Thankful Thoughts – 6/28/19


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Here we are in the final days of June, that means the year is already half over! I wonder why time feels like it goes so fast when you are older. More than ever it makes me aware of how I spend my time, what is really valuable and important to me. I know without a doubt that maintaining a focus on gratitude is not just important, it’s critical to my faith and future.  So without further ado, here’s ten of the many reasons I am grateful this week…

I am thankful for:

1) The wonderful assistance of Akismet tech support. (Akismet is the program that monitors WordPress blogs for spam.) Early in the week I experienced a few days when I could not get my comments to post on anyone’s blog, and even when it said they posted, I could not see them on my end. After much frustration and searching,  it turned out to be a combined issue of Akismet filtering settings and the browser cache on both my iPhone and netbook. Once they determined what the problem was, it was an easy fix, and I am so happy to be up and running smoothly again!

2) That my sister is healing so well from her surgery and has such a positive attitude about life. She was able to attend a small party with friends this week, and finally being allowed to go out did her a world of good.

3) Having a bit more patience than I once did. My first impulse with the commenting issues this week was to give up and stop blogging once again. If you can’t comment it’s not much fun. Thankfully, perseverance took over, and I kept working on finding out the answers until the problem was resolved. A good lesson for many of the little frustrations in life… don’t give up so easily!

4) All the times that I’ve survived the bad choices I’ve made in life. Now that I am older I have forgiven myself for them and can chalk them up to learning experiences. I tend to learn things the hard way, and often have to repeat lessons until the light finally dawns on me! πŸ™‚

5) The beautiful month of green yards and range land we got to experience here due to the unusual amount of rainfall we had this Spring. That has pretty much come to an end now, and high temperatures are quickly returning our world to the familiar dry brown, but it was lovely while it lasted, and I appreciated the temporary reprieve, as did all the animals trying to survive.

6) The opportunity to provide bowls of water and supplemental food to some of the critters that make their homes around us. While I know most of them would probably survive without this, when you watch those little ground squirrels happily drinking water at the bowls and munching on black oil sunflower seeds, you know it’s making their lives easier. It also provide free “reality tv” for my furkids who love to watch them from the cat trees in the windows. πŸ™‚

7) The blessing of having a dear friend that just “gets me” without the need for long explanations or justifications of my point of view. It is so freeing to be able to share anything and everything with someone who doesn’t view you as totally weird (or least not any more weird than she is).

8) The wonderful convenience of having an automatic clothes washer and dryer. It is so easy to pop a load in and go about other things while it is running thru it’s cycle. I recall my mother spending all day every Monday in the basement washing laundry for our family (initially with an old ringer washing machine) and then hanging it on clotheslines to dry. She then spent all day Tuesday standing at the ironing board and ironing everything, including bedsheets and pillow cases. And yet I don’t ever recall her complaining about spending her days this way, even when she wasn’t feeling good. I realize now how us kids took those clean, neatly pressed clothes for granted. I know I wouldn’t be as patient if I had to spend my days that way.

9) The opportunity to share some positive words of encouragement with a young man who doing his best on his first day as a new cashier, with a surly supervisor that wasn’t really cut out for teaching (and probably wasn’t happy with that assignment). He was so nervous about making mistakes, but was actually very polite and friendly, and I was glad I could leave him smiling even for a little while.  I remember how stressful it is to learn new jobs.

10) A husband that takes an interest in the things I do, and encourages me to be myself. I had a wonderful large purse that I love because it has several outside pockets that make it easy to keep frequently used items like my car keys and cellphone sorted and accessible. After years of daily use it finally wore out, and I was happy to find that I could order another one online. The old one was gray, so this time I was going to choose black to have something different. Papa Bear looked at the options and noted that there was a pretty purple one.  He knows how much I love purple.  I nodded and  said “yes, but it probably won’t look great with anything I wear.”  “Who cares,” he said, knowing that it was going to make me happy regardless. I followed his advice and we both agree that it is lovely; bright colors are so much more fun than subdued ones! Never underestimate the joys of small things! πŸ™‚

As always, I am so very thankful for the life I’ve been given, for all that I have learned and continue to learn, and for all the amazing people I have come to know and love! Blessings to each of you in the days ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!

-JTS-

If you’ve never participated in the weekly Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, I encourage you to check it out. Read what others are feeling grateful for this week, and maybe add a post of your own (it doesn’t have to be ten things, any expression of gratitude is welcome)!

