Adventures of Maggie: Day Stress, God’s Strength Helps, New Shoes are Good too…

This morning is the second day of my Novena. I have subscribed to the Corpus Christi Novena by John-Paul & Annie I suggest you give it a look. Corpus Christi has passed as it was June 3rd this year. It is such a joyful way to begin your day!

Ok, so today hit me with a little too much stress.

My feet have been aching and swelling in the heat especially when confined to shoes. The soles of my HOKA shoes have been going flat. Comfortable shoes to fit my feet cost so it’s always somethin’ I just gotta bite the bullet on buying. Because sometimes the shoes even if they are good semi-orthopedic shoes don’t fit me correctly.

But finally after much deliberation I made a shoe purchase. Also, a shoe company that in the past has given me soo much comfort when walking. New Balance, great shoes, great comfort. I ordered the NB Nergize Sport. Yes, it does say sport–I will not be competing in any sports save walking.

Hurrah!!

I bought them directly from the New Balance site.

So, I’m standing on tip-toe to receive my package in the mail!!

Hurrah for comfortable shoes and New Balance!

Blessing #4: Cinnamon-Rolls-so-good-you’ll-lose-count

I sit looking out my window at the grey sky, misty-moisty hills covered in fog, and the bright, almost neon leaves outside. I’m so blessed to have this place. Wow, I’m in awe of being alone in PA as my first solo move.

Yesterday, the weather was much the same. I felt dreary like the whole state needed a little sunshine. So I found one of my favorite hobbies—baking!! I baked some INCREDIBLE INCREDIBLE cinnamon rolls. That coincidentally we had for our friend who came for brunch!

Cinnamon rolls so good you’ll lose count of how many you’ve had.

DELICIOUS CINNAMON ROLLS!

#3 Blessing: Birds of a Feather

Good day friends! I woke this morning to a beautiful sunrise. The damp grass glistened across the lawn and the happy chirp of the Eastern Towhee bird. The Towhee bird is one that my fiancé and I discovered on our walk through the woods. “Through the woods”, that sounds so romantic, heehee.


Eastern Towhee bird

It’s quite a beautiful bird!

Also, on our walk I identified several native trees. I have this nifty little app called Picture this!

Picture this! Plant identifier app

Also, I baked these fun yummy cool whip cookies! I cut the recipe in half because I only had 1/2 cup cool whip. These cookies were the simplest to make and like I said yummy. I’d say 7/10.

Cool Whip Cookies

  • 1/2 c. Cool whip
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup devils food cake cake mix

Set oven to 350 degrees F. Beat the cool whip and egg. If your cool whip is too hard, microwave 15 seconds. Sounds crazy but trust me. Mix in the cake mix. Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes. The cookies will be still soft right out of the oven but trust the cooling process to solidify them. Oh my goodness they tasted just like brownies. So good!

My fiancé certainly like them, haha! He ate mine while I wasn’t like looking.

Yesterday, we went to a food truck festival. We stopped at El Gusto Criollo, which was DELICIOUS! I had my first Venezuelan empanada. I had chicken and plantains in mine which I must say was delicious! I love ethnic foods.

It was a wonderful day!

Perservere with Happiness through Difficulty

A smile brightens my face as the first rays of sunshine appear above the horizon. What a beautiful dawn it is. I have a decent bit of things on my plate to do this morning but being there to witness the dawn of a new day gives me so much peace. It’s the little things that make life beautiful, I think.

Anyhow, I finished reading two chapters of my psychology book in the dark… Well, in the dark on a lighted porch. I couldn’t sleep and thought I might as well get some homework outta the way. I enjoy doing my homework before the world wakes up.

Today, is Holy Monday which starts the beginning of Holy Week and the lead-up to Easter. I will be writing cards all this next week to friends and family announcing our wedding as well as a little personal note. I think Holy Week is symbolically a wonderful time to get that done.

I confess, this year has been tough on me. I have waffled between keto, gluten-free, vegetarian etc. diets. Which indeed, took a toll on me. I, recently, was diagnosed with anemia.

With any new diagnosis it seems, there’s shock, then disbelief, then anger at the diagnosis. For me at least.

I’m going to start eating a balanced diet and see if that helps as well as B12 supplements.

So, I did a little nutritional research on foods that will help my dificiency:

  • White Bread
  • Eggs
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Fortified Cereal
  • Red meat
  • Kale & Spinach
  • Fortified Orange Juice

It’s not a huge change, just a little, and I’m sure I’ll be fine by-and-by.

Maybe you’ve experienced this diagnosis too. Please share below in how you’re dealing with it.

Persevere even when times get rough… My motto and I’m stickin’ by it.

-Smilingcoffeecup

Building Bridges to Achieve Goals

I can hear the house shuttering against the wind. It’s quiet and the house is filled with peace and tranquility. I still alone and watch the birds flutter from tree to tree outside. The sun glares through my window and I feel the comfort of a warm sunny day inside.

I have been reading, assembling a dresser and organizing this morning. Very quiet activities and not an ounce of anxiety today. Silence does that for me. Getting away from the world in my own house is such a comforting thing for me, sometimes.

When I was young, I’d often run down to Beaver Creek a creek a little way down from my house. My father had built a bridge for me there. Hopefully, soon I will walk that bridge again.

. . .But, can I truly walk a bridge, when another one has developed?

I ponder this as I think of my upcoming wedding.

I’ve built a new bridge and time has passed. Even if I wanted to I couldn’t revisit that bridge of my childhood. I couldn’t now that I’m high past twenty.

As the years have gone by I’ve developed myself and built more bridges through college, friends, hobbies, and different cultures. I have friends from all over the world, now.

As I child and early teenager: I knitted, wrote, played in the creek and played the piano.

Now, as and adult: I organize, do household chores, finances, occasionally watercolor, read (textbooks mostly), and make dinner.

So, time has dragged me on like a minuet, playing softly in triple time.

But all through the years I have kept one thing. One persistent want—-dare I say, need, for myself. And that is writing.

When I was young I built a bridge into a little reporting journalism job. That bridge grew with my every CITY COUNCIL meeting, that dragged on in a grueling way. I worked really hard though and was soon promoted to write freelance articles.

I wrote about local agriculture, farm histories, interest articles spotlighting people or businesses. I once wrote a piece about the local animal shelter and city animal regulations. Fascinating story that I even had to go to the police office for more information. The police office was connected to the pound. I even got to write a couple artist promos where I had the privilege to interview

Building more bridges I took my work to another newspaper that I began writing for in 2018.

Writing brought me such clarity and to share that with others brought me such profound happiness.

I’m like a caged bird and writing sets me free!