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I am challenging myself this year to post each day about something I am grateful for.   With so many things going on in the world today, thinking positively and appreciating what you have will be beneficial to your health and mindset.

If you would like to join me, feel free to post something you are grateful for.

Day One: I guess it’s only appropriate for me to choose day one to say how grateful I am for my family. We usually plan a family game night once a month and last night (New Years Eve) was December’s night. I enjoy those nights more than you know. My kids are 19, 16, and 15 and to get them to give up time from their video games and friends to spend it together with their parents is monumental. I am so grateful for those times and being together.

Day Two: I am grateful for days when I don’t have to get up at a certain time. I can just stay snuggled in my warm bed and sleep longer. I think part of that is just how cozy the bed feels and another part is knowing I don’t have to go anywhere or be anywhere at any specific time. Most mornings (work days) I get up at 5:30 a.m. whether I want to or not. Many of those days I would love nothing more than to stay snuggled in bed and sleep a little longer.

Day Three: I am grateful for waking up to a bright, sunshiny day! Especially when the temperatures are in the 40’s, it helps to feel the warmth of the sun. But any day of the year, it’s nice to wake up and see the golden ball of happiness. It’s definitely a mood booster.

Day Four: I am grateful to have a job that allows me to work from home. This job just sort of fell into my lap at the end of last summer. I had worked in a public school for a few years and had been looking and applying for positions to work from home. Just when I thought I was out of luck, this came along. I am so very grateful for my job. 🙂

Day Five: I am grateful for being financial stable. Throughout this whole pandemic, we have been blessed with the ability to maintain our lifestyles. We have both stayed employed and feel so very lucky especially realizing that so many people are struggling.

Day Six: It would only make sense for me to say that today I am grateful for my husband. We are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. Although, we can’t really celebrate how we would like, we will make the best of it at home. Time has certainly flown by and we’ve had so many experiences together. Through it all, he’s always been by my side supporting everything I do. I am grateful for him and look forward to the next 20 years and more.

Day Seven: I am SO very grateful for Excedrin. You see, I’ve struggled with migraines since I was in high school and that’s a pretty long time. (haha) Thankfully, as I’ve gotten older, they have started to become less frequent. However, when I unfortunately have one arise, nothing will help me except Excedrin. I developed a terrible headache yesterday morning while working and give all my thanks to Excedrin for shutting it down and allowing me to enjoy my day.

Day Eight: I am grateful for flannel. Flannel pajamas, flannel sheets, you name it. This time of year with temperatures dipping into the 30’s and below, there is nothing better than flannel. Crawling into bed on a cold night into those soft, warm sheets is heavenly. Waking up in those same sheets is heavenly, too, until you have to get yourself out of bed. (haha) But, that’s why having flannel pajamas helps, too.

Day Nine: I am grateful for the weekends. This gives me time to get things done around the house that I have been unable to do all week. It’s a great feeling, too, to just know that I don’t have to be anywhere and can just do what I feel like doing. I use this time, too, to decompress from the work week.

Day Ten: I am grateful that we live in a region that can still get snow. I woke up this morning to rain and now snow. 🙂 After living in PA for eight years, I thought I was done with the snow. But, to get it so rarely it’s a treat! I can’t stop staring out the window watching it. It makes me smile. 🙂

Day Eleven: I am grateful for slippers. Especially during this time of year when the temperatures dip into the upper 20’s/mid 30’s, it’s nice to have my feet feeling warm. We have tile in the main areas of our house and that gets pretty cold. Even wearing just socks brings the cold feeling through to my feet. I have an awesome pair of slippers that I bought by chance at Bed, Bath and Beyond. They are sheepskin mule slippers by Minnetonka. They were regular $66.95 but I found them on a clearance rack for $12.00! Only one pair and my size. What a deal! I’ve had them for two years now and they are still like new. Worth the price even if they weren’t on sale.

