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Thankful for Netflix

Tracy Helps You’s Thankful Thoughts for Today ~ 11/17/14

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 🙂

♥ Today I am thankful for Netflix and Hulu ♥

Thankful for pumpkin season

Tracy Helps You’s Thankful Thoughts for Today ~ 11/16/14

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 🙂

♥ Today I am thankful for pumpkin … everything ♥

Thankful for ornaments and memories.

Tracy Helps You’s Thankful Thoughts for Today ~ 11/15/14

November 15, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for ornaments. Well, not only the ornaments (but I do love ornaments), but also the wonderful memories they represent.

I own lots (& I mean lots) of ornaments, many of them belonged to my grandmother. I made many of them throughout the years. Others represent life events … Our First Christmas Together … Baby’s 1st Christmas, and the like.

Each year when I’m decorating our tree, I get to relive all those memories with each ornament I unwrap … so nostalgic.

Today, I went to Bronner’s … the world’s largest CHRISTmas store 🙂 Oh my … it was heavenly! I’ve never seen so many ornaments. Okay, I confess that I may have bought one or two …

♥ Today I am thankful for ornaments & nostalgic memories ♥

Thankful for hot tubs

Tracy Helps You’s Thankful Thoughts for Today ~ 11/14/14

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 🙂

♥ Today I am thankful for hot tubs ♥

Let Tracy Helps You do your grocery shopping for you - you'll be thankful you did.

Tracy Helps You’s Thankful Thoughts for Today ~ 11/13/14

November 13, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for modern grocery stores. It truly is a blessing to be able to just “run to the store” when you are out of something. I think many people take them for granted, I know I do. If you live near a city or its suburbs, the grocery store is more of mega center. You can get practically anything you can imagine. They usually have aisle upon aisle of specialty foods and most ethnic ingredients you might need.

Many of the national chain type grocery stores are actually superstores. These stores combine department store items with food items under the same roof. Some of these stores even have a car maintenance department on site so you can get your oil changed while you are shopping. Some of these mega stores rent space to other businesses like hair & nail salons, eye doctors or bank branches. All very convenient for one stop shopping, which can save time 🙂

♥ Today I am thankful for modern grocery stores ♥

Thankful for fun Road trips

Tracy Helps You’s Thankful Thoughts for Today ~ 11/12/14

November 12, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for fun road trips. I never used to like road trips … when I was growing up, it was all about getting from point A to point B in the shortest amount of time that is humanly possible. Potty stops between fill-ups were frowned upon. We were encouraged to “go” when we stopped for gas … even if we didn’t feel the “urge”; we should still try to “go”.

Nowadays, I really enjoy road trips with my hubby. He is so easy going. I have a bad back … sitting or standing in the same position for a long time make my back sore and stiff. My wonderful hubby will pull over as often as I need to stretch. He would stop at every exit if I asked him to <3

Plus … we always go shopping for road trip food (aka – junk food) before getting on the road. Yummy snacks – singing along to the radio – enjoying the scenery, now that’s a fun road trip … besides getting there is half the fun 🙂

♥ Today I am thankful for fun road trips ♥

Thankful for veterans who serve our country

Tracy Helps You’s Thankful Thoughts for Today ~ 11/11/14

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.

♥ Today I am thankful for our veterans ♥

Thankful for mesmerizing flames

Tracy Helps You’s Thankful Thoughts for Today ~ 11/10/14

November 10, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for the mesmerizing flames of campfires. It doesn’t matter if it’s a big, roaring fire out in the woods while camping or a smaller fire in my backyard firepit.

I just love sitting around a nice cozy fire and staring into the flames. Staring into the flames seems to calm me. It seems to put me in a contemplative mood. I love to watch the glowing embers as they seem to have pulse.

I always have great conversation while sitting around a cozy fire with friends. Somehow, the flames seem to entice people to share their feelings and deep thoughts.

♥ Today I am thankful for the mesmerizing flames of campfires ♥

10th Anniversary - Thankful for Romantic Days at the Beach

Tracy Helps You’s Thankful Thoughts for Today ~ 11/9/14

November 9, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for Anniversaries that remind us of old memories. Today is our Wedding Anniversary, and I am sitting here remembering our wedding ceremony.

It was a gorgeous, sunny and mild autumn day in Chicagoland. It was a second marriage for both of us and we wanted a simple ceremony. It was more important to us to be surrounded by friends who knew us well to participate in a meaningful ceremony. Our Pastor preached a very personal and heartfelt sermon for us because he knew us all so well.

We had the world’s youngest maid of honor and best man … my kids, who were 9 and 12 years old at the time. We wanted them front and center because we weren’t only a couple joining together in marriage, but joining as a family as well.

Our simple cake and coffee reception was right after the ceremony at the church. We were then whisked away in a white limo … just the two of us, off to our romantic honeymoon ~ a log cabin nestled in the Smoky Mountains.

Such a wonderful memory … I think I’ll find the video so we can watch it this evening to relive those memories … and get a chuckle over how young everyone looked … after all, laughter is an important part of a great marriage 🙂

♥ Today I’m thankful for Anniversaries that remind us of old memories ♥

Thankful for Nugget

Tracy Helps You’s Thankful Thoughts for Today ~ 11/8/14

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 ♥