Thankful Thursday #2

Because I am a lover of summer I am thankful that I don’t live any farther north than I do. I cannot believe the temperatures this week! I feel (pray) for the homeless, animals,  and folks that have to work outside.

I’m thankful too that I leave for Mexico Monday morning… and of course temperatures will be back in the 60’s.


Thankful Thursday #1

It’s been a long time since I posted a Thankful Thursday post.  When there is so much to be thankful for I could actually post it every day!

This week I am si thankful that we have a wood burning furnace. The weather has been so cold and wet that our electricity bill would be out of control or I would be frozen to the couch!

It was wisdom that my hubby used when we built our home nearly 20 years ago. Now we should more wisdom when it comes to having enough wood for the season.  We have been out cutting down dead trees as we need it this year.


Over the years I always posted daily a list of things I am thankful for throughout the month of November. It’s not that I’m not thankful anymore but I am most thankful right now for each day and the people in those days.

Making my way back into blog land is not going to be stressful and take away the spontaneity of every day life.

Hope you all are having a great week!

Sunday Salon – A Month of Gratitude

Time: 7:12

Scene: It’s a bright sunny morning.  My downstairs family room is bright and where I am sitting in the sunlight it is nice and cozy.  Very crisp outside this morning.

 Today’s Plan: my main goal today is to get our bags completely packed and ready for our Mexico trip. We leave very early Wednesday morning.  Other than that I need to plan ahead meals for grandma and make sure “daycare” hasn’t forgot that this is the week I need them.

Drinking: Coffee with Pumpkin spice creamer

Listening to: nothing, enjoying my nice quiet morning.


The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

The Memory of Earth by Orson Scott Card




November 25 – because that is where we get some really great deals so we can go more than once a year.

November 26 – Youtube because I have learned so much about knitting by watching videos there!

30 Days of Giving Thanks – 13 to 20 Catching up!

Catching up from being out of town and no time to blog!

13 – Family – Yesterday we had our Thanksgiving and it was good to see nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews!  Can’t believe we are Great Aunts and Uncles!

14 – Coat!  I’m really cold natures!  It gets worse the older I get.

15 – My stand up desk.  After riding in the car for all those hours I am glad I can stand at work

16 –  Plenty of food.  I have never known hunger!

17 – Grandmother – I know I sometimes complain about her but she is who made me who I am today!  She’s the BEST!

18 – Smartphones – they keep us connected!

19 – My Kiddos!  I know they aren’t little Kids anymore but I am so thankful for my 3 wonderful young adults.  No matter what might be going on in our life!

20 – My Faith!



Sunday Salon – Home again, Home again, jiggetty jig


Scene: The sun is shining brightly.  It’s a little brisk but not too bad.

 Today’s Plan: A couple loads of laundry, cleaning up, Thanksgiving dinner at hubby’s family, early to bed for work tomorrow.

Drinking: water, I’ve been up working around here for hours

Listening to: The dryer and grandma talking to the dog.


The Witching Hour by Anne Rice


This is our Soldier on the right end!  We are so proud of him. This past week was an amazing experience!

They threw out these smoke bombs and then came marching in formation out of those trees!

They in order by company and Jeremy was in F – Company… Way on the right end of the field.  I couldn’t get a picture of all six companies.

Tomorrow I will share graduation pictures! and catch up on my Giving Thanks!

November 11 – Google maps, I use this a lot when we take road trips.

November 12 – Sunrises.  With the time change I am getting to see the sun come up.  There for a while it was dark until I got into work or when I got up on the weekends.

Sunday Salon along with Days 11 and 12

Time: 7:15

Scene: It’s a cloudy morning.  The brown leaves on the trees are very still.

 Today’s Plan: I will be getting our bag packed to head out of here on Tuesday, laundry, workout, and making things ready for Grandma while we are gone.

Drinking: Coffee with salted caramel creamer.

Listening to: Grandma moving around in her room (just above me), the keys as I type, and my little dog roaming about on the hardwood floors.


The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

Pondering: So, our daughter has done what I expected she would do; found a way NOT to go into the Air Force that makes it look like it’s not her fault.  She has a “knee injury”.  Don’t you actually have to be active to get an injury?  She’s very frustrating to us right now.  And of course we are “estranged” from her again.  Prayers please!? {{sigh}}

November 11 – Google maps, I use this a lot when we take road trips.

November 12 – Sunrises.  With the time change I am getting to see the sun come up.  There for a while it was dark until I got into work or when I got up on the weekends.

30 Days of Giving Thanks – 7 and 8

I guess I’ll just be doing two days at a time!

November 7 – Delta Airlines.  They were able to divert my sisters flight home from Monday out of Chicago to today out of St. Louis.  I got to spend a couple evening with her…JUST ME!

November 8 – Leaf blower!  I will be blowing leaves out of the yard this weekend instead of raking them.

30 Days of Giving Thanks – 5 and 6

I guess I’ll just be doing two days at a time!

November 5 – My wonderful husband.  He was so awesome and “together” when I “lost it” Friday night when I heard Dad had his heart attach.  He is my pillar of strength!

November 6 – Reliable transportation.  We will be heading out for a road trip to South Carolina next week and I am so THANKFUL that I don’t have to worry about the state of my car.  For the first time in oh, 25 years I have a brand new car!  Even though hubby keeps up our vehicles very well I am a worry wort! 🙂

30 Days of Giving Thanks – 3 & 4

I’m a little behind so I will cover two days again.

November 3 – Seasons – I am thankful that the Lord saw fit to give us the changing seasons.  How boring this life would be if everyday were the same.

November 4 – Great medical care.  My father was flown to a heart trauma center last night after suffering a massive heart attack.  Those minutes are crucial when this happens.  One artery was 100% blocked and two are 80%.  They put a stint in the completely blocked one but he was too unstable to do the others.  At a later time.  Thank the Lord for this team that worked on him and the helicopter that got him there!

30 Days of Giving Thanks

I used to host an event to encourage others and myself to give thanks the entire month of November.  I was just not with it this year to get it worked up.  Linda reminded me that I had not begun my Giving Thanks yet!  So I had better get started.  Here is day one and two

November 1 –


Since I had my hysterectomy two years ago I struggled with hormones.  Feeling completely zapped of energy, mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats… You know the drill.  This summer I started BioIdentical Hormone replacement.  It has been amazing.  I feel like I’m 30 again.  I’ve not been sick either.  I have energy to workout and get through a long day at the office.  I’m very thankful that I have good health.


November 2 –

My job

I think I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in my Daybook post that I was thankful for this.  There is no place in our area that I could work and make a good living in the environment that I have.  My office is quiet.  Sometimes it’s a challenge but I really need that once in a while.  It keeps my brain working.  I’m also lucky to have two very nice bosses.

Day 25 Giving Thanks


As I only just returned from my vacation I am so thankful for the down time.  It was a wonderful 4 days of relaxation.  In our go go go world I am thankful that we can get away for a few days.  Being that we have both been at our jobs 15+ years we have the paid time away from our jobs! 🙂

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Day 22 Giving Thanks


God’s plan.  Weeks ago I was going through much pain at the “loss” of my daughters.  Even though this is part of the growing process I seemed to second guess why in the world we would even have children just to be hurt by them.  Now, a few mere weeks later,  I am enjoying the fact that there are fewer people to keep up with, to feed, and to schedule my life around.  God’s plan didn’t seem to make sense to me but I now see how things are to work.  I still miss the girls, and one has yet to reconcile, but I know that God’s plan is better than mine.  It will happen and we will continue to grow as a family and in The Spirit.

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