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In an attempt to start the New Year with an attitude of gratitude, here are five more good things:

1. Pink sunrises – Since I try not to repeat myself and I’ve already done sunrises, I’m specifying “pink” because, well, just look at that sky!  When I took this shot one morning, I concluded that sunrises don’t get any better than this.  Thank You, God.

2) A laugh that makes me laugh – Some people just have laughs that are contagious.  My friend, Iris, is one of those people.  Even just talking to her on the phone can end up making me smile, no matter how grumpy I might have felt before.  She has a gift, and I’m grateful for it.

3) A really good cup of coffee (decaf or not) – I’m talking REAL coffee here, not those fancy-schmancy things they sell at Starbucks.  For me that would be Millstone Hazelnut Cream.  I can smell it before I even get to the kitchen in the morning.  It’s truly a treat.

4) Ellen DeGeneres – I just really became a fan of her show this past year and I’ve been so impressed by what a good person she is.  Not only is she funny, goofy and childlike in her enthusiasm, but she goes out of her way to do things for others and to make the world a better place.  I thoroughly enjoy watching her show and wish the world had more people like her.

5) A brand new year – One can’t help but think that maybe this will be the year when good things will happen.  It can’t hurt to dream, can it?

And it goes without saying that if you’re reading this, you’re automatically an honorary “good thing” in my life.  Thanks!


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The formal holiday of Thanksgiving may be over, but, in reality, we all should be giving thanks every single day for all we are given.  And the holiday did serve to remind me that, what with all my trials lately, I hadn’t done a “Five Good Things” post in quite a long time.  So I want to remedy that right now.  Here goes:

1) Eyesight – Even with my double vision heartache, not a morning goes by that I don’t thank God that I can still see.  I thought I knew how precious sight was before, but now I’m hyper-aware!  I think of people who were born blind who will never see a sunrise or sunset, and my heart breaks for them.  I think of people who, through accident or disease, lose their sight later in life and thus know exactly what they’re missing, and I can’t begin to imagine how they cope.  So, every single day I give thanks because I know what a gift it is.

2) Beef – I don’t know what I’d do without it.  In my mind it’s the best meat out there.  You use it in tacos, spaghetti, chili, meatloaf, and as steaks and pot roast. It’s what gives me strength and energy and hardly a day goes by that I don’t have it in some form.  I know vegetarians are probably sickened by this declaration of love, but, quite frankly, I don’t care.  So many meals I love are beef based.  So in that ad where Sam Elliott says, “Beef, it’s what’s for supper,” he’s most likely talking about my house!

3) Thank yous – It seems like such a small thing, but in today’s increasingly rude world, a “thank you” can make a world of difference.  Whether a stranger thanks me for holding a door or a friend for going out of my way for them, that small gesture makes it all worthwhile.  It’s nice to have your actions appreciated.

4) Heating pads – Okay, I could be playing the “old person” card again, but I LOVE my heating pad.  There’s just something so comforting about it.  On those evenings when I’m feeling a bit achy or my lower back is throbbing a bit, I can almost hear the seductive song of my heating pad singing “Star, plug me in and turn me on Darlin’ and I will bestow upon you soothing, healing, heat.”  And it does, every time.  Cuddling up to the heating pad can make me nod right off, reminding me as it does of when I was a small child and my mother used to rub my back and whisper how much she loved me.  If you’ve never had a heating pad, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.  It’s a very good thing.

5) Unexpected surprises – Last Sunday morning I stepped quietly out into the darkness to check for the morning paper.  I looked up and was surprised to see three deer on the median of the street right in front of my house.  They looked up briefly and I held very still and then they resumed munching on grass or nuts or whatever it was they were having.  They were so very beautiful.  As I stood there, a movement caught my eye and I saw an animal’s head peek out at me from behind a tree on my side of the road.  At first I couldn’t make out what it was.  When it determined that I wasn’t coming after it, it resumed its vigil of staring at the deer.  Finally, the deer moved on and the creature slowly revealed itself.  It was Danger Cat!   I’ve written about him  HERE. I don’t know what he thought he was going to do to those deer, but he stealthily began to slink after them.  I had to laugh.  He’s always had big ideas of himself.  But anyway, it was a nice way to start the day.

So, those are mine, can you think of five?  Anyway, have a great day and remember how grateful I am for you.  Thank you for reading this blog.

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