Being Thankful and Grateful for Yesterday

Dear Reader:

Monday started out a little “iffy.” I was all excited about calling the local DMV to schedule my appointment to finally get my new drivers license. I had to wait on some missing documents to be certified/copied, then sent to me…but now I had all my check-off list of “papers” I needed.

So I called the nearest DMV and instead of a human voice an automated voice gives me  an (803) number to call to set up an appointment? What? Why would I have to call Columbia, the state office,  to get an appointment for Summerville? Oh no! I could see the handwriting on the wall before I even dialed the number.

Sure enough…after a minimum of 35 minutes waiting time …listening to elevator music…I finally got a human voice. I was so comatose by then I couldn’t think why I had called in the first place!

The employee was very nice, I admit, but the earliest appointment is not until Friday…the end of the week…but I quickly took it and thanked her. I then called my primary medical office to see if I could come in and get my pneumonia shot…but I didn’t get a call back until they were about to close for the day… so I ended up going yesterday.

So Monday was a “call, listen, and wait” day…a lesson in patience I assume…it felt more like a wasted day as I looked at my check-off list and shook my head.

Mother would always assure me when I was little and experienced a “bad” day…to just wait…”Tomorrow will be better” she promised and quite honestly…it did happen more times than not.

So yesterday…I got my shot early in the morning, and decided not to delay “pumpkin time” any more. I needed to concentrate on making my Happy Room brim with fall happiness, decorate however I choose, and finally feel like I am in control of at least this part of my life…my home and decor.

It worked…I found myself humming and singing…the local weather forecasters have predicted we will feel the first taste of fall later this week…and now I would be ready for it! I was more energized than  the “Energizer Bunny!”

Throughout the day I was met with so many uplifting God Winks...I knew I was back on the right track again….starting with the waiting room where I took this picture of positive signs on the reception windows.



I left the doctor’s office and went to Publix to get some soups and other fall foods I was in the mood for….along with some cupcakes for my neighbors and our mail carrier. My sticker (supporting postal workers) had come the day before and I already had it on the mail post…now I added a fall-colored cupcake and one of my sticker ‘Thank You’s” on it. Our neighborhood carrier, Dee, is exhausted…having to pick up different shifts…yet she doesn’t complain…just praying she can keep her job she tells me.

And she is so appreciative…everybody needs to feel needed and supported by her “customers.”

And who did I run into for the second time at old singing and storytelling co-hort Lorraine White…it is always a good day when our paths cross…so many fun memories! She is finally retired…except for running her own musical program for kids at her home. 🙂


After a quick lunch I was ready….Let’s try to get Fall to come a little earlier…with pumpkins galore! Initially I was just going to bring out a few…but then I got in the spirit of it…and just kept at’ it. Such fun!


But first, Jo…yours and Colby’s stepping stone was added to the row…putting yours in front of the entrance to the gate so visitors would ‘take time to stop and smell the flowers.’




I changed out the watering sprinkler planter and added some fall color to it too!

…And then came the pumpkins…how I have missed them! 🙂



…And you can’t have pumpkins without “Boo’s”!!!!

Beautiful flowers surrounded by little pumpkins work too!

…And the moon flowers make me smile each and every evening…instead of just one bloom…I am now watching three or four unfurl…Life is good and I feel God’s love supporting me when I get down about our fragile little ‘blue sphere” we call home!

So until tomorrow….Yesterday the world…”slowed down and it enjoyed the little things” with me. 🙂

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh




About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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4 Responses to Being Thankful and Grateful for Yesterday

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    I can’t wait to see you Happy Room decked out for fall…love all your fall decor…glad you ended up having a good day and got some things done…


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Making a dent in life with things that make us happy always makes for a good day…satisfying and fulfilling. Bringing a little beauty into the world.


  2. Lynn Gamache says:

    I just read today’s blog and am inspired!
    Today we shall move from summer to fall at this house. I just heard from my friend Ronda in Franklin, North Carolina and she is beginning to decorate her home for the autumn season ahead. It will be beautiful! I know because I have now visited Ronda and Austin in their country home three times in the fall. Last year my husband and I flew together to Atlanta in late October, not sure if we would be greeted again by the famous fall colours of the Smokey Mountains. Maybe we would be too late? Oh, well…we decided that we were travelling across the continent to visit friends and family. People were the most important part of our planned vacation. If we missed the vibrant colours this was okay. BUT! Surprise! Our visit to North Carolina found us revelling in bright sunshine and some of the most brilliant autumn colours we had ever experienced anywhere. The rain showers greeted us our first day, but after that it was sunshine and fall colours everywhere until the day we left….THEN, rain again!
    How wonderful to know personally the God of all creation…all creatures great and small…and the One who changes the seasons and makes the Moon Flowers bloom in their time each day too!


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Exactly…the Greatest Artist of all knows that anticipation of an artwork is the best part…making us use our imagination to paint our own versions of the arrival of fall in all its brilliance! 🙂


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