Hammer time.

 

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So much has been given to me;
I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.
Helen Keller

 

I am grateful tonight for ibuprofen.

I am grateful that I am not out in the weather.

I am grateful for interruptions in my day when I glance at the video feed of a little girl in a dome.

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I am grateful for the noise of drills and hammering and tool belts shuffling behind me and men working hard with laughter and conversation in the next room.

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I like big bows and I cannot lie.

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I am grateful for a caring NICU nurse who loves our beautiful little baby and wraps her up like a little burrito with a bow on top.

I am grateful for video technology…

I am grateful for a productive work day, and the end of it.

I am grateful for co-workers who make me laugh.

I am grateful for the life of Billy Graham.

And I am grateful for the power of prayer.

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Maya Angelou

 

Whip. Whip it good.

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I don’t think the photographer has a clue.

I said, WHIP IT GOOD.

Sam and I sat at the table for lunch and he is feeling good enough today for a large slice of Tippin’s cherry pie.

My mom always called it “Dream Whip.” Because Dream Whip was the cheap powdered version of Cool Whip, which was the millionaire version of fake whipped cream, for which I never knew was a thing. Fake whipped cream? No, whipped cream is whipped cream, also known as the glorious white stuff that makes everything better and is made by opening the little powder packet and mixing it with milk, OR, it’s the stuff that comes in the blue and white plastic tub, better known as the leftover bowl that gets used over and over and over again, because millionaire plastic is rare and must be treasured.

In a completely different stratosphere was the gold-plated Redi-Whip that came in a can and was only for Presidents and Queens of England and William Buffetts, for which I was not and neither was anyone in my family, so Redi-Whip never saw the inside of our refrigerator.

All that to say, I thought whipped cream was Dream Whip/Cool Whip/Redi-Whip. I had no clue you could actually WHIP CREAM and make real heaven on earth.

I digress.

Sam calls it “whip.” As in, “I need to put some whip on my piece of pie.”

And his whip ends up being more than the pie itself. You can’t have too much whip. Whip-away. Whip it good.

I am grateful today for whip, whether the cheap version, the millionaire version, the version for Kings and Queens, or the real version. Whip is good, so whip it good.

I am grateful for laughter at the lunch table.

I am grateful that lunch is lunch. Supper is supper. And dinner is fancy supper. At least in our world, it is. Several times now in small town USA, I’ve had to do a double take, because there are several people here who think dinner is lunch. It complicates matters when you invite someone over for fancy supper and they show up 6-7 hours early.

Finally, I am grateful that Sam is feeling better and stayed home from work for an ENTIRE week. Flu is no joke, and it did not cause laughter at the lunch table.

One more thing:

Whip is a funny word when you use it so many times.

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What and whom I love, the day after.

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I love soft, green grass.

I love being granted access to the live video feed of my tiny granddaughter so I can see her all the day long.

I love Ding Dongs.

I love my circle of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri friends and family who text me, email me, send me cards, listen to me, check on me, make me laugh, make me cry, and make me a better person.

I love that a little Toto dog has run all by itself, full speed ahead, down the street, two days in a row, and I was looking out the window both days at the right time to witness – it must be in training for a marathon.

I love my birthday card from Dad.

I love a romantic Valentine dinner of Casey’s pizza on the bed with the love of my life, Mr. Influenza, aka Sam, while we watch K State romp Oklahoma State and then the fastest downhill skiers in the world.

I love the smell of evergreen or pine or balsam room fresheners and candles.

I love unique cards and stamps.

I love that my grandchildren are safe today.

And I love Megyn Kelly’s passion and righteous anger and would vote for her any day. Yes, yes, yes, take that money for the wall and use it for THIS. A world without guns is a better world. (stepping off the soapbox now…)

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Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices. – Robert Braathe

 

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“In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I am grateful for an empty trash can on trash day evening, which makes me very grateful for our trash service.

I am grateful for a sunny day to melt the snow.

I am grateful for the feel of a cold, wet washcloth on a very warm forehead.

I am grateful for the privilege to take care of Sam, and for the desperation of wanting him to feel better.

I am grateful for lessons I am learning from studying and reflecting on the Beatitudes.

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Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone. – Gertrude Stein

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“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein

I am grateful for handmade bracelets, two of them with random letters that I am sure are secret love messages, one bracelet that spells “AMA ANDRAE,” and a necklace that says, “I love you Ama.” I have the best grandchildren in the world.

I am grateful tonight for a thermometer that works. Dollar General is the winner today.

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I am grateful tonight for the gift of working from home, so that I could watch over Sam while he is ill.

I am grateful tonight for a kitchen that needs cleaning. That means it is in working order and a meal was enjoyed, kind of – by me, at least.

I am grateful tonight for a quiet evening to continue with computer work while Sam is in bed asleep.

I am grateful tonight for a pretty pink sunset to watch when I drove to get that thermometer in this snow-covered town.

I am grateful tonight for a daughter who asks how Sam is feeling and then prays for his healing.

I am grateful tonight for medicine.

I am grateful tonight for pictures sent to me, evidence of a beautiful quick trip to see my daughter, my grandchildren, and my new granddaughter.

Listen here, chickadee.

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I am grateful for the yoo-hoo bird outside the window, reminding me to be grateful for every last thing.

I am grateful that my daughter and son-in-law have included me in their adventure called “life with a preemie.”

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I am grateful that Sam says “baby-cakes.” It makes me smile.

And I am grateful for the incredibly nice feeling I have after a car wash and vacuum.

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