Day 8 – My Car

 

Nov 8

Today, I am going to say I am thankful for my car. I don’t have a long commute,  less than three miles one way, but do spend a great deal of time in my car! My car is a 2006 Dodge Caravan with comfy leather seats and a DVD player. I bought this car right before we moved home from FL. It made the trip with 3 humans, a dog, 3 cats and a guinea pig quite comfy. It has been a very reliable car (not so great on the case mileage, but I have no car payment….)

 

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, or have read some of my past posts, you might know that I am the “Concert Chauffeur Extraordinaire” for my daughter and her friends. They attend many concerts… bands I am sure most of you have never heard of, unless you are into metalcore music. If you don’t know, don’t ask! Some think it is hateful violent music because it has “screaming” parts but that is not the case for much of the music. I’ve actually learned to like some of the bands, and can be heard singing and head bopping in the car!

Anyway, back to my car. My daughter and her friends are 15 years old. Totally trustworthy, I have no issues with them being able to handle themselves appropriately in the concerts. Most however, are a good hour from home.  I am not real comfortable leaving them and driving an hour back home, just in case something were to happen, or something happen to ME on the way home. If I am all the way back home, I can’t be there in a matter of minutes no matter how fast I drive!

Instead I choose to hang out in the area of the concert venue. During the summer months, I would explore the area, or just hang in the car. With my IPhone, I can amuse myself for hours with games, social media and movies TV show on Netflix or Hulu Plus!

This week with two concerts, I will have spent a great deal of time in my car in Philadelphia! I have found a great parking garage that makes it pretty comfortable even with the cooler temperatures! I survived quite a long day during the summer in an 88 degree garage, so a 45 degree garage is not too much of a problem with a couple blankets! I mean parents who watch their kids play sports have to endure weather extremes, so this really isn’t that different!

People think I am CRAZY, but you know, it is like my own little cocoon! I am all alone for that time, no one to interrupt my TV show, or ask me to do something. In a strange way it is my little oasis to unwind!

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Day 7 – Coffee

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

 

Up until now, I’ve been keeping my list of things I am grateful and thankful for fairly serious, but today, I am going with COFFEE. I am SERIOUS about my coffee. Some mornings it is what gets me out of bed (well, that and a whining dog and meowing cat!).

I love coffee; morning, noon and night. I like my coffee hot and cold. I am an equal opportunity coffee drinker; Wawa, Starbucks, McDonalds, they all have something that I like!

I am thankful for all of those who work to get my coffee from the fields to my Keurig. (Don’t get me started on how thankful I am for the person who invented the Keuring!)

This red cup from Starbucks makes me happy every November!

Have a great day!

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Day 5 – Thankful for Technology

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – Buddha

Today, November 5th, I am grateful for the technology that so many of us have come to depend on.

Yes, sometimes being too connected is a bad thing, but if used for good and not to spread ill will, it is a very good thing.

Being connected with our friends and family has never been easier with the use of social media; email, Twitter, Facebook and more. Friends from high school and college that I kept in with only through our annual Christmas letters, several I know see almost daily updates of what is going on in their lives. I love the re-connections that things like Facebook and Twitter have enabled!

I also love the new friends I have made, people that I am sure I would have never crossed paths with in “real life”. Many I have yet to meet in person, or actually have a voice conversation, but through blogs, Facebook, and Twitter, we have become close. I was able to give help to a friend who was struggling with the loss of a pet. This friend lives in Portland, Oregon, and coincidentally the same week we lost our Cassie.

Even my mom at 88 uses email to keep in touch with family and friends who are connected as well.  She hasn’t gone as far as using Facebook (although she has one) or Twitter or texting (sometimes I wish she would!)

I am sad when I see social media used to hurt others. When used to bully by teens and, yes adults, it is bad. You can’t get away from it, even in the safety of your home, and it is out there for all too see! The political campaigns have brought about so much hate. I’ve seen “fights” between Facebook friends over comments made for one party or another. I’m all for debating the pros and cons, but the name calling, it is just not called for!

