Today I give thanks.

In the United States it is Thanksgiving Day. A healthy percentage of us will spend the day with family and/or friends. We'll eat too much, watch some TV (football!), and hopefully even spend some time thinking of those things for which are thankful.

In what has now become tradition, tomorrow, Friday, another healthy percentage of us will run out the door at some freakishly early hour to spend tons of money. Because despite how grateful we may be today, apparently we still don't have enough stuff. Since I hate crowds, odds are good I'll hibernate at home. But if you plan to do some shopping tomorrow, make sure you download this free app!

I think our society is very weird.

Meanwhile, since I'm 53 years old, I decided to list 53 things for which I am grateful today. In the order in which they occur to me:

  1. My husband.
  2. My son.
  3. My parents, siblings, and their families.
  4. My in-laws, including my late mother-in-law. It's been 4 years since she passed and it surprises me sometimes how much I still miss her.
  5. Despite various health issues, my parents are still living independently.
  6. This blog and the online friends I have made.
  7. The PC I'm using to create this list--2 weeks ago I was sure it was dead for good.
  8. My Pfaff 7530. 16 years old and still a workhorse.
  9. My Brother PQ 1500-S which makes machine quilting a dream.
  10. My BFF MJ.
  11. My QBFFs AM and TB.
  12. Mary Balogh's A Summer to Remember--the book that re-ignited my love of the Romance Novel
  13. Mary Balogh's Heartless--still my favorite.
  14. Jesus Christ.
  15. The 2008 Philadelphia Phillies.
  16. The 1980 Philadelphia Phillies.
  17. Penn State.
  18. Joe Paterno.
  19. Michael Vick--sometimes repentance is genuine and he just may be the proof people can change. I'm starting to believe.
  20. My fabric stash.
  21. Chocolate.
  22. Peanut Butter.
  23. Weight Watchers.
  24. Those 86 lbs. I lost in 2005-2006.
  25. Insulin.
  26. An employer that lets me work only 30 hours/week.
  27. Libraries.
  28. Old friends.
  29. New friends.
  30. All those quilt ideas running around in my brain.
  31. Summer days when the temperature goes over 90.
  32. Snow days.
  33. Mike Schmidt.
  34. Sean Connery.
  35. Flannel sheets.
  36. Home-grown tomatoes.
  37. My Kindle. I'm not so sure I'm grateful for one-click buy, though. Man, that's deadly!
  38. The Internet.
  39. Unlimited texting. So, hey! I finally joined Twitter last week. Not that I tweet, I just follow.
  40. Google. Yeah, I know, they want to rule the earth. But still....
  41. Whole Foods.
  42. Volkswagon. In the last 30 years I have owned and driven just 3 VW diesels. Can you say 45+ MPG? A total of 415,000 miles.
  43. ESPN.
  44. XM Satellite radio.
  45. Diet Coke.
  46. My home.
  47. Enjuvia--best drug ever.
  48. Music.
  49. Yellowstone National Park.
  50. Christmas lights.
  51. Leftover turkey.
  52. All the people who voted for my story idea earlier this year and made me a winner.
  53. High-Def TV.
Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Great list, Phyl. :D Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

  2. Love your list Phyl. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving with your family.

  3. Lovely post, Phyl! I'm going to have to remember this idea for next year.

    I hope you and yours had a very nice Thanksgiving. Your list is fantastic, Phyl. You made me laugh out loud with #37 and tugged at my heart strings with #4. That's such a sweet and rare thing to hear between a woman and her mother-in-law.

    My first and second cars were VW bugs. I loved them. ... even if I could practically see the road flying by through the floor boards. LOL!

  4. Thank you all! I spent a good part of November thinking of all the things I wanted to add to the list. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Hope your holiday season is a fun one.


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