Yesterday was incredible!
The day before, I got a belated birthday gift--a utility cart, which I have been eyeing for years but was never able to afford--it's one of those you have to assemble though, and is currently sitting in the back of my van because I can't lift it... and I don't know quite HOW I'll put it together with one hand... LOL
Plus, a VERY dear friend heard about my MIL and offered me funds to do something nice for her--what a blast, being able to plan a few months' worth of goodies for her! I've been having so much fun coming up with ideas, and already bought her and 'Dad' a roasted chicken that will last for a couple days, so Dad doesn't have to cook so much...
Then yesterday I overslept (which is getting way too common LOL) by about an hour and a half--but still managed to eat, take my meds, feed the cats (except Amigo, who has been skipping breakfast lately), bathe, wash my hair, and get to my doctor's appointment on time. (phew!)
Actually, oddly enough, I was early by twenty minutes. LOL
I had a lovely conversation with a seventy-two-year-young gentleman in the waiting room... we discussed how we were grateful for each morning, how neither of us would want to be teenagers in today's world, how the only time we can have an affect on is the minute we're in... a very positive experience.
My doctor (the oncologist) asked me a few questions and updated some information on my charts--and then she told me that all my tests came back normal, and that though the diagnosis and treatment began in April last year, she was marking the day as my three year remission milestone--a very significant amount of time when dealing with cancer --since I won't see her then, because I don't have to go back for SIX MONTHS! HURRAY!
After that, I had to return an item to Walmart, so I did that--I couldn't stop smiling the whole time!-- and my lunch alarm went off. Perfect timing.
I decided to celebrate by treating myself to lunch--I had Shari's trio-fecta, where you can choose three items for a set price: half a sandwich (four or five different choices), soup of the day or salad and/or pie, in any combination. I had a Caesar salad, berry pie (I know, I know--it was a rare and total indulgence! LOL ) and had them wrap the half sandwich for my snack... a BLT, since that was less likely to spoil or get soggy than the other choices.
I was thinking of heading home then, but checked my "To Do" list. I am SO glad I did!
One of the things on the list was to check the prices for mirror tiles and closet mirrors at Home Depot for my living room wall. I've needed workout mirrors for my physical therapy for a while now... because the neuropathy affects where my feet go, and I can't tell if I'm doing the stuff right if I can't see what my feet are doing--and if I look down I ruin the alignment anyway... and I could see the Home Depot from my restaurant window! LOL
When I walked through the door, I told the greeter what I was looking for and mentioned that I'd need help, since I had a lot of questions. (one of my goals for the month has been to ask for help when I need it--something that has always been hard for me, so it's a good goal.) She had a walkie talkie and called someone to meet me there. The someone turned out to be a young lady named Amber--an angel with purple hair. Yes, a deep purple. It suits her! LOL
I explained that I was just wanting to figure out how much money I'd need to save to do my project, and why I needed it... and that led to questions about the therapy, and I told her about my celebration... and then we got down to business and I asked all kinds of questions. The sum was a lot higher than I'd anticipated, but she had some great ideas, and came up with a solution that was a third of the cost! Even so, I only had enough to pay for about half of it, so I told her it would have to be next month... and she asked me how much I had. I looked in my wallet-- and discovered I was missing the money I'd put in it! I only had the one dollar bills that were left over from lunch, but my $20 was missing! I said I'd have to go home and get the cash and come back the next day. She asked me again how much I had...I laughed and asked her if she was going to loan me the money--and she said...
"Consider it a gift."
I just looked at her. She was serious! And then she said,
"... and don't you dare cry, 'cause I'll cry too!"
I had to wipe my eyes in a hurry!...
The first time in my life I can remember that I've ever accepted a gift for myself from a stranger! It felt weird... and wonderful. I still can't quite believe it, y'know? First the gifts for Mom, then this...
I gave her my three dollars for the tax... and she paid the rest. AND she personally took it all out to my van for me... AND when she saw the utility cart, I explained--and she said if I can't find anyone to put it together for me, to come by the store on a Tuesday or a Thursday and ask for her, and she'd put it together herself!
There really are some wonderful people in this world... she didn't know me, and managed to make a really great day turn into a gem that will shine in my memory for a long time to come.
I'm going to tell her boss how she took me all over the store...definitely service above and beyond...
I get this sort of loving kindness from all my sweet friends here on Sparkpeople, too...
Today, I'm just so grateful and so happy...
It kind of makes all the frustrations fade away, y'know?
Life is GOOD!
Be well, dear friends...
Doesn't this look like fun? LOL