Giving Thanks



Things I am grateful for:

  1. My beautiful, intelligent children, all of whom make me so proud to be a mom.
  2. My D’Bear. He IS the love of my life. Who knew I would find that so late in life? I am unbearably awed by it!
  3. Trees. I love trees!
  4. Grandchildren! Three grandsons and one (unknown gender) on the way!!
  5. Fuzzy slippers
  6. My home. I could so easily have walked away from it in the divorce settlement but I didn’t and now I’m glad I held out.
  7. Friends. They are like the blood in my veins. I could never have survived in this world without them.
  8. Starry nights in Pennsylvania. They’re glorious!
  9. Books and the people who write them. Thank you, Authors! You helped me escape many a horror in my life. I am eternally grateful.
  10. My Subaru. 92,000 miles and zipping me along the highways with ease. I love her!
  11. Coffee. Was there ever a time when I didn’t reach for it first thing in the morning? Ahhh, that first hot sip of nectar!..
  12. My country. I wonder how I got so lucky as to have been born when I was into a country that tries so hard to be the kind of place where people can be enjoy freedom and democracy..
  13. Birds. They make me happy.
  14. My body. So far, so good. I am healthy and have the use and function of all my parts. For that I am grateful! (Some parts better than others, but hey..{shrug})
  15. Hot showers!
  16. Ibuprofen
  17. Wine, that glorious concoction that is food and drink all rolled into one.
  18. Buttered toast
  19. Down comforters
  20. Ludovico Einaudi  and his beautiful music.
  21. The Internet. How would I have met all these amazing people without it? I still am amazed that I can know incredible people all over the world and never leave home.  There is so much beauty, talent, creativity, and caring out there in the voices of my dear Internet friends. Hey, it’s how I met my D’Bear!
  22. Fleece
  23. Kitties, puppies, bunnies, all the widdle baby animals. I have an antidote for the Blues: find a litter of puppies and sit on the floor with them for fifteen minutes. It takes all your cares away to be pawed, licked, snuggled, and sniffed by several warm, sweet pups! Guaranteed!
  24. Clean water
  25. Good food. Gawd! I love to eat! And luckily I am a fair cook!
  26. Bread. It deserves its own category! I could happily live on nothing but good bread ( well, with some butter or olive oil thrown in for good measure.)
  27. My new-found sense of “c’est la vie”. I am learning to let go… go with the flow…to sit back and enjoy the ride. It’s so refreshing! I always tried to control everything until recently when I finally realized I couldn’t!
  28. Free time, daydreaming, doing nothing’! I just learned how to do it! Not well, but I’m working on it and I like it! This kinda ties in with number 27.
  29. The teachers who drilled me till I learned to count and multiply and divide until I could do it in my head. Bless them.
  30. My faith that there is more to life than what I see and feel here on this earth and that one day my eyes will see beyond all this to the very heart of everything.


Happy Thanksgiving Day to all of you and may your blessings be many!



23 comments on “Giving Thanks

  1. Trish… can I copy your list for my blog? Hmm?

    Just kidding, but I’m thankful for the same things. Except for the D’Bear part. I have one of my own. His name is El Cheapo. But he has a heart of gold.

    Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving!

    allison- Sweety, what’s mine is yours, …except for the D’Bear thing. LOL
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and El Cheapo (HA) with huge hugs back from me!
    Maybe you could refer to your man as H.O.G. (Heart of Gold) ??? Just a thought.

  2. I recently found your blog – not sure who through, maybe Vinyl Villager – but I’m glad I did. I love your upbeat positive attitude and gratitude lists. LOVE it. And congrats on finding D’Bear. I hope the same happens to me and when I see it happen to others, it gives me hope. Happy Thanksgiving…

    Little Miss- Why thank you, Ma’am! Glad you found me, no matter where you came from. Welcome! I must go now and check you out!
    I hope you find your special someone, too. It changed my life. Really.
    Happy Thanksgiving from one of the really lucky ones.

  3. HOG…. I like that! Wonder if “he” will. Doesn’t matter. HOG it is. Thank you, dear.

    allison- Probably NOT! But then you just tell him what it means and he’ll be fine…..I hope! 😆

  4. LOL. I am grateful for most of this too. Thanks for the reminder of the little things that make life happy. Like fleece. 🙂

    misspecs- Howdy! Thanks for the nice comment and welcome! Yeah, fleece. It’s what gets me through the cold winters here in the frigid Northeast! Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  5. Happy Thanksgiving, Trisha. #10 My mom’s a huge Subaru fan. Swears by them. 🙂 Great list. We have several we share. I did a list today too. 😀 Tis the season. 😉 Who’s PG? Inquiring minds want to know. 😕

    Spidey- Shhhh— can you keep a secret? It’s my oldest daughter. Birdpress is gonna be an aunt again!

