A dusty, dirty, wind blowing 50 mph Sunday here in West Texas, but dishes are done and put away, the Papa Bear is settled comfortably into his recliner to watch the big teams play football, the furkids are stretched out for afternoon naps, and it is the perfect time to do a little reflecting on the many reasons I have to be thankful.
First off, I am so very thankful to see old friends and new showing up here and responding to my posts. I have a tendency to isolate, and I am always surprised to realize how fun it is to have so many nice people in my life! It is good to be back. I am thankful that the transition from Blogger to WordPress was easier than I expected, though I still have more to do.
I am extremely thankful that I don’t have to be outside today. The wind and dirt are blowing 50 mph here in West Texas, it is nasty. I am thankful for the warmth and comfort of our little house, even if the dust filters in a bit – a good excuse not to work to hard on dusting today. 🙂
I am thankful that I am blessed with living in a home we own and with a husband who loves cats as much as I do, which enables me to have rescued furkids here where they can be loved and cared for. Before I met Papa Bear I lived in an apartment for a year which allowed no pets. It was the only one I could find/afford and it was so very sad. Having a furkid family is a blessing to me.
I am thankful that my children are not growing up in a time when boys wear their pants hanging below their underwear, and girls are pasting on makeup, eyelashes, and eyebrows thick enough to qualify for the theater stage. I wish I understood the obsession to always take it one step further. I think I am still drawn to the simplicity of the sixties, and with young people who looked for more meaning in life than can be found in eating Tide Pods! (And yes, I know that all young people aren’t this ridiculous, thank God.)
Little things I am thankful for….
– The flannel robe my son gave me for Christmas. I love soft things, and this is the perfect house wear on a stay-at-home day like today. There is something cozy about flannel.
– The cool little cat feeding bowls my daughter taught me about that keep the food sitting at an angle they can easily access, and don’t slide around on the floor. They work so well! You would get a kick out of my dinnertime prep lineup of six bowls on the counter. 🙂
– That my sister so enjoyed the red reindeer nose I crocheted for her VW Bug at Christmas time that garnered so many smiles, now she has requested a daisy ornament for Springtime. I get such a kick out of her with that little VW convertible in Minnesota. She always wanted one and my Dad was much more practical when it came to purchasing cars.
– That neither Papa Bear or I have been struck by the flu bug going around so far, or any other illness. My exposure is more limited now that I am at home (except when out grocery shopping, etc.) but he deals with the public all day, so the risk of germs is ever-present.
Last, but definitely not least this week, I am thankful for reconciliation with a special friend who means a whole lot to me. We’ve been through our ups and downs but somehow God always draws us back together, so I think it’s meant to be, and it makes my heart happy. A little older, a little wiser, ready to try a little harder. Love never fails!
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.