BUDGETMAW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUDGETMAW BUDGETMAW's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Gratitude Journal - Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6092925 Today I am thankful for Russell walks! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for warm weather. It's in the mid 40s today and is supposed to get up into the 50s this weekend. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful to be able to vote. Mom and I went down and registered today. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:30:09 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6092116 Today I am thankful (and here I drew a blank)... <BR> <BR> Ok, let's see. Usually it's just sort of spontaneous, whatever comes into my mind at the moment. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that the days are getting longer. It's still light out, and it was dark earlier than this not very long ago. I assume it's also getting light earlier, but I am thankful to say that I don't know about that! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for Lent, and especially for Easter. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 19:55:04 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091038 Something different today. This song has been going through my head for the past several days. Do you think if I sing it often enough, it will come true? <BR> <BR> This is my song, Oh God of all the nations, <BR> A song of peace for lands afar and mine. <BR> This is my home, the country where my heart is; <BR> Here are my hopes, my dreams, my sacred shrine. <BR> But other hearts in other lands are beating, <BR> With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine. <BR> My country's skies are bluer... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:53:00 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091037 Something different today. This song has been going through my head for the past several days. Do you think if I sing it often enough, it will come true? <BR> <BR> This is my song, Oh God of all the nations, <BR> A song of peace for lands afar and mine. <BR> This is my home, the country where my heart is; <BR> Here are my hopes, my dreams, my sacred shrine. <BR> But other hearts in other lands are beating, <BR> With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine. <BR> My country's skies are bluer... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:52:59 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090364 Today I am thankful that SereneHeather is off the ventilator and doing better. She's even cracking jokes! (And no, SH, I don't think much of your way of losing weight!) <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Leslielenore had seven days migraine free last week. Way to go! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Veg954 has been able to get off of pain meds and can drive now and is slowly increasing her activities. Good luck with your test results! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Carol'sMom (Robert... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:18:48 EST Gratitude Journal - Days 5 & 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089560 Yesterday I was "bad" when it came to food choices. Apparently I didn't feel that I was "worthy" of doing a gratitude journal for the day. Talk about a dumb attitude! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for songs I like. I'm not a big fan of music in general, but there are a few songs I really like. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I don't know what it's like to be a refugee or to live in a war zone. Ushindi talked a little bit about her experiences, and how when the rebels start shooting up th... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:25:20 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088001 Someone said that they'd thought about doing a gratitude journal, but that trying to decide what to write about was too much work. Or words to that effect. That kept me from doing one, too, for quite a while. Now what I do is just come here and write random things. It's pretty much spontaneous, whatever comes to mind when I'm sitting here at my computer. That's why so many of the things I say I'm thankful for sound so strange! It's pretty much a reflection of my day, which I figure is a good ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 20:22:15 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087058 Today I am thankful that Russell got a clean bill of health. He has a lump at the base of his sternum, but she said it belongs there. Apparently all dogs have them, his is just a lot more pronounced than most. Something about the long sternum of a Chihuahua and the short ribs of a Dachshund (or vice versa). Whichever way it goes, it's normal and he's fine. And she gave me some info on feeding him real food instead of commercial dog food, too. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that we got out and... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 19:00:23 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087004 Guess I didn't do my gratitude journal yesterday, though I thought about it often. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was thankful that Mom's dog got a clean bill of health when I took her to the vet. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was thankful that I didn't get the bag of tortilla chips near the checkout counter at Albertsons. The chips went into and out of my cart several times, but in the end I got a bag of pork rinds instead. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was thankful that Winco had some good coupons, and that I we... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 17:30:57 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085461 Today I am thankful for another good day's eating. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for a good night's sleep - 11:30 to about 10:30! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for one of the results of the Iowa cauci. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 01:07:50 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083445 Today I am thankful that I didn't go out for the pizza buffet yesterday, though I wanted to. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that my spending for January (I assume I won't be spending anything tomorrow) is actually a bit below my budget for the month. I still need to go through some of my cash register receipts to more accurately allocate my expenditures, but the total is under budget. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that we did our errand this morning. It hailed not long after I got home, and ... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 20:46:27 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082631 Today I am thankful that I was able to figure out how to use Mom's DVD player, and to explain it to her so that she should be able to do it herself. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I've had a much better day food-wise than I have had lately. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for light rain but no storms. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 19:53:12 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081834 Can you believe it's the 28th already? And today is almost over. Yikes! