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An Attitude of Gratitude 
I AM THANKFUL...

1) For my childrenMy daughter is celebrating her 38th birthday today, and my son will turn 34 in July.  Boy does that make me feel old!  They have always been my joy, my life, and my reason for living.  When I married Papa Bear I acquired three more wonderful daughters and six awesome grandchildren, we are expecting our first great grandson next month!

2) For my cats.  I've been in love with cats since I was very small.  I have a heart for rescue cats, and of course kittens.  If they stayed that size I would probably have a dozen!  Being an empty-nest mom, seeing my cats waiting and watching at the windows for me at the end of day, and then running to the door to greet me, never fails to make me smile.

3) For chocolate.  Yes, one can be thankful for simple pleasures like that!  Despite the fact that I am slightly allergic to it, it's a great comfort treat, the world is a much nicer place with chocolate!

4) For candlelight... it softens everything, creating a mood of reflection, romance, or mystery. I love candles!

5)  For my cellphone.  I couldn't live without it, I don't know how we ever did!  I am amazed at all the gizmos and gadgets they can pack into that little thing!  Most favorite feature, the camera, of course!  It has made sharing photos and glimpses of your live so easy and fun. 

 6) For the Christmas Cactus in our guestroom that seems to thrive on East window light and cooler temperature in there.  It has been blooming since the end of October and is still putting on new blooms (see photo below)!  This one was grown from a slip from one that originally belonged to Papa Bear's great-grandmother.  His great aunt gave it to him a couple years ago. 

7) For the love of craftwork, mainly needlecraft, that I inherited from my grandmother. I taught myself to knit and crochet when young, and have since taken up counted cross-stitch. I have a collection of nearly all the thread colors DMC makes, and I love the rainbow of shades!  I've made gifts, large and small, for family and friends, but it a very time-consuming thing, and the computer often lures me away now. :-)

8) For the wonderful experience of touring Carlsbad Caverns, a cave system in Southwestern New Mexico, a couple years ago with Papa Bear.  I am somewhat claustrophobic,  but the incredible beauty of the formations overpowered my fears of being so far underground.

9) For the Cracker Barrel restaurant about fifteen miles from home, one of our favorite places to go for a meal that tastes almost as good as the ones mom made.  I love their pot roast (though they call it roast beef), and order it almost every time, which makes Papa Bear roll his eyes.  :-)

10) For sweet memories of Christmas as a child, with all the magic of real Christmas trees, colored lights strung in widows, stores, and across the streets, candy canes, mom's delicious Christmas cookies, the photo Christmas cards she sent out, and singing carols in the choir both at church and school.  Those really were "the good ol' days"!

 This post is linked to the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge

14 comments:

  1. I'm thankful for chocolate too, can't imagine my life without it :)Christmas, carols, candies just make me pray for December to come early. With each blogpost you help me become more aware of the little things we can be thankful for. thankyou for that :)

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    1. I would miss chocolate greatly if it suddenly ceased to exist! :-) I am surprised, too, how many things come to mind once I start thinking about a letter of the alphabet, it's actually much easier than I thought it would be, at least so far!

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  2. I cannot do Caves! Yikes! I am way too Claustrophobic. I have tried, and it was not fun. I can do open mines, which are very Cool and educational, too. How cool you were able to do that. Nice post! Many nice things to Count.

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    1. It was really hard for me at times too, McGuffy Ann, they had really nice walkways and beautiful lighting, but I kept thinking about how frightening it would be if all emergency power/air systems failed. I would not make a good cave dweller, but I'm glad I got to experience it!

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  3. I love how you do this. Really well done.

    I had to chuckle about Cracker Barrel. I live in California and there aren't any Cracker Barrel's here. When I was in Indiana I went to one. The food was awful. Awful. Everyone at the table knew I'd made a horrible choice for lunch (it was the roast beef). I'd never, never, ever walk into a Cracker Barrel again. Funny how that happens.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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    1. This made me laugh Sandee, because we've eaten at Cracker Barrel's in many places, and so far have never had a bad experience. Management and cooks do make all the difference though, we've eaten at some of our other favorites at times and had bad experiences. They are not all alike! Too funny that it was the roast beef you ordered. I will think of you next time my plate arrives. I wish your experience had been better!

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  4. Great C things to be grateful for! I'll never forget going to Carlsbad Caverns and seeing that mass of black sky - or what looked like sky. Amazing.

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    1. It is an incredible thing to experience, Judy! I was taken by how huge the caverns are, room after room, and we didn't begin to walk the entire route, too hard on old legs. :-) They've done a wonderful job with backlighting and keeping it relatively safe and orderly. That one deep hole with the rope ladder still hanging there from past times was pretty spooky though! They turned off the lights at one point to show us how dark the caves really are, now that was eerie! I was happy to see the sunlight when we came back up! :-)

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  5. Happy birthday to your daughter!

    These are great C things—so much to be grateful for! I share all of them except for the caves. Just thinking about being in a tiny space or underground makes me panic. Yikes!

    Have a happy Wednesday!

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    1. I wish she lived close enough to share CAKE, Dana! :-) I had to step way outside my comfort zone to venture down into the caverns, but it was well worth the anxiety to see a kind of beauty that can't be experienced elsewhere. I was imagining what the first cave explorers, with their primitive equipment and lighting, must have felt like when they discovered this magnificent place!

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  6. You are thankful for many little things that are more important than some of the big things for which we are thankful. Thank you for reminding me of this truth.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Patricia! I have learned that if I take time to count my blessings and stay aware of things to be thankful for, it keeps me in a much more positive frame of mind. Praising is always better than grumbling! :-)

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  7. lots of great words...my favorite...Cracker Barrel"

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    1. One of my favorites too, GS! We are always on the lookout for them when we travel! They make great grits too, I love grits!

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