Well, it has been forever since I have posted to my blog. Well, a little over three weeks. But it feels like forever. I wish I could say those three weeks were spent doing something stupendous, but that is not the case. I slept a lot getting over the infection that caused the need for a root canal—and had several visits to the dentist in there as well. A legal matter is moving forward so very slowly it seems to be standing still—and that fact frustrates me more some days than others. But through it all, I did keep my gratitude journal, but not online. Giving thanks and sharing appreciation needs to be an everyday thing, even though today (Thanksgiving) calls for a bit more thoughtful reflection and gratitude.
Here is my list of some of the things I am thankful for today:
My dentist: He saw me on short notice and eased the pain! And he is very gentle when poking around in my mouth, kept the procedures pain free, answered all my questions about what he was doing and why, and did not ask very many questions when my mouth was full of so much junk that there was no way I could talk. Other than the terrible shrill whine of the drills, the experience was not bad at all. And as my mom would say, “It’s good you still have all your teeth for the dentist to work on.”
My general good health: Two years ago at this time I was preparing for my last surgery, meaning my most recent surgery but also hoping that I don’t need another surgery one anytime soon. The surgery successfully reversed the need for a colostomy bag. Geez, am I thankful to not have to live with that anymore!
My parents: They are both still basically healthy, although they do have aches and pains. I was not with them today, but celebrated with them on Tuesday. Their medical needs are different enough that they live in different facilities, but I saw both of them. Mom and I shared a nice lunch and talked about decorating her room for Christmas. Dad—although his memory is not the best these days—remembered enough to tease me about calling him when I got home safe from my over two-hour drive home. Over the years, whether I was traveling 5 minutes or 5 hours, Dad wanted a call and I would typically say, “I would not call.” It got to be our goodbye habit. I am thankful we can still share fun silly moments together.
Good friends: I appreciate the good friends and family members who are always there to offer love and support, not just today but every day. I feel lucky to have them in my life. I just wish some of them lived closer so we could literally get together more often. That we don’t just makes me that much more thankful for the internet.
Good food: I am thankful for good food—and not just today. But it is great that today’s turkey and stuffing turned out so well. You see, I do not often cook full meals. Even the gravy turned out really well, with no lumps at all! Now, I need to do all the clean-up and put-away the leftovers. I am not thrilled with those chores, but am thankful I have such a bounty to contend with. Maybe I will make some turkey soup in the next couple of days.
Autumn weather and colors: I am thankful for the cooler weather that has been here for the last several weeks. Cool nights just make it better for sleeping, and snuggling under soft and cuddly blankets. And it is conducive to late night reading too. I stumbled on a little book hiding on my shelf that is proving quite interesting—and I do not even remember how the book got there. But I enjoying Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress nonetheless. There have been some great sunsets lately too. The colorful leaves are still around both here in Bakersfield and near my parents in Arcadia—and many blogging friends have been sharing some great autumn photos!
Holiday Cheer: I am thankful that another holiday season is on the way, even though the commercialism associated with the season is a bit daunting. I have already ordered the cookies and candy and sausage that are part of my annual holiday gift-giving. And I have some books in for the great nieces and nephews I may see over the holidays. I am very thankful to not have plans to go out shopping tomorrow, or any time soon, sales or not! I love the music, the movies, the fun of believing in and acting like Santa, and the general good will that comes with the season. A couple messages—although not exclusive to the holidays—help remind us that the people, the connections are what are important, not all the commotion that goes with the season.
- Four things you can’t recover: The STONE after the throw. The WORD after it’s said. The OCCASION after it’s missed. The TIME after it’s gone.
- Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines! Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover! —Mark Twain
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Here’s to the start of what I hope is a terrific holiday season for everyone. If we all focus on giving thanks and voicing appreciation, it will be a joyful season.