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An Attitude of Gratitude 
I AM THANKFUL...

1) For my heart! Have you ever stopped to think about what an amazing creation your heart is? It begins beating many times a minute long before you are born, and never stops until the moment you die, which can be as long as 100 years!  Let's see someone try to invent something that incredible!

2) For honesty - this is something very important to me, what the facts are don't matter nearly as much as that you are honest about them. I can deal with the truth, I can't deal with deception. I expect honesty from my friends and family, and I give to them in return.

3) For my health, such as it is.  I work with clients everyday who suffer from seriously debilitating issues.  It keeps me ever mindful of how blessed I am that I am able to go to work each day, that I am able to help pay for our food, clothing and shelter, and that I have health insurance so that I can go to a doctor when needed.

4) For our hot tub that sits out on the back deck. We live out in the country and we've opted not to have security lighting on the north side of the house just so that we can relax in our hot tub at night and enjoy the stars overhead in the black night sky.  Nothing takes the stress and soreness of the day away like a soak in the hot tub before bed.  It's nice to share that quiet time together.

5) For my hands - my hands are not only the way I earn my living, with eight hours at the computer keyboard and phone system each day, but they are also necessary to do what I enjoy doing most... blogging!  Yes, I know there are adaptive devices and speech recognition software, but nothing would be as nice as the feel of keys clicking softly under my fingers as my thoughts form into letters and words and march across the page.  I have arthritis in my fingers from all those years of keyboard pounding, but amazingly it doesn't cause me too much pain when I type.  Writing with a pen is another story altogether, a paragraph or two is the best I can do without problems.  When you have a moment, stop and think about all the things you use your hands for each day, it's amazing!

6) For Halloween - simply because it's fun.  It is my personal belief that Halloween is not meant to be glorification of evil, but rather a folk festival of sorts.  I have known evil, it has nothing to do with jack-o'-lanterns and pointed hats! It is rather sad though to see that Halloween is becoming more and  more an adult event and less and less something fun for children.  Many years ago we would roam the streets of our small town in costume, stopping at as many doors as possible and filling grocery bags full of candy bars, popcorn balls, and other such wonderful fare... and no one got poisoned, or hurt, or abducted.  Life was so much easier back then!

 7) For hugs! Hugs convey so many things and never fail to make both the hugger and the huggee feel good - such a simple method connecting and conveying that you care.  Hugs are one size fits all!

8) For our home - a manufactured house that we purchased as a repo five years ago and remodeled to suite our tastes.  We've turned into a simple, cozy, little plage that is just right for the two of us and our furkids, and the best part... it's paid for - no mortgage, no rent, and no worries about losing our place to live is something unforeseeable should happen in the future to change our ability to earn income.  At our age that is really a blessing! It might not be big or fancy, but it's home, and there's no place I'd rather be!

9) For the handprint quilt that was made for me by the first graders of Red Cloud Indian School that are now seniors and graduating this year!  It amazes me that we have been friends that long and I have watched them grow from small and very shy to confident young adults ready to go out into the world.  Each student traced his/her hand on a square of white cloth and decorated it with love and fabric pens, adding their name in the corner.  The teachers assembled the squares and staff helped with the backing, borders, and quilting.  It is beautiful, a one-of-a-kind keepsake that is one of my most precious possessions! 

10) For Papa Bear's wonderful sense of humor.  Despite all that life has thrown at him, he has managed to retain his childlike playfulness, and he never fails to make me laugh.  The photo below was taken when we were on a road trip to Tennessee and stopped in a restaurant/general store for lunch.  He willingly modeled this hat at my request, along with this "Goofy Goober" face.  Perfect fit!  :-))
 This post is linked to the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge

18 comments:

  1. I love your list for H. Co-incidentally my topic for H is HOME, As I read through your blogposts, I realize how we have so many things in common, and how we love the little things in life :)

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    1. I agree, Judygirl, that home is the best H-word of all! It is the little things that make up our days that give us reasons to smile. :-)

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  2. Health and home are my favorites today. Yep, I can so relate.

    Have a terrific day honey. Big hugs (my other favorite) ☺

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    1. A warm, cozy home, and health enough to enjoy it... my recipe for a contented life, Sandee! I see people everyday who have lost both, it breaks my heart to know of their struggles to just survive. Hugs are awesome... returning them to you! :-)

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  3. Very nice post, the everyday things can be so very wonderful.

    A-Z

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Sandy! I agree, it is the everyday things that matter, the things we so often take for granted but would sorely miss if they were gone.

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  4. Thanks for your sweet note on Flat Stanley, I'm still hoping someone will share their Flat Stanley experiences from when they were in school, or with their children or grandchildren. AND hoping someone who's reading it gets the kids involved so I can share Stanley's experiences.

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    1. Flat Stanley is such a fun and creative idea, I've seen stories of him being passed along and having such a good time! I like anything that sparks a child's imagination and doesn't require batteries or cables! :-)

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  5. Another wonderful list! Today was one of those not-so-good kinds of days, and reading about all the things you're thankful for—many of which I share—made me feel better and realize once again how blessed I am. Thanks, friend.

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    1. That's great, Dana, working on my lists is having that same effect on me. Last month I really felt myself slipping into old negative attitudes and focusing on all these great things that are special to me has totally changed that around. When I've finished the A-Z challenge I will have counted about 250 blessings (give or take a few when it comes to Q, X, and Z), and that's just the beginning. I'm going to find a way to continue this focus in a less structured manner in the weeks and months ahead... it's good medicine for my soul!

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    2. That's wonderful! You're inspiring me to try this as well. :)

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    3. I have friends and family members who keep Blessings journals, either on their computer or handwritten in a notebook, the date, and the number, doesn't matter, just that you continue to grow the list! :-)

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    1. I do too, Shimon, it makes me laugh every time I look at it! When all dressed up Papa Bear looks so dignified, and when he dresses casual he looks comfortable and relaxed, but this look is the most fun of all because it shows his playful side - I promised not to post one where he crossed his eyes or some such silly face! :-)

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  7. Oh, that photo is great :). So many things on the list we do tend to take for granted. I hear you with Honesty, I explain to my children all the time it is so much better just to speak the truth rather than getting caught in a web of lies,just own it and move on. Lucy from Lucy's Reality

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    1. It's a fun photo, though he doesn't think it portrays him in the best light. I think it does, smiles are always welcome sights, even if they are silly smiles. :-)

      I agree about honesty, and it's a great lesson to teach kids, accept responsibility for your words and actions, deal with the consequences, and move on. Life gets much more complicated if we try to hide from cause/effect.

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  8. Hot tub under the stars! How lucky are you to have that time together. That is wonderful! It must feel great to feel so cozy and secure with your home. What a blessing.

    When I was ill I would have dreams that I lost my health insurance. Nightmare! I am blessed with my health insurance and I never take it for granted. I wish everyone could have it and not have to worry about money when they are worrying about getting well.

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    1. With the way expenses are rising Lena, especially here in booming oilfield territory, it is great peace of mind to have a paid for home. There is no way we could afford to rent even a one bedroom cardboard box here now, it's gotten crazy.

      I so agree with you about medical care and health insurance, it seems to very wrong that so many who desperately need medical care are unable to even find a doctor who will see them. I deal with it every day and it is heartbreaking. Lord knows that even with good insurance, it doesn't begin to cover the cost. To me, the whole issue is morally wrong. Quality medical care should be available to all. Maybe if we stopped funding wasteful welfare programs for people who could and should be working, we could afford to take better care of those who truly can't.

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