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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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!


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!


Ten Things of Thankful – 5/01/18

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April is over and so is our vacation, life goes on. It’s high time I got back in gear here, and writing a Ten Things of Thankful post feels like the perfect way to begin a new month…

  1. I am thankful that I was able to complete the A-Z Challenge and share twenty seven new posts about me and my life. It’s been a long time since I’ve written that much in a month and it’s motivated me to write more.
  2. I am thankful that my choice of theme made the posts very easy to write with no pre-planning needed.
  3. I am thankful for everyone who stopped by to read and like or comment on what I shared. All the positive feedback was encouraging.
  4. I am thankful for the freedom that comes with life transparency. I don’t have to worry about people discovering or divulging secrets about me, I’ve already shared most of them here.
  5. I am thankful that I feel inspired to begin a new round of interviews with fellow bloggers and hopefully I’ll find some willing victims participants. 🙂
  6. I am thankful for the week of vacation I spent with Papa Bear on the Gulf Coast. So many wonderful memories made together!
  7. I am thankful for salt air, soft sand, gentle waves, dolphin sightings, gorgeous sunsets, good food in abundance, and evening ferry rides!
  8. I am thankful for the visit we shared with Papa Bear’s cousin, the wonderful meal she made for us along with John’s coconut cream pie to go, and for the conversation and memories she and Papa Bear entertained us with.  I really enjoyed her daughter-in-law and adorable grandsons too.
  9. I am so very thankful for the wonderful, loving care our kitty caregiver provided in our absence, complete with photos and reports.  She is a treasure and it is such a relief to go and not worry about your furkids and feathered friends being well cared for.
  10. I am thankful for the happy greetings of our furkids when we returned home. It is nice to be loved and missed.
  11. I am thankful for an unexpected blessing that is going to make it a little easier to keep the budget balanced.

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 – 4/08/18

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Sunday Greetings!

I am sitting here in the quiet of Sunday morning while Papa Bear drinks his morning coffee and reads the newspaper online.  The furkids have worn themselves out playing and are now gathered around me in my writing room and settled in for naps. I was just thinking how nice Sundays are now, peaceful! When I was working Sunday always went by too fast, and Sunday evening was a countdown until bedtime with the dread of Monday morning looming. Now every day is a good day for me, and I am so thankful for that! I am also thankful that Papa Bear can have a day of rest, and I’m praying that in the future he can have more.

Today is a nice break from the first week of A-Z and hustling to get posts ready and shared. My week started out a bit frustrating as the charger for my tablet suddenly died, and I learned after a trip to Best Buy that it was just obsolete enough for them to no longer carry charger cords for it. I am very thankful for the kind salesperson who risked his own job to quietly let me know that I could order the charger I needed from Amazon and provided me with it’s model number. He was a caring young man, and a godsend to me that day.

So I went home and ordered it and thought I would use my older laptop as a back up to complete my A-Z posts until the new charger arrived. No such luck. It seems that the old laptop charger also decided to finally give up the ghost and refused to keep the laptop powered up enough to use.  Big sighs, and another charger ordered online.

Making one more attempt, I pulled out an older laptop that has been laying around waiting for me to retrieve stored files and photos, thinking it would be slow but at least functional.  Unfortunately, it is so old and slow that it won’t stay connected to our wireless internet and won’t accept the security certificates for even WordPress.

Sharing my tale of woe with my kids, they decided this was the perfect time to provide me with an early Mother’s Day gift of a new notebook computer!  I picked one up at a great sale price at Best Buy and I LOVE it!  Perfect screen size and keyboard, and it didn’t cost and arm and a leg… thankful, thankful, thankful!!

Thankful to be back up and running and able to participate in the A-Z Challenge!  I’m also thankful for old friends and new visitors who have stopped by to read my A-Z posts that are themed to provide information about me, the person behind the words you read here.  Some of what I’ve shared and will be sharing is very personal, and I’m thankful for all the positive and supportive responses I’ve received.  This is kind of a test to see if I have the courage to someday write my biography, and if it would bore people to death. 🙂

High on my list of thankfuls this week are answered prayers for two friends facing major medical issues. One was able to undergo a procedure which will result in him feeling so much better, and the other received very hopeful news from a specialist. God is good!

Another great reason to be thankful… Andy, the (probably abandoned) kitty I rescued from outdoors along with his sibling Smokey, was adopted into a wonderful forever home along with his “girlfriend” from the rescue group in town where he’d been residing. The lady that operates The Forgotten Kitty Rescue is amazing, loves cats, and has wonderful success in caring for them, getting them vetted, and finding them new homes.  If you are an Amazon Smile shopper and haven’t set any non-profit to receive the benefits from your purchases, I encourage you to choose The Forgotten Kitty Rescue in Odessa, Texas! If you’re not an Amazon Smile shopper, check it out! It costs nothing and benefits whatever non-profit you choose!  I am thankful for the Amazon Smile program! 🙂

Speaking of Amazon shopping,  I was recently able to purchase two new saucepans and a large frying pan to complete my set of Cuisinart pots and pans that I love so much. They are not inexpensive, so it was a wonderful gift from Papa Bear, and I was able to double that blessing by donating my older but still very usable pots and pans to a recently single guy that works with Papa Bear.  He was so pleased with them.  I am thankful for rehoming things we no longer need or use. Win-win!

