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Giving Thanks . . . With a Twist

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Every year, at Thanksgiving time, I think about all the things I'm thankful for . . . and there are so many things!  There are the things that come immediately to mind - the easy and obvious things:  my health, Tom, my kids, my family, the dogs, my home, my job, my friends, my creative diversions.  So much to be thankful for.

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To challenge myself, I decided to use today's Ten on Tuesday topic - 10 Things I'm Thankful For - to focus on things I'm thankful for this year . . . that I might not have been thankful for last year.

  1. Hearing!  It is a wonderful to thing to HEAR . . . now that I have my wonderful hearing aids!
  2. Meaningful work!  Although I didn't blog about it, I took on a whole new role at work last July.  At first, I didn't like it all that much.  But my new job is growing on me.
  3. Jo-Jo!  Although there have been a few times that I've seriously questioned my sanity, I've become quite attached to Jo-Jo, and I'm so glad that Tom and I adopted her last summer.
  4. Erin's job!  I'm so excited about Erin's job.  She's learning and contributing and earning her own way.  And, best of all, she's happy!
  5. Getting rid of the bird!  I also didn't blog about this . . . but Brian and I decided that his bird (Puck) would be better off in another home setting.  With much (much) guilt, we moved Puck to a foster bird home.  Much better for Puck, and much, much better for me (and Brian, too).
  6. Getting rid of the drum set!  Although I have always been supportive of Brian's drumming, I was very happy when he moved into a house with room for his drum set.  (Now I have new family room furniture.)
  7. New friends!  I made a couple of new connections this year, leading to a whole new group of friends.  Unexpected - but kind of wonderful.
  8. Running!  I needed to jazz up my fitness routine, so I decided I'd challenge myself to run (something I've always detested).  Now that I've started, I seem to be kind of (gulp!) . . . liking it.
  9. Kind bars!  Oh, I can't get enough of these things -- especially the Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew variety.
  10. Port Fridays!  When Tom was traveling this year, he tried some Very Nice port.  He went in search of some . . . and finally found it!  Now, we've instituted "Port Fridays" where we share a glass together each Friday night.

How about YOU?  What are you thankful for this year?

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