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 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175436 Today I am thankful that I was able to get into the dentist's on almost a moment's notice, and that he was able to fix my tooth with just a filling instead of a crown or implant like I was afraid he'd have to do. (I lost a chunk of tooth last night.) <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Claude (17-year old Congolese refugee who died last week) had a nice funeral and a great turnout for it. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that my knees don't hurt nearly as much or as often as they did a couple ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 22:41:36 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170257 Today I am thankful for sunshine and a light breeze and perfect temp. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for food that is health-giving and affordable and available and abundant. For water that is the same. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for health and health care and health insurance. Wed, 25 May 2016 16:31:32 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169780 Today I am thankful for Dr. Atkins and the others who promoted a low carb lifestyle so many years ago. They were definitely ahead of their time! And all the folks who have continued to do research, a lot of which supports those early low carbers. And my friend Valerie, a pharmacist, who told me she'd tried to prove how bad it was for a nurse who was doing Atkins, but couldn't. I would never have started without that. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that bindweed comes up so easily. I got a lot... Tue, 24 May 2016 22:34:38 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169182 Today I'm thankful that the big black clouds that blew in suddenly about 7:00 this evening blew back out again just as quickly, and Russell and I were able to get our evening walk in. <BR> <BR> Today I'm thankful that Sherry was able to get Mom and me in to get our hair done this afternoon, with practically no notice. Shampoo for Mom, haircut (long overdue) for me. And I'm thankful it turned out pretty good, too! <BR> <BR> Today I'm thankful that plans for a family get together in July are ... Tue, 24 May 2016 00:03:40 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168171 Today I am thankful for sunshine! The rain was great, but I love how bright it is outside now, and how brilliantly green the trees are. And not having to water! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that my knees are feeling so much better and that Russell and I took a longer than usual walk. He's hoping for at least one more today! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for my SP friends. Thank you. Sun, 22 May 2016 13:31:41 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167645 Today I am thankful that Russell and I didn't go for a walk when I was thinking about. We would have been well away from the house when it started hailing! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that the weather was good for most of the Farmers Market. Attendance was much lower than usual, probably because of the weather yesterday and the weather forecast for today, but it was actually sunny most of the time. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that no one else is going to be looking at my One Drive or wh... Sat, 21 May 2016 15:57:04 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167063 Today I am thankful for the rain we had yesterday. It should have softened up the ground enough that the rain we've been having today, starting about 7:00 and still going strong at 1:30, has a chance to sink in instead of just running off. Also thankful that it's a soaking kind of rain and not a downpour. I don't remember who I was talking to a day or two ago who said that she loved it when it rained because then she can't get out and work in the yard and garden! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankfu... Fri, 20 May 2016 15:39:13 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166554 Today I am thankful for rain. Not too much, but it was impressive at the time. And that the storm didn't last long, and, as far as I know, didn't cause any damage. And for the sunshine out there now. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for naps. They're great when you need them. And great on a cold, gray, wet day even if you don't. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I don't have all the technology out there. I just heard a commercial for something that said whatever it was (a smart phone?) signs ... Thu, 19 May 2016 21:24:02 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164353 Today I am thankful that I feel so good. I got more accomplished today than I accomplished all last week! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for nice days when I can have the windows and doors open. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I got plants for my garden. Now I just have to plant them! Mon, 16 May 2016 19:37:37 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163687 Today I am thankful for nice hot showers. Nice hot baths are good, too. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that my 90 year old mom can and does still get out to work in her yard. Not much, but she does do it. She's amazing. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for great weather today. It's been cool - high in the 60s - and windy, but sunny and perfect for working in the yard. Sun, 15 May 2016 21:52:53 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163109 Today I am thankful that I could borrow Mom's car. I bought some stuff at an online estate auction, and it ended up being way bulkier than I expected. Way more stuff in the "lots" than I thought there would be. I filled my car up completely, then dropped it off at Mom's and took her (bigger) car and got the rest. I took Mom's dog with me the second trip and the poor thing was cramped in with bags and boxes around her, and books kept falling on her. Fortunately just paperbacks, but still. <BR>... Sat, 14 May 2016 23:41:07 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162432 I've really been slacking off on this gratitude journal. Mostly, I suppose, because I just haven't been feeling well. Sort of blah. Really blah, in fact! Which is all the more reason to think of all the things I'm grateful for. Or should be, anyway. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I got my straw bale gardens conditioned. Now I just have to get the plants and seeds to finish them up. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for self-restraint. Retail therapy is a big pull tonight for some reason. <... Fri, 13 May 2016 21:57:35 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158372 Today I am thankful that (at least so I read last night) no one has been killed in that horrible fire in Canada. And I am so thankful that's not in my backyard. My heart goes out to all of the folks there. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for firefighters everywhere who risk their lives for strangers. And I'm thankful to all the other first responders like police and sheriff and EMT. