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Thankful Thoughts - January 11th

Today I'm participating in Ten Things of Thankful, a weekly blog hop that asks us to "focus on the good things going on in your life by listing ten things you are thankful for..." 

1) I am thankful for peaceful feelings!  There have been many times in my life when I have longed for just one day of peace with no drama, no overwhelming problems, and no fires to put out. I am finding that as I get older and my life has settled down I often have days when life feels ok, good, and sometimes even great... despite whatever is going on around me.  That's the secret... learning to hang on to that corner of peace despite the issues of the day.  I can't honestly say that I'm in that place all the time -  I'm often a frazzled mess by the end of day - but I'm working on it, and I am so very thankful for the days when I am able to  keep my smile on!

2) I am thankful for the visit we had last weekend with John's daughter, her husband, and our awesome granddaughter Noa who will become a teenager in just a few more months.  It was a long drive for a three-day weekend (seven hours each way), but so worth it. We hadn't seen them since before they moved last Summer.  Noa is as beautiful inside as she is out; how I wish she lived closer so we could spend more time together!
3) I am thankful for this past year with our office co-worker Liz. Yesterday was her last day, she is moving to Dallas to be with her fiancé and continue her college education.  She is one of the most level-headed young people I know. Liz has lived through some very difficult experiences, and has come out stronger and wiser because of it.  Her positive attitude, ever present sense of humor and can-do attitude make her a joy to work with and she will be greatly missed.  She plans to become a doctor and I can see her being an amazing one!

4) I am thankful for the silly antics of our three furkids who, being cats, will choose cardboard boxes over soft cat beds and cushions every time.  They love to curl up in small stationary boxes. Whenever I bring one home from the office they continually vie for possession.  One day recently I saw little Gracie actually sitting on top of Sophie in the box, trying to get her to vacate it! So I brought home more boxes... now we have three, and most evenings and nap times they can each be found snuggled up in a soft blanket in their chosen box.  Just for fun I added a forth one, and of course they each had to try out the new one to see if they liked it better! Our furkids are a never-ending source of amusement.  It is sad that people can't find as much pleasure in something as simple as a new box!
5) I am thankful for the delicious Christmas and New Year's dinners that Papa Bear and I prepared and shared together, roasted Cornish hens for Christmas, and ham with black-eyed peas and boiled cabbage for New Year's Day.  While it is hard to spend holidays apart from our families which are all distant, we are so very blessed to have each other and the close relationship which makes my life wonderful. Papa Bear is the greatest gift I have ever been given or will ever receive, he is amazing!

6) I am so very thankful for the backlit keyboard on the  new HP laptop that Papa Bear gave me for Christmas.  Backlit keys make blogging so much easier on old, tired eyes, and mean that I can write in low-light instead of enduring the glare of a lamp just so I can find the right keys.  This also means that I won't be wearing the painted letters off the keys (as I have on my old one and my keyboard at work), since they are cut right into the keys so that the light can shine thru. What a wonderful design idea!
7) I am thankful that we are past January 9th for another year.  This year marked the 19th year since my mother died,  and I miss her.  Like my mother's funeral, my father's funeral four years ago at the beginning of January was another bitter cold and snowy event, which only added to the feelings of sadness and desolation.  I love snow in all it's softness and beauty, but I don't plan to ever visit South Dakota in January again. The days from December 30th when my father died through January 9th are always hard for me, combined with the post-Christmas season blahs, so I am glad when the page flips over to January 10th and I can gear myself up for  all the good things the new year is sure to bring.

8) I am thankful for the woman that has come into the life of one of  Papa Bear's friends who was widowed a few years back.  He has met and become engaged to a wonderful lady that truly lights up his life, proving once again that God has a plan for everyone at every age, we just have to watch and wait for it to unfold!

9) I am thankful for the amazing shoulder bag that Noa and her family gave me for Christmas.  It is a Fair Trade product made in Nepal, and I absolutely love the fabric, design, and bright colors! It is so very 60's, and so very me! :-)
10) I am thankful for the people in my life who are able to see the real me and appreciate me despite my outer appearance, rough edges and sometimes confusing behavior. I do not always represent myself well, or as I intend to, so I am grateful for those that see beyond my imperfections and love me for the person I am trying to be. They encourage me and give me hope that I'll get there some day!

