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Much To Be Thankful For


Beginning yesterday, then last night, and most of today we've had a beautiful steady rainfall here in very dry West Texas.  The clouds are piling up for another good rainstorm coming in tonight.  I can't begin to explain how beautiful it is, or how blessed we feel to see that rain coming down! 

I drove the 22 miles in to work in a major downpour this morning.  The skies were so dark and heavy that all the streetlights were still on downtown at 8 AM! Water was running curb deep in several areas, and traffic was moving really slow.  I used to drive a little Toyota Corolla and driving in deep water always stressed me, worrying about my car flooding out in the intersections. This morning I was so thankful for the Ford Escape I have now, plenty of height and clearance to safely navigate deep puddles!

I was thinking about what a pain it was going to be to walk the 1/2 block from the parking lot to our office building carrying a tote bag, my tea mug, and an umbrella.  As I got within a few blocks of the office the rain let up and then totally stopped.  I walked from the car to the building without a single drop of rain falling on me, when I got safely inside and upstairs it started up again.  It was like God turned off the faucet for a bit just for me!  :-)

This week also saw the start of a new part-time helper at work. We need the extra help badly to keep up with the massive amount of paper scanning/attaching to be done.  She'll work  every  morning. She's nice and catching on quickly. I am so grateful that our supervisor/bosses and the company owner heard our cries for help and responded! Hopefully, it will help reduce the stress levels of always feeling swamped.

Another bit of good news arrived in the mail yesterday.  Long time readers here will remember that I had to file bankruptcy when I divorced my ex-husband. His many bouts of being unemployed were devastating to our finances.  Once that was over and I got established here in Texas with John, I obtained a small credit card from the bank I've been with for 20 some years.  It was a secured card, with money deposited in savings as a backup guarantee, but it was a start.  Several months ago they raised the credit limit on it as they saw I  know how to handle credit responsibly.  Yesterday brought a letter stating that they had reviewed my spending/payments and decided it was time to upgrade my status to an unsecured card.  They will be refunding the initial savings deposit back into my account.  Wonderful! Bit by bit I will  get my credit rating back up to where it was before I met my ex.  Thankfully, John's credit rating is excellent, so we've had no trouble with major items we needed to purchase like appliances for our home or his new truck.  We live carefully, and I am thankful for his financial responsibility.  I never have to worry about money being squandered.

Topping off a day of counting blessings, my daughter called late this afternoon to tell me she had put a deposit down on a lot to have a new home built in Nashville.  She's been looking and hunting there for some time now and has done her homework looking for the perfect lot, home builder, and financial arrangements.  She has been living in small apartments since her divorce two years ago, and it's been hard on her.  Prior to that she and her ex-husband built a house in Temple, Texas when they lived there, and then bought a large fixer-upper in a great neighborhood in San Antonio and were in the process of doing major renovations to it.  She couldn't afford to keep it when the divorced, so he did... and moved his girlfriend in. It broke her heart. 

After having nice spacious homes, being squished into small, over-priced apartments with her two beloved cats has taken a toll.  She loves to work on house and yard projects, has installed sprinkler systems, planted trees, floored and insulated attics, and strung Christmas lights on rooftops! She is a talented decorator that makes her homes feel warm and inviting.  Living in an apartment and knowing its only temporary has left her with little to do but stare at the tv, and that leads to isolation and depression, her arch enemies.

She's been debating back and forth between two homes/builders/areas for the past couple days weighing out all the pros and cons and found out today that she could get the house she liked best of all for nearly the same monthly payments as the one that was second best.  So she overcame her fear of failing, took a great leap of faith, chose a great lot in a nice development, and put down a deposit.  Tomorrow or Monday she'll finish deciding on all the options  available, and will sign papers to build the house. It should only take a few months, and they will even pay the $1000 required to break her apartment lease! 

To hear the excitement in her voice tonight as she shared pictures of the model home with us, was just WONDERFUL!  Anyone who knows what she's been thru in recent years realizes what a huge step this is for her, to let go of the past, and take a step forward with her life, not waiting for someone to come and rescue her.  As a registered nurse, she is financially able to purchase a very nice home, and having it will be great motivation to get thru work each day.  I am as excited as she is! 

When I talked with her just a short while ago she was updating her online dating profile.  That's good news too!  Being alone at nearly 40 is hard and lonely and thus far she's met a bunch of losers, feeling more defeated after each encounter.  She is long overdue for a new responsible nice-guy in her life, and would make an awesome partner.  All prayers to that effect will be gratefully accepted!

So as I sit here tonight, tired from the week of work, watching a bit of tv with the Papa Bear, surrounded by purring furkids vying for lap space, I'm smiling.  I realize that life is good and how very blessed I am!

