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Thankful Thoughts - 11/29/15


1)  Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, and I find it sadly ironic that so many people have turned their focus to how early the stores will open for "Black Friday" shopping.  Black indeed... very dark, bringing out the worst in the never-ending quest to acquire more stuff.  Let met just use that as the preface to say that I am very, very thankful that there is nothing I wanted or needed that badly, and was quite happy to stay home and enjoy Thanksgiving Day and evening with Papa Bear.

2)  Although I haven't participated in Ten Things of Thankful often lately, that doesn't mean that I'm not ever-mindful of my many blessings, and I'm thankful that I've learned to began and end each day with those thoughts in mind, just as it says in the illustration above.  My "thank yous" are so big that it makes my reasons to grumble seem pretty small.

3)  Always, always at the top of my gratitude list, wether spoken or unspoken, is my beloved Papa Bear.  I really can't imagine my life without him now.  We were blessed this week to have Thursday, Saturday and Sunday off to share together.  It's  been low-key, relaxing, and very nice, despite the gloomy gray weather outside.

4)  Speaking of the weather, I am so very grateful that we have not had any winter weather yet in the frozen sense of the word.  It has dipped into the low thirties a few times, but not enough to leave us with frozen roads to drive on, or frozen walkways to slip n' slide on, my two biggest fears.  Spring comes early here, so it will be a shorter winter than usual, and I am grateful.  I will be so very relieved if it turns out to be nothing like the ice storms we experienced last year. 

5)  I am thankful for the soft warm flannel sheets that I put on our bed yesterday for the first time this season.  Winter and flannel sheets go together, and bring back good childhood memories too.

6)  I am thankful for the decision my son made this year to sell his house in Clarksville, Tennessee and move to downtown Nashville, despite the longer commute to work.  He is so much happier now, as there is always something to do in Nashville and more friends to hang out with. He now lives less than thirty minutes from his sister too, so they can get together more often.

7)  I am both thankful and relieved that my daughter finally found the courage to end the five year relationship she's been in which was proving to be unhealthy and unhappy for both of them.  It is true that a mother is never happier than her saddest child.

8)  I am grateful beyond measure for the three new coworkers I've acquired in the past six months.  We all get along so well and make an awesome team.  This came as such a blessing after many weeks of struggling with just one coworker in a nearly futile attempt to try to cover all bases.

9)  I am thankful everyday for the four furry felines who are an endless source of laughter, entertainment, affection, and floating cat hair in the air and on every surface.  They are worth it, they are family!

10) Last but never least, I am forever grateful for online friends who have become like family.  My days would be so much less without you, I am truly blessed with the wonderful people I've come to know here!  My plan is to make a concerted effort to post more frequently in the coming months and to get around to comment more too, God willing.

Have an awesome week ahead, and please remember to make this December the season of love above all else!
 
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18 comments:

  1. Most excellent list! I think ive heard you grateful for all these things at some time.... Reinforces the idea that gratitude is an every day thing... Always grateful for you!!!

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    1. That's true, Ivy, none of these are new thankful, they are things that come to mind again often, and I smile in the acknowledgment of how very blessed I am! Thanks! :-)

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  2. Sounds like a lot going on in the lives of your kids and your work.
    It can be the hardest thing to get out of an unhealthy relationship, but sometimes some things must be done.
    I only have one cat and I hear the hair he produces is too much. Can't imagine having more, but they are so sweet.
    Have a lovely week.

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    1. It has been a very busy/stressful year for me and my family, but it all seems to be working out as the year winds down, and I am so very grateful for that! At times the kitty fur in the house is a little much, but it's the price we willingly pay for their love and companionship. :-)

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  3. You do have much to be thankful for, there is much love in you and around you. This time of year it is easy to let ourselves get so busy that we miss the heart of the season. Thank you for the reminder to be ever thankful.

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    1. Thank you Patricia. There is not a day that I don't realize how small my problems are compared to the blessings I've been given. This season tends to bring out both the best and the worst in folks, and I find myself continually trying to remember to slow down, and keep it about what's important, which has nothing to do. With the long list of things to be done!

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  4. Beautiful list! Congratulations to your children for stepping out in positive directions in their lives.

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    1. Thanks, Mimi! I couldn't be prouder of my kids for making tough decisions and taking brave steps forward in their lives. Their planning and courage is paying off, and I am one very grateful Mom.

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  5. It's so good to hear that you finally have enough staff where you work. To have it be co-workers that work well together is a huge boon and well worth a thankful in anyone's day.

    We've had a mild day here today and made the best of it - finally getting the leaves mulched up with the mower. And as to the flannel sheets - I leave mine on the bed year round. Even in the summer, I must have a blanket of some sort and the flannel sheets fill the need better than others.

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    1. In my many years of working, it has been extremely rare to have an environment where there isn't at least one person continually stirring up trouble. It is so awesome to have the group I now do, and they feel the same way. It makes coming to work each day so much nicer, and we're far more productive too, since energy isn't wasted on personal drama.

      I have also been known to leave my flannel sheets, or at least the top one, on as a light blanket in warmer months... just perfect... and so soft and snuggly!

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  6. So happy that your work environment is better, as I know that was a bit stressful. Your list of thankfuls is lovely and a reminder of my own. I did go out on Black Friday with my daughter, but not to get things for myself, but for others on my list. As for your children...always good that they are taking positive steps.

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    1. It was pretty rough there at work for awhile Linda Kay, I'm glad I made the choice to hang in there, because it has worked out well. Things are running more smoothly there now than they have in the past nearly four years! I know there are many good sales to be found on Black Friday, if only we could keep it on Friday and not steal of chunk of Thanksgiving night.

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  7. You always have the nicest lists, Josie! I am not a fan of Black Friday. I think it's stupid and don't have anything to do with it. I wouldn't go near a store that day unless it was an utter emergency!
    Also love "a mother is never happier than her saddest child." True, true, true!

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    1. Thank you, Dianne! We are totally on the same page when it comes to Black Friday, what a horrible idea that has become a horrible tradition! I can almost hear the crowds chanting "buy, buy, buy!"

      I read that quote about mothers long ago, and I think of my own mother and now my experiences as a mother of two grown children. Being a mom is never easy, but so worth it!

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  8. I admit to being jealous of your un-freezing weather. Here on the prairie, we have already had ice and snow storms. And that's me...stamping my foot with my fist in the air.

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    1. You know I am Dakota raised and I honestly can't say I miss those brutal winters one tiny bit, though they are a little milder now than they used to be. I do miss the first snowfall each year, so magical, and Christmas will never feel like Christmas here without frosty breath and crunching snow underfoot, but I will trade it for the warmer days of sunshine and less driving on hazardous roads.

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  9. I certainly can relate with the feeling of not wanting to slip on icy walkways nor drive on icy roads. It is nice to have good co-workers. A mother is still a mother, no matter how old she gets or the ages of the children. That is a cute pillow!

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    1. Nothing scares me more than falling and injuring myself, Pat. I did it once and it wasn't fun. I walk stiffly as it is, and I dread the slip and slide of ice in winter. You are right about mothers, and I often think it's harder after are children are grown and we have to watch them struggle and learn the lessons we had to learn along the way. I am proud of how well mine are doing with their lives, it hasn't been easy and they've turned out great! I loved the pillow too... perfect response to the craziness this season often instigates!

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