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that the shooting incident here yesterday was minor. Apparently a student took t... Sat, 7 May 2016 19:13:49 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157756 Another site I use has me list three people I'm grateful to each day, so I've been doing my gratitude journal there instead of here. But I bet that if I really thought about it, I could find six things and/or people I'm thankful to or for! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Russell loves me just the way I am. (Though he'd love me even more if I took him for more walks!) <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for health care. I have good health insurance that I can afford and good doctors. And I'm pr... Fri, 6 May 2016 17:51:18 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153735 Today I'm thankful. That's all. Just thankful. Sun, 1 May 2016 00:20:52 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153057 Today I am thankful that the weeds can be pulled up so easily and that they fill up a bucket so quickly! My goal is two 5-gallon buckets of weeds every day. I've been doing this close to two weeks, I think, and I'm one bucket behind. I pulled/dug four buckets this afternoon in about an hour and twenty minutes. The weather is great for it - a bit cool, but very comfortable wearing a sweat shirt. There are lots more buckets of weeds available to pull/dig! (I moved into a HUD house last summer. ... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:34:44 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152415 Today I am thankful I woke up in time for lunch! I actually got up about 8, let the dog out and fed him, checked email and SP, and fell asleep in my chair until after 11! And I was supposed to meet a bunch of friends for lunch at 11:30! Guess I must have been really tired. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for a fun afternoon of bridge. Didn't have great cards, but came in third out of twelve, mostly by setting our opponents. Bridge is so much better if you feel like you're doing more than just ... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:54:45 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151844 Today I am thankful for gaining insights about myself. It's not always comfortable or easy, but it is good for me. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for modern medicine. I'm watching Call the Midwife, and while medicine has advanced a long long way since the first season, I like today's medicine a lot better. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for the rain we've had and the sun we're supposed to have over the next week or two. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:25:20 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150809 Today, as always, I am thankful for all of you who stop by and read my blog, and especially those who comment on it. Thank you. <BR> <BR> Today, as always, I am thankful for all of my Spark Friends, all of the wonderful people I've met here but will probably never meet anywhere else. You don't know how much your support means to me. <BR> <BR> Today, as always, I am thankful that I live in America. We're not perfect, but we're pretty darn good! Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:10:29 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150389 Today I am thankful that Bill has gotten a lot of little chores done for me, and has given me advice on how to do a few others myself. Having a second pair of hands, and some longer arms, has been a big help, and the fact that he knows quite a bit about repairs is even better. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for the rain. It rained most of the day today, and we need it. And the timing has been just right for my garden, too. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Bill has helped with the cooking. ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 23:44:53 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149341 Today I am thankful that my brother made it down safely. He lives about 8 hours north of here, and came down for a conference two hours north, then came on down for a couple of days. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for some quiet chatting with my brother. I have trouble talking much with my two older brothers, but we did ok. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for a beautiful day. A real spring day, if you know what I mean. A good kite flying day, probably. Sunny, windy, nice, and I can smell the... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 15:44:26 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148724 Today I am thankful that I got yard work done yesterday. It's definitely not yard work weather out today! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for Sharon (I think it was Sharon!) who started the Gratitude Journal last November. I enjoy doing it and I get a lot out of it. I hope you do, too! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for little Challenges on various teams and sites that stretch me a little without feeling overwhelming. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:28:31 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148339 It's not that I haven't been thankful lately. I just haven't been writing about it here. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I feel so much better. I've been depressed for a while, especially so on Wednesday, but my mood has been much better the past two days. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for the energy and gumption to get some things done that I've been putting off for days or weeks. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that my legs seem to be a bit stronger. I seem to be able to go up and down... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 23:45:24 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 20, Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146842 Oops. The post I did this morning should have been Day 19. I'll just make today's part II. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for a nice drive this afternoon. I was trying to find an estate sale about 25 miles away, way out in the country, but never did find it. It was a nice relaxing drive anyway. I drove a lot slower than usual because Russell wanted to stick his nibs out the window and smell all those exciting new smells. That made it much more relaxing. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for my f... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 22:34:13 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146356 Tuesday I was thankful that Russell was running down the street to meet me when I got home. The little rascal had escaped again. This time he dug under the fence. But he was there in the street and safe and I didn't have to go hunting for him. <BR> <BR> Tuesday I was thankful that a neighbor kid came over and offered to mow my lawn for me - for free! I was just starting to mow the front when he came over and asked if he could mow for me because he didn't have anything better to do. He asked... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:31:09 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145198 Today I am thankful that LeRoy got Mom's tax returns done. I am thankful that the tax was less than I had guesstimated. I am thankful that Mom had the money to pay the tax. I am thankful that I'm here to help, since she absolutely positively refuses to learn or understand anything about her taxes. