Here we are, already two weeks into the new year, and I wonder why time seems to go by so much faster as I get older. Today is my big sister’s 66th birthday, that seems impossible! We were talking about how special my mom always made us feel on our birthdays, with crepe paper streamers and balloons, a few wrapped presents, and wonderful decorated cakes. We didn’t realize then how much we would treasure those homespun memories later in life. I am thankful for the relative innocence of my childhood.
I am both amazed and thankful that I have somehow managed to lose 35 pounds since I quit working at the law firm with no intentional effort on my part. I did a lot of stress snacking back then, and often ate fast food lunches, so while I can’t say that lead a healthy lifestyle now with the right foods and exercise, I can say that I’m doing better.
January 2nd marked the 10th anniversary of my meeting Papa Bear on the Internet at the Yahoo Personals site (which is no longer in existence). People can say what they want about the risks and crazies involved with online dating sites, but I know of several people like me who have found the perfect for them partner that way. I am so thankful for the gift of Papa Bear in my life, it has totally changed me, it has changed everything!
The first week of the month brought the opportunity to take the two feral tomcats I’ve been feeding since last June to the vet clinic for neutering. They both did well and recovered quickly, will now live much safer and healthier and happier lives, and won’t be adding to the rural cat population. I am thankful I was finally able to locate a low-cost spay/neuter clinic which made it possible for me to do this.
Smoky, one of the two feral boys is very special. I cannot explain it, but he was always very insecure outside, and loves being in the house. He behaves perfectly, gets along well with our other four cats, and is just a big mushy teddy bear who loves to snuggle and sleep on our laps! Both Papa Bear and I are amazed at how well he has adapted, and how peaceful and content he is. Truly the sweetest boy, with thick blue/gray fur coat that feels like rabbit fur. I am thankful that he and Toby have become good friends in the house, often playing together, both of them needed a buddy, since the three girls are older and not so delighted with games of pounce and chase. 🙂 He is happy to be an official insider.
Andy, the other feral boy is also completely tame now, but loves his outside life, so he shall remain there. He gets to come inside to stay in the guest room on cold nights, and he is a very well-behaved visitor. I am thankful we can provide love, care, good food, and warmth for him too. He is so cute popping up in the deck window to greet us, visit with the inside cats, or request supper!
This month marked my 9th year on Facebook, and I am thankful for all the wonderful connections with family and friends I have there. I have reconnected with cousins, former classmates, and friends from all stages of my life, along with making many new friends via blogging, etc. While Facebook can be frustrating at times, and is too often a means for people to promote political agendas, negativity and drama, it can also be used for the opposite, to promote love and light and strong relationships, and to present prayer requests. We CAN use it to encourage each other! I am thankful for all the wonderful opportunities it provides.
Speaking of prayer requests, I am a great believer in the power of prayer, and the power of people joining together to pray for specific needs. I could easily make a whole Ten Things of Thankful list each week of prayers answered, but the highlights of this week include a runaway found and returned safely home, animals rescued from the cold/starvation/neglect and abuse, the safe delivery of a high-risk baby, urgent financial needs met, and broken spirits starting to mend. I am thankful I can offer up my prayers and know that they join those of others in reaching the ears of our loving Father.
I am thankful for the beautiful “supermoon” we were blessed to begin the New Year with! The moon is such a powerful symbol of the things that connect us all, and as we witnessed that beautiful bright sky we know the others we love were sharing it with us. I am also thankful that each evening now provides us with a few more minutes of daylight and I love moving slowly out of winter darkness. With more light comes more energy and renewal.
Finally, I am thankful for my new blogging space here, and for the perfect picture popping up in my photo files to use for the header. Sophie really does appear to be checking out what I have written. 🙂 Once I set my mind to it the transition is going better than expected. I will eventually be archiving and printing hard copies of my old blogs.
I would also like to apologize for my absence over the past weeks/months. I feel very sad about not getting around to read and comment, and I resolve to get back on track with that beginning today! The dark clouds of December and early January have passed and I am ready to rejoin you in the light. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.
Blessings to each of you in the days and weeks ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful in your life, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!
The above photo is a click-button to the TToT link-up. It is photo of one of our beautiful Texas sunsets with blue still peeking through the clouds; yellow, orange and pink bands around the remaining sliver of bright sun, and a wide band of black earth below it on which I’ve written Ten Things of Thankful.*
* Descriptions of the included photos are being provided for those who may be unable to view the illustrations.