I have much to be thankful and grateful for. My life has always been richly blessed, although I have not always acknowledged my many blessings. I sometimes chose to focus on small shortfalls and make them loom large. When I would catch myself doing so, I felt great shame, because my challenges and problems were so small compared to others who had much larger challenges and seemed to be handling them much better than I. This year, I’d like to pause to reflect on things I have been grateful for throughout the year.
This year began with two people near and dear to me dealing with significant health issues, which I am thankful to report have resolved to the point where both people are feeling more able to participate in their lives again.
Here’s a random list of things I have been grateful for throughout the year:
Detail shop mowed and vines cut
Met my weight goal for this month
Walter is enjoying attention
Someone subscribed to my Essential Oil list
Mr. L’s concert went well
Mr. L finished spreading the mulch pile
San Antonio grass looking good
Mr. L’s doctor listened to him and ordered blood tests and an x-ray (which confirmed he had pneumonia)
Paperwork for my right knee replacement submitted
We formed our general plan for completing the Eastern Amtrak routes
Received a show time for my surgery
Found a new home for the Kindle Paperwhite
Drains cleaned at the shop
Enjoyed seeing Dean and his son (little did we know it would the last time we would see Dean)
Mr. L slept through the night
Trash guys picked up a second time
Rossie socializing well with Sapphire
Mr. L’s X-rays were clear (pneumonia gone)
Alley hedge trimmed and swept
Mr. L’s persistence
Sneaky is now a housecat
Dryer is an easy fix
Heat pump installation completed
A healthy great granddaughter was born
Tree trimmed off roof
We brought the tractor in from the ranch
Sapphire’s spay went well
A good friend’s surgery resolved years of troubles
Backyard crape myrtles are trimmed
Mr. L’s energy returned
Found a rotten tree base and brought the tree down where we wanted it to land
New soaker hoses
A new author for Blackbirds
Rossie let me pet her for a long time
Straightened the back porch closet
Trailer loaded for annual clean up drop off
Free oil change
Mr. L made a tie down for the outdoor feeder
Dinner with a friend
Birds are using the birdbath
Boomer is gaining weight and looking healthier
Walter is visiting regularly
Zelda, Nick, and Kitten are doing well
So, yes, I am thankful for things both large and small. I’m also thankful for each of you who stopped by to give this missive a read. May you recognize the many blessings in your own lives. Feel free to share the ones that come to mind for you in comments below.
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