Taking 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!