Yeah, I truly mean it! For those that have just found this blog, I am not a fan of New Year's Eve. And New Year's Day is just another day off for me; a normal day that happens to be a day of college football and black-eyed-peas; for me. Everyone in my family hates them so why bother with a big pot of them. Here is my entry from last year: (Happy) New Year
I'm not one for making resolutions. I did have a pretty good year last year. I wrote a novel. My kid turned 21. My youngest got a job. I can happily say it was better than most years gone by.
Last November, I participated in a Facebook assignment, for lack of a better word. "Thirty Days of Thanksgiving." As December quickly approached, I was sad to see the 'assignment' end. I started thinking how nice it would be to just keep it going. A friend of mine suggested doing something like it for an entire year. I suggested extending the thirty days to three hundred-sixty five. I don't think she liked that idea; maybe she did, but didn't think she could keep up... I forget.
I started thinking about it. I have been counting my blessings a lot, lately. The shooting in CT had me really counting them a lot more. So, why not? Why not try to be thankful for an entire year? I am thankful all year long. Do I feel the need to prove it? No. It just might be fun to document. If others are bored or irritated by it, whatever. Move along. I'm doing this for no one but me. And my kids. Future grandkids might get a chuckle or a bit of their Nona's wisdom, someday. Fine.
I plan on posting a very condensed note on Facebook once an evening, then coming here, and elaborating a little - every day. I think I can do it. I hope I can. So, without further adieu, here is today's entry: Today I am thankful for:
- Roy Rogers Restaurants. Found out last night that our favorite fast food joint has re-opened in Burtonsville! We went, of course; a Double R Bar Burger for Rob and Aaron. Cheeseburger for Alex, and a roast beef and cheese for me. Birch beers for everyone but me... though I did sip Aaron's.
- My lovely Christmas tree. You were perfect! I thought you were too small when we saw you all bound up next to the other two bound trees, but as soon as we unbound you and brought you inside, you stood proud and beautiful. You smelled just lovely, every day. You kept me company late in the evenings and helped me remember my days as a young child dreaming of Christmas. Thank you.
- My vacuum cleaner. I do love you. You picked up every needle. Thank you.
- Pain Meds. Yes, my back is still sore. Yes, I had help cleaning up. Yes, when pain is bad, it's good to have decent pain meds. Thank you for helping me feel better!
- The flannel PJs that my dad gave me years ago. Good flannel lasts for years and only get softer with age and care. Thank you Dad and Flannel PJs.
- Leftover chicken noodle soup and homemade rolls are SO much better a day later. Warm and hearty. Thank you soup and bread.