Friday, November 30, 2012

Grateful, Grateful, Grateful

I'm so grateful for everything you've ever given me...

November is a time for giving thanks. I guess it’s because of the Thanksgiving Holiday. It’s kind of silly if you think about it. Shouldn’t we be thankful every day? Despite that, every year I’m ‘going to’ post what I’m thankful for on a daily basis. But it seems every year I get behind from the start and manage to stay behind until well beyond the first of the new year. Still, I decided I had so many things to be thankful for that I needed to list them, mainly as a reminder to myself.

I’m a list maker. I should own a portion of the sticky note company because I have them all around my desk. Although I seldom get to the grocery store with said list, I decided I could sum it up nicely if I used the alphabet to make my record of things I’m thankful for. So…here goes!

Alan, apples, airplanes (when they are on time), aprons and autumn

Bryce, Belle, Bernie, babies, buttons, butter, beer, bottles, bubble baths and bacon

Callye, Caleb, candy, cars, chairs, candles, cats, Christmas lights and carols 

Dads (mine especially), dreams, and doors

Evan, eggs, elevators, electricity, and eyesight

Family, friends, fun, fireplaces, and French fries

Grandkids, Grandparents, green chili, and guitars

Haircuts, hot water, and heaters

Ice (in the summer), icicles (in the winter), imaginations, and Iris

Judi, Jimmie, Jennivee, jelly, jam and jars,

Knitting, kites, kindness and kittens,

Lights, laughter, LSSK, and leaves

Moms (mine in particular!), money, mountains, and medicine

Napkins, nighttime, and noise

Oranges, online bill paying, and October

Pennies, pants, pajamas, pizza, pedicures, and Paypal

Quilts, quiet, quality, and quarters

Reading glasses, Ravelry, and rocking chairs

Starr, sweaters, seat warmers, snowflakes and snowmen

Tyson, talking, Tartan, tea, teachers, and Texas!

umbrellas (and the chance to use them), unity, and underwear

Veterans, vests, and Valentines

Wine, WHIBSIB, water, and warmth

Xerox copies, x-acto knives, and eXums!

Yarn, yams, yo-yo’s (fabric), yesterdays, yawns and yellow

ZZZ’s, zippers, zoos and zigzags

Well, that was a little tougher than I thought it would be! And, I believed I had invented this brilliant idea but I Googled it and found tons of people had made their list this way. Regardless, however you come up with the things you are thankful for, just remember to take the time to be grateful. It makes you feel pretty good to realize all the things you have instead of focusing on the things you haven’t! 

I wanna show my gratitude, gratitude, show my gratitude to you.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving in Utah this year. It was a very long trip and I got a lot of road-knitting in! I had two GIGANTIC scarves to make for a couple of my son’s friends and completed one and like only a couple of inches on finished the other. 

I’m finishing up some surprise gifts too. It’s going to be here before we know it! Be pleased that you’re here to enjoy. 
Gossamer Infinity Scarf
Rainbow ruffle
Dropstitch cowl

I wanna show my gratitude, gratitude.
I wanna show my gratitude,show my 
Yeah, my gratitud...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

You’ve Made Me So Very Happy

I chose you for the one...

My blogger friend, Frugal Mummy, recently posted Ten Things that Made Her Smile. She invited others to join in. Well, it took me forever to write it up, but I thought of ten things, I put in alphabetical order, that make me happy. I thought it would be very difficult. It wasn't as hard as I thought after I got started.  

Lighting candles make me feel cozy.
I have them for every occasion
Fall is my favorite season. I like it all; the colors, the smells, the chill in the air that warrants a sweater but not a jacket.  
From our Vermont trip a few years ago

Flowers remind me of my grandmother. I could never have a flower garden like she did. I don’t like to get my hands dirty! I plant things in my pots on the deck and celebrate my single blooms!
My cute little zinnia I grew from seed. Then the cat used the container for his bathroom. :(

I like food. I like to cook it. I like to eat it. I like to try new things but fall back on my comfort foods for…well, comfort!  
We are one of those weird families who take pictures of their food and put it on Facebook!

Music keeps me company. I know a lot of the lyrics to both country and rock songs and I sing with the radio in my car. I hum along in my office. I’m really quite good!
Anything goes. Well, except Rap. And maybe classical. I like things with words...that I can understand.

I recently moved to a corner office. Doesn’t that sound impressive? It’s not, believe me! It’s at the intersection of two halls. But the best thing about it is that it has a door! And that makes me happy.  
Is it pessimistic to look at the door as half closed most of the time?

Old tv shows and movies are entertaining and I enjoy watching them. They aren’t violent and scary, like the programs today, even when there’s a murder.
Give me Jessica Fletcher, Perry Mason and Andy Griffith anytime!

A quilt on the top of a bed makes me feel welcome and reminds me of summers spent with my grandparents.
Old quilts, hand quilted.

The Littles have the best hugs and kisses! They love me unconditionally. They truly think I’m great! They make me smile. I know as they grow up and get busy I won’t be in the spotlight. So I’ll enjoy it now, while it lasts!
One of my favorite old pictures. This was when Belle was born. But they are still glad to see me!

I have more yarn than I can ever use. That’s hard to say! In knitting talk it’s called a stash and when you have as much as I have it’s called SABLE. SABLE means Stash Totally Above and Beyond Life Expectancy. My kids will have a heck of a garage sale one of these days.
Just the tip of the iceburg...or is that yarnburg?

Now it’s your turn. Tell me ten things that make you happy. It will make you feel good. And it’s not hard at all. Leave your list in the comments or leave a link to your blog post. That would make me happy!

You’ve Made Me So Very Happy...