11- One more :-) I am thankful once again, and always, for this blog hop and other opportunities to focus on the positives in my life. As the quote up at the top says, our focus affects the way we feel, and the way we feel affects the way we live and interact with others.  What things do you love about your life today?  Hopefully you can name several.  If you can't think of even one thing, it's time to make some changes!
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36 comments:

  1. You have put together a very nice list, as always. As for #10, I think most people can relate. It is hard to communicate sometimes, like when you are going through a rough patch. We are all human, and need to remember that. I don't think you need to worry: you are blessed & loved.

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    1. Thank you Annie, you are most definitely among those that have endured my ups and downs and somehow manage to find redeeming qualities to still like in me. I am blessed to have you as my friend!

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  2. Wonderful list. Count me in as one of the people in #10 that think you are one great lady!!!

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    1. I am humbled by your love, Carrie, though I often wonder if I present myself fairly here, am I as nice as people seem to think? Probably not, but I try! XOXO

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  3. Every time you share your list, i'm so glad for you! And for me, because it reminds me of how much good is in my life, too. Today, i'm glad for #2 Son and the fun he and the other kids had frying and eating his home made "donuts."

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    1. Oh this made me smile, Mimi! Cooking adventures are great fun, I remember them fondly as a child with my mom, and with friends as we grew a bit older. I was baking cakes at a very young age and my friend and I used to spend Sunday afternoons doing wonderful things like deep-fried Rosettes, a Scandinavian delight! Now you've made me hungry for donuts, and missing my son, whose favorite Saturday morning treat was pancakes with chopped up Hershey Almond bars in them. His job was to run the errand to the corner store for the Hersheys! :-))

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  4. (I need to get one of those backlit keys!!… very cool)

    I also identify with #10, the whole how we present (or perhaps it is more, how we think we are presenting) to the world around us, can be a source of very good things and, for some us, can be a source of self-doubt and concern. (I can't count the number of times I have left an interaction with another person, only to her that part of my brain start with the, 'oh man did you really have to say it that way' or 'whatever possessed you to say that?!' lol I am getting closer to the point that, no matter what I may say about myself, it does not, in fact, change who I am. Which is re-assuring.)
    great post

    you should join us one of these Friday nights for a vidchat!

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    1. Thanks Clark, you make a good point! I'm learning to trust myself more, I just need to work some on filtering, not saying everything I think at the moment, as it is often colored by emotion and I will feel differently, or at least less intensely, a short while later.

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    2. I so want to meet you! Vid chats would be perfect...think about it! Itll be fun and none of us know how to shut up so youd be in good company!...love your list! Why do you think cats do that box thing? Do they do it in bigger boxes too or are they going for the security of a tighter surrounding?

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    3. Yikes! I'd have to think about that, have never done it and it's a step way out of my comfort zone, but maybe at some point. :)

      Cats love to play in and investigate boxes or enclosures of all kinds and sizes, from shoe boxes to closets! But they really seem to love small boxes that they can fit snuggly in, it must be a feeling of security for them, even when to us they seem uncomfortably squished. How I envy the supreme flexibility of cats, any pose, anytime, and can easily sleep that way!

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  5. Sorry to hear about your rocky starts to the year. That sounds really hard, and I'm glad that it's past the 10th and you have your mind set to take on the year.

    The shoulder bag is GORGEOUS. And Noa looks so happy. I'm glad you got to spend time with her, and I wish for you that you could live closer together.

    I'm glad for this hop. It keeps me from ever getting TOO miserable, yaknow? And I can count on always having good bloggy friends to slap me round the face and point me in the right direction when I get too...me!

