Tuesday - Thankful for you my followers & readers...
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I haven't met many of you but it really is a blessing when you leave me a comment or word of encouragement. They really seem to come at just the right time. I hope that I am giving you some inspiration even though I've not been the best blogger this year. You know life sometimes gets in the way & I am bad about feeling like what I have to share isn't as good as what others are blogging about and health/pain really can fuel that. So accept this BIG THANK YOU to each of you.
Wednesday - Thankful for old family photos especially those of my Grami...
they really have the power to transport you back to another time. Remembering those who may no longer be with us is bitter sweet (as the years go on more sweet than bitter) but all part of life. We can learn from the past. Looking at this photo of my friend Lori & I with my Grami really takes me back to a day of sight seeing in Baltimore and Washington DC during a visit a year after moving away.
I am reminded of how much I miss my grandmother and how much she meant to me. I was named after her & we were so close - sometimes it seemed we shared the same heart as she would know what was going on with me before she could pull it out of me. We liked the same things - she taught me everything that I think is good about me. She was an amazing cook - she had the smallest kitchen (couldn't even have the refrigerator in there) yet she managed to make such elaborate from scratch meals. She taught me to make bread, cavatelles, pitzells, nut rolls, cabbage rolls, spaghetti & meatballs, thanksgiving stuffing & so many other dishes (all of which I've tweaked a bit - she even said they were better & started making them that way). She loved "junking" & finding second hand treasures. So creative - at age 55 she started painting - storing her brushes in a cleaned Pringles can. Taught me it's never too late to do what you love & to follow your heart. Loved BINGO and would always go wherever it was played - Catholic church always had one going on. Love the beach and traveling. Taught me how to grow flowers & how much joy playing in the dirt could bring. She was a prayer warrior & close to the Lord. Was a letter writer - showered me with cards & notes that I treasure today. I love seeing her handwriting & often put it in layouts today. I could go on and on about her...she was so sweet, caring & gentle natured.
She lived with Alzheimers for many years before passing (such a horrible disease). Even with that she always had a smile for people & loved music. When I would see her I could catch a glimpse of her - like she would bubble to the top for just a moment then the disease took back over. I pray they find a cure for that very soon - as it really cruel & so hard for the family.
Thursday - Thankful for the sunshine
It is amazing how just standing out there in the sun can change your spirits. I can feel it in my bones. I love sitting out back in the garden with my breakfast watching the dogs rough house playing and running just soaking in the sun rays. My dream one day will be to live near the beach so I can walk in the sunshine each morning with my feet in the sand. That would be heaven on earth.
Friday - Thankful for Brave Girls Truths
I've been visiting the Brave Girls blog for a while now & wanting to go to one of their retreats. It always seems sold out & the women who attend seem transformed and so happy when they return. It reminded me of when my friends and I went to Bible camp when we were in jr. high. Melody & Kathy share truths each day on the blog and they really have the capacity to touch hearts. They are so honest and truly brave in sharing such personal things. Thanks to them for these posts that touch my heart. I'm saving to take the 6 week class in January - a gift to me in the new year. They are giving away 10 spots so head over to the blog & leave as many comments as you want.
Hope you have a fantastic weekend and are able to do something creative