Monday, January 12, 2015

Thankful ...

I'm feeling the urge to blog, but not sure what about.  It's Winter so already I'm feeling stir-crazy and hating the cold, even though today is above freezing, I can feel negative thoughts creeping into my bones.

So, in a "Pollyanna"-like effort to see my glass as half full while studiously not dwelling on the negative crap that's happened in the last month (quilled-dog, dinged car, burst frozen pipe):  I present to you ...

A thankful post ...

I'm thankful for family and friends near and far, met and un-met, who help me through the rough times.

Received from a blogger friend who I've never met.

I am grateful for the companion animals in my life who give me comfort and make me smile,

and force me to go outside, even when I don't really feel like it.

I am thankful that I inherited my parents' off-beat sense of humour,


and that my Dad taught me to really look through that camera lens and throw out the bad photographs.

A Funnel Web Spider lives here.
My Mom used to embarrass the hell outta me talking to strangers in shopping lines and now I do it too with wild abandon.  I mean if you see the person ahead of you in line buying something you've never eaten and don't know how to cook, how else will you learn except by asking ?   which has led to some marvellous conversations.  Thanks Mom.

I am grateful that I was raised in a loving, accepting home, where hot food grew cold at the expense of rowsing dinner conversations.  

It's not what you think.  But would it matter if it was ?
I am thankful that the support of family and friends helps keep me upright .

Wishing you love and support as you meet the daily challenges of your life, and the spirit to see that damn half empty glass is really half full.

 BTW, those two dudes kissing ?  That's my brother and his son.


  1. lovely post Sybil. So....did it work? Did blogging help keep the negative thoughts away? Sometimes it works for me, and sometimes it doesn't.

    1. Yep. Lately thanks to friends I've been able to see the glass as half full. But it is a struggle. Consider yourself hugged.

  2. This post has made me smile. No, really....I'm grinning from ear to ear, and hope you are as well, now you have written it.

    About those shopping lines, and talking to strangers, my mum did the same, and guess who else does now? ;) ~ Joanne.

    1. I used to hate Brussel Sprouts too! Love 'em now.

      Chatting up strangers does make shopping more fun doesn't it ?

  3. And I'm thankful for your posts. In answer to your it wouldn't matter. Winter is hard to get through, so thanks for the encouragement to see my glass half full.Cheers!

  4. Such a lovely post, Sybil. I lost my handmade hat last night, a treasure from years ago. The Universe took it. The Universe giveth; the Universe taketh away. All is flux, moving, decaying, birthing. Who are we to know what it all means?

    Did you ever read the Zen story about the horse? If you look at the story "Maybe" in this blog it has a version of it

    Thinking of you fondly this morning when the sun is shining. Is it good that the sun is shining? Maybe...

    1. Oh what a wonderful post Kathy.

      Once upon the time there was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.

      “Maybe,” the farmer replied.

      The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.

      “Maybe,” replied the old man.

      The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.

      “Maybe,” answered the farmer.

      The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.

      “Maybe,” said the farmer.

    2. I am glad you *maybe* liked it. *grin*

  5. Interesting that so many of us struggle in winter....maybe we're all meant to hibernate through to Spring.... maybe we should try that one year??

    I have so much LESS energy in Winter than in Summer.....but...for us in the Northern Hemisphere - Spring is getting nearer each day and for that I am thankful :-)

    1. Hello Sian, and your Winter days are even SHORTER than ours ! But then your Winter is not as cold and snowy as ours thanks to that Gulf Stream.

      I notice every day being a little bit longer and focusing on that helps in some small way.

      To sum up: Winter SUCKS !

  6. Now that you have all that off your chest, I hope you are feeling positive. I sure as h--- can say that your photos are some really good ones and that tree limb that grew into another tree is unique. Actually it's a really good post.

    If you'v ever had a problem talking to strangers in line then you should live in Texas. Most folks are friendly here and some EVEN SMILE while you're shopping. But we're getting more and more newbies from California and where ever and those people are more snobbish and less prone to care about anyone other than themselves. Such a shame. The world has become a selfish and wicked place.

    1. Thanks Yvonne, heap coals on the heads of those wanna-be Texans and SMILE at them and chat them up.

      I remember being on a bus in England with my daughter who lived there at the time. She told me not to talk to strangers on the bus as the English were pretty standoffish. Of course I ignored her advice and asked folk about this and that. I had many wonderful, friendly conversations.

      Time to thank my mom again. ;-)

  7. I'm still laughing at the farting rainbows unicorn and of course I thought the bearded dudes were too hot to handle!
    Being thankful and grateful just make your life a wee bit easier, doncha think!


  8. You DID read that the "bearded dudes" are my brother and his son. Like I said, I come from a non-judgmental, accepting family who are unafraid to show affection. My dad was an actor and so I grew up with family friends who were "gay" and I just never thought about it. Yet another gift to be thankful for. S

    The Unicorn card came from a Blogger pal in the U.S. I just love it.

    Being grateful is so important. It's just really hard sometimes as someone I love dearly struggles with depression.

  9. This is an awesome post. Love all the thankfulness. I'm there with you, doing my best to see the glass as half-full even at times when it isn't so easy. And of course appreciate the farting unicorn shot! ;-)

    1. That farting unicorn card meant so very much to me. It was sent by a caring, thoughtful person. I love the blog-o-sphere !

      Consider yourself HUGGED.


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