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Thankful Thoughts - July 12th

This Saturday finds me feeling a little blah, a little blue.  I know if I get busy working on my list of thankful thoughts for the week I'll feel better in no time, that's the way gratitude works... a tiny spark will ignite a bonfire of warm feelings about life!  So let's get going...

1)  That handsome guy up there is my number one reason for being thankful this week - he's my son, Ian, and he's celebrating his 35th Birthday today!  The years have flown by so fast!  I was twenty-five years old when he was born in Augsburg, Germany.  We used to push his baby stroller on the bank of the Danube River near the town where we lived.  He has always been a child of sweet, loving ways, and that hasn't changed as he has grown up.  He's also intelligent, responsible, successful, and funny!  I can't begin to count the times he's made me laugh! He lives in Clarksville, Tennessee now, owns a beautiful home there.  He's an air-traffic controller for the Dept. of Defense at Ft. Campbell, KY.  When we visited this morning he told me that he had the best seat ever for the 4th of July fireworks show there... he was working up in the tower that night!  He was so pleased with the presents we sent, he is always, always grateful.  And I am a little blue... I wish that he and my daughter lived much closer... or we lived closer to them.  It is hard to have so little time to spend together as the years pass. I know my mother felt the same way when I moved 1000 miles away from home.  Thank God for unlimited texting and phone calls... my mother would have loved that!

2)  I am thankful for a husband that listens when I talk, and cares about my feelings.  We had a good conversation last night about watching movies that are somber and depressing, likewise movies that are filled with violence and negativity.  I think we've become so hardened to such things that we think nothing of viewing it endlessly as "entertainment".  Well, to me it isn't...entertaining.  It is harmful, and weighs heavily on my heart.  I want to watch things that uplift and inspire me, or things that make me laugh.  I want to end a movie feeling good about life.  I am already far too much aware of how much darkness there is.  I won't be forgetting, and I don't need reminders.  Papa Bear has agreed that we will focus on choosing lighter things to watch.

3)  I am thankful for good results on the echocardiogram I had done yesterday as a repeat to one done a few years back to make sure there were no concerning changes, and there weren't.  I absolutely love doing these, because it is amazing to watch your own heart in action, from the inside on the monitor screen!  I was blessed with a wonderful technician that had extra time and took note of my fascination.  She took me "on a tour" of my heart, explaining everything in detail. What fun!  To me, the heart is the most amazing creation of all, since it starts beating so very early after conception, and then, God willing, doesn't stop even for one moment until the end of our lives.  Science has yet to create anything nearly that enduring!

4)  I am thankful for the kitty play dome I purchased, that allows us to sit out on the deck in the evenings with our furkids safely enclosed, but able to enjoy the cooler evening weather, sights, and smells that they so love.  It's about 4 ft x 6 ft, and I've just ordered a 5 ft. tunnel run that attaches to it, for more room to run.  We live in the land of coyotes, foxes and such.  So it isn't safe to let them run freely outside at night. 

5) I am thankful that I am making good progress on my goal to release my expectations of some of the people and relationships in my life.  Expectations tend to be one-sided and often lead to disappointment.  Things work much better if just let life play out as intended and enjoy the good moments that come our way.  Stressing over what wasn't happening was wasting too much of my time and energy that could well be better spent on people who are reaching out to me!

6)  I am thankful for discovering Bloglovin' this week.  It's a blog reader app that does a wonderful job of keeping track of the blogs you want to follow and updating immediately with new posts in user-friendly format.  I had grown so frustrated with the reading list on my Blogger dashboard which often fails to show me new posts, or won't even bring up a reading list at all.  Bloglovin' has a phone app too, and I'm loving the convenience of being able to do a quick check for new good things to read!

7)  I am thankful for the wonderful new memoryfoam chair cushion I bought on Amazon for my office chair at work.  Our chairs there are inexpensive and sitting in the same spot for eight hours a day puts a lot of  pressure and pain on my old achy body.  This nice soft, supportive cushion is such a blessing, and gives me a little more room to stretch my legs down properly and sit up straighter too, instead of slumped into the saggy seat of my chair.  Little things can make such a big difference!

