Ten Things of Thankful.………… I will not miss it somehow this weekend. Wow, after reading Lizzi’s amazing post, I feel inspired by life, if only for a little while, again. So……………. this list may not be big but I am totally in the moment of self awareness and aware of blessings around me.
1. I am thankful that I pushed myself and stepped outside my comfort zone in writing. Write On The Edge and Bannerwing Books are having a contest where any genre of creative writing is acceptable, 1,000 word limit, and it has to be posted on your blog, then linked back to the challenge. I usually always write poetry, or what I hope reads as poetry. With this challenge and the prompt/inspiration that was given, I decided to do a short, non-fiction story. Memoirs have always been my favorite genre. I have tossed the idea in and back out of my mind for far too long. Even though I secretly hoped of having one written by the time I was 30, I am glad I managed to take a piece of my life and write it in the form of a story. I plan to post it next on this blog. The deadline is Friday the 21st and it is in part community judged, so I am going to go ahead and get mine linked up.
2. I am thankful that I had a nice Valentine’s Day despite the 18 inches of snow. My youngest missed their Valentine party at school but we have two extra days to get her Valentine Cards filled out. I love Love Day and not for romantic reasons. It’s just not a huge deal with family the way Thanksgiving and Christmas are. Even though there are many various stories about why Saint Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the 14th of February, and one story that’s popular is the one where he was murdered over Christian beliefs or marrying Christian couples. Paying no homage to the Roman Emperor led to his murder. It is told on one occasion that before death he wrote a letter to his lover and it ended, “Your Valentine.” There is also the same incident except the story is told that he healed one of the jailer’s daughters, whom was blind. Then before death, he sent her a letter with the same signature. Regardless of how much myth gets mixed in with reality, Valentine’s Day is one of the few holidays where people aren’t trying to push their religious views onto others. (Even my last sentence read “their religious views.”) I accepted others have different beliefs without even doing it on purpose. It’s hard for some. Anyway, I also adore Valentine’s Day because of the pinks, reds, chocolates, and all the prettiful things that decorate Valentine’s Day. However, I despise roses. I think they smell horrible and they can be beautiful, but they are so cliche. I had a guy buy me a flower bouquet of Daisies with Baby’s Breath here and there. I fell in love, or at least for the remainder of 8th grade after the dance.
3. I’m thankful my boyfriend still think of me on Valentine’s Day. It was a surprise too because we agreed we didn’t need to spend any extra right now. I made him a card online and printed it out. He bought me a sweet card, and he is just not the romantic type, so it was nice. And he bought me a Dove’s chocolate heart.
4. Thankful for the heat of a wood stove. I have said this before, but it stands to be repeated. We have had a foot and and a half of snow outside and it’s been extremely cold.
5. I don’t say this often enough but I’m thankful for music. It always makes me feel better some way. I have been listening to a lot of songs that I’m just now hearing and I love new music.
6. Thankful that I have started my fitness program again. I have gained an obscene amount of weight and have been putting off exercise and in fact have not even tried to curb my appetite.. So, yesterday I done 20 minutes of dance routine and a few yoga poses. It’s a start.
7. I am thankful for my Google Drive. Sounds silly but it had synced several photos and other files I needed when the pop incident happened with my other computer, which I actually need to plug it in today and see what happens.
8. I am very thankful to hear from a friend that I hadn’t spoken to since 2007. We lost touch and he had actually sent me an inbox on Facebook on January 13th, my youngest daughter’s 8th birthday. For some reason it went into my “others” folder on my messages so I just hadn’t received it until Friday.
9. Thankful my girls both done wonderful on their report cards and my oldest will be going on a field trip March 7th to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Monticello. To be honest, I have been to the army base in Richmond years ago, and it’s about a 5 hour drive. I wanted to go as a chaperone but this year I’m not going to get to. There is always my youngest’s turn to go. Hopefully, I can go then.
10. I’m very thankful for Lizzi’s dedication to TTofT and so glad for the readers I have. I hope you all come back and read my entry for the contest on Write on the Edge. Honest, helpful feedback is welcomed. Once I post it, I am almost positive I am not allowed to go back to edit the story. However, any good critic is welcomed so I can make any improvements on it later if I want to.
There you have people. My Ten Things of Thankful. I hope everyone has had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and amazing weekend!!
I am so glad that I found TToT being held on Lizzi’s page! I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. For those who don’t celebrate or have different religion or lack of, I’d like to say hope you still enjoy the Holiday spirit and family.
I won’t go into why I really should do TTofT. Long, boring story. Honestly, I don’t feel it this year, which has flown by anyway. I don’t have a big family, or rather all my immediate family has passed away and I celebrate because of my girls. Their father did come in from North Carolina and has them for tonight. They also got to spend last night with their grandfather, his father. Today they got to go to my boyfriend’s mom’s home for dinner and presents. I declined going this year. I’d rather be left alone. But I will do my TTofT.
1. I am thankful that my girls are having a great Christmas so far and my best friend, Sissy bought my oldest daughter a new bed she has been wanting for quite awhile now. We spent the day putting it together while the girls were with my boyfriend. We finally got it after putting the headboard on backwards about 3 times and having to unscrew it, again, and again. It has the memory foam spa mattress. Very comfortable.
2. I am very thankful for my best friend’s hubby who takes the time out of his busy work schedule to carve us ornaments. I always get special ornaments each year for our tree. I have an angel ornament that belonged to my grandmother, an ornament I made her in kindergarten year 1981, another angel my bestie made me, a stocking a dear friend made me in 1991, and ornaments with names, ornaments from The Christmas Place in Tennessee, and ornaments the girls have made each year in school.