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that my blood work results came back just fine. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that the attorney thinks he can help Dela, and that between us were able to explain how a personal injury case works. (His surgeon is Tyler McKee and his attorney is Tyler McGee. How's that for strange?) <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Russell managed to last the whole day inside with not accidents. At least ... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 20:51:13 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080822 Today I am thankful that Dela didn't have a pen to write down the number that the "Revenue Authority" (which I'm sure is the faux-IRS) told him to call, so he texted me to ask what he should do. I'm sure it was one of those IRS scam calls. I told him to do nothing and I'd take care of it tomorrow. I would imagine that the percentage of non-native born Americans who respond is even higher than the percentage of native born Americans. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I was able to watch Susa... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:05:24 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080815 Missed another day. Not because I'm not thankful, but because I'm pretty blech about the whole SP/diet/eating right/lifestyle stuff. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was thankful that my doctor's appointment went well. Except the doctor should have at least mentioned my weight. No, I wouldn't have paid any attention, and yes, he's overweight himself, but it's still a major health issue that should have at least been mentioned. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was thankful that the nurse asked me if I had any bi... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:56:32 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078845 Today I am thankful that the a-fib I had during the night converted to a normal rhythm on its own. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I already have an appointment scheduled with my PCP tomorrow and I can talk about changing some of my meds then. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for the big pot of bone broth I've had simmering away since yesterday morning. I put it in the fridge overnight because I don't like to leave the burner on overnight or when I'm gone, but it cooked about 12 hours yeste... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:21:44 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078843 I forgot to do my Gratitude Journal yesterday, so here goes. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was thankful for blue skies and sunshine. It was like spring - in the 40s, most of the snow was melted but there were still a few heaps where someone had piled the snow from clearing their driveway or sidewalk, windy (up to 20 mph), sunny. Just a "typical" spring day. I felt like I should be flying a kite or something! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was thankful for a lovely Russell walk on a new street. <BR> <BR> Ye... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:18:58 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077048 Today I am thankful for the "normal" stuff that I usually forget to say thank you for. It's not that I'm not thankful for them everyday, it's just that they are so much a part of my normal, usual life that I take them for granted and don't say thanks. And for that I'm thankful - not just for the normal things but that they are so normal that I don't even think of them. There are a lot of folks in the world who would consider having the things I take for granted a miracle. <BR> <BR> Today I ... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:03:56 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076679 Today I am thankful that Russell and Sandy (Mom's dog) got along just fine when they were introduced. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Russell knows how to ride in the car. He got in the back seat and stayed there! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I don't live on the east coast. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 23:23:41 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075668 Today I am thankful that the lawyer Dela saw this morning thinks there's a good chance that Dela will get compensation for the injuries - and especially the lost wages - from his accident. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I have enough food in my Emergency Stash to feed me and Mom for a couple of weeks so I won't have to run out and stock up like they're doing out East. Also that we're not having the weather they're having out there! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for the pork shoulder roa... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:52:49 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074989 Blech. I really don't feel like doing this. Don't know why. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Russell got me out for a walk tonight. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for warmer weather this week. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Russell is such a good little heater! <BR> <BR> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:14:36 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073874 Today I am thankful for the woman I sat next to at coffee today. The group as a whole tends to be very much more to the "right" than I am, but the woman I talked to was more where I am. I am thankful that we could talk about issues without talking about politics, and that we could do it without arguing or getting upset. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Russell is so happy to see me. It's sure good for the morale to have him going nuts when I get home! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:04:31 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072777 Today I am thankful for Russell. And I'm thankful for whoever taught him to be such a nice, well-behaved dog. I just wish they'd taken him directly to the shelter when they didn't want him anymore instead of just letting him become a stray. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for a nice walk with Russell. I think we went farther than ever, but my fitbit doesn't seem to think so. Maybe I'm taking longer steps. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful to live in such a higgly-piggly neighborhood, with lots of... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 13:53:04 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072034 Today I am thankful for TristanFlight, a member of our Low Carb team, who just got back from volunteering on a medical team in case of disasters at the president's State of the Union. I am very thankful for all the people who volunteer in this and other ways. And I am very very thankful that his medical skills weren't needed for a disaster! Thanks, Tristan! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for hospice and hospice services. Not only do they provide an important service for the terminally ill and... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 19:05:49 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071302 Today I am thankful that I got out and walked Russell, even though it was wet out. Actually, it wasn't at all bad once we got out there. