Ten Things of Thankful – 3/30/18

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It’s long since time I returned to writing and sharing my own list of thankfuls, somehow the time always gets away from me and the momentum gets lost.  But the being thankful part never does, there is not a day that I am not continually aware at how blessed I am, and how much I have in my life to be grateful for.

My first thankful today is for fellow bloggers who show up to participate in  the TToT even when I don’t make it to my own blog hop. It reminds me that it really isn’t about me, it’s about having a place to connect and share and encourage each other, and it’s uplifting!

I am beyond grateful for one evening this week when we at long last had a beautiful rain and another later that night, finally lowering the risk of wildfires and giving Spring a fresh start here!

Another reason to be thankful this week is for another successful bartering transaction between my husband and our newly discovered local handyman which will result in us getting rid of a couple more good items that are no longer useful to us in exchange for getting the electrical wiring done to Papa Bear’s workshop, a project that was begun a couple years ago and has languished since.  We are both delighted and the handyman is very pleased with his end of the deal. Win-win!

I am thankful for the birds, bunnies and ground squirrels which show up each day to enjoy the food and water I put out for them. They are beautiful and doing well. Needless to say, our cats love to sit on their window seat and watch the activity in the yard, it’s great entertainment. (Although I’m sure if I could read their minds, there would be some fantasizing about sneak attacks!)

I am grateful that we continue to be able to keep our bills paid and our heads above water and meet our obligations responsibly, along with providing food and care for our animals and the wild ones, and donating to good causes.  It is a blessing to be able to share the gift of life.

I am thankful that my son and his girlfriend were able to get away for a few days and enjoy some time off together. They both work hard and mini-vacations are fun!

I am thankful that my daughter is doing good at her new job. She is learning quickly, and although home health care case management is very different from what she’s done before, she loves that her feet and back are not in pain at the end of the day, and that she works days instead of nights, and has weekends off to be with her husband. The job is less stressful too (other than rush hour traffic in Dallas). Blessings all around!

Often being thankful is just the smile that comes when some small thing turns out just right.  My daughter’s birthday is next week and I had already ordered a gift for her online, but wanted something small to send for her to unwrap and enjoy too.  As I was doing some grocery shopping yesterday I spied the perfect gift… a ceramic Post-It Note dispenser in the shape of a playful kitty.  She loves cats like her mother does, and has three of her own.  She will think this is a great addition to her desk at home where she now spends her evenings typing chart notes on patients she’s seen that day. Then when I got home with the gift which needed to go out in the afternoon mail, I walked into my storage room and found a small box that was the perfect size to send it in with a little room for padding. It was so exact that I had to smile. I was also able to peel some “Priority Mail” stickers off a package I’d received and reuse them on this one.  Now all that is a very small example of the little good things in life that brighten our days. I found the right gift, the right mailing box, and it got sent out on time – I was relieved! 🙂

I am thankful for friends who value my friendship, put up with my quirks, make me feel appreciated, and make my days so much brighter by our interactions. I remember a time when I didn’t have any real friends in my life, and times when I’ve had people I thought were friends, but turned out not to be. I am blessed with great friends, and I am grateful!

I am thankful, as always, that Papa Bear is so easy to please.  He enjoys new recipes that I try, notices and comments on any small changes or improvements I make in the house, appreciates the errands I run for him and ways I am able to help, and puts up with the kitty fur which is ever present.  He is a wonderful, caring partner and best friend.

I am thankful for the sweet memories of Easter as a child, my Mom made them very special, as she did with all holidays and celebrations. Gathering with our relatives and spending time with our cousins was great fun too. Life was so simple back then!

Blessings to  each of you this Passover/Easter weekend and 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.

11 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful – 3/30/18”

  1. The very best part was the kitty hair everywhere. When we still had Little Bit she had hair everywhere. We always said her hair was a condiment. We sure do miss her and would love to have her hair everywhere again.

    Have a fabulous Thankful day and weekend. Happy Easter to you and yours. ♥

  2. Well, here I thought I was going to post first, and you beat me to it. I’m glad you found the time this week to write out your thankfuls. I am sure your daughter will appreciate the gift you found for her desk. It sounds cute and I’m sure she appreciates that someone knows and cares for her enough to choose something she will enjoy. I call my daughter the “gift whisperer” because she can always think of just the right thing for the person whom I’d like to give a gift to. It’s a talent I know you have as well. ;). Happy Easter.

  3. Oh, Dallas traffic. I have spent more time in it than I can count. When I would visit my daughter at college I would have to decide whether to go through Dallas or Fort Worth. I would strain my neck to try to look ahead both ways to see which way had less traffic at the moment. I feel like it worked out about as well as when I pick which grocery line! Somehow I get the slowest moving line 99% of the time!
    Easters of my childhood bring back fond memories as well. Thanks for the reminder. I hope you enjoy this year as well.

  4. That is a wonderful thankful list. I am glad your kids are doing well. That sounds like the perfect gift for your daughter. Great job bartering too, I love to do that. Have a wonderful Easter. XO

  5. Bartering is definitely a win-win situation!
    A couple of my daughters have birthdays next week, too. How nice that you could find the perfect gift, as well as the perfect box to wrap it in!

  6. I, for one, am grateful for your being here (in post or in the background)…having this bloghop open every week is a benefit that totally ripples outward causing good
    Good to be able to barter with someone, as you say, (when successful) the arrangement is a total win/win. Which, really is how people should at least try for before falling on the ‘I’ve got mine’ mentality that seems so pervasive out there.

  7. I’m grateful for you hosting this hop whether or not you post! That’s a topic I can relate to as this is the second consecutive week when I thought surely I would post in both the SSS and the TToT. I know there’s still time for both but was in the mood to go visiting tonight instead 🙂
    Bartering is a most wonderful thing. Transactions of trade whether goods for goods or goods for services, as you say, it’s a win/win for all involved.
    I’m glad for your rain. There is nothing more frightening than the threat of wildfire due to drought. Doesn’t take much to spark a flame.
    Don’t you love when that happens! When all the little things fall into place…gift, perfect box, stickers…nice.
    How wonderful your daughter found a job that, while different than what she was used to, allows her more time with her husband and is less stressful and painful.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend and blessings to you as well 🙂

  8. Glad you’re back, but I love the way you support such a family of animals, indoors and out in the surrounding area. That’s something my own mother taught me is to be thankful of. Isn’t it wonderful when we find just the right present for someone we love? Happy Easter Josie.

  9. Your list is divine! Papa Bear is really a teddy bear, isn’t he? He not only likes your cooking, he is amused my mine as well 🙂
    I read your cats were looking out the window at the excitement of animals and birds outside as them fantasizing about a SNACK attack, which may be true, too, although spoiled house kitties don’t usually know what to do if they even manage to catch one!
    Happy birthday to your daughter and happy she loves her new job! Home health is a calling.
    Happy Easter and Happy A to Z Challenge to you!

  10. Lovely post.
    Finding the perfect gift is a wonderful feeling to have, and to think that you even discovered a box that was exactly the size you needed.
    Being able to rejoice in your daughter having a job that is a better match for her at this time of her life is such a blessing.
    I also never tire of seeing your encouraging words on FB.

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