Sunday, December 09, 2012

Blessings Various and Sundry

I try to count my blessings as often as possible, and as today is Sunday, it is fitting I share those blessings with you!

Blessing #1: The day job has kept me busy this week. When I am busy, I am happy, and much more productive with every aspect of my life.

Blessing #2: The Christmas tree is still standing. Barely.

Blessing #3: I had a flare-up of my rheumatoid arthritis Thursday night. I thought I was getting a cold, but it turns out that this is the pattern to my flare-ups - I feel like I'm getting the flu. I get a scratchy throat, terrible fatigue, and body aches. Sure enough, the next day, my feet and hands hurt. But it wasn't nearly on the scale that they have before. The new medication I'm taking is working. Praise the Lord!

Blessing #4: My good friend Yvonne (who is also a writer) invited me to a World War II-set Christmas musical at her church Friday night. It was fantastic. I'm not ashamed to admit I shred a few tears, especially since it was set right when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Sitting in the audience, knowing that it had been exactly 71 years ago that Pearl Harbor was attacked, and watching this play onstage, really hit home for me.

Blessing #5: I was able to get a nice chunk of writing done on the novel yesterday. It's clipping along nicely, and I am more than half-way finished with it.

Blessing #6: My daughter and I watched Despicable Me last night. Love that movie and love hearing my daughter laugh even more.

Blessing #7: I am so very thankful for my friends and family. They are my rock.

Blessing #8: This picture:
This is my husband. In 2000, we had a St. Bernard puppy named Tiny Bear. He grew to be enormous and a beloved part of our family until he passed away a few years ago. But I sometimes think he has been reincarnated into our cat, Slick (yes, the cat who gives me no end of trouble). When Slick was watching my husband cook last weekend, I had to get this snapshot. Putting them side by side like this just makes me laugh.

What blessings are you thankful for today?

20 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:16 PM

    I have been blessed with the many years of wisdom I had with my mother. She passed away last month and I am coping. I know she is happy with my father now, and that makes me happy, too.

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. You are right - it's wonderful to have had those years with her. My sympathies to you.

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  2. IT's the simple blessings in life that are so worthy of counting, even on a daily basis. Too often people look for big blessings and they are not always there. The little ones add up and bringg such joy to life. It's important to give thanks for all of these. Enjoyed the post.

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    1. I firmly believe that it's the little things in life that really make life beautiful. :)

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  3. Great reminder about counting ones blessings, something I don't do often enough. Love the last photo!

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    1. I need to count my blessings more often, too!

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  4. I was blessed with a holiday weekend full of family and friends. I'm very lucky. And I adore the photos of your husband!

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    1. Holiday weekends full of family and friends are the best! I hope it was full of yummy treats, too. :)

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  5. Melissa, I often think of the song about blessings that Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney sing in White Christmas.

    When I count my blessings I always have so much to be thankful for too:) Wonderful post!

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    1. Oh, I love that song, too. :)

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  6. What a beautiful post! And that last photo, fantastic! That sounds like a Christmas musical right up your alley; my husband and I were shocked it has been 71 years since Pearl Harbor; not that it seems like yesterday, but just 30 or so years ago. Time slips so fast, very good to take stock and realize our blessings; they are tremendous. :)))

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    1. Yes, the musical was fantastic! I enjoyed it so much. It also inspired me to get back to work on my novel. :)

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  7. Ah, that pair of photos puts a little lump in my throat as i think of the animal friends we've had come and go. Love to hear your blessing list! I keep a blessing list on a separate blog, but I haven't touch it since July... need to get back into doing that!

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    1. It is so hard to lose our animal friends - but I like to think that we make their lives all the more richer for the time they are with us.

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  8. What a lovely post, Melissa! I am thankful for my work, my amazing friends, for singing, my animals and Mr B. Sometimes!

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    1. Those are wonderful things to be thankful for! :)

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  9. I love that picture!! And I absolutely LOVE thankful posts!! So much online (and in person) these days is negative, and I grab onto whatever pieces of joy and gratitude I can find. I think if the internet were more this and less that, we'd be better off!

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    1. I agree completely! Too much negativity in the world today - and online!

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  10. Wow. You are a very blessed woman :) Great to remember to count these.

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