Ten Things of Thankful – 5/29/18

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Wow, another month is wrapping up and we are headed into June this weekend. After enjoying a really nice extended weekend with Papa Bear we’ve been catapulted into Tuesday, and I’d better get some thankfuls noted before I run out of time to meet the deadline!

My first thankful is Papa Bear having a two-day weekend, with both Sunday and Monday off.  As you know, he typically works six days a week (although they close at 3 PM on Saturday which helps a little).  We totally enjoyed the extra time together to relax, run some errands, enjoy some good dining out, and complete a couple small house projects too.

On Saturday after work we went shopping for some new comfy summer sandals and were delighted to again  be able to take advantage of the Skechers Outlet store buy one pair – get one pair 1/2 off deal.  I am always thankful for good bargains. Even more fun, we both chose the same pair of walking sandals in our respective sizes. Apparently the thing about older couples dressing alike is true. 🙂 Zoe says that we need to buy matching Hawaiian shirts next! Papa Bear loves Hawaiian shirts, my daughter refers to them as “John shirts” in his honor. 🙂

Then we headed to the furniture store to look for new recliners for the living room as my gift to Papa Bear for his 65th Birthday coming up next week. After testing out several, we both really liked a model that has individual power adjustments for the back and foot rest so that you can sit in whatever position you want with your feet up, and the headrest also can be adjusted forward or back for optimum comfort. We brought his home with us and mine is on order to arrive soon.  I am thankful that we found great recliners on sale at a price I could afford and that are wonderfully comfortable! They are also easy to move around for floor dusting.

I am thankful that Papa Bear and I will make the same choices on almost everything. It’s funny how our personalities are somewhat different with him being far more outgoing than me, yet feel very similarly on the basics. It is extremely rare for us to disagree, and that makes our relationship so easy, he’s the best, best friend ever!

I am thankful for the storage bins I found at the Tractor Supply farm store on Sunday. Now I’ve got a way to safely store and easily access the 50 lb. bags of birdseed and 25 lb. bags of cat food I buy regularly, and the bins fit neatly underneath the clothes rod in the laundry room.

While on the subject of critter food, I have to say once again how blessed I feel to be able to enjoy the company of not only our five furkids indoors, but also the rabbits, ground squirrels and birds that come to enjoy the food and water I put out for them. I know they especially appreciate fresh water in these hot days, and I appreciate watching them! One of the little ground squirrels is clearly pregnant with her belly nearly dragging on the ground, it’s so cute!

I am trying really hard to find reasons to be thankful for what it appears is going to be at least a two-week run of triple digit weather temperatures. It is 106 outside again today. I honestly do not love it.  Being out in heat makes me sick, it is hard on the critters, and it increases the both the severity of our drought here and the risk of grassfires. There is currently a 90-day burning ban in effect in our county, but that doesn’t mean someone won’t be careless with a tossed cigarette.  So ok, I’m not a fan of summer here, but… I am still thankful for good AC in both our house and vehicles, so that I am able to stay  comfortable as much as possible, and I am thankful that I will likely survive it. It gives me something easy to complain about, and I don’t have to look for other reasons. 🙂

I am thankful that my two favorite (and only) nephews have decided to share apartment space on a trial basis.  It is so expensive for young working people to afford housing, pay off school loans, and still have money left for phones, foods, and dating. They are two years apart, and as I reminded them, survived living 16 years together at home.  My sister tells me that it’s somewhat like The Odd Couple, and yet they are enjoying each other’s company, so we’ll see how it goes. I am proud of them for giving it a try.

I am thankful that Papa Bear was able to give my older sister some good advice about a vehicle problem that saved her not only money but a lot of stress and worry over a holiday weekend.

I am thankful that both my son and his girlfriend, and my niece and her boyfriend were able to get out and do some fun things this weekend, all of them were due for some relaxation, and it made me smile to see their texts and photos popping in to share.  I envy my son and his visit to the much cooler mountains resort in Pidgeon Forge; my niece and her boyfriend spent most of the time on the lake not far from her home in Minnesota in his new-to-him boat, playing at fishing and having a great time.

