1. This has been a week of life challenges for a couple people that are important in my life. I am thankful that I have learned in sixty years that we do survive what at times feels so overwhelming, and we come through on the other side stronger and ready to take on the next obstacle. We need to remember that we have survived everything life has thrown at us so far and have an inborn ability to overcome.
2. I am thankful that Papa Bear and I had a wonderful long-weekend in Ruidoso for his birthday. It was green and beautiful, and the mountain air smells so fresh! The break from our work routine did us both a lot of good. Being away together is my favorite thing always. I posted the following birthday photo of him on my Facebook page which garnered the most likes of any of my posts ever, much to his pleasure. I tell him that's because I am such a good promoter, letting people know what an awesome guy he is!
3. I am thankful for the new coworker at our office, bringing our team back to three once again. Ideally we need four and have had that at times in the past, but we've also been struggling along with just two of us for awhile now so I am overjoyed that a little of that overwhelming burden has been lifted. She learns quickly and isn't afraid to pitch in and get to work. Hoping she'll decide to stay! She is also an intelligent conversationalist, which I enjoy - I'm not good at trivial chit-chat.
4. At the moment I have four of my five furkids gathered around me within hand's reach. How I love when we share our quiet time together! The fifth one is snoozing happily on the cat tree. If only we could all nap whenever the urge strikes us! I am thankful for each and every one of them and the joy they bring to our house.
5. Someone that matters to me found the strength and courage to break free from an unhappy, opportunistic relationship this week, with much cheering from her friends and supporters on all sides. I know how hard it is to make that move and stand firm with it, so I am extra proud of her for realizing that this isn't what she wants for her life or her future, she deserves so much more!
6. I am thankful for good vision insurance at work and some gift money from my son which enabled me to order a new pair of glasses this morning. Trifocals are so blasted expensive! I really like the new frames I picked out - see below (please ignore unwashed Saturday hair), I was never really happy with the last ones I chose. I've been wearing wire-rims for the past 40 years, so this is quite a change. They are plastic all the way around, the bottom half is just lighter in color, and there are rhinestones on the bows. You know how I love things that sparkle! :-) They will be ready in 7-10 days, can't wait!
7. I am thankful for the beautiful view we have of summer storms. I love their raw power! Living in such a flat, rural area, we can see the storm clouds build up and roll in, watch the downpours and lightning bolts streak across the sky, and feel grateful when they move on without doing any major damage. We have had such an unusual amount of rain this year with more looking likely for today, it's nice to keep that West Texas dust settled.
8. I am thankful and happy when I take a risk with sharing a story on my blog that I'm not certain others will relate to or like, and it garners a positive response. Sometimes I am doubtful about the quality of my efforts, and surprisingly those often seem to be the ones that go over well.
9. I say this every summer, but I am so thankful for air-conditioning in our vehicles, home and office. Days are already hitting the 100 degree mark here and will soon be much hotter, and heat makes me so sick. It is awesome to be able to escape that. I often wonder how it is that it didn't seem to bother us so much when we were growing up and a couple fans were all the A/C that existed. While it wasn't quite this hot in South Dakota, it was certainly humid and sticky at times, and I remember it being hard to get to sleep on warm summer nights. Here it cools down nicely after dark.
10. I am so very thankful for the friends and family in my life that don't judge me or voice their opinions on what I am or am not. It is hard to deal with the criticism of people who don't really understand me, and are basing their opinions on what they think they see on the surface. Although it can be easy to forget, it's best if we keep such opinions to ourselves unless asked, and our judgments to the very minimum. When someone misjudges me, it reminds me of how hurtful that is and that I shouldn't be doing it to others. If you can't say something positive, just keep it to yourself! :-)
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