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    1. Yes to all of the above, Lizzi! Blogging preserves my sanity, the best free therapy around! :-)

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  6. I can't wait to have kitties! Yours sound like a live-in comedy troup :-) I bet that it's sad seeing a great co-worker leave, and hope that your new co-worker will be nice! Love that purse, totally my style! Glad you could see your family, even if it was only for a short while, Jody! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Cats are amazing, Stephanie. They bring so much love and laughter to our lives! You should see them today, ask they skulk around trying to come to terms with the new kitten in the house! I am having a great weekend, I love my weekends! :-)

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  7. You have a lot to be thankful for, Josie. I like the sign you started with. I can think of a lot of people (I won't mention, but you would know or know of them) who dwell on hating the things and people they don't like. I wonder if they feel like martyrs, being so miserable for their cause of hate.

    I really do like the backlit keyboard on your new lap top. At night in low light I often have to tilt the monitor down to see where the ___ (you name it) key is. I can feel the "F" and "J" bumps but that doesn't help the function keys and the ones along the bottom that I don't use very much.

    I'd like to get back to your writing meme's but not sure I will have the time for a few more weeks (I always say that!).
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    1. I agree with you Jim, I am sometimes amazed at seeminly good people who seem to make it their personal campaign to spread distrust, misunderstanding, and hate. It takes less energy to love and appreciate, and the benefit to ourselves and others is so much greater!

      The backlit keyboard is an amazing idea, I use it every evening and it makes a huge difference!

      I know that your life is busy like mine Jim, will be happy to see you joining us any time you are able!

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  8. That is a full list, indeed, Josie! Noa is adorable and the handbag is fab! Also, I love that it is Fair Trade! Hooray!

    So sorry you have that stretch of bad, sad days to get through each year. It must be a very difficult time to have those things sort of piled up together. Hooray for making it to January 10!

    Cats are so like that, aren't they? If there is a box anywhere near, at least one of ours will find a way into it. I rarely see them in one of the cozy cat beds - and they each have their own. They sleep on our bed or on the living room furniture - always!

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    1. I am indeed so very blessed, Lisa! I love Fair Trade purchases too... doing something good in the world always gets my vote! It really pleased me that they chose it, it's fun when somebody "gets" your sense of style!

      I try not to let myself get too bogged down in sad thoughts, I think winter is just a dreary time and this adds to it. But we always get past it and I'm doing fine now!

      Yes, cats are the funniest creatures, I would love to know what goes through their minds sometimes. They are a never-ending source of wonder and entertainment, not to mention all that love!

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  9. I really like your opening picture. It is so true! I'd really like to join in on your Six Sentence Stories when I can find the time. Looks like a great hop!

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    1. I agree Susan, we can choose to spend our energy being positive or negative, the smart choice seems pretty clear, doesn' it? I truly feel sad for people who believe there is nothing good in their lives... there is always something, some blessing to count, no matter how small it may seem!

      I would love to have you join us at Six Sentence Stories, it's really fun. You can add a story any time during the week. :-)

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  10. I think Noa looks like you! Those backlit keys are cool. Glad you have made it through your rough time. Here's to warmer weather--for you in TX, at least

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    1. Noa is awesome, she has a wonderful, kind heart! Oh yes, I love the warmer weather we are having today! That's the good thing here, we make have some cold ones but they are broken up with nice days and spring comes early, makes winter much more bearable!

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  11. Josie, I hear everything you say about peaceful feelings. In my life, I get them every once in a while and they are lovely. I wish you many days of peaceful feelings. Especially after what sounds like a rough emotional start to the year. We have the same issues here, having lost my father in law January 2010 and my grandmother January 2011. I'm glad you're through the worst of it but I will still keep you in my thoughts!
    I'm sorry to hear you are losing a co-worker but best of luck to her. It sounds like she has quite a future ahead.
    I like that keyboard! No, actually....I love that keyboard! And I love that bag! The colors are fantastic!
    Your granddaughter is beautiful and I absolutely adore her name!
    Thank you once again for a wonderful list!

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    1. I love peaceful days Sandy, I appreciate them so much as a time to recharge my batteries! Sad memories make for sad days, but at least that means that we are missing someone we loved.

