This Little Piggy…..

Days 10 & 11~

I missed yesterday, so I thought I would combine my gratitude for my body today.  Since they are related…. I’m picking feet and toes!

“Oh my feet, my poor poor feet!”  That’s how I feel somedays when I’ve been on my feet for a long time.  Though that hasn’t happened for quite some time because of health issues…. the Holidays are upon us and LONG shopping trips can definitely create tired feet.  Well…. after all…. our feet hold our whole body up, I think they deserve to be a little sore after a day of shopping!B52R47Have you ever wondered why they hurt so much and why you’re so tired after a day like that?  I mean…. really.  Not just the fact that you’ve used them for several hours, but the fact that your feet are connected to everything in your body!  Have you ever seen a reflexology chart on the foot?  If you have, then that should explain why everything hurts so much after a long day on our feet.

The feet are one of the main places to use essential oils for topical use.  By using vita flex points to apply the oils, they can go straight to that part of the body to help.  Which means our feet are an amazing part of our body and we should take care of them!

I honestly don’t know how these young girls wear those ridiculousy high shoes!  Particularly if they are on their feet for long.  Really?  Are you all crazy?  That’s not to say that I don’t like wearing a pair of heels now and then, but not the crazy height they wear now a days and certainly not to stand around in.  As a matter of fact, with the knee issues I’ve had the last couple of years, my current shoe choices are flats!  Someday I hope to get back to wearing heels on occasion, but for now, I’ll take the pain free flats.  Granted, shoes can be very fashionable, but I’m not one of those crazy shoe people.  (My husband would totally disagree with that), but compared to some people…. my shoe supply is not average.  And, as I’ve stated before, I haven’t really been able to wear any of my heels for a while.  As a matter of fact….. I’ve had serious thoughts of going through my closet and getting rid of several pairs.  Though I don’t think I’m a complete shoe nut, a little down sizing wouldn’t hurt, right Honey?

Another thing our feet are great for is earthing!  Have you heard of earthing?  If you believe that everything is energy…. then earthing will make sense to you.  When you walk in bare feet on real ground (not concrete, etc.) then you are connecting your body’s energy with the energy of the earth.  Some claim it can be very healing to the body.  Again… this is all scientific type stuff.  But I know I feel better when I’ve walked on grass or beach in bare feet.  It just feels good!  If you’re interesting in some information on earthing go here.

foot organ-anatomy-picturesI’m grateful that my feet take me places, that I can feel the earth with them and that I can use oils on them to help with health issues or to even prevent problems.    I guess I could add the point of them being a fashion statement too, for those shoe lovers out there.  🙂

And my toes!  Those can definitely be a fashion statement!  I LOVE getting pedicures and having some fun sparkly nail polish on my toes.  Especially in the summer time when they can be seen in open toed shoes.  Mostly….. I just love getting pedicures!

Our toes are used for gripping the ground should we start to lose our balance, and wiggling and playing “This little Piggy”.  I’ve also seen people perform amazing things with their toes, like painting and playing the piano!  My toes aren’t that coordinated….. but I’m grateful they are a part of my feet and also have vita flex points to our bodies.  Love my toes!

I love my feet and toes and I’m grateful to have them.  I try to take care of them by treating them nicely.  I hope you do the same for yours!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?



A Nose is A Nose

Day 9~

The nose is a glorious thing.  It’s the main way I take in a breath.  At least when I’m not congested.  And breathing is pretty important in this thing called life!

Breathing in brings many aromas to the senses too.  We’ll dispense with the jokes on the unpleasant odors and focus on the pleasant ones here.  After all…. this is a post about gratitude.

girl_smelling_flowersProbably one of my favorite smells that makes me the most happy is fresh bread baking in the oven!  Cookies baking too!  Have you ever noticed that when a Real Estate Agent has an open house for a client that they often are serving fresh baked cookies?  There really is something to how smell affects our senses.

As of late, I’m enjoying the smell of many of my essential oils I love using.  Not all essential oils are pleasant to smell, but the ones I’ve been using on a regular basis have grown on me and I enjoy the smell a lot.  And I love what they do for me both physically and mentally.

