Here it is, my confession: I've fallen out of the habit of looking for those sweet! moments in every day. It hasn't been too much of a problem until now, what with The Wedding and Mother's Day and all, because they overflowed in sweetness.
But today. Ah, today. A Monday by any other name would still be a Monday, if you know what I mean. So even though the calendar said it was Tuesday, once I stepped into the winery this morning, I knew it was really a Monday, with all of its Murphy's Law madness.
Nothing big. Just one little thing after another that kept me a little grumpy all day, and now here I sit with brain freeze, needing to pay bills and finish laundry, wanting to work on my book, but overwhelmed with...everything.
I just want to climb in bed and forget about today.
That's what happens when I stop really paying attention to the sweet!s.
So for my peace of mind I need to walk backward through the day with open eyes and find those sweet!s I was too blind to notice earlier.
...First of all, after writing that first part I took a break out on the porch swing, letting the evening breeze ruffle my hair, imagining it filtering into my brain and cleaning out the cobwebs.
A cedar tree creaked in the wind, the leaves rustled, my wind chimes played in harmony with the evening songbirds. Belle and Max lay nearby, eyes open, just listening with me.
No matter what else happened today, that was all pretty sweet!
But my day began with a sunrise walk with my life-loving puppies. Besides all of the yellow flowers, prairie verbena, and Indian Blankets that are blooming right now, the cactus are dotted with delicate yellow flowers that should have reminded me that sweet! moments can transform the thorniest of days.
And then there was Mother's Day.
Over the weekend, I saw all three of my kids, plus my mom. Not all at the same time, but I'm grateful for what I can get!
Friday night my oldest came to see us, bearing gifts from their honeymoon adventures in Italy. He brought me a bottle of wine from one of the vineyards they visited in Tuscany and this gorgeous bracelet from Venice made of Murano glass beads.
I always regretted not buying some of that beautiful glass on my own trip in 1976.
Thank you, Tommy and Kirby! (How did they know?)
I stayed up later than I intended, listening to Tommy's stories from Italy, making him look at my old Italy photos from '76, laughing over funny videos, and watching (dozing through) an episode of Game of Thrones, but it was worth losing a few hours of sleep.
Saturday morning I dropped groceries off for TG who was in the middle of finals (and got a quick hug) then picked up my middle one for a road trip to Houston to spend Mother's Day with my mom.
We celebrated with lots of family over lunch on Sunday at an Italian restaurant.
(I forgot to get one of Mama with the grandkids until she was already in the car. But I love it!)
Daniel gave me an updated version of my absolute favorite cookbook - Cooking Texas Style. I ordered mine out of Country Living magazine back in 1983. Its pages are smudged and worn from use.
This latest version is not only cleaner, but it has all of my old favorites, plus a bunch of new recipes I can't wait to try!
Thank you, Daniel!
And now, the Squirrel.
Every time I drive to Houston I pass this huge squirrel at the Berdoll Pecan & Gift Company outside of Bastrop...and I always wish I had stopped and gotten a photo of it.
Okay, with it.
So this time I did.
And bless his heart, Daniel agreed to be in the photo with me since there was a couple who could take the photo for us.
I am one lucky mom!
Here are a few other sweet!s from the past few weeks that I actually did jot down, but I don't think I officially posted...
Seeing an owl swoop past at dusk; the Hoary Bat; fireflies; finally watching the Hunger Games movie with your son; getting a score of 26 in a game of 3-13 with your mother-in-law; a mani-pedi; your own cowgirl boots courtesy of your sweet friends; hummingbirds; a friend's help on the centerpieces for your son's rehearsal dinner; dancing at your son's wedding; YOUR SON'S WEDDING!; photo-booth pictures; keeping up with the honeymoon via Instagram and Facebook; chocolate-covered strawberries; spending a week with your grandpuppy; a free prime rib dinner with friends; wildflowers lining the road
I hope you pay attention to the sweet!s in your week! I'm going to make sure I do!