Saturday Gratitude List

My gratitude list this week comes from the first day of 2012.  Today seems the perfect day to reflect on the year.

I am grateful and joyful to say that my family is still with me.  My Dad is happy as a clam at high tide.  Mom is healthy, except for a very troublesome knee, and she was reelected to her post as Register of Probate for another four years — Yay!

My sisters have all had interesting years, from a first grandchild, (with another on the way,) to a child starting college, to graduations, awards, sports awards, landlord responsibilities,  new levels of understanding in relationships, and a couple of my sisters have started running and lost a bunch of weight.  My brother and his wife are happy — they came here for a visit, the first time in ten years.  I thoroughly enjoyed our visit.  (To my family:  I know I didn’t even hit all the high points of the year, but I am proud to be your sister.)

I continue to struggle with food choices, but I’m very thankful that I can still function.  I have nothing but praise for my entire medical team, who have maintained a positive relationship.  That may sound like a strange thing to be grateful for — but my caregivers have not always been so upbeat.  My diabetes  is marginally easier to control than last year.  I had cataract surgery on both eyes, which was a big relief.

I give thanks for my job, and for my superiors and co-workers.  I enjoy it as much now as I did when I started, in 1994.  I have a friend whom I met at work, with whom I have a very cool arrangement — he drives me to appointments, and I get his errands done, by allowing him to sit in the car while I provide the legs.  He has recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and I hope the very best for him.  We talk a lot, and we fight every once in a while, but he is a dear friend, and I am so grateful that he is part of my life.

I owe enormous thanks to my friend Darreby, and all of the amazing women I met in Dream Teams.  I have achieved some of my goals, and fallen back on a couple, but I know now how to pursue them.  Darreby has become a dear friend, and I love her very much.  Thanks, Darreby.

I am grateful that the world didn’t end — even though I never believed it would, there was always that little chance that the Nostradamus devotees were right.  I mention Nostradamus, because I am thrilled to say that the History Channel has finally laid off the Nostradamus-themed shows.  Thank everything that is holy!

I am grateful that we don’t have a president named Mitt.  I am concerned that Obama seems to be giving in to Republican pressure on matters economical and social — I thought my Social Security Disability check was an adequate source of money to support my life, but looks like Obama will hand us another five years of no cost-of-living increase.  Still, I am thankful to the American people who provide me medical care, prescriptions, and basic support.

Of course, I am grateful for the whole blogging community in general, and the readers of my blogs and authors of blogs I follow.  Blogging opened a door for me that I’d faced for decades — thank goodness you were all supportive and friendly and so very helpful.  Thanks, my bloggy family.

So many reasons to be thankful.  This has been a good year, and I have achieved some emotional breakthroughs.  I still have a lot to learn, but I am wide open ready to do so.

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