Aromatherapy has a lot to do with our emotional side.  It’s interesting learning about all that.  I guess that’s why baking cookies can make a Buyer more interested in the home they are looking at when the smell of fresh baked cookies reaches their senses!  An interesting concept.

There are many odors to smell, too many to really mention here.  After all, just read this quote:

“The human nose can detect one trillion different odors, far more than we previously thought, say US scientists.”

So let’s just say…. I’m grateful for my nose and grateful to be able to smell so many different smells!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?

M is for Mouth

Day 8~

It’s a good thing I have a mouth to talk with, cause other wise I’d have to learn to talk with my hands.  (though I’ve been accused of doing both at the same time).

My mouth is so useful…. Like many other body parts, but many would say I use my mouth far too much!  Oh… I do love to converse with people, it’s true, but I’ve also been known to talk to myself.  I guess I don’t have any trouble keeping myself company in that way!  I’m usually pretty good at voicing my opinion about things.  Probably at times when I shouldn’t.  Sometimes I need to learn to bite my tongue!mouth

I also love to sing, which my mouth plays a pretty big part in.  As I have mentioned before, music has always been a big part of my life, but mostly through singing.  Unfortunately, I don’t get the opportunity to sing as often as I used to, but I’ve been blessed to have some wonderful opportunities in my life to sing, for which I am very grateful.

Our mouths are used to form many words and sounds.  It’s a joy to me right now to see my grand baby starting to discover his voice and mouth.  It’s fun to see babies try and mimic what you are doing with their mouth.

I’ve been accused of being a loud mouth, or a big mouth in my day, (mostly by my siblings while growing up)….. but I’m just grateful for my mouth and the ‘voice’ it gives me.  Oh, And of course, giving kisses and smiles…..  that’s a pretty important thing to be grateful for!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?

The Hills Are Alive With Sounds

Day 7~

Oh the world is made of glorious sounds!  And I’m grateful I can hear them!

So many sounds…..  Some may not be perceived as too pleasant, or may be annoying to some people….. but MANY sounds are a pure delight!

Music, for instance.  While everyone has their own taste in music, we each can enjoy how music makes us feel personally.  I love a variety of types of music.  Mostly music that I would consider mellow or soft rock.  Being a theater person, I love listening to Broadway music.  I also love Oldies and Standards and many other types as well.  Music has always been a big part of my life.  I’m grateful I can hear it to enjoy it!How-Protect-Your-Ears-Concerts

So many sounds in the world are soothing…. like the trickle of a stream, the crashing of the ocean waves, the crackling of a fire, just to name a few.

Perhaps some of the most important sounds in my life are the sound of the voices of my family.  Being with family brings me so much joy.  Hearing their voices is comforting too.  Just ask a Missionary Mom who longs to hear the voice of her Missionary and is only allowed to speak to them a few times a year!  That is one happy sound!

For now, the sound of my sweet grandson, cooing or starting to giggle…. even a little cry all bring me so much joy!  I’ve waited so long to be a Grandma that I relish every sound he makes.  I look so forward someday to having several Grandchildren around me making all kinds of noise!

So today, I am grateful for my ears!  Oh… and besides…. for us women, (mostly), we can decorate them with jewelry! Just one more thing on our body to adorn.

What sounds are you grateful for?

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?


I’m Thinking…..

Day 6~

I decided that I need to start at the top and work my way down for the rest of the month.  I keep wondering if I can really come up with 30 things to be grateful for about my body.  Well… at least with out going inside my body!  And I don’t think I can!  So….. here we go!

The brain is an amazing thing!  It seems to control everything in our body.  I haven’t done a lot of studying about this amazing organ, but I do know that our bodies can’t really function without it.  brain

I’m grateful for my brain!  I’m grateful for a healthy brain.  I may forget some things now and then, (like why did I open the refrigerator?….),  but for the most part….. I’m pretty sure my brain is healthy!

Isn’t it amazing all the things we can process with our brain?  Really…. in a way… it kind of sums up everything about the body since it makes it all function properly.  I’ve heard it said that our brains really do retain everything we’ve ever learned,  that it stores it in the brain… it’s just our recall of those things that we aren’t always good at.  It’s like a library full of books.  You just have to know where in the library that ‘book’ is stored or filed when you want to recall something.

