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Thankful Thoughts - May 30, 2015

Although I probably should have gone into the office to play catch up, I got enough done yesterday to feel reasonably okay about facing Monday morning, so I decided to stay home and enjoy the blissful quiet of Saturday morning.  A perfect opportunity to reflect on my reasons to be thankful this week...

1) I am thankful that I have been given the ability to wake up each morning ready to have another go at life.  I may grumble about getting out of bed for work, but once my feet hit the floor and I am moving, I am always hopeful that it's going to be a good day.  I generally don't stay upset with people or events, I get over it and move on.  Today is a new day, a new page, new possibilities - always!

2) I am thankful for Saturday mornings!  As I've noted in the past, they are my favorite time of the week, all is quiet, the furkids are gathered around me, a glass of iced tea is at hand,  and I have the time and energy to think clearly enough to write.  In my fantasy life every day would start this way!

3) I am so thankful that it was only a four day work week... it felt like seven!  I was more than ready to call it done yesterday at 5 PM.  We have a new coworker and she was training with me all of Thursday and on Friday morning.  I like her and I think she'll do a good job, but it is difficult for me to work side-by-side with someone non-stop for hours.  Too much light conversation required, I find it exhausting.  I realize how much I like the quiet of working in my own spot at my own pace, with only the phones to annoy me. :-)

4) I am delighted with how well Mojo is settling in to our family.  He and Toby chase each other up and down the halls and around the rooms, wrestling and playing until they are exhausted.  It's so good for both of them, and gives the older girls a nice break.  Mojo did get put in time-out for ten minutes one night though by Papa Bear, for pouncing on Sophie, which didn't please her very much!  He was a very contrite boy once he discovered that he couldn't chew his way out of the kennel jail. :-)

5) I am thankful for the awesome turn out for the re-start of Six Sentence Stories, now at Ivy Walker's blog.  There was all kinds of great writing being share there, and I look forward to it growing bigger in the weeks ahead.  If you've never tried to write a six sentence story, do it, and share it next week, it's easy and it's fun!  It can be fiction or non-fiction, but I've discovered that making up a mini-story is not all that hard!

6) I am thankful for a husband that loves me so much that he will come to pick me up after work just so I won't have to walk across our large parking lot in the pouring rain and get soaked, or drive through deep-water intersections.  As usual, I brilliantly left my umbrella in my Escape, which didn't do me much good when the rains came... yet again.  How blessed I am to have my Papa Bear!

7) I am thankful that our new coworker is only about ten years younger than me.  Now we have me at 61, her about to turn 50, our case manager in her early 40's, and our attorney who just turned 31 (younger than both of my children).  It can sometimes be lonely having such an age spread between myself and the others,  I come from a different generation, a different time, and a different way of thinking about so many things in life.  Keeping my fingers crossed that she stays longer than her predecessors, and that we can continue to work together well.

8) I am thankful that, to date, despite many rainstorms and more to come this Spring, we have not sustained any hail damage thus far.  Friends in towns not far from us haven't been that lucky, and the other half of the state was hit with horrendous flooding resulting in loss of lives. Praying for them.

9) Just as I reached this point in writing my post my phone rang, and I was so very blessed to have a thirty minute conversation with my son.  How I love that "kid" (now 35), he never fails to make me smile!  He just closed on selling his house in Clarksville yesterday, and is moving into an 11th floor apartment in a very nice place in downtown Nashville where there is far more for a single guy to do.  I am happy for him!

10) I am excited beyond words that the next week will also be four-day work weeks for me.  We are leaving next Thursday after work to head to the mini-mountains of Ruidoso, New Mexico to spend a long weekend celebrating Papa Bear's 62nd birthday!  Since we aren't returning home until Monday, that will make the next week, a short one too.  I love short work weeks, and I love the beauty and cooler temperatures of the mountains even more!  There's a casino there too, so we will most likely come home with lighter pockets, but there's always that tiny chance... :-).  Life is better when we have things to look forward to!
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22 comments:

  1. Woo hoo - Josie's at the TToT!!! I'm so excited and I love your post. Papa Bear is just the best. Glad new kitty is settling in well. Adding a kitty to the mix can be a challenge. Not fun.
    Short weeks do feel so long, don't they???
    Did I not know you before when you did six sentence stories? I feel like I don't remember it like others seem to. I actually jumped in and didn't hate what I wrote, so yay. I'll look at it again for this week. Maybe I need to look into the various hops that are flying around as not so "off limits" to me. I don't fancy myself a fiction writer and it seems like the fiction flies in those. But maybe the prompts can go other ways and will help get me putting more on my blog.
    Anyway.
    So glad you linked up!!!

