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!