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 ♥
November 20 ~ Today I am thankful for old friendships. Last night I got to spend some time reconnecting with someone I’ve been friends with since we were in grade school. We won’t go into how many decades we’ve been friends, but I will say that her friendship has always been a blessing to me 🙂
We had been trying to schedule a time to spend some time together, but were having a hard time choosing a date that worked for both of our busy schedules. After numerous texts, she mentioned she couldn’t meet me somewhere last night because she was going to be babysitting for her newborn grandson. I jumped right on that and invited myself over to her house to “help” … anything to get to hold and love on a little baby ♥
As always, it was like we were never apart. To me, that’s a sign of a true lifelong friendship. Even though we sometimes go 6 or more months without talking, we always seem fall into our own natural rhythm … just picking up the conversation wherever we left off last time 🙂
November 19 ~ Today I am thankful for the sky. I’ve always been fascinated with the sky … it has so many different characteristics, displaying a multitude of colors … many varying shades of blue, from bright vibrant blue with puffy white clouds on a sunny day to dark navy blue on a star studded night. It’s grey and threatening on a stormy day. The glorious color palette is awe-inspiring at both sunrise and sunset. So many different types and shapes of clouds … and lets not forget about rainbows! Oh, and the sun and the moon … one of my favorite things is to see the sun glistening on water – or – dappling through the trees. I love how bright it is when a full moon is shining down on a freshly fallen snow !
November 18 ~ Today I am thankful for changing seasons. I’m blessed to live in an area of the country where the seasons actually change. The weather in the Chicagoland area often gets a bad rap. It seems we have every extreme known to mankind (slight exaggeration … maybe). From hot & humid to frostbite below zero wind-chill temps … from drought, Smokey the Bear warnings dry to flash flooding … and throw tornadoes and blizzards into the mix and well, you get a pretty good picture 🙂
Along with the multitude of weather scenarios, we get all four seasons. Fall is my favorite … I just love the gorgeous color of the leaves, and pretty much anything pumpkin flavored 🙂 I count it a blessing to live in an area where we get to experience the change with each season.
November 17 ~ Today I am thankful for my washer and dryer … modern conveniences that I take for granted every week. With the wet, stormy weather last night, I chose to stay home and stay nice and dry. I decided to have a relaxing evening reading a book and getting some laundry done.
As you already know, reading is one of my favorite hobbies. I love historical fiction and was reading a novel about the pioneers settling the west. In the late 1800’s, you worked from before the sun came up til after it set. A housewife was always busy. Everything was done by hand … sewing, cooking, cleaning, canning … the weekly chores were never ending.
It’s hard to imagine such a life when I’m surrounded by so many modern conveniences. I’m so blessed to not have to pump water by hand – then heat it – scrub each garment by hand – rinse out the soap (that I had to make) – wring them out – hang them to dry – then fold them.
Last night, while reading my book relaxing in a nice comfy recliner, I did 4 loads of laundry from start to finish. I am so thankful for my automatic washing machine and dryer … for hot and cold running water … for so many inventions that make homemaking so much easier than it was back in pioneer days 🙂
♥ Today I am thankful for modern conveniences like my washer and dryer ♥
November 16 ~ Today I am thankful to have an honest and trustworthy mechanic. I am blessed with the peace of mind of knowing that I can trust that I won’t be taken advantage of (you know the reputation of some auto repair places). Over the past few days, I’ve posted about being thankful for my reliable vehicle and for the friendships I’ve made through my church. Today my post ties those 2 things together in my thankfulness for knowing Terry. Terry belongs to our church and he owns Krage’s Auto & Tire Center, a Goodyear service center in West Chicago. If you are in the market for a great mechanic, give them a call 🙂
We have been taking our cars to Krage’s for years. Terry always takes time to explain everything to me in great detail. His customer service skills are top notch. I posted earlier about being thankful for a reliable car … we have, however, been looking for a newer model used vehicle. Terry has helped in our search and has inspected a couple that he advised us against. I trust his knowledgeable advice. I know that the next used car we buy will have passed his scrutiny 🙂
♥ Today I am thankful for my trustworthy mechanic ♥