Being Thankful in a Time When Good Things Feel Scarce

Well, it is the Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, as I am writing this. That’s why I’ve decided to write about things that I am thankful for in a time when good things feel scarce.

Lately, I found myself more and more thankful for being the age that I am, knowing I’m closer to my expiry date than my date of birth.

Too many changes for the worse have happened in the last seven years. So, I’m finding it more and more important to acknowledge the good that I already have in my life by stating them here.

As the saying goes…

Happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time. Is about loving what you have and being grateful for it. ~ Anonymous

I Am Thankful For…

  1. Having so many friends who did contract COVID, actually and thankfully survive the virus with few (if any) lasting side effects, and having not contracted COVID myself.
  2. Being able to walk (unassisted!) my dog in the park across the road from my home this spring, summer and fall, for the first time in over four years. Thanks to Dr.Chaudhry for learning the Anterior hip replacement procedure, and Sunnybrook Hospital for having hired him.
    photo of the park across the street from my home
  3. That the Anterior hip replacement procedure made it not only possible for me to accept the surgery, this technique also reduced my healing time by 3 months… and, withOUT the extra burden of off-site therapy in order to fully recover.
  4. Chloe’s amazing good health when compared to what all my poor Nugget had to suffer through. Having NOT been bred in a puppy mill, then set up as a rescue, thankfully Chloe has had exceptional health.
  5. Reconnecting with my oldest sibling, a sister whom I love dearly; Always have, always will.
    This happened only after losing a sister who was all of two years older than I am. Coming from a very dysfunctional family, my mother was very successful in separating all of us siblings from one another, with her lies.
  6. Being able to afford and plant my usual 75 Bermuda Beach Supertunias from Kingsway Greenhouse in Oshawa, back in May of this year. The Greenhouse did NOT price gouge their customers like so many other vendors were doing in trying to make up for all of the lockdowns… and now, the economic downturn.

    screen print of a Google Featured Snippet describing what a Supertunia is

    Though this year’s flowers did not do so well in the afternoon, western hot sun… there have been years in the past that these flowers were exceptional in their display of beauty.

    photo showing my Supertunias at their best!

  7. Being physically fit enough by early spring this year, to be able to tend to my front rock garden, bringing it back to the splendor curb appeal it had over four years ago.
    Sometimes it’s truly hard to imagine just how important good health is until you’ve lost it. Thankfully, my physical limitations have now been removed, for the most part.
  8. Having the right person be voted in by a majority, as leader of the federal Conservative party; as I sincerely believe that Pierre Poilievre has adopted enough of Stephen Harper’s platform to be able to not only return Canada’s many freedoms that our present government is slowly removing… but also save Canada’s economy… providing we can all survive long enough for the next federal election.
    Having lost family members in the first and second World Wars, I shutter to think that one spoiled, child-like leader could trick so many Canadian voters for as long as he has.
    And, I pray that there are enough immigrants in Canada now, who know and understand the dangers of tyrannical governing, as to vote the present leader out in the next election… and vote Pierre Poilievre in as Canada’s new federal leader.
  9. Kissable K9 Care, who have hired fully trained professionals, who can clean a dog’s teeth WITHOUT the dogs being anesthetized, though the procedure were a major surgery.
    Yes, that’s right… the dogs are awake the whole time their teeth are being cleaned, just like the treatments that humans receive during their teeth being cleaned. Except, these professionals go the extra mile, by making sure the dogs remain calm during the entire procedure.
    Having lost a senior dog years ago, who’d been in to get her teeth cleaned; during the surgery, her one eye was left OPEN, causing her eye to developed a canker on her eyeball. My precious Princess ended up going blind in that eye, and then, regrettably dying within months of that surgery.
    No SURGERY will EVER be needed to simply clean MY Chloe’s teeth, that’s for sure!
  10. Having found a new, well-qualified veterinary clinic after Nugget’s, Simona’s and Chloe’s vet retire in late 2021. The vet who took over his business appears to not want clients who are retired.
    The Simcoe Rossland Animal Hospital has now willingly taken over all of Chloe’s health care needs going to forward. Their treatment of Chloe has reassured me that I found the BEST veterinaries to tend to my little fur-baby.
  11. Finding a dependable, reliable and highly skilled pet groomer Katie who owns and operates Furology Cat ‘N’ Dog Grooming.
    My pet groomer moved to the east coast of Canada last year, and it is very difficult to find good groomers that don’t muzzle dogs so that they suffocate during grooming. Katie loves her client’s (the pets!) and she’s an awesome person to get to know.
  12. Discovering, learning and now I’m able to offer a better way to help local businesses improve their online presence, so they will gain the necessary popularity, and finally be able to compete with their competition, just like big companies can. All without breaking their budget to get there!

Okay, now it’s your turn. So… what are you thankful for?

What Are You Thankful For?

Let me know in a comment below. I’d love to learn what all that you are thankful for.

Credit for Header: Lemons Image by S. Hermann / F. Richter from Pixabay

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Given my passion for genealogy, is it any wonder that I eventually wanted to publish my work? Learning to use a personal computer was a natural step once I was introduced it in the 1990s. Then the internet offered a second means to "publish" and now, here I am with a personal blog.

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