30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/24/22

For the month of November, I’m going to continue with my habit of posting things I am thankful for. Thankfulness is different from happiness, and I don’t want to conflate the two.

Today I’m thankful for the gauchos and chefs at Fogo do Chao who will be feeding Big Al and me our Thanksgiving Dinner today. No cooking for me this year. We’ll be joined by #2 son and #1 grandchild.

30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/22/22

For the month of November, I’m going to continue with my habit of posting things I am thankful for. Thankfulness is different from happiness, and I don’t want to conflate the two.

Today I’m thankful for the train that will take Big Al and me to Portland for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. It’s much nicer than driving. I’m also thankful that the transportation department from FTJ is taking us to the train station (and picking us up on Friday).

30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/20/22

For the month of November, I’m going to continue with my habit of posting things I am thankful for. Thankfulness is different from happiness, and I don’t want to conflate the two.

Today I was reminded of Mama’s funeral (thanks, Facebook) 25 years ago. I’m so thankful that I had my parents as long as I did. They were wonderful people, and I hope we did as well raising our boys as they did raising the four of us.

30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/19/22

For the month of November, I’m going to continue with my habit of posting things I am thankful for. Thankfulness is different from happiness, and I don’t want to conflate the two.

Today I’m thankful for all the sometimes forgotten heroes who make life worth living – especially the staff here at Franke Tobey Jones. I’m talking about the chef who provides goodies and special meals, the maintenance men who come and do the things Al and I are no longer able to do (take down the wind chimes, crawl under the sink), the “Life Enrichment” crew who hosts happy hours, and takes us on outings, the barista who runs the Bistro and makes fancy coffee, and the Wellness Staff who teaches fitness classes and gives personal training.

30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/16/22

For the month of November, I’m going to continue with my habit of posting things I am thankful for. Thankfulness is different from happiness, and I don’t want to conflate the two.

Today I’m thankful for the constantly changing weather, Yesterday was bright, temperate, and breezy. Today is cloudy, still, and cold. As we used to say in Texas, if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes, it will change.

30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/14/22

For the month of November, I’m going to continue with my habit of posting things I am thankful for. Thankfulness is different from happiness, and I don’t want to conflate the two.

Today I’m thankful for my siblings. It’s always lovely to talk to them on the phone. I’m sorry we don’t live closer, but when we’re together, the years fall away and we enjoy each other. It’s restful to be able to talk without explaining the subtext of everything I say. We are about as different in political thought, religious beliefs, and daily activities as it’s possible to be, but we get along when we’re together. I love them all.

30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/11/22

For the month of November, I’m going to continue with my habit of posting things I am thankful for. Thankfulness is different from happiness, and I don’t want to conflate the two.

Today is Veterans’ Day. I’m grateful for Big Al, and my father, and all the other folks who donned uniforms and went to war. They gave a portion of their lives in military service so that we can all live with basic human freedoms. I honor their patriotism and their courage.

30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/8/22

For the month of November, I’m going to continue with my habit of posting things I am thankful for. Thankfulness is different from happiness, and I don’t want to conflate the two.

Today, I’m grateful to be waking up in a country that, at least, pretends to value all people and all points of view. I hope to go to bed feeling the same way.

30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/7/22

For the month of November, I’m going to continue with my habit of posting things I am thankful for. Thankfulness is different from happiness, and I don’t want to conflate the two.

Today I’m thankful for the wildlife that inhabit my little corner of the world. Mama and baby deer are helping clean up after the high winds brought limbs and leaves down. They are a constant joy to me (except when they eat all the blooms off of the new flowers I just bought.)