I am thankful for winning tickets in a promotional game at my grocery store which meant I got to take home a box of free donuts from their bakery one morning this week. What a fun start to the day! 🙂

I am thankful that the rattlesnake we found on the road less than 150 feet from our house is only the second we’ve seen since we moved out here eight years ago, and that it had already met it’s demise, probably thanks to one of the local dogs I grumble about that neighbors let run free.  I am terrified of snakes, all snakes, and when it comes to rattlesnakes it is with good reason, they are deadly.  We are exercising extreme caution when we are outside.

When you reach your sixties, thoughts on mortality are ever-present in your mind. I am thankful that none of our children – my two and Papa Bear’s three – are the kind that will fuss and argue when it comes to final settlements. We have very little to pass on, and what we have will be divided fairly between them. They are all doing well on their own, except for one, and would rather we hang around for awhile yet.  I have seen families torn apart over wills and inheritance and I think it’s such a tragic thing.

Papa Bear and I are both so very thankful that we now have him signed up for Medicare and a good Medicare supplemental plan, all of which go into effect on June 1st. Then he will finally be able to address a couple medical issues that need to be taken care of. The broker we are working with is a wonderful and patient young man who explained so much and was really helpful in making the right choices. I will be joining Papa Bear in the Medicare system in nine more months. It doesn’t seem possible that we are that old already!

I saved the happiest thankful for last… two weeks from today, God willing, we will have our toes in the ocean the Gulf Coast. The vacation to Galveston that we had to postpone last fall due to the hurricane is finally going to happen! The ocean is my favorite place, where I find my center and my peace.  I can’t wait!!

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!


Ten Things of Thankful – 3/30/18

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It’s long since time I returned to writing and sharing my own list of thankfuls, somehow the time always gets away from me and the momentum gets lost.  But the being thankful part never does, there is not a day that I am not continually aware at how blessed I am, and how much I have in my life to be grateful for.

My first thankful today is for fellow bloggers who show up to participate in  the TToT even when I don’t make it to my own blog hop. It reminds me that it really isn’t about me, it’s about having a place to connect and share and encourage each other, and it’s uplifting!

I am beyond grateful for one evening this week when we at long last had a beautiful rain and another later that night, finally lowering the risk of wildfires and giving Spring a fresh start here!

Another reason to be thankful this week is for another successful bartering transaction between my husband and our newly discovered local handyman which will result in us getting rid of a couple more good items that are no longer useful to us in exchange for getting the electrical wiring done to Papa Bear’s workshop, a project that was begun a couple years ago and has languished since.  We are both delighted and the handyman is very pleased with his end of the deal. Win-win!

I am thankful for the birds, bunnies and ground squirrels which show up each day to enjoy the food and water I put out for them. They are beautiful and doing well. Needless to say, our cats love to sit on their window seat and watch the activity in the yard, it’s great entertainment. (Although I’m sure if I could read their minds, there would be some fantasizing about sneak attacks!)

I am grateful that we continue to be able to keep our bills paid and our heads above water and meet our obligations responsibly, along with providing food and care for our animals and the wild ones, and donating to good causes.  It is a blessing to be able to share the gift of life.

I am thankful that my son and his girlfriend were able to get away for a few days and enjoy some time off together. They both work hard and mini-vacations are fun!

I am thankful that my daughter is doing good at her new job. She is learning quickly, and although home health care case management is very different from what she’s done before, she loves that her feet and back are not in pain at the end of the day, and that she works days instead of nights, and has weekends off to be with her husband. The job is less stressful too (other than rush hour traffic in Dallas). Blessings all around!

Often being thankful is just the smile that comes when some small thing turns out just right.  My daughter’s birthday is next week and I had already ordered a gift for her online, but wanted something small to send for her to unwrap and enjoy too.  As I was doing some grocery shopping yesterday I spied the perfect gift… a ceramic Post-It Note dispenser in the shape of a playful kitty.  She loves cats like her mother does, and has three of her own.  She will think this is a great addition to her desk at home where she now spends her evenings typing chart notes on patients she’s seen that day. Then when I got home with the gift which needed to go out in the afternoon mail, I walked into my storage room and found a small box that was the perfect size to send it in with a little room for padding. It was so exact that I had to smile. I was also able to peel some “Priority Mail” stickers off a package I’d received and reuse them on this one.  Now all that is a very small example of the little good things in life that brighten our days. I found the right gift, the right mailing box, and it got sent out on time – I was relieved! 🙂

I am thankful for friends who value my friendship, put up with my quirks, make me feel appreciated, and make my days so much brighter by our interactions. I remember a time when I didn’t have any real friends in my life, and times when I’ve had people I thought were friends, but turned out not to be. I am blessed with great friends, and I am grateful!

I am thankful, as always, that Papa Bear is so easy to please.  He enjoys new recipes that I try, notices and comments on any small changes or improvements I make in the house, appreciates the errands I run for him and ways I am able to help, and puts up with the kitty fur which is ever present.  He is a wonderful, caring partner and best friend.

I am thankful for the sweet memories of Easter as a child, my Mom made them very special, as she did with all holidays and celebrations. Gathering with our relatives and spending time with our cousins was great fun too. Life was so simple back then!

Blessings to  each of you this Passover/Easter weekend and 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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