Grateful: Among the ups and downs

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by Debra Dane on January 18, 2013

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While my husband has been in Sydney this week I have had quite an up and down time. I hate how whenever I seem to have a wonderful day (and mention it) it is quickly followed by a horrible day where things go wrong one after the other. I half laughed about it with my daughters after the crazy morning filled with tears, tantrums and screw ups (all mine). We agreed that it just keeps us aware that life is full of ups and downs.

In the spirit of finding the gratitude among the ups and downs my gratefuls this week are:

Frozen grapes – still – I am highly addicted and at times this week nothing else seemed appealing. One night I actually ate a bowl of these at 8:30 for “dinner” followed by a bowl of vanilla icecream with flaked almonds at 10pm. Not my best meal this week, but it certainly cooled me down and satisfied whatever my body was wanting.

Having a classic meal that everyone loves now- I followed that dinner with our healthy meal of fish, cous cous and broccoli the next night. Eaten at the dining table, us three girls together. After years of struggles with Alice’s eating it is a pleasure some days to enjoy new foods that she has accepted this past year.

Vacation care – today as I write this I am experiencing my first day completely alone since November. I have kept the house silent today with just the sound of my typing and the fan blowing on me. One day to get some work done (cha ching!), get a little organised, breathe in the silence and exhale the stress and hormonal mess that is stirring inside me.

New information – while overseas on holiday we happened to catch a segment of Dr Oz playing next to the breakfast area of our hotel. It caught my attention because it was about cholesterol meds. I have been on a statin for years now and went on them only begrudgingly after pressure from my doctor. I have long suspected they were one of the causes of my health issues and I am now reading The Great Cholesterol Myth and preparing to meet with my doctor about going off my medication.  After years of striving to keep my cholesterol levels low it was eye opening to read this “A cholesterol level…(160mg/dL) has… been linked to depression, aggression, and cerebral hemorrhages” (plus loss of libido which is mentioned later). Thank you for basically describing me. So much to take in with this book but my eyes are open wide and I am grateful for that random moment that brought it to my attention.


What are you grateful for this week?


Find your simple,


Linking up for 52 weeks of grateful over at Village Voices

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Brooke (Slow Your Home) January 18, 2013 at 6:52 am

I feel you with the wonderful day swiftly followed by a shocker! It’s like karma/God/life saying, “Don’t get too cocky now…”

The cholesterol thing is fascinating isn’t it? My family battles with “high” cholesterol so I’ve been looking into preemptive measures and found that much modern, conventional wisdom is all backwards. Saturated fats aren’t the problem, it’s the low fat, high sugar, trans fat laden foods that are. I might have to grab a copy of that book!

Hope you’re well deb. (and I STILL owe you am email with my interview responses… This weekend, I promise!)
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Debra Dane January 18, 2013 at 6:57 am

What you said is exactly the premise of the book – the research actually shows that it is sugar that changes the game. also there is more to cholesterol than hdl and ldl – they have broken them down further and there are good and bad of both kinds so you need the more detailed results to see if you have the bad ldl (very small population do).

looking forward to your email as i need it LOL next interview for feb is lined up and loaded but need to chase up the next ones so yours woudl be March!! thank you so much xx happy new year


Pam January 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I am intrugued by the frozen grapes, as I was last week in your post – meant to try and of course totally forgot and just ate the last of the grapes this morning! Will get more :) Liking your gratefuls, off to do mine now – enjoy your weekend :-)
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Debra Dane January 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Forgot to come back to my own Grateful post – hope you had a good weekend – get those grapes as they will cool you down fast and are just so morish!
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Nat - Muddy Farmwife January 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Lovely post Deb, sometimes karma just likes to keep us on our toes with a good one then a shocker. I love the thought of a quiet house, with no children, I know it is years away for me but I can’t wait!
I might have to invest in that book for my Mother-in-law who suffers from high cholesterol, thanks for the info.


Debra Dane January 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm

You’re welcome. I am wishing you at least 1 quiet time in your home this year for you to relish and savor xxx
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Lisa@RandomActsOfZen January 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Good on you Deb, for finding the positives.
That’s so lucky that you just happened to find that info about your meds, thank goodness.
And go the frozen grapes! Lisa xx
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Debra Dane January 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm

That is where grateful comes in – if i do not consistently do these posts it is very easy to get swept up in complaining and negative stuff. the more i find gratitude the more positive i can be… xx
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Sharon January 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I am struggling to be grateful today. I have had a week filled with being told my parenting is questionable by my mother in law, feeling betrayed by my 12yo son (I know he doesn’t see or mean it that way), to deciding that I cannot financially return to school and turning down my offer! Then tonight while out shopping, my son leaned backward against an escalator handrail and was taken by it up and over – rescued by my husband, but only after his wayward foot took some plastic with it and fell three stories to the floor, through a cafe roof. So, after all than I am grateful that my son did not fall the three stories and that no one was below the cafe roof that shattered and wasn’t seriously hurt. Can’t wait for this week to be over!


Debra Dane January 22, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Biggest hugs Sharon – that is a lot for you to take on board – I hope this week is treating you as kindly as you deserve lovely. Sending you strength and light and hoping for good times ahead xxx
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Tracey @ Bliss Amongst Chaos January 19, 2013 at 10:04 am

I’ve never tried frozen grapes! I quite often have frozen blueberries, but I might have to give grapes a go. It might be a way of getting my youngest to eat them too!
PS I’ve watched so much interesting stuff on Dr Oz. I find him good value! :)
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Debra Dane January 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm

i never eat the blueberries straight form the freezer – might try that too thanks – usually i warm them up a little and add to my vanilla icecream (yum)
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Elisa {With Grace& Eve} January 20, 2013 at 7:26 am

That cholesterol stuff is intriguing. Hope you can get off the meds very soon and feel like yourself again. And alone time really is bliss! I love silence xx
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Debra Dane January 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Thanks Elisa – I know we speak the same language ; )
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Mandy January 22, 2013 at 8:20 am

I didn’t even know you could freeze grapes till this Summer. lol. As for vacation care, I’ve thought about it, for a day, but not long now.
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Debra Dane January 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Vacation care was one of the blessings of 2012 for us – tiony breaks over school holidays to get things done or regroup = keep me sane lol xx
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