Thankful Thoughts - Sept. 17, 2016

 
As my life settles into the new routine I want to get back to this... the recounting of life's blessings this week.  Ten barely scratches the surface...
 
1) I am thankful beyond words for the closing of my previous workplace which has resulted in me being at home full-time for now, and hopefully at least part-time in the future.  So often the things which seem like catastrophes turn out to be blessings in disguise.  I keep hoping that I won't wake up and find it was just a dream.  I've been working full time for the past forty years, and I am so, so ready to be done with it.
 
2) Tied in with #1 is the blessing of quiet mornings, waking up to a new day without rushing around to get ready and out the door. I can sip tea, read the latest blog and Facebook updates, and cuddle the furkids who are equally happy to have me home.
 
3) Also tied in with #1 is the pure joy of not responding to ringing phones eight hours a day. I love the quiet!  I love talking to people by choice, not on demand, and not dealing with coworker drama! (That's about four thankfuls right there! :-)
 
4) I am thankful for the slow but sure progress I am making in getting the house in order at last!  There is so much clutter to sort through and dispose of and we are already feeling the lightness of less stuff, not to mention few dustbunnies!
 
5) I am thankful that my older sister was able to sell her two-story home and be approved for the purchase of a smaller one-story home in a senior residential community.  She fell on icy steps and severely broke her leg last January, and will be using a walker for stability from now on, so the one-level home with less upkeep will be a true blessing.
 
6) I am thankful for the clever magnetic child-proof cabinet locks that are working very well to keep curious cats out of the kitchen cabinets and drawers at night!   Thanks to Papa Bear for installing them all too!  (Why on earth would Tiggy decide that a drawer full of cooking utensils makes a great place to nap when there are dozens of cozy places all over the house?!  I suspect that many volumes could be written on feline psychology :-)
 
7) I am thankful for the tremendous amount of rain we've had here in the last month or so. Late summer is usually a very dry time in West Texas and the risk of grassfires is huge on the rangeland around us. This year that is not a concern, although the thriving population of weeks threatens to overtake the property and makes allergies especially fun!
 
8) I am thankful for reconnecting with old friends and making new friends that expand my world, and I am especially thankful for the friendships that reassure me that caring for each other doesn't need to be complicated!
 
9) I am thankful for the time and energy to prepare good home-cooked meals for Papa Bear. With both of us working and getting home late, supper too often happened in town or was a quick and easy affair. I am enjoying getting back into meal planning!
 
10) First and last, and always, I am thankful for my Papa Bear and his total acceptance and support of me.  It is wonderful to know that I am valued loved unconditionally. We have an anniversary coming up next week! :-)
 
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Today I'm linking up with Ten Things of Thankful
 
Go and check out what others are thankful for this week!

26 comments:

  1. Double FRIST!
    (my comment is FRIST here and your Post is FRIST at the TToT this week)!

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    1. I have no idea how I ended up frist there, but I was happy to see you showing up frist here too, Clark! :-)

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  2. (...ok now to the Commentation*) #3 resonates with me, answering phones in a work context can be fairly stress-inducing, even with the caller ID advantage of cell phones. That being said, I am comfortable not answering my phone if I am, at the time of the ringing, talking to a real live person. I will ignore the call no matter what.
    Good to see you 'round here again!

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    1. I agree, that's the beauty of no longer being responsible for multiple ringing lines that must be placed on hold to answer the next! I love caller ID on cell phones so we can opt to let that call wait until we are ready to return it, or check for a message later. Some folks think that always having your cell phone with you means you should be available to them 24/7. I don't think so! :-)

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  3. OOH happy anniversary to you and Papa Bear! I hope it's magical. I'm really glad your sister found a one-level house too. That's huge when you've had a serious injury like that. I agree too that what seems like a complete catastrophe so often turns out to be a blessing in disguise!!

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    1. Thank you, Kristi, the magic is in finding each other to share this stage of our lives! The house sale/purchase has been a real blessing for her, we were all worried about her and another winter on the icy steps in Minnesota! Yes, losing my job has turned out to be such a gift of time and healing. I feel so much better!

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  4. Lovely reminders to me of the many things i can be thankful for in my life, too!

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    1. This exercise never fails to put me in a good frame of mind, Mimi. There are always things to be thankful for, we just have to recognize them!

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  5. I am glad for you thst you have so many BIG things to be thankful for. Not having a job is a bit scary, mostly because you don't have that paycheck coming in anymore. I get thankful in the mornings, the ones when I wake up early enough and the Houston traffic reports are showing on the TV news.
    Are you officially retired, thinking about it, or job hunting? Or should I not ask yet?
    Like you, and most Midwesterners, we did not have grits. We didn't have corn bread either. My first grits were at a Holiday Inn restaurant when we transferred to Houston, way back in 1964. The Army cooks may have made them but mostly I lived off post so I didn't eat hardly ever in the mess hall. Our cooks were good, though, and the food was AWAYS great!!!
    Glad you peeked in, thank you for your nice comment, please come again next Friday.
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    1. Losing my job was terrifying, Jim because we live on a pretty tight budget. I filed for early SSA retirement, and will need to find some part-time income to supplement it in the months ahead. But that is so much more doable for me physically than working full time! I wasn't raised with grits or cornbread either and I love both! Cheesy grits... even better! I'll be back to see you next Friday, I love your Friday posts and seeing what you've collected for them.

