Yesterday when we woke up all the kids wanted to do is to see if we got snow. There had been a 40% chance overnight, but usually it breaks up, and we almost never get snow before January. I told them they could look, but not to be too disappointed if there was none. They were so excited, THREE inches of snow! I was surprised. I was also excited to find out that the car that had been put into the garage was the one with four brand new tires. Our town does not even own a snow plow, so we really needed good tires. We also do not own a single piece of snow equipment, so it was nice to have had the good car in the garage where no scraping was needed. School started “late” because of poor road conditions, but we were all there safe and on time.
Spent Thanksgiving with family, but this year we were especially grateful to have my uncle with us. He has been diagnosed with a terminal cancer and did not know if he would be with us this year. Not only was he with us, but his numbers are down so far they are re-evaluating his status. It was good to have him with us and doing well.
Today I am going to try to be grateful for the difficulties in life.
Perfect example happened this morning. We had the car checked yesterday to be sure it would be ready for a road trip over Thanksgiving. It had been running rough and we needed to find the problem before we left. We found a “bubble” in one of the tires that was about ready to blow. Cash being a little low, my husband put the spare on and decided that would work for now. He then ran off to an appointment. He didn’t even make it there before the spare tire decided to blow. He had not bothered to put the bad tire back in the car so he can’t do anything about being stranded on the side of the road. Here is where the gratitude comes in. Driving older cars, and previous difficulties have taught us to always carry towing and roadside assistance. At least we knew enough to be somewhat prepared for this problem. It would be miserable to not be able to learn from past problems. And I guess I should be grateful that it blew out before we headed out on the road.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May your holiday plans be blow-out free.
- Reinventing The Wheel (harpersvalley.wordpress.com)
- Top quick flat tire fixes to get you on your way (kfor.com)
- Quick Safety Check Tip: Check the air in your spare tire (eimportsblog.com)
- Gratitude Isn’t Always Easy For Me: My Top 5 List (swimintheadultpool.com)
- Gratitude (dorthahisedevelops.wordpress.com)
Part of my season of gratitude I am going to try to be satisfied with what I have. There are always more wants than resources, there are always more people telling you that you need something you don’t have. Even this morning I was wishing it was warmer and not so cold. The irony is that just a month ago I was wishing it was cooler and not so warm. Why can’t we just enjoy what we have?
As easy as it is to see the weaknesses and corruption of our government and it’s officials, it could be worse. I spent a good part of my weekend teaching a bunch of boy scouts about economies and politics in some underdeveloped nations. We studied the country of Niger. Despite natural resources of gold, oil, and uranium, they still are among the poorest nations in the world. They have little hope of prosperity, and look to a future filled with violence and continued disease and poverty. I don’t think that their government is capable of fixing things overnight, but with the levels of corruption found there, things continue to be far worse than needed.
Today I am grateful for metalworking and everyday tools. It is so simple, and I take it so for granted.
Last week my son did something he was told not to do and ended up with a leg full of splinters from a rotting board. I am still in the process of pulling well over 100 splinters out of his leg. I am grateful that I have the medical understanding to prevent infection from the bad wood, and today I am equally grateful that I had easy and immediate access to a needle, tweezers, good lighting and even corrected eyesight. I have no idea how people lived without even those most basic tools. Probably many of the smaller splinters would have just festered and who knows what may have happened to his leg, and I would have been powerless to do anything.