My sweet friend Rebecca Jo at Knit by God’s Hand hosts a Thankful Thursday post each week. I’ve wanted to join her for some time but seems like there’s always something else booked for Thursday. And this week is no exception! Today I will also be sharing Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone. Hope you will visit twice!
I began keeping an official gratitude journal over a year ago. Writing my ‘gratefuls’ is a good way to wind down the day. And even when it feels like everything has gone wrong, I always have such much to be grateful for. So, without further adieu, I give you my gratefuls for Thankful Thursday, 02.2019.
Thankful Thursday, 02.2019
Happy to report that this month has been so much better than December and January were. Some of the things I am thankful for this month include:
Having the money to buy groceries and having PC go shopping with me. For a time, as a single mom, I shopped with a calculator to be sure I didn’t go over my budgeted amount for groceries. Then I got to where I could add everything up in my head and get within a dollar or two of my budget. So thankful to be able to shop without having to worry if I am going to run out of money before I get through the store. I shop once a month so I need to get it all when I go. Here’s a post I wrote with some of my favorite grocery shopping tips.
The way all of the guys in the 50 and Over Baseball League like and respect my ball-playin’ Prince. Many of the players on the other teams speak Spanish and only a little broken English, yet they always speak to my PC and he speaks to them. He is well regarded by everyone. And plays with so much heart.
My brother Kevin for all he does for our mom, for the great father and brother he is. Kevin is the darling of mom’s senior living apartment complex because he knows the residents by name and takes time to speak to everyone. He calls my mom at least once a day and goes to see her several times a week. Happy birthday to Kevin on 02.08.
Video-chatting with all my girls. So glad that I live in this time and day when we have such extraordinary technology to keep us close despite the miles that separate us. What’s App. Facetime. Facebook Messenger. Skype. For her upcoming 92nd birthday, we have been thinking of getting my mom a device so that she can video chat with all of us. Maybe the Echo Show, if we can talk my sweet brother into setting it up for her and teaching mom to use it!
Beautiful weather, rain and buds on our Japanese plum. Our high today was 75*. The grass is greening, the bushes and trees are budding. That groundhog was right…we are going to have an early spring.
For my kitties, Purrsimmony and Purrsnickitty. Thankful for each morning when my girls curl up with me for quiet time. On the mornings when I push snooze too many times, the girls actually seem disappointed that we don’t enjoy our special time. On one such occasion recently, Simmy sat in the doorway to our quiet time loft and wouldn’t budge as if to remind me we had forgotten something that morning.
When we first got these babies, I was recovering from cervical spine surgery. We bought this stroller so I could build my strength while walking my kittens.
But my kitties have grown into cats (even though I don’t use that word in their earshot). Have been thinking it is time for a new kitty carriage. Before we buy this time, though, I want to be sure both of my girls will fit comfortably in their new ride. Discovered this comparison of pet strollers available through the online magazine Sparky’s Spots. Love how Sparky’s Spots lists the pros and cons, the dimensions and their review for each stroller. Now to decide which one! Or maybe we could get his (PC’s to push) and hers (mine to push)?
Wind damage to our roof was minimal and my handy dandy hubs was able to do the repairs. Some kind of crazy wind blew in here on Friday night and I thought our house was headed to Oz. PC saw a big chunk of shingle fly by our window and I could have sworn I saw a witch on a bicycle. I was ready to call Geico but my Prince climbed up on the roof and made the repairs. Grateful for my Renaissance man!
The concrete inspectors who were sent to inspect our pool and deck found that we have structural issues. That might seem like a strange thing to be grateful for but if you have been visiting me for any length of time, you are aware of the nightmare that is and has been our swimming pool since we broke ground on it almost 2 years ago. I am hopeful that maybe we are finally going to get some resolution to our pool issues. We have 2 pool companies, 1 private inspector, 1 city inspector, a structural engineer and 2 concrete specialists who say our issues are structural. In the photos below you can see one of 30+ cracks that appeared in our deck immediately, 2 photos that show the space under the deck where there is no dirt holding the deck up. The rebar form that the deck was built on is even hanging below the concrete for the deck and not supporting the deck at all. And a photo of our pool with the unacceptable ‘repairs’ made by the pool builder on 2 of the cracks.
Not just Thursdays but every single day, I am thankful for my PC. Today is his happy birthday and I am glad he was born. Took us about 40 years to find each other but we finally did. Happy birthday, my Prince Charming, Paul Clingan. I love you.
What are you particularly thankful for this Thursday? In addition to all of the above, I am thankful for our spring-like temps. Do you know on Saturday, it is supposed to be close to 80*? Perfect for PC’s first official baseball game of the season.
Thank you for stopping by for Thankful Thursday, 02.2019. Wishing you a warm weekend in your neck of the woods.