Glad Game #11 ~ No-Excuses O’Mercy๐Ÿ˜‰

Hello Glad-Gamers!ย  Happily we’ve made it to another weekend, the world still turning despite life’s vagaries.ย  For the benefit of new visitors, the Glad Game originated in the classic children’s book, Pollyanna—about the girl who wisely learned early to look for the positive in any less-than situation (or person) and be “glad”.ย 

I discovered, “better late than never”, that gratitude is key to maintaining soul’s contentment.ย  So, here’s my list this week.

a) Spurred on by inspiring followers, I decided it was time to “get physical” with my partner, “O’Mercy” (treadmill, pictured above).ย  It’s manual, can’t be too dangerous…and due to space constraints it’s parked in the living room, partially beneath the “blessed” dining table.ย  I realized last night that, if needed, I can briefly rest my butt against the table edge.ย  Gratitude๐Ÿ™‚

b) And I’m thankful to have thought ahead and ordered a super fan (it even matches the black treadmill).ย  This was divine inspiration, as my primary complaint regarding physical exercise is sweating—“ladies don’t sweat, they glow”, so the saying goes…but I sweat, and it’s icky.ย  So I’ll crank up the fan as I walk my way to better health…if not a svelte new figure๐Ÿ™‚

c) Grateful also for the Public Utility Dept’s free calendar.ย  Pretty ones adorn the walls, this one’s plain/practical, where I’ll record each day’s time ‘communing’ with O’Mercy—minutes, maybe step count.ย  Last night was Day 1…the clock said 9:20 pm, I figured I could go 10 minutes.ย  Hah!ย  I managed 5—better than zero.ย  Perhaps I’ll do 5 min/day for a few days, till the old-bod recovers from shock๐Ÿ™‚ย 

According to saved calendar, I purchased O’Mercy in September 2014…uh-huh…it was Full Moon, and I was gung-ho for 10 days before the novelty wore off.ย  I did 20-30 min/day, sweating like a farm animal—a fair cardio workout.ย  That was 6 years ago, I think I’ll take a more reasonable approach this time.

d) FYI, there will be NO discussion of dieting at this juncture.ย  The idea is not to kill myself all at once๐Ÿ™‚ ย  Last night I ate like there’d be no Tomorrow…who knows?

e) Although the “zoom” meeting on Wednesday failed, I’m thankful the facilitator had a back-up plan, i.e., 3-way conference phone call.ย  I’ve owned 2 Lenovo laptops with microphone issues:ย  they say they have internal microphones…perhaps it’s “operator failure” (nothing I attempted to tweak helped one iota).ย  Easily frustrated and discouraged, I frowned the rest of the day.

However, the third party (not facilitator) also experienced difficulty (she had audio, no video), so I didn’t feel entirely like a tech-osaurus–and we did accomplish the meeting’s purpose.ย  Stress/irritability aside, I’m glad and grateful.ย  I may order an external microphone…in case life requires more zooming while we all await Corona’s end.

f) I’m a happy-thankful-camper to have checked off “laundry done”, and “grocery trip without incident”…and I remain pleased with furniture rearrangement, though I forget I’ve moved certain things.ย  The plus side:ย  more steps accumulated as I backtrack…if I walk while pondering!

g) Beyond grateful…I recalled where I’d squirreled away an adapter plug, for use with new fan and extension cord.

h) Greatly thankful for intermittent rain showers…a nearby homeowner lights frequent bonfires in his yard…smoke fills up my apartment.ย  I’m grateful for sympathetic email replies from local Fire District person.ย  Difficulty breathing is distressing.

i) I’m enjoying an Amazon Prime trial, for speedier free-shipping and Prime Video.ย  This is a mixed blessing, as I’m a movie addict…which limits hours for such things as sleeping.ย  I multi-task, but it’s still time-consuming to scroll through movie menu for something worth watching.ย  So this may prove a “temporary thankful”.

j) As always, I’m more than grateful for God’s abundant considerations and provision—which include my blog family.ย  I think of, pray for you each day/night…particularly when I’m cooking/baking, wishing you could come over and feast!ย  Maybe someday in the “sweet by and by”.ย  For now, remember I’m holding you in my heart—and appreciate your thoughts throughout the week.

