I am late getting to this post today. I spent a lot of time writing the post about the shootings, and then I needed a nap. Finally, here I am, and I have so many things to be grateful for today.
I give great thanks to the Universe for the strength and love of the people who surround and support me in this life. I speak of my family — Mom and I went out to breakfast today, and we had a lovely time just visiting and comparing stories from the last week of our lives. I’m grateful that I had a nice, long talk with sister S., during which we were able to catch up some on several weeks of time mostly out of contact. I spoke to sister J., out in San Diego; she sounds great — happy and healthy. I had a nice conversation with Dad and step-mom P. a few days ago, and I spent some time buying all my Christmas gifts online. I am excited about the various choices I made for family members. Oh, and I learned that E. and J., who had L. two years ago, are expecting another addition to the family. Yay — I can’t wait!
I have been deeply touched by friends from the blogosphere this week — I am thankful for Kate Kresse’s decision to award me the Blog of the Year 2012 award. I realized that I have been out of touch with some of my more faithful readers on WordPress — to those of you, and you likely know exactly who you are, I offer my sincere apologies. A couple of new readers have signed on, and their blogs look fascinating. I am looking forward to following them.
I am saddened and horrified by the shootings in Oregon and Connecticut this last week. I am grateful for the police, rescue workers, volunteers and others who helped to make both situations as much easier as they could. I am heartened to see so many famous people speaking out on the need for gun control — this is still a long road ahead of us, but these terrible tragedies bring one positive result: More and more people are speaking out about the insanity of the gun culture in this country.
I am grateful and give many thanks that I’ve had most of a year of reasonable health and few true problems. I have been very fortunate.
Finally, I am thankful to sisters J. and S. for their help and inspiration during the making of my first pot of onion soup, of which I just had a bowl, and which turned out very well, if I do say so myself. I am afire with ideas about soups, now; I can’t wait to pick up the ingredients for another one.
As the year comes to an end, I say a great big thank you to the Cosmos for facilitating another year of my life.