Day Twelve: I am grateful for my Apple watch. I depend on it every day for a variety of reasons. It wakes me up every morning by just gentle tapping my wrist. I’m not one that likes a blasting alarm or radio so that gentle nudge to wake me up is perfect. I also rely on it throughout the day to remind me of meetings I need to attend or breaks and lunch. I also use it to remind me to add things to my grocery list or to do certain tasks. I love it!

Day Thirteen: I am grateful for our house. Since I am working from home now, space is critical. I feel so blessed to have my own home office. My husband has worked from home for years and so we’ve always had to find a house that had an office for him. We have a spare guest bedroom and bath upstairs in our home now that only gets used if company visits. We were able to transform that room into my office. It’s away from everyone and quiet. During the workday, I see how other people are not so lucky to have that kind of space for themselves and I truly am grateful.

Day Fourteen: I am grateful for my eye drops. I have had dry eyes for years. Waking up in the morning can be rough sometimes because they are so dry. One of the first things I do is reach for my eye drops so I can lubricate my eyes and blink comfortably. I also use the drops at other times like after a hot shower or simply at the end of my day after staring at computer screens all day long. I don’t know what I’d do without them.

Day Fifteen: I am grateful for coffee. I love coffee! I think my love began in my early 20’s. I can drink it any time of day and any time of year. Hot coffee is my preference. I’ve tried iced before and it’s just not my thing. We purchased a Keurig machine a couple of years ago and it’s the best! Since I haven’t been able to see my BFF (Starbucks :)) over the past year, my different flavored coffees I make from home will have to do. Thank you, coffee, for being so tasty and helping me wake up in the mornings and get me through my day.

Day Sixteen: I am grateful for grocery pickup/delivery service. Since March of 2020, we have not stepped into a grocery store. Amazing, right? We might be a rare breed but this is our decision. We use our grocery store’s own shopper/pickup service or Instacart. I was very hesitant beforehand but have been very happy. I am so grateful to everyone who works in that service for shopping for us.

Day Seventeen: I am grateful for my dog, Cocoa. She brings so much joy and happiness to my life. She definitely provides unconditional love. I look forward to seeing her every morning and greeting me in the kitchen. She’s always so excited to see me. She is the last one I say goodnight to each night, too. I just love her to pieces. I know she loves me, too. I can feel her love the way she stares at me sometimes for no reason at all. She’s wonderful. 🙂

Day Eighteen: I am grateful for our car battery charger. Since my husband and I both work from home, we no longer use our car very much. We use it once a week to pick up our groceries and that’s it. Because of that, the car’s battery has been draining and losing its charge. I discovered that one morning when trying to leave to pickup groceries and couldn’t. We bought a handheld battery charger that has been super helpful. We try to take the car out every other day or so just for a drive around a few blocks but that doesn’t always happen. I am so glad that we have that backup support in case the battery drains.

Day Nineteen: I am grateful for the Internet. Looking back on how I grew up without the Internet seems so strange to me. I remember having to do research for a paper or project in high school and having to go to the library and use the catalog file. Wow! Prehistoric, right? (haha) Today, everything you can think of is at the tip of your fingers. If that doesn’t make a person feel grateful, I don’t know what does.

Day Twenty: I am grateful for the life experiences I have had so far. Looking back on my life and thinking about all of the ups and downs I’ve been through, I feel like they happened for a reason. Everything has been a road map thus far. I don’t view hard times as negative because they were all meant to teach me something. I am grateful to have had those experiences to shape who I am today.

Day Twenty-one: I am grateful for my parents and my upbringing. Looking back on my life, I have the best family anyone could ask for. I have nothing but happy, wonderful memories. I often think back on different times when I was younger. Maybe a song on the radio has taken me back but I always long to go back and do it all over again. I thank my parents for raising me in to the woman I am today. I can only hope that I do the same for my kids.

