Photo of baby wombats at a feeding bowl. The image features white text which reads "30 Days of Thanks Winner! Once again, I am thankful for baby wombats."

30 Days of Thanks Day 30: December!

Tonight is the last of my 30 Days of Thanks posts for 2017. Another year, another round of daily gratitude posts.

I am thankful that I made it through the month. I am proud of myself for setting the goal on October 31st of committing to daily gratitude posts – and meeting the goal! I have not been consistent with my daily writing this past year, but I managed to pull this off.

I am grateful, so incredibly grateful, to all of you who read my posts and supported me on this journey. Your comments, emails, and texts kept me focused and gave me strength when I was ready to say, “I’m not going to finish!”

Yet, here we are. Tomorrow is December 1st. I am reminded yet again how important it is to remain grateful in the midst of life’s challenges.

Did everything n November go according to plan? Of course not.

But so many amazing things happened in November – from Hamilton, to Brava!, to cookies with my sisters, and everything in between.

I am truly blessed to be surrounded by so much love. I am grateful for the opportunity to work and live independently. I appreciate your support and loyalty to me and my writing.

Welcome December!

Advertisements

30 Days of Thanks Day 27: Flannel Sheets

It is starting to get cold at night here in upstate New York. That means it’s time for the flannel sheets to come out.

I can’t move in bed if I have a lot of weight on my body. But I love to be warm. Flannel sheets are the perfect answer because they provide great warmth without extra weight.

Tonight I will be crawling into a bed made with penguin flannel sheets for the first time this season. Yes, I own penguin flannel sheets. Multiple sets if you want to know the truth.

You got a problem with a 44 year old spinster sleeping in a bed made with flannel sheets with penguins on them?! At least I don’t have cats!

A white peace lily flower stands amidst dark green leaves.

30 Days of Thanks Day 26: Flowers

I got back from my Thanksgiving holiday this afternoon. When I walked in my apartment, the first thing I saw was a new flower on my peace lily plant.

If you are unfamiliar with the story of my peace lily plant, and the significance of a new flower, I encourage you to read this post.

Coming home to a new flower felt like my sister and my father were greeting me as I returned from this past weekend. I smiled and offered a prayer of gratitude.

Then I managed to shove eight containers full of cookies in my freezer.

30 Days of Thanks Day 24: Pie for Breakfast Day!

It’s not even 7 AM and I’m already writing my daily gratitude. Today I am thankful for pie.

I am too full to enjoy pie after our big feast on Thanksgiving. So, I save them for breakfast the next day.

This year I’m enjoying a sliver of the following pies: chocolate Nutella, raspberry (made from the raspberry plants my dad gave my sister), pumpkin marscapone, pecan and apple. What pies are you grateful for today?

30 Days of Thanks Day 20: Warm Feet

I live in the wrong part of the country for my body. Because of my poor circulation and low muscle mass, I am always cold.

OK, maybe not ALWAYS. When I’m in the therapeutic pool, or in the shower, or when I first wake up in the morning, I can feel my feet. But within ten minutes of getting out of bed, my feet are blocks of ice unless the air temperature is above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

From November through April, I usually have a fleece blanket over my lap all day long in an attempt to maintain feeling in my legs and feet. Most days, I’m lucky if my feet don’t completely freeze before I get to work.

The cold makes it more difficult for me to move. The pain of cold feet makes me more cranky. I tell everyone, “I’m pretty much miserable from November through April.”

Sure, I could move to another area. But there are many good reasons to stay. Reasons like good home and community based services, family, and my support network. So I stay and do my best to be as warm as possible.

Today, I had warm feet for almost the entire day! Not because it was warm here, but because I was able to shut myself in my office under my blankets.

Warm feet may not seem like a good reason to write a gratitude post. However, it’s the best reason I have tonight.