Thursday, February 11, 2010
Thanksgiving in February
Stick with me, folks - this will turn into a GIVEAWAY!
This morning I was discussing the "Today Show" stories with my Oldtimer, over our morning coffee. He'd just come in from blowing the snow out of the driveway, AGAIN, and we were talking NOT about the drudgery of snowblowing, but the fact that he felt so fortunate to have a snowblower that made the job relatively easy, while watching others digging out on the news.
And while it's no secret that this isn't exactly where I planned to spend my golden years, there are a lot of things right in our life - only a couple years ago, the wolves were nipping at our heels quite rabidly. Our conversation turned to the collective ennui in not just this region, but this entire nation, where the news is loaded with bad economic, weather, and international relations stories. We aren't even getting the gratuitous "mama duck made it across the busy street with her babies" stories anymore - we are REALLY focused on bad news.
Since my mind works a bit like an eggbeater, my thoughts connected this discussion to the post on the blog of my friend Mary Pierce. I love this blog post from her: http://laughlady.com/2010/02/09/up-to-our-necks-in-noses/
Mary's taking happy little steps to make her corner of the world a happier, more positive place. Now, my disclaimer - Mary and I are *many* miles apart when it comes to religion - but not all that far apart when it comes to spirituality. And we share a lot of history. A LOT of history, but we won't go into that here...
SO, the point of all this is that it's time to remember that thoughts are things, and to recognize that there is much to be THANKFUL for, and so... I'm going to give away a "Winter Survival Kit" of sugar scrub, body butter, lip balm, and luxury soap (loaded with shea butter) for some lucky person who leaves a comment here about what they are THANKFUL for (I'd be thankful if I could phrase this in a grammatically correct manner without sounding stilted). Please leave me a note with your thankfulness, and I'll put your name in for the drawing; post a note on your blog (and tell me about it) about thanksgiving and what's right in your world, and I'll put your name in the hat a second time. Feel free to promote the drawing and encourage others to join in here. I'll draw the winner two weeks from today (Feb. 25) on Lolo's birthday. So tell me - what's right in your world?
I'll start - I'm thankful that Lolo was my mom, and she gave me an amazing perspective into gratitude. Despite numerous moves (sometimes to escape the bill collectors), collecting fallen wood and corncobs to burn to keep the wood furnace going, driving a car that caught fire under the hood on EVERY trip to the grocery store, she never let on that it got her down. Her battle cry was "Another Adventure!" and off we went - with an extra blanket in the back seat for putting out the fire.
(The above shot is the beautiful sunset over the back wall at daughter Gen's place in AZ last September. I'm thankful she came through her surgery so well, too.)