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Ten Things of Thankful - August 24th

I'm participating in Ten Things of Thankful, a blog hop that asks us to "focus on the good things going on in your life by listing ten things you are thankful for today..."
 
I am so needing this exercise today, I am feeling "grumbly" and counting blessings is the best grumble-buster there is, so let me get started....

1) The first thing this week is a stand-out and has to do with the picture up above. On Fridays Papa Bear leaves for work before I do. Yesterday morning I came outside to find this pretty wildflower waiting for me on the window of my Escape. What a nice way to start the day! When I texted him a thank you, he texted back "You are my wildflower"... Awww!  <3  I am thankful that Papa Bear is such a romantic, he melts my heart with little gestures like this!

2) I am thankful for good movies (a rare thing in itself nowdays) such as The Butler, which remind us of how far we've come... and that we still have far to go.  Papa Bear and I went to see this movie last Saturday after he got off work.  It was intense drama, so very well done and acted.  Both of us grew up during these years, and we remember these events well.  If you haven't yet, go and see it!

3) I am thankful for Keurig "coffee makers", and all the wonderful little K-cup varieties that there are.  I don't drink coffee, but Papa Bear does, and he loves the convenience of being able to make a travel mug of coffee to drink on the drive into work each morning.  No clean up, no messy coffee grounds... wonderful!  I love them for hot chocolate in the cool months, a quick glass of iced tea, apple cider, and a huge variety of hot teas that are so good with honey!  Let's face it, we all love convenience, and these get a five-star rating when it comes to that!

4) I am thankful for such a kind and caring son.  He texted me and told me that he has reserved and paid for rooms at a very nice hotel in Nashville, for the three nights we will be there in September, as an anniversary gift!  It is a blessing to me, to know that I never need worry about if my kids will look after me in my old age, if I am unable to take care of myself.  They will see to it that I am in an nice home with WiFi and pet privileges, I'm sure! ;-)

5)  I am thankful that the power that be have hired a new replacement for the last office clerk that departed.  This time it's a guy, who has been managing a Pizza Hut, so hopefully has some concept of work ethics and being a team player.  They are training him for two weeks at our home office first, which will also make it much easier on all of us when he arrives.  One of my co-workers went to school with him and says he is very friendly and detail oriented.  Sounds like someone I will enjoy, fingers crossed!

6) I am thankful that I haven't grown too old to appreciate the adventure that is youth.  One of my coworkers turned twenty-one on Thursday.  Lordy, I can barely remember back that far!  I had fun helping to make the day special for her, and had to smile when she came in with her normally dark hair streaked with temporary colors to add festivity to her celebration.  Well  why not? You only live once!  I can remember a time or two when my hair sported unusual shades too, and it was fun.

7) I am thankful for Netflix rental movie services.  I subscribed for a long time, then they made some changes I didn't care for so we stopped.  Recently, they sent me one of those "come back" offers that I couldn't refuse, and for just $10 a month, plus taxes of course, we get two movies at a time by overnight mail and can exchange them as often as we want.  We can't even go to one movie for $10 in town, and this way we get to watch a couple each weekend and sometimes during the week if there is nothing worth viewing on 100 channels of Dish satellite tv, which amazes me... how can there be that many channels and so little quality program?  Are we that picky, or is imagination a lost art?

8) I am thankful for a daughter who sends me movie reviews, links to good information and things she thinks I would like, and photos of new items she's found at the store and liked.  I can't begin to count all the items I've tried at her recommendation, and all the things I've learned from her! 

9) I am thankful for the bright "rainbow" emails my best friend and I exchange. We reply to each  other's comments by choosing a new color for our text, thus easily keeping up with the flow of conversation.  After a few passes back and forth our emails become quite colorful, and as one who loves bright colors, they always make me smile!  Do you have a special friend in your life that makes it better?  Take a moment today and send them a note... cast some smiles out into the world!

10) I am thankful for the freedom of CHOICE!  My friend Joe over at Cranky Old Man has written a wonderful post today called At Least We Have Hope which is a powerful reminder of how good we Americans have it.  Reading it was a reality check for me. I may grumble and complain about my lot in life at times, but living here we have an amazing amount of freedom to make choices on almost every detail of our lives. Just for a moment, imagine yourself living in a country where that is far from true. I encourage you to drop over and give Joe's  post a read, and while you're there, check out some of his other posts, he also has a wonderful sense of  humor that I adore!

Well, making this list has worked it's magic. I started out wondering if I could even come up with ten things this week, yet once I got started I found them popping into my head with no effort at all, and by the time I finished I was smiling. I hope it works that way for you too! :-)

Life is GOOD my friends!  While you are counting your blessings in the week ahead, take a moment to be thankful for all the freedoms that you have, then use them to make good choices that you can live with happily for a long time to come!
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25 comments:

  1. We all have our moments of frustration, even becoming overwhelmed at times. However, it is important to stop and put things into perspective. We need to remember what and who is really important, and be thankful for what we have.

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    1. Amen, Annie!! So often the things that are bothering us most at the moment will be insignificant in a few hours or days time. We need to remember to look at the big picture, and I have so very much to be thankful for, never for one day do I forget how blessed I am!

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  2. I think Papa Bear needs to teach a class titled "Being an Awesome Husband". So sweet to have left the flower for you.

