Thursday, November 02, 2023

The Joy of Friends and Family.

I'm a little late posting my week of Joy for October 22 - 28. This will always be a difficult week for me. My husband passed two years ago on October 26. Through my grief, though, I did find the Joy that was out there. My youngest went in the poring rain on the day and laid a dozen red roses at the base of his father's memorial tree. The next day my daughter asked me if I wanted to walk to his tree. I did and we planted Crocus corms to hopefully bloom next Spring. My sister-in-law sent a text from Scotland and two of my husband's best friends sent emails and ecards. Everything helped to bring Joy to an otherwise Joyless week.

I did several 10kms walks through Mud Creek and back. These are enriching. I am now carrying an 8lb backpack with ease on these walks. I picked up the Rosamunde Pilcher book I had ordered from the library - "Coming Home." I didn't realize that it was almost 1000 pages. I may never get back to Demon Copperhead.

Orders continue at work, which helps to keep my mind on the tasks at hand. I look with unmitigated fear at the unraked leaves in the garden. I still have to cover the roses, move the raised bed and put away all the festive trappings of Summer - patio umbrella, bike rack, small bistro table for morning coffees outside. Sigh!

OK, it's time to look at the festive season ahead, which always brings me Joy. Maybe I have to actually clean the house before Christmas. There is something to be said for the joylessness of the routine, it makes those moments of real Joy spectacular!!

My Joy for the Joy Jar this week is the love and empathy of family and friends.

Have a Joy filled week!

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