Ten Things of Thankful – 4/08/18

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Sunday Greetings!

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!

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.

13 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful – 4/08/18”

  1. When we use our computers so frequently, it certainly does put a damper on our efforts to get things done, because all energy for a bit goes toward somehow fixing the problem. What a nice early Mother’s Day gift!

    How nice that you knew someone who would appreciate receiving the pans you no longer need, and how nice to be able to complete your Cuisinart set.

    That is great that your dream vacation is going to come to pass. Enjoy every moment.

    1. It is true that our lives are really tied into our computers and ability to connect to the Internet. Life was very different before technology, but I am so grateful for the gift of connecting with others like you! ❤

      I am always happy when I can dispose of something we no longer need and find someone who can put it to good use. I don't like throwing things into the trash before they are truly worn out.

      I am so looking forward to some time with my toes in the ocean, it's been a couple years now! 🙂

  2. How many wonderful things are in your post today! The new computer, the adopted cats, the new pots and pans and being on the same page with Papa Bear as far as the future goes. I was just washing a pot this morning, one of the Farber-ware ones I received as a bridal shower gift so many years ago. They are a little scratched up but still work. I still wonder if I had newer kitchen things if I would be a better cook. I’ll never know. Medicare is a blessing. I’ve been eligible for two years and Tim is coming up on his 65th birthday in October. It will save us scads of money since we have a small group insurance plan for the business and it is very expensive. I am enjoying your A-Z posts, and I am learning lots about you and your life. I always find others’ lives and their perspectives on those lives interesting reads. I’m not so brave about sharing personal things; I think once you do it will be a floodgate opening.

  3. Awww…. I love your writing. It’s so easy and feels good to read. I’m behind in my reading, but when I opened my browser right now your blog from Sunday was the first one I saw, and I love it. Nicely done.


    1. Thank you so much Dana, I am happy that you’ve dropped by to visit! Writing a Ten Things of Thankful post is the most uplifting activity of my week, once I get started I could easily go on and on! 🙂 I’m headed over to visit your blog now. ❤

    1. Definitely a week of things to celebrate. The new tablet is wonderful and I loved it’s mini price compared to some of the others. It meets all my needs and more. I can’t wait for Saturday and vacation to begin, our time away together is the very best gift of all!

  4. What a list!
    The vacation to the ocean, very cool. Same with new technology, always fun to have a new computer/tablet, if only to appreciate how fast they seem in comparison to what they are replacing. (I tend to keep technology until it no longer functions as well, too old for the ‘always replacing things with the latest version’ approach to life and gadgets.
    Good to hear about the transition to Medicare (and supplement)… well, not as good as being too young to qualify’ of course’ lol but the expense of medical insurance and even the most ‘minor’ of medical procedure makes you breath a quiet sigh of relief to have such coverage.
    The local feline population is fortunate to have you in the neighborhood !
    We tend not to have snakes in our part of the country and certainly not anything as scary as a rattlesnake. We mostly worry about skunks and fisher cats, and have the backyard fences in to keep them out.
    Good post.
    Thank you, as always for keeping the door open.

    1. I go along with your theory Clark, as long as it is working well for me, why replace it?! The trend is to design systems so as to make things quickly obsolete and that is so wasteful.

      The ocean is my happy place, and we live so far away that the rare trips to stay there are cherished indeed!

      Yes, it would be nice to be young and healthy, and fully covered by great insurances like I had in the past, but we will gladly take Medicare/supplement insurance as opposed to the nothing we have now, which is really scary!

      Papa Bear says all the critters in our yard are getting fat… birds, rabbits, squirrels. 🙂 Let’s just say that I am grateful we can help provide food and water for them, this is a difficult climate to sustain life. Now as for snakes, I am terrified of them, and if one actually shows up closer to my door I will probably want to burn the house down and leave!!

      Having a place for us to gather each week is important to me, I am happy that I can easily facilitate that, and I appreciate your faithfulness in joining in!

  5. I’m so glad that you will be able to take that much-anticipated vacation soon! Looking forward to a trip is usually enjoyable, but being able to actually take it is better. (The other night I dreamed that we were going on a vacation and needed to leave right then in order to make our flight, but no one had packed their suitcases yet, and I seemed to be the only person who was in the least bit concerned about our predicament. THAT was not a restful night’s sleep! I trust you will be able to get packed and ready in time to enjoy the beautiful ocean!)

    1. Yes, we’ve been waiting for this visit to the ocean since last Fall, it’s been over two years since I’ve smelled the salt air and witnessed sunrise/sunset over the water and I am so looking forward to it! Preparing for a trip isn’t too bad, other than arranging care for the critters and making sure I’ve organized everything we need to take along. It’s easier because we are driving there in Papa Bear’s truck, so we can take along anything and everything we might possibly need. I still stress about getting it together and tend to procrastinate and then throw it into high gear! 🙂

  6. Ooh, doughnuts.

    Sorry to hear about all the technology troubles, but it had a happy ending, so that’s good.

    I ran into a snake that rattled once. Thankfully, I sopped just in time, but it was alarming.

    Enjoy your time at the ocean. I am heading there myself in a few short weeks now. Probably no dolphins, but you never know, and I’m not giving up on the idea that I might just find myself one while I am out in BC.

    Yes, there’s nothing sadder than when family fight over such matters as inheritance and money at a time of loss and grief.

    I will have to get to checking out some of your A to Z posts. I want to write my memoir/autobiography too and want to make it interesting also. I do believe everyone has a story worth reading.

    1. Fresh warm donuts are even better when they are free!! I was very happy to get the technology issue resolved too, so that I could get into gear with the A-Z, it left me behind but I am catching up. Now I have a spare in case of future problems.

      I am happy that you are going to the ocean too, so many things to feel, hear, and smell… water, sand, air, rushing waves, seabirds! Have you ever felt a dolphin? I did at SeaWorld once, they feel like velvet not slippery like you might expect. I can’t imagine how scary it would be to hear a snake rattle and not be able to see it’s location clearly. I am always on the alert when I am outside now, and I stay away from overgrown spots or areas where they might be hiding.

      I would love to read your autobiography someday, and I hope you do it! We can all learn from how others deal with the struggles and victories in their lives! XOXO

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