Thanks to Dawn Landau for making Gratitude a New Year’s Tradition. I’m happy to be taking part once more.
“For the fourth year in a row, this is an opportunity to hit pause and focus on all the good things that each of us has in our lives. The holiday season has a way of rushing in, every year, and making it hard to remember that throughout the year, there are blessings. There are so many things that bring joy, so many happy things; yet it’s easy to find to lose sight of this fact, as we manage busy lives.”
To take part, set your timer for ten minutes and write 50 things you are grateful for. Once I started it was hard to stop.
- My home – just celebrated our tenth year in our dream home.
- My husband – 46 years of marriage.
- My 3 sons who have all grown to be men I’m proud of.
- My granddaughter Olive
- Her new sister Elsie born on my dad’s birthday, 12 November 2017
- Olive’s adorable dog, Poppy
- Friday Fictioneers – I’ve made so many friends through sharing stories, learning how similar we are in our hopes and dreams no matter where we’re from.
- What Pegman Saw…I took part in it this past year. Nice to have a different prompt and 50 extra words to play with.
- My health
- A nearby place to swim
- The joy of swimming a mile, flip turning at each end of the pool
- Counting backwards in Hebrew and Spanish to keep track of my pool lengths
- My elliptical trainer for those times it’s too cold to get out of the house
- A good hot shower after a hearty workout
- A warm cozy room that serves as office and studio
- Strong, hot black coffee in the wee morning hours when it’s still dark outside
- My G-d who speaks in a still small voice during those quiet times
- Abundance of healthy foods
- A sense of humor, the ability to laugh at myself
- My friends and family who’ll laugh at me if I don’t.
- My synagogue
- My dancing friends on our synagogue dance team
- My rabbi, who knows the value of a good pun
- My blogging friends
- The internet and Skype friends around the globe
- The ability to make people happy with my writing and art – I say this with gratitude for the feedback from others
- My 6-speed Chevy Cruz that’s paid for
- No longer having to punch a clock and the privilege of doing what I dreamed of doing as a child, ie being a professional artist
- Some successful book signings and art fairs.
- A growing number of art commissions.
- Books to read and lose myself in
- Music, all kinds (I won’t deny it, I love classical…particularly Chopin).
- Being able to read and write Hebrew (more or less)
- Taking time to enjoy the quiet
- Good paintbrushes
- My computers: desktop and laptop
- Legs that still work
- Smelling fragrances and odors, it means my olfactories works
- The color PURPLE
- Other colors beside purple 😉
- The fresh smell after a rainstorm
- Flowers, Daffodils being my favorite
- My muse who tells me stories when I least expect it
- My spinning mind that decides to go into overdrive when I want to sleep.
- A good Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc
- Gluten free pasta so I don’t feel deprived
- Ozarks Writers League – OWL
- All of my Wisoff cousins I never knew I had until we discovered each other online
- Friends I’ve known since early childhood. It’s a rare blessing to share pictures of grandchildren with the same ‘kids’ I used to play hopscotch with
- I can still turn a cartwheel.
50 HAPPY THINGS: BLOGGERS FLOOD THE INTERNET WITH GRATITUDE
“Instigated by Dawn Landau” at Tales from the Motherland
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. 3) That will take you to another window, where you can past the URL to your post. (folks have trouble with this, but it’s not that hard. 4)Follow the prompts, and your post will be added to the Blog Party List. The inLinkz will be open until January 3, 2017
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; be creative; be happy and grateful, and help us flood the blogosphere with both!
50 Things I’m Thankful For
- Good health
- My husband Jan
- Our 45th wedding anniversary in November-celebrating it with good friends
- My trip to California in November to do a radio interview
- Time spent painting and bonding with Olive while in California
- Time spent with Olive’s other grandma while in California
- Enjoying the visit with my son Travis and daughter in love, Jaimi (Olive’s wonderful parents)
L-R Grandma Dru, Jaimi, Travis with Olive and Bubbie Rochelle
- Decorating cupcakes with my new daughter in love, Sarah for her wedding reception
- Time spent in Chicago celebrating my youngest son, Christian’s marriage to Sarah
- Chatting with my eldest son, Shannon at the reception
- Friday Fictioneers and the friends I’ve made as a result
- My daughter in love, Sayda, a gifted horse breeder who did NOT perish in the World Trade Center on 911
- My third novel, As One Must, One Can debuted this month
- Coffee Table Book of Illustrations – Companion my trilogy of novels to be published soon
- My first Barnes and Noble Book Signing in April
- A nearby indoor lap pool
- Good watercolors
- Laughter and things to laugh about
- Freedom to pursue my dreams
- My home
- Colors, particularly purple.
- Dry white wine
- My computer
- My faith
- Freedom to practice my faith
- Good books, many of them written by friends
- Other writers
- Warmth in the winter
- Hot and cold running water – not everyone’s so fortunate
- My doctor who is a strong, beautiful woman
- My dentist who is also a strong beautiful woman
- My one and only brother, Jeff Wisoff
- The Miracle of the internet and Skype (living the science fiction of my youth)
- The ability to draw and express myself.
- Air conditioning in the summer
- Dogs and cats even though I don’t currently own a pet. They love unconditionally.
- Soft sheets to sleep on
- My car
- Ears that hear
- My mind
- Eyes that work…perhaps not as well as they used to.
- Eyeglasses and contact lenses.
- Money in the bank. Enough to be comfortable.
- Fingers that work. I’m blessed, after 40 years of cake decorating not to have carpal tunnel or crippling arthritis.
- Plenty of water to drink.
- Hot black coffee in the morning.
TIME FOR THE FANTASTIC FRIDAY FICTIONEERS!
Calling all muses. Fire into action! Ready! Set! Write!
Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and end. (No one will be ostracized for going over or under the word count.)
Make every word count.
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Genre: Literary Fiction
Word Count: 100
THE THOUSANDTH MILE
“A journey begins with a single step,” said Jared as he sprinted down the trail.
“Surprise me. Say something original”
“Last one to the oak tree’s a rotten egg.”
I chased him but never caught up. Who could? Jared set track records in high school and college.
When I reached the tree he took my face in his hands. “I leave for Afghanistan day after tomorrow.”
Originality I didn’t want to hear.
Two years later Jared still spouts clichés and platitudes. I don’t mind.
On prosthetics he wins his first 10K and grins. “A journey begins with a single step.”