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I found a pair of boots at Walmart yesterday that fit and look like they should be waterproof. I hope. And they fit around my calves, which surprised me. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful. Just thankful. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 20:09:44 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070538 Today I am thankful for Cricket and how patient she was working with my friends to get ObamaCare. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I checked in here this morning. I didn't want to, but I did. Don't know why I didn't want to, unless it's because I haven't done a lot of the things I usually do. Taking care of my new furbaby seems to be practically a full time job! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for the beautiful white world I woke to this morning. It snowed overnight - big fluffy flakes that... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 21:34:18 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069392 Today I am thankful for all day to cook my pork shoulder roast low and slow. Yum! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Russell is so well-behaved. I may even stop crating him at night pretty soon if he continues this way. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful I didn't have to go out this morning. Freezing rain last night left a thin sheet of ice on all the pavements. The bright sunshine today should melt it, though, and make it safe to walk and to drive. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:31:54 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068854 Today I am thankful for Russell. For a lot of reasons, including that he's a great lap warmer and that he gets so excited when he sees me and that he gets me out walking, which is really why I got him anyway. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that my friend Antoinette was able to get food stamps for her family and that her daughter Mimi seems to be starting to step up to her responsibilities. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I know enough about enough things to help Mom with little things aro... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 21:40:21 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067902 Today I am thankful for a dog sleeping on my lap and keeping me warm. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Russell is housebroken and pretty well behaved. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for the suggestions that Naypooie has given me about having a tiny dog. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that we're not having weather around here like they're having out east! Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:32:37 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067153 Today I am thankful for my new furbaby, Russell - a three year old Chiweenie. That's plenty to be thankful for today, don't you think? Mon, 11 Jan 2016 22:07:21 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065950 1. Today I am thankful that I finally got the Christmas tree undecorated and taken down! And out, too. I hauled it out back and this afternoon I cut off the branches. My intent is to use them as the base of a compost pile. In the meantime, they may provide some cover for birds. <BR> <BR> 2. Today I am thankful for the library. It's amazing how much you can learn there! And how much fun you can have reading books. <BR> <BR> 3. Today I am thankful for the Internet. Yes, there's a lot of garba... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:43:53 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065105 Today I am thankful for a good night's sleep. And most of the morning, too! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Russell seemed to know me when I went to the shelter today. He seems pretty comfortable around people. And I haven't heard him bark, which seems sort of unusual for a Chihuahua. Or at least that's what I've heard. I've never had one before. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for a beautiful day. Maybe a bit on the chilly side, but then it's winter, for crying out loud! I took Russell fo... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 17:51:28 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064209 Today I am thankful that there's a good Animal Shelter here with caring people who clearly love dogs and cats. It's definitely not a "pound"! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I have a fully fenced in back yard that is, or is supposed to be, dog-proof. Though I'm not entirely sure that such a thing exists! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that they told me the black lab I was looking at is only about six months old. They had said she was full grown so I assumed she was an adult. Nope, just a ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 16:11:44 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063372 Today I am thankful that I have "enough" and a bit leftover to help others who aren't as fortunate as I am. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I live in America and have lived in America all my life and am not a refugee somewhere trying to find a safe place and people who will let them stay there. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that there are so many people who want to help - both paid and volunteers - and that they outweigh the stingy jerks who don't and won't and don't want to let other pe... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 18:32:13 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062431 Today I am thankful for my warm clothes and blankets and furnace and all those things. I'm freezing! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Mom's in such good health, both physically and mentally. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Mom has a comprehensive will and trust, plus Durable Power of Attorney, Living Will, etc. And that I have them, too. Wed, 6 Jan 2016 19:26:33 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061431 Today I am thankful that someone is going to the Refugee Center to enroll refugees during the Open Enrollment Period for ObamaCare. I don't the details - I happened to mention something about ObamaCare to a case manager and she said that someone else had received an email about someone wanting to come in and get people signed up. Poor Julie - she's overwhelmed with all that needs to be done to get things ready for whoever is coming in. This event is only for those in the Open Enrollment Perio... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 19:59:27 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060275 Today I am thankful for my furnace and for being able to pay to run it. Have you ever read books about the pioneer days, which weren't really all that long ago, when folks would have to break the ice on the water inside? Brrrr! I've been cold the past few days, but I can always turn up the heat and take care of the problem. Plus I have lots of blankets I can huddle under and sweats and sweaters and things like that. Heat on demand is definitely something to be thankful for! <BR> <BR> Today I... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 17:27:17 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059364 Today I am thankful that it warmed up today and is supposed to stay warm (relatively speaking) for the next ten days. I've enjoyed the cold and snow, but I'm looking forward to the ice and snow melting off of the street in front of my house. