Posts Tagged ‘50 Things’

Yay, I got to 40 on my last post. This one will have the last 10, which are more serious, and the bonus 10 which are the silly ones!

(41) I am thankful for the medical care that I received when I got sick  last March. And when you think of it, or when I think of it, it all started to fall apart when I took that fall at my local Starbucks so (42) would be thankful for Starbucks or my medical situation might not have come to a screeching halt in March, which brings me to (43) the April surgery. Recuperating alone (44) gave me a lot of time to think and appreciate how lucky I actually am.

(45) I’m happy that I have a roof over my head…and that it isn’t just a roof but an actual housed! I don’t know what the future holds as my income goes to zero in May but I have (46) faith that something will happen and I will be able to make ends meet, at least until my daughter decides if we are moving to Omaha, or some place else. (47) The fact that I have the three kids reassures me because I’ve raised them to take care of family and I think that if push comes to shove, they will provide. Technology (which is #48) will also help me as I may be able to make (#49) mind work for me from home to help me make some kind of income. I have (50) possibilities. The doors are not closed.

(51) Colored ink makes me smile and (52) an abundance of writing journals makes me happy. (53) Purple hair! I didn’t tell you that I got a streak of purple in my otherwise darkest brown hair last week. I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time and I finally got the (54) courage to do it! I’m thankful for (55) all-weather shoes that let me go out in the rain so I am not housebound during our rainy season from October to April! (56) I am thankful for Lactaid milk and pills which allow me to enjoy milk/dairy products without a lot of discomfort. My warm pjs come #57. They are so comfy that I have had two pj days since I got them two weeks ago…and I don’t believe in pj days!

The $5 a seat on all showings before 6 PM theater comes in at #58. It lets me take Anderson to see first run movies at an affordable price (don’t tell anyone that we sneak in our own snacks). In fact, they are showing the new Star Wars movie and although I said I would not go wait in line for it, I just might…for $5, why not? And Anderson might just like it!

And my “womanly side” would be remiss to not mention (59) my favorite actor, Andy Garcia who hasn’t made a movie in a while but I still love to see him and play his movies often!

(#60) I am glad that I never tried anything that would have fried my brain when I was young because that means that now my brain, as goofy as it may be, is unfried, unadulterated, pure me!

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

If you want to do your own 50 Things post, here’s the “rules” for the link up:

From Dawn:

If you’d like to join in, here’s how it works: set a timer for 10 minutes; timing this is critical. Once you start the timer, start your list (the timer doesn’t matter for filling in the instructions, intro, etc). The goal is to write 50 things that made you happy in 2015, or 50 thing that you feel grateful for. The idea is to not think too hard; write what comes to mind in the time allotted. When the timer’s done, stop writing. If you haven’t written 50 things, that’s ok. If you have more than 50 things and still have time, keep writing; you can’t feel too happy or too grateful! When I finished my list, I took a few extra minutes to add links and photos.

To join us for this project: 1) Write your post and publish it (please copy and paste the instructions from this post, into yours) 2) Click on the blue frog at the very bottom of Tales From the Motherland’s post. 3) That will take you to another window, where you can past the URL to your post. 4) Follow the prompts, and your post will be added to the Blog Party List. Please note: the InLinkz will expire on January 15, 2015. After that date, no blogs can be added.

Please note that only blog posts that include a list of 50 (or an attempt to write 50) things that made you feel Happy or 50 things that you are Grateful for will be included. Please don’t add a link to a post that isn’t part of this exercise; I will remove it. Aside from that one caveat, there is no such thing as too much positivity. Share your happy thoughts, your gratitude; help us flood the blogosphere with both!


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50 Things + 10, Part Three

Beginning where I left off…


(26) Blogging keeps me going. I don’t interact with very many people in real life so my virtual interactions are it for me. I truly appreciate being able to write the things that important to me as well as the trivial things that I come across from day to day.

(27) Blog readers. YOU! Yes, YOU! I love writing for you and sharing my world with you and I love visiting your blogs and learning about your world.

(28) #WeekendCoffeeShares. I stumbled across one of these last January and jumped right in the very first weekend. It’s the king of post I love to write and share! And the bonus was making friends with so many of YOU! I wrote 46 coffee share posts! I only missed during February, or I didn’t tag them as coffee shares. My first was on January 31st.

(29) Diana and Gene’O who started Weekend Coffee Shares. Diana continues to host them on Part Time Monster.

(30) A to Z Blogging Challenges. I completed this in April, even though I was recuperating from my mid April surgery. There was so much encouragement for me to go on with the challenges that it really helped me to have some goals to look forward to while stuck in bed. I not only found a lot of blogs to follow but I also gained a lot of readers.

Meeting fellow bloggers in person! I got to meet (31) Allison at Eclectic Alli and (32) Sabina at Victim To Charm, both fellow Portland bloggers and WeekendCoffeeeShare bloggers! What a delight to meet them both!

