Day 49: Thanks & Gratitude

There are many things in my life that I could bitch, whine, and moan about but there are far more things to be thankful for right now.  I have a wonderful, loving husband that treats me like a queen and he’s in the kitchen right now putting our Thanksgiving feast.  Did I mention that he could seriously be a chef…he is that good.  He worries about me, advocates for me, and loves me more than I sometimes feel I deserve.  And I am beyond thankful for that.  I have 3 dogs…Blue, a Blue Heeler; Brown, an Australian Terrier; and Dude, a long-haired Chihuahua.  All 3 were rehomed after their owners surrendered them.  How people can do that, I don’t know.  But they are loved and well cared for now.  We have 5 cats, 3 of which were formerly feral, and 2 from animal services.  The formerly feral are Stinky, Zippy, and Spike.  The other 2 are Sadie and Sybil.  They all had tough starts but have wonderful lives now and are loved.  We have a home built in 1956 on a little over an acre of land in the historical area in the middle of a thriving city that we got a great deal on 22 years ago after we got married.  It’s still partially agriculturally zoned so our neighbors have chickens and sometimes have horses or goats or sheep.  They have 2 peacocks that visit our house on a regular basis.  We have a well that our sprinkler system is attached to so we don’t have to worry about high water bills in the Texas summer.  It has big, tall, old trees, wisteria vines, honeysuckle, rosemary, and lavender.  We have a vegetable and herb garden in the summer and fall.  And a pool to enjoy.  We are very fortunate to live here and it was a complete serendipitous miracle that we found, were able to afford and buy this house back then so, of course, I am very thankful to live here.  I am thankful for my job.  It isn’t my dream job but it is fast-paced and diverse and the pay and benefits are decent.  I get along with my coworkers and my boss is pretty easy going.  I can take off for all of my doctor’s appointments, which are covered by my pretty affordable company-provided health insurance, when I need to with little advance notice and I have enough sick, vacation, and personal time to cover them all.  Plus, I can vary my work hours to make up for the time rather than using my vacation time if I run out of sick time.  It’s a 10 – 15-minute drive on surface streets to get there so it saves gas.  So, I ‘m very thankful for my job.  I’m thankful for my wonderful doctors who I literally trust with my life.  I am thankful for my new CGM, continuous glucose monitor that I had put on Monday.  I’m a Type 1 diabetic so this will save me many thousands of finger pricks over my lifetime and I am extremely grateful for that and for the control that it gives me over my diabetes.  I am thankful for SARK, SWW, and ROW for helping to make my writing dreams come true.  I am thankful for the friends that I have made in SWW and ROW and for the inspiration and encouragement that I have received from each one of them time and time again.  They are some of the warmest, welcoming people I’ve ever met.  I am truly grateful for their impact on my creativity and my future writing plans.  They have energized me and my need and desire to write.  I will be forever thankful to SARK for organizing these groups and for her books, and for her mentoring.  Because of her, I am working to make my dreams come true. 

Our lunch was unbelievable.  I am ready for a long nap.

This is only a partial list.  I truly have so much to be thankful and grateful for and I need to remember that every single day.  Well, I need to go feed and water my strays and ferals out front.  I wish that I could bring them all in but all I can do is give them food and water twice a day.  Of course, I’m also feeding squirrels, raccoons, possums, and God only knows what else.  But I’m good with that.  I’ll feed any hungry animal.  They all deserve that much from humans.  So I hope that you have all had a wonderful day with your loved ones and that you have a peaceful, restful night.

“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude.  A quiet joy.”  ~ Ralph H Blum




About Donna Heilman

I am a writer that lives in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex with my husband, 2 dogs, and 10 cats. I am currently working on my novel, Rapture, as well as writing poetry and some short non-fiction. I am honestly writing this blog to feel more connected with other creative people.
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