I am sitting here in the quiet of Sunday morning while Papa Bear drinks his morning coffee and reads the newspaper online. The furkids have worn themselves out playing and are now gathered around me in my writing room and settled in for naps. I was just thinking how nice Sundays are now, peaceful! When I was working Sunday always went by too fast, and Sunday evening was a countdown until bedtime with the dread of Monday morning looming. Now every day is a good day for me, and I am so thankful for that! I am also thankful that Papa Bear can have a day of rest, and I’m praying that in the future he can have more.
Today is a nice break from the first week of A-Z and hustling to get posts ready and shared. My week started out a bit frustrating as the charger for my tablet suddenly died, and I learned after a trip to Best Buy that it was just obsolete enough for them to no longer carry charger cords for it. I am very thankful for the kind salesperson who risked his own job to quietly let me know that I could order the charger I needed from Amazon and provided me with it’s model number. He was a caring young man, and a godsend to me that day.
So I went home and ordered it and thought I would use my older laptop as a back up to complete my A-Z posts until the new charger arrived. No such luck. It seems that the old laptop charger also decided to finally give up the ghost and refused to keep the laptop powered up enough to use. Big sighs, and another charger ordered online.
Making one more attempt, I pulled out an older laptop that has been laying around waiting for me to retrieve stored files and photos, thinking it would be slow but at least functional. Unfortunately, it is so old and slow that it won’t stay connected to our wireless internet and won’t accept the security certificates for even WordPress.
Sharing my tale of woe with my kids, they decided this was the perfect time to provide me with an early Mother’s Day gift of a new notebook computer! I picked one up at a great sale price at Best Buy and I LOVE it! Perfect screen size and keyboard, and it didn’t cost and arm and a leg… thankful, thankful, thankful!!
Thankful to be back up and running and able to participate in the A-Z Challenge! I’m also thankful for old friends and new visitors who have stopped by to read my A-Z posts that are themed to provide information about me, the person behind the words you read here. Some of what I’ve shared and will be sharing is very personal, and I’m thankful for all the positive and supportive responses I’ve received. This is kind of a test to see if I have the courage to someday write my biography, and if it would bore people to death. 🙂
High on my list of thankfuls this week are answered prayers for two friends facing major medical issues. One was able to undergo a procedure which will result in him feeling so much better, and the other received very hopeful news from a specialist. God is good!
Another great reason to be thankful… Andy, the (probably abandoned) kitty I rescued from outdoors along with his sibling Smokey, was adopted into a wonderful forever home along with his “girlfriend” from the rescue group in town where he’d been residing. The lady that operates The Forgotten Kitty Rescue is amazing, loves cats, and has wonderful success in caring for them, getting them vetted, and finding them new homes. If you are an Amazon Smile shopper and haven’t set any non-profit to receive the benefits from your purchases, I encourage you to choose The Forgotten Kitty Rescue in Odessa, Texas! If you’re not an Amazon Smile shopper, check it out! It costs nothing and benefits whatever non-profit you choose! I am thankful for the Amazon Smile program! 🙂
Speaking of Amazon shopping, I was recently able to purchase two new saucepans and a large frying pan to complete my set of Cuisinart pots and pans that I love so much. They are not inexpensive, so it was a wonderful gift from Papa Bear, and I was able to double that blessing by donating my older but still very usable pots and pans to a recently single guy that works with Papa Bear. He was so pleased with them. I am thankful for rehoming things we no longer need or use. Win-win!
I am thankful for winning tickets in a promotional game at my grocery store which meant I got to take home a box of free donuts from their bakery one morning this week. What a fun start to the day! 🙂
I am thankful that the rattlesnake we found on the road less than 150 feet from our house is only the second we’ve seen since we moved out here eight years ago, and that it had already met it’s demise, probably thanks to one of the local dogs I grumble about that neighbors let run free. I am terrified of snakes, all snakes, and when it comes to rattlesnakes it is with good reason, they are deadly. We are exercising extreme caution when we are outside.
When you reach your sixties, thoughts on mortality are ever-present in your mind. I am thankful that none of our children – my two and Papa Bear’s three – are the kind that will fuss and argue when it comes to final settlements. We have very little to pass on, and what we have will be divided fairly between them. They are all doing well on their own, except for one, and would rather we hang around for awhile yet. I have seen families torn apart over wills and inheritance and I think it’s such a tragic thing.
Papa Bear and I are both so very thankful that we now have him signed up for Medicare and a good Medicare supplemental plan, all of which go into effect on June 1st. Then he will finally be able to address a couple medical issues that need to be taken care of. The broker we are working with is a wonderful and patient young man who explained so much and was really helpful in making the right choices. I will be joining Papa Bear in the Medicare system in nine more months. It doesn’t seem possible that we are that old already!
I saved the happiest thankful for last… two weeks from today, God willing, we will have our toes in the ocean the Gulf Coast. The vacation to Galveston that we had to postpone last fall due to the hurricane is finally going to happen! The ocean is my favorite place, where I find my center and my peace. I can’t wait!!
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!
If you’ve never participated in our weekly Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, I encourage you to check it out! You can click on the link at the top of this post to go to the Ten Things of Thankful blog page and read what others are sharing this week, or you can click on the blue button below to view the other links and add your own. If coming up with ten things sounds impossible, don’t worry, we aren’t counting – any expression of gratitude will do! You will discover that focusing on the positives is powerful… it’s impossible not to feel better about life when you finish writing your post and reading what some of the other contributors have shared!