1) High on the list of things I'm thankful for this week is Toby, the tiny new furkid in our family that we adopted last week. He has been the source of ongoing entertainment and laughter all week long, and will continue to be as he grows through his kitten stage into the handsome boy he is sure to become. His three big sisters have gotten past the hissing and glaring stage, and now patiently endure his lack of proper kitty manners and endless games of chase and pounce. He is fearless and affectionate and gives me another reason to look forward to coming home at the end of each day. Look at the size of those paws... going to be a big guy I think! :-)
3) I was reminded this week of how thankful I am for situations and people who are no longer in my life, that weren't a healthy influence. I learned from them what not to do and what not to be!
5) I am thankful for my husband's calm, rational manner when it comes to dealing with challenges, like an electric bill that is three times higher than normal! It is so nice to now be married to someone who does not become emotionally unglued or leave it to me to resolve things on my own. Our ability to talk about everything in our lives and work through the challenges life presents us together is what keeps our relationship and love strong. I respect men who handle their role as head of the household with dignity and honor.
6) I am thankful for friends who help me to see my own foibles and laugh at myself! One posted the following quote to Facebook and I just had to share it on my page. Anyone who knows me well, knows that it is so clearly me. :-) I am thankful for those who love me in spite of myself.
I am still working on my relationship with my younger sister. I called her on her last birthday, but she told me she was busy and would call me back to visit the next time her husband went golfing. That was in July and she still hasn't called... I suspect that perhaps he is not a golfer. ;-) In fairness to both sisters, it is I who put some distance between us for the sake of sanity and self-preservation, but we are all getting older and I realize that I want us to have better relationships. I'm praying on it.
Mountain Man vendor who comes around to our offices twice a month with his pushcart packed with bags of snacks, nuts, and candies, and allows us to sort through his cart to find what is most appealing that day... like wonderful chocolates! He is a retired banker and great conversationalist, and his visits always make us smile... as do the free samples he shares. :-)
9) I am thankful for cellphone cameras and the magic of instant picture sharing. I think often of how much my mother would have loved it! My daughter often sends me photos of beautiful Nashville scenery, the antics of her cats, some shopping bargain she's discovered, or her latest cooking or house decorating endeavor. Papa Bear and I fire photos back and forth every day while we are apart. It's fun, it generates smiles, it keeps us connected! These are two of my daughter's cats watching a squirrel at the feeder outside her window.
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