Day Twenty-two: I am grateful for my education. Little things I do every day and take for granted such as reading, typing, and writing. All of those things I do without a thought. However, there are many people in the world that don’t know how to do any of those or are very limited in those skills. I need to be more present to take each and every small thing like that and know how precious it is.

Day Twenty-Three: I am grateful for electricity. Stop and think for a moment how much different our lives would be without it. You know how you feel when you lose power. It’s as if the world has ended. That’s usually when I stop to realize how much I depend on it. Electricity allows me to do so many things in my daily life. Providing light, giving me the luxury of cool air in the summer time and heat in the winter. It also keeps my refrigerator and freezer working to keep my food cold/frozen. I could go on and on about how much electricity is important to me.

Day Twenty-four: I am grateful for my friends. I made friends off and on throughout my life but the true ones are still there. I have a couple of close friends I’ve known since middle school. That’s a pretty long time. I value their advice and love to have them to be there for me in times that I need that extra support or just to simply laugh at one of my jokes. You can share things with your close friends that you just can’t share with anyone else.

Day Twenty-five: I am grateful that I was able to be home with my kids when they were younger. I know there are many people who don’t have that choice but I am just so thankful that I did. I got to be with my kids to raise them and what them grow up. I look back on those times now and wish I could do it all over again.

Day Twenty-six: I am thankful for a bathtub. Let me tell you that how taken for granted that is. You don’t realize how much you miss it until you don’t have one. It’s so nice to just take a nice hot bath with only candlelight. Very relaxing. Or, I also take a bath when I have migraines. It helps to relieve it even if temporarily.

Day Twenty-seven: I am grateful for my coffee mug. Especially during the cold winter days, it’s nice to have my coffee still warm by lunchtime. I enjoy hot coffee year round but can’t drink it fast. So having my thermal mug that keeps it warm for hours is wonderful.

Day Twenty-eight: I am grateful for the layout of our home. Our home has bedrooms on one side of the house and the master bedroom on the other side. We call the other side the “kids wing.” (haha) The kitchen is right off of their wing so it’s convenient for them. Having our room away from that allows them to make as much noise as they want (within reason) and not wake us. I haven’t woken up to the smell of chicken baking but that’s not so bad. 😉

Day Twenty-nine: I am grateful for my Keurig coffeemaker. We purchased one about two years ago and it has been a life changer. I used to have to set up my coffeemaker the night before and set a timer for it to go off in the morning. This machine eliminates that. I love that we can buy different flavors and brands to try without having to buy a huge amount and then find out we don’t like it. It’s quick to just pop in a k cup and go.

Day Thirty: I am grateful to not have allergies. I am allergic to a particular medication but I’m referring to other allergies such as pollen or animal dander. My husband is highly allergic to cats. He can’t walk into a room where a cat has been without itching and having his face turn red. I also know many people who have strong allergies to pollen and are just miserable for a few months out of the year. Knock on wood, I have neither of those. I hope it stays that way, too.

Day Thirty-One: I am grateful for my phone. I rely on it for things all day long. I have it on my desk throughout the day and it alerts me with text messages if a family member is trying to reach me. I can use it to check the weather or emails. I’ve also grabbed it at times to use it as a calculator or read my Kindle book when I can. If you stop and think about what your life would be like without your phone, I think you’d be grateful for it, too.

Day Thirty-Two: I am grateful for my eye glasses. I have been nearsighted since right out of high school. I can see probably 12 inches or less now in front of me without my glasses. Over the last couple of years I have transitioned to trifocals, too. That helps me see distance, computer, and read. I am so grateful to have them and depend on them from the moment I wake up in the morning.

Day Thirty-Three: I am grateful for the abundance of food that we have. Even during this pandemic, we are still able to get the food we need without having to go into the stores. I am so very grateful that we both have managed to keep our jobs and still live the lifestyle we had before the pandemic.