    I love your list, Peter! It’s good to count the blessings, isn’t it? Keeps things in perspective.

  6. What a positive, upbeat and down to earth list. Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂

    anja- I like that comment..”upbeat and down to earth” covers it all. 🙂
    Thanks, friend! Happy Feast Day to you ,too.

  7. Wow. It seems like we have so much in common. I love your list. Hope your holiday is a wonderful one.

    LOL@ Evyl’s comment.

    teeni- heehee ..Evyl posted an entire blog about toast BEFORE I wrote my list.

  8. All wonderful things…but I think you missed Garlic bread… :>}

    Happy Holidays, Trisha and to all a Good Night…

    Southern Smiles and world peace,
    ~The Baby Boomer Queen~

    Sharon- right back at ya, Miss Thang! And yes! I did indeed miss Garlic Bread! What was I thinking??
    Life ain’t right without some!

  9. Hows come D’Bear gets his own number and I have to share with three others? Huh? No FAIR! 😉 (Sibling rivalry at its bloggiest.)

    Great list! You forgot paper towels. Every day I think about how thankful I am for paper towels. Just sayin’.

    birdpress- I kinda thought you might say that somehow. But you got #1 and he got #2. Does that help? 🙂

    OMG, yes, I forgot paper towels. I almost listed TP but that seemed to anal. 👿

  10. Ludovico?

    There is something you apparently need to enlighten me upon O_o

    *nipple pinches*

    gadfly- oooooooooooooooooooo……………………niiiiiice……..
    {{she said perkily}}

    Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian composer/pianist par excellence. My favorite musician. I melt when I hear his music.

  11. As you know we don’t do the Thanksgiving thing here in Australia, but I wish all the best anyway, and hope you have a great time…
    Loving the list! Brilliant!

    Moe- thanks, girl! It’s now post Thanksgiving ( I’ve been lax in my replies!) and we had a lovely time. At least you can enjoy spring while we battle icy winter roads ! 😆

  12. Happy Thanksgiving to you. I think I should make such a list too. 🙂

    SLF- Thanks! Hope you had a good one, too! Lists keep me sane! Whenever I start feeling sorry for myself I try to remember what I am thankful for. Counting my blessings instead of my troubles is always a good thing!

  13. Happy Thanksgiving, girlfriend!! Great list. If #23 involved me it would involve taking them all home. Yikes.

    Hope you have a fantastic Turkey Day! Love you!

    2LD- It was good! I hope yours was, too!
    As for #23, I fight it . Otherwise my home would be overrun by the wee critters! LOL

  14. I see we have many things in common to be thankful for. Health, my sons, trees (I love trees, too) right on down the list to faith. There is so much to be blessed for that is unseen.

    Jim- Hey there! Post-Thanksgiving follow-up here. So we’re fellow tree lovers? Ah, you’re a good man! Hope you had a good holiday with your fam!

  15. Ah my Internet sis… Your list is divine

    Dont forget ~ pesto, down comforters, the musty yet glorious smells of the fall air, and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.

    betme- Yes, we certainly ARE Internet sisters! Check out my #19- Down comforters!

    But I absolutely agree with pesto, the smell of the fall air and ANYTHING to do with homemade chocolate chip cookies!!!

    D’as why I luz you so much!!

  16. Trisha, this is a great list. I can see from your last two posts you are soooo trying to do something that I am actually trying to do to- love, live and let live, and yes, go with the flow. It’s hard. But it CAN be done. I am struggling with it but know it’s the key to happiness… yeah, we cannot control everything- we can only control ourselves, what a bitch of a lesson, huh?

    JQ- About a dozeb years ago I went to a therapist who listened patiently while I bitched and whined about my sad and miserable life and then she quietly said “So what are you going to do about it?”
    It was an epiphany to finally see that the only thing I could change was ME!
    Thnks for always giving me such great comments, dear friend. I love ya!

  17. Re: #22, have you ever tried bamboo fleece? Ooo, soft!

    Re: music, I recommend Sharon Bezaly’s album, French Delights. Sublime!

    Since I moved some 200 miles from my former flute teacher, I’ve been building up my collection of flute music recordings. Sharon’s rendition of the Widor Suite is perhaps my favorite. . .

    jules- thanks for those suggestions! I am looking for some new music !! Perfect timing! 🙂

  18. #23 is SO true! After an ugly day at work, I can’t wait to race home and fall on the floor to have licks and tail wags from my 4-legged children. Does the trick every time. I did a 111 things list…didn’t think I had it in me! 🙂

    dizzle- wow! I’m way behind in reading my comments!!
    That’s so true! Licks and wags make a day worthwhile!
    And another WOW! 111 things? Hmmm, I’d have to reeeeally think on that!

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