I am ever thankful that Papa Bear is so easy to please, whether it comes to making lighter meals on hot summer nights, or changing our plans for his birthday since it will be far to hot to be out fishing. We’ve decided to spend a couple days in Lubbock instead, we always find something fun to do to pass the time and it’s nice to relax away from home. Hotel swimming pools are wonderful for cooling off too!

Last but not least this week, I am thankful every day for my quiet, peaceful life at home now, for reaching a place of contentment with myself and my life, and for having Papa Bear to share it with.  I am so very, very blessed! ❤

Blessings to each of you in the days ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful in your life, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!

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If you’ve never participated in our weekly Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, I encourage you to check it out!  You can click on the link at the top of this post to go to the Ten Things of Thankful blog page and read what others are sharing this week, or you can click on the blue button below to view the other links and add your own.

If coming up with ten things sounds impossible, don’t worry, we aren’t counting – any expression of gratitude will do! You will discover that focusing on the positives is powerful… it’s impossible not to feel better about life when you finish writing your post and reading what some of the other contributors have shared! The linkup opens early each Friday and closes at 11 PM on Tuesday night, so there is still time to join in!


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Not So Flexible (A Six-Sentence Story)

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Another lunch hour delayed by my coworker who hadn’t returned on time and I was steaming; I was already required to take the last lunch break and my stomach was growling in accompaniment to my mounting agitation.

It was an everyday thing, she’d return from lunch five to ten minutes late, and then take another ten to fifteen minutes in the restroom before returning to her desk so I could leave; never an apology, no response to my request for more timely returns, and obviously no concern for my desire to eat lunch too.

Finally I’d had enough and approached my supervisor to request some assistance in having “Miss Thing” either trade lunch schedules with me or return to her desk at the scheduled time.

“Well you know that our boss requires Admin Assistants to be present from twelve to one o’clock so I can’t switch your schedules,” she said impatiently, “you’re just going to have to learn to be more flexible and not let it bother you.”

Payback time came when said supervisor was throwing a fit because the boss was requiring her to give up her large corner office for a new young attorney that he’d hired.

I couldn’t help myself; popping my head in her doorway I said with a sweet smile, “I guess you’re just going to have to learn to be more flexible.”

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Ten Things of Thankful – 5/22/18

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I’ve been absent for the most part lately, I’m sure you’ve noticed that.  I’ve been in quiet mode.  I tend to retreat a bit when life feels overwhelming.  The older I get the more I feel like it’s impossible to keep up with the things I want and need to do.  When that happens I take a break for awhile to give myself some room to breathe.  I will always come back to writing though, because it is a place I love.

There has been so much going on lately in life, in the lives of people I care about, and in the world.  It sometimes feels like every day brings new sadness.  It takes a powerful lot of praying to keep it all from weighing us down.  And that is my first thankful for this week… I am thankful for the power to pray, and for the powerful connection it is!  Prayer comforts me, prayer calms me, prayer reassures me, and every time I see my prayers so clearly answered it uplifts me and recharges me… and reminds me of Who is in control.

In connection with that, I am thankful for the close relationships I have, for the sharing, and for the opportunity to support and encourage each other.  There was a time in my life when friends and family were pretty much nonexistent and I felt so very all alone. Now my world is filled with loving, caring people, and together we journey through life. Thinking of any one of you, and them, gives me reason to smile and to feel blessed!

I find myself so often thankful for those small nudges and reminders that come to me from within.  I was shopping recently and when I got to my car and began to put my bags inside, something said to check the contents and make sure everything was there.  I never do this routinely.  But sure enough, a package of batteries for my hearing aids was missing and they are expensive.  I was grateful that I was still there and was able to go back inside to the cashier with  my receipt showing I had paid for them.  Sure enough, they were on the counter… she had forgotten to put them in the bag.

