Ten Things of Thankful – 2/03/18

Ten Things of ThankfulTaking advantage of the nice quiet Saturday morning here to focus on gratitude and put together a TToT post. I’ve been saving up things on my phone notes each day and I’m happy to see that I already have more than ten without any effort on my part, so much easier than staring at a blank screen when it’s writing time.

I would like to be able to report that we have sailed into the new month with ease and the prospects of more good things happening for everyone.  Sadly, we know that life is a mixture of good and bad, and this week has been no different for several people that I care about. For today though, my attitude is going to be to focus on the positives, and reserve the sadness and worries for prayer time. I’ve found things tend to work out much better that way. 🙂

First off, I am thankful for the great TToT turn out we had last week. It’s nice to see participation!  I am also thankful for Clark requesting the HTML code so he could share the link-up on his post, and then for Kristi who also wanted to add it and was able to tell me how Lizzi shared it with them in the past.  We got it working, and Val was also able to add it to her post!  From now on the code is available to anyone via email request; sharing it on your blog post helps get the word out to more people to come and join us!

We had a really big blessing come our way this week in the form of a cash bonus given to Papa Bear at work, which was (miraculously, but not surprisingly) just enough to cover our annual property taxes due this month.  Business has been booming and his boss was kind enough to share the benefits of their long hours and hard work.

Another awesome blessing was learning from our accountant that we would still get an income tax refund, despite the penalty for having no health insurance (which is unaffordable to many people in our age group. Extra funds always come in handy.  Add to that how grateful I am that Papa Bear will turn 65 in June and be able to receive Medicare coverage.  I have another twelve months to go, but getting there.

I am thankful for being led to a wonderful non-profit kitty rescue organization operating in Odessa, the nearest city, where Papa Bear works. The two ladies running it are doing a fantastic job of providing a place for homeless and unwanted cats, and finding them suitable new homes.  They are also working with the local city animal shelter to rescue cats that are potentially adoptable, and this makes me so happy.  I got to meet the director last week, and her love for cats is amazing. I will be happy to help in ways I can, and my Amazon Smile charitable donation is now going to their rescue. Every little bit helps!

I am thankful for the new electronic check register app I was able to find for iPad. I’ve been using an older one on my old laptop for several years but it crashes frequently which causes no end of frustration.  That program was not available for my Surface, which has limited apps available.  So I checked on apps for the iPad and found the perfect one, without all the extra bells and whistles we don’t need or use.  I love electronic check registers, no messing with calculators and finding five-cent errors! It took me a couple hours to get everything set up and the January data transferred over, but it is so much faster and more reliable than what we had before.  Wonderful!!

Sometimes it is the little things that make the biggest difference!  I found a simple detachable hand strap for my cell phone on Amazon which makes it possible to hold the phone without finger grip, and without dropping it if reading in bed, or trying to shop for groceries.  I like this one because it isn’t bulky, the phone still slides easily into a pocket, purse, or car holder; and it can be easily removed or repositioned. The best ten dollar purchase I’ve made in a long time, and I am noticing the positive effect on my old finger joints as they spend less time clinging to a cell phone.

I am thankful for a day this week that found me with the stamina to run several errands in town and cover a bunch of small shopping that needed doing. Usually after a couple stores my knees and back are worn out and protesting, so it felt good to get more accomplished and still have energy remaining to put it all away when I got home.

I am thankful for friends who shared their recipes or ones they have tried, so if you make it, it’s going to be good!  Val shared her Easy Recipe for Cream Puffs  this week, and with her well-written notes and photos, she made it sound simple.  I haven’t made cream puffs in many years, but Papa Bear loves them, so now I will! 🙂

I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the old friends and new friends that have been turning up in my life with great frequency this year.  What a blessing it is to reconnect and to form new connections! In each case, it is not something I have sought out, but something God has brought to me.  I’m not sure why yet, but I am loving it!  Being a home body, my online friend connections are so important and uplifting!  God has also placed a couple more “assignments” in my Inbox, people that need a little TLC to brighten their days, and I’m working on that too.  Caring for others makes me happy!

Last but not ever least, there are two ever-present blessings in my life that I can never share often enough…. desperate prayers answers in ways so wonderful it made me cry tears of  joy, and my beloved Papa Bear who loves me so much that he makes everyday good no matter what we are wading through together.  He is truly one of God’s best examples of how to be a wonderful, supportive friend and husband, and a man of true integrity.  I am so blessed to share my journey with him!

