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"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
- Unknown

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger."
- Handed down through the ages.

"Life's tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid."
- John Wayne

Thankful (yes, that's what I said) Thursday

Written Thursday PM . . . 
Believe it or not, I can still find room to be thankful.  And if I didn't focus on those little (or big) things . . . I'd be lost without hope.  And what does THAT do anyone?  So, without further ado, I am thankful for:
  • Friends and family, near and far.  This includes you.
  • The dogs, cats, and poultry.
  • The fact that, after bad-mouthing them to my folks last night, the chickens presented me with two eggs today after days and days of zero production.
  • The fresh snow that again covers the ground . . . without dumping enough to be even the slightest bother.
  • A chainsaw chain sharpened as well as it's ever been since the chain was brand new.  THANK YOU, Daddy!
  • The satisfaction that I'm a 1/3 of the way through the HUGE maple logs I had delivered two years ago . . . and that I've made every single cut myself.
  • The fact that I will be here, at Swamp River Ridge, tonight, tomorrow, and next week. 
  • The fact that, thanks to friends and family, I will NEVER be without a private, to-myself roof over my head.  No matter what happens here at SRR.
  • Blueberry-Raspberry jam syrup bubbling away on the cookstove (because, in cleaning out the large freezer, I found lots of old-ish frozen berries).
  • Wine.  It may be cheap, but it's good!
  • Scented candles gifted to me by a dear friend who couldn't tolerate the smell.
  • A wood fire in the cookstove, all the wood cut and split myself.
  • Audio books.  (Oh, I've mentioned that once or twice before, you say?!)
  • Robert Rodriguez movies.  I treated myself to one last night when I got home (Machete) . . . knowing I didn't have to get up early this morning AND because I had to run the generator, anyway.  I don't know WHAT it is about his violent movies that is a release for me, but they are . . . and I LOVE his irreverent humor.
  • My built-in chainsaw sharpener (Papa Pea).


    1. Glad you found some positives for today. Keep your chin up, you will be ok, you have great parents. Take care.

    2. I posted a poem for you,made me think of you,but being such a not computer nerd [ or dumb -whichever]-so it is on Mama Pea Quilts----face book page,sorry thats the best I could do,have a great week-end,chin up Ms.

    3. This post makes me feel much better about your well being! I must admit I was getting worried about you, but know you are a strong person and will do what you need to do.

    4. Leave it to you to find the good during hard times! This trait of yours will see you through :)


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