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Thankful Thursday | Sometimes this is easy, sometimes it’s hard

This week has been a bit of a doozy on the personal front, and I’m physically and mentally tired. This means it’s probably a very good thing I need to make a thankful list today!

This week, I am thankful:

for my nice warm house

We are supposed to get some super super cold weather in the next few days, and that has made me think about how grateful I am to have a warm house to live in.

for a new hiking trail I found

This one is only about a ten-minute drive from my house, which is quite manageable.

sun rising behind a tree.

I do appreciate the wooded trails that are right by my house, but sometimes it’s nice to switch things up a little bit.

for a round of good grades

Canvas app screenshot.

I got A’s in all my classes last semester, so my 4.0 is gonna remain intact going into the nursing program. Chemistry did not take me down! 😉

that we didn’t get sick all semester

Even though all of us were in school, we didn’t get sick even with colds. I feel like this is a serious mercy because we all had classmates who were out with the flu and covid.

Also, I would have hated to have to do makeup work for my science classes. Those are so labor-intensive, once you get behind it’s hard to catch up.

that the semester ends a bit before Christmas

Ok, yes, I am still barely getting all my Christmas stuff done in time, but imagine if the semester ended, like, today or tomorrow! I’d really be behind then.

I have been getting caught up on a lot of stuff now that finals are over. Crazy how productive you can be when you are not in school. 😉

that my mammogram office is so close to my house

They moved in the last year, and now their office is three minutes away from where I currently live. Sweet!

I still hate mammograms, but at least I didn’t have to drive far.

Also, my report was clear, so yay.

And I am thankful that I only have to do these once a year.

that I squeezed in a walk this morning before the rain

It’s gonna be soggy out there the rest of the day, so I’m glad I was able to get a small walk in before the skies started dripping.

that I ran tons of my errands yesterday

It was sunny yesterday, which was perfect weather for making eleventy-twelve stops at stores.

Today would be so much less pleasant for a day of errands.

for blueberry pancakes

Pancakes are good as-is, but man, blueberries really take them to another level.

buttermilk pancakes.

I use this whole wheat buttermilk pancake recipe, in case you were wondering.

that our cat’s leg seems to be ok

She was limping, so I took her in and the vet thinks it’s just inflammation, definitely not a broken bone. Whew.

cat on vet table.

Shortly before her appointment, she went and hid under my bed, which she never does. It’s like she knew she was about to go to the vet and I have no idea how she figured that out! I hadn’t even gotten her carrier out.

Thankfully Zoe was able to get her out, and we did make it to the vet on time!

What are you thankful for this week?

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Sunday 25th of December 2022

Your blog is my real pick me up this past year and a half.We’re having struggles with our sick grown son who had to move in with us. So much in our lives has changed and I have some rough weeks that’s for sure.Reading of how YOU manage your personal challenges, and school, and your kids and your life… , and and and.. gives me faith,courage and hope. I also do a gratitude journal every day and yes it helps. Thank you for reminding us to find the Joys in the midst of the troubles and.. seeing how you keep BUSY and have personal goals to meet..this is helping me figure out how to do better for 2023.. HAPPY CHRISTMAS and thanks for sharing it all; the ups,downs and the recipes!!! AND CONGRATS ON THOSE AWESOME SCHOOL GRADES! WOO HOO NURSING SCHOOL HERE YOU COME!!


Monday 26th of December 2022

That's a tough road to walk...being a caregiver. And you don't tend to expect that you will be doing that for an adult child, so I can imagine things feel topsy-turvy for you.

Thank you for all the encouragement!


Sunday 25th of December 2022

I'm late to being thankful this week! Ooops

Thankful that I had 2 unexpected days off (weather related school closings) and I was grateful to have the time and space to squeeze in errands and exercise and reading.

Thankful that my grown daughter has gotten a new job that she is over the moon excited about, the job she had was crushing her spirit and she anticipated that she'd have to stay in it for 2 years as promised. Well, it worked out that she could leave, had an excellent offer and a raise to move on to a more suitable position to her skills. Grateful!

Thankful for a warm house filled with simple food and distractions to stay safe and cozy despite the challenging weather.

Thankful for family I have and the friends that are in my life. I plan on a few social lunches out to spend time with them this week off from school.



Friday 23rd of December 2022

P.S. Remind what your cat's name is? I can't remember! She is soooo cute.


Friday 23rd of December 2022

Last week, our pup was in an office that looked just like that. Alas, we were there to put her down, because she had an inoperable tumor and a host of other age-related problems. Though not unexpected, it was so hard! I am glad your adorable kitty is going to be okay.


Friday 23rd of December 2022

So glad your little kitty will be okay! That is stressful. Our cats have occasionally had a random limp like that - seems like with all the running and jumping they do, sometimes they can over do it. But it's always worrisome when it pops up!!

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