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  6. I am glad you have found much to be thankful for. Decluttering feels so good.Your cats are too funny :)

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    1. Once I get started, I have no problem finding reasons to be thankful, Ellen, I could go on and on! :-) Yes, the decluttering project feels great, even though it is not much fun to do. The furkids never cease to entertain us, how do they come up with such crazy antics? I wish we could know what goes through their minds!

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  7. It's rare to be able to see beyond a seeming (and sometimes very real) catastrophe to the potential for good and even better. That is a gift for sure:)
    Sounds like you are embracing some major changes and turning them into what they should be. Opportunity.
    Felines are incredibly gifted at finding the weirdest places to sleep lol. And the other weird thing is their bodies often contort to "fit" into those places!
    Congratulations and happy anniversary :)

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    1. Although I was panicked in the beginning, I have also been longing to break free of full-time work, so maybe God thought it was time too. We will see, hopefully we can make it work.

      You are right about cats, if it's a strange, small secluded spot they will choose it over the comfy spot every time! And if you move something to a different spot they will all inspect it like it's brand new! :-)

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    1. Thank you! I'll be doing a post for it later next week! :-)

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  9. I'm so happy to read your post and see how nicely things are falling into place for you after the job situation. By relaxing and having faith, the wrinkles are smoothed out and I'm glad you are finding joy in the little things of everyday living without the pressures and dramas of the workplace. It's an adjustment, I know, when you have worked all our life, but it is your time now. Happy anniversary to you and Papa Bear and I'm happy your sister's living arrangements will be easier for her to manage. Have a great week!

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    1. Hi Val! I believe that when we are headed in the right direction things fall into place in their own time. I am not sure what the future holds, but right now I am making the most of the time I've been given. I sure do love these quiet days at home! I'm looking forward to celebrating with Papa Bear this coming weekend, he is my rock and my joy. I know how blessed I am!

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  10. Happy anniversary to you and Papa Bear! And you know I can nod along and say YES to the idea that sometimes catastrophe is exactly the thing to bring us to a better place. I firmly believe things will always fall into place as they should, even if we can't quite believe it during the process. I have reveled in exactly the feelings you have (still am!) since life changed so dramatically for us. Glad you're feeling at peace!

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    1. It would be great if all children were taught to embrace change rather than fear it. Change is inevitable in life and how we handle it makes all the difference. I know you understand the financial concerns that come with major changes such as this, but so far we are managing it and I believe that answers will comes as we need them. It is a wonderful feeling to be free of the workplace at last, I only wish that Papa Bear could join me in the experience. He is biding his time until 65 or 66 because he must, but I will do my best to encourage him. Yes, I feel 100 times better than before!

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  11. We have an anniversary coming up too! Tomorrow! Happy anniversary!
    We also had a lot of rain too. Whoa! It rained for a full day but luckily we managed to squeak in some apple picking. Now I've got to make some apple pie :)
    I'm glad that you don't have to answer all the phone calls anymore. Cheers to only having to answer the calls of friends and family and just awesome people who brighten your day :)

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    1. Happy Anniversary to you too! I love happy milestones! All our rain grew was weeds! Mmmm, homemade apple pie, haven't had that in ages! It is a true blessing not to hear those darn phones ringing all day, by end of day it was hard to sound cheerful! :-)

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  12. Happy anniversary! It sounds like this new routine is definitely a blessing in your life. I'm glad your sister was able to find a home that better fits her needs.

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    1. Thank you! I am loving the new routine, or should I say the lack of a mandatory one. Quiet mornings are the best! I am so happy for my sister, the sale/purchase has been timed perfectly so she will have a week to get moved and settled in her new home before closing on the old one.

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  13. I so so relate to the ringing phone annoyance!!! That was my job before I was a stay at home mom, but because I had my kids in my late 30s, it was still a 15 year career!! And no way would I ever go back to it again. I don't even like it when my home phone rings half the time. LOL
    Being home to cook actual meals is probably the best thing about being home. I never have to rush because if we have evening activities, I can just prepare dinner in the late afternoon and heat it up as soon as everyone is home. It's such a blessing to be able to do that for my family. Unless it's BBQ, because Left Brain says I am not allowed to touch his "oven." LOL

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    1. Constant multiple phone lines ringing can really become annoying by the end of day. Most of them were needing assistance or information rather than just being transfer calls, so they took a lot of time, but I was glad when I could be reassuring and helpful.

      Yes, home cooked meals are the best, eating out often makes it not very enjoyable and certainly not very healthy. It's great if LB is ready to step in and do the cooking on the BBQ sometimes, a nice break for you, when you only have to prepare the side dishes!

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