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    1. Hi Lisa! My goal is to get back to participating in TToT regularly. I need that attitude adjustment at the end of each week! :-) I did the last of 29 weeks of 6SS in March of 2014, didn't have the time or participation level to continue it, so I am ever so excited that Ivy has it back up and running with a great turn out!! I have learned too that you can find a way to do the hops in a way that works for you, and I never read what anyone else writes before I do my own, that way I don't feel pressured to measure up. I write for the fun of it, anyway! :-)

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  2. It sounds like your new co-worker is the perfect age to straddle the gap there. I do hope you continue to enjoy her, but I hear you on the exhaustion that goes with training someone. It's so hard to back off and let them do things, or sometime even to remember all the steps you do without even thinking about them anymore!

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    1. Yes, she and I do share a common understanding of life as it was "back then" and much of how we approach it now, so it may work out ok. Training is hard because it slows you down when the paper pile is already backed up, but in the long run it will benefit us all once she catches on and gets up to speed. Social Security Disability is a complicated process and it takes a good while to learn all the steps and details!

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  3. I love the opening quote, I'm going to think of that each morning now, thank you! Your husband sounds like mine, I love good men.
    I see you are a cat lover, I am too. I wonder though, how do you put a cat in a time out??

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    1. I liked that quote too, I'm a fan of inspirational/motivational quotes, and morning is my favorite time of day! I agree with you about good men. There was a time in life when I doubted such a thing existed, but I've learned they are out there, it's all about where and how you look for them! :-). We actually met on the Internet, but we believe God had a hand in that! :-). Yes, I love cats dearly, as does Papa Bear. We have a kitty carrier in our living room, with the door always open. Sometimes one of them will choose to nap inside and it makes them less apprehensive when they need to make a trip to the vet. Time out is only when Mojo is overly-excited and getting carried away with the chase/pounce game, it gives him time to settle down a bit. He's beginning to make the connection and is quick to redirect when he hears "stop"!!

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  4. yeah! Im so glad you are here! Papa is gonna be 62! woohoo! THat deserves a big win! I do so hope your new coworker stays and works out better than you could have even hoped! MOJO! Do you think he learned not to pounce on his elders after the timeout?

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    1. Once I get started working on my TToT it's an easy thing to do, that's true of most things in life, isn't it? Motivation is my biggest issue. ;-). Papa Bear is exactly eight months older than me, makes it easy to remember his birthday, and I can always call him the old guy, since I am younger. :-). I so hope our new coworker proves to be a winner too, so far so good, fingers crossed! Your Mojo comment made us laugh "not to pounce on his elders"! He is still just a kitten and has much to learn about rank and manners, Sophie will usually give him a swat and a snarl if he pushes things too far, but she was sound asleep that time, so it wasn't very nice, he just got caught up in the game of chase with Toby and lost track of the rules. ;-)

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  5. Your getaway sounds wonderful. I hope Papa Bear has an excellent birthday ... and that your trip to the casino, win or lose, is fun. Short work weeks - I think every work week should be no longer than 4. That's more than enough to suit me. :) I love all your thankfuls - especially number 1 and that quote. That's a great thought to start the day with. Thank you! :)

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    1. Thank you Marcia! We always have a great time when we go away, it's all about the being together. We expect to "feed the casino" so just enjoy spending a little time there and savoring any temporary winnings. I so agree about four day work weeks. I would love that! I'm not sure I could work a 10 hr day anymore, but I could sure live with 32 hours! :-). I'm glad you like that quote up there, I think it's an important reminder that there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for, even if on some days we have to dig a little deeper to find it!

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  6. That Papa Bear is just so sweet and thoughtful. Glad you two are going to get to take a long weekend trip, to the mountains no less. Have a marvelous time.