Bonus thankful: As I sit in my writing room tapping my thoughts out on the keyboard this morning, each of our furkids has come to join me and I am surrounded by napping and purring cats, all within arm’s reach.  I am always amazed that they want to be close by and will follow me room to room to share my space.  What a bunch of sweeties! ❤

Blessings to  each of you in the days ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful in your life, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!

Click on the blue button below to view the other TToT links and add your own!

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.

25 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful – 2/03/18”

  1. Blessings to you. Thank you for the shout out. That cream puff recipe is so easy, I hope you make Papa Bear a delicious one for Valentine’s Day. I froze three puffs for the upcoming holiday. I think I’ll fill them with vanilla pudding and melt chocolate over the top (because chocolate). I plan to make one for my mother-in-law and we will enjoy the remaining two on that special night. It is so nice to have friends to connect with, virtually and in real life. I know I tend to hide out sometimes, and that is just when I need my friends the most. Congrats on the bonus/taxes. One less financial worry. As always, thanks so much for continuing this blog hop. It is life-affirming and good for my health. 🙂

    1. That sounds like the perfect Valentine treat, Val, far better than anything one buys at the store! And melted chocolate on top, well that makes it perfect! 🙂 It is kind of you to make one for your mother-in-law too. You are a good daughter to her. As you know, I do the hibernation thing too, and I’m always happy that people welcome me back from the cave with such kindness and warmth! Yes the bonus/tax refund are big stress relievers with perfect timing! I agree that TToT is good for us! ❤

  2. How wonderful for your Papa Bear to have his hard work rewarded in such a concrete and timely way!

    Thank you so much for hosting and for sharing your list, it makes me happy to read all the good things in so many lives.

    1. The bonus was a wonderful boost to his morale, he called me up right away to share the happy news. It makes the tiring job just a little easier to bear, something you know all about. It was God’s timing most definitely, as is the tax refund. Somehow our needs are always met. I’m glad you enjoy the TToT, Mimi, everyone’s posts each week are the best spiritual vitamins to be found! 🙂

  3. thanks not only for the ‘light being on at the TToT’ each weekend, but for the most recent enhancement of the icons at the bottom of the post. (Side-grat to Kristi. Fortunately her being such an excellent roger, she had the practical knowledge to make this addition possible)
    Mid winter from here is closer to warm than cold and… and! the days are getting noticeably longer!

    1. I really appreciate you suggesting that we add the links to our posts, Clark, and yes, Kristi had the knowledge of how to do this without making everyone jump through hoops. I never would have thought of that! The longer days definitely signals to our brain that winter is on the way out, and each day that provides a degree of warmth is a promise that Spring is coming before too long! (We won’t mention familiarity with April snowstorms. 😉

  4. I think you and Clark gave me too much credit–all I knew was that Lizzi sent out an email with the code. One of these days I should probably learn to understand the code, but for now I’m happy to just cut and paste!

    It sounds like you had a week full of answered prayers; it’s always nice to recognize those blessings. I also like writing my posts in the morning; it’s just a nice way to start a day! (Although there really isn’t a bad time for express gratitude.)

    “Caring for others makes me happy.” Such a true statement! As we look outside of ourselves, we somehow feel happier.

    1. But you were the one who knew that was how it had been done in the past, I wouldn’t have thought of just emailing the code, and I knew it was a hassle to expect people to sign up with Inlinkz just so they could copy and share it. This makes it easy for anyone who wants to add the links to their post!

      It was indeed a week full of answered prayers, so abundantly it overwhelmed my emotions and my eyes leaked. 🙂 I am working on maintaining that morning-fresh positive attitude about life throughout the day and into the evening. It is easy to get discouraged and that misses the whole point of gratitude.

      It would be awesome if more people came to realize that true happiness is found n what we do for others, not what we acquire for ourselves. It’s a whole different level of joy and satisfaction!

  5. This is a wonderful list of thankfuls.A bonus is always nice. And so are kitties surrounding you. I love cream puffs, but have never tried to make them. I am sure yours will be amazing. Have a great week! XO

    1. Thank you, Ellen. The bonus was a wonderful surprise! Writing with my kitties around me is such a comforting thing, they are my best supporters. ❤ I can't wait to try out the cream puffs, I'll let you know how they turn out. As I recall from years ago, they really aren't so hard, and Val's directions and pictures are a great help!

