I post my gratitude project mostly on FB, but this one deserves a bit more than a short bit.

Yesterday, I was grateful to be associated with a group of responsible pit bull owners. Will and I attended a meet up for Bully Lovers in Birmingham. There were 16 Pit Bulls at Railroad Park plus all their owners and children, including a 3 month old puppy that was OMG so cute!! With it's squishy face and squeeee!! She was adorable!!

We were watched like a hawk by the park officials -- we were all gathered under the main pavilion where we shared food and drink, pibble dribble and talked. Next to us was a group of teenage girls -- a church group or community group (they were wearing the same t-shirts), and many were cooing over the dogs. Joker was his usual affable self -- friendly and more than happy to let anyone pet him. As usual, I had to warn people that he licks like crazy and will jump up to get you in the face. Most people bent down to his level as I tried to keep him from jumping. Richard, one of the board members for Bama Bully Rescue did exactly as I do: make Joker sit and THEN pet him, taking his hand away if Joker jumped and waiting until he sat quietly. Joker did well, occasionally losing his control over himself but mostly behaved well and didn't go too crazy with his Tongue of Doomâ„¢. Harley was her usual self as well, friendly but reserved. We had our pictures taken as well.

The part I'm mostly grateful for is being part of this group. Showing people what RESPONSIBLE Pit Bull ownership is like. A big bunch of well-behaved and managed dogs, socializing with other dogs, people and children with no incidents or problems. We left before the rest of the group did, but apparently the group left the area cleaner than when we got there. Apparently, one woman with her kid screamed "DON"T PET THE PIT BULLS!" when her son pet Gunner. When the dog licked him she said "Well I'll be damned! It's a small victory, but a victory nonetheless when communities are still trying to ban these dogs.

Today I am grateful for once again not gaining weight after quitting smoking. I haven't lost any since I quit (11 days so far!) but I'm very happy to be staying pat (for now). I didn't quit because I wanted to -- I quit because I had to in order to heal my ulcer. But, I'm doing well with it, even when the patch falls off. I still have the occasional craving but they're getting fewer and far between and not as intense. The only problem I'm having is a nagging headache. I don't know if it's due to withdrawal, the patch or the weather pattern but this headache just won't stay away. I shall start exercising again, by hook or by crook, DAMN this stupid foot pain. I want to continue to lose weight not be stuck in a plateau. But, at least I haven't gained anything which is what usually happens when you quit smoking. So, yeah I'm grateful.
It's that time of year again. Once again I nod to [personal profile] estaratshirai who started this. The Gratitude Project runs from Lammas to Mabon and you find something to be grateful for each day between those Sabbats. No repeats - you can be grateful for your spouse/kids/job/friends, but the reason for the gratitude needs to be different for each entry. Join the Gratitude Revolution! ;-)

Today I am grateful to Will for getting me started on Weight Watchers. I've lost 25 lbs so far and have 25 to go until my first goal; 35 to the weight I'd LOVE to be but won't cry if I don't make it. Now, if my body would just cooperate and let me exercise without pain.
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( Aug. 28th, 2010 09:06 pm)
We leave for Maine tomorrow so I may not post GPs for a while. Today I am grateful for the 17 years I've had the pleasure of my daughters company. There have been good times, bad times, trying times and some incredible times.

She has been my anchor, my lifeline and my purpose in life. I'm going to miss her terribly. I hope she manages to take control of her life and become the incredible young woman I know she can be.

I love you, Liana. You'll always be my Bunk, no matter how far away you are.
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Yesterday I was grateful that the heat seems to be backing off a bit. It's still summer-hot, but no longer hitting the triple digits.

Today I am grateful that Joker comes when you call him. Both puppies got out through the garage as I was taking out some trash. Joker ran up to a neighbor to say hello (and neighbor didn't get spooked by a pit bull running up to him; must be Joker's goofy smile and wagging-a-mile-a-minute tail) and came right back to me when I called him. Harley however, required a chase-down. I wish she'd learn from him...at least the good things.
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Yesterday I was grateful for baking successes. Sometimes, just making something delicious to eat is enough to make your day.

Today I am grateful to a member of my family, for helping to keep our family together. Yes, it's cryptic, but too bad.
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( Aug. 22nd, 2010 04:35 pm)
I'm grateful for my little tomato plant. It's been producing delicious maters, not very big since it's potted, but quite tasty.

Yay for organic, homegrown produce!
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( Aug. 21st, 2010 09:59 pm)
I'm grateful that the library has one of my all-time favorite movies - "Papillon".
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( Aug. 20th, 2010 03:42 pm)
I'm not going to even try and catch up. I'll just be grateful that I survived the past week with my sanity somewhat intact.

Today I'm grateful to Joker for his cow face. If I'm tired, hurting or feeling bad (which is more often than not), all I have to do is look at his face and I'll smile. Cute splotchy nose, funky markings, and doleful eyes. And the Tongue of Doom (tm), which may be a bit annoying at times, but he means well.

