November 26, 2014

What I'm Thankful for Right Now

Yes it's Thanksgiving week and yes, lots and lots of people are thinking (and writing) about what they're thankful for.

As it should be.

I am no different. If you've read me at all, you know I share my gratitude a lot. In the four and a half years I've been blogging, I have never been able to let Thanksgiving go by without some sort of thankful list.

So why should this year be any different?

It shouldn't.

Even though it has been one of the hardest years. Or rather, BECAUSE it has been a hard year?

I have another post started in which I'll elaborate on that subject. Like, maybe next week.

RIGHT NOW -- as opposed to in general -- I am thankful for:

1. My mother-in-law. I cannot say it enough. Her moving here this fall has been a godsend. She is so very helpful with all my husband, the kids and I need. Also, she is kind, funny and a great problem solver. She always cheers me up. She's not just a family member. She is my friend.

2. Frozen, canned and boxed foods. I know, I know, pre-prepared food is so bad for you, blah blah blah. But you know what, when you've been spoiled by a husband who can cook, but he can't much right now, and you still want to put some sort of real meals on the table, but you have so many other things to do too.....

3. Coffee. I'm at a 2 cup minimum to get me really going these days. Two and a half is really good, with a 3rd (or would that be 4th?) in the afternoon.

4. The couch we bought in August. It's like Mark had a premonition that he would be spending so much time on it beginning the very next month.

5. Gut instincts. I mean, I think. Because you can't really know if they're steering you in the right direction until whatever you needed to make a decision about is seen through. In this case, choosing not to have Mark undergo a muscle flap surgery to heal the open wound on his chest caused by infected broken sternal wires (from bypass surgery in 2010). The doctors don't like that he's trying to heal it on his own, but it just feels wrong to put him through that surgery at this juncture. Mark was the first one to feel this way, and I do too now.

6. Wound VACs. What is a Wound VAC, you ask? It's negative pressure wound therapy, or Vacuum Assisted Closure. Mark has two wounds he is trying to heal with the assistance of a Wound VAC, on his chest and his right foot. The jury is still out on the foot, but I really do think his chest will heal.

7. The health of my daughter's eyes. That might sound odd, but she is almost 14 1/2 and is near sighted, like I was as a kid. It was at age 15 when I started having my eye problems. She just had a check-up, and although I might have held my breath while the doctor took a peek at her retina, all appears to be just fine with her. From the sound of it, in fact, I don't think her eyes are anywhere near as bad as mine were (and are).

8. Blogging/writing. Forever and ever, amen.

9. Here's a funny one: fixing my bed. I recently discovered that one of the casters had come off of the frame, which made my bed not level. The foot was slightly higher than the head. It was driving me crazy, but it's one of those things that you think of and then the thought promptly leaves your brain. One day recently I finally got down on the floor and felt around, found the caster (aha!), hoisted my bed up just enough to slip that sucker back in the post thingy, and voila, my bed is level again. Also, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn't horribly dirty under my bed.

10. Vacation Pay. Mark is probably never going back to work, but he was able to cash in his vacation pay, timing it so we have some extra money to make merry this year. Again, more on that next week.... :-)


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