Be Thankful Challenge

Joy, a wonderful writer and author of the blog, Tales of Eneana, has nominated me to participate in a challenge to share a post about being Thankful.

I am thankful for so many things, which includes the obvious: being alive, having a home to live in and good food to eat. So, along with these basic needs, this is my thankful list.

1. My family.

2. Having relatively good health.

3. Freedom.

4. Having the horrible days of my severe depression illness being in my past, not in my present and hopefully not in my future.

5. My Faith.

6. The wisdom of I have learned and earned during my life.

7. My little pet companion, Bria.

8. All the amazing people I have met on WordPress and the friendships that have developed.

9. Blogging on WordPress and interacting with all the wonderful people.

10. Those who participate in the flash fiction challenge that I host, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.

Of course, there are so many more that are not on this list.

The rules of this challenge are:

1. Share the image

2. Write about 5 people in your life you are thankful for.

3. Write about 5 things in 2015 that you are thankful for.

4. Share the love and challenge 5 other blogs to participate.

I am suppose to nominate five people to take part in this challenge but instead of nominating any particular person/blog, I am nominating you – the reader – to share what you are thankful for and if you wish, nominate five people to share their “thankful” list. I hope you will take a moment and share your gratitude with others.



Fifty Things That Make Me Happy

My friend Frederick with FredtotheRick blog has challenged all of his followers (me being one) to write a post about fifty things that make us happy.

I am accepting his challenge and extending this challenge to all my followers: Write a blog post about “Fifty Things That Make You Happy.”

1. When I get to sleep as long as I need to sleep to feel completely rested.

2. When it rains and I don’t have to water my outdoor plants.

3. When I get a package in the mail and it being properly delivered.

4. Retirement.

5. Freedom.

6. When everything in my life is peaceful and calm (no drama).

7. Enjoying cups of hot coffee each morning. Mmmm…

8. Knowing I will skip number 8 just because I can.

9. Drinking a coke.

10. Watching my hummingbirds.

11. Knowing my hummingbirds are comfortable with me being around them.

12. Feeling safe and protected.

13. My country (even though it is sometimes dysfunctional).

14. Listening to beautiful soothing music.

15. Being in the mountains with the fresh mountain air.

16. Being around animals.

17. My little dog, Bria.

18. Having a clean conscience.

19. Finally being able to get something I have wanted for a long long time.

20. When a long lost friends returns.

21. Beautiful sunny days when it is neither too hot or too cold.

22. All my friends on WordPress.

23. All my friends.

24. Going out for breakfast.

25. Peace of mind

26. Having all those “hard” years behind me.

27. Those “aha” moments.

28. A really good book

29. A really good movie.

30. Visiting my kids and grandkids

31. Writing flash fiction

32. Hummingbirds (Did I say hummingbirds?)I love hummingbirds

33. Learning something new

34. Learning something new to improve my blog

35. My blogging friends

36. Ice Cream

37. Saying the same thing twice because I can.

38. Freedom (saying Freedom twice because it is so high value).

39. A very nice delicious dinner that someone else cooked.

40. Spring

41. That moment when you know winter is over.

42. A nice comfortable bed.

43. A nice ‘down’ pillow.

44. Talking to my family.

45. My children and grandchildren!

46. Making new blogging friends.

47. Making new friends.

48. Bright pretty flowers.

49. My Lilac bushes when they bloom.

50. Just because there is a lot to be happy about.

51. Funny jokes.


My Ideal Saturday

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Me Time.”

What would be my ideal Saturday morning? At the moment, I am sitting and watching it snow on top of the three inches we got last night. I have been going through my emails and wondering why there aren’t as many as there usually is. It’s cold and I have upped the heat in my home about 4 degrees higher than I normally keep it. But, to answer the question, what would be my ideal Saturday morning? This is it.

Doing what I want to do and feeling no pressure to do anything else.

I’m trying to figure things out with my technology addled mind. There is so much to know! I need to do something soon as my iPad has been acting up on me lately. I need to get a new computer but they are so expensive!

I feel fortunate that I don’t have to go out and brave the cold and snowy/icy streets. I also feel fortunate that I am warm and safe inside my home.

This Saturday, I am doing exactly what I want to be doing and being grateful that I am. And, being grateful for so much more.