8)  I am thankful that folks have been kind enough not to offer negative comments about me growing my bangs out.  I have a high forehead, so it's probably not the best style for me, but I've grown weary of bangs that are always messy or droopy or needing a trim.  I had it all grown out about ten years ago, and I shall do that again. For now, it's pin the bangs back 'til they grow, and ok - it's not stunning, but I like it, so good  for me!  Papa Bear likes it too, and that's all that matters!  My hair is down to my waist now, the longest it's ever been.  Six years ago it was only shoulder length.  It will never be cut again, except to trim off a few inches now and then to remove dry ends.  It can be a pain to deal with in windy weather, etc., but the reality is that I am meant to be a girl with long, wild hair - it just feels right!

9)  I am thankful for simple summer suppers.  No one feels like cooking after a long day of work, when it's still 95 degrees out and the house is hot enough without warming up the oven.  Papa Bear makes the world's best omelets, or we have tuna sandwiches, or some such simple fare.  Thank God he doesn't require or desire big heavy meals at night, which neither of us needs anyway!

10)  I am thankful for the beautiful canopy of stars and clouds overhead at night when we sit out on the deck or soak in our hot tub.  It is incredibly magical and  peaceful to watch.  I wish we had a "moon roof" in our bedroom that we could open up sleep underneath!  Papa Bear has fond memories of sleeping on bed in a screened in porch with his Grandfather on the farm in Missouri when he was a young boy. I think I would be afraid of creepy crawlies and slithery things coming to visit! :-)

And on that note, I'm off to get showered and dressed and ready for my Saturday date with Papa Bear, who will soon be off work.  I hope you're all having a good weekend, and that you will continue to count your blessings every day for the rest of your life!
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30 comments:

  1. Your son looks a lot like my brother-in-law - how bizarre! Guess it's true that everyone has a lookalike somewhere!
    I'm so glad you found Bloglovin - it's so convenient and I absolutely love the app.
    Isn't growing out bangs the worst? I was convinced for most of my life that I wasn't attractive enough to go bangless, but I realized that I hate having to deal with them and so I ditched them somewhere between our wedding and Kidzilla being born and I've never gone back - so much easier to put hair up or whatever without them. And I've decided in my middle-age that I don't really care who thinks they look good or don't on me. I'm happy. That's enough. :D

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    1. That's pretty cool, Lisa! I've seen lookalikes for friends and family members too, it's fun! Bloglovin' is great, not sure how I totally missed it when Google Reader shut down.

      I totally agree with you about bangs, or anything to do with appearance.. what matters is what WE like best and what we feel most comfortable with. Anyone worth having in your life loves you from the inside out. I liked it grown out before and I'm sure I will again, and no more west Texas windstorms blowing my bangs askew! :-)

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  2. I have always been completely fascinated and in awe of a beating heart. I think about it all the time. Every other muscle in our body needs rest, yet our hearts just keep on ticking. The only good thing about our daughter's heart scare last year was the chance to see her heart up on a screen, beating away. I was riveted. How lucky you were to have a tech who encouraged people's curiosity!

    Happy birthday to your son. I know it is difficult for you to be so far from your children. Modern technology is wonderful for such situations.

    I'm with you on movie and even tv choices. I don't want to watch anything dark or sad. There is more than enough sad things I see in real life. I want a movie or show to take me away from it for a while and help me laugh.

    I hope the task of creating your list helped you get out of the funk you were in. So many blessings you have in your life!

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    1. Ahhh, another heart watcher! It is truly the most amazing thing to see, and in color now, in years past the screen was just black and white.

      I am so very thankful for the ability to be instant communication with my kids at any time, it not only provides great peace of mind, but it means we can share pictures and the day to day events of our lives.

      I agree, I want to watch things that provide a bit of distraction and entertainment, there is already too much sadness in the world. Making my Saturday gratitude list always perks me up, impossible to stay sad when I have so many good things happening in my life! :-)

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    2. I was reading through comments and the heart thing stopped me - it is fascinating, isn't it? The heart? I remember the day we saw and heard Kidzilla's heartbeat for the first time - one of the very few times I've seen my Hub cry. I think she had him from that moment on...

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    3. Oh Lisa, how well I remember listening to those little heartbeats for the very first time... the most incredible experience ever... right along with feeling those little hands and feet kicking away inside. I remember missing that once they were born!

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  3. Happy birthday to your son, and congrats on the good results of your echocardiogram.

    My husband and I enjoy watching well-made movies, but find no joy in watching depressing ones. Years and years ago, we watched "The Field" and decided then that we didn't care how well it was acted/produced. If it made us feel gloomy, we didn't want to watch it.

