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Thankful Thursday:) Counting My Blessings

14 May

“Don’t count your dollars to see how rich you are. Count your memories. Count your friends. Count the hugs you get every day. Count what really matters.”
― Toni Sorenson

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That is a perfect quote, and look, the author has a perfect name just like mine. I know too many people who are SO busy counting their dollars that they can’t see the blessings right before their eyes. And, while they’re busy counting their dollars, they puff up their chest and pound their fist and say, “I’m not blessed. I earned everything that I have.” Oh, very sad. (True story. Glad he’s gone.)

I count my blessings every day, living modestly, but I am the richest person on the face of the earth. Just this week, my baby boy came from California to visit me on Mother’s Day and stayed until today. He had a lot of work to do, but he made time for his mom.

We fixed some great vegan meals, and Monday, we went to Trivia Night over at Guitars and Growlers. He explained what a growler was. I thought someone was going to growl at us.🤦‍♀️
I even had a beer, and I’m not a beer drinker. When in Rome.

We had storms and gloomy rainy weather all week, except for today. The sun was out and shining, just in time to go back to the airport. 😔

I didn’t mind the rain or the short visit. I am one happy mom. I also got to visit a little with friends, and the granddaughters called to FaceTime. I have been so blessed.

On my way home, I stopped at the store and found a lucky penny right by my feet. Another penny from heaven. A reminder that Angels are watching over me.

A nice evening walk, and another perfect day. I hope you are counting your blessings too.

Thankful Thursday:) Best Family and Friends

7 May

“Sometimes we spend so much time and energy thinking about where we want to go that we don’t notice where we happen to be.”
― Dan Gutman

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Happiness and blessings are usually sitting right in front of us, we just need to open our eyes. I feel blessed and thankful every day.

Today, was the annual “Friends” Picnic over at Hudson Crossing Apartments. (I forgot to wear my “Friends” T-shirt. 🤦‍♀️) There are about ten or more friends that live in the complex, and they host a big potluck picnic for the gang.

It was Doug and Linda’s birthday this month, so we all sang Happy Birthday. There was plenty of food and drink and friendship.

On my way home, I stopped at church for Adoration and to light a candle. The main sanctuary was totally empty and the silence felt sacred and comforting. As usual, I don’t pray for something I need, I thank God for my many blessings, my friends, and the most wonderful family.

When I got home, I took a brisk 3 mile walk and had a nice conversation with a bunny in my front yard.

She may or not be the mommy of the baby bunnies that may have encountered an early demise by Bella
last week. . Nonetheless, I apologized if I brought harm to her young family. She really didn’t respond, but she sat and listened without budging. I think she accepted my apology. I hope so.

Thus was My Thankful Thursday so far. Feeling blessed.

Thankful Thursday:) More Blessings Than I Can Count

23 Apr

“Sometimes we spend so much time and energy thinking about where we want to go that we don’t notice where we happen to be.”
― Dan Gutman

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I start out my day, every day, thinking of what I am thankful for and counting my blessings. It is said that you can wire or rewrite your brain to be happy if you do this. First thing, don’t even get out of bed, just think of all your blessings. Don’t let any negative thoughts or chores or work worries even slide in there.

This morning I was thankful for a cool cloudy day. I’m delighted that I have so many friends and family that I can depend on, but also, they can depend on me. I’m doggie sitting for Mr. Mike’s dog, Bella. Instead of feeling encumbered, I tell myself, “Now, you have to get your lazy butt up and walk the dog,” so it gets me moving. Then, several more walks during the day. Mr. Mike can count on me.

I wanted to go early vote for our local elections this afternoon, so I called Helene and asked her if she was going to vote and maybe we could grab some lunch.

We voted over at Fire station 5. It killed me not to take some treats for the firemen, but NO… not yet. Hey, we used a Q-tip to select each candidate. Cool!
After lunch, a stop at church for Adoration, pray the rosary, light a candle, and put a little something in the poor box. Also, a quick stop to visit Mr. Jerry.

I am so thankful for the faith that I grew up with. It really doesn’t matter what you call your religion or your church, but if you were raised to love and respect others, and that there’s a more powerful force out there besides our own selfish existence, well, that’s pretty awesome.

