Monday, November 14, 2011

Gratitude #11 and #12

I am extremely thankful for the "angel" in the form of a strong woman who went out of her way to help my mother get from her wheelchair into the car Saturday at the shopping center.
Mother had done very well getting into my car, getting into the wheelchair, getting into and out of the dryer chair at the beauty salon, but she was worn out by the time we got back to the car. She tried, and I tried to help her, but she just couldn't do it again. She was in despair, almost to the point of tears, when a couple we did not know came up to me and asked if they could help. The man steadied the wheelchair, and the woman actually picked my mother up and put her in the car! I was amazed, and so was Mother! I hugged the young woman and told us she was our angel!

Sunday evening was the annual churchwide Thanksgiving dinner. We gathered together as a church family, everyone bringing a covered dish (turkey and dressing and gravy were provided) and a donation to our area's food bank. The big Activity Building was full and the food was plentiful. We had wonderful, sweet fellowship and full tummies

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Gratitude #9 and #10

I am grateful for rain, even if I did have to be out in it the other day, driving. We needed it! We got almost 1/4 inch

I am grateful for modern technology, particularly cell phones and computers. With them, I am able to stay in touch with family and friends, wherever they are and wherever I am. I've met some wonderful new friends I've never seen on the internet, and reconnected with some old friends, too.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Nononono 2011, so far

(The following is copied)

Non-National Not Writing a Novel Non-Month

They say a picture is worth 1000 words. So in response to those individuals who participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month - which encourages people to try writing a 50,000 word novel in November), you are invited to create 50 pictures between November 1st and Nov 30th.

You can do paintings, drawings, pencil sketches, collages, digital photography, print photography, graphic design, ink-blots, pastels, watercolors, pencil-crayons, Crayola crayons, or whatever tickles your fancy.

Just do 50 images in those 30 days (which averages to 2 images per day). The focus is on quantity, not quality.

Post your works of art to your website, or blog, or just show 'em to your friends at coffee. Be free. Express yourself!

My purchases from 31 Gifts

Yellow tree

Change of seasons

War Eagle!

Leaves and berry

I spy something that flies!

Magician needed

Ghost paws

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

More gratitude!

#3 Our new kitten - he arrived full of life and joy and playfulness just at a time when we needed all three! He has really perked up our household!
Belly up

#4 My husband; he's a good man, patient with me and the time I've had to spend with and about my mother, and taking up the slack of household chores that I haven't had time and energy to do.
My husband

#5 Our new young pastor, full of energy, but also takes the time to listen to people and to counsel and encourage us. He is enthusiastic about Jesus Christ and spreading the gospel message.
from the church website

#6 Living close to the water, Mobile Bay, particularly. When I was driving back and forth to Mobile daily, it was calming to drive over the bay. Water relaxes me and makes me feel less stressed, even while driving the interstate. (Not too relaxed, though, I still stay alert!)
Two bridges

#7 I am grateful for good friends to just hang around and relax and laugh with.
Six friends

#8 I am grateful for my health, and for modern medicine that helps me stay well.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Gratitude 2011, #2

Change of seasons
Change of Seasons

This was taken in the parking lot outside my mother's nursing home. Today, I am especially grateful that Mother is happy in her new situation, and that she herself, without any prompting, made the decision that she cannot return to her home to live. It is a very difficult time for her, but I am glad it was her decision and not ours (although it was inevitable). I had been dreading "that" conversation!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Gratitude 2011

A couple of years ago, I devoted November, the month of Thanksgiving, to recording things I am grateful for. I want to do that again. If I don't post every day, I want to at least summarize every few days!

Yellow tree
Some fall color in the deep south

This tree, I think a gingko, was across the street from the Post Office, and looked so pretty in the sunlight that I wanted to capture it. It looked better in real life, though!

This is one of the things I am grateful for at this time of the year, cool days, bright sunshine, and fall color! We don't get as much of the latter as other parts of the country, and the world, do, but we treasure what we have!