Ten Things of Thankful – 3/03/18

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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!

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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.

20 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful – 3/03/18”

    1. Thank you! I am truly blessed. Feel free to come and join us at TToT, it’s contagious and it’s fun! Papa Bear thinks Gracie looks funny, he calls her “camo kitty”, but I think she is beautiful, her fur is long and fluffy. It is hard to get a good photo of her eyes!

  1. It is a joy to have relationships with adult children, ones that respect who they are, how they live their lives and share closeness and support, and of course, laughs. They are special to me, too.

    The furkids are adorable and I know they bless your life.

    I will pray for your daughter. Making changes is difficult and a new home, city and job are three big areas in life which can become stressful. How far is Dallas from where you are?

    I know you are excited about Galveston. I am heading down to Nags Head on Monday for a few days. Toes in the ocean, no matter how cold the water or air is inspirational for both of us.

    My favorite thing about being retired is not having to get up at a specific time. I am usually up early as well, ready to start my day.

    Papa Bear is the sweetest. I love that he shares photos with you. Tim and I have a close friendship as well and it’s so nice to share life with someone you love to the moon and back.

    Enjoy the Olive Garden. My favorite Italian dish includes Alfredo sauce. Love the salad and soup there, too.

    Have a good week.

    1. It’s about 360 miles to where my daughter lives in north Dallas. Too far for a weekend drive, but it sure feels closer than when she lived in Nashville!

      I am very excited about Galveston, we didn’t make it there last year, and I can hardly wait for some sand and saltwater therapy… and my favorite… the dolphins!

      It is wonderful to be able to get up because you are rested and ready to start the day, no alarm clock jarring you into action! So much less stress!

      Papa Bear is the best of the best, he is the most wonderful life partner I ever could have dreamed of! And he puts up with me, which isn’t always easy! 🙂

  2. I too am thankful for those friendships that come easily. I have two of those that date to kindergarten. Oh, how I love those women.
    The way you talk about retirement just sounds so pleasant. I find such contentment in a life surrounded by those I love, a marriage that brings me joy, and delight in the simple things like a standing late lunch/early dinner date. Now I just need the retirement part!

    1. A friendship where you can just be yourself and be loved for it, is the best feeling ever, May!

      Early retirement was definitely not part of the plan, but it has worked out to be a blessing in disguise for both of us. In the future I may find something I can handle physically to do part-time, but Papa Bear is loving having me at home to take care of things, and I am loving blood pressure that is now in the normal range! 🙂

  3. Very grateful that you are here every week.

    I totally identify with the good feeling of staying on top of things blogistic.
    This week I’m running behind but one of the other good things about this here bloghop here is that it runs into the week and, unlike some other bloghops, the conversation stays alive right to the end.

    (Which, imo, is one of the best things about an active ‘hop).

    Good to have the tools and equipment to make the ‘real’ world more comfortable and therefore be in a position to be more productive and help those in your life that you enjoy helping.

    Thanks again.

    1. Thank you Clark, I too, think that it has worked out well for the TToT to have a blog spot of it’s own to call home, and keeping it up is an easy thing for me to do. It’s the participation that makes is a wonderful exercise… and fun!! I am rarely caught up on replying to comments and reading other blogs, but I do the best I can, and know that others are too. Some weeks we just have to let it go.

      My tablet is my widow to the world and the wonderful friendships I’ve made here. One can never be lonely, even if alone, if they have that magical Internet thing and the techie toys for access! It’s changed the way we live completely!

  4. Good for you! Isn’t it a good feeling? 😀 I tried to be that on top of things this weekend too! (although I’m not caught up as you, but getting there lol) And if it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t all be here! Thank you!
    That’s part of the fun here. When someone new participates it opens our worlds just a little bit more 🙂
    That is a huge thing – I’ve been feeling guilty for a really long time now. Especially when I don’t always reciprocate. It’s a good feeling to know all who participate gets that someone might have other things to attend to during the week.
    While I was raised with dogs and admit to being a little partial towards them, I have had 2 furkids of the feline kind and they enriched my life in ways I could never even have imagined.

    I will say a prayer your daughter finds a job she will enjoy and is not too stressful for her. I know what it’s like to be job hunting.
    You are very blessed to have that closeness with your children, your family. You have given your kids a wonderful example 🙂

    Retirement isn’t always good for everyone. I’m glad you have embraced it. Vacation! Did someone say vacation? 😀 There is not better place to go on vacation than the beach!! Enough said lol

    That is a special gift, the love of someone you can also call friend. Hope you guys had an enjoyable time at Olive Garden 🙂

    1. It is indeed wonderful to start Monday off feeling almost on top of the game instead of behind and dreading it, Girlie!