    I'm with you on the exhaustion of working with people who are of a different age. Having kids in high school and 1st grade at the same time really highlights the difference in people my age who have high school kids and the young parents who have 1st graders. BIG difference! I'm just glad I don't have to work with them daily. I hope your new trainee works out well so you have someone more your age in the office.

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    1. Yes he is, Christine, one of God's finest! Four work days and counting down, need to get some laundry done before then, yikes! There really is a big difference between being 30 or 40 and 60, Christine! I get alone well with everyone there, it's just a different level of understanding, and often I do feel like the mom! :-)

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  7. Shorter work weeks, after all you have been through at work, sound delightful, and i hope the co-worker makes it so that no one needs to put in overtime just to keep up any more.

    Enjoy that time away!

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    1. It's funny how much having that one extra day off can lift my spirits, Mimi! And yes, I would be eternally grateful for enough help that we aren't always feeling so pressured and far behind. It should be and has been at times a 4-person off, not including the attorney. But right now there isn't the funding for that. Even three will surely be an improvement. I want my Saturdays back!

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  8. I just checked your sidebar for a picture of Mojo and wasn't disappointed! How. Cute! Glad everyone is adjusting. Nothing like a kitten to liven things up with older cats!
    Can't blame your son for wanting to move from Clarksville to Nashville! I hope he likes downtown living. There are so many awesome new places to live around there now.

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    1. Mojo is truly just the cutest, most loveable little guy, scared of nothing and so affectionate! The older cats truly do enjoy watching his antics, it's been good for all of them, and especially for Toby who really needed an active playmate. My son has rented a small apartment in a super-nice high rise, with a swimming pool on top! He is wise in that he wants to try it for a year before he considers buying a condo in the area or decides that he wants to move further out again. I know he is going to enjoy easy access to all the sports events, a beer with his friends, great places to eat, etc. I really liked downtown Nashville when we've visited. My daughter works at Vanderbilt University Hospital there, so they can meet up more easily now too!

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  9. Sometimes those short weeks do seem longer than the usual five day work week. Enjoy your long weekend, and happy birthday to Papa Bear. He is a gem of a guy. And Josie, being 60 is just like being 35 in your mind. No worries, but I'm glad you get along with your suitable trainee. See you during the week on WWF and the link-ups, my dear bloggie friend.

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    1. hat's true Val, especially after a holiday, we usually pay for it by the next day being crazy busy with calls and walk-ins, but three day weekends are still wonderful when they happen. How fun to have two more short weeks to look forward to! Papa Bear is the best! I feel about 40 in my mind, just wish my body would feel that way too! :-). I love all the paths we cross, and the games we play each week, it's nice to have that regular check-in!

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  10. Ahhhh sounds like Mojo's really learning to settle in well. I'm glad.

    Hope things go well with your trainee, and that she stays. It's frustrating to train someone only for them to leave, and put you back in square one as regards the personnel requirements.

    HOORAY for you taking time to go away with Papa Bear. I hope he has a beautiful birthday, and that you both have a marvellous time.

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    1. We are enjoying Mojo so much, Lizzy... another clown for our furry circus here! ;-). I also hope that this new hire is the charm, we have gone thru several in that position in the past two years, and it begins to feel very defeating. I am believing that just maybe with this one there is hope!

      We are counting down, 94 hours from now we will be on the road and headed West! We love road trips together, and the anticipation will make the next four days pass quickly. It is far more fun to mark special events by making memories than by buying expensive gifts!

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  11. How nice to see you back! Your Papa Bear is a real keeper. He is wonderful and I am dead sure that it is because you are wonderful, too. Your cats are beautiful! I too love a short work week, if they came around a bit more often it would be stellar. I hope that you have another week filled with thankfuls.

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    1. Thank you Pattie! Papa Bear truly is that knight in shining armor of fairytale fame! My cats are wonderful... and my house is very furry! LOL :-). I think we should have four day work weeks all the time, it would definitely improve morale, I'm enjoying these three weeks for sure! I truly have thankful everyday, always, sometimes I just forget to focus on them instead of frustrations. I'm getting better at it though!

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