Guest blogging! I got to write some guest posts for (33) Part Time Monster, (34) Eclectic Alli, (35) Confessions Of A Broccoli Addict, and for (36) Solveig Werner.


(37) Facebook, as much as we often hate it, is good for a lot of things, in my opinion. For me, it lets me keep in touch with (38) far away relatives, especially the nieces and nephews with which I lost touch when my brothers died. I want them in my life and I want to know how they are and help them if I can. It also allows me keep in touch with (39) long-lost friends from high school with which I share so much of my past and with (40) friends I lost through moving and through my divorce…yeah, someone keeps the friends and the other loses them. Now I’ve found some of them again!

I think that’s a good stopping point for part three. Twenty more. Might be today, might be tomorrow. Not sure.

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50 Things + 10, Part 2

I ended Part One at 13 so here goes some more:

I am happy for these things in my life:

(14) Wine. Yum. Shiraz, Moscato, Tempranillo, Rioja, Chablis. The list goes on.

(15) Toblerone chocolate. Ghiardelli chocolate. Theo Chocolate. Cadbury. Malted Milk Balls!

(16) Beer. Pilsner. Porter. Pale ale. Local beers. Domestic beers. Foreign beers. Yum. Yum. And yum again!

(17) The fresh made pasta my daughter-in-law cooks! It’s delicious and the homemade sauces she makes to go with them, to die for!

(18) Fresh fruit smoothies for breakfast.

(19) Coffee. Lattes, and just plain drip. Love them.

(20) Limoncello that I learned to make this year!

(21) Strawberry infused vodka that is steeping in my refrigerator right now…homemade.

(22) The banana bread that my daughter made just for me!

(23) The birthday cakes…two of them…that I got this year after not getting any for awhile.

(24) Fresh clean water that I learned to drink again this year.

(25) Pumpkin scones that my daughter bought for me…and I am having for a late breakfast.

Okay, that’s part two. Working on part three.

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50 Things + 10, Part 1

Ra over at Rarasaur posted a 50 Happy Things post that I truly loved. I thought it was a good idea and so I decided to do one, but you know…the holidays…!

So this is part one of my 50 Things post, which I will try to do an extra 10 as I turned 60 on December 25, so I am upping the number! I’m doing it in parts because it’s long and I want people to read it so…little chunks!


This year, my family has made me happy. They usually do but this year brought more happiness. (1) Anderson has made me the happiest grandma in the world every day. This year he started school. He still loves to come over here and when he’s here, he always wants a “sleep over” which isn’t always doable because of school (I am not getting up at 6 to get him up and get him dressed then drive him to school…no, been there; done that…my turn is over). (2) Spencer is a crack up. He is so much like his mommy was at that age. He is speech delayed. We only understand about 15% percent of what he tries to tell us. His mom was the same. Hopefully that will be addressed in 2016 as he will be getting evaluated by the speech therapist in the local school district. In the meantime, he knows we won’t understand him so he comes to us, takes us by the hand and takes us to what he wants. (3) Tina is such a good mommy. Sometimes she astounds me by the mommy-smarts she displays and it shows in the boys! (4) Susie is my baby. She’s 25 and lives far away, in California. Although I miss her, I take pride and joy in the fact that she is showing her strengths and abilities to live alone and be productive. She’s doing it and doing it right! (5) Tony. He’s my oldest and has always been my rock. He grew up pretty fast when his dad left home, leaving him to be the “man of the house” even though he was only 10. This year he was faced with a really tough decision at work. He felt overworked and underpaid and not happy. So after ten years of working for that Internet Shopping Giant (the one with things from a to z) he decided to quit. So he is newly unemployed but not too rushed to find a job as he has a cushion and has already had several offers without applying any place! He does his job well even when he doesn’t like it. I think his job prospects are good…better than good. And this coming year, will bring a (6) new baby boy to him and his beautiful wife, (7) Sarah. Sarah has been wonderful about backing Tony up in his decisions about work.

Then there is (9) my mom. She has beaten cancer at age 83. She is a fighter. I always knew she was strong but didn’t realize how strong. (10) My dad died in May. I’m not happy that he did but I am happy that he is no longer suffering; no longer in pain. And I am happy that in the final days he was alert and aware of the comings and goings of family. He and my mom, separated since 1974, have had a very bitter relationship but in the final days, they were able to mend that with apologies and mutual understanding. (11) My older sister, Sylvia lives with my mom and takes care of her. It’s not the best situation but she is there to take my mom to appointments and make sure she takes her medicines and that she is awake in the morning. She allows the rest of us that bit of peace of mind that my mom is not alone. It wears on Sylvia and she is not in the best of health herself, including mental health, but she does what she can.

Numbers 12 and 13 would go to Chris and Perry which are the significant others of my daughters. They make my girls happy. They, mostly, take care of them. And they help me too, when they can.

Okay, I think I’ll stop Part One here. Part Two will come shortly and will be more interesting. Maybe even some humor?!

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