Day Thirty-Three: I am grateful for my sense of smell. I believe that sense directly relates to memories, too. I can smell certain scents for example, a fireplace, and it reminds me of camping. Or, fresh cut grass reminds me of the summertime. Some smells bring a certain feeling over me, too, like the smell of rain. It just makes me feel good. I burn candles during the day while I work and they make me feel relaxed or happy while I’m working. Then, of course, the smell of different foods. Yum!

Day Thirty-Four: I am grateful that my kids have been able to attend school virtually. With my husband and myself working from home, it’s nice to have all of us protected and safe from COVID. We get daily alerts of new cases at their school so knowing we don’t have to worry makes me so thankful.

Day Thirty-five: I am grateful for my eye mask. I wear it every night. My husband and I usually watch some tv and then I go to sleep. He stays up to watch a couple of more shows and that’s where my eye mask works wonders. He wears a headset so I don’t hear anything, however, the flickering of the tv screen would keep me awake. With my eye mask, I see nothing but darkness. It’s wonderful.

Day Thirty-six: I am grateful for all of the memories I have both good and bad. I know sometimes people look back on bad times and feel upset and sad. But, I look back on those times as learning experiences and I appreciate what I went through. All of those experiences have formed me into who I am today. I live by the motto: Things happen for a reason and I truly do believe that.

Day Thirty-seven: I am grateful for my blow dryer. May sound silly but imagine coming out the shower with wet hair and not being able to dry it quickly, especially in the winter time. Yes, I am grateful for that hand held tool that blows out nice hot air to help dry my hair quickly.

Day Thirty-eight: I am grateful for my skill of knowing how to type. I learned that as a kid in middle and high school and I am so grateful I did. My own kids never had the same opportunity. They did learn but not to the extent is was taught when I was younger. They can type fast but it’s more pecking at keys than actual typing. So today as I type this I am so glad that I can.

Day Thirty-nine: I am grateful for my makeup. On days I don’t feel like being out of bed or presentable for work, makeup is always there to give me that added boost. Even just a little bit makes me look like I’m awake and not death warmed over. (haha) I never got involved in the higher end more expensive brands of makeup and I’m grateful for that, too. I have always used and still do, just your average brand found in the stores. Works for me. 🙂

Day Forty: I am grateful for my gas stove. I never cooked with gas until we moved to Texas. At first I was scared to use it. I had heard so many horror stories of explosions and leaks and just wasn’t 100% comfortable. After a few times, I was no longer scared and actually loved it! There is nothing better than placing a pan on the stove top, turning on the burner and it’s instantly hot. Plus, if the power goes out, we can still cook. I can now actually say that I could never go back to cooking on electric.

Day Forty-One: I am grateful for salt. Yes, salt. Why am I grateful? Well, here in Texas, we are covered in ice. Very unusual weather event for us but we are literally coated in ice with no chance of thawing any time soon. Since our back porch and steps were covered with ice, it was difficult to get our dog outside. We sprinkled down some salt and instantly it’s melted. Thank you, salt for making our lives, and our dogs, easier.

Day Forty-Two: I am grateful for vinegar. I just cleaned all of our shower heads using a bag filled with vinegar. I was going to use a product such as Lime-Away but then realized we didn’t have any. I did some research and found out that vinegar can do the same thing without the harsh chemicals. I just filled a quart size bag halfway with white vinegar and then tied it over the shower head and left overnight. The next day I removed it and ran the shower. The heads are now just like new. Thank you, vinegar, for doing the job safely and making my life much easier.

Day Forty-Three: I am grateful for notifications. We recently had some bad weather here and I am so grateful to have had the alerts on my phone, watch, and email to let me know about things we should prepare for and helpful events.

Day Forty-Four: I am grateful for ice. Natural ice made outside. Who would ever say that? Well, when you have no power and no water, you are grateful. We gathered icicles from our roof line and from the ground and put them in our bathtub to thaw. We ended up with a tub filled with water which we used to flush our toilets. Brilliant!

