The temperature has dropped significantly in the last week. In fact, it was only a week ago that we were enjoying the 7th day in a row of over 70F with night time temperatures staying well above freezing.
In this time that the world economy is in upheaval, I think it is good to stop and think about those things that we are thankful for ..... the blessings in our lives. Besides, it IS Thanksgiving.
I am thankful for:
- A good man that loves me, is kind to me, and encourages me in all things
- Children who have grown to be good, decent adults who love their Dad and Mom and each other
- Wonderful, loving spouses for my children - people who truely add to our family dynamic
- Five of the cutest grandchildren on earth. I'm serious....they are the cutest!
- Another grandchild on the way.....appearing to be growing healthy in spite of his/her mommy's health problems
- A gorgeous view out my kitchen window AND out the living room window - Sunrises in the morning, sunsets in the evening.
- I am thankful for the changes that have been happening in my mind, especially, over the last 10 months
- I am thankful that I have lost 35 pounds and am feeling better about myself than ever before
- I have 2 new nephews born this last week - twin boys who look just like their daddy (my brother)
- My father-in-law has only 3 more radiation treatments left. He has been driving 2 hours every weekday for the last 3 months to recieve treatment, then 2 hours back home. EVERY DAY.
- My husband has a job that allows him to do the work he enjoys and still be home for 2 weeks of every month
- My youngest son seems to be finding some direction in his life
- Old friends
- New "blogger friends"
- Extended family
- My new ipod and speaker dock that my hubby gave me for my birthday - I love having music all day long
- A hot bath at the end of a busy day
I could probably go on, but I won't.Our family is coming over for Turkey Day on Monday. We have told them to come early and stay late and that we will be serving breakfast, lunch, and supper. I have no plans for the breakfast or lunch as yet (I don't really expect anyone to come early enough for breakfast) but supper will be :
- sweet potatoes (with brown sugar, marshmellows, margarine, cinnamon)
- potatoes from my garden,
- carrots from the garden,
- beets from the garden.
- I am making pumpkin pies tomorrow - only because there were no ready made pies left at the grocery store today. The ready made pies are WAY cheaper and just as good, but......
I need to consider my DIL who has a gallstone (but is pregnant so they haven't wanted to do surgery) and keep as many dishes zero fat as possible. This works with my weight loss goals, of course. I also have another DIL who is vegetarian so need lots of veggies - again, works with my goals. I am hoping it is a pleasant day so the kids can play outside for the afternoon.I have little to report in regard to weight loss, etc. I got as low as 215.8 over the last week - and stayed there for about 3 or 4 days. Today I am up to 217. I always gain a little when hubby is home - must be the feeling of security. :) Or maybe it is just that I don't DO as much when he is home - we spend more time visiting, traveling around, and just hanging out together than we do working. Tomorrow will be a work day, though.....got to dig the potatoes, carrots and beets out of the garden before the ground freezes them in permanently.
I have been doing better with the water this week, thanks to Lyn's Habit a Week challenge.
Hope I can report a successful Thanksgiving Day - no "infractions", I hope. My weakness will be the dressing and the whipped cream on the pies. Wish me luck!
Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?