All’s Well; 5 free things that make me happy

Yes, I am really feeling fine. No lingering exhaustion at all, and I taught water aerobics classes two days in a row, with one of them 75 minutes long. I am so happy to feel well!

And I have a burst of energy for some new things. I’m helping to organize knitting of squares for Afghans for Afghans blankets at my church and the nearest local yarn store, which is a fun way to connect two places that I love. I’m getting my pastoral act together for the congregation, and I’m quitting a part-time job that I’m doing a bad job at and is causing stress.

All of that makes me thankful for employment that has meaning and benefits, for my health, and for the opportunity to make new decisions that will improve my life and the life of others.

One of the things that I preached about today is that we need to get in touch with the things that make us happy that don’t cost us money.  I had folks write down 5 things that are free that they like to do.  Here are mine:

  1. Play with the kitties.  Seriously, it is hard to feel bad with warm softies running around the apartment like maniacs, or getting all snuggly under the log cabin blanket.
  2. Make bread.  Ok, this costs a little bit of money, but under $1 for a loaf of wonderful goodness.
  3. Walk in McInnis Park — it has lovely views of San Pablo Bay, and it’s next door.
  4. Read books from the library.  I call it “the community’s book-stash place.”  They keep it for me until I need it, and then I don’t have to store it.
  5. Singing in worship.  I love to sing, and it’s so great to sing with other people.  And far from costing me money, I can actually say that since I get paid to be in worship, in some sense, I actually get paid!

Add your own free things that make you happy  in the comments!

In the meantime, I started some Leyburn socks with Paca-ped yarn that also includes contrast yarn for the toe and heels.  The pattern isn’t too hard, and I do like the complementary yarn that comes for the toes and heels.  Not sure about the alpaca, but I’ll get to test them next week at Lake Tahoe.

Leyburn socks 1a

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3 thoughts on “All’s Well; 5 free things that make me happy

  1. Great list!

    1. I also love the library. I can get books on CD from the library, put them on my iPod, and listen while I knit. Heaven!

    2. Walk the dog. Good for each of us, and I often get to meet and chat with friends.

    3. Community volunteering. I am a member of my community CERT team. I feel prepared (sort of) for an emergency, and I get to meet neighbors who also value emergency preparedness. I’m also a Girl Scout leader, and our Troop is volunteering at Meals of Marin next month.

    4. Getting a hug from my teen. It makes me feel as though I must be doing something right as a parent.

    5. Making yeast rolls and crockpot stew. In fact, this is something that is happening here, today, right now!

  2. Hi there! Found you on Ravelry (I just joined the A4A Fan group) and I totally agree with the singing in worship thing. We don’t go to church terribly often (we meet in the evening, bad timing when you have small children) but the singing is my favorite part!
    Love this list. I think I’ll post my own.

  3. Great lists. And welcome, Susan, glad you found me and my blog – see you in the Afghans for Afghans group on Ravelry!

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