Tomorrow Papa Bear and I are heading out of town for an overnight at a nearby city, a birthday/valentine get away that is relaxing for us both and involves crab legs, my favorite! 🙂 So, I thought I’d get my TToT post written and linked up on a Friday for a change. 🙂 Usually Friday is a quiet day at the TToT, so I was happy to see Missy already there and waiting for us to join her! 🙂
I am not a big sports fan, but I make an effort to stay somewhat aware of what’s happening with Papa Bear’s favorite teams (all teams Texas of course), and my son’s (who’s been cheering for Boston teams since he was two years old.) You might find it rather strange then, that my first thankful this week is that the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl. It was an interesting match up since my son cheers for the Patriots, and his father was born and raised in Philly and is of course Phildelphia loyal. I was thankful the Philly’s won because my ex has waited his entire life for his team to win a super bowl and he is sixty-nine years old! I was very proud of my gracious son who texted that it was ok if the Philly’s beat his beloved Patriots because they played better and deserved the win. I am thankful for my son’s maturity and always gracious heart. I am also thankful that over the years I have learned to be happy for someone when good things happen to them, even if I’m not particularly crazy about the person. I know that my ex’s team winning made his day.
I am thankful for the photo updates I received of both my kids this week. Getting pictures from them can be like pulling teeth! My son shared a really cute one of him, his girlfriend and her son in their Patriots t-shirts ready to watch the game, and my son-in-law sent a beautiful one of my daughter that he took while they were dining out at their favorite place. I have awesome kids, and they have awesome partners, I blessed and I am so thankful for all of them!
I was thankful, and very relieved, this week when our monthly electric bill arrived and had returned to the normal amount. We live in an all electric home, and last month our electricity provider began using a different utility source which resulted in an electric bill twice our normal rate, “due to the change over”. We were not happy, it was a big chunk of money we didn’t have laying around, but they assured us it was a one time thing and this month would return to normal (we use an averaged payment plan which stays the same all year long). We were worried that the higher rate would be the new norm, and weren’t sure how we were going to afford that. It was a tremendous relief to see it back to the right amount! I still think the whole switchover excuse for the double amount last month was kinda crappy and not really justifiable though. Oh well.
On much happier notes, I celebrated my sixty-forth birthday this week, a low-key day by choice. I am thankful I am alive and well, and God has brought me safely through another year. I always celebrate birthday, I think everyone should, I’ve earned every candle and gray hair and I am proud of them. I am a survivor!
I am thankful that Papa Bear surprised me and took Wednesday off work to spend the day at home with me so I wouldn’t be alone. That was extra nice! ❤ He is thankful that we will be the same age for the next four months (until he turns sixty-five in June), so I can’t call him “old man” for the time being. :-))
I am thankful for the many birthday greetings I received on Facebook and in the mail. Facebook makes birthdays so fun! I am thankful for the awesome gifts I received from family and friends, I felt very spoiled. ❤
I am thankful for the beautiful birthday cake my daughter ordered from our best bakery here and had me pick it up. It was/is delicious!! We indulged in a sugar overload and have several pieces wrapped and in the freezer for treats later on (though I doubt they’ll be there too long). Papa Bear loves sweets as much as I do and this was a real treat, and such a kind thing to do. I also got restaurant gift cards for nice dinners out. My kids are the best!
I am thankful for the Amazon boxes that my furkids love to play and nap in. They get so excited when a package arrives at the house, and each one has to try out the box, sometimes waiting their turn patiently and sometimes not so much. 🙂 Sometimes our house is an obstacle course of boxes, kitty trees and tunnels and toys. I am certain that my father is grumbling about it in Heaven. 🙂
I am thankful for a two hour phone visit with my younger sister yesterday. I am not a phone visitor, so we visit daily via text or Messenger, but only connect by phone once a month or so to catch up on the longer stories in our lives. The afternoon passed quickly and it was fun to catch up. We are so different and yet the caring between us is strong, and we grow more in the understanding of each other as the years go by.
Last but not least, I am thankful for friends who trust me with the important issues and concerns in their lives, just as I trust them. That kind of support is immeasurable. When you have lived much of your life without any close friends, having them is a real gift.
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!