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    1. Thank you Kristi! You understand my point about the movies exactly, we've seen some truly excellent ones lately, and last night's was too, but it was dark, heavy, and depressing. It tears me apart to watch man's inhumanity to man. I don't get it and I never will! We need to know history, it's important, but we don't need to fill our hearts and minds with it to the point that we began to despair for the world.

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  4. Happy BIrthday to both of you! ( YOU pushed him out so you get a happy day too!) A kitty play dome!!!! Do they have a poodle play parlor??? skip was just asking... hey fyi my phone pooped out and wont be up till tuesday... maybe mon if Im lucky.... Im going into wwf withdrawal! Hoping youre feeling less blue by now my friend!

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    1. Indeed Zoe, birthdays are special for moms too! Ian was born C-Section so he actually had an appointment to greet the world... how cool is that?!

      Tell Skip they do indeed make portable play yards for pups too, this one folds up to the size of a fat umbrella, and my kids are loving it.

      I can imagine that you are going thru WWF withdrawals, I hope you aren't recharging your brain power while you wait, you are a tough opponent as it is! Will look forward to your return!

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  5. I keep meaning to ask... WHat breed of kitty is Toby? so beautiful!

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    1. Toby is a Maine Coon kitty... a rescue kitty from our local animal society. We were meant to have him, he was waiting for me when we came to their show day at Petsmart. I love Maine Coons for their beautiful markings, big size, and teddy bear personalities. Sophie is at least part Maine Coon, and I had another before. They are called "gentle giants", and make wonderful pets!

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  6. Many happy returns of the day to your wonderful son!

    You are right about the negative stuff we see and hear as "entertainment" not being good for us. Much better to make sure we are putting good, positive messages in as much as we can.

    My hair hasn't been actually cut since 1994! So i understand why you want it long and lovely.

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    1. Thank you Mimi, I can remember when I was 35, gosh this makes me feel OLD!!

      I agree with you totally that we need to feed our souls with positive, uplifting messages of love and hope, enough of this cloud of evil. I think we tend to celebrate the gore all too much, nothing shocks us anymore... and it should!!

      I am not at all surprised to learn that you also let your hair grow, you strike me as very real and down to earth... and who has time for fancy hair with a house full of rescue kitties to are for! :-)

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  7. I just love this list...SO much I can relate to!!! (*Sorry you're blue!) So I am going to go through and comment on each one -
    1) ADORE that picture!!! Your son has your compassionate eyes!!!! I have one really good picture with my son and myself, and I just treasure it.
    2) Again, agree 110% - For a LONG time, I have been one to really monitor the kinds of movies/shows I watch. (My kiddos too.) Hubs and I agreed a while back our limit would be PG 13 and even then, we would be really selective about those. I rarely go to movies as a result. I believe, wholeheartedly, that what we let in impacts our very spirits and I just can't 'do' all that negativity and certainly not the violence either. Eh eh.
    3) Glad you had a good result from your echo!!! When I was having the heart issues, I also found it completely awe-inspiring to have the ability to see our own hearts beating!! Amazing! What a Creator to make such a thing that keeps us alive!
    4) Okay, maybe not so relatable here - I don't have kitties, but yay, that they get to join you outside! :)
    5) Whew - expectations. I know what you mean. For years for me, it wasn't so much about people (although I think I did project some of these early on in our marriage) so much as it was situations/circumstances. I would build up events or situations in my head to such a grand degree that anything less left me so disappointed. I've worked past it and it is so much better.
    6) Bloglovin - I need to try that!
    7) Memoryfoam!!! Love that! We have a memoryfoam mattress now and it has spoiled us. I no longer wake up with back aches! Great idea to put that in seat cushions!
    8) I haven't seen your hair growing out but good for you to do what YOU like! Don't worry about what anyone else thinks! And WOWZA! Down past your waist??? That is long! :)
    9) I just don't love to cook in the summer - who does? Simple foods in the summer are one of the many reasons I love the season so much. I stack of sliced tomatoes with a little cold pasta and a scoop of chicken salad is fine with me, and fortunately Hubs likes it too. He also loves to grill, so he does a lot of that for us in the summer.
    10) Yes, yes-stars!!!! I still want to get out there in that area one day to see them so full and present the way they are there in the west. I know it has to be breathtaking.

    Know that you are loved! :)

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    1. Wow, Carrie! I so appreciate you taking the time to comment right down the list of my blessings today! I am delighted that you can relate, I suspect that when we finally have the opportunity some day, we will be able to talk non-stop for hours about shared understandings.

