November 28, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for Thanksgiving dinner leftovers. Our family tradition is that my sister-in-law usually hosts Thanksgiving dinner each year. She is a wonderful cook and a gracious hostess <3.
Every year she buys new Tupperware type containers and ziplock baggies for her guests to bring some leftovers home in. My family loves leftovers, especially leftovers from a big holiday meal or party. I realize that not everyone likes leftovers … I have a friend whose family simply refuses to eat leftovers – how sad. Turkey with stuffing and homemade gravy is my favorite day after Thanksgiving leftover meal. I’m doubly blessed because I get extra yummy food and new food storage containers 🙂
♥ Today I am thankful for Thanksgiving dinner leftovers ♥
November 19, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for nature’s beauty. I feel blessed to be able to experience the beauty of a glorious sunset, or to see the sunshine glistening on water. I am amazed when I see the mirrored images of the tree line reflected in the lake.
Each season has its own beauty. The colorful leaves of autumn range from greens & yellows to rusts & reds. Each snowflake has it”s own unique crystal formation. It’s so exciting to see the first green shoots of a crocus online casino breaking through the snow to let us know that spring is on the way. Spring brings stormy weather with magnificent cloud formations, strikes of lightning and colorful rainbows. Summer brings flowers of every hue with innumerable textures and scents.
Mountains ~ prairies ~ forests ~ beaches ~ God has truly blessed us with his beautiful creation.
November 18, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful to be able to “Google It”. In today’s world, we are blessed with access to information with a few strokes on a keyboard. It is mind boggling to think about. You just type a word, phrase or question into the address bar, press enter … and voila, you are given thousands of answers to choose from. You don’t even have to know how to spell it correctly … Google will ask you if you meant something else if it doesn’t recognize your query.
Back in the day, when I was in school, we had to use the library’s card catalog to research various topics. It led us to find actual books on the subject, which we had to read to find the facts we were looking for. A lot of the work had to be done in the library because the books in the “Reference Section” could not be checked out. There were a lot of handwritten notes to refer back to when actually writing the paper. Printing a hard copy wasn’t an option.
I love the convenience of using Google Search Engines. This is one area of modern technology that I am really quite happy with.
November 14, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for hot tubs 🙂 Last night, I was blessed to be able to enjoy a glass of wine and soak in a hot tub. It felt so wonderful to just sit back and relax for a while. The warm, soothing water jets did wonders for my back pain, especially after a long car ride.
Tomorrow, I’ll be out walking around all day … I’m already looking forward to another soak tomorrow night 🙂
November 11, 2014 ~ Today, like most Americans, I am thankful for our veterans. I am thankful for each man and women who put their life on hold to put on a uniform to serve their country. I am thankful for those who fought to win our freedom, and thankful for those who fight to keep it.
After 9/11, I think we have all learned that life as we know it can be forever changed in the blink of an eye. I am eternally grateful to the men and women in the military ~ those who have served and those currently serving. Thank you for protecting my freedom … thank you for being willing to lay down your life, so that I may go to sleep each night knowing you are protecting my right to live in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. I am truly blessed.
November 8, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for Nugget, a.k.a., my “practice” grandchild. What started out as a homeschool Child Care elective class for my daughter when she was in high school, has since turned into a very special relationship.
A friend with a 3 month old baby needed ongoing childcare every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Since my daughter didn’t drive yet, I stayed with her and used it as a “teaching time”. She learned hands on feeding, burping, diapering, etc. Needless to say we both fell in love at first sight … and the rest, as they say, is history 🙂
My daughter still takes care of her occasionally, but I now only get to see her at birthdays and holidays. I just love our little Nugget, she is growing into a beautiful little lady ~ on the inside (where it counts most), as well as, the outside ♥
♥ Today I am thankful for Nugget, a.k.a., my “practice” grandchild ♥
November 5, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for my cell phone. However, I seem to have a love / hate relationship with it, but I am truly thankful to have one. Let me explain …
I love the convenience of being able to make or take a call while I’m away from home. I also love Caller ID … which helps me decide which calls to take (like from my clients or my kids) and which calls I can return later. Even though I’ve had a cell phone for more than 15 years, I do remember the days of having only a home phone. I remember coming home from a long day at work and finding numerous messages on the answering machine. It usually turned into a game of phone tag trying to get a hold of that person.
