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Thankful Thoughts - November 22nd

Ten Things of Thankful
Today I'm participating in the Twenty-fifth Edition of  Ten Things of Thankful... Wow! What an amazing blessing this weekly blog hop is proving to be! Congratulations to Lizzi at Considerings and her wonderful group of co-hosts for the effort they've put in to keep this going and growing!

I am also participating in "Thirty Days of Thankful" during the month of November, both here and on Facebook.  It's a wonderful way to celebrate an entire month of Thanksgiving... join me!

I will be including my daily thankful notes here each weekend, so feel free to skip over the items you've already read in individual posts on my blog and look for the new ones I've added just for this list...

1) I am thankful for being in a relationship with Papa Bear that has been based on total honesty and  openness since day one.  How freeing it is to know that we can and do share everything with each other.  Papa Bear is my refuge, my strength, my sounding board, and the one place I am free to be totally myself without fear of misunderstanding or rejection. I am blessed to know this kind of love!

2) I am thankful for moonlight and beautiful full moons!  Standing out on my deck at night and seeing everything illuminated in shades of gray, black and midnight blue, I become more aware of my connection to all who look upon the same moon, and to the vastness of creation in which we play but a tiny part.  Gazing at the full moon helps me regain perspective and fills me with a sense of awe.

3) I am thankful beyond words for the young people of the Pine Ridge Reservation, and their families, who have been my friends and family for over twelve years now, and who occupy a huge part of my heart.  I have learned so much from them about love, life, giving, and perseverance. I am so very proud of all of them!

4) I am thankful for crab legs... my most favorite food!  This week we went to Red Lobster for dinner and had the best food and service that we've had there in a long time.  It was fun, relaxing, and delicious... and some much needed downtime together at the end of an emotionally exhausting day.  It was also a really nice surprise to not have the usual long waiting line for a table.  I've been craving crab legs lately, and it proved to be the perfect choice, along with Red Lobster's yummy Cheddar Bay Biscuits and their new crispy red potatoes and roasted corn.  Mmmm! Sometimes a little indulgence is good for the soul. :-)

5) I am thankful that my life is relatively free from drama and "fires" to be put out.  It is exhausting to live in an environment of constant games and drama, whether it be in the workplace or at home. I have lived that way in the past, always holding my breath to see what issues and problems the next day would be sure to bring.  I don't allow people who like to create drama to have access to my life now, I live what some would call a "dull, boring life", and oh how I love it that way... another word for it would be peaceful. :-)

6) I am thankful for the incredibly beautiful day we had on Thursday! It reached 76 degrees that afternoon, sort of a last hurrah for warm fall weather... sandal toes, no jackets, toasty warm car after work. Then it dropped down to freezing that night and is supposed to stay there for the next three days, along with freezing rain.  It was  a very rude awakening in the morning, not to mention how much fun it is to drive on "frozen rain"!  Still, during this season I am thankful that I live in Texas, where our winter is short compared to that of friends living further north. I know that this is just a temporary cold blast, and we'll be back to some warm afternoons off and on until Spring comes. I don't think I could do those October-April snowstorms like I grew up with in Dakota!

7) I am thankful for the little warning light that appears on the dashboard of my Escape from time to time.  It's a low tire pressure warning.  It popped on as I was driving into town this morning, alerting me to the need to head to the nearest tire store for an inspection.  It turned out that my right front tire was low and needing air.  They had just been checked when I had the oil changed this week, so apparently that one was a little bit low and the overnight drop to below freezing temperatures decreased the pressure enough to set off the sensor.  Twice in the past this light has warned me of a nail in a tire which could have easily left me stranded out on the road somewhere with a flat. I readily admit that I am not the most observant person in the world, so I am very thankful for helpful gadgets like this!

8) I am so incredibly thankful for the gift of a second chance for those I love who have at some point in their lives strongly considered or attempted suicide and by the pure grace of God were prevented from dying.  Sometimes God intervenes and says no, not yet, I have more planned for your life. 

9) I am thankful for the very simple but necessary blessings of my eyeglasses and my hearing aids. Without them I would live in a fuzzy, muffled world where I could neither read books nor converse easily with others.  I most certainly could not do my job!  Eyeglasses, and contacts, are so common place that we take them for granted, but shouldn't.  A hundred years ago the glasses that did exist were of nowhere near the quality and accuracy of what we have now.  Hearing aids are common for older people, but also insanely expensive for good ones that function well in varying environments. In years gone by and often now, folks with hearing problems just go progressively deaf, which leads to a tremendous sense of isolation.  I am blessed to have both of these necessities that I know others have to go without because they do not have access or cannot afford them.

10) This being Thanksgiving week in America, I am thankful for all the families that will have the opportunity to come together on Thursday and be blessed by a time of sharing, laughter, feasting and love!  While our family is scattered, my love crosses the miles and I hold each one of them close in my heart.  I am blessed to have good memories of Thanksgivings past!

