July is coming to a close. Today let’s pause for a minute and take a look back at the things we are grateful for this month. Life is made up of little fleeting moments, and when you take a moment to reflect back in gratitude, you make today a better one.
Here are some things I am thankful for this month:
1. Air Conditioning
I am sooooo grateful for air conditioning. It has been a really, really hot July here in upstate NY. It is regularly in the 90’s and the humidity makes it very muggy. I’ve never done well in the extreme heat, and now that I’m in perimenopause and going through hot flashes, air conditioning is one of my best friends!
So last weekend one of our units blew. My hubby and son were away in Cape May so I had to get it fixed by myself. The night before was so uncomfortable, I tossed and turned and sweated like a pig. It felt like I was in an all-night hot flash 🙁
One guy I called would only come out if I agreed to pay $350 up front – just for him to come and look at the unit- the repairs and labor were extra. I couldn’t believe it. Another 24 hour emergency service couldn’t come out for 4 days. 😛
I was kind of freaking out a little at this point. But I kept up doing more research on Google and finally found a guy who was much more reasonable- only $85- and available right away!
I was so lucky to find that guy- he was actually pretty nice and didn’t take me to the cleaners either, thank God. And let me tell you, once that fan and cool air started up, I could have jumped for joy!
2. Cucumber, Tomato, Onion & Dill Salad
There is nothing like the fresh veggies of summer. And I am loving this salad this month- I eat a big helping of it almost every day. It is so easy to make- it only takes a few minutes. I use my own cherry tomatoes, and locally grown cucumbers, dill and purple onions. Here is the recipe:
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon Sugar
Fresh Dill Weed
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Cucumbers sliced
1 Large Sliced Red Onion
4 cups Cherry Tomatoes sliced in half (or 3-4 Large Tomatoes, sliced into wedges)
In large bowl, mix vinegar, sugar, oil, salt, pepper and dill. Add cucumbers, onion, and tomatoes. Toss, and let stand 15 minutes.
It keeps nicely in the refrigerator all week too. You can dress it up with feta cheese or just eat it plain. Its sooooo good! You must try it 🙂
3. Connecting With My Friends
Last month I went out to dinner with 2 of my girlfriends who I really love. We had such a nice time, but we hardly ever get together. Without fail, at the end of we always say – We should do this more often! – but then never do anything about it. Well this time I did! I said let’s schedule our next dinner now and make it something we do regularly.
It was such a little thing, and yet because of that, we’re going out to dinner again tonight! 🙂 We chose a Latin American restaurant and we’re meeting at 6. We’re going to eat outside and enjoy a few cocktails. I can’t wait! 😀
4. Blogs I Enjoyed Reading This Month
Celebrating Sunshine– I’ve been reading Ana’s blog for about a month or so now and it is always so uplifting. In fact, her latest blog post, Monthly Celebration, was the inspiration for this post today 🙂
Reinventing Julie– I Identify very much with the author because she and I are both about the same age (50ish) and almost empty-nesters. Her latest blog post, Five Things to do When Dating After Forty, really hit home with me. Not because I’m dating, but because I am working on rebuilding my 23 year marriage after lots of ups and downs. The tips were really helpful.
5. Blog Posts In July
6. My Morning Meditation
I really love meditating this time of year- because I can do it outside! It is a few minutes of heaven each day to sit on my back patio and just be there in silence, hearing all the little sounds and feeling the coolness of the early summer mornings. This is my absolute favorite time of day.
And you? What are you grateful for this July? Please share your July gratitude list so we can all be happy for you too!
xo, Lisa Arcelia
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