  6. An expected tax refund and also a cash bonus for your Papa Bear! Now that has got to be good new to brighten your week.
    Eliminating pain caused by holding onto cell phone too often by finding a strap for the phone—great idea!
    Having a husband who is “A man of true integrity” and “being surrounded by napping and purring cats” must bring wonderful peace and comfort.
    Turning away from one’s own difficulties by caring for others brings joy into their lives as well as your own.
    It has been years since I have made cream puffs. That sounds so good.
    I always enjoy reading your TToT posts.

    1. Those cash “surprises” were so perfectly, Divinely timed, Pat. We were so thankful!

      I am noticing that my thumb joint arthritis pain is improving with less time spent gripping the cellphone, that little strap really comes in handy!

      I think you could find Papa Bear’s picture next to integrity in the dictionary, he is a strong moral compass and is a wonderful guide and inspiration. The furkids just add so much laughter and affection, a never ending source of entertainment!

      I have found that the very best way to get my mind off any troubles or worries I have is to focus on doing something for someone else, that way we both benefit!

      I think the last time I made cream puffs was about forty years ago, so it should be a fun experiment! 🙂

  7. You have a lot of blessings, and the best is always to have to loving husband and furbabies to share your life with. Have a wonderful week!

    1. I do have a lot of blessings, my life overflows with them, and I retain that awareness even on the days when everything seems to be going wrong. My husband and my furkids turn this house into a home where love resides, there is no place I would rather be than with them.

  8. I love the positive way you always speak about your husband. What a gift a strong union is.
    Meanwhile, prayers for continued good health. The thought of no insurance until being Medicare eligible sounds frightening. May you get there without needing it!

    1. My husband is the greatest gift God has ever given me, in addition to my children, May! He is truly amazing, and I’m not overstating that. Most definitely the awareness of having no health insurance is very frightening. It makes me angry that premium rates have skyrocketed to where the working class cannot afford them unless provided by their employer. We are praying our way to 65 by the skin of our teeth, so far so good!

  9. Being surrounded by peaceful, purring kitties while you work is heavenly! Is one lying in your lap or across your keyboard?
    Even with employer-provided health insurance, it’s nearly unaffordable. Our monthly premiums are horrible and our deductible is extremely high. I wish we had universal health care so everyone had equal access! A friend of mine who is self employed got a very affordable policy through Christian Healthcare Ministries.
    I looked up Odessa, Texas, and you’ll be glad to know you’re only a 9 hour and 56 minute drive away from me 🙂

    1. It all depends on if I am writing at the table, my desk, or with a lap board. They love to walk across the keys, and even sit on them!! Then I have to delete a zillion characters from whatever I was typing! Usually they are content to be within arm’s reach around me, we have lots of places for kitties to nap!

      You are right about the affordability of health insurance, it has become a nightmare for everyone except the wealthy and our government officials who have gratis cadillac coverage. Don’t even get me started on that!! I wish we had universal health care too, no one should have to die because they can’t afford good care, and I have seen it happen. Something has to change!

      Sadly, West Texas is too far from everywhere. Too far to drive and too expensive to fly. Someday we hope to live in a more civilized location, but I’m not giving up our winter weather! Cooler summers would sure be nice though. 🙂

  10. What a wonderful list of thankfuls! Insurance is a thing I rant on. But just caught myself trying to rant on your post, so I will stop myself. I hope the rest of your week is blessed 🙂

    1. Thank you, Missy! I never seem to have any trouble coming up with good things for my list, even though sometimes life is being difficult at the moment. The good always outweighs the bad I think.

      I am sure we are on the same page when it comes to health insurance in our country. It is a national disgrace. No one should suffer or die because they can’t afford the best care (or any care) available. I’ve seen too much of it, and we worry about not being insured all the time.

      My week has been blessed, and I’m headed of to write my TToT post here shortly! 🙂

  11. Yes, I was pleased to see what number I ended up at when I got to posting my TToT last Tuesday. The credit is to everyone involved, but to you for sure. You’ve kept it going and that is so great of you.

    Happy Birthday to you again. Hope it was a good one.

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