Thursday, January 24, 2019

Thankful Thursday

A good friend of mine, a US citizen from Ohio married to a Canadian and transplanted to Ontario works with troubled kids.  It's a stressful job.  So she will occasionally post on her blog, what she is thankful each day each month. I understand. During the current furlough, it's been stressful  (if on our own we'd be fine, but my Dad is in assisted living at $6000 a month and his house is NOT selling so no Medicare) but I wanted to concentrate on the good things I am blessed with.

1. Being married to my best friend
2. Abby the Rescue Lab
3. Our 102-year-old Bungalow
4.  Faith and forgiveness
5.  My church family
6.  Our pastor (having a pastor that can do a muppet impression during Bible Study is a find).
7.  Daily conversations with my 98-year-old Dad
8.  A daughter that grew up safe and happy with her adoptive parents
9.  Memories of cookouts with my late brother and Barkley (hey bro - where did the marshmallows go?)
10. Listening to my husband play the violin
11. Salt Water Taffy from Bruce's Candy Kitchen in Cannon Beach
12. A job that pays well with a nice boss (OK there is that whole furlough thing, but I have a great Christian boss).
13. Friends, both on and off the blog that love me just as I am.
14. My 2007 truck  that's reliable with no car payment
15. A big recliner to read in
16. Watching it snow
17. Homemade bread
18. The physical ability to workout every week, even when I don't want to
19. Single Malt Scotch
20. Pancakes, backgammon, and dominoes Saturdays
21. Macaroni and Cheese
22. My acupuncturist (who is treating me for free during the furlough in exchange for homemade Lefse - he's from El Salvador and loves this Scandinavian flatbread made out of potatoes, a little flour and cream).
23. A quiet neighborhood with nice neighbors
24. Having 4 bestsellers, which means book clubs with good Chardonnay and being able to donate thousands of dollars to animal rescue
25. A hot bath before bed
26. Our dog walkers, Jan, Lou, and Jane
27. Bible study mornings
28. The Piano Guys - Love their Music and being a guest producer on their videos (they are fans of my books)
29. Central air and heat (a lot of homes in the village do not have)
30. A husband that doesn't snore (he just occasionally dreams he's a tractor)


  1. Made me smile and count my blessings.

  2. It's good to remember what we should be thankful for, it's easy to forget sometimes.

    You're a guest producer for The Piano Guys? That's awesome, love those guys. Shows that they have taste, they like your books. ;)

    Stay well Brigid, praying you start getting a paycheck soon.

    1. They are all awesome. If you go to their "about" page on their website my photo is there with the other producers. We've had a lot of fun with it.

  3. Hey Brigid;

    You are right, there is a lot to be grateful for, people get so bogged down in the minutia that they forget to look at the bigger picture. I am grateful that I have what I have, I have a good family, good friends, good job, and good health...mostly, LOL. I have seen soo many people with none of the above and I think "there by the grace of God, go I". Thank you for the reminder :)

  4. You are truly blessed, and genuine gratitude is one of the greatest blessings. I have to admit, though, that I kept waiting for the next item on the list to be: BACON!

  5. Thanks for the reminder that maybe our troubles aren't so bad after all. Sometimes the best we can do is step back and catch our breaths so we'll be ready to pick up the pieces when we start over again. Sorry for your troubles.

  6. I'm sorry you are having to go through this furlough stuff. I got lucky as a DoD component. Sounds like it's about over though. Haven't blogged in forever since I've mostly transitioned to Facebook as the ranch is trying hard to become more of a business. Still following you though! Younger daughter never did go CSI but did get a degree in Criminal Justice. Now she wants to be in marketing instead, lol. Kids.

  7. It's way too easy to forget what you have to be grateful for - thanks for the jog.....


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