Published January 1, 2019 by rochellewisoff

How did 2018 go by so quickly? As has become a tradition, I’m joining Dawn Landau’s positive affirmation challenge (my words 😉 ) You can find the directions here on her post. Do set your timer. I did and was surprised that in 15 minutes I exceeded 50 things I was thankful for and when the timer went off I really wasn’t finished. I named a few names but could name so many more. The number order has nothing to do with importance. This is totally stream of consciousness. 

I dare you to join the fun. I double dare you!!! 


Thank you, Dawn for doing this again. 😀 

And for another perspective here’s my friend Susan’s list. 

  1. My re connection with my brother in 2018
  2. Healthy food
  3. Water in which to swim
  4. I’m 65 and can still do a cartwheel
  5. Dancing
  6. Good friends
  7. Blogging friends
  8. Going on 7 years of Friday Fictioneers
  9. A car to drive
  10. A comfortable bed to sleep in
  11. My sons
  12. My daughters in law
  13. My granddaughters
  14. A computer on which to write
  15. Jigsaw puzzles online
  16. My elliptical machine
  17. My God who loves me, and understands me when I’m at my worst
  18. A cell phone that keeps me connected
  19. Languages – I wish I were more fluent in Spanish and Hebrew than I am
  20. My new book of illustrations and short stories –My dream book
  21. Watercolors
  22. My rapidograph pen that has never failed me.
  23. The friends I’ve made through blogging
  24. The ability to write
  25. The ability to paint
  26. Art fairs
  27. Being alive and still pursuing dreams
  28. Breathing
  29. Eating
  30. My imagination
  31. Great hats
  32. The color purple, of course
  33. Books to read
  34. Chaim Potok
  35. Did I mention my brother with whom I made a major reconnection this past year?
  36. Spending the holiday with my youngest son in Chicago
  37. The ability and opportunity to read Torah from the scroll
  38. Teaching Hebrew
  39. My Hispanic Hebrew students who help me with my Spanish
  40. Gluten free options for pizza
  41. Coffee, strong and black
  42. Cheese which goes great with wine
  43. Soft sheets on my bed
  44. Scented candles – patchouli is my favorite
  45. My desktop easel that serves me well
  46. My husband Jan of 47 years
  47. Ozarks Writers League where I’ve met agents and found wonderful mentors
  48. My sister in law who has put up with my brother for over 35 years.
  49. The opportunity to visit them in North Carolina this past year
  50. Drawing and painting with granddaughter Olive
  51. My 5 speed 2011 Chevy Cruz that’s paid for and still running
  52. Being retired from cake decorating and sign making
  53. The friends I’ve made and kept from those years of working at Hy-Vee grocery
  54. Days I don’t put on makeup and stay in my PJ’s all day
  55. Skype that allows me to chat with friends overseas
  56. The internet that has made the world a little smaller and given me the opportunity to connect with people of other races and belief systems
  57. Potatoes
  58. Chocolate
  59. My wonderful female doctor who I’ve been seeing for 20 years
  60. Continued recovery from major depression and anorexia (a little too recovered)
  61. Paper to paint on
  62. Good neighbors to share wine and laughter with, Bud and Cindi you know you are
  63. My beautiful home
  64. Fresh herbs that add so much to food
  65. My hunky dory best friend, Regina


  • Dear Rochelle,

    What a perfect list! So much to be grateful for/happy about/inspired from out there, dontcha think? I’m going to be setting my own timer soon because I think this is what we should do on January firsts, not those stupid resolutions that just make you feel like a failure!

    Lotsa love now and throughout the year,


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    • Dear Dale;

      I quit making resolutions years ago. That seems to only set one up for failure. I don’t believe I’ve ever kept a resolution. 😉 In any event, I was surprised at how many reasons for gratitude I could come up with in 15 minutes. 😀 I’m looking forward to reading your list, my friend. If I’d had to come up with names instead of reasons, you would be among them. ❤

      Shalom, hugs and more reasons to be grateful in 2019,


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  • Rochelle, so grateful you joined my annual list! It’s so wonderful to read each one and realize that for everything I put on my own list, I can find that many more on other lists. Gratitude begets appreciation begets happiness, and so on… biblical humor. 😉 I’m grateful for all your time and work for FF and hope to get back on that bandwagon in this new year! Love that we both rediscovered our brothers, and like you, I’m a HUGE fan of Chaim Potok… discovered him in college and love every word I’ve read.

