Ten Things of Thankful – 1/21/18

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!

Ten Things of ThankfulThe 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.

Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

22 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful – 1/21/18”

  1. I also liked the mental image of the VW Bug sporting a crocheted Rudolph nose!
    When I lived in CA, it seemed like the wind was always blowing, so I can just picture the scene your described. How nice it is to be indoors, safe and snug.

    1. Her bug really does look cute, I can understand why it makes people smile. The wind (and dirt) blow all four seasons here, it gets wearisome. But we don’t have to shovel snow, so that’s a plus. 🙂

  2. I complain about the wind and cold in winter here. I wonder if I’d do the same if the west Texas winds were blowing dust everywhere? Most likely. WordPress can be challenging but it has a lot of features that Blogger doesn’t have. Hope you have installed the WordPress app for your phone. It makes adding photos to your posts easy. The cozy picture you painted in the first paragraph just makes me want to come over for some tea and relaxing company.

    1. I suspect that there is always some reason to fuss about the weather, I complain if it’s hot, I complain if it’s cold… or wet… or dry, etc 🙂

      I have installed the WP app on my phone and love it! Blogger didn’t have one.

      How I wish we could sot down to visit, that would be so fun! ❤

  3. It is good to ‘see’ new ‘faces’ and posts here on the weekends. The variety is totally half the fun.
    Again, thanks for the perseverance and hard-work maintaining this ‘hop. I do the Gravity Challenge and all that is is posting the photos that people send in, keeping something like the TToT running smoothly is in a different class of effort for sure.
    Wind I don’t mind, the cold, thats something else.
    You’d enjoy the wind around here. From what I gather the terrain down your way is flatter than what we have which must let the wind build up a pretty good head of steam. The thing with wind is that we’re in a pine forest and so, on very windy days (we don’t get all that many), you can hear the wind approaching. Well before the trees around the house move, there is a roar and it can be heard moving from one side to the other in the distance.
    Either very cool or kinda creepy, depending on mood. lol

    1. I agree, Clark, I love seeing new people join us, a very diverse group! 😊 It’s really not a hard thing, I just have to get the post scheduled on time.

      I actually love the sheer force of wind, and yours sounds pretty awesome! The problem here is flying dirt so thick the sky is dark, and the tumbleweeds slamming into your car and house! 😳

  4. What a great list! There is nothing like flannel in the winter, so cozy, soft and warm. It’s been scary hearing how bad the flu has been this year. I’m grateful we have avoided it thus far. I hope you can make it past it as well.

    Thank you for hosting this! It’s nice to be reminded of all that is good!

  5. I’m glad that flannel didn’t ever really go out of fashion. At least it stayed “in” with one or more types of attire at varying times. I tend to wear what feels comfortable more than what is “in.”
    It is crazy that kids are eating the detergent pods, as if there aren’t enough ways to destroy one’s body already!
    I can just picture you knitting and crocheting little VW ornaments to go with the holidays and the seasons. What fun gifts.
    Glad to hear you and hubby are avoiding the flu.

    1. Like you, I dress totally for comfort these days, and flannel fits into that well. Keeping up with the latest fashion trends is silly and expensive and I never really did buy into it.

      The Tide Pod thing just blows my mind. I suppose Tide will feel pressured to stop producing them, and I really love the convenience of using them, no spills or waste. What in the world would convince someone that this is a fun, adventurous thing to do? And what comes next, adding the hair dryer to the bathtub?

      I love to crochet, and little projects go faster than big ones. Wreaths are fun, and I was so happy I could help my sister out with her request. It turned out really cute, wish I had a photo to share. I actually used a plastic bowl to form the shape and she used doublestick extra-strong auto tape to fasten it to the hood of her VW Bug. It’s stayed on despite Minnesota winter winds and snow, much to my amazement!

      I have caught far less viruses now that I am at home. I try to be careful with shopping carts and such, using the handwipes provided. Papa Bear has a lot of exposure but also has really good resisistance and it’s rare for him to get sick, thankfully. Offices can be worse than daycare centers because everyone comes to work sick rather than miss days and use up sick pay or risk employer grumbling.

  6. I can’t imagine that Texas January weather and, though I’ve never actually seen one, for some reason tumbleweeds freak me out.

    I know many do not, but I like having friends of all ages, if possible. It allows us not to constantly and consistently falling into that trap of thinking all young people or all older people are reckless or stupid or critical or conservative or unadventurous, or whatever stereotypes we all often hold onto about another’s generation.

    Yay for your new WP blog.

    1. I really love our milder winter days compared to what I grew up with, Kerry. If we do get cold it only lasts a few days and then it’s back to nice again. Much easier on old bodies. 🙂 Tumbleweeds are scary! They can be so big and are very scratchy and come flying at you, or the house, or the car when you are driving! They are not as light weight as they look!

      I am like you, loving friends of all ages. I think blogging teaches us that there are things to learn and to appreciate in people of all ages and from all walks of life, and we find out that we have a lot in common, or at least a common understanding no matter how old we are.

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