He may look like a cow, but thankfully he doesn't SMELL like one.
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Yesterday I was grateful that my flare lessened enough for me to go dancing with Will. I do love to dance with ohm.

Today I am grateful that I was able to catch a glimpse of the meteor shower last night. It was glorious.
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I'm grateful to Dr. Sawyer for being the great doctor she is. I took Liana in to see her because she's been showing signs of Fibro. The doc tested her and checked her heart, looking for mitral valve prolapse, which has been linked to Fibro and other autonomic/autoimmune disorders. Liana does have MVP (which I also have), and possibly the beginnings of Fibro. She's been put on a light beta blocker for the moment, and we'll be watching the rest.

It's not good news, but I'm grateful for having a doctor that not only believes in and treats Fibro, but also researches and keeps up in all the being done. She's pretty fabulous, especially since she's at least 75 years old. I'm talking a SERIOUSLY little old lady.

In my own health news, it seems this latest flare is starting to let up. After yesterdays struggle with narcoleptic episodes, the allover pain is lessening, now down to my normal screaming spots.
Today I am grateful for my hair. I have very fine, thin, fragile hair that breaks and splits if you look at it funny. Since I was young, it's been permed, straightened, curled, colored and every other process known to man. I've had various cuts, colors and styles. And it's always been difficult to maintain.

A few months before moving to Birmingham, I shaved myself bald, figuring that a black and purple Mohawk wouldn't go over to well in 'Bama. Since then, I've done nothing to it other than boost my natural color with henna. It hasn't even been trimmed.

And my hair is thicker and healthier than it's ever been before. It's grown in naturally and has it's own natural layering. It actually has body! I won't be touching it until it really needs a trim; in two years I've turned my hair from a limp mess into a rather nice head of hair. If I want a severe change, I'll just wear a wig from now on.

Yeah...so it's a little narcisstic, but I really AM grateful.
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Yesterday I was grateful to Will for always trying so hard to take care of us. The issue with my laptop is beyond his capability, but it was really great of him to try to fix it.

Today I am grateful for having an air mattress. Camping out in the living room with the AC is so much better than sweltering in the bedroom. I may have to look into Sleep Number beds, since I'm actually feeling less pain than I do with our memory foam bed.
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Yesterday, I was grateful to good friends who share their recipes with me. Mmmm...pulled pork.

Today, I am grateful to Joker for having so much love inside him that he can't contain it. Even when my face is completely covered, he somehow manages to snake his Tongue of Doom {tm} through a crack and lick me. OK, so sometimes it's a pain...but mostly, it's how he expresses his affection.
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I am truly grateful to Will for his patience and understanding. Living with Fibro is difficult, living with someone who has Fibro is just as hard. Thank you, my love.
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Today I am grateful to Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker for overturning Proposition 8 in California...

...I only hope it holds up.
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Today I am grateful for cast iron cookware. Nothing makes country fried steak better than a good old fashioned cast iron pan.

Mmmmm....
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The Gratitude Project was begun several years ago by [livejournal.com profile] estaratshirai. The rules are simple. Every day between Lammas and Mabon one must find something to be grateful for in life. No repeats - one can be grateful to people more than once, but it has be for different reasons.

Day 1: I'm grateful to be getting together with kin for a Sabbat. It's been a LONG time.

Day 2: I'm grateful to these same kin for allowing Liana and I to enjoy their company and hospitality. We had a delightful time with "our bois".
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I'm behind a few days, so I'm going to incorporate those into my last post for this year's project.

I'm extremely grateful to my friends and family for their love and understanding. It seems like I'm always complaining, and they continue to support and encourage me. It helps me to get through the bad patches that are de riguer with Fibromyalgia.

I'm grateful for my pets. Sierra and Navarre never fail to make me smile or laugh on a daily basis. Navarre, especially, as he's my main companion. I spend more time with my dog than the rest of my family, since they have work and school. And he never tires of me, and loves me even when I'm hurting and grumpy.

I'm also grateful for my friend [livejournal.com profile] estaratshirai. We've never met in person but have known each other for years online. She started this meme a few years ago as a personal exercise. A few of us picked it up and carried it on, and it's just spread from there. The Gratitude Project may be based on the pagan calendar, but it's not a pagan-only project, and it's gratifying to see it spread as far as it has. Thank you, Julie, for starting it; for reminding us to be happy for the little things even as life throws you curves.

Happy Mabon to my pagan friends, and happy fall equinox to you others.
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( Sep. 17th, 2009 07:07 pm)
Today I am grateful to Will (again) for his patience with me, especially when I don't do what I was supposed to do. He's a good hobbit ;)
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( Sep. 16th, 2009 02:15 pm)
I am SO grateful to have found the doctor I saw today. He listened to me, refilled all my meds, took some blood for testing and recommended another doctor who specializes in Fibro (I made the appointment already, it's at the end of October). He LISTENED. And was very thorough.

Finally. A family doctor who can not only treat me for regular stuff, but understands fibro and is able to treat it .... and treat me as a person.
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