Sunday #41: October 7, 2012 – My Blessings This Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Canadian Thanksgiving, also known by many as Turkey Day.  I know it’s a little cliché (OK, maybe even a lot), but I am going to write my list of things I am thankful for. Even when Roland and I lived away from Canada for so many years, we always found a way to celebrate the holiday, and I always stopped to think about what I am grateful for. It only seems right to carry on in this tradition now that we are home and able to spend it with family.

And that is the first thing I will say I am thankful for, the ability to spend Thanksgiving with my husband and other family members. This year, we have the added bonus of my sisters-in-law being able to join us as they have now both moved here from Ottawa.

Now here are eight other things I am thankful for this year (in whatever order they popped into my head).

  1. My beloved dog Bailey is old enough to have seen his 16th birthday this week, and he is still a happy, healthy canine that makes me laugh every single day.
  2. I am finally learning how to relax and enjoy myself a little—I chose to take only one course at school this semester instead of loading myself with extras. (I only need this class before I have enough credits to do my workplace experience next semester).
  3. The course I kept was one I chose purely for my own pleasure instead of for career goals for a change, so I am therefore having fun again with poetry, which I have not found time for in too long.
  4. My car—which I bought when I graduated university the first time—is now 20 years old, but it’s in good condition and still runs (long may it continue to do so).
  5. I got word this week that if I stay enrolled in full-time classes next semester (and I will), that I will receive another scholarship (this will be my fifth). I am grateful for the money itself and also for the talent I was given that helped me earn it.
  6. Although Roland did not get his full-time job back due to insufficient students, he is still working at least three days a week as a sub.
  7. The hot tub at my local pool has finally re-opened, so I can go and soak myself in its hot water and jets to ease my aches when I need to. (The difference it makes to how I feel is substantial.)
  8. Our summer garden has been bountiful, so we are still taking fresh tomatoes, peppers and raspberries from our plants—and even a few Gerbera daisies.

Finally, perhaps the thing I am most thankful for at this particular moment in my life:

My husband Roland, who has always been supportive even with all my health problems, has been especially wonderful while I have been working on transitioning to a gluten-free lifestyle. At this very moment, he is in the kitchen, making me special gluten-free stuffing for my turkey dinner so that I won’t have to feel left out or deprived (even though he himself is sick with a head cold, and I told him it wasn’t necessary for him to go to the effort).

What girl could ask for more than that?

 

 

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