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for aspirin. For some reason I had a bad headache this afternoon, and the aspirin took care of it. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for Woubbie, who introduced me to Sup... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:49:05 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144440 Today I am thankful that Russell is home and I didn't have to go find him again! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for a really good free workshop at Home Depot. The presenter was very knowledgeable about gardening in general - including straw bale gardens - as well as the specific topic, and was willing to tailor it to our interests and questions. I got lots of good information, and she didn't even try to sell us anything. In fact, she told us how to make some cheap alternatives to a couple of ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 19:56:24 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143647 I'm pretty single-minded when it comes to gratitude today. Russell, my little Chihuahua/Dachshund mix, got out. Today is the first time I've left him outside while I left, and when I came home the gate was wide open. Four neighbors volunteered to help me find him - two were driving around, one was walking around, and one was standing in the street to see if she could see him coming home. One the drivers found him but he wouldn't come to her, so she followed him until she saw me. <BR> <BR> S... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 15:36:54 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143196 Today I am thankful I got my tax returns mailed in and the balances due paid. The returns were prepared on March 1, but I held off filing and paying until today. And I'm thankful that AARP prepared them for free, that I had enough income to owe taxes, and I have enough money to pay the taxes. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Mom is doing ok. Her memory is definitely slipping, but she's still ok to live alone, which is what she wants to do. And I'm thankful that I'm here to check up on her ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 22:22:58 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142591 Today I am thankful for several good hands at bridge. It's a lot more fun that way! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful I remembered to put out the garbage. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for a good walk with Russell. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:13:11 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141753 Today I am thankful that my two ESL sessions went much better than yesterday's did. I felt like I actually accomplished something and that the people I worked with got something out of it. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I finally got around to making an appointment about my depression. Several people on my team said that they, too, have chronic depression, and that got me motivated to make the call. One of the bad things about depression, at least for me, is that depression tends to sap... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 21:10:43 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140367 Today I am thankful for delicious asparagus from the U-Pick place. This is the first year they've had enough to sell, and I was the first customer. I picked only the best of the best - young, tender, and thick. Some of it was close to an inch in diameter! I ate some of it raw, like celery. Yum! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for a long soaking bath. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for a long walk with Russell. There are some neighborhoods where there are beautiful flower gardens. Still mostly... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:14:52 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138540 Today I am thankful that Russell didn't go very far when he escaped! Of course, I think the bag of raw pork I had to entice him with helped. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for living in a friendly neighborhood. I don't really know my neighbors yet, but met a few more today. Lovely weather like this encourages folks to be outside. So does yard work. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Mark got the straw bales and delivered them this morning. I need to go to Home Depot and get the fertilizer to... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 13:56:54 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138158 Today I am thankful for another beautiful day. We're supposed to have a few more of them before it gets back down to the 50s. Average high for the entire month is only 62, and there will be a run of at least four days in the 70s. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for feeling much better. I've been depressed and feeling inadequate, but am mostly back to normal. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful I finally got my Pinterest account straightened out. I haven't used it in over a year. The good news is t... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 22:29:21 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137359 Today I am thankful for flannel sheets in the winter and percale in the summer. It's almost time to switch! (Anyone remember the song "I wear my pink pajamas in the summer when it's hot, and I wear my flannel nighty in the winter when it's not. And sometimes in the springtime, and sometimes in the fall, I jump right in between the sheets with nothing on at all!") <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for a nice walk with Russell and Mom's dog, Sandy. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for having lots of... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 19:52:55 EST Gratitude Journal - Days 5 and 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136804 Tuesday I kept putting of doing the gratitude journal because I couldn't think of anything that I was grateful for. Not that I was in a bad mood, but just in a taking-it-all-for-granted mood. Not a very good excuse, I know. In fact, all the more reason to do a gratitude journal. But I didn't. And now it's really tomorrow instead of yesterday, so I won't say it's today. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for the change of seasons. We really do have seasons here, and I am thankful for that. Once place we... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 02:27:01 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134966 Today I am thankful I am retired. I love hearing the funny horror stories about people's bosses, but I'm glad I no longer have any myself! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful I am retired and not doing Tax Season this year! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for leftovers so I don't have to cook! Mon, 4 Apr 2016 18:53:04 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134095 Today I am thankful that Mom's in good health. At church they were talking about a couple who suddenly moved from their own home to assisted living because they kept falling, and the wife is now in a wheel chair since she fell a few weeks ago. Mom's not there yet and I'm very thankful for that. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for a beautiful day and for working in the yard. Which I will do as soon as I finish this and take Russell for a walk! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Russell and San... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 16:29:45 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133303 Today I am thankful for SparkPeople. I was curious how long I've been a member, and finally found the info on my SparkPage. More than ten years! I remember that about the time I joined they were giving away free memberships with a goal of getting a million members. They have over 12 million members now! And it's still free! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for the beautiful weather. I know, it's getting to be an old refrain, but there's this window of time between cold and hot and I'm enjoying ... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 13:58:24 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132766 Today I'm thankful to be collapsed in my recliner in front of the TV. I spent almost six hours shopping - mostly grocery shopping. And driving back and forth and back and forth and back and forth across town. Not the way I prefer to do my shopping, but there were way too many people involved. And now I'm collapsed in my chair. <BR> <BR> Today I'm thankful that I have leftover soup to have for supper so all I have to do is to nuke it. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for a beautiful day! Fri, 1 Apr 2016 19:01:40 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131838 Today I am thankful for the shingles shot. I DO NOT want to get shingles! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for almost perfect outdoor weather - not hot and not cold. A bit cool, but warm for this time of year. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for Russell and an "excuse" or "reason" to go for walks. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:11:58 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131154 Today I am thankful for the fluffy snow yesterday. It was the kind that piles up on all the tree branches. And I'm thankful that it has all melted and today is beautiful in a different way - warm and sunny with blue sky and fluffy white clouds. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful to stay home again just to be lazy. I did take Russell for a walk, and I'll take him for at least one more, but mostly I've just been lazy. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for recipes. From all kinds of sources, all kinds... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:27:37 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130409 Today I am thankful for a challenge posted on simplelivingforum.net. The challenge is to have a different soup every day for a week, with each soup having at least three different veggies. It got me thinking about making soup, so I did. I have lots of veggies left over from last summer, and I need to get them used up so I can freeze more this summer. Along those lines, I'm thankful for our U-Pick place, where last summer I could get tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, eggplant, green beans, and more... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 20:17:46 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129724 Today I am thankful that I don't HAVE TO go out tomorrow. They're forecasting a winter storm and 3 - 6 inches of snow. But then it's supposed to be in the mid 60s over the weekend. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for food and shelter and phone and tv and electricity and gas and water and sewer and family and friends and good health and insurance and health care. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for Russell and the nice warm spot he makes in my bed on cold nights. Mon, 28 Mar 2016 22:19:43 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128999 Today I am thankful for the Resurection and for the millions of people who have lived and died to keep the faith alive for two centuries. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for 60 good years, and the hope of many more to come. Not too many, but many. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for the low carb birthday cake Mom made for me. She cut a small seedless watermelon into quarters and put candles in my piece. She even put out matches so I could light the candles! Sun, 27 Mar 2016 23:02:58 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128316 Today I am thankful that Mom is still healthy (mentally and physically), is still able to drive and is still able to live alone. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for family. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful I remembered to wash my clothes so I have something to wear tomorrow. Now if I can just remember to dry them, too, before I need them... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 22:46:17 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127650 Today I am thankful that I finally got Antoine and Veronica's kitchen sink unclogged. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for an extra wide bathtub so I can get out of it so much more easily than I could out of the more traditional size tub. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for the sacrifice Christ made 2000+ years ago. Fri, 25 Mar 2016 22:00:05 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126899 Today I am thankful I decided to grow up and quit letting someone I know get under my skin. How she behaves is her problem. How I behave is mine. Being adult sucks sometimes. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that the physical toll of the Brussels bombings is so low. Bombs going off in airports and crowded areas could have been much worse. The emotional too, though, I'm afraid, is much higher. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that my mother finally, after lots of very broad hints, invited me over... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 18:52:42 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126293 Today I am thankful for Walwala's spirit. She's a young Afghan woman who was raised very traditionally and is in a very traditional marriage. She's had little to know education and her husband is not interested in her getting any education now that they're in America. She is very motivated to become educated, in spite of her husband. Today she wanted to learn how to sign her name. She has been signing with an "X" but wants to be able to write her name. Good for her! I hope she is able to beco... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 22:42:05 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125427 Today I am thankful that I live in a small town. Less chance of terrorist attacks here. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that way, way more people are outraged by terrorists than support them. And lots more people are good (my definition) than are bad. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that I have lost no family or friends to terrorists or war or other violence. <BR> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 20:22:21 EST