Small things can make a big difference in our lives.  I am so thankful for my new glasses! I knew I was experiencing some eyestrain, but the change with the new lenses was amazing, everything is so much clearer now, and the frames are lighter too! My eyes thank me, and I am thankful that Papa Bear and I were able to cover this important expense.

I am thankful that my daughter and son-in-law are now in the process of having a new home built North of Dallas.  They’ve been living in an apartment and are so ready to get back to having their own home and more space again.  It should be ready for move-in before Christmas and it will be exciting to watch the work progress.

I am thankful for the fun of new recipes tried and shared between family and friends. Papa Bear is always willing and eager to try something new, and it’s fun when we hit a real winner that we both agree needs to be saved for future use.

As I look at the forecast for the coming ten days here and see most of them in the triple digits, I am once again thankful for our powerful new AC unit that cools us so much better than the old one, and more energy efficiently.  The house is far more comfortable than it was during summer last year.

In view of the heat, and continued drought, I am thankful that I am able to provide water and food for the birds, rabbits, and ground squirrels that inhabit our yard. Life is hard for critters in the summer here, and to see them playing in the water and enjoying the food set out for them each morning and evening is a pleasure. It is a small way of giving back.

I am thankful that Papa Bear had last Saturday off work and we were able to work on some projects together.  Time shared is always such a blessing and he had time for resting too.  He is looking forward to this coming Sunday-Monday off due to Memorial Day, and the following week we are taking three days to go to a nearby lake for a little fishing to celebrate his 65th Birthday.  He works hard, and comes home tired, days off are reason to celebrate!

I am thankful for the example of people in my life who deal with difficult issues and manage to pick themselves up and keep going with courage, determination, and humor. Their experiences quickly put my own small worries and struggles into perspective.

Last but not least, I am ever thankful for our five furkids. These furry little animal spirits, each with their own personality, bring so much and laughter into our lives! They are a very spoiled bunch, but they also know exactly when I could use an extra snuggle, and when it’s time to stop testing the limits.  Their gentle affection and acceptance of us, faults and all, is a good reminder of how we all should be.

Blessings to each of you in the days ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful in your life, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!

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If you’ve never participated in our weekly Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, I encourage you to check it out!  You can click on the link at the top of this post to go to the Ten Things of Thankful blog page and read what others are sharing this week, or you can click on the blue button below to view the other links and add your own.

If coming up with ten things sounds impossible, don’t worry, we aren’t counting – any expression of gratitude will do! You will discover that focusing on the positives is powerful… it’s impossible not to feel better about life when you finish writing your post and reading what some of the other contributors have shared! The linkup opens early each Friday and closes at 11 PM on Tuesday night, so there is still time to join in!


 

Ten Things of Thankful – 5/14/18

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Yesterday, being Mother’s Day here in the USA, was a time for sharing memories and reflecting on my relationship with my mother.  I thought I’d share some of the things I am thankful for in that role for this week’s TToT.

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This is a photo of my Mom when she was young.  She departed this world twenty three years ago, and in my mind I remember her as she was at that time, a silver-haired grandma of 67.  I sometimes forget how beautiful she was.

I am thankful that my mother put being a mom first in her life. Meeting our needs always came before anything else, and we were well cared for.

I am thankful that Mom infused a love of reading in my life by reading to us from the time we were old enough to sit in her lap and turn pages in a story book.

I am thankful that Mom taught us good manners, right from wrong, and how to keep spotlessly clean house – a lesson that I never really took to heart. 🙂

I am thankful that Mom taught us to take pride in our appearance, to always be clean and neat, and dress well.  I can remember admiring her as a child as I watched her do her hair, and put on make-up, nice clothes and jewelry for an evening out with Dad.

I am thankful that Mom was a good cook (much better than I am), and always had great meals on the table, even though she sometimes wasn’t feeling well.  I miss her Sunday dinners so much!

I am thankful that Mom taught us to celebrate holidays and birthdays, and that it didn’t require a lot of spending, just effort and love. We were always made to feel special on our birthdays and I was much older before i realized that not all children were that blessed.