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I found a lot of what I want for my Emergency Stash at Dollar Tree, for about half what I was expecting to pay at Winco. I hope I never have to use my Emergency Stash, but it's good to have it just in case. It's stuff ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 21:26:06 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058047 Today I am thankful for finding VLC (Very Low Carb), ZC (Zero Carb), and HFLC (High Fat Low Carb). I've just done a week of virtually VLC and have been surprised to find it quite easy and I've been dropping the pounds like nobody's business. Don't know how long I'll stay there. I'll probably move on to HFLC sometime this month. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I can eat fat. Lots of fat. I know it bothers some people, but not me. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I rendered a whole bun... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:56:29 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057070 Another Day 1. It sort of feels like Groundhog Day, endlessly repeating the cycle. But it's also an affirmation that time and I are both moving on on our journeys into the future. And to be thankful for each and every day I'm given! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for blue skies and sparkling snow! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for a wonderful 2015. It was a busy year - I got rid of literally half of my possessions prior to moving, I had the house repainted and recarpeted (and dealt with a wa... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 14:34:16 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056261 Today I am thankful that I have the resources to go out and buy a new TV set today. And that I got there and back safely. I don't have it hooked up yet, but I'm sure I'll be thankful that it works in a few hours! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that someone (rats! I don't remember who!) started a gratitude journal last month and that I picked it up. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for a healthy, happy year. It's been a year of a lot of changes, challenges and opportunities. I hope 2016 is even... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:21:53 EST 98 cent ground beef! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055585 Thought I'd share that the Winco here has 73% lean ground beef in ten pound chubs for 98 cents a pound. <BR> <BR> Also, you can special order beef suet (fat) that they trim off their meat. The suet costs 48 cents a pound and is delicious cooked you would a steak, over high heat. <BR> <BR> Pork fat is $1.38 a pound, which isn't all that great a deal. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 19:39:11 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055420 Today I'm thankful for blue skies and sunshine making the snow sparkle. <BR> <BR> Today I'm thankful for the 17.8 pounds I've lost in the past three days! <BR> <BR> Today I'm thankful for my brother, who does small handyman type things for me when he comes down. The latest is that I want a clothesline strung through the guest room, under the ceiling fan. It's dry here all year round, and I already dry my undies on a clothes rack, but I think a clothesline under the ceiling fan would be a go... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 14:17:45 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054845 Today I am thankful that I was too antsy to sit around "doing nothing" - even housework was better than that, and I'm usually more than happy to sit around reading or whatever. (Is that what folks mean when they say they have a burst of energy when they eat low carb?) I got all the dishes from Christmas done, and all the dishes since then, too. And I finished up the bone broth and put it in jars until I ran out of jars and I put the rest in yogurt cartons. I've got six pints and three quarts ... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 18:08:47 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054132 1. Today I am thankful that SIL ran the rinse cycle on the dishwasher. I don't use the dishwasher and have no soap for it, but she didn't know that when she loaded it Christmas evening. She ran the rinse cycle so at least the dishes aren't growing mildew in there. I can take them out a few at a time and wash them. <BR> <BR> 2. Today I am thankful that Mom and I eat in sort of opposite ways. I took over the crackers that I had left over and she gave me the cheese and sausage and some veggies... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 16:40:03 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053401 Today I am thankful that my SIL did a lot of the dishes Christmas evening. She asked if I'd like her to help with the dishes (there were 10 of us for dinner) and I told her that I wasn't doing anything in the kitchen except putting the food away, but if she wanted to wash dishes she could be didn't have to. She got a lot done, which made cleaning up the kitchen today a lot easier. Much less overwhelming looking, so I actually did quite of bit of what's left. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 12:43:46 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052965 Today I am thankful that my brother and his family left this morning and I have my house all to myself! And another brother is taking the rest of us out to dinner tonight so no one is coming over to my house for probably several days at least. And that means I can leave the house in its appalling condition for a few days before I have to buckle down and clean it up. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for my SIL. There's quite a bit of family drama surrounding my brother's marriage to her, but she... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 15:46:25 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052440 Today I am thankful for The Reason for the Season. Thank you, God! Fri, 25 Dec 2015 09:58:26 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052188 Today I am thankful to have some time to myself. It's great to have lots of family around, but I need alone time, too. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that my brother came up with something to give Mom for her 90th birthday. It's hard to buy for someone who doesn't need anything, doesn't want anything, and doesn't want to change anything! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful to have a white Christmas. We don't have them around here very often. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 16:36:18 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051921 Today I am thankful that my brothers made it safely to Twin. Don flew in to Salt Lake City last night and drove the 3-1/2 hours up here with no trouble at all. Nick and his wife flew in this afternoon, fortunately after the interstate opened again. It had been closed for about eight hours due to drifting and blowing snow and near zero visibility. Now everyone who's supposed to be here is. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Mom had some leftover cream cheese/powdered sugar fondant from when w... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 00:50:06 EST