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Thankful Thoughts - March 15th

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..."   Sometimes I have some things in mind before I begin, sometimes I have collected "thankful bits" throughout the week to share here, and sometimes I just "wing-it", like today! :-)  Here goes...
 
1) I am thankful for the luxury of no alarm-clock on Saturdays, of being able to snuggle back under the covers after Papa Bear leaves for work and sleep a little longer, or catch up on Facebook,  WWF games, and the news on my phone. (I wonder when we will stop calling them that, I rarely make more than two  phone calls a day on my phone, but I use it a hundred times for everything else!)

It is heavenly to just lay there until I feel ready to begin the day.  Of course if I make even the slightest sound, my cats hear me and commence playing outside the bedroom door in attempts to call me out.  This morning it was a small can they had pulled from the trash and were using as a hockey puck on the hallway floor. Maybe there was a message in them using a cat food can? :-)

2) I am thankful that I've come up with a plan for my A-Z posts.  I'm going to do a series of "Six Sentences from My Soapbox"... little life lessons that won't take long to read or write, but will be fun to do.  Now I'm busy collecting alphabetical themes for each day. I won't have the post written ahead of time though, I'm just not that organized, and for me it would kind of take the  fun out of the process.

3) I am thankful for Notes on my phone. Wow, do I use that app! I have saved countless Post-It Notes and trees, and a great deal of frustration over a pitiful memory, by being able to instantly save all those random ideas, shopping lists, and bits of info.  I love that it automatically backs up to the iCloud too, just in case I someday lose my phone, though I haven't managed that trick yet, thankfully!

4) I loved watching and listening to Celtic Woman one night this week on the PBS Fundraiser.  Celtic Woman is an all-female Irish musical ensemble, and they are outstanding!  Papa Bear and I both love Celtic music, and the lively spirit with which they perform is so uplifting!  I was also much impressed by their clothing choices... gorgeous formal gowns that were flattering, attractive, and so very feminine.  How refreshing to see beautiful women, all with curves (not a skeleton in the bunch), dressed like ladies instead of "ladies of the night" as we so often see with performers now.  Sexy doesn't have to mean vulgar, and these ladies pulled that off with style!  If you ever get a chance to see them in concert... go, we surely will!

5) I am thankful for the wonderful cap we found for Papa Bear at the Scottish-Irish Faire last weekend.  The wool is woven and made into caps here in Killarney, Ireland and it suits him so very well, don't you think?  He's already received many compliments on it.  I am loving his beard as it grows longer too! He started growing it out from it's original close-trimmed look at my request for Christmas, and he has come to like it as well.  I think it will be staying! :-)
6) I am thankful for each day God gives us with Sophie.  She has lost so much weight, and I had to make her collar smaller recently. :-(  But she is still  bright-eyed, eats well, gets around well, and interacts well.  We will know when the time comes, but I'm glad it's not quite yet.  She is truly the sweetest little rescue kitty God ever made.  I wish we could clone her.  I am thankful that God chose us to give her a good and much-loved life.

7) I am thankful on behalf of all of us that Spring is almost here!  It has been one of the hardest winters in recent years in many parts of the country and we have had more than our share of cold too. There have been several beautiful days here lately, just right for taking my lunch to the little park a few blocks from where I work, a wonderful mental health break from the stresses of the day!

8) I am thankful for the new metal/glass table I found at Amazon which is 14" wide and 42" long and has a second shelf. It is going against the living room wall to become our "charging station".  Our wireless printer can go on top... along with a box for incoming mail and a kitty basket, since they will surely take it over as soon as it's assembled and in place.  (There is nothing cats love more that something new to sit in or on).  The second shelf will hold a handy little multiple-USB port charger box (also from Amazon), so that we can plug in our laptops, tablets and phones, and keep them charged and ready to go.  Right now we have them on assorted tables and floors and charging cords and power bars everywhere.  This will be much neater, and more convenient, and safer for our electronic toys too!  This is what the table looks like online...
9) I am thankful that that things are rarely as bad as I anticipate they will be.  It's funny how we let worry take up so much of our time and energy when there often little we can do in advance about the things that stress us!  Yesterday was one of my attorney/supervisor's last day, and it has been a hectic week as we prepared for her departure, as much as possible.  That was coupled with computer issues which took us out of action for half of one day and a couple hours the next, but still we got through it, and ended it on a pretty good note.  While I dread the coming weeks with more changes in the works, and surely a hundred phone calls asking why she left (as by law she was required to send out letters to her clients... a few hundred of them), I realize that day by day we will get through them and things will fall into place one way or another. 