I am thankful that I was usually the one being her helper where there were projects to be done.  She taught me to take on things, and since she was a perfectionist, to make an effort to do them well.

I am thankful for the memories of my mom’s beautiful handwriting and the long handwritten letters she sent when we were grown, even when her fingers were ravaged by rheumatoid arthritis. I often think of how she would have loved texting, instant photo sharing, and unlimited long-distance calls.  (My father limited her to seven minutes per daughter per week to keep the phone bill in line.)

I am thankful for Mom’s love of flowers, especially the moss roses that her mother also loved, and of all things pink.  Now when I see anything pink, I think of Mom. ❤

I am thankful for her pride in her daughters, her love for her grandchildren, her courage, determination, and her friendliness to everyone she met.

I am thankful that, although our relationship was sometimes rocky (I wasn’t an easy kid to raise or an easy adult for her to understand), I always knew beyond a doubt that I was loved.

My mother did not have an easy life as a child or in her role as a wife and mother. She dealt with many issues that I have only come to understand more fully as I’ve aged myself. I wish she could have stayed here longer, there are so many things I would like to be able talk with her about now.

I am so thankful for the mom God gave me; she wasn’t perfect, nor am I, but she was truly one of the best!

Blessings to each of you in the days ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful in your life, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!

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If you’ve never participated in our weekly Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, I encourage you to check it out!  You can click on the link at the top of this post to go to the Ten Things of Thankful blog page and read what others are sharing this week, or you can click on the blue button below to view the other links and add your own.

If coming up with ten things sounds impossible, don’t worry, we aren’t counting – any expression of gratitude will do! You will discover that focusing on the positives is powerful… it’s impossible not to feel better about life when you finish writing your post and reading what some of the other contributors have shared! The linkup opens early each Friday and closes at 11 PM on Tuesday night, so there is still time to join in!


We Have The Power

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In reading a friend’s Facebook post about the state of his life at present, I was reminded of something I posted on my previous blog in April of 2016.  I wanted to share it again here, because I feel that it is so important to realize we always have the power to choose.

This is excerpted from one of my all-time favorite writings,”The God Memorandum” which is found in the book The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mendino.

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Just as it says in this passage, we have power, it was given to us by our Creator. The greatest power we were given is the power of free will – the power to choose. Everything depends on what we do with that power, the choices we make for our lives.

We have the power to make good choices that will lead to happy and fulfilled lives. Equally important, by reassessing our choices, we have the power to implement change in our lives, to choose a new direction – to choose all the things we were meant to be from the very beginning.

Stop making excuses. Stop feeling sorry for yourself.  Never believe for one moment that you do not have the power to change your life; you have had it all along… all you have to do is claim it.

Note: If you haven’t read The God Memorandum in it’s entirety, I urge you to do so here. It’s beautifully presented in slide-show form. It will change the way you look at your life.

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Share Some Fun – Week 2

May is National Photo Month and my awesome friend Zoe at Uncharted has created a linkup for us to share some photos with each other.  The linkup will last all week and you can add photo posts as often as you like. Each Monday this month she will share a new linkup. We’d love to have you join us… just click on the blue button to add your post!


This week I’m sharing some of my favorite scenery pix from home and places we’ve visited.  (Click on the individual photos to enlarge them.) 

Ten Things of Thankful – 5/05/18

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This has been a really busy week, and I am chasing my tail as usual, but it has been a good one too, so I can’t complain. I have so many reasons to be thankful, here are just a few…

When I got brave enough to step on the scale after vacation I discovered that I had miraculously lost three pounds!  It must be due to sunshine, sand, and salt air, and the fact that we did a lot more walking that I usually do, because we indulged in all kinds of good food and treats and I was fully expecting to see the numbers higher. I think this little gift is God’s way of reminding me that I need to get out and walk more.

We had a lovely rainstorm Thursday evening.  We are in a severe drought here so hearing that rain against the windows was wonderful, and it was even better to see things greening up a little the next day.  Wildflowers are happy and blooming in this dry, often desolate, place!  I know the bunnies are happy for green grass too.

