Ten Things of Thankful – 3/10/18

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It’s the weekend, the sun is shining brightly in the East-facing window of my writing room, and it’s supposed to reach 83 degrees here today, my first two thankfuls right there!

Although the weekend doesn’t hold the same significance as when I worked and anxiously awaited those two days of freedom, I still look very much forward to it as the wrap up of one week and the beginning of another, and more importantly, because it means I will have more time with Papa Bear. Although he works until 3 PM on Saturdays, we will have “date night” time after that, and tomorrow he gets to sleep in. He works hard, and is on his feet and going all day long, so I am thankful for weekend rest and relaxation time for him, and I pray that someday he won’t have to work so much.

Spring weather always lifts my spirits, and although it is constantly changing, 83 today and 53 predicted for tomorrow, I can live with both of those, and even with the West Texas blowing dirt. I am thankful that so far there have been no wildfires this season, we are in a serious drought here and grass fires are a huge risk where we live. Pray for rain please!

High on my gratitude list this week again, is the wonderful participation in this blog hop! Such an awesome group of people, very diverse, yet united in our common belief that being thankful for what you have is an attitude worth cultivating and sharing. Gratitude is contagious, the world can use all the positivity we can muster!

My biggest thankful this week is a huge one… my daughter submitted many job applications for RN positions in Dallas with minimal response, even with 21 years of experience, because she doesn’t have a BSN degree.  Then one evening she decided to just open the phone book to home health agencies and leave job inquiry messages on their answering machines. Lo and behold, she got a call the next day for an interview which ended up lasting two hours, and she was hired the following day at a very good salary!  Home health is a field she has really wanted to explore, whereas 21 years of 12-hour floor duty shifts at hospitals have worn her body out, and is mentally exhausting too. So, she is excited and hopeful, and of course a little nervous too. She begins Monday, prayers for this new chapter of her life, and safety in the insane Dallas traffic are much appreciated. I am a firm believer that our prayers helped this job open up for her!

I am thankful that a gift card I was given for my birthday that wasn’t something I could use will be passed on to my son’s girlfriend’s young son, who will be very happy and enjoy it.  It’s fun to share.

I am so very thankful that Papa Bear decided it was time to sell the Polaris Ranger we bought eight years ago.  We don’t have a real place or opportunity to use it much here and it spent most of it’s time sitting in the shed.  A person he knows through work made him a great offer on it and was happy to get it, because he knows how well Papa Bear takes care of things.  So we took our last ride together, then he washed it and the next day it was loaded up and went to it’s new home.  I celebrate every paring down of un-necessities we accomplish. The money is earmarked for good purposes and is a real blessing to us too, as funds are always tight.

Then, frosting on the cake, the man  who purchased the Ranger didn’t need a trailer for it, as he already had one.  But… we had a handyman come out to give us a quote on some major deck and front porch repairs, and it turns out he was in need of a trailer for his handyman business.  So they agreed to swap out the deck/porch job for the trailer and it won’t cost us anything! Win- win, and another unneeded item will be on it’s way to a new home! The handyman works a fulltime maintenance job and does home projects on the side, so he is scheduled to begin ours in a couple weeks, and we will be happy to have the deck and front porch safe and looking good again.  Some days I just have to smile and say “Thank You, God” for how perfectly things work out at times.

I am also thankful for the recovery of a friend’s mother who was gravely ill and they wasn’t sure she would be ok.  She is doing much better and my friend is so relieved.

I am thankful for feeling more motivated to be active and get some things done this week. I can be a slug at times, and it surely isn’t mentally or physically healthy. I also deleted one of the two game apps from my phone, which has reduced my play time considerably, and that’s a good thing.  Words with Friends is staying, it’s great brain exercise and I enjoy the daily contact with friends, even if it’s just the exchange of words between us.  🙂

I am thankful for people who have the heart and energy to rescue animals from dire situations, do whatever is needed to get them healed and healthy, and help them find wonderful new forever homes.  There must be a special place in Heaven for the folks who do animal rescue.  The stories and photos can be so heartbreaking, but the end results are amazing!  Please donate time and/or money to your local shelter and rescue groups… they need you to keep doing what they do!

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.

12 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful – 3/10/18”

    1. I love bartering for things, everybody ends up happy with the deal made! So far, she is truly liking her new job and how different it is from floor duty. Definitely, experience and caring speak for themselves when it comes to patient care.