      Liz is smart, determined, and very kind, I know she is going to do well in life and I truly wish her all the best. Getting a good education is important!

      The backlit keyboard is amazing, I would never want to be without one again!

      Noa is a delight to be with, her parents are doing a wonderful job raising her!

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  12. A backlit keyboard looks like a great invention!

    My condolences on the loss of your parents. It's completely understandable that Dec. 30 through Jan. 9 would be difficult.

    May you have many more peaceful feelings this year!

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    1. You would love the backlit keyboard, Kristi, whoever thought of it was very clever indeed!

      Both of those funerals were at such a miserable, cold and nasty time of the year, it only made them sadder. I wish it could have been in the spring or summer when everything was pretty instead.

      Each year of my life seems to be a bit more settled and headed in the right direction. My life with Papa Bear has made all the difference. Having a loving, peaceful home is the most wonderful blessing!

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  13. Too true what the first picture says!! Thanks for sharing with the TTOT this week!

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    1. It's all a matter of perspective isn't it, Michelle? We can focus on what's wrong with our lives or what's right... the kind of attitude you carry is the kind of energy you will attract!

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  14. Well done you! for fighting and finding some peace. For me hanging onto those corners of peace help me through the yucky bits.

    Love the purse and time with your family. What a great present.

    Love the box battle of your furkins. Who needs TV when pets are around. Love the tribute to your Mom and Dad.

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    1. Thank you Rebecca! I try really hard to remember that most daily disturbances are of short duration, a few days at most, and things will resolve one way or another if I don't let it overwhelm me first. God is in control!

      Yes, our cats are a constant source of amusement, and they give us so much affection too! Papa Bear cannot sit down without one, or two, or three, climbing onto his lap. They know I will be at the laptop, so they will choose a box or chair next to me for pets and snuggles!

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  15. I think of you every time I sit down to type at my computer. My letters are wearing off, too. That backlight keyboard is perfect for you! As is that bag. Your family knows you well. :) I'm glad you got to spend some time with at least a few family members recently.
    The photo of your cat curled up in that box cracked me up. So funny that they fight over them.

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    1. Papa Bear laughs that I use my keyboards to such an extent that I wear off the letters. I try to tell him that it's because they aren't made as well as they used to be, but I'm not sure I've convinced him. :-) The backlit keys are sooo nice on the eyes!

      Yes, cats are silly about boxes, and trying to fit themselves into spaces that are one size too small. Tiggy turned in about three circles to squeeze herself into the box. I wish I could do that and still feel comfy enough to fall soundly to sleep!

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  16. Ya like your picture at the top. I always like to focus on the bright side and be grateful for the good things going on in my life. Yes, it is tempting to get stuck on the drama in life, but I usually can avoid it.

    A lighted keyboard, that's great idea! LOL, I need a new keyboard, Simon ripped two of the keys out with his claws and now there's cat hair all over it!

    I'm glad that you have alot of things to be thankful for. I enjoyed reading your ten things of thankful list! Thanks for sharing! : )

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    1. You do seem to have a positive take on life Joseph and I so appreciate that! Avoiding drama is hard, but makes life a lot easier when we do. Everything in our house has a little cat fur incorporated... even my computers and keyboards! LOL at your cat removing the keys! Now that would be a problem! :-) I'm glad you liked my list. You should join us with one of your own some weekend, it's a fun group to be part of!

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  17. Oh, Josie, you always say something I need to hear! Thank you!
    Small children and cats have such an appreciation for boxes! Laundry baskets are also very popular with our kitties, especially when they have clean laundry in them....
    So nice that you got to visit Noa and her parents. She looks like a girl who is full of life.
    And your keyboard is AWWWWESOME. You can type in the dark!

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    1. Thank you Dyanne, it's just whatever happens to be bouncing around in my head each week! :-)

      Oh yes, cats believe that all clean laundry needs to be "re-furred" as a finishing touch! :-)

      Noa is so much fun, and still innocent and sweet, may she always be!

      Yes, I can easily type in the dark now...great for writing spooky stories! ;-)

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