Speaking of bunnies, I put food out for them each evening and one has become quite brave. As soon as he hears the food hitting the ground he appears and comes within just a few feet of me to get the first dibs on dinner.  The others will scatter if I’m present, but return as soon as I head inside and shut the door.  I am thankful we are able to provide a little supplement for their diet and lots of fresh water.

The bird population is thriving, and we see new kinds appearing each week.  We have just one tree, and they all share it and the birdfeeder, and birdbath.  The ground squirrels are also feasting on spilled seeds and what I put out for the rabbits. Papa Bear is not too thrilled with their tunnels in our weedy yard, but says it’s ok until the riding lawn mower falls into one and disappears. 🙂  All these critters moving about outside the windows day and night keep the inside furkids entertained…  live “tv”!

I had one of those “God’s timing” experiences this week.  I had enrolled in some catastrophic health insurance (heart attack/cancer/stroke) and the policy booklet arrived on Wednesday.  I glanced through it, and at the back of the book was a discount card for vision services… both the exam and glasses.  It just so happened that I had an appointment with the ophthalmologist the following day, and was able to enjoy substantial savings because of that card!

I am thankful that both Papa Bear and I were able to afford eye exams and order new glasses this week, it’s been a few years and was overdue.  One less thing to worry about for a bit, and it’s always fun to have a new look. I really like the frames he chose too.

I am thankful that although I have the start of cataracts in both eyes, the doctor doesn’t feel this will present a problem for the next couple years or so. Ahhh, the joys of aging.

I am thankful that we were able to stop at our favorite meat processor on the way back from vacation and bring back an ice chest full of their excellent ground beef and breakfast sausage; far fresher than what we can buy at the grocery store here, it looks, smells, and tastes so much better! If only they weren’t so very far away.

I am so thankful that my daughter is really loving home health nursing as opposed to floor duty which she has done for the past twenty one years.  It isn’t always easy to get her to try something new. She’s discovered that the patients are so welcoming and friendly, and she is able to use some of her teaching skills to help them better care for themselves. Although the hours are long, with charting at night, and much driving across Dallas, she no longer experiences the horrible foot, shoulder, and back pain associated with twelve hour shifts on your feet, and working independently is nice too!  She got a great review from her boss this week, which doesn’t surprise me, she is a dedicated nurse.

I am thankful that when I am stubborn and resistant to God’s plans for my life, He is sometimes insistent, and always in my best interests.  I am somewhat on the reclusive side, and we don’t often have visitors in our home.  A new friend wanted to stop by for a visit yesterday and we chatted away for nearly two hours.  It was so fun to meet someone who talks as fast and loud as me, and connects with me on so many levels. I truly enjoyed it and look forward to getting to know each other better. She is my daughter’s age, and yet age didn’t make a difference. God knows my needs and always provides for them and gives me so much more!

First, last, and always, I am so very thankful for my Papa Bear. I love his humor, his desire to spend time together, his flexibility in changing and adapting to what the day and life bring, his patience, his lack of complaining, his sense of responsibility, and his astounding ability to remember people, places, names and dates when I can barely remember my own name. 🙂  He is the best, one of God’s very best, a true gift of grace!

Time to get moving and head out to the feed store for more bird food. We are supposed to hit the first triple-digit weather of Summer here next weekend; I do not love it, but I will be very thankful that the new air conditioning unit we bought last fall is working so well, and has reduced our heating/cooling costs too. Life is good.

Blessings to each of you in the days ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful in your life, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!

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If you’ve never participated in our weekly Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, I encourage you to check it out!  You can click on the link at the top of this post to go to the Ten Things of Thankful blog page and read what others are sharing this week, or you can click on the blue button below to view the other links and add your own. If coming up with ten things sounds impossible, don’t worry, we aren’t counting – any expression of gratitude will do! You will discover that focusing on the positives is powerful… it’s impossible not to feel better about life when you finish writing your post and reading what some of the other contributors have shared! The linkup opens early each Friday and closes at 11 PM on Tuesday night, so there is still time to join in!