Falling Leaves

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I am such an Eeyore. Thankfully, I am surrounded by Tiggers that won’t let me get into a completely hopeless state. Gosh darn it but they love to make sure I have some bouncy fun whether I want it or not; gotta love um. Anyway, it’s finally fall around here, what we like to call two shirt weather, which means it is time to be grateful. I don’t know why this happens to me with the falling of the leaves, but it does, so this year I have decided to bullet it and see where it takes me.

  • A new mattress, lots of comfy pillows and a warm blanket. My achy bones really appreciate this, but on a daily basis I don’t give them a whole lot of thought, that is until I see someone sleeping on a bench, shivering without them. A bit of advice, don’t try and sneak up and cover a sleeping individual on the sly, you will scare the heck out of them, make some noise and announce your intentions.
  • A walk-able commute. Knowing that if my questionable automobile gives up the ghost, I will not have to rush into a replacement. Having this window of time saves me money and stress, and for that I am grateful.
  • A good toilet. Really I mean it, think about it, there are eight people using it daily, and if it doesn’t flush…..well enough said.
  • The ability to purchase well-made shoes. I spent too many years in dirt cheap cardboard shoes that have caused lasting damage to my feet and knees, so I am grateful daily that I now have the funds to pamper my feet.
  • Strong coffee.
  • Sharp Tools. I do not have them, but I would really be grateful if I did.
  • That my family appreciates the value of the correct tool for the job and are willing to sacrifice personal luxuries to have them.
  • Clean dirt. If you know what I mean, you understand.
  • Rainbows during a storm or other such reminders of the goodness of God.
  • Clean hair and teeth. Perhaps this is really the use of a bathroom whenever I want, for however long I want. This is a real luxury I can’t imagine being without.
  • Underwear that fit. Come on be honest, how many times have you suffered through poor fitting undergarments because darn it you paid for them and you are going to get your moneys worth. Getting it right and not to tight is something to be grateful for.
  • A working clothes dryer. I love to line dry my laundry, the way it smells of sunshine, the crispness. I sure do miss my clothes line since we moved, however I do not miss hanging out mountains of socks and underwear for a family of seven in the dead cold of winter when the option of a dryer is gone, but if you ever need to learn how to quick dry underwear in the microwave I’m your source.
  • Chickens that eat the table scraps. Nothing is ever wasted, therefore it removes the pressure to clean your plate and gain some weight.
  • Refilled soap dispensers and toilet paper holders. I think this has to be a universal thankfulness that we are all guilty of not fulfilling. If you do, bless you, you’re a saint. I really mean this, if you have the ability to always do as you should, you are my hero.
  • My large and heroic family who knows all my peculiarities, but loves me anyway.
  • I know this is long, I just got carried away, but the thing I am really most thankful for is that God has provided me and mine with an abundance of all that is good, and by doing so he has given us a treasured gift, the ability to give some away.

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