I’m always amazed when people remember things from the past so well and vividly.  I remember a lot of things, but it’s so strange to be talking to someone and have them describe a memory that you were a part of, but that you personally have no recollection of!  I often wonder why one person remembers it better than another.  Maybe they are better at filing their ‘books’ in the right place!

Regardless…. I’m grateful I can recall many things.  I’m grateful to be able to think, to be able to learn, to be able to walk and talk and all the other things my brain allows me to do.  As the attached video below says…. we really are our brains!

I Am Grateful! How Are You?


Hands to Love With

Day 5~

What do my hands do?  Ever so much!

Being a person who likes to create….. I am so grateful for my hands!  There are many creative things I do with my hands but probably the one thing that they’ve been used the most for the last couple of years would be to crochet.  Big surprise for those of you that follow me.

baby-handsAgain, with a reference to cancer…..  losing my hair made me want to crochet myself some hats, which is interesting because I hadn’t crocheted in years and wasn’t even sure I remembered how!  But I did remember…. and with the help of video tutorials on Youtube whenever I had a question, I even learned stitches I’d never done and also how to read patterns.  I was having so much fun that I wanted to crochet more hats than I could wear so I began crocheting hats to donate to my cancer center.

Without going into a lot of detail about all that, between a few friends and I, we donated over 100 hats in 2012 and I continue to crochet them to donate to other worthy causes as well as cancer centers.  I couldn’t have done it without my hands!  You can read a little more about that here if you’d like.

There are many other hobbies that I enjoy doing and some have come and gone over the years, which I think is kind of normal.  But I’ve had fun with them all.

And of course my hands are able to serve others as well as take care of myself, but the best thing I am able to do with my hands lately is hold my sweet grand baby and give him loves.  It’s such a joy to be able to tend him.  I’m glad I have the opportunity and that I’m healthy enough to do that.  They grow so fast, so I relish every minute.  Right now it’s fun to watch him discover his own hands.  It won’t be long before he will reach his little hand out to hold mine.

I’ve waited a long time to be a Grandma….. so hand me that baby!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?

Getting The Strength Back in My Legs

Day 4~

Today I’m grateful for my legs.  The last year or so has been kind of a difficult one for my legs.

Once again, chemo seemed to wreck havoc on my body as far as my legs go.  Well…. let’s at least say my knees…. but when your knees aren’t functioning well, it affects the way your legs work!  After recovering from chemo, my arthritis kicked into full gear in my knees and the pain was beginning to be unbearable.

I was told 10 years ago when I had my knees scoped that I was bone on bone on my right knee and that I would eventually need a replacement.  Well….. I finally gave in this last August, after another scope of my knees in April wasn’t successful,  and had my right knee replaced.veins_legs

Recovery seemed to go a little slower than I had hoped, but for some reason, after we got back from our cruise last week, the swelling subsided quite a bit and I’ve been feeling so much better!  My physical therapist told me today that I was progressing more like someone that was 12 or more weeks out and I’m really only about 9 weeks out.  It’s amazing how much more you can function when that swelling goes down!  I was having a difficult time getting around on the cruise last week, but we did so much more walking than I had been used to.  Perhaps working those muscles out helped, but it took a few days with several hours off my feet to make that swelling go down.

Today I felt like I was walking fairly normal with very little and only occasional pain.  I’m finally able to get up out of a chair without having to pull myself up with my arms.  I feel like things are much easier for me to do and I feel encouraged about the upcoming Holiday season feeling like that I will be able to get a lot more done this year than I’ve been able to for a couple of years.  It’s a great feeling and makes me appreciate my legs and what they do for me!

Getting the strength back in them and getting back to normal activities is truly a reason to rejoice!  They say it takes a full year to get complete full range of motion and muscle strength back…. but I can tell I’m headed there and I’m grateful for that!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?

The Better To Eat You With My Dear!

Day 3 ~

What would I do without my teeth?  Well… I’m sure I’d have false ones if I lost my own, but I’m grateful I have my own!

Having experienced loved ones who have dealt with dentures and really hated them…. I’m very grateful for my own teeth.  I don’t think I can really understand or relate to what it’s like to not be able to chew the way you used to with your own teeth, and to have to take them out and clean them daily and to experience ‘bitter beer face’ in the mirror…..  just a few of the inconveniences of dentures.