    Your children are also right up there in the sweet category. Seems they are always thinking of their mama. Surely you will have internet and cats until you are too old to recognize them. :)

    I rarely watch movies, but I'll keep an eye out for The Butler.

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    1. I so agree with you about Papa Bear, Christine, he is one in a million, I still expect to wake up one day and find that it's all been a dream... but such a beautiful one! :-)

      My kids are the best too, and I give the credit to them, far smarter choices than I made in life, and I love who they've grown up to be!

      The Butler is well worth a watch if you want to understand civil rights history in this country. It was incredibly moving!

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  3. Thanks Josie
    Hard to believe you ever get grumbly!

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    1. Oh Joe, Papa Bear could easily fill you in on that! :-) I used to be a cup-almost-empty grumbler, but in my old age I find that I'm improving a bit, I like to think it's a bit like fine wine... just needs a little aging to be good! Your post was just excellent, had to share it!

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  4. The flower that hubby left on your ride is the very best of all. Excellent.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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    1. It sure was, Sandee... it was the perfect brightener to a very long, tiring week. He always seems to know just the perfect thing to do, and says I love you in a hundred little ways like this, along with telling me that he does every single day!

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  5. I am happy for you that your hubs gave you that pretty flower - and I like Keurig too!

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    1. Thanks, Sandie! To me it meant, "I'm thinking of you and I care about you", and that's a really nice thing to know! Guys need to understand that it doesn't have to be diamonds and roses, it can be as simple as a wildflower plucked from the weeds!

      We first encountered a Keurig coffeemaker in a motel, and bought our own the next day. Perfect for two folks who are on the go and want to do it quick and easy, and so many good kinds to try!

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  6. That's such a sweet thing for him to have done. What a lovely husband you have.

    I'm so glad the list-making exercise worked for you, and I hope that whatever was getting you down will soon be done with and gone.

    The time away in September sounds like a gorgeous treat to look forward to. What a thoughtful gift.

    I LOVE the idea of the rainbow emails. I might have to borrow that from you :)

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    1. Hi Lizzi! I'm betting that the list-making for this blog hop has a ripple effect that crosses oceans and spreads waves of positive thinking out from keyboards to families to neighbors and friends! What an awesome thing you have started here! I look forward to it very much each week!

      I am counting down weeks 'til our September vacation, I just love road trips, even though this will be a fast-paced one.

      The rainbow emails are delightful, much easier to follow the conversation thread than rewriting everything in a new email. We just keep stuffing in comments until we've said all there is to say! If we run out of stand-out colors, highlighting comes next! :-)

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    2. I really hope so! I always wanted it to promote a catching kinda attitude :)

      Road trips are fun, even when fast-paced. It'll be totally worth it.

      Your emails sound like works of art :)

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  7. Life is definitely good and we o have so much to be thankful for. I loved that wildflower in the beginning and seriously put a smile on my face for you!! :)

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    1. Yes, it truly is, Janine, and that in itself is amazing to me, as a woman who once lived in some pretty dark circumstances and didn't really see any light at the end of the tunnel. Having been there, I can say for certain that this is really, REALLY good! :-)

      The wildflower totally melted my heart too, it was such a sweet, unexpected surprise. Going to work is not high on my list of favorite things to do in the morning, and this started it out in such a nice way! He is truly a keeper!

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  8. That flower on your car is just about the sweetest thing ever! Papa Bear is a great guy!

    I'm jealous of your upcoming trip to Nashville. In spite of the theme of my TToT post today, I can come up with 100 reasons I would be thankful to live in Nashville again!

    I read Joe's post at Cranky Old Man and agree with him. Choice is a beautiful thing.

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    1. Yes, Dyanne, is he one of God's finest, for sure. I wonder every day how I was blessed enough to be led to him and chosen to be his wife. We are good for each other, I believe in soulmates now!

      I had forgotten that you lived in Nashville! My daughter just bought a beautiful home there and my son owns an equally nice one in Clarksville, can't wait to see them both, that's the reason for this trip, along with celebrating our 5th Anniversary! <3

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  9. you have a life full "thankfuls" nice post..would it be possible to borrow your son next summer...I could use a trip to Nashville...
    this was a fun read...I'm thankful I read it..

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    1. Thank you GS, yes I really do have so much to be thankful for! My son is definitely a keeper, he takes good care of his mom, always! Growing up, he was always somewhat in the shadow of his big sister, so now that he's an adult it is fun to watch him take charge. He makes an awesome tour guide,too! I can't say that Nashville is my favorite city, just another big city to me, I loved Savannah a lot more. But my kids live there, so it's where I want to go! :-) I'm glad you enjoyed my post, thanks for stopping by!

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  10. I've never considered using color in e-mails--what a great idea!

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    1. It really is fun, and makes responding so much quicker because you can add a few words, a phrase or a sentence without needing to tie it to the previous email. Ours have been known to get pretty colorful by the end, and it's fun to hunt for all the new remarks of whatever the current color in use is! :-)

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  11. Oh to go back to 21 again...it would be fun for a night for sure!

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    1. Yes it sure would, and so carefree!! :-)

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  12. I LOVE Netflix. It definitely is worth the money to me. And I love the wildflower- so sweet!!!

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    1. It is a great bargain for us too, Kate, it's nice to see some viewing that we actually chose rather than were forced to accept as the best of the bad options. The wildflower was amazing, so very Papa Bear! I have it as my cellphone wallpaper at the moment, just to remind me how very sweet he is!

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