November 26, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for modern day computers and software. The other day, I was talking to a friend from high school about our class reunion (how many decades is not important). We were discussing how much things had changed over the years.
When we were in high school, the computer course we learned (or tried to learn) was called FORTRAN. We had to create flow chart programs. We had to enter our program into a key punch machine, usually resulting in a thick stack of cards. Then came the moment of truth … were your flow chart commands correct?? To find out, you loaded your key punch cards into the reader to be printed. If the pin feed printer spit out a long banner = success 🙂 … short banner = failure 🙁 Continue reading →
November 25, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for social media. Yesterday, I shared my blog post on facebook and twitter. I had blogged about feeling miserable because of cold and sinus issues. I’m feeling better and when I logged on today, I was so touched to see lots of comments saying they hoped I felt better soon. It’s nice to know that people care about you … real live friends and those you only know virtually. Birthdays are fun on facebook too … just sayin’ 🙂
That being said, social media can have a down side too. I hope I’m not alone in this when I say that facebook (and the others) can be real time stealers. Many times, I’ll think to myself, I’ll just check facebook or Pinterest really quick and before you know it, an hour or more will have passed.
I love social media – being able to keep in touch with old friends and making new ones 🙂 However, I’m trying to discipline myself by allowing myself “X” amount of time to browse. I actually set a timer … now if I could only sign off when the timer dings … just kidding, I do most of the time 😉
November 24, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for cold medicine. I’ve been fighting off a cold for more than a week and yesterday it finally won. I realize there is no cure for the common cold, but I am very thankful that there are over the counter cold medicines that help alleviate symptoms.
Usually, when I catch a cold, it’s a head cold that settles in my sinuses. I spent the whole day lounging around in my jammies either reading or watching TV. I’m hoping that by resting all day yesterday, I’ll feel better today and be able to accomplish everything on my schedule.
I’d also like to mention that I am thankful for kleenex … I can’t even think about the old days when people used handkerchiefs … eeww !! I’m doubly thankful today, since I missed yesterday.
♥ Today I am thankful for cold medicine and kleenex ♥
November 22, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for no alarm clock days 🙂 Weekdays, as well as some weekend days, usually start with an alarm clock going off at 5:45 am. Most of my days are pretty busy, with me dashing from one thing to another … but that is just life in the 24/7 world we live in.
Last night when we were driving home from our small group meeting, we realized that we didn’t have any commitments for today. When I realized tomorrow would be a rare no alarm clock day, I felt giddy and clapped my hands together (fyi … my hubby was driving).
Of course, I woke up at 7:30 this morning (nature calls), but technically it was still sleeping in for me (plus, I’m a morning person by nature). My hubby, who is a night owl, actually slept until 10. I don’t think the actual time matters so much as that waking up was a choice – a voluntary act on my part … I didn’t have to get out of bed if I didn’t want to 🙂
November 21, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for electricity. I confess … I totally take it for granted. It’s just there, at the press of a button or flip of a switch – until it’s not. The power outages that I typically have usually only last hours … which is plenty long enough for me to realize how much I depend on it being there for me when I need it. Continue reading →
November 20, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for laughter. They say that laughter is the best medicine. It not only improves your mood, but it gives you a sense of well-being. Let’s not forget the health benefits … your facial muscles get a good stretch, plus, a good belly laugh burns calories 🙂
Sometimes I’ll be quietly working in my home office and all of a sudden hear my hubby laugh out loud … not just a giggle, but a full blown belly laugh … while he’s watching TV in another room. It warms my heart knowing he is happy and content ♥
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 17, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for Netflix. I know Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming companies have been around for a long time, but I’ve only started watching TV shows on them in the last year or so.
It started with LOST … I didn’t really know much about the show until the end of the first season on “live” TV. Several friends were talking about how they couldn’t wait until the next season came on. You should probably know that I’m kind of a stickler for reading or watching a series in order. I want to know what went on previously. So I thought I missed the boat on seeing this show.
Queue Netflix and Hulu+ … my husband & I discovered you can start at season 1 and keep going … aka, binge watching. It’s one of our new favorite pastimes. I love having no, or minimal, commercials and not having to wait a week to watch the next episode.
LOST, Law & Order, Revolution, Downton Abbey and others got us through a long, cold Chicago winter last year. This year we have started 3rd Rock from the Sun and Blue Bloods 🙂
November 16, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for pumpkin … everything 🙂 Autumn is my favorite season for lots of reasons … the warm sunny days followed by crisp cool evenings, the spectacular colors of the changing leaves, and of course, pumpkin flavored treats. From Labor Day til Thanksgiving, its pumpkin season … and I’m very thankful!
Pumpkin Spice Latte may be my favorite. This year I found a recipe on Pinterest and made it at home ~ I actually liked it better than you know where. Saving money was nice too! I love pumpkin bread warm from the oven and pumpkin cheesecake with whipped cream. Last night, I had pumpkin ice cream drizzled with warm caramel and pecans … yum … and I’m looking forward to a big slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving 🙂