10) I am thankful that despite the ups and downs and daily stresses, I can sit here and smile and say "I am blessed, my life is good!" After so many years of living in emotional turmoil, inner peace is a wonderful thing! I don't know what tomorrow will bring, but I know it will somehow be ok.
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20 comments:

  1. It is all good here, isn't it! I am glad I came over and can say hello to a sweet ray of sunshine: you!

    jean xox

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    1. Thank you Jean! I work hard to find the bright spots and blessings in my days, there are always some if one looks hare enough!

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  2. I agree with your assessment of the outfits of many of the performers of today. It's embarrassing! How nice to be able to enjoy both the music and the attire of the Celtic Women!

    Love #9. It's so true; it's easy to worry a lot, only to find that things aren't that bad after all.

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    1. Absolutely Kristi, I am not a prude by any means, but there is a clear line between looking attractive and telling the world that you have no sense of dignity and self-respect. We don't have to let it all hang out to show people we are women! We've taken that to new levels of crudeness in recent years, even with very young girls, and it saddens me to no end, just as it does with the guys walking round with their underwear clad butts hanging out above their jeans. How ridiculous is that... and gross!! It was a treat to see such beautiful dresses on such lovely and talented ladies!

      #9 is me to a t, Kristi... I worry and fret and imagine worst case scenarios, and then when the temporary difficult situation is over I realize that it wasn't nearly as bad as I had imagined it would be, and too much energy was wasted over it. I need to work harder at maintaining my sense of inner peace!!

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  3. You've sparked my memory of many things i can add to my list! Thank you.

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    1. TToT really works that way, doesn't it, Mimi? The more one reads other posts from the week, the more you find yourself nodding your head and saying "me too, me too!" Such a wonderful blessing this group has created! I think it's the most amazing place in the blogsphere!

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  4. #10 is beautiful.

    The table's really nice, too, but in a different way :D So nice when you find something which is just absolutely the right thing.

    I LOVE your idea for A-Z April. And I really want to find a sticky notes app now. That sounds so handy. I'll have to see if they do one for android :D

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    1. It's taken me so many years to reach #10, Lizzi, and I have to say that it's a wonderful place to be... to have a life that you would not exchange with anyone - not because of great wealth or no worries, but because of the awesome people you share it with, including you great folks here!

      I'm certain there are notes apps for Android, and it may even come with one, since the phones so closely mirror each other when it comes to innovation. It is so very handy, and you can send your notes to someone else, save them to your computer, whatever. Just great!

      Have you looked for the Words with Friends app for your Android? I know they have it! :-) To me it's a little less clumsy to play than the Scrabble app, and more chances for big points!

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  5. The A-Z challenge sounds like something I'd like to do someday. Think it would take more work than I can devote to blogging at this point. But, best of luck to you!

    I also enjoy listening to Celtic Woman. They are a close second in preference to Enya!

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    1. This will be the third time I've undertaken the A-Z, Phoebe. I sat it out a year after the first time, finding it a bit exhausting because I tried to do too much and visit others too much. I've learned to write small posts (that visitors appreciate because they can ready thru them quickly), and to visit just a few each day. I've found some great blogs... and some truly wonderful people thru A-Z - Christine is one of them! :-)

      I smiled broadly when I saw you like Enya - she, with the beautiful voice, has been at the top of my favorites list for many years now! Celtic Woman is a close second for me too. :-)

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  6. Love the hat!

    Began cleaning brush again today. One of these days I may get closer to being finished.

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    1. The hat has been great fun for him Gail, lots of compliments and it is so much sharper than his everyday work cap. I told him it is the perfect grandpa look with his white beard, and he beamed. Having it come directly from Ireland, made by Irish hands, makes it even more special!

      I know you will never be "done" with maintaining your beautiful acres there, but it keeps you young and active, and is so very good for the soul. How I envy you those green hills, trees, and BIG rocks!!

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  7. Im sure Sophie realizes how lucky she is to have landed in such a loving home for the rest of her days as well.... I will be here to read your Ato Z during april... I havent decided on a format yet but am toying with a few ideas... I put a new page on my recently moved blog to include some of the flash entries from your six sentence feature... Thanks for the WWF chanllenges You are a worthy opponent... I bow to you! Papa looks great in the cap! It was made for him! your #9 is something I have finally learned after years of living the way I do ... that we are so adaptable the no matter how it works out it will work out because we can adapt to just about anything and in the end it will be doable in some fashion even if it wasnt what we expected it to be... does that make any sense??? oh well...

