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An Attitude of Gratitude 
I AM THANKFUL...

1)  For my Mom who always made sure we were taken care of, that we had all we needed, and that we got where we needed to be on time.  She went the extra mile to make holidays and our birthdays special occasions, and she took the time to do the little things that make up my best memories  of her now. How I miss those cookie care packages in the mail!

2) For Mother Teresa, she is my hero - she represented the kind of woman I aspire to be, having lived her life fully in accord with her beliefs, and using her time and her talents to serve others.

3) For men (where would be without them?), and especially for real men, like Papa Bear that take their role seriously and live their lives with integrity, respect, responsibility, humor, and love.

4) For Maine Coon cats, my most favorite cat breed.  They are called "gentle giants" and indeed they are like cuddly teddy bears.   Smokey, Stormy and Emily - furkids that were part of my life in recent years, and little Sophie that we cherish now, all had some degree of Maine Coon parentage that made them beautiful, soft, and sweet!

5) For all the medicines that have not only improved the quality of our lives, but in  many cases are what keeps us alive.  While most of us don't love pill-popping, there is a  need for them, and - used appropriately - medications play an important role.  I am grateful for the lives of those I love who wouldn't be here without medicines!

6) For moss roses, also known as Portulaca, that are small succulent flowering plants with an abundance of brightly colored blossoms.  They thrive in heat and dry conditions.  My maternal grandmother grew them, my mother grew them in her gardens, and now I grow them in big flower boxes of  my own.  I fell in love with moss roses when I was very young, loving their rainbow of colors, and fascinated by the bees that were as drawn to them as I was.

7) For treasured memories that warm my heart, make me smile, and remind me of all the marvelous things I've experienced in my almost sixty years of life!

8) For microwave ovens, I'm not sure how we ever lived without them!  The days of warming things up in a pan or in the oven are long gone.  Microwave ovens also make it  possible to have warm lunches at work!

9) For ME!  Yes, I am so very thankful that I am still here among the living, and that over the course of the last few years I've become more of the person I want to be.  We must learn to love ourselves before we can truly love anyone else.  Celebrate your uniqueness, it's a beautiful thing!

10) For miracles... I believe in miracles, I see them happen every day!
 This post is linked to the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 

16 comments:

  1. Another lovely post. Moss roses are beautiful! My mother grew them, too. Thanks for bringing back those memories. :)

    I also believe in miracles. I've witnessed many. :)

    Have a happy Monday!

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    1. Thank you Dana! Moss roses are great, and they reseed themselves so well, I do well with plants that thrive on neglect! :-) Miracles are the stuff life is made of, big ones and so many little ones that we tend to miss!

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  2. I always enjoy seeing the variety of things for which you are grateful. From life-saving medicines to microwaves, you cover all areas!

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    1. LOL, I know that's true! I will be doing something and then another word for my alphabet list hits me, it's become a rather fun game, and I've become so much more aware of the things I take for granted!

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    1. They are to me, Gail, not one on the list I'd be happy to have done without. :-)

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  4. I'm loving your posts the very best. Lots of thought put into them and I'm learning so much about you. Excellent.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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    1. Wow, thanks, Sandee! I was afraid I was boring everyone to tears with my "all about Josie" lists. :-)

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  5. Oh Josie, this is one of my favorites so far! Mother Teresa rocks! Medicines, yep, can't live without those myself. And, my favorite, memories.

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    1. You have good taste in M-words, Elsie! :-) Memories, have you ever thought what it might be like to experience some kind of trauma that would leave you with no memories at all? The older I get, the more precious memories of earlier times in my life becomes. I anticipate happily sitting in my rocker on the porch in the nursing home some day, thinking back on all the experiences I've had, and smiling, thinking to myself "it's been a good life all in all"!

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  6. what a fun M post :-) I love portulaca, never heard moss roses before, but it suits them & I like it! When you wrote Papa Bear, I thought of the Berenstein Bears, lol - then saw the photo :-) it is good to take time to think of what we are thankful for!

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    1. I love the bright colors of these little flowers that speak of fiesta, Diana! LOL on Papa Bear of the Berenstein Bears, that made me smile! Papa Bear is my very own beloved, a true miracle that God placed in my life just five years ago! :-)

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate you dropping by to read and comment!

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  8. Some great things to be thankful for. Where would we be without our mothers? :)

    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I think it's more a case of "we wouldn't be", Lee! :-) Great moms and not so great moms, we still owe them thanks for giving us life. (Although that doesn't excuse them from not doing a good job once we get here, as is true in some cases. I had a good mom, she tried hard.)

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