I like what we did last year. Listed things for which we’re thankful and spent time focusing on the good versus the bad. Don’t forget to leave a comment with what you’re thankful for. I really enjoyed reading them last time. Here’s this year’s list:
God. Do we thank Him enough? Nope. I am a habitual thanker, but it’s probably not enough, considering all He did and does for us.
Family. We’re lucky and some of our family are in San Antonio, some of which live within walking distance. Not much better than knowing you’re a stone throw’s away from someone who loves you, but distance doesn’t stop family from living in your heart.
Friends. In particular, ones who stay in your life for decades. But whether old or new friends, it’s always nice to know you can be yourself and they’ll love you anyway. Sure, you may get the occasional eyeroll, but true friends hang in there when you’re being a doofus.
Gardens. Eventually, you’ll get tired of me talking about gardens and just get one of your own. In the original Nancy Drew books, Nancy’s father advised her to commune with nature if she couldn’t resolve a problem. So true. Not much clears your mind and renews your spirit like a garden. Unless it’s an ocean, redwood forest, or cabin nestled on the side of a mountain.
Recliners. Ones that come with a handle and not a button you push to lower the footrest. (You saw that one coming a mile away, didn’t you?) And yes, I’m still waiting for the correct recliner.
Computers. How much easier is it to google something than drive to a library? If Google doesn’t know the answer, you probably don’t need to know, either. And thanks to computers, I have people in the UK who love my novels! Fifty years ago, they might not have seen them, and even if they did read and enjoy them, I wouldn’t know it.
Cats. Sorry, but there is no way I can not put cats on here. And dogs. And rabbits. Pretty much any of God’s little creatures that make me smile or sleep on top of my head. Obviously, if one of those little creatures turns out to be a scorpion, then I’m thankful for hammers and shotguns. Just sayin’.
Turkey. I love turkey. Fresh out of the oven or several days after Thanksgiving. Thin sliced on top of toast and slathered in gravy with a side of mashed potatoes, turkey salad for sandwiches, turkey soup, turkey tetrazzini, turkey frittata, etc. I buy the biggest one I can find for Thanksgiving, to ensure there’s plenty for leftovers.
There is so very much to be thankful for. God has blessed us more than we deserve and if you look, you’ll have that gratefulness re-enforced. There’s something to be said for ‘stop and smell the flowers’ and we shouldn’t rush through life so fast and get so overwhelmed with our own problems to realize exactly how blessed we are.
Happy thanksgiving to everyone!