(1) I'm thankful for blogging.
For the past few weeks, my mailbox has been filled with greetings from far-flung friends and family. I like seeing photos of smiling faces and catching up on the events of the year.
(2) I'm thankful for connections.
After the full house of Christmas, we had the just-the-three-of-us house of the New Year. For reasons we still don't know, oldest daughter's original return flight was canceled, so we got to enjoy having her for an additional day.
(3) I'm thankful for time together.
Deedee is old enough to venture out in public now. She's accompanied me to the pharmacy, to an office supply store, to the grocery store, and to the church for a New Year's Eve party. In all of those settings, she has behaved well. She's a confident puppy who seems to enjoy working.
(4) I'm thankful to be a puppy raiser, and (5) I'm thankful for a wonderful co-raiser who shares Deedee with me.
John is starting to feel a little better--so much so, that we went for a run yesterday. We traveled 2 miles at an extremely slow pace. John's goal was to be able to breathe. Mission accomplished! He still calls his illness a cold, because after yesterday's run, "walking pneumonia" would be a misnomer! I don't care what he calls it, as long as he continues to feel better.
(6) I'm thankful for improved health.
While on our run, we noticed a B-2 bomber flying overhead. We stopped for a moment to watch it go by. We learned later that it was on its way to the Rose Parade.
(7) I'm thankful to live in a place where I can see military planes frequently flying, but (8) I'm thankful that I live in a peaceful place, where those planes are not engaged in combat.
This week, we also took care of some household tasks. We made great strides in de-cluttering the attic, we updated our "here's how to run the household" file, and we talked about future goals.
(I highly recommend having a hard copy of a spreadsheet or file that lists everything-- financial, social media, etc.-- including user names and passwords. That way, if one person becomes incapacitated, the other one could easily know what to do. And, go over the information every so often. You never know when you might find that you have forgotten to add something--like a retirement account from a previous employer that was somehow overlooked. Just sayin'. Happy New Year!)
(9) I'm thankful for the newness of the New Year.
John and I went out to see a movie last night--Love, the Coopers. It was an interesting character movie. Not the best movie ever, but enjoyable and better-than-average, with a good cast. What we loved most about it, though, was that we couldn't relate to the characters of Diane Keaton and John Goodman. They had been married 40 years, and were ready to call it quits. One of John's (my husband, not John Goodman) most brilliant ideas was in establishing consistent, regular date nights in our marriage from the beginning. Yes, it is easy for parents to get caught up in parenting issues, but weekly dates go a long way to remind us that we are first a husband and a wife. (I recommend weekly dates even more than I recommend a hardcopy of the above-mentioned file!)
(10) I'm thankful for John, and for his great idea about date night!
And with that, the 975th post is a wrap! What are you thankful for this week?
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