November 25, 2011

Friday Fives: Counting My Blessings

Weirdos that we are, we Canadians like to contain our pumpkiny holidays to the month of October (though as far as I'm concerned, every day should be a celebration of the pumpkin). Since it's Thanksgiving weekend in the States, I thought a little 'counting my blessings' was in order (NB: I posted this for our Thanksgiving, but I figured I might as well post it again).

"Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel." 
~ Author Unknown ~

There are a lot of things that I am fortunate to have but sadly I don't spend enough time being grateful for them. Chief among these are:

1)  Family:  
a) The one I was born into - all weird and wacky, but wonderful in their own way.

b)  My husband (aka the family I made for myself) - an immensely supportive and all around great human being and also my best friend.
In case you don't recognize it, this is what happy looks like.
c) Our kitties (aka our fuzzy babies):  These little critters alternately drive me bonky and give me the warm fuzzies. They provide me with all kinds of love, cuddles, and pure entertainment. On occasion I have been known to dress Pete up in clothes. Big surprise: she's never thrilled.
Pete (actually a "she") and Puck (who has lived up to his
name in so many mischievous and trouble-making ways).

2)  Food, Shelter, & Good Health:  An obvious one but seriously, in this world and in these economic times, I can't say 'thank you' enough for something that I very regularly take for granted. There but for the grace of God go I, and what not.

3)  Books:  Books, books, and more books. But most of all, the ability to access and actually read them. There are many places in this world where this is not the case, so I consider myself lucky.

4)  Mounties, Maple Syrup, and Sidney Crosby:  Say what? All things Canadian (along with Nickelback, Celine Dion and the Biebs, but we don't like to talk about them). I'm fortunate to come from a country that values FREEDOM on so many levels. Not only this, but I'm grateful that I live somewhere where I am largely free from harm or persecution. I may wish sometimes that I was born somewhere cooler (not temperature-wise, believe me), but ultimately I'm pretty proud