    Happy, happy New Year friend! Thanks for sharing my post. xo

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    • Dear Dawn,

      It’s been over the past two years that I actually discovered Chaim Potok. A reader told me my writing reminded her of his work. Of course I had to check that out. 😉 Oh my, what a compliment! He was amazing. I still have a few of his books left to read, but what a feast. I’m looking forward to reading other lists.

      Shalom and a happy new year, my friend. ❤


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  • Congratulations on your list of things for which to be grateful. You really are a talented, beautiful, and blessed lady. Yesterday I checked out your blog. I saw that the Friday Fictioneers prompt was still up dated Dec. 28, no later prompt, so I wrote a story about the goat by the headstone last night, planning to post it tomorrow (Thurs.). Not I see others are writing on a new prompt. Can I still post the “goat” prompt? When are the starting and stopping dates. Time zones could be getting me a day off but that doesn’t apply. I like my story; I wanted to post. Any chance? If I can’t link, can I use it on my blog? I guess I ask mostly because of the copyrighted picture used as a prompt. Thanks for help.

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    • Dear Oneta,

      Thank you for the sweet compliments. I am grateful to God for his giftings and blessings.

      As for the goat prompt. The Friday Fictioneers prompts go ‘live’ every Wednesday at 2:30 AM CST. The link list goes live at the same time. The link list closes on Tuesday at 6:55 PM CST. Feel free to use the prompt and post your story, but you won’t be able to link it. You can post your link on my page if you’d like. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll also write for this week’s prompt.

      Shalom and Happy New Year,



      • Thanks much. Actually Fri falls in the middle of the challenge, doesn’t it? I noticed that I always came in somewhere in the 60s or so. I wondered how I could be so far behind. I’m watching. Thanks for permission to post on my blog and link in your comments. And I will set Wednesdays to be sure to look for you. I feel like your needy prodigy with all the goof ups. Thanks and blessings on your new year.


        • Sorry for the confusion, Oneta. Originally when the challenge began (before I joined) the prompt was posted on Wednesday so everyone could have their stories written by Friday. Hence the name Friday Fictioneers. I kept the name but it has become a Wednesday race. That also happened before I took the lead. I hope this helps. 😉


  • What a fantastic list! Yes to so many of those and smiles to many others. So glad you’ve reconnected with your brother, and I hope that more grows from it. Yay to purple!!! One of my favoritests colors (am wearing purple today, actually! Also have purple shoes and jacket and pocketbook to match …). Purple makes me smile.
    I hear ya about time running out (for the list challenge) before the gratitude did. Isn’t that fantabulous? Only means that there’s more loveliness to be grateful for than 15 minutes of even the fastest typing can summarize.
    Yay hurray!

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  • Querida Rochelle,
    Wonderful lst of so many things to appreciate in your life.
    I can’t believe you drive a stick shift. Did I read that correctly?
    I was so grateful to get an automatic before I got whiplash. LOL
    I LOVE potatoes too. My dad had my mother make them everyday even if we had some other side dish. Of course, I’m with you on all the art things. Coffee – negro 👍🏻
    There are so much more but this IS supposed to be a comment. 😂
    I forgot the FF gang, sunsets and my cat King Pelu. He’s been looking at me strangely today.
    I think he knows. Anywho … the timer was freaking me out. I don’t work well under pressure.
    Keep the positive vibes, mi amiga. Have a SUPER weekend ….
    Abrazos y Shalom,
    Isadora 😎


      • Querida Isadora,

        ¿Cómo se dice ‘potatoes are my biggest downfall’? I noticed that we are hermanas in the art department and dancing. Our synagogue has a dance team which I’m part of. Every so often I still do some interpretive as well.
        I prefer a stick shift over automatic, but the latter is getting harder to find. .

        Abrazos y shalom,



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