Day 26: Today was so amazing and filled with so many things that I’m thankful for. The best thing happened today, I was sitting out with Clover, my beloved little stray Momma cat (Olive is one of her kittens, who we were able to keep and give a forever home. The rest were adopted out and found homes.) when all the sudden, she came up on my picnic table and brushed against my arm. The first, and only time she’s ever voluntarily and intentionally touched me. She started out coming into my backyard, terrified of me and other humans, wouldn’t make eye contact, ran at our slightest movement. Now she plays with her little feather wand we leave outside for her, sits by me (without touching, of course!), makes eye contact, meows and “talks” to me when I talk to her, comes when she’s called, and now she’s apparently getting okay with touching me on her terms. I love her, and after talking to several ferral cat rescues and experts, I was told Clover would never be an affectionate cat, would never allow us to touch her, or would touch us. I was fine with that, because I can tell that she loves us and trusts us just by staying with us as long as she has. I was content with whatever relationship she was okay with having, because it’s about her feeling safe and loved and not about my feelings at all. I was told that most people stop feeding their stray cats because they don’t get “any thing” out of the relationship….how about just love, and trust, and the feeling of taking care of someone or something that needs you? It broke my heart, and I told my husband I would never push her boundaries because I love her how she is, and is she isn’t down for snuggles, that’s fine by me. It’s about her. Which is what really loving someone or something is. It’s not about you, or what you get out of it. So, I was very surprised by her contact, and it really touched my heart. That was the one thing she was still not trusting of me enough for, and now when I didn’t expect it, and understood her side…she gives it willingly. I don’t know if she’ll ever be a lap cat, or the kind of cat that brushes against your legs while you feed her, but she’s my cat, and whatever kind of cat she wants to be is okay, because that’s about her, not me. I’m just glad I get to be a part of her journey.
Day 27: Today I’m grateful for my patience and google. My husband, Dan, bought an Xbox One, which at the time I didn’t necessarily agree or disagree with because I just don’t mind either way. If it makes him happy, go for it. As long as I can watch amazon prime via whatever it is, works for me. So…. after setting it up the night before he goes off to Miami. While setting it up, it didn’t recognize me until Dan left the room….Sexist much?! Then while he was gone, it wouldn’t turn on the cable box at all. Needless to say, I was a little bummed out. My day of catching up on tv and working on christmas gifts was not going smoothly. Luckily you can google just about anything in the world and you’ll find someone blogging, complaining, or asking about whatever you need to figure out on a forum or question/answer site. So google to the rescue! I’m still not a fan of it being voice activated because it rarely listens to me. Oh well, at least I still have Siri. She listens. Maybe that’s the problem, the xbox must be a man. Tsk, tsk.
Day 28: I am so thankful and happy that I got to spend the day with my husband, his parents, my mom, sister Pam, Pam’s boyfriend Will, and my surprise guests: My dad, sister Jenny, and niece. I couldn’t be happier or get a better surprise than to have them stop by to say hi. It’s just not the same on the holidays without them. What a wonderful day filled with lots of laughter, good food, and special memories.
Day 29: I’m so thankful that I got to see and spend time with my Dad on his birthday, and meet his wonderful new friend Judy. It’s so wonderful seeing the people you love happy and with other equally wonderful people. We brought him his usual pineapple upside down cake, that Dan made this year, while I made our Christmas cards online and a yearly calendar. And took him his gifts and hugs. Even though I somehow managed to step in a giant red ant hill and be half eaten alive, it was worth it to see my Dad on his birthday. Then we went out on a shopping adventure with my mother in law, who is my favorite shopping buddy. We had a blast, and I got some adorable shoes, which a girl can never have too many of, I don’t care what my husband says. 😉 We’re done with Christmas shopping, except one last gift card for someone, and I’m so happy and excited for the upcoming holidays.
Day 30: I’m a bit itchy from the ant bites, but more happy than itchy, which is a great way to start the day. Dan is going to the store, and I plan on snuggling up on the sofa and crocheting the remaining christmas gifts for family. It’s been such a great week, and next week I finally take the tests I’ve been studying so hard for months for. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year, and next year starting my classes. It’s been a wonderful year with so many blessings and reasons to be thankful that my heart is just so full of love. I am truly happy and blessed. This month of blogging has been a great way for me to share parts of my life with others, but more importantly give thanks to the wonderful people and things that make my life so wonderful and meaningful. Thank you for reading, and by doing so being a part of my journey. I hope that I made you smile, and feel grateful for the things in your life that bring you joy. Beauty is all around us, and in us all, we just have to open our minds and hearts and look for it. Whatever you look for, you find. So look for joy, happiness, and love! I promise you’ll find it.
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