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Thankful Thursday | 11 more days

New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; a (frugal and free) exercise to help us hunt for the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic.

I bet you thought this post title was a Christmas countdown and you were probably scratching your head at my math. Nope! Read on. 🙂

frozen river

This week I am thankful:

that there are only 11 days left until the winter solstice

That means in 11 days, we will start gaining daylight instead of losing it!

that it’s so easy to get answers to questions on the internet

The other day I came home from a walk in the cold, hopped in the hot shower, and when the hot water hit my feet, it felt cold.

This has happened to me lots of times before, of course, but this time I wondered why. So I did some googling and learned that this is sort of a debated topic among scientists.

Before the age of the internet, this would have been a hard question for me to research. I’d have to hope there was some sort of answer in an encyclopedia…but what keywords would I even have looked up?

Search engines are so much better.

that health insurance costs stayed the same this year

Mr. FG and I did all the enrollment for next year, and we were happy to see that our costs did not go up.

Sometimes I think about how when we first got married in 1997, our health insurance cost something like $15/week. THOSE were the days!

But then again, we had very little money in those days, so overall, we are in a better place now. Higher insurance, yes, but much higher income than in our newlywed days as well.

for video calling

My aunt is in Kwajalein for a year to do medical work, and this week, I was able to have a video chat with her.

Kristen with her aunt and uncle

Kwajelein is in the Marshall Islands, so she is seriously in the middle of the ocean, about halfway around the globe from me.

In my childhood, being able to video chat like this would have been inconceivable! Even a phone call would have been prohibitively expensive.

But now we are able to have a long video call, and it doesn’t cost anything outside of my usual internet bill.

for the beauty in winter nature

winter tree silhouettes

As you know, winter is not my favorite season.

But there is still beauty out there, at least when the sun is shining.

(I do struggle to see beauty on cloudy winter days!)

for the love of my girls

There is pretty much never a day that goes by without them saying, “I love you, Mom.”

that Sonia wants to take a college class with me

She needs to take biology next semester, and that’s a prerequisite I need to take if I ever want to apply to nursing school.

Sonia is not only ok with me taking a class with her, she actually wants me to!

And this is something to be thankful for, because not all teenagers would want to have their mom in a class with them.

for my mastermind group

Kristen's mastermind group

photo from September 2019, when we still got to see people!

I am good at some parts of blogging (like…writing), but not so good with technical stuff, like properly using Google Analytics.

So, I’m grateful for the people in my mastermind who are there for me when I have questions.

(Last night it was Chad from Coach Carson and Leif from Physician on Fire.   I just noticed they happen to be sitting next to each other on the right side of the photo above.)

that Lisey might be able to get a bird soon

She’s been wanting to get a bird for a while, but getting a hand-fed, tamed one is a bit of a process…not just as easy as going to PetSmart!

The local pet store near us is working on getting a cockatiel ready for her, so hopefully in a week or two, she’ll be able to bring him home.

for the horses in our neighborhood

horse with blanket

They’re fun to see when we go for walks, and their presence is an upside to living in a rather random, thrown-together neighborhood vs. a development.

for the joy our cat brings to the girls

I enjoy her too, but the main reason I am thankful for the cat is that she makes my girls so happy.

And as any parent knows, your children’s joy is even sweeter than your own joy!

What are you thankful for this week?

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Tuesday 15th of December 2020

I had a cockatiel for just around 20 years, he was a great pet. Make sure its a boy if she wants it to talk because the girls do not!! (mom owned a pet store)


Wednesday 16th of December 2020

Yes! The one she's hoping to get is a boy, because she really wants one that will talk to her.


Friday 11th of December 2020

I am thankful for books and the stories that are part of me now because I read them.

And I am thankful to read in front of the Christmas tree. I love that.

I am thankful for the lights on the Christmas tree and getting to work from home this season so I can enjoy them all day instead of just in the evenings.

I am thankful that the cat woke me up early so I could take food to the drive-by food drive before logging into my computer for work today. And I am thankful to have extra food and money to donate.

I am thankful that I could do most of my Christmas shopping online this year and got the rest done in only 2 hours one afternoon and that I didn't have to make any trips to the post office this year.

I am thankful for the encouragement and compassion of friends during difficult times.

I am thankful for the Christmas music from my childhood - all out of print now- which makes me feel warm and happy when I listen to it. Years ago I paid a professional service to transfer the old scratched albums to CDs. Even the scratches and skips remind me of happy times.


Friday 11th of December 2020

I was reminded today how much I have to be thankful for--even in the midst of this pretty crappy year.

1. Our daughter and SIL had a beautiful October wedding in spite of pandemic constraints and other restrictions. We are getting photos back now, and it was really just perfect and lovely. 2. Our oldest son and DIL will be here from Texas for Christmas. 3. Our second oldest daughter will be here from Maryland for Christmas. 4. This means that ALL FOUR of our kids and two spouses will be together for Christmas this year. 5. On a practical level, we do not have traditional health insurance. We have a health sharing plan which means we pay for anything "routine" out of pocket. I had some routine blood work done in October and got a $272 bill. I called to pay it and asked about a self-pay discount. They were very helpful, and my bill came down to $114!!! Never hurts to ask! 6. We bought a new home in July, but we have been able to refinance already and save 1 point in interest and $200/month. Yay! 7. In the midst of this pandemic, I have made a lovely dear friend. A mutual friend introduced us in February before all the craziness began, and we connected immediately. We have deepened our friendship with lots of phone calls and outside walks and even spent Thanksgiving together. (Restrictions are very limited in our state.) She is a joy to me and an answer to prayer on so many levels. I am grateful!


Friday 11th of December 2020

I too am thankful that in ten days we will be gaining light!


Friday 11th of December 2020

A day late, but thankful my eye doctors appointment came out fine. Thankful I have been exercising even as we get colder , walking up to 900 miles for the year. We missed Northern Lights the other night as it was snowing,beautiful light fluffy snow. We are thankful every day our Army daughter is safe over seas. Thankful for power back for my daughter in law after 3 days without. Thankful for the support of my amazing family after a very difficult time.


Friday 11th of December 2020

It is never too late to be grateful!

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