Gratitude

Thirty Days of Thanks, Day Thirty

Wow. I can’t believe it’s already the 30th day. While I might not have written the most eloquent of posts, at least I accomplished the task at hand … which was to try to write daily.

I forgot how I love to write and had honestly put things aside because I’ve been too busy. Well, I’m still busy but at least I’ve made the effort to set aside time to write. I just hope I can continue the trend of writing more, because I hate to disappear for long periods of time. I hate to lose the skill. (Not that I’m the best of writers, anyway … but you get the point.)

So on this last day, I am thankful for this exercise. Not only did it force me to write daily, but it forced me to look at what I have in my life and be grateful for what I have.

Thirty Days of Thanks, Day Twenty-Nine

Boy, it’s getting colder out there. And dark. I really don’t like this time of year because it’s dark when you go into work and dark when you leave. That’s why every year I look forward to the winter equinox … the longest night of the year. That just means that we’ve turned the corner and the nights will start to get shorter and the days longer.

Of course, that date (winter equinox) is December 21st, every year. Except this year it’s 2012. You know, December 21, 2012 … the end of the Mayan calendar and supposedly “the end of the world”?  <snigger snigger>

All this means is winter is definitely around the corner. Which means, at least in the northern half of the US, snow will soon be on the ground.

Not that I don’t like snow. It’s pretty to look at and to play in. But not exactly fun to clean off your car or shovel your driveway.

Working downtown, I do see a fair share of homeless people … and I always think of how hard winters must be on them. I’m sure their situations are hard all around, but throw cold weather into the mix? I’ve gotta believe that’s just one more added stress.

That’s why today I’m grateful for a roof over my head and the warmth that a house provides to us. I realize that we may not keep it as tidy as it should be, but it’s a place that Hubby & I can call our home.

 

Thirty Days of Thanks, Day Twenty-Seven

Dinner. Redcoat Tavern. Clam chowder & Redcoat burger.

Yep, that’s what I’m thankful for today.

Thirty Days of Thanks, Day Twenty-Six

Well, I have to say … going back to work after a four-day weekend was tough. Lots of issues to trouble-shoot, lots of reports to go through. But as busy as it was, I’m grateful for the work. It definitely made my brain work harder… not to mention that it made the day go by faster!

So today I am thankful that I have a job.

Thirty Day of Thanks, Day Twenty-Five

I stayed up way too late last night. Which, in turn, had me waking up pretty late this morning.

Not that I did anything exciting but watch TV and do laundry last night. But that’s okay by me. I’m too old to be out past midnight these days.

In fact, that’s what I’m thankful for … being able to sleep in. I know that this is a luxury that most people don’t have.

Thirty Days of Thanks, Day Twenty-Four

Why can’t we have more four-day weekends? I can get a lot more things done if given four days off every week.

Of course, when I mean “get things done,” it really means “do fun things” like go to the movies. And start Christmas shopping. And knit.

Oh, and clear out the DVR which has been almost at max capacity for the past couple of weeks. Thank God for holiday breaks in TV programming.

But that’s not what I’m thankful for today. What I’m thankful for is the time spent with Hubby doing all these things this weekend.

Except the knitting part. Because he don’t knit. 🙂

Thirty Days of Thanks, Day Twenty-Three

I have two kids at home. They rely on me to feed them and keep them warm and love them unconditionally.

So what if they have fur and walk on all fours?

Yep, my kiddos are my dog and my cat. Two adorable pets that we adopted. One beagle-shepherd mix (Kozzy) who’s absolutely adorable, but not necessarily the sharpest tool in the shed. And one black cat (Yami) who likes to think she’s the brightest crayon in the box.

The two of them, though not the kind of kids I thought I’d have, are my children.

I’m so thankful to have them in my life.

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I’d be remiss if I didn’t include my third furbaby, Rain. Especially since it was Thanksgiving weekend when we had to let her go. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her …

Thirty Days of Thanks, Day Twenty-Two

Kairi and Tyler, sitting on my lap!

Today is the ultimate day of thanks … at least here in the U.S. Nothing like watching “America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” in Detroit and then heading down to Ford Field to watch the Lions play the Houston Texans (we were robbed of that game!) to make it a Detroit-type of Thanksgiving Day. Top it off with a Turkey dinner at the In-Laws, it’s just been a wonderful type of day.

So what am I thankful for today? Family, for one. I just wish I could spend it with everyone in my family. It’s always hard during the holidays trying to find a way to split time between two families.

Friends are also another thing that I’m thankful for. I may not always be in touch with them, but knowing they’re out there makes life less lonely.

And of course, there’s the everlasting love and devotion that I get from Hubby. That is something that I never take for granted and am so thankful that I’m blessed with having such a best friend and soulmate for my husband.

So there you have it … three things I’m absolutely thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Thirty Days of Thanks, Day Twenty-One

Short, but sweet today. I am very thankful for the long holiday weekend.

So what if I’m on call?

Thirty Days of Thanks, Day Twenty

Spent part of my day outside today. That is, after spending most of it indoors at work. But at least I got to leave in the early afternoon.

My Mom and I went to place a grave blanket on my Dad’s grave this afternoon. We bought a bare blanket and spent some time decorating it with ribbons and bows. This is the first time we decided to decorate it ourselves and we actually had a fun time doing it. We did a fine job, if I do say so myself!

Afterwards, we went out for an early dinner and had some nice conversation. Overall, it was a great afternoon.

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So I’m thinking that Mom & I should make it an annual thing … something we can do together. Because there’s not much we do together.

It’s not that we don’t get along … it’s just that we don’t share a lot of the same interests or find a lot of things in common.

I wish we could … find things more in common. Which is strange to say, since she is my mother. We should have tons of things in common. But we don’t.

It’s one of those things that I shouldn’t do … but I blame part of it on the fact that I don’t have children.

(Yes, I’m bringing out the “Infertility Card.”)

We’ve never really had much in common, even growing up. But I always thought that once I had a baby, I’d be able to turn to my Mom for some “I don’t know what the h*ll I’m doing”-bonding.

And even if we didn’t always see eye to eye, I would put our differences aside if my kids wanted to spend time with their “Lola.”

But since the kids/grandkids thing isn’t going to happen, I want to find some way to bond with my Mom; to connect with her.

So maybe it won’t be bonding over what latest funny thing “Johnny” just did. Maybe it’ll have to be bonding over what we’ve lost together … her, a husband; me, a dad.

What am I grateful for today? The time spent with Mom, bonding over my Dad.

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