November 30 ~ Today is SHOP SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY … Today I am thankful to be a small business owner. I am still in my first year of business but have learned so much. When I think back to the beginning of 2013, I am amazed at all I have learned about owning and running my own small business.
I have been blessed with support and encouragement from my husband, family and friends.
I have been blessed to receive great advice and guidance from many business professionals. Their experience and expertise has been invaluable to me, I couldn’t have learned so much, so quickly without them.
I have been blessed with customers … some of them repeat customers, which is a milestone I use to measure success with 🙂
Gift Certificates are available … Give the gift of time !
♥ Today I am thankful to be a small business owner ♥
November 29 ~ Today I am thankful for relationships. There are so many different types of relationships … personal and professional, close, distant, and everywhere in between.
I am blessed to know and have relationships with so very many wonderful people. All people are blessed with different gifts and talents. I can reach out to them for help, advice, or to just talk about any question or concern. It’s a comforting feeling to know you’re not alone. I believe relationships are reciprocal … a give and take, and I love being able to help others anyway I can, big or small.
November 28 ~ Today I am thankful for traditions. It’s Thanksgiving Day … a day set aside for expressing gratitude for your many blessings. It’s also a day full of traditions with family and friends.
Like most American families, we indulge in a huge feast of turkey “with all the fixins”. Turkey, stuffing, and casseroles, oh my … and let’s not forget pumpkin pie with whipped cream 🙂
This big meal is the backdrop for families as they gather around a heavy-laden table and share their heartfelt gratitude. It is a day filled with love for family and friends.
Many families have certain traditions that they continue from year to year … grandpa always carves the turkey, watching football, the after dinner nap, or go to see a movie. Some families exchange names for Christmas gift grab bags or scour the ad papers for Black Friday specials 🙂
There are many different traditions, but what’s important is that traditions bind families together and are passed down from generation to generation. Traditions make memories … HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!
November 27 ~ Today I am thankful for my children. I have been blessed with 2 wonderful, healthy, fun-loving kids.
When I was growing up, many of my friends wanted to be a nurse, a secretary, or a teacher. Not me, I always wanted to be a mom. Not just a regular mom, I wanted to be a fun mom … I wanted to have the house (with the white picket fence, of course) where all the kids in the neighborhood wanted to hang out. I would always have great snacks like homemade cookies and banana popsicles 🙂 Continue reading →
November 26 ~ Today I am thankful for prescription medicine. I woke up this morning with a migraine 🙁
I have suffered with migraines since I was twelve years old. Sadly, I wasn’t accurately diagnosed until after high school. For years, they insisted my headaches were because I needed glasses, but every time I wore the glasses, they actually gave me a headache. I missed many days of school, staying home suffering with horrible, pounding pain and nausea.
Migraine medication has come a long way since I was first diagnosed in the 80’s. My first prescription relieved the pain, but pretty much knocked me out. I couldn’t work because I couldn’t stay awake. I am blessed these days because I currently take Imitrex for my migraines. It doesn’t make me drowsy, so I’m not totally incapacitated for the whole day.
November 25 ~ Today I am thankful for pets. I’ve had many pets throughout my life … dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, fish, and turtles. Our dog, Tiny, is one of my earliest pet memories from when I was little more than a toddler. I also remember a parakeet named Boomer.
During my teenaged years, we had many parrots. My uncle (who my Grandma and I lived with after my Grandpa passed away) wanted to become a breeder of exotic birds … Cockatiels, Macaws, Cockatoos, African Greys. We had one African Grey, Boogie (remember it was the 70’s), who had a condition that caused her to pluck out her chest feathers. From behind her plumage was beautiful … but from the front, she was pretty much bald. She became one of my favorite pets. African Greys are known for their ability to talk. She said all kinds of things … sometimes repeating things we wish she hadn’t picked up (my uncle’s language wasn’t always what you would call G rated). One of my clearest memories is that my Grandma would send Boogie to wake me up in the morning. She would land on my head and pull strands of my hair saying “Get Up … Get Up … Get Up” over and over until I did just that 🙂 Continue reading →
November 24 ~ Today I am thankful for Sunday afternoon naps. Big yawn … it’s one of my guilty pleasures. It started out innocently enough, when the kids were young we would lie on the couch to rest and “watch” a movie after church on Sundays. Nine times out of 10, we all would nod off half way through it.
The kids are grown now, but I still enjoy a nice nap on a Sunday afternoon. It’s the perfect time to relax and catch up on sleep I’ve missed because of a combination of early mornings / late nights during the week. I wake up feeling relaxed and refreshed. I’ve eliminated the guise of watching a movie … now it’s church, out for lunch, home for a nap, then maybe a movie 🙂
November 23 ~ Today I am thankful for my family doctors. Somehow, over the years, November has become my routine healthcare month. I try to schedule all my various annual physical exams and check-ups around the same time every year.
This morning the receptionist from my doctor’s office called to remind me of my appointment next week. She has been working there for as long as I’ve been a patient there. We were joking around that it was “that time of year” again and realized that we’d been having this same conversation for over 20 years 🙂
After we hung up, I got to thinking that I am really blessed to have such a long lasting patient – doctor relationship. It is comforting to know that she (my doctor) knows everything about my health history. Thinking along those same lines, I realized I’ve been with my dentist for over 15 years … I really like that I have these ongoing, long term relationships with these doctors. I hope that the new healthcare act doesn’t mess it up.
November 22 ~ Today I am thankful for a full pantry. I am truly blessed to have never gone hungry. While I’m no stranger to hard times, I’ve never had to miss a meal. My family has always been fed … it may not have been fancy, but our tummies were full. My heart goes out to those parents who have nothing to feed to their children. It saddens me to think about it, but it puts my troubles in perspective and makes me grateful for all I do have.
Please remember to donate to your local food pantry … they are a great help to so many families who are struggling to make ends meet in this horrible economy.
November 21 ~ Today I am thankful for the gift of creativity. I’ve been blessed with a flair for creating. I love to arrange things so that they are appealing to the eye. Being a slight perfectionist, I don’t like to stop til I’m satisfied that whatever I’m working on will be appealing.
I’ve always been creative … I have memories of helping make craft items to sell at my Great Aunt Ruth’s Annual Christmas Bazaar at her church. My Grandma taught me to crochet when I was 9 years old. I remember I crocheted a miniature afghan for Garfield Goose (a popular kids show when I was growing up) and sent it in to the show. I was so excited when they showed it and thanked me for it on TV 🙂
I’m older now, but still love doing crafts as a creative outlet. These days I enjoy floral arranging, making jewelry and scrapbooking. I’m part of a card making ministry at my church. Every month, we send handmade cards to all the seniors in our congregation. It warms my heart when they tell me how much they love them and how thankful they are to receive them.
I also love working on “behind the scenes” committees for stage plays. Working on live theater productions is always exciting … you never know when something is going to go wrong and you have only a couple of minutes to fix it. I’ve helped on costumes, sets and props. Props is definitely my favorite … I just love “getting in the zone” and working to create convincing scenes 🙂
♥ Today I am thankful for the gift of creativity ♥