I love experiencing some new, or exciting, or breaking news, and being able to share real time photos with social media. Again, maybe too much of life is documented now, but everything in moderation! (Photos like your daughter meeting one of her music “babies” when you are outside the venue!)

Tara and Ben from Asking Alexandria

During and after Sandy this past week, cell and internet service was challenged for many, while I never lost service, the infrastructures were pushed to their limits. I would get annoyed if a text or tweet would not go through immediately! Then I thought about all the folks who had NO WAY to connect their friends and family who were actually in harms way.

For us, our IPhones are more of a necessity than a luxury. Some might not agree, but we never leave home (or a room – LOL) without it!

Joining in to Monday Mingle for the first time today!


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Thankful times Four!

It is November, and in the US, November brings us Thanksgiving!

Many folks share each day of November something for which they are thankful.

I’m getting a late start! Today is the 4th, this month is speeding along!

Without further ado, I will share with you those things for which I have been thankful for in days 1-4!

I’m not going to make any promises to posting every day, or even making it through to Thanksgiving, but I’m going to give it my best shot!

Thursday, Nov 1 –

I was thankful on this day, and every day since Hurricane Sandy made it’s way through our area to have power – heat, hot water, food at the ready in the fridge, and those other things that we take for granted and swear we can’t live without – Internet, TV and phone service.  We never last power. Two days post Sandy, many of my friends and family in this area were without these luxuries (what we think of as needs, but so many in the world, including our own country). So many in other nearby by areas, NJ and NY lost EVERYTHING, I feel guilty complaining about ANYTHING!

 

Friday, Nov 2 –

I am thankful for my daughter. We argue, we disagree, and there are moments that we might not like each other, but at the end of each day, we love each other, and we are a team! Sometimes I get annoyed at her requests to go “for a ride” or her need to run to the store for something not really necessary. If I stop and think about it, she really just wants to spend time alone with me, where nothing but my driving, distracts me. We have some awesome conversations in the car. Sometimes just about our days, sometimes about things more serious, but we TALK, and yes, sometimes those talks result in us coming back home annoyed at one another!

How many parents for whatever the reason will never be able to talk to their teenager again? How many wish their teen would willingly spend time with them and share about their day? I read Facebook statuses and Twitter posts every day by Tara’s friends and peers that suggest not all parents are so lucky. I am blessed and thankful, and yes, if you have not read about Tara before, I LOVE her pink hair!

Saturday, Nov 3 –

I am thankful to be employed. It might not be the most glamorous, high paying or important job, but it is my job. I take pride in what I do, I would take the same pride in a job that paid $1.00/hour as I would a job that paid $1,000/hour!  It felt good during the pre-Sandy preparations for customers to come in the store and find that we had those “D” batteries that they had looked all over town for, I feel good on any day when I am able to help a customer who has a specific need, and especially our elderly customers. We have a large percentage of elderly who shop at our store. One man who cares for his wife, and comes in each week asking to be reminded where one particular product is. He rarely remembers, but as soon as he walks in the door, I am at his side to help him out!  I am thankful for the management in our store.  They are flexible in realizing that sometimes, family must come first. The need to arrive an hour late, take lunch at an unusual time, or leave a bit early causes me little stress, as I know they “get it” and the rest of the time they get my 100%! I am also thankful for my co-workers. We gripe and bitch some days, but in the end, they would all have my back if I needed them!

Sunday, Nov 4 –

I am thankful for my Mother. The list of reasons is far too long to go into here. She is and had always been there for me. Like Tara and I, my Mother and I have differing opinions and ideas sometimes. She is the definition of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!  I know she is being tested recently by a certain family member, but she will not turn her back. Even though some experts might say that’s what she should be doing. Today was an extra rough day for her.

I am thankful to have had 88 years with my mother, and hope to have many more. She is slowing down, she seems to be aging much faster in recent months. Her mind is still sharp, but she tires much easier. I am sad that it is not as easy for her to get around, to go out and do things together. I do try and find something special for us to do together. Of late, it has been hard. In addition to being thankful for my Mom, I am also thankful to have had the world’s best Dad. I was only given 26 years with him, but not a day goes by that I don’t think about him, and what it would be like if he were still with us!

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