Blogging From A to Z... "N"

An Attitude of Gratitude 

1)  For people who are comfortable being natural and feel no need to put on airs or go to extremes to modify their appearance just to get noticed or in a sad attempt to look much younger than they are.

2) For noon hour which I use most workdays to catch up on email, blogging and commenting. I find this much more relaxing than trying to go out for lunch with long lines and little time to get your food, eat, and return to the office by 1 PM.

3) For the truly good nurses like my daughter, that put kindness, compassion, and quality patient care above all else, while working long, exhausting hours on understaffed shifts in very busy hospitals.

4) For my nearest neighbors being long horn cattle in their pens about a half-mile away.  I love living in the country with more "elbow room" than found with houses crammed side-by-side in crowded city subdivisions.

5) For needlework - it is relaxing and fun to create useful and decorative items. Needlework pieces make great gifts too!  I enjoy knitting, crochet, and counted-cross-stitch, and I'd love to take up quilting some day.  My grandmother made beautiful piecework quilts that I can still picture in my memories.

6) For naps - there is nothing nicer than an afternoon nap.  If I am ever able to retire, I plan to take one each day.  I love mornings and evenings, but often find myself tired and sleepy by mid-afternoon.  A brief nap recharges my batteries and makes all the difference in my attitude!

7) For the nutty people in my life who keep it interesting! :-)

8) For non-stick pots and pans that ended the much detested chore of scouring stuck-on food from cookware when I was young, this is another one of those great developments we take for granted today.

9) For brightly colored nail polish on my fingers and toes, preferably purple... it makes me smile! :-)

10) For the opportunity to tour King Ludwig II's incredibly beautiful and ornate Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany; it was like stepping back in time and finding yourself in the midst of a fairytale!  I am also very thankful that the mini-bus transporting us up the mountainside to the castle did not fall off the mountain road when it's rear wheel slipped over the edge as the driver pulled onto the narrow shoulder to avoid collision with another mini-bus returning from the castle... that was very scary.
 This post is linked to the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge


  1. Such a sweet list for N. The best thing I like about your blog is that you remind me to be thankful for little things, the ones which are always taken for granted. Love this blogpost!

    1. Thank you Judygirl! Making up these lists is fun, I thought it would be difficult to think of things, but it isn't! I realize how very much we do have to be thankful for, even on days when it seems a little harder. :-)

  2. I agree with Sunday Visitor. Reading your blog reminds me of so many things I'm thankful for. Today, I'm so thankful for naps. I didn't go to bed until 2 a.m., and then I didn't sleep much (I'm sick and coughing) before the alarm went off at 5:30. I'm living for a nap this afternoon. :)

    I hope you have a wonderful day.

    1. It is so hard to function on too little sleep Dana, I hope you are able to take that nap this afternoon, and that you start feeling better soon!

  3. And yet another wonderful post. I love the natural part the best. That's me. I dress age appropriate and you get what you get. No makeup, no muss no fuss. I like that too.

    Have a terrific day honey. ☺

    1. I am just like you, Sandee, what you see is what you get. I think natural can be pretty too, and comfort is my main priority at this stage of life, I have no desire to pretend to be anything other than what I am. :-) Wishing you a good day too!


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