day at a time and listen to your body.

LanasArtStudio said...

Lilu enjoyed the sandy beach is my favorite picture! It brought the smile on my face from ear to ear:)

Barbara Fisher said...

A truly beautiful, stunning and gorgeous post I couldn't agree more, Leaping Lulu is absolutely precious.
Listen to your body, take life slowly and get well soon. Barbara x

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Carol, I hope the doctors will help you. I know how worrying it is not to know what's wrong. You have done quite a lot of decorating for someone who's not at its best. Give us news soon.

Kim - Exquisitely Unremarkable said...

Carol, I hope you're feeling better every day. It's tough when your body holds you back. I'll be thinking of you! :)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Oh my goodness, I don't know how I missed this. I do hope you're feeling better soon Carol and back to your regular routine. We do need to listen to that inner voice sometimes and do what it tells us to do. Congratulations to your son and his soon to be wife. That's great news for sure.

Jasper's Cottage said...

I'm so sorry you're not feeling yourself these days. I hope it's not too long before you're back in fine form.

Thank you for stopping by my blog! I guess we're looking at the same ocean every day just a couple of hundred miles apart. Youre probably a lot warmer than we are. :-)

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Hi Carol,
So sorry to hear things aren't feeling right. I do pray you'll get some answers and be feeling like yourself again quickly. I really loved seeing all the blessings you have to focus on. Such sweet news about your son :)

Helen Philipps said...

This is such a sweet post of things to celebrate, with gorgeous photos. I am so sorry you have not been feeling well, Carol. I hope you take all the time you need to get better.
Sending love.
Helen xox

Patty Antle said...

Carol, I love your gratitude list and pictures. Hope you get to feeling better soon!

francis said...

When I read about your not being yourself for some time now , I recognised that . It is hard to explain to other , I thought , but here you are perfectly sharing with us how it is .
It kept me from blogging for a while . Thank you so much for visiting me . When is your birthday , if I may ask ?
I will be thinking of you and hope you will be better soon.
Hugs from Holland .

Debbiedoos said...

I do hope you start feeling back to your self soon. Your pictures are gorgeous and you shared them so well.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I'm a little worried that you are not posting. I keep you in my thoughts.

My Garden Diaries said...

I have been thinking about you so much Carol....seems we both have some things going on and I am praying hard for you. Please know that if you need anything I am here for you. You take care of you....I am glad you are listening to your body and taking your time with things. And I am so happy that your son is engaged! What a wonderful blessing! Now you rest and take care of you sweet friend...my thoughts are with you as you mean so much to me. Love Nicole xo

Palomasea said...

Dear Carol, I am so sorry to know you are not feeling well.
I hope very much that you will be back to feeling like yourself very soon!
You create such beauty... :)
That photo of Lulu is fantastic...
Prayers for good health to you,
- Irina

Jen Ham said...

Carol, it breaks my heart to hear you are not feeling well. Truly. I think you are keeping as strong as you can by keeping in touch with your creativity. Lulu helps a lot as well as the beach, I'm sure. Take care dearie. Thinking of you. xoxo Jen

Consider It All Joy said...

Just came back by to check in on you. Hope you are doing okay and feeling better. Sending prayers and hugs your way Carol!! Blessings, Cindy

Jen Kershner said...

I'm sorry you haven't been feeling like yourself. The body/mind connection is strong and mysterious. Hoping you are back to being you very soon.

Diane said...

Carol, I have been away a great deal, since my husband retired this summer. I have been trying to catch up a little on some of my favorite blogs and I just saw this post and found out that you have not been feeling well. I saw the subsequent post and I hope that you are starting to feel a lot better. So sorry that you have had to deal with this!