Today is Thanksgiving and so I am jumping on the bandwagon of talking about what I am thankful for. It only seems appropriate.  This year has been a challenging one for myself and my family. Sometimes it’s hard to look for the silver lining. It can be difficult to see our blessings when weighted down with sorrow. Still, there is a lot I have to be thankful for.

I am thankful that I made the decision to move in with my Gram. She was able to spend her 93 years on earth in her own home, a home she loved, and a home I am now buying. We shared a lot of laughs, some shouting, and several frustrations but I have so many memories of her that I would not have had otherwise. Like her singing, “I’m Just a Gigolo,” at two in the morning, while sitting on the toilet. It was usually followed by her own song, “God Bless My Family,” when she would sing out all of our names, including, “that boy who comes over,” since she couldn’t always remember the name Brian.

I am thankful for an amazing family. This year we’ve had several health scares with Grams, a few with my Uncle John, and we all stick together. It’s good knowing none of us are in this alone. There are certainly better ways to spend our time together than evenings in the emergency room waiting area but at least we keep each other’s spirits up and make it interesting. Despite all we’ve been through, my family has even found the time and energy to help me with changing up the house.

I am thankful for truly amazing friends. They say that you know a true friend based on who is there for you when the chips are down. I can gratefully report I have a set of true friends. More than most perhaps. I am a very lucky woman. From offers to sit with me in the hospital, to sending flowers, to lending an ear. I am very blessed.

I am thankful for the two little furballs that live with me. Dane and Frankie have been a tremendous source of joy in all of our lives. They keep us laughing with their antics and they are the best snuggle partners. After Gram died, I think I would have lost my sanity if it weren’t for them. Having them to take care of and focus on made all the difference in the world.

I am thankful for my job. I can’t talk about it much but they have been so amazing, understanding, and compassionate during all this stressful stuff. It’s also a great joy to be doing work I love.

I am thankful for this blog. Since I’ve worked to be a little bit more active I’ve also been more active in reading and I’m finding some blogs I really enjoy. I’m not much for reading the paper but reading blogs has become a bit of a pastime for me.

I am thankful that I have to wrap this blog entry up because I have things to do.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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