      Although I often grumble about the dryness here, the heat, and the prevailing shades of dusty brown, I have to say that the sky here is amazing! The ground is so flat that we have a HUGE horizon that appears like a giant sky dome overhead, the sunrises, sunsets, and night skies are just breathtaking! Tonight we have the Super Moon to see, and it is BEAUTIFUL!

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  8. A canopy of stars in the hot tub sounds AMAZING, and I'm so happy you have those things in your life - safe cats, release from expectations, tuna sandwiches, a suitable place to sit comfortably at work - that just make it a tiny bit easier and happier to manage.

    That's a very mindful way to approach movies. And quite a thinker!

    Happy birthday to your son. He sounds like a fantastic guy, and what a treat to have had a ringside seat for the 4th July fireworks :)

    I hope you had a lovely, lovely date with Papa Bear, you wild-haired, wonderful lady :)

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    1. Thanks, Lizzi! Every Saturday is "date night" for us, it's important to do something together, even if it means snuggling up to watch a movie at home. I do have so many wonderful things in my life, things I never thought remotely possible, the greatest of which are peace and love. I am very, very blessed.

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  9. Happy happy birthday to your handsome sweet son. I'm sure it's so hard to be away from him... I am too far away from all of my family and I miss them all the time. Stars above and memory foam chairs sound delightful, as does your date time with Papa Bear! I hope the rest of the weekend has lifted your funk and that you're enjoying yourself!

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    1. It has turned out to be a good weekend, relaxing and recharging for the coming week. We stayed up late last night and caught a wonderful Celtic Music concert on PBS... loved it!

      It is hard to be so far away from my children, I would love to be able to spend more time with them, and they feel the same, but I applaud them for choosing places to live that will make them happy and suit their careers, if we had a choice we'd be living in greener places too! :-)

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  10. It's been ages since I've been here, but I'm glad I am because it reminds me I want to subscribe (via bloglovin, which I also love). I'm in TX with you this week (but we're probably not even close) and truly enjoying some down time. I so miss not living close to my parents, and I know they feel the same. It's such a luxury to be able to visit for an extended time. And I am always blue when I go.

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    1. Hi Sarah! Bloglovin is wonderful, and so easy to use. It's nice to know that I won't be missing posts anymore... now just to find enough time to read them all! :-) I'm delighted that you are visiting in Texas this week! It is a huge state, and we are in the west, not that far from New Mexico. There are many pretty places in the state, we hope to do one more vacation later this fall, God willing!

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  11. I actually watched a video of a heart surgery the other day! It was so utterly fascinating. I was eating a sandwhich too at the time and my hubby was like "really? you're eating while watching THAT?!" But it wasn't gross: it was completely miraculous!
    And looking at a canopy of stars while you fall asleep is the best thing ever. That's why I call camping the "starlight hotel" --- it really does have the best view. :)

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    1. I totally agree with you about hearts being miraculous! I love to listen to my husband's heart beating at night, it is very reassuring!

      I've never slept out under the stars all night, but we just may need to do that one night soon.

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    1. Thanks, Abelle, I think so too, but I am his Mom so of course I'm a little prejudiced! :-)

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  13. Josie I feel your warmth, love and gratitude through the page. So happy for you and the love in your life and letting go of expections of certain relationships.

    Val

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    1. Thank you, Val! That's what I was feeling as I wrote it. Nothing warms up the soul better than counting blessings! It is funny how we can let things that are supposed to enhance our lives become just one more thing that stresses us out. I feel much better by releasing that frustration.

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  14. Reading your list made me think "Your life is perfect!". Or as close to perfect as a life can be. My husband & I are getting to a point in our lives where we are more concerned with slowing things down a bit and enjoying all the blessing that we have. The young working hard years are behind us so I am feeling a lot of your thoughts this week. Slow down, look around, and watch a good movie with the one you love. Heaven right here, people. Best wishes for another week of good stuff.

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    1. You know Pattie, in many ways it really is! We aren't wealthy in monetary terms, and we wish we had more free time and less work time, but the bottom line is that our life together is really blessed, we have great kids, good jobs, a cozy little house to live in that is paid for, and four furkids that entertain and love us. I realize how many people long for this kind of life, I didn't even ever dream it was possible... until God led me to Papa Bear! :-)

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