My Dad used to get a big kick out of taking out his dentures and teasing the Grandkids with his bitter beer face, and they loved it.  They thought he was pretty funny…. and funny looking.White-Teeth

Most people with dentures are not comfortable with others seeing them without their teeth, but a handful make it a game…. and that was my Dad.  For me, however…. I’m afraid I would be one who didn’t want others to see me that way.

My teeth my not be picture perfect, but they are very functional and do what they need to do and that’s something to be truly grateful for!  I’m grateful I’m able to chew my food enjoy the texture and taste (though taste is a whole other topic for gratitude!).  That’s part of the joy of eating… chewing our food.  (At least for people with their own teeth.)  They have also come in handy as scissors on occasion.  LOL  I’ve bitten off a few clothing tags in my day.

Taking bite out of a juicy apple would be hard to do without them!  And of course…. they make smiles much nicer to look at!  I’m grateful for them and have plans to always keep them!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?

I Have Hair… and I’m Grateful!

Day 2 ~

Most people are pretty vain about their hair.  At least, most women are.  We seem to think it kind of defines us.  When we lose our hair, we lose our confidence.  Sound kind of like a Samson story?  Ha ha… maybe.

Having gone through chemo and the emotional tram of losing my hair after growing it out to a length it hadn’t been in quite sometime….. I can say that I’m truly grateful to have hair!  It’s taken me a good 18 months to get it to a length I’m happy with and yet it’s still not as long as it was when I lost it.  And it’s not quite the same.

I was excited when it first started growing back in.  I had heard stories about hair coming in after chemo that is almost kinky curly.  I really didn’t want that…. but a little curl and body?  Yeah.  That I could handle since my hair had always been straight with no body.  And that’s just how it came in at first!  The texture was completely different, but it had a little body and curl to it!  I was quite thrilled.  Unfortunately… that didn’t last long.  The longer it grew, the quicker the body was leaving.  Oh well!

Hair growth over several months.   See that great curl and body in the last pic?  Yeah.... now it's straight again and about chin length, but I'll take it!
Hair growth over several months.
See that great curl and body in the last pic? Yeah…. now it’s straight again and about chin length, but I’ll take it!

I’m just so grateful to have a head of hair again!  It’s not something I take for granted any more.  If only it hadn’t grown back in in all the unwanted places that women work so hard to get rid of it!  That was a pleasant part of losing my hair!  No shaving!

But I’ll take shaving any day over not having hair on my head and eyelashes and eyebrows.  I have lots to learn about trying to make my hair always look the way I like it… but hair is hair.  And I’m grateful for it!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?

PS.  Side note.  Since recovering from chemo, I have to say that I have noticed a LOT of women own up to their bald heads and just wear them out in public.  And they are beautiful!  I was not confident enough to do that, but I SO admire women who are!  I wish I had been brave enough to do it and hope that others who are going through it will be!  Own your head ladies!  You’re beautiful!

Eyes to See the World

Day 1~

In wanting to take on a challenge from a friend that made a post on Facebook, I’m about to start a 30 day daily post of something I’m grateful for about my body!

Now, this is indeed a challenge in many ways for me since I’m so very often critical about myself in many ways, including physically.  This should be interesting for me and make me stretch and realize how blessed I really am physically since I think most of us often overlook it.

Wanda Copier_my eyeI will start with my eyes.  There’s more than one reason I am grateful for my eyes.  The fact that I can see out of them quite well is truly a blessing!  Though I’m not vision perfect…. I’m grateful for ways to improve my vision that make it possible for me to see this glorious world.  Having a Grandpuppy with vision issues, really makes me appreciate it even more.  Our poor little Daisy has really bad cataracts on both eyes and it impairs her vision terribly.  It breaks my heart, particularly because she isn’t really old enough to have the problem as bad as she does.  She gets around amazingly well, but is much more scared of things than she used to be because of it.  I’m so grateful my vision is good!

The other reason I’m grateful for my eyes is because I’ve always felt like they were one of my nice features.  However, I feel they are much more attractive with makeup on them.  It’s a girl thing, you know?  But I’m grateful that I have always felt confident about my eyes.  They say the eyes are the windows to the soul.  I hope mine reflect who I really am!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?