Saturday morning, and for once I am on top of the game, caught up on commenting for the blog hops I participate in and the TToT posts that have popped in already for this weekend! Now to settle in and share my own reasons to be thankful this week…
I am thankful for those of you who come to the TToT blog week after week to share your thankfuls… gratitude is contagious, and I look forward to your weekly updates!
I am thankful for new people who bravely share a post with us, and I’m glad this is a welcoming bunch of folks so they will know we appreciate their participation! I have been part of groups that are very cliquey, and thankfully this isn’t one of them.
I am thankful for those who understand that living life is more important than writing about life, and we shouldn’t feel guilty for the times we don’t get all the bases covered and don’t make it here. The TToT has an open door, and we are free to make it work for us, no excuses or apologies needed. We are always happy to see you!
I am thankful for the five wonderful furkids that bring so much love and laughter to my life, individually and collectively. Yesterday Tiggy and Gracie turned seven years old, it doesn’t seem that long ago that they were tiny little squirmy balls of fur at their mother’s side. They have both grown up to be beautiful, gentle, and affectionate furkids! (You can see their photos on my home page, with this WP template the sidebar doesn’t show on posts, though I wish it did.)
I am thankful for friendships that come easy, where connection and understanding is a given, no explanations needed, and where consideration for each other’s feelings is ever-present.
I am thankful that I have Microsoft Word on my tablet so I have been able to help my daughter update her resume as she begins the formidable task of job hunting in Dallas. She is an RN with 21 years of hospital experience, and a good one. But in today’s world, and in Dallas where nurses are plentiful, BSN degrees are becoming a requirement, and she doesn’t have that. I would appreciate prayers that she finds just the right position, she would love to do something other than floor-duty, as her body is worn out from it.
I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating, I am so blessed and thankful for the close relationship I have with both my son and daughter. We can and do talk about anything and share our lives with love and laughter and sometimes tears. I didn’t have that kind of relationship with my parents, and I know what a difference it can make to feel support and encouragement from home. They love to tease me about my house full of cats too, and that I am now feeding the birds and rabbits outdoors as well. 🙂
I am thankful for the precious gift of being able to wake up and start my day when my body is ready, rather than jumping out of bed to the sound of an alarm clock to rush and get ready for work. Retirement is a real blessing in my life, and I find I am waking up earlier, because I look forward to having more time to do things I want to with my day.
I am thankful for the opportunity which was presented to us this week to sell our Polaris Ranger for a very fair price. We don’t really have a place to use it where we live now, so it spends most of it’s time parked in the shed, one more thing that we can part with, and the money will be put to good use to make things a bit easier financially in the future.
I am thankful and excited that we have made arrangements for a week of vacation at the end of April so that we can return to Galveston for a few days (my most favorite place within driving distance), and my toes can touch the ocean once again! One our way home we plan to stop and spend an overnight in a small town that looks interesting. We like to check out places that we’ve never been. We were also blessed to find a wonderful lady to do kitty care in our absence.
As always, Papa Bear is the biggest thankful on my list of reasons that I love my life! He often sends me little love notes by text during his busy day, and shares photos of things he sees during his lunch break, like ducks at the pond. At night while he finally gets to put his feet up and relax, he reaches out to hold my hand while we watch tv together. He is my very best friend, and I treasure him. ❤
And on that note, I am headed for the shower and to get daily house chores done. Papa Bear works six days a week, but gets off at 3 PM on Saturdays, so that is our “date night” and we usually go out for a late lunch/early dinner. Today we are checking out the new location that Olive Garden just opened. Mmm! 🙂
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!