March 15, 2021 – Things I have learned.

Birthdays are a great time to reflect. Yesterday was my birthday and I thought a lot about what I’ve experienced over the past few months. There is so much to learn in this lifetime; each year continually delivers new and unexpected challenges. As the years have advanced, what I have found to be even more significant is how the importance of having more and more ‘stuff’ has lost its luster and the importance of having and maintaining healthy, supportive relationships has become much more critical. That being said, this is what I’ve taken away from the past year:

My dog loves carrots and no matter how quietly I pull the vegetable peeler out of the kitchen drawer, she will hear it and come running.

Promising to blog every single day for a year was not a wise decision.

A relationship between two sober people is preferable to one with one sober person and one non-sober person.

Friendships must be tended like flowers in a garden; otherwise, they are likely to wither and die.

Even though my children are grown and living on their own, they still take up the same amount of space in my heart.

Some things are better left alone, such as trying to understand why I dreamt Justin Bieber and I were having an illicit love affair.

Beauty can be found in the most unexpected places.

Having a kidney transplant and taking a handful of prescription pills a day is far better than being on dialysis.

No matter how old my children get, I will never stop loving (or worrying) about them.

The Spanish language is hard to learn and easy to forget.

My body doesn’t appreciate it when I don’t eat sweets for an entire year and then I eat 3 different desserts at once on the same day.

Of all the years to end up on unemployment, I seriously lucked out.

Whatever I don’t get to today, will still be there tomorrow (especially laundry).

For personal growth to be possible, love and forgiveness must be part of the equation.

Microfiber cloths achieve far superior results on glass and other surfaces compared to sponges, paper products, or towels.

This world and the people in it are getting nuttier by the minute.

Unless I want my husband to have to continually disassemble our washing machine and clean out several clogged lines, I shouldn’t use it to launder my dog’s beds and blankets.

For all parties involved, boundaries are necessary in relationships.

My fears associated with shopping for groceries online and choosing curbside pickup were unfounded.

Even though it was difficult, moving my mom to an assisted living community was the right decision.

Bacon makes nearly everything better.

If I have to choose between John Mayer and Justin Bieber as love interests or romantic partners in a dream, ‘Johnnie Dreamboat’ wins.

Sometimes it’s necessary to replace an old, obsolete phone, especially when it only has enough storage to support one app at a time.

Modified beer koozies work great for preventing hummingbird syrup/sugar water from freezing in the winter.

Now matter how old I get, I will continue to make mistakes.

When a dog consumes too many carrots, it has the same effect as when a human consumes Ex-Lax.

I am extremely fortunate to be married to such a talented, capable, forgiving, loving, intelligent, understanding, patient man.

Everything alive will eventually die, it’s just a matter of when.

No, that’s not all I’ve ‘taken away’ from this past year, my friends. There is much, much more; however, I don’t want to be up half the night writing so I am choosing to ‘wrap this up’ and make a greater effort tomorrow. I know this isn’t the content you’re accustomed to but I hope you’re willing to cut me some slack since I just celebrated getting slightly older. Anyway, before I go, I would like to wish all of you a lifetime of health and happiness. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you return again tomorrow (as will I).

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