New Year New Start

I started this blog earlier this year, wrote a couple posts, then abandoned the thing.  I love to write.  I love to tell stories.  What is more difficult is picking something up that you have shelved and trying to do something with it.

Which is what I am doing here.

I changed the name, deciding to go in a direction my  muse has been prompting me to go, and come January 1 or so, going to follow that prompt and see where it leads.

This post is just a starting point for me to look back on.

I may change the blog name again, but we will see.  We shall see.

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Give Thanks

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day.  It is a day filled with family getting together, eating more than you will ever eat on any other given day, and football.  For many it is day off from work, an excuse to be a big glutton.  But how many take the time to think about those things they are thankful for?  I believe everyday we should take the time to be thankful for what we have and will have.

I have to work tomorrow, so our big Thanksgiving dinner will be on Saturday.  It will be a day off for me, and I can take all the time I need  and want to prepare the dinner and eat it anytime I want.  Less stress and less anxiety doing it this way.   My daughter won’t have to decide if she will eat dinner with friends or family.  She can have the best of two worlds and two dinners.  It is a win, win deal for everybody.  Tomorrow at work, there will be a turkey dinner for us, so when it is said and done, I will be all turkeyed out,  both from eating dinner here and there, and while having fun trying out all the turkey leftover recipes I am going to find.  Even the dogs will get to eat turkey, in the way of bones and maybe even a few leftovers we don’t eat.

But, in the meantime, I would like to talk about those things I am thankful for, not only on this day, but daily. We should take time each day to reflect and be thankful for what we have.

What am I thankful for?

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  1. I am thankful for good health.  I can walk.  I can see.  I am not feeling any pain, or battling any terminal illness.  I have a sound mind.  Today, and hopefully tomorrow and the next day,  I can confidently say, “Thank you God for good health.”  Even if you aren’t in good health, still say “Thank you God for good health.”  A positive mindset is a healing balm, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
  2.  I am thankful for good friends.  Without good friends, I do not have a good confident, life adviser, partner.  We are not meant to be alone.  If today, you do not have any friends, get out there and be a friend to people and watch your circle grow.
  3. I am thankful for having a home.  I have an address I can call my own.  I have a roof over my head, a place to feel safe in, a place to lay my head down at night to go sleep, a place where I can work on writing, a place to invite people to visit and have fun.  There are so many people who do not have a home. Take a look at what is going in California with the fires.  Or look at the guy standing on the street corner holding a sign. Those people do not have a home.c
  4. I am thankful for my dogs.  Even though I am a cat person, my dogs have been constant companions. They go with me on my daily walks.  They seem to know when I need a comforting touch, because they come to me at the right moment.  And they provide me times of laughter with their play.  And, they always wait for me to get home from work, greeting me as I get out of the car.
  5. I am thankful for the wisdom that comes with age.  Life has taught me many lessons.  If I had the wisdom and knowledge in the my twenties that I have now, I wouldn’t have made the mistakes I made.  Possibly.  I don’t know.  I would like to think I would have been smarter.  But life is both a great teacher and a great task master.  Either way, I am thankful for the wisdom I have, as I am passing it on to my daughter.  I don’t want her to make the same mistakes I made.
  6. I am thankful for waking up today.  I think we all are grateful for that.  Every second of every day, someone walks through that one door we all will eventually have the pleasure or displeasure of walking through. Just some walk through that door while they are sleeping.  I am grateful God had the mercy and kindness to grant me another day of life.
  7. I am thankful for time.  Time to live life to its fullest. Time to be with family and good friends.  Time is one thing in the realm of the living that is wasted the most, I believe.  When you are young, you think you have all the time in the world.  In reality, you don’t.  I have had to learn that.  We all have to learn that. Once that time has been used up, we don’t get it back.  Live and do right now, while that time is available.

Those are a few of the things I am thankful for.  What are you thankful for?

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Going To The Chapel Of Love

Seems ironic that my first post isn’t a story.  Why is that?  I wasn’t prepared to put anything up, because I didn’t know I would finish setting up this thing.

But, I do follow a few writing related blogs.

And.  A Challenge caught my attention.  So, in a way, I am going to tell a story, but not in the manner I had planned. I guess you would call it a memoir.

Title: Marriage Dreams

Photo Credits:  Pixabay.  I get most, if not all, my images from Pixabay.

 

Growing up, I dreamt of falling in love and marrying my Prince Charming.  It would be  perfect, so very perfect.  We would get married in a chapel, have a house with a white picket fence, have two daughters and two sons, and yes.  We absolutely will live happily ever after.  Because that is how it works in fairytales.  And if it is good enough for fairytales, then it ought to be good enough for real life.

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Of course, that isn’t how it worked out in the end.  I didn’t get married right out of high school.  Prince Charming didn’t come until well later in life.  Our wedding wasn’t a huge fancy affair.  It was a simple, quiet, affair, with only our parents, the best man, and the maid of honor.  Our reception wasn’t a huge, fancy, catered affair, either.  It was an event held a few weeks later at a friend’s house.  We didn’t go on a fancy honeymoon to Hawaii either.  It was a weekend drive to Colorado.  And I didn’t have the two boys and two girls, as planned.  I ended up with one daughter, and couldn’t have any more.  And we don’t live in a house with a white picket fence.  We live in a house that we can call our own, and that is what matters most.

2However, that doesn’t mean my dream wedding and marriage went unfulfilled.  All my dreams have indeed been fulfilled, just not in the manner I had imagined.  That is how life works.  Our dreams do come true, just not as imagined. And that is where true happiness and fulfillment happens.  You look at something, in my case, marriage.  You know it was a dream growing up.  You know you imagined it.  A dream doesn’t have to come true the way you think it should for it to come.

 

 

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