As I start this post, I have my fingers crossed that it will go as well as the one I did two weeks ago. I had a record-high comment count for that day! I think I’m getting the hang of photos and I’ve got all sorts of things to be grateful for, so let’s begin!
1) As mentioned above, I was blown away last time by all of the TToT team members comments. The bloggers who sponsor this link-up are amazing, and, when I did this two weeks ago, made me feel more welcomed in their space than I ever thought possible in a link-up. That being said, they make an obvious choice to lead off Ten Things of Thankful. I am thankful I found the linkup and I am thankful for the TToT team’s big welcome.
2) Feeling a whole lot of thankful for our main employee (like, other than those in the fam) and my dad for saving my cookies on a big order today. My back is feeling better, but I’m not up to hand-selecting 40 extra-large goldfish and dishing up 12 dozen minnows. They must have sensed my panic when the guy placed his order, standing by the bait tanks. I was able to pass the task off to them easily and go do what’s more my thing — bullshitting and ringing up happy customers. 😀
3) Last TToT, I gave thanks for the ever useful, much needed hair tie. Well, now I have to say I am ever so grateful for my hairbrush. A lot like hair ties, when one loses their hairbrush, bad things can happen. Try sleeping on wet-from-the-shower hair without brushing it first. Good thing I had a hair tie (and a found hairbrush) the next morning! Let’s just say it wasn’t pretty.
4) My mom’s BFF, Glo. She is an amazing woman, known best for her authentic Mexican cooking and looking perfectly dressed and accessorized for every occasion. I’m actually not sure if I’ve ever seen her without earrings or at least some form of makeup on. Glo has been taking me to church with her and helping me on my journey to perhaps become Catholic. Glo is about the sweetest woman I’ve ever known. She would do (and does) do anything for anyone. I feel very blessed to have her in my life. She is my mom’s best friend, and my good friend by proxy.
5) I am thankful that my friend and fellow blogger, Marilyn Armstrong, made it through serious cardiac surgery without much of a hitch and is now resting at home. She can now hang out with her beloved dogs and amazing husband Garry Armstrong. Marilyn has been a good bloggie friend to me now for months, commenting on my posts and exchanging emails. She is one of the wisest women I know and I cherish our friendship. In addition to friendship, her book, 12-Foot Teepee, sparked the desire to start getting in better touch with my God. I am very thankful for Marilyn and am excited to see the day when we can email and chitchat back and forth again.
6) On a related note, I am very thankful that my friend has her husband, Garry Armstrong, to rely on while she is resting. He was so very faithful to her blog while she was in the hospital, giving daily update posts. Garry was a world-renowned TV news reporter back in his heyday, and you could see it come through in his posts. He, of course, had to put aside his fears and worries as a husband for a bit, and let all of Marilyn’s bloggie friends (and there are many) know how she was. He is actually still making the posts and I know that Marilyn is leaning on him in her recovery. He’s just an all-around good guy, as far as I can tell, and I enjoy the conversations I have with him as well.
7) I am thankful for my parents’ dog, Miss Kitty, for putting Rascal’s fur shedding into perspective. The only difference is that Miss Kitty lives outside, and Rascal is very much an inside pup. While I still haven’t (and may never) get over the incessant shedding and continuous sweeping and vacuuming, I can take it as it comes and realize, as with most things, it could be worse.
8) I am thankful for my mom loaning me her digital camera, after DSB broke mine. I need to test it out, get it going, get used to it. I was shocked to find I have no pictures of Rascal, and no current pictures of Kizzie. This just will not do, because they will probably be gracing my TToT more than once. Supposedly it’s just a point-and-shoot camera, and any idiot can use it. We’ll see — I’ve never had much luck before.
9) I am thankful for DSB. I am always thankful for DSB, actually, but I don’t always mention it. When I hurt my back, he took one for the team several times and helped me out around the house. He really isn’t doing very well medically, so that made it all the more special that he directed what little stamina or energy he does have into helping me. We celebrated our two year anniversary on March 27th, and actually celebrated-celebrated last week, when we had a little extra money. I bought him a filet knife, knife sharpener, and fishing license and made him banana pudding. He didn’t buy a present, but gifts aren’t all material things. He showed me, in his own way, how much he loves me. I hope this is a love that is meant to last forever, I really do. Sometimes I have doubts, but then we spend five hours together just talking and bullshitting and joking around, and those five hours feel like five minutes, and I think — how could this NOT be the love of my life?
10) I am thankful to many blog friends out there, too many to name. You consistently read and comment, you email, we chat back and forth in the comments section. You know who you are and I want you to know that you mean the world to me. I’ve never had friends before like I have friends now, and I never want to go back. All of the connections I have made, the wonderful and witty and new and inspiring writing and thoughts I have been made privy to, the sense of community. Love. Love. Love.