3. I’m thankful I was able to buy my girls what they wanted for the most part, and grab my friends some gifts.
4. I am thankful their father came up from N.C. because he didn’t think he was going to get to. So, they get to spend the night and spend time with their half brother, who turned 4 in November, and their step sisters.
5. I am happy for music because sometimes how I feel, I cannot express in words, not even in my poems. So, it seems like I can find a song that was written for me. Matchbox 20 seems to have written my life soundtrack.
6. I am thankful for a few nice gifts I received. Not because I received gifts, but because of who gave me something and it made me feel good that they took the time for the gesture.
7. I am thankful the weather hasn’t been too harsh, but we have had some cold days when the wood stove feels marvelous. We’ve also had some fairly nice days that I don’t need a jacket. Mother Nature seems to be bipolar around this area.
8. I am thankful that I may have the opportunity to sell Perfectly Posh. I had a sample in the mail of the facial mask, The Ritual. I have very sensitive skin so I have to be careful what products I apply to my face. After I tried this mask, my face felt so clean, refreshed, and soft. There wasn’t even a hint of redness. So, this is a product I can get behind. They have facial products, hand products for fingernails, cuticles, foot scrubs, body scrubs, bath salts, and other products that seem wonderful. They also opened a line for teenagers with different face wash products. The products have all natural things in them. I sold Beauti Control make-up in 2004 or so, and I did quite well. However, living in a small town, there were other consultants and it made sales hard. I done better online with sales. I am happy to say that nobody is selling Perfectly Posh in my area and I have alrealydy had some neighbors wanting to try the product and willing to host a party for me. So, when I begin selling the product in January, I’m sure you’ll see the link to my web address a lot. 🙂
9. I am happy with and thankful for buying the book, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath. It was a wonderful look into her life beginning at 18 years old when she began at Smith College and read on the pages the transition from a young, somewhat sheltered girl into a brilliant woman with a strong passion for living and a tragic obsession with death.
10. I am so thankful for everyone I have met in the Blogsphere, and I am so glad to have seen on another blog that TToT was going on. As I first stated, the Christmas spirit and being merry just isn’t on my agenda. So, I’m irritable, then want to curl up and cry. I am bipolar myself, but medicated. I’m not sure where this moodiness has came from. Maybe the stress of gifts, then school field trips, Holiday parties, photos and all of this of course cost money. Then bills, and just being stuck in the house a lot has left me feeling the blues. So thank you Lizzi.
This wraps it up for my TTofT and for some reason the internet and cable have went out, so I cannot add photos into this post right now, nor can I publish it. As soon as things are running again, I’ll post this. The lack of cable and internet seems to add to my mood of ‘meh’. or bah humbug.
<Blogger’s Sidenote: It is 5:27 a.m. and I just took a shower. Played Santa. And The Cable/Internet is back on! yay. Cause I do love watching “The Christmas Story” (you’ll put your eye out kid).>
This is for Considerings, Ten Things of Thankful.
1. Thankful that my oldest daughter wants to help with dishes in a minute. Very cool. She volunteered!!
2. Thankful I’m getting a Chiwawa puppy in 3 weeks.
3. Thankful for all the people I have met through blogging. I have met some people whom I considered friends and I’m honored they allow me to be in their life.
4. Thankful for music I just discovered. I love any genre of music as long as it makes me feel something. Apparently, this is not new music, but I hadn’t heard it before and this is the new album. The National singing ‘Graceless’. It touches my soul.
5. Thankful that both children are still enjoying school even though it’s going on the 3rd week.
6. Thankful because an idea popped in my head yesterday. I think I have shown photos on here of the Wandering Jew plant my oldest daughter gave me for Mother’s Day in 2011. It is growing wonderfully, which is a surprise because I normally don’t have a green thumb. My idea was to take some of my starters that I was getting ready to plant back into my pot, and get two pots to get them started new. Then by Christmas they should be a decent size and I am giving one to my boyfriend’s mother and one to his sister-n-law. I know they will appreciate the thought as well as the beauty of the plant.
7. Thankful it’s Labor Day weekend so the girls and I both have an extra day to sleep in.
8. Thankful I have gotten back into yoga and meditation. It really does the mind and body good.
9. Thankful the Vans tennis shoes I ordered the girls a week before school started finally came in Tuesday so they could wear them to school.
10. Thankful today has been a stress free day, though I haven’t done much of anything.
Where to begin. I guess with # 1.
1. My god-daughter gave birth to her second son yesterday at 12:15 p.m. I am thankful for her, her 1 1/2 year old son Austin, and his new baby brother, Keith.
2. I am thankful to have a tenant move from my little house that I grew up in because she was wrecking the place. Now, I have a tenant ready to move in whom I know will take care of my grandparents’ first home together and the house I grew up in.
3. Very thankful that in 7 weeks, I will be getting a Chiwawa from a good friend. He is tan with a small white heart on his forehead.
4. Thankful I have the money to do some ‘back to school’ shopping for my daughters.
5. I am so thankful we are taking a vacation on the 15th to Pigeon Forge, TN.
6. I am thankful that the Wandering Jew plant my oldest daughter gave me for Mother’s Day 3 years ago is finally filling out.
7. I am thankful for my close friend, April, who has been a God send the past couple weeks.
9. Thankful for a clean house.
10. Thankful for make-up because I’m sure my eyes have bags under them from little rest.
Hop over to Considerings and tell everyone what your thankful for.