This year sure is bringing its share of struggles and challenges already, ‘m hoping that if we get them over with now the remaining months will go more smoothly. Hey, I can hope! 🙂 Today I woke up sick, having a hard time breathing, and hoping it’s not some crummy virus and just an allergy/asthma issue. Taking it easy, but sad because we were supposed to attend a play tonight and had to cancel our tickets because I don’t feel well. At any rate, when life is being ornery, that’s the very best time to start counting your blessings to give your attitude a boost. So here goes….
I am delighted and thankful for all the little birds that are visiting the new bird feeder and bird bath, along with the doves and rabbit that are enjoying what spills! We live in a dry climate, so I appreciate any critters that can sustain live here, and I’m happy to help them out. We also have an adorable roadrunner that’s frequently in the yard. They are so cute, I hope he finds a mate!
I was so thankful for God’s timing yesterday when I went to Home Depot to return some unneeded items and received $14 in credit. Then I went to purchase more birdseed from them and the garden center cashier offered me ten pound bags of premium birdseed for just $1 per bag, since the birds in the garden center were poking holes in them and they had to clear them out. I came home with ten bags… 140 pounds, for fourteen dollars! BIG WIN 🙂
I am thankful for the little mom n’ pop sausage shop we found in Slaton, Texas on our trip to Lubbock for my birthday. We are enjoying breakfast sausage patties, German sausages, Irish bacon, and cheese, and will return in the future for ground beef as well! The smell of smoked meat in the little shop was wonderful, and took Papa Bear back to his childhood on the farm.
I am thankful for the lovely books, purple scarf, and fringed shawl jacket I was given for my birthday. New things to enjoy are always a treat. It was a very nice birthday.
I am thankful for the new pair of Skecher GoWalks I got at the outlet store in Lubbock. My old ones were past worn out. As my friends know, I buy one pair of shoes and wear them till they fall apart, then buy another, the same for sandals in the summer. Not only was I happy to find comfy ones in the wide width my chubby feet require, but Papa Bear also found a pair to fit his giant bear feet, and that’s unusual. Also, it was buy one pair, get one pair half-off, so we came out with two pairs of new shoes for a wonderful price! I love sale shopping! This is his first pair of GoWalks, and I know he will fall in love with them for casual wear when not at work.
I am thankful for the waitress at a restaurant in Lubbock that went out of her way to find information on the best movie theater seating/pricing. We saved considerable money because of what we learned from her, and totally enjoyed our movie in comfy recliners. They are such a blessing compared to tiny, cramped seats with narrow armrests shared by two!
I am thankful that Papa Bear’s oldest grandson who lives in Arkansas will be working in the oilfield in our area for the next few months and we got to meet up with him last Sunday for supper. We may again tomorrow if I feel up to it. He has grown up to be such an intelligent, hard-working, respectful and friendly guy, and looks so very much like a younger version of his Grandpa. It was fun to visit!
I am thankful for the fun of watching Winter Olympics events on TV. The opening ceremony was wonderful, and it does the heart good to see young people from everywhere coming together and competing in a spirit of friendship. It gives us hope that there is still tolerance to be found in the world, even in that troubled location.
I am thankful for the perfect writing-table I bought used on Let Go for $20 this week! It’s long and narrow, fits perfectly in my writing room, and has just enough space for my Surface tablet, my phone and iced tea mug, and a cushion at either end for furkids to keep me company, which they always do. As I move from room to room in our little house all five follow me! My previous writing desk was a small one that my mother had made for me when I was sixteen… so it almost qualifies as an antique. 🙂 I am going to refinish it and use it for a sewing table as I did years ago, then my sewing machine won’t have to reside in a box on the shelf, and maybe I’ll take on a new sewing project!
Last, but never least, I am thankful for prayer partners and for prayers answered again this week, some big ones too! Every time I begin to feel doubtful about life, God just amazes me with wonderful blessings and peace, and my faith grows ever stronger.
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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