      I have also come to terms with the fact that I can’t read and comment on everything everyone I like writes, or it would be an all day, everyday process. But I try to stay in touch as often as I can. I understand that others are doing the best they can too. LIfe trumps blogging, and it should!

      I agree, when someone new joins in the TToT it makes me really happy! It’s not about numbers, it’s about voices and encouragement shared, and it means someone else acknowledges the value of gratitude in our lives. Getting to know new people… always fun, of course! 😉

      Thank you for the prayers for my daughter. I know God has something good in store for her, but it’s hard not to feel defeated when you have so much good experience and it’s still a difficult process. It will come in time. My kids are a wonderful blessing to me.

      Retirement has been the happiest event of my life, and I love being home! Being stressed and worn out all the time wasn’t fun, and too often underappreciated. Now I am the boss of my own days, and I am an easy boss to work for! 🙂

      I am so looking forward to some beach time, and ferry rides every evening at sunset, it’s so beautiful then with the dolphins alongside!

      We had a lovely dinner at the Olive Garden, better still because a gift card paid for nearly all of it, so we were able to enjoy dessert too. 🙂

      A partner who is also you closest friend is the most wonderful feeling in the world! God saved the very best for last in my life, and I cherish Papa Bear!

  5. Happy Birthday to Tiggie and Gracie! Wonderful list of thankfuls. I will say a prayer for your daughter to find employment. Has she tried schools for a school nurse position? Or maybe one of those places that do same day surgery? I love the Olive Garden, I hope you had a nice meal. You are blessed to have a great hubby, I am too 🙂 XO

    1. My birthday girls bring us such joy, they are sweethearts! ❤

      Thank you for the prayers, such a stressful time for her, but yes, she is open and applying to all kinds of positions, and would love to get away from floor duty after 21 years of it!

      We love the Olive Garden too, it was a great meal and we had a gift card so it cost us very little, which made it all the more enjoyable!

      A husband who is also your best friend is the greatest blessing in life!

  6. I’ll think of your daughter and wish her well in finding a job she enjoys. It’s so important, when we spend such a large part of our life at work. I’m sure your furkids keep you busy (and well trained!) and it’s so nice that you have “date night” with your husband. I think I need to do more of those 🙂 x

    1. Finding a job that’s a good fit is not easy, and it makes all the difference. I’ve had jobs I loved and jobs I hated, and much of that had to do with the attitudes of other people working there. We do spend much of our lives at work, so I think it’s important that we try to get along and maintain a positive environment.

      Yes, you have it right, my furkids have ME trained to meet their every need and desire… and when they want it! LOL My own kids say that the cats get away with far more than they ever did, and I believe they are right about that. 🙂

      I think every couple needs regular “date nights” a time that is intentionally spent doing something fun together, when the daily chores and routines are set aside or ignored for a bit to go have some fun… or even at home. It doesn’t have to cost a lot!

      1. Very true. I think we need some more date days/nights. We do like going out for cake – I think we need to do that a bit more often! You’re right about work – the people can make or break your experience at work. It’s important to enjoy it.

  7. You are on top of the game, but I am playing catch-up! At some point, I anticipate that blogging will again receive more of my attention, but in the meantime, I’ll blog as I can. I always appreciate the effort you give each week to host this blog hop, and to make sure that everyone feels welcome.

    I’m happy you have an upcoming vacation to look forward to!

    1. I can’t say I do very well on staying on top of the game, but I keep trying, with the time and energy I have to devote to it. Your life is pretty busy these days with getting the new house ready, so I am amazed you manage to fit in blogging and even Words with Friends in the off moments!

      It’s important to me that everyone who joins in is made to feel welcome, we are a divers bunch and I think that’s something to encourage and celebrate! 🙂

      I am very excited about returning to the ocean, my favorite place to relax!

  8. Love all this Josie. I am glad you said what you said. I used to feel guilty and would get down on myself if I even dared miss a week of the TToT, but now I am realizing what you say is true. There are enough people that loyally return here and so we can’t expect we’ll never miss a week. I am just so glad I have it here each week, no matter what, but life is unpredictable.

    That trip sounds great. I love to check out small towns and new spots too, but it’s also nice to get to return to a favourite place every so often.

    I am excited about my own upcoming trip, but hate to leave my kitty behind.

    MMMM, Olvie Garden. I have to go to the US if I want to get that favourite. No more locations in Canada. The last one closed down years and years ago.

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