Day Forty-Five: I am grateful for Imodium. This medicine has been a lifesaver for me for years. I have a sensitive stomach and most times if I have to be some place like a doctor/dentist appointment and feel anxious or some place that doesn’t have a bathroom, my stomach gets nervous. Imodium helps to calm it and allow me to not have any issues.

Day Forty-Six: I am grateful for prayers. I try to say a prayer every night but that doesn’t always happen. It’s not so much a prayer but more of me talking with God. I try to say things I am grateful for and thank him for things that have been answered or helpful in my life. I really believe that things happen for a reason and more times than not, when I pray or ask for something, it happens.

Day Forty-Seven: I am grateful that I learned how to read. I couldn’t imagine going through life not knowing how to read and my heart goes out to those who don’t know. I wasn’t a big reader when I was younger but as I’ve gotten older I started to enjoy it. When I read a book, my mind gets taken away to another place and time. I read someone say once that reading is there meditation and I feel exactly the same way.

Day Forty-eight: I am grateful for candles. As we have been without power this week due to the cold weather, I am so grateful to have candles. We had many of them lit all over the house and it provided enough light to feel comfortable. I couldn’t have imagined not having them and just sitting in the complete darkness.

Day Forty-nine: I am grateful for emails. The ability to be able to write something on your mind or need to tell someone something and send it in seconds is amazing. I couldn’t imagine if we still had to write out letters and mail them in this day and age. That would be crazy! I try to write with my parents at least once a week but knowing I can just send them a picture or note instantly is incredible.

Day Fifty: I am grateful for blankets. We have several of them and some so soft and cozy. During times needing warmth, they are your best friends. We also have electric ones, too, that are just heavenly at bedtime.

Day Fifty-One: I am grateful for water. After being without water for days, I am grateful that we have at least a trickle now or low stream that we can collect and boil. You don’t realize how much you need something or take it for granted until you don’t have it.

Day Fifty-Two: I am grateful there is a vaccine for COVID. I will say, I am not 100% comfortable with it but I’m grateful there is something out there to help protect people. Our family probably won’t be eligible until the fall but at least we are heading in the right direction.

Day Fifty-Three: I am grateful for the opportunity I had to attend a Broadway musical with my daughter in Dec of 2019. It was a last minute decision. I almost decided to wait and go in 2020 but something told me to just do it. We had probably the last seats up in the nosebleed section but this was so special to her and I will never forget it. We will go to another one some day when it’s safe to do so.

Day Fifty-Four: I am grateful for chap stick. Especially during these colder months and the heat on in the house, my lips feel dry and chapped. I apply chap stick several times throughout the day and it helps to keep my lips moist and soft. There is nothing worse than stinging chapped lips. Thank you, Chap Stick!

Day Fifty-Five: I am grateful for the window in my home office. I have my desk right next to a window and love the natural light that shines in. Every morning, too, there is a mourning dove that perches on the rooftop next door and sings. They are my one of my favorite birds and it’s as if they are saying “Good morning” to me. 🙂

Day Fifty-Six: I am grateful for the wipes I have to clean my glasses. Every day, I clean them since I spray hair spray and it always sprays down on my glasses. Nothing cleans my glasses as well as these wipes. I also use them to clean my Apple watch and phone.

Day Fifty-Seven: I am grateful for my wireless phone charger. It’s a stand and I just lay my phone on it and it charges super fast. I love it because I do not have to plug anything in and it’s just super fast and convenient!

Day Fifty-Eight: I am grateful for hair accessories. It’s approaching one year since I’ve set foot into a hair salon. My hair has grown long and bulky. I’ve always had thick hair so you can imagine. Thankfully, I’ve been able to wear it in a pony tail and used clips to keep the hair out of my face. Once it is safe (or I feel safe) to go back to the salon, I will be getting it cut much shorter and highlighted again. I usually get my hair highlighted once a year.

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