Tomorrow is FRIDAY, one more reason to  smile and to be thankful... weekend coming up! :-)

14 comments:

  1. With your daughter, the bank, and the work situation all on positive notes going into the weekend, it certainly is a lot to smile about. I know about the rain and how things can't survive without it. I hope things green up and maybe later this summer, you'll be able to smell the fresh cut grass. :)

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    1. It's easy to let life wear you down Ken, and sometimes a string of things happen to remind you that life is good. This was one of those days, and I needed it! Things green up quickly here after a good soaking rain, for certain we will have lots of fresh-cut weeds in the weeks to come... not as good as a nice grass lawn, but I'll take it for now! I hope this turns out to be a much better year for Texas, drought-wise.

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  2. Josie, I'm so so so happy to hear all this! Really was touching and uplifting to read. The rain stopping for you was cute, your credit rating clearing up is great news - and the part about your daughter is absolutely wonderful. All my best wishes for things to continue in this happy way. Loved hearing the excitement in your voice.

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    1. Every now and then it's great to have a bunch of really nice things happen, Bozo, certainly improved my attitude! :-)

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  3. I loved your happy post! Wonderful rain that stopped just for you. I can see the smile on your face. We had a lot of rain last week and everything's green now. What we don't have is warm weather. It will come.

    I'm excited for your daughter. She's going to be so busy.

    Yes, you have much to be thankful for.

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    1. I am excited for my daughter too, Cheryl, she so needs something to look forward to and to keep her mind focused on, this will definitely do it, in between bouts of anxiety over all that it entails! :-) I do indeed have so very much to be thankful for in my life, I am mindful of that every single day!

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  4. The thought that God turned off the faucet for you, made me smile. In contrast, every time Spawn and I go to leave the house recently, we're met with a steady downpour as soon as we open up our front door. The family have now taken to ringing me and asking if I'm going out. That way they know whether to take an umbrella or not.

    What happened to your daughter was awful. That must have broken her heart to invest time, love and money on a home and then loose it to someone else. So happy that things are looking positive for her.

    One the reasons why I love this blog so much, is that you've shown no matter how bad life can be, there is always light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Sometimes I forget that fact.

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    1. LOL at you and Spawn bringing on the rain! Watching my daughter go thru this horribly painful experience was heartwrenching as a Mom. I encouraged her to relocate to start a new life, and step by step she's making that a reality, proving to herself above all that she can survive and learn to live again!

      My story is all about the light at the end of dark tunnels in life, Lily. I never forget that, but sometimes I loose sight of the pinprick of light when things are very dark. Hope and believing that tomorrow can and will be better is so critically important!

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  5. Wow. That's a great day, all told! I read your profile, and how you chose your ID photo. Do you particularly like Van Gogh? I think he's a fascinating character.

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    1. Some days it's easy to feel down and out, then a time like this comes along to remind you of all the wonderful things you really have in life. There are always blessings to count if we take the time to look for them. It's not that I'm a Van Gogh fan in particular, though I do like some of his work, and am intrigued by the story of his life. This particular piece appealed to me because the shoes are simple, sturdy, and well-worn... working shoes, not ballet shoes or party shoes... shoes to walk thru life in, just as I have done. I wish I had a copy of this print to frame and hang on my wall!

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  6. Glad there is much to be thankful! A rising credit score is awesome! My credit is shit!

    I find the rain often stops for me too. It's a small blessing but something to be thankful for nonetheless!

    As for your daughter, more great news! You must be proud! Being alone is not easy, no matter what age. I'm sure it's harder as you get older. So prayers are being sent her way!

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    1. My credit has been in the shitter for about ten years now, Dan, and that sucks. I don't do big credit spending but sometimes for cars and such it's a necessity and intererst rates depend on a good score.

      Little things like rain stopping at the right moment always get my attention, it means I am in harmony with the universe at that moment and it makes me smile! I love surprise "gifts" like that!

      I appreciate the prayers, it hurts me to see her so alone, she's an awesome woman, and deserves another chance at happiness, just to show her that life can be even better than it was once before. She's not so sure I'm right about that. I want her to believe!

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  7. I am so happy to hear about your daughter, Josie. That is wonderful news. I know how hard it would have been for her to face her fear of failing ( I grapple with that myself) so it is a huge achievement for her to get a lot and build a house. Brilliant.

    Glad you finally got some rain and may I say what a lovely photo of you on the sidebar. Your hair is gorgeous!

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    1. It is indeed a huge step for her Selma, and although it causes her much worry, she is also excited. I am thrilled she is willing to take on her fears. She can do this, I know she can! Depression has robbed so much of her life and I rejoice when I see her win a round! She will be so much happier in her own house, and she knows that.

      We loved the rain, everything is fresh and clean... even my car, and for once I didn't have to pay to get it washed! :-)

      I'm glad you like the picture! I'm not sure if I'll leave it up, but John took it today and I thought it was a fair reflection of who I am, so decided to share it. :-)

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