Feeling blessed and thankful.

Thankful Thursday:) Words of Wisdom for a Thirsty Soul

12 Mar

“Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

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Some words for thought and the soul from my Facebook friends…

And my all time favorite….

You’re welcome!!!!

Happy Thursday, my friends.

Thankful Thanksgiving Thursday and Some Tacos

27 Nov

“Tacos are like what the voices of a hundred angels singing Bob Dylan while sitting on rainbows and playing banjos would taste like if that sound were edible.”

― Isabel Quintero

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I am thankful for so many things, but my family is at the top of the list. My little granddaughters FaceTimed and said “Happy Thanksgiving.” It’s so wonderful to watch them grow before my eyes, even if from long distance. My son and daughter-in-law are so sweet to call all the time.

My son Matt in California called and we talked for almost an hour. I talked to both of my sisters, and I called my Tia’s. (Aunts) Two out of three answered, and we had a nice talk. I had a nice chat with my old friend Debbie.(Don’t tell her that I said she was old.) Another nice call to my sister-in-law Ann. Then, there were a lot of texts and emails from friends and family.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to be thankful and keep in touch with people to let them know how thankful you are to have them in your life. (You know who you are.❤️)

My neighbor and friend, Mr. Mike texted that he was going to drop of a plate of snacks, and just knock on the door and leave. That was nice. He knew I wasn’t going anywhere.

When I talked to my sister Jo Ann, I told her I was going to carry on the tradition that she and Mom had of having tacos for Thanksgiving. I found some shredded beef and avocado in the freezer. I had my Bernard’s salsa, tortillas, black beans, cheese, and lettuce.

Oh my. Fresh pan fried tacos right out of the skillet. Too good.

Then, the end to a perfect day. A beautiful two mile evening walk, catching the sunset at its finest.

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.

Thankful Thursday:) Technology Is Keeping Me Sane

10 Apr

“I used to think that technology was the biggest reason for distancing families and friends. Now, technology is the only thing keeping us together.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I can’t recall all the times I would see families at restaurants where each member was busy texting or checking something on their phone. They weren’t talking, or sharing exploits of the day. They were tuned out. Or, a little toddlers would be perched on Daddy’s lap, trying to get his attention, only to have the parent texting away. All I could think of was, “I think technology is atrocious!”

Now, being isolated and sheltering in place, most of those families are spending more than a lot of quality time with their families. I’m so grateful to have my iPad and cell phone to read, share stories, take pictures, and keep in touch with my friends and family.

I’m especially grateful for the FaceTime and Messenger features. I get to see my family and grandchildren on a regular basis, and they get to see and hear my voice. I am not a stranger.

I’ve been joining my friends in a group chat, sometimes for hours. We lose track of time, just like we did when we went out to lunch or dinner.

Today, I am VERY thankful for the technology that keeps me in touch with people and keeps me sane. I certainly miss you all so much. Can’t wait to be able to hug you all in person. I pray that day will be soon. ❤️

Thankful Thursday:) Best Friends In The World

31 Jan

Gina Barreca

“It’s not that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but it’s your best friends who are your diamonds.”

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Such a busy, wonderful, creative, fun, entertaining Thursday. Did I leave anything out?

This morning, Lynne invited us over to do some crafting with a Valentine’s Day theme. So, what did we do creative? We painted rocks. Yes, rocks. They turned out so cute.

Here are some of the rocks we painted.

After a lovely lunch, painting rocks and other projects, we were so motivated that we needed to take a road trip to Hobby Lobby… to buy more rocks, of course. Plus, other treasures made their way into our baskets.

By the time I got home, it was after 5:30, just enough time to get in a quick shower and scoot over to Delaney’s for karaoke. More fun with amazing friends. We did a lot of singing, dancing, and partaking of refreshments.

I left the house at 11 am this morning and didn’t land home to put my feet up and end my day till almost 11 pm. Just another jammed packed wonderful Thankful Thursday with the greatest friends ever. See why I’m so thankful!

Thankful Thursday:) So Many Blessings

22 Nov

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.

