Category Archives: Thanks

Holiday week


It is Thanksgiving week in the US. Hooray!

Time to focus on loved ones, reach out to the less fortunate, immerse yourself in a whole lot of cooking and (for this family) disappear on a mini, much anticipated, get away.

(Where I will not be cooking AT ALL. Wish you were here.)

Curiously, leading up to this week I managed to get myself employed.

Just a part time job (PART time. I mean REALLY part time.  So part time it would be more accurate to call it a “sometime” job)…

With responsibilities ranging from “pick up packaging tape” to “organize a fun filled educational event for 15 kids and their parents.”

Anyway, it’s interesting.

And if I wasn’t ready for that mini get away before, I sure am now.


So, adios!

But more importantly, Happy holiday.

Hope where ever you are, celebrating or not, your life is bursting with joy, love, wonder, and all things good.



How not to be thankful


We all have that friend who, no matter what life throws at her, is perpetually optimistic. She’s that girl who smiles in the face of tragedy, laughs at pain and never views her glass as anything less than mostly full.

How do they do it? Well, my most-positive-pal, I found our recently, has a ritual that helps her keep on that happy track. With blind indifference to the weather, she steps outside every morning and thanks the universe for her existence. 

Isn’t that beautiful? As soon as I heard it I knew I had to make that practice a part of my life. 


Because I’m less focused-contented her and more ADD-spastic me, I worried that being thankful for my life every day would get boring. So I opted for thanks that differ daily.


Because I’m less spontaneous-spiritual her and more if-its-not-on-a-list-its-not-real me, rather than risk forgetting, I set up a Google calendar reminder.

And also…

Because I’m less fine-with-being-out-in-freezing-weather-first-thing-in-the-morning her and more where-is-that-extra-blanket-who-opened-that-damn-window me, I further opted to practice this ritual in bed.

So, for the last few months, at half past six in the morning I’ve woken to a cheerful “ding!ding!ding!” and a happy little note glowing on the face of my phone:

“What are you thankful for?” it reads.

Every day. For more than 2 months. At six freaking thirty in the morning.

Care to know how it’s gone? Here’s the abridge version:

Week 1:

What are you thankful for?


What are you thankful for?


What are you thankful for?

The laughter of children!


Week 3 (a little more corporeal but still from the heart…):

What are you thankful for?

Coffee, black as pitch and scalding hot!

What are you thankful for?

The snooze button!


Weeks 6 (spirituality waning…):

What are you thankful for?

Phone apps that don’t wake me up at the crack of dawn!


Week 7 (system challenged…)

What are you thankful for?

Wine and that in 11 hours it will be socially acceptable to drink some!

What are you thankful for?

Not being socially acceptable!


Week  ? (Days blurring together…):

What are you thankful for?

Shut up!


It’s possible I went a bit extreme but that’s not too surprising for a girl who’s less Zen-centered and more do-all-the-things-now!

I should have known me better.

Thankfully I have a husband who does know me better. He reprogrammed my phone and if I’m good for a whole week, says I can have the key to the wine cupboard back.

I’m thankful for Mowgli…  

Family photo taken sometime before week 4...
Family photo taken sometime before week 4…



Challenge accepted


Last week I was nominated for the gratefulness challenge.thanks

Which was ironic considering the nomination itself caused me to feel less than grateful. I hate internet games. However, this one seemed relatively harmless, potentially inspiring, and a good way to fill a blog.

The object: For five days list three things you’re thankful for. Or be crushed in a social media black hole. (or something like that, I don’t usually participate. The details are fuzzy.)

Here we go…

Day 1:

I’m Thankful…

For blog ideas, in any shape or form.

That I don’t have to shower, dress or leave the house to go to work (though I usually do the first two anyway).


That I’m so difficult to shop for, I’m consistently gifted in wine.

Day 2:

I’m thankful…

That for nine months of the year bears sleep.

That there are 400 billion years of brilliance left in our Sun (give or take).

But mostly…

That water, an essential life supporting liquid curiously absent from the rest of the known universe covers most of the planet I live on.

Day 3:

I’m thankful…

For Summer and Winter

For Spring and Fall


That in this modern age of travel it’s possible to live in one season year round (if one wishes).

Day 4:

I’m thankful…

For the internet

For flushing toilets

For garage door openers…

(pretty much everything first world.)

Day 5:

I’m thankful…

For my three late sleeping sons and the plethora of quiet mornings they reward me with.

To be married to a man who enjoys doing all the chores I abhor (like filling the car with gas and talking to people).

And last, but far from least…

Each and every one of you reading this today.


Thanks 🙂 Consider yourselves nominated.



What I’m Thankful For


I’ve been doing a lot of lists lately, but hey isn’t that what November is all about? Grocery lists, packing lists, gift lists…

…and the never ending lists of thanks.  Untitled

Since I’m sure the last thing you want to hear this Monday is how thankful I am for indoor plumbing (even though I am), I’ll keep this list short and little off center.


To my butcher for staffing his business with smiling young men whose knowledge of beef is inversely proportionate to their familiarity with political correctness. (Are there really women out there who prefer ‘ma’am’ to ‘beautiful’?) You’ve improved my self esteem as well as my cooking.

To my bank for knowing who I am and having endless patience for those who do not. No matter who the check is made out to (Joli, Julie, Jody, Joley, Jollie, or Joelee) you never fail to cash it.  

To on-line stores that 1. Own a map of the United States and 2. Know how to read it. You make shopping painless and the other guy look really stupid.

To wood, spark and elbow grease for giving me the power to light and heat my home.

To the utility company for giving the same while keeping “laziness” on the table.    

And finally to:

Dung beetles, house plants that thrive on neglect, people who drive faster than I do, and anyone who eats Brazil nuts.

You are weird but I need you. Thanks.


Hope everyone has a very happy Thanksgiving!






Thanks for the Memories


Went to an adult type meeting last week (it happens) and I made a comment (also not an unusual occurrence) that at the time I thought was pretty amusing (probably shouldn’t mention how often that’s the case).

No one got it. Not one giggle. Not one smile.

Don’t get me wrong, this was an experience I’ve had before (with somewhat regrettable frequency). But this time it got worse. After the unavoidable moment of awkward silence, a woman in the front let out a very audible, obviously pitiful, sigh.

My joke was that bad.

I raced home that night and permanently removed “stand up comedian” from my bucket list. Then I spent the next seven days evaluating my sense of humor as well as my previously unwavering mission to share it with the world.

Then driving home one night, this guy appeared:

A sign from above?


After risking life and limb (of everyone on the highway that evening) to take this picture, this is what I came up with:

Carpe risum – seize the laughter (if Google translator knows it’s Latin).

Life is hard. Go for the guffaws whenever, wherever.

That’s my blog intent. It’s a work in progress. I don’t always hit my mark but you guys, you wonderfully, awesome guys, continue to let me try.

So, thank you. Everyone. Thank you to everyone who reads, everyone who chuckles, everyone who cracks a smile. Thank you to everyone who snorts out loud, shares this with someone new or (!!!) comments (especially you last guys).

Thank you also, to everyone who shakes their head thinking “So not funny. Not at all” but comes back the following Monday anyway and gives me another chance.

You guys rock. Words are not enough. Thanks.


Have a super week.