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30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 19

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Day 19: Clothing

Well, I guess I am grateful for all clothing. Right now… I have a tie on the clothing that I am most thankful for. Hats and socks. My poor bald head gets seriously cold really quick. And my feet are almost always cold. I have started to even wear socks to bed just because my feet get so icy. The coldness is probably because my blood is so sick. I can usually tell when it is time for another transfusion (and I think another transfusion is in my near future).

Anyway, I have gotten some really amazing hats from a lot of people.

Cat hat!

Cat hat! Gifted by Ashleigh.

A comfy hat sent by my Aunt Cathy.

A comfy hat sent by my Aunt Cathy.

A soft black hat perfect for working out. This was free at my local cancer center.

A soft black hat perfect for working out. This was free at my local cancer center.

A soft, knitted hat from the cancer center.

A soft, knitted hat from the cancer center. And my sweet Little Owl.

I should try to remember to take pictures of some of the socks that I have been gifted. I have socks with owls and pumpkins and somewhat naughty sayings. They are pretty fun, as far as socks go.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 18

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Day 18: Quote

This one is hard. There are a lot of really great quotes out there. However, my life is run by children. So, my current favorite quotes are mostly from nursery rhymes and children’s songs. Some of those songs are really kind of sad. So, the quote I am thankful for comes from “Row Row Your Boat”: “Life is but a dream.” I had a revelation when I first heard someone say only that line. I believe it was in a song by Bauhaus. The singer just says that line at the end of the song. It really made that children’s song sound just hopeless. And here we go rowing as much as we can.

And I still sing this song *all the time* to my kiddos. It might be hopeless, but it is great for lulling them to sleep.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 17

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Day 17: Store

Egads. I do love to wander in a few different stores. I think the one I would be most thankful for was the old Dream Street in St. Augustine, FL. I found so much peace in that place. I was sad when it changed. It is still nice, but in a different way. Dream Street was the place I needed as an angst-ridden teenager.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 16

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Day 16: Recipe

Only one? I really love a lot of recipes. Just check out the page links at the top of my blog. I guess I would be thankful for my Curried Pumpkin Soup recipe. That was the recipe that broke me out into trying newer things. Up until that time, pumpkin had been just a sweet food that was eaten as pie. It had never occurred to me that it could be savory.

I do prefer the recipe with other squashes: acorn is a favorite, but also butternut. The soup is amazing when made with Hubbard squash. And all of the squashes have these wonderful seeds that can be roasted and added to the soup as a garnish.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 15

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Day 15: Experience

What experience am I thankful for? All of the ones I actually learned something from were painful.

I guess I would have to say I am most thankful for experiencing giving birth to my Dragon at home in water. I learned that I could think through my pain and that childbirth could be peaceful. I also fully experienced the whole range of the pain scale and am now able to understand it.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 14

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Day 14: Something New

Just as I was thankful for old friends, I am also thankful for the new people in my life. My children in particular. Those four little monsters have taught me a lot about patience, love, and to embrace the goofiness. I am also thankful for my new friends. I believe there is something to learn from every new relationship. And I treasure that.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 13

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Day 13: Something Old

Hmmm. Something old? I have moved so much that I have very little in my life that is old. Maybe old friends? I have known Abigail for somewhere around 25 years and Mandy for around 35 years. I am thankful for both of them. We’ve had some fun shenanigans together. And some not so fun ones. But over all these years, we may have lost contact, but we managed to find each other again.

Then there is my husband. We have been together for 23 years and married for 18 of those years. He has put up with my weirdness and he helps to keep me grounded and mostly out of trouble. I love ya, Babe.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 12

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Day 12: Gadget

Hmmm. I am so thankful for so many gadgets. My microwave is currently broken and I really do miss having that convenience, although I am working around it pretty easily. I do love my dishwasher, but I know I can survive without it in a heartbeat.

I think I am most thankful for my heater. It went out a few years ago and that was miserable. I was so worried about the kids being warm enough that I had trouble sleeping. First thing in the morning, I would start a fire in the fireplace in an attempt to get some warmth. I was baking and baking and baking, trying to add more warmth. I was finding excuses to go to different places so I wouldn’t have to use the stone cold toilet. We tried to use small space heaters, but had to be so careful that it was almost worse than worrying about the cold. I worried about them catching fire and I worried about them tripping the breakers (which did happen). So yes, I really love having a whole house heater that I do not have to worry about, at least when it is working.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 11

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Day 11: Tradition

My current favorite tradition is my annual Witches’ Tea Party. I have held it for three years. I almost canceled it this year due to how sick I had been, but I decided it was something I really needed to do.

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The Fruit Owls created by my amazing mother-in-law.

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A few of the “witches” who came. My party has an average of 30 people every year.

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A few more witches. It was so nice this year that we moved a portion of the party to the outside.

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The full fruit display created by my mother-in-law.

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Some spooky items on the fruit display.

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The centerpiece: The owl pumpkin. It was amazingly gorgeous.

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People bring a bit of food every year. I create butterbeer and butterbeer mini cupcakes along with a selection of teas. We had six teas this year.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 10

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Day 10: Time of Day

I would have to say dusk. That weird time when it is still light out, but not. I actually don’t like to drive during this time because the light/nonlight plays tricks on my vision. It is a magickal time for me. I can see why people have said it is the time for fae to play.

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