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    1. We got the shelter to open one evening five years ago just so we could come and adopt Sophie, who I'd seen on their website. The moment I lifted her from the basket in the corner of a cage of several cats, she licked my hand and snuggled in, as if to say, please take me home. She settled in immediately and has always been such a contented, sweet, and mellow kitty. I've never met another quite like her and I will miss her dearly when she leaves us. It was wonderful to see the transformation that took place when she was out of the shelter and safe in a forever home!

      I am eager to see what you do with A-Z, Zoe, it is so cool that we ended up next to each other on the long, long list of participants, there must be a message from the universe in that!

      I am rarely able to beat you at WWF, but I love the challenge in that, you make me work for it, and that's fun! I was delighted with the response to finding some new WWF partners!

      I agree about the cap, it looks like he came walking out of the hills in Ireland! That and his smiling eyes never fail to melt my heart!

      I never cease to be amazed at the resilience of the human spirit, Zoe, both in children and adults. I chuckle about what we plan or expect our lives to be, because they never turn out anything like that, and maybe that's a good thing in the long run! You made perfect sense, we learn over the years that things will work out, after all, we are still here, aren't we?! :-)

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  8. Oh believe me, I know the lazy Saturday feeling too! And that cap makes Papa Bear look grand!

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    1. Saturdays are indeed such a blessing, Michelle. I wish I could say that I don't live for the weekend, but the reality is that I definitely do, because work days are so very tiring. Weekends are all about recharging our batteries and have some fun.

      I am so glad you like Papa Bear's cap, I adore it, it is just right and fits perfectly! He is going to wear it to work tomorrow for St. Patrick's Day! :-)

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  9. Papa Bear looks terrific in that cap - very dapper!
    I have to tell you that I just love that I found your blog - can't remember how. Much of what you say about dealing with stress at work and finding that things aren't as bad as we anticipate they will be is so helpful to me right now. So thanks. :) And our WWF games help with that, too - I often steal a moment at lunch time to take a quick turn if I can. Zoe plays too??? Cool.
    I am intrigued by the A-Z challenge, but I honestly don't think I could commit fully and follow through - such a busy time right now and (I hope) on the verge of the Hub starting a new position so who knows what life is about to bring??? Maybe I need to look into it more.
    Love your list - have a wonderful week ahead. Best to all of you as you enjoy this time with Sophie. The story of how you found her is so sweet.

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    1. Thank you Lisa, I think the cap is perfect too! His Scottish-Irish ancestry shines through!

      I'm so glad that you enjoy reading my rambling thoughts on life as I see it now. I've gone thru quite a transformation in the last ten or so years, and have found a place that feels peaceful and good. Life isn't perfect, no one's is, it is all about challenges and overcoming them, and I can do that! I have a survivor mentality and refuse to be defeated. God always provides a way.

      I think you would love the A-Z Challenge. The trick, especially the first time around, it to go with short, simple posts that you can write easily, so that it doesn't become a chore by the letter F! :-) Any kind of theme or plan or connectivity to the posts makes it simpler too. It is FUN to see the huge volume of response, and to keep up with a handful throughout the month. It's a great way to have some new visitors and make a couple new friends too!

      Sophie is the Kitty Matriarch of our house, and she knows it. When Stormy went to the Rainbow Bridge at 16, she immediately took on the role of having first choice and final say, and she thinks that includes the right to inspect my plate for whatever might be appealing! :-) She is short and very fluffy and always meek and mild... unless you try to cut her nails, then the Taz side comes out and she makes it very clear that she disapproves! We treasure her. <3

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  10. 1. I love those mornings when you don't have to get up and you can stretch your toes and snuggle under the covers for as long as you please. Except I usually have two cats on the bed with me, crowding me.
    2. I have heard so many bloggers talk about the A-Z challenge! Seems like everyone who is participating is already planning their posts - eek!
    3. I use my Notes app every day. Grocery lists. Blog ideas. Christmas lists. Now I don't have to hunt down paper and pencils, and I don't lose my list, as I do so often with the paper ones.
    4. My daughter and I are both big fans of Celtic Women. Love their Christmas special as well.
    5. Very dashing, Papa Bear!
    6. That brought a lump to my throat.
    7. Spring can't get here soon enough!
    8. Very nice! I hope you leave space for the basket of apples....

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  11. I love your new table and you're so right about worry not being productive. So sorry to hear that Sophie's lost more weight but bright eyed and eating is huge. Notes app = tree saver and time saver and memory saver. Love it.

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