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10 thoughts on “Thankful Thoughts – 6/28/19

  1. I am so relieved that your sister is doing good or who’da thought she could be out and about already?!

    And oh my god did you hit a nerve with the laundry thing I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have laundry in my home and not have to go to a laundromat but even if I had to go to the laundromat it would still be better than most people in the world. And yet even though I still have laundry services right here in my home I grouse every time I have to do the laundry like I’m banging it out on a rock on the side of the Ganges! What in the hell is wrong with me?!

    Now I know if checked in before but I’m just double-checking that your husband does not have a brother right? And I totally understand number 7 because I to cherish the person I can turn to and know that they get me every single time and even if they don’t they’re just going to ask me a couple of questions until they get it or at least they’re not going to judge me for anyting ever. There’s nothing like the safety of a good friendship.

    I thought about leaving out I want a bowl of water and stuff for some of our animals around here but decided are animals are a little too big for that after filming last night’s bears in the backyard.

    Have a great weekend! Love you! L & J

  2. I’m also happy you are back to writing! I’m glad that you were able to get the commenting thing worked out; technical difficulties are so frustrating.
    The news about your sister counts for at least 100 thankfuls. Returning to “normal” life will probably be an adjustment; it’s nice she was able to spend some time with friends.
    You aren’t the only one that revisits the same things; I also seem to learn and relearn the same lessons. There is a verse in the Book of Mormon that helps me when I get discouraged with myself: “And if men come unto me [meaning Jesus Christ] I will show them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”
    Green fields (even if fleeting), and cute critters are fun to see. I just picked up more bird seed at the store this afternoon; I love seeing the birds enjoy their meals.
    I bet the new cashier appreciated your patience with him.
    Good friends are wonderful, and of course, so is a good spouse!

  3. So much to smile about, and i agree with the purple purse decision. Don’t all the other colors only exist to show off how beautiful every shade of purple is?

    It’s great to hear your sister is doing better.

    Thank you so much for encouraging the new, young cashier.

  4. Wonderful list of thankfuls. Mistakes are necessary to help us even if they don’t seem it at the time. Have a nice weekend! XO

  5. Wonderful news about your sister! Wonderful you for encouraging the new cashier. I don’t always learn life’s lessons the first time…if I don’t like the lesson I try to change it…somehow that never works no matter how often I try it. I am thankful that the Teacher doesn’t give up on me.

  6. Good news on the sister-front (continued best wishes)
    Similar theme with the technology and the internet… I have remarkably limited tolerance when things go wrong with the computer… but then again, it is so central to things nowadays.
    Our weather is starting to get into a summer mode, after a cold and rainy spring.
    (I am one of those people for whom the weather question of this time of year is always, “Why no, it is not yet hot enough for me.”)
    Time sure is a funny thing… the perception of supply.
    (I heard one person explain the acceleration of time as: consider the percentage of your life a year represents. When we’re five years old, a year is only 1/5 of the total of our lives… when we’re not 5 years old it’s a much, much (much) smaller percentage of the whole and therefore is smaller and shorter and passes quicker.)
    …kinda buy that. But I agree with the wisdom of looking at how we spend our days and our hours.

  7. I love having friends that “get me.”
    Today as I was writing another story for StoryWorth, I wrote about a memory of me doing some loads of wash in a ringer washing machine, before we were able to get an automatic washing machine. I also remind sprinkling clothes (before there were spray bottles and steam irons) and rolling them up ready to be ironed.
    A waitress that was waiting on us this week was so good. I asked her how long she had been working there. She was like a pro and she had only been there three weeks. It was so fun to see her face light up when told her what a great job she was doing.
    So after reading your #10, I think you may be getting some new clothes to go with the purse.:-)

  8. DO NOT GET FRUSTRATED AND STOP BLOGGING AGAIN!

    I’m so happy about your sister! She seems to have taken all this in stride with a healthy attitude.

    #4 Amen, sister! I wouldn’t be who I am today without the BAZILLION bad or questionable choices I have made over the years, so I look at them as lessons.

    #7 is Zoe, isn’t it? It’s all in the parenthetical! πŸ™‚

    Screw matching your clothes to your purse. That’s an antiquated fashion rule as far as I’m concerned. Who has that kind of money, to match your shoes and your purse and your clothes, anyway? I’m just happy to wear two shoes that match each other some days! The purple purse sounds perfect!

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