So, in the interest of sticking to this habit, here’s a quick & dirty list, in no particular order:
Online communities. Whether it’s Facebook, my newly active Twitter, WordPress, or any of the other online communities in which I participate, I am grateful for them. I am a homebody. These communities enable me to feel somewhat connected despite my natural tendencies.
My massage & chiropractic visits. I go once every two weeks. I’d go more if I thought it to be financially prudent. I get a one-hour massage, followed by a chiropractic adjustment & I usually feel considerably better for it. Between my steady weight-gain over the past couple of years & my scoliosis that I’ve known about for almost as long as I can remember, the relief is something in which to be grateful.
Our comfy king-size bed. I’ve been so damn tired lately! Plus, since I am on summer break, I have let myself sleep in or take naps or whatever. . . Ugh.
My Kindle Fire. Yep. This week, I finished “An Echo in the Bone,” the seventh book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I also started “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood,” the eighth book in that same series. It’s the last one published, but it shouldn’t be the last one in the series. 😉 I am pretty much all about all things Outlander these days…
OxiClean Triple Action Booster. I’m not joking. It’s a fluid you put in your dishwasher. It is a rinse-aid and it can be used to clean your dishwasher and it can be used to boost cleaning of your dishes. We have some seriously hard water here. It is disgusting. Dishes come out of the dishwasher all white & gross & I don’t even want to use them. I cleaned the dishwasher with this stuff, then used it on a load of dishes &, while they did not come out as perfectly as I would have liked, they were the cleanest they’ve been in MONTHS. Yes. I am grateful for that!
God. You don’t have to believe if you don’t want to. . . But I do. . . & I know He has His plan that is separate from my own for my life. He works in mysterious & wonderful ways. . . & I’ve seen — & actually recognized — God’s plan in action this week. I am grateful for that. . . & I am trying to relax & remember this.
The Honors Program. Yep. It’s not just extra work & a few words on my transcripts. It is cold, hard cash. There was an extra $500 added to my financial aid in the form of a reimbursement scholarship this week. On that same day, a financial aid refund was initiated by my school. This means that money will hit our bank account soon! Whoo hoo! My straight A’s are literally paying off. 😉 Yep. Grateful!
Cable Television. I know. Almost pathetic, right? But, it is awesome when I can’t turn my brain off, but I also can’t get it to focus on my writing — or even on reading. It’s mindless, but entertaining. . . & even when I can focus on my writing, the Music Choice channels (usually one of the country stations) provide excellent background noise. 😉
Rain. I miss it. Out running errands yesterday, right when I was getting so hot, I was literally dripping sweat, a gust of wind came through & it started raining. (Okay, maybe not raining. Perhaps, “sprinkling” is a more appropriate term, but you get the idea.) The temperature dropped at least 10 degrees, I would almost swear it! Plus, it just smells lovely when it rains for the first time in forever. . . & the moisture in the air is a welcomed relief to my sinuses, which seem painful & dry more often than not. Rain, here in Arizona, especially, is certainly something to be grateful for.
The handsome husband. I am grateful for him for so many reasons. . . I know I say so here all the time. . . I just don’t want it to be overlooked because I say it so often. He really is my best friend & the most supportive husband I could have ever asked for — & certainly more than I could have ever hoped to actually get to call mine. One of the most recent examples is from just this morning. He got off work & shortly after went to Lowe’s right when it opened to get what he needed to replace our garbage disposal since it crapped out. THEN, he came home & got to work replacing it. He didn’t go to bed until something around 10am when he needs to be up by 3pm to get to work. . . This is the kind of dedication he has. It’s only one example & it is certainly not all-inclusive, but, I just have to say, I thank God every day for him. I love him a bit more each day & I am so grateful to have him as my husband.