  1. Just the fact that it is warmer and lighter is a great cause for Thankful celebration. I can’t imagine praying for rain, it has been very wet here, so much so that the sump pump in the basement is turning on as the water comes up. Hopefully you’ll get more rain and we’ll get less – I’m all for balance. I’m so glad Inshallah has a new job and in an area of nursing which she hasn’t done yet. We all need change in our lives and I think the new job in a new place is a great way to start.

    Congrats on lightening g up unneeded possessions. That barter was a sweet deal. As always, I cherish our connection here and in Words. Have a good week.

    1. Warmer and lighter make us feel the same way! Yes, it would be nice if we could all swap out weather as needed, it always seems to be too much or too little.

      My daughter is really happy with this new job direction, she was long past ready for a change of pace and an opportunity to try something new. I am so thankful!

      So much more stuff to get rid of, but I am happy when it turns out to be a blessing for everyone involved.

      I cherish our friendship too, Val, and the brain exercise your skilled WWF play brings me… sometimes smoke rises from my overheated brain! :-))

  2. Your writing room sounds lovely.
    We have had some of those shifts in temperatures here too. I hope that you will have some rainfall. Dust storms and heat are an awful combinationl.
    It is great that your daughter has a job that seems to fit her stage in life better. Spending 12 hours on one’s feet brings on so many aches and pains.
    Nice barter!
    I am glad your friend’s mother is doing better.

    1. It was/is a guest bedroom, but seldom used, so it has been converted to a writing room/extra tv room and I am so enjoying a quiet place to focus and write, surrounded by the furkids who like to be near me. I love morning sunlight!

      Yes, dust storms and heat are not exactly something to be thankful for, but I will be happy if the drought and water restrictions don’t cause further problems. Eventually it will rain. In the mean time we provide water for the critters outside.

      I really do believe that home health nursing will prove to be a great answer and relief for my daughter, in so many ways it suits her personality and driving a lot is definitely preferable to being on your feet for over twelve hours, and always in pain before the shift ends.

      It was a great barter and obviously one of those lovely gifts from the Creator!

      I am glad my friend’s mother is doing better too, she has so much on her own plate right now with physical/medical issues, and it’s so hard emotionally to deal with aging/infirm parents, as you know well.

  3. Congrats on your getting hired. Excellent.

    Wildfires, dust storms, trouts to floods, and South Africa heading toward being out of water. Anyone who stays ignorant to how we humans will all be affected, in one way or another by the way the climate seems to be heading, is foolish. It is so crystal clear.

    I remember we had a new front porch and back deck built, when I was nine in the summer of 93 and this summer, in the house we grew up in, the deck is in need of major repair and my sister and her husband, who live there now with their two kids, are planning to get it all redone. How time flies.

    More of what this TToT has to offer, in our world, is so true. Thanks for keeping it going.

    1. I am really happy for my daughter and her new job too, it’s exactly what she was wanting, an opportunity to move into a new field of nursing, and it suits her very well! Once in a great while things seem to work out just as we hope for!

      I agree with you completely about climate change, it is obvious, and it is scary. To ignore it and pretend it isn’t happening is well… crazy.

      The handyman called us to say he will be able to start on the decks this weekend, earlier than planned, so we are excited to see them done and looking nice again, and being much safer to walk across too, as the large one was beginning to separate! Time does pass so quickly, it seems impossible that Papa Bear and I have now been together for ten years, although our anniversary won’t be until September.

      I am glad that you find meaning in the TToT. Working on it really helps me to reframe my mindset in a more positive direction, even when I am slow about getting around to the posts. They usually seem to speak to me at just the right time each week! 🙂

    1. I do much of my messaging, texting, and email by voice, Kerry, and my friends get some very strange messages to try to interpret, so this one didn’t throw me at all. It made me smile… trouts are good, droughts not so much. 🙂

  4. I love your thankful list. I am so happy for your daughter and her new job. I think it is wonderful you worked out a trade for the work you needed done. Have a great weekend! XO

    1. Thank you, Ellen! I am very relieved and happy for her too, I hope it works out well. It was so awesome that he just happened to need a trailer, and we just happened to have one we didn’t need! Wishing you a great weekend ahead too. I will be around to comment, I am behind as usual. :-/

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