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15 comments:

  1. Ahhhhhh you've had some really wonderful things to be thankful for this week. I've totally fallen off the daily thankful wagon, which is a shame...it just got too much and now I've not taken up the baton again. LOVE that you're seeing it through.

    Also, if Texas has short, mildish winters, MAKE WAY! I'm coming over! It's gotten REALLY cold here this week, and I know it's only going to get worse, which I HATE! That said, there's been no rain, so I'm so, SO thankful for dry, bright cold. And the sun is making the colours of the world do the most incredible eye-popping things.

    Love that the moon connects you to everyone else who sees it. It does that to me sometimes, too :) Magical.

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  2. Oh, this post is absolutely beautiful! As I read down your list, I found I could relate to everything you mentioned (with some local adaptation, of course). The moon actually made my list this week, too. And crab is so delicious. Being from the Pacific Northwest, I prefer Dungeness crab, but really love any crab that is spelled with a "c."

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  3. I am thankful for the eyeglasses and the hearing aid for my right ear too. I lost my hearing in an operation! But am so thankful that I am able to function normally! Thanks for linking with us on the TTOT!

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  4. Love you list...as always you are so thoughtful. Love that you had a nice day (our sandals have been put away for a few months here in Indiana!) but so sorry about the freezing rain. We haven't even had that yet!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  5. I love helpful gadgets like that. :) I'm glad you caught the low tire in time! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and here's to hoping it won't be too cold where you are. :)

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  6. The moon has been really beautiful lately. It's been huge! I love hearing about TX through your blog. I'm afraid I'm going to get really bitter when you start writing about warm weather in February and March, though.

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  7. This is such a wonderful list! There are many "simple" things on it like e.g. the moon but stuff like that is what I love so much, too. It is so important to see the small things in life and be thankful for them. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  8. I love the moon! There is something very calming about looking at the moon for me. Your list is always so beautiful, I just love the way you look at life and reading your thankfuls each week is always such a pleaure! I LOVE crab legs! One of my favorite foods so I 'm just a teeny bit jealous at the moment....and craving them now!

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  9. 1,2,5 all very cool! BUt number 8. I work in psych and seeing what people go through and those that choose to end it and succeed breaks my heart... I am always so thankful for those who manage to survive either their situation or their own attempts to end their suffering... I read your earlier post this week about the young woman who chose to end her life... What a loss but again what a way for others to take something so painful and make it so much more meaningful for those in need.

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  10. Moonlight is awesome! We love the night skies. I remember early on into our relationship, hubby and I spent a winter evening laying outside in the grass, stargazing as a meteor shower was predicted. We held out about an hour until the cold drove us back in..

    Have a wonderful weekend, Josie!

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  11. I love the moon on fall/winter nights. Air so crisp that the stars shine a little brighter. I need to work on the daily gratitudes, thanks for the reminder.

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  12. I'm glad your tire warning light is helpful for you. My big van has one, but in the 4 years we've had the van, the light has only been off for the first 10 minutes after pulling out of the car lot. I simply have to keep an eye on my tires like they did in the olden days. ;)
    Your Papa Bear is a wonderful man (I know I've told you that before.) and I'm so happy you made it through those difficult years to find such a relationship.
    I really miss living near my grandma and parents, but it is best for our family that we do. There would just be too much drama with siblings if we lived close. I don't want to live with drama either. This way, we can simply enjoy each other's company those times we do get together.
    I'm glad you know some folks who managed to survive attempted suicide. My son's soccer coach did commit suicide this summer. It is all just so, so sad.
    You are so good at finding good things in your life. I always leave your blog (or FB updates) with a smile. You have a marvelous attitude towards life.

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  13. I love your list, Josie. Such a feeling of peace runs through it!

    We had some unseasonable warmth here this week...then BAM it's below freezing all of a sudden. Rude, indeed! I think it makes it feel all that much colder when it comes suddenly and your body doesn't get a chance to ease into it. Boo.

    We also had some nights where the moon was just large and beautiful here this week - there is nothing quite like an autumn moon.

    My family's lives have been touched by suicide. It is a truly heartbreaking thing in so many different ways. I am glad to know your loved ones have headed toward brighter days.

    I have to add to your Red Lobster item - I was not able to eat there for many years because I developed a shellfish allergy. And then it went away just as inexplicably (well after lots of testing, but still). I have thoroughly enjoyed having shrimp cocktail again and crab cakes - definitely missed those! And those Red Lobster biscuits are a definite bonus! :)

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  14. Hi, I just had some Red Lobster last weekend and I finished the biscuits for lunch by re-heating them in foil. Yummy. You car sound neat. It is a newer model. Would love to have one with those features. :) See you Tuesday.

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  15. Nice list! Living along the Gulf Coast for many years, crab claws were my favorite seafood. Now, you've got to be careful on a deck at night looking at full moons. Remember, werewolves are out during that time, too! I remember when all the dashboard lights were referred to as "idiot lights." I just wonder how many idiots they've helped out over the years? lol Well done!

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