May God bless you hugely with His protection, provision and Presence of Peace, as we continue moving through this troubled season which “came to pass, not to stay!”ย 

Take courage, be of good cheer ~ย  Love, Auntie L๐Ÿ’

Text & photos: ยฉRhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

33 thoughts on “Glad Game #11 ~ No-Excuses O’Mercy๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. So many things to be grateful indeed. That’s a little bit of rain here too. But I always wish that I can get home before it starts raining. I’m sorry to hear about the smoke. I hope it’s alright now. I love Amazon Prime. That’s what enables me to binge watch! ๐Ÿ˜‚ For some reason, your posts haven’t been showing up in the reader. Then I saw that I haven’t been following your blog although I was sure that I’d been following.


    1. I think sometimes something happens that we have no control over–where our Follows disappear…and then suddenly we realize we aren’t getting our fave bloggers’ posts, so then we discover we need to re-Follow–I just try to go with the flow ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a great weekend–we have a 3-day one for Memorial Day here in the US ๐Ÿ™‚ Yippee!!!

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      1. Yes. So true. This has been happening a lot recently. I’m working on Saturdays too. I’m about to leave for work. But fortunately we’ve got a holiday for Ramzan. So I’ve got a two day weekend after a long time.


  2. Love it!! No butts on the table woman. Hahaha. That’s hilarious. I love that its manual… hmmm I wonder if they still sell that kind? I agree on the no diet zone. I find myself trying to make up for lost treats when I cave… like double doses. I say “just move a little.” You go girl!!


    1. I think I wrote this post mainly for you, Janet!! I knew you’d get a laugh out of it ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I truly appreciate all I’ve learned from you–so I’m anticipating better success than 6 years ago ๐Ÿ™‚ Re “no butts on the table”–it was totally unexpected when I started to lose steam, and just sorta leaned back…and realized the table’s edge was a briefest of brief rest spot! I could pull the treadmill farther out a couple inches, at most–but there’s so little space that I’m afraid I’ll get marked down whenever we have the next Inspection (good grief!). Oh, I’m sure there are still some manual ones around, if that’s what you’re looking for ๐Ÿ™‚ A month ago I would have sold you mine cheap!! Thank you SO MUCH–I hear the “You go girl!!” ringing like a rally cry ๐Ÿ™‚ โค Do you celebrate Memorial Day weekend? I've forgotten if you're in the US… anyway, have a great weekend (and thanks for confirming the no-diet zone, Hallelujah!! Hand me another Hershey bar…and the Doritos and dip, pronto!!) ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. LOL! And yes I’m in California. My son’s friend keeps his smoker here so he’s smoking brisket here all day tomorrow and then Sunday we will feast. The 26th is my mom’s 84th birthday so there’s that too. Looking forward to a beautiful warm weekend with family, food and a kiddie pool. Have a great one Z!


        1. Ah yes, a Calif gal!! Sounds like you have a great–and very yummy–weekend planned!! Wish I were next door, I’d bring food to share–I just put the Layered Black Bean Dip in the oven, at 11 pm ๐Ÿ™‚ Sending birthday blessings to your mom–and all the usual ones for you and the rest of your gang!

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                1. They would stick in my teeth, probably pull out fillings…I’m going for Hershey bars, having eaten half the Black Bean Dip ๐Ÿ™‚ My eating habits are horrible for someone with diabetes–I just don’t eat during daytime, as I’m not hungry and really busy; so at night I’m chowing down on everything as I continue my sedentary lifestyle. I had intended to do my “5 min” on O’Mercy…but I only slept 2 hrs last night, so my butt might be resting on table edge for most of the workout session ๐Ÿ™‚ No worries, “tomorrow is another day”, Scarlet โค

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  3. I so enjoy your Glad Games posts and I thought I had commented. whoops! Your treadmill looks ready to go and the fan is a good idea (that “glow” thing never made sense to me LOL). A bonfire? With smoke into your apartment – that’s not good, but is a reason for gratitude for rain. Way to be positive ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a good week!


    1. Hi there–so glad you enjoy my Glad Game posts! They can be a challenge on Monday…but by Friday, I usually have something to offer ๐Ÿ™‚ Today was Day 3 on O’Mercy–I discovered I can’t sing while “treading”, haha! Hope your week is Excellent–and Happy Memorial Day ๐Ÿ™‚ PS: I never really got the “glow” thing either–in fact, as I was writing it I wondered if it should be “mist”… “Never mind”, as the character on Sat Night Live used to say ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. No exercise and no dieting makes us all happy but not svelte!!
    Your post had me smiling widely! You keep your glad game going and gladdening our hearts. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค—


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