Ten Things of Thankful – 5/05/18

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This has been a really busy week, and I am chasing my tail as usual, but it has been a good one too, so I can’t complain. I have so many reasons to be thankful, here are just a few…

When I got brave enough to step on the scale after vacation I discovered that I had miraculously lost three pounds!  It must be due to sunshine, sand, and salt air, and the fact that we did a lot more walking that I usually do, because we indulged in all kinds of good food and treats and I was fully expecting to see the numbers higher. I think this little gift is God’s way of reminding me that I need to get out and walk more.

We had a lovely rainstorm Thursday evening.  We are in a severe drought here so hearing that rain against the windows was wonderful, and it was even better to see things greening up a little the next day.  Wildflowers are happy and blooming in this dry, often desolate, place!  I know the bunnies are happy for green grass too.

Speaking of bunnies, I put food out for them each evening and one has become quite brave. As soon as he hears the food hitting the ground he appears and comes within just a few feet of me to get the first dibs on dinner.  The others will scatter if I’m present, but return as soon as I head inside and shut the door.  I am thankful we are able to provide a little supplement for their diet and lots of fresh water.

The bird population is thriving, and we see new kinds appearing each week.  We have just one tree, and they all share it and the birdfeeder, and birdbath.  The ground squirrels are also feasting on spilled seeds and what I put out for the rabbits. Papa Bear is not too thrilled with their tunnels in our weedy yard, but says it’s ok until the riding lawn mower falls into one and disappears. 🙂  All these critters moving about outside the windows day and night keep the inside furkids entertained…  live “tv”!

I had one of those “God’s timing” experiences this week.  I had enrolled in some catastrophic health insurance (heart attack/cancer/stroke) and the policy booklet arrived on Wednesday.  I glanced through it, and at the back of the book was a discount card for vision services… both the exam and glasses.  It just so happened that I had an appointment with the ophthalmologist the following day, and was able to enjoy substantial savings because of that card!

I am thankful that both Papa Bear and I were able to afford eye exams and order new glasses this week, it’s been a few years and was overdue.  One less thing to worry about for a bit, and it’s always fun to have a new look. I really like the frames he chose too.

I am thankful that although I have the start of cataracts in both eyes, the doctor doesn’t feel this will present a problem for the next couple years or so. Ahhh, the joys of aging.

I am thankful that we were able to stop at our favorite meat processor on the way back from vacation and bring back an ice chest full of their excellent ground beef and breakfast sausage; far fresher than what we can buy at the grocery store here, it looks, smells, and tastes so much better! If only they weren’t so very far away.

I am so thankful that my daughter is really loving home health nursing as opposed to floor duty which she has done for the past twenty one years.  It isn’t always easy to get her to try something new. She’s discovered that the patients are so welcoming and friendly, and she is able to use some of her teaching skills to help them better care for themselves. Although the hours are long, with charting at night, and much driving across Dallas, she no longer experiences the horrible foot, shoulder, and back pain associated with twelve hour shifts on your feet, and working independently is nice too!  She got a great review from her boss this week, which doesn’t surprise me, she is a dedicated nurse.

I am thankful that when I am stubborn and resistant to God’s plans for my life, He is sometimes insistent, and always in my best interests.  I am somewhat on the reclusive side, and we don’t often have visitors in our home.  A new friend wanted to stop by for a visit yesterday and we chatted away for nearly two hours.  It was so fun to meet someone who talks as fast and loud as me, and connects with me on so many levels. I truly enjoyed it and look forward to getting to know each other better. She is my daughter’s age, and yet age didn’t make a difference. God knows my needs and always provides for them and gives me so much more!

First, last, and always, I am so very thankful for my Papa Bear. I love his humor, his desire to spend time together, his flexibility in changing and adapting to what the day and life bring, his patience, his lack of complaining, his sense of responsibility, and his astounding ability to remember people, places, names and dates when I can barely remember my own name. 🙂  He is the best, one of God’s very best, a true gift of grace!

Time to get moving and head out to the feed store for more bird food. We are supposed to hit the first triple-digit weather of Summer here next weekend; I do not love it, but I will be very thankful that the new air conditioning unit we bought last fall is working so well, and has reduced our heating/cooling costs too. Life is good.

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! The linkup opens early each Friday and closes at 11 PM on Tuesday night, so there is still time to join in!

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.

10 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful – 5/05/18”

  1. I have missed visiting you. The last few weeks have been ok but crazy so blog world has taken a back seat to real life. Always a treat to read your thankful list.

  2. Good for your daughter. Both my dad and my brother relied on wonderful home health care providers at the end of their lives. The ability to do those jobs well is a true gift.
    I have been able to fit in more walking over the past couple weeks too. It feels so good.

  3. It’s so nice that you feed the creatures that dwell near your home. Losing weight on vacation is wonderful. I think there is less stress and that makes a big difference. Plus we eat well and the snacking temptations are not around like they are at home. I wish I could say I lost any weight, but it is stubbornly sticking around my middle since the winter. Maybe now as the temperatures rise, even though I think I have more stress in my life than I have had with my father and the situation with my kids. There are worse things, I suppose. I enjoyed your photos during your vacation and I had no idea Papa Bear was such a wonderful photographer. Enjoy the week!

  4. Weight loss when expecting gain is a very nice surprise! I bought some bird seed the other day; our new house has several feeders and I’m looking forward to seeing the various birds this summer. Glad you were able to get a deal on your new glasses–glasses can be pricey! Glad, too, that you were able to meet a new friend, and of course, a good husband is priceless.

  5. We have the rabbits (well, it seems we have two) but not so much the birds (although there are various birds of prey that either dive through the trees (red tailed hawk) or circle slowly in the sky (turkey buzzards).
    Rain we got (I can imagine if drought conditions were the case here we might view the rain (every third day it seems) differently. It’s still better than snow.
    Timing is everything and it’s good when the surprise is a pleasant and/or positive one.

  6. Wonderful list of thankfuls. I have tried feeding rabbits in the past with carrots and they had no interest- what do you feed them? Sorry I haven’t done a thankful post for this week yet. XO

  7. Do you also have jack rabbits? Papa Bear’s comment about the possibility of losing the lawn mower in a tunnel made me laugh. Those tunnels really can go on forever and be larger than expected.
    What a great deal when you needed new glasses.
    I think I need to go on vacation to lose some weight, oh, and of course walk, and walk.
    How nice that you made a new friend.
    I had the laser surgery to remove cataracts a few years ago, and I was surprised at how quickly it was done.
    Hope you can stay comfortable as the days begin to heat up.

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