52 Weeks of Gratitude · catching up · life

Catching up again…

Once again I am behind on my 52 Weeks of Gratitude posts.
So, today it is time to catch up.

Week 26…Someone you got to meet.
Except for a couple of the guys in the band, Hootie and the Blowfish
I don’t think I have met anyone that you would know or recognize.
But I am thankful for the friends I have and
I am thankful to have met them.

Week 27…Favorite spot in your city.
Other than the walls I live within I can’t say I have a favorite spot.
There is a small park a block away where I like to sit sometimes
andI am thankful for the shade and quiet I find there.

Week 28…Your past.
I guess you could say I have a “checkered” past.
I am thankful it is past and I don’t live there anymore.
It wasn’t all bad…a lot of it was very good
and I am thankful for the lessons I learned
and for the life I have now.

Week 29…Your favorite memory.
I was thinking about this last night and got to laughing so hard
I almost wet my pants!
There are two stories that involve my parents,
There is no way I can write about those times because I don’t have
the skill to put the stories into written words.
But I can tell you I am thankful for two very serious people
who were my very funny parents.

Week 30…Your current age.
Well, I am old.
Except for a couple of bothersome things
that I will die with but not of I am healthy
and I am so very thankful for this blessing.

There, done, all caught up.

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52 Weeks of Gratitude · education

Life is an education…

52 Weeks of Gratitude
week 25

I have had little formal education.
My education has been from life experience,
on the job training and my love of reading.

Books have taught me many things and taken me many places.


I am so very grateful to my elementary school teachers
who gave me what I would need in life when they taught me to read.

When I was young I read whatever caught my eye.
Sometimes I would go to the library and just randomly pick books.
Some I didn’t like, some I didn’t understand much of the content.
Most I liked and learned from.
Some I fell in love with.

These days I read less to learn and more for pure pleasure,
but still I learn.


52 Weeks of Gratitude · books · discipline

A book that taught me…

 52 Weeks of Gratitude
prompt this week
A Book You Learned From

I have read a lot of books and many taught me something.
Yet, when I saw this prompt one book immediately came to mind.


I read this book the first time when it was published in 1978.
I have read it several times since.

The book is in three parts:
1) The Inward Disciplines
2) The Outward Disciplines
3) The Corporate Disciplines

In each section, the author has treasures to share with the reader.
Probably the most surprising thing I learned from this book
is that discipline is not a dirty word?
It is a beautiful word.

If you are looking for a book to challenge your spiritual life
and learn ways to expand and enhance your worship
read this book.

I am grateful I found this book 37 years ago
and now I am going to read it again.

52 Weeks of Gratitude · life

Catching up…

I have been a real slacker with my posting of the
52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge
Not because I am not grateful but because
I tend to put things off.  It’s called procrastination.
But today I am going to catch up!


  • Week 18  The Weather

I am grateful for the diversity of the weather.
It changes from season to season and sometimes from day to day.
Sometimes it rains on my parade but that’s ok…I have an umbrella.

  • Week 19   Health

I am basically a pretty healthy person.
I do have a couple of challenges that sometimes flare,
but they are not life-threatening.they just get in the way sometimes.
I am grateful for the good days and for the bad that keep me humble.

  • Week 20   A Friend

I have a friend, Lucy.
I really have a hard time expressing all she means to me.
She is a treasure in my heart who I love beyond words
She is my friend and sister in faith.
I thank God daily for her friendship and love.

  • Week 21   Things You Like About Summer

Summer isn’t my favorite time of the year, but it is a beautiful time.
I am grateful for the longer daylight hours, the blooming flowers,
the fresh fruit and vegetables and slower pace of life.

  • Week 22    Something You Use Every Day

I am grateful for my brain.
I use it every day and it never really fails me.
It works just like it is supposed to keeping all systems in order and working.
Sometimes there is a glitch but it rights itself quickly.

  • Week 23    Favorite Physical Trait

I don’t think I have a favorite physical trait.
If pushed to pick something I guess it would be my skin.
It is a bit sensitive but with few wrinkles and rarely a blemish.
Yeah, I am grateful that my skin looks younger than my years.

So there you have it. All caught up.

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52 Weeks of Gratitude · Celebrate the Small Things · gratitude

A wondrous gift…

Today I am linking to
52 Weeks of Gratitude
The prompt this week is
Something You Take For Granted


Something I take for granted every day is that I can read.
Not that I can see to read though that is a great blessing
but that I know how to read.

I could read a bit before I went to school and was very excited to learn more.
I loved the words and how they went together to make sentences and paragraphs.
To read stories and be transported to other places or learn about new things,
to read about people and how they lived, it was all fascinating.
The library was and still is one of my favorite places,

Today, I take this wondrous gift for granted.
If I have any fear for tomorrow it is that as I grow old
I may lose the ability to read.

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52 Weeks of Gratitude · Spring

Spring and what I like…

52 Weeks of Gratitude
week #15 prompt
What You Like About Spring

amazing-701688_640After the dark winter mornings, it is wonderful to see the sun when I get up.

robin-662174_640Seeing and hearing the birds.

flower-meadow-52086_640Seeing color and smelling the sweet scents of new flowers blooming.

bedroom-357661_640Having the doors and windows open.

I am grateful for the freshness and promise of Spring.

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