I sometimes hate that the cell phones, especially the smartphones, seem to almost take over its user. You know what I mean … the person seems more interested in what’s on their phone screen than what is happening in real life situations they are in. They seem more tuned in to their “virtual” friends than the live person they are with. Plus there doesn’t seem to be many etiquette type guidelines for cell phone usage … like I think that it’s kind of rude when someone on their cell phone is talking so loudly that the whole room hears their conversation.
Like I said … it’s a love / hate type of relationship 🙂
November 4, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for the privilege to vote. Today is Election Day … the polls open early and stay open late. It saddens me that many Americans do not exercise their right to vote. Making changes to your typical Tuesday schedule to include a stop at your local polling place may seem like a major inconvenience, but I believe it’s something every American citizen should do.
It’s easy – the hardest thing you’d do would be researching the candidates to help you decide who would want to vote for. It is easy to find voting guides online, whether you have liberal or conservative beliefs.
Why waste such an honor and privilege? Go cast your vote … every vote counts. Let your voice be heard and counted. Whether your candidate is elected or not, at least you have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you voiced your opinion at the polls.
November 3, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for clean water. I am guilty of totally taking this for granted as an American citizen. I am greatly blessed to have clean water at the turn of a faucet. I even filter my tap water through my Brita pitcher to remove even more toxins before I drink it … Talk about being spoiled 🙁
We Americans have fresh clean water at our finger tips, 24/7. Not just drinking water, we have clean water for bathing, cooking, cleaning, Laundry, washing our cars, watering our lawns and gardens, etc.
I know I’m not the only one (at least, I hope I’m not) to not even give it a second thought. I’m also guilty about wasting water. I am, however, trying to be more thoughtful and conservation minded in my water usage.
I wonder if I could even survive if I were forced to live in a country that did not have fresh clean water readily available. It would most certainly be an “eye opening” experience.
Spring has finally sprung … well not quite, but it is trying 🙂 I can at least say all the piles of snow have melted. We had one nice sunny, warmish day last week. My husband and I took advantage of it to start the process of getting the yard tidied up a little.
Chicago endured a long and harsh winter this year … the high winds and 5+ feet of snowfall really took its toll on our yard. When it finally warmed up enough to be outdoors for a couple of hours, we found that the wind had tried to blow down a section of our fence … it didn’t succeed entirely, but it is leaning at a precarious angle. Repairing that is at the top of our to-do list when the ground is more thawed. After walking around and sizing everything up, we realized that we were quite blessed by only having to repair the fence.
Living on a corner lot, we’ve come to understand that our house is kind of like a windbreak. During severe storms, you can almost feel the wind howling all around us. All that wind blows a lot of debris and litter into our yard. We filled a whole outdoor trashcan with what we picked up.
I went around picking up lots of branches that had been broken off during the cold, hard winter. Lets just say we have plenty of kindling for whenever we want enjoy a fire in our fire pit. We also were reminded that we didn’t have time to get all the leaves raked up last fall before the snow came. With 6 trees on our property, raking leaves is like a full time job in autumn. After the litter was cleaned up, we thought that if we were to take a picture of the front yard it would be actually hard to tell if it was autumn or spring. We got to work and filled several bags with leaves.
The best part of that afternoon (besides enjoying some fresh air and feeling a sense of accomplishment) was finding little signs of life peeking out of the ground. If my memory of their locations serves me, we have seen signs of life from the Crocus, the Daffodils, the Hyacinths and the Tulips. Soon we will be able to start turning over and preparing the soil in the garden area. I plan to start my vegetable seedlings indoors this weekend.