John Wooden

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It was a cloudy drizzly Thursday, and you would think that would be a bad thing. Nope! I grabbed my umbrella and went for a long walk. We could use the rain, so it was a blessing. I saw a butterfly in my driveway and smiled. The trees were spewing colorful leaves, and several neighbors were hanging Christmas lights, competing with the fall pumpkins and scarecrows.

I ran some errands, post office, bank, and the grocery store. I ran into my friend Rose at Kroger. A quick hug and, “See ya tonight at karaoke.”

Then, a visit to church for Adoration, for quiet prayer, and to light a candle. It’s always so tranquil and calm sitting totally alone in the huge sanctuary. Another time to count my blessings and just say, “Thank You.” I could feel my heart beat slow down and my muscles relax. Gratitude changes your attitude.

Thursday night karaoke at Delaney’s Irish Pub is always a blast, good friends, good food, singing and dancing. Bob belting out “God Bless the USA,” More blessings. Life is good.

Thankful Thursday:) Family

25 Oct

“I am blessed to have so many great things in my life – family, friends and God. All will be in my thoughts daily.”

~Lil’ Kim

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Today, I am thankful for my beautiful loving family. The first part of my visit to Chicago started out with my sister picking me up from wild and crazy O’Hare Airport Tuesday. We stopped for dinner and then back to her house. Wednesday, we ran errands and stopped at the AT&T store, where my sister bought me an early Christmas present. Merry Christmas to me. No more dropped calls and garbled interrupted conversations. iPhone 8 with LOTS of GBs.

Wednesday afternoon, my sister drove me to Northbrook, where I’ll be staying with my son, daughter-in-law, and two adorable grand daughters for a few days. I haven’t seen these little angles since last Christmas.

Aren’t they adorable? Yes they are. The little one was only a couple of weeks when I saw her in December. Yikes! She’s gotten so big.

I went for a walk with the dog this afternoon. The fall colors are really spectacular. We walked the neighborhood for a little over a mile.

A budding artist in the making. We may have to do some artwork while Gamma’s here.

Yes, I’m very thankful today, and every day.

Thankful Thursday:) Thank You Says I Care

20 Sep

“A little “thank you” that you will say to someone for a “little favour” shown to you is a key to unlock the doors that hide unseen “greater favours”. Learn to say “thank you” and why not?”

― Israelmore Ayivor

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Yesterday, the guys from JD’s Make It Green came to cut my grass. This company has been cutting my grass for nearly fifteen years, five years at this house and ten in my last. There’s usually a different crew every few years, it always three Mexican guys crammed in a white truck. And, for fifteen years, I’ve always given them a bag with three cold cans of soda and some sort of snack, either chips, granola bars, cookies or homemade treats. About 90% of the time, I’m home when they come, and I scurry out the door, hand them the bag and say, “Gracias.” They are always appreciative, nod with a slight bow, and say, “Thank you.”

So yesterday, I was still in my Jammie’s when I heard the mowers and blowers humming out back. I quickly got dressed, grabbed my snacks and ran out the front door as they were putting away their equipment. I ran across the street, handed them the bag and said, “Muchas gracias.” They nodded, and I shook the first man’s hand and said,”Y como se llamas?” He replied, “Modesto.” I repeated shaking hands and thanking the other two young men, Esteban and Luis.

They were used to me running out and handing them something cold to drink and a snack, but this was the first time I stopped to ask their names. This makes it so much more personal and sincere. These men work very hard all day, in the blazing heat, and I’m sure they don’t get paid a ton of money and very rarely feel appreciated. Well, I appreciate what they do, SO, I say THANK YOU.

It only takes a few seconds to make someone feel appreciated, and if you feel like going out of your way to do so, you never know how much that might mean to them.

OK, so the funny part is, when I walked back into my house, my alarm system was screeching. When I ran out the door, I had forgotten to turn off the alarm. I didn’t hear it from across the street. Two seconds after I shut it off, the alarm company called to ask if everything was ok because they got a notification. I was embarrassed and explained that I had run outside. So, I had to give my name and secret password for them to believe me.

Thank goodness I remembered after five years. I had to laugh. Well, at least I know the alarm system works and I came back inside before the police were sent out. Now, that would have been embarrassing!

But then again, I would have offered them some brownies along with my apology.