Thanksgiving is coming up so I thought I would post something I am grateful for each day this month.  Last week was a crazy week, so I didn’t get to start on the first therefore I have a little catching up to do.  Here goes… (prompts are from textmyjournal.com)

Day 1: What smell are you grateful for today?

I am forever indebted to the smell of peppermint.  I used to get migraines daily in my mid-20’s to early 30’s.  I saw a specialist that helped me figure out triggers from food to stress to smells.  He also had me see a biofeedback therapist to help me learn to relax my muscles and my mind.  We found a medication that worked, but also things to do when I felt a migraine coming on.  One of those things was smelling or eating strong peppermints.  Just doing that one little thing has helped me so many times.  So I am truly thankful for the smell of peppermint.  It has become a smell that can instantly bring a smile to my face and a feeling of ease.

Day 2: What technology are you grateful for?

There are so many to choose from nowadays, but I think the thing that is a lifesaver for me right now is my phone.  As I have mentioned before, I am constantly tired and that tiredness often leads to forgetfulness.  I have recently started programming reminders with alarms so that I don’t forget the important things like paying bills, moving the car every 3rd Monday so I don’t get a ticket, doctor appts, etc.  I get so frustrated when I forget things.  It has truly been a blessing to be able to use the Reminders App even though sometimes the alarms are a little irksome because there are days I feel like the alarms are sounding off way to much, but ultimately they are worth it for the stress relief they provide in not forgetting.

Day 3: What color are you grateful for?

This was a hard one because I love colors each for so many different reasons, but as I cycled through those reasons the one color that came up the most was Yellow.  Yellow makes me think of the sunflowers my Grandma and I saw all summer long driving all over Oklahoma and Kansas.  I remember watching that little Yellow Pacman as my Dad raced him around on the screen gobbling up pellets and ghosts beating level after level.  As a kid, I always drew sunshines everywhere, but I remember the really big one I once drew because I drew it on the wall.  My sister and I drew all over the wall one day when no one was paying attention to us.  We covered an entire wall with a doodles and scribbles.  Our brothers were supposed to be watching us and ended up having to wash and eventually repaint the wall for their negligence.  Sunshines also make me think of the last present I made for my Granny before she passed away last year.  I painted her a sunshine and sang “You are my sunshine” in the recording button attached to the back.  When we were homeless, we lived in a little Yellow hatchback.  I’ll never forget that car.  I saw one the other day and couldn’t believe there were any still in existence.  Lastly, one of my favorite desserts is lemon meringue pie.  Mmmmm…
Day 4: What food are you most grateful for?

I love food.  One look at me and you’ll know that.  I have more than my share of weight around the middle.  I love trying new foods not only in new restaurants, bakeries, etc, but also in my own kitchen.  Cooking and baking is a stress reliever except when I don’t feel good or am too tired.  The one food that has always been there for me is saimin.  I know.  It’s not the best thing to eat, but when I was a starving college student it was there.  And now when I am just completely exhausted, I know I always have enough energy to throw some water in a pot and make some saimin.  I sometimes even feel up to adding scrambled egg, mushrooms, green onions, and spam or rotisserie chicken. Those little packages of noodles have kept me going for many years now.

Day 5: What sound are you grateful for today?

I am grateful for the sound of my husband singing.  He has such a beautiful singing voice.  Hearing him sing whether it be in the car singing along to the radio or at karaoke where he is a rock star, always brings a smile to my face and sometimes even tears to my eyes.  His voice is beautiful.  He’s not the only one in the family either.  His sister has a beautiful voice too.  She sings in Gladys Knights choir, Saints Unified Voices.  We went to see them perform once when they traveled to California.  It was an amazing evening.

Day 6: What in nature are you grateful for?

I wrote about this one in yesterday’s post Sunday Trees – 260.  I am grateful for trees.  Click on the link to see why 🙂

Day 7: What memory are you grateful for?

Ugh, talk about a difficult question.  There are so many memories floating around in my brain, but since I am currently writing, the one that stands out the most is the first story I wrote with my Dad.  It was about animals.  He helped me keep the story going by throwing ideas at me and I would expand on them until I would get stuck.  He was the first one to encourage me to write.  I’ll be forever grateful.

And now I am caught up and will continue with the challenge daily.  This was a lot harder than I thought it would be, but also a good reminder about everything I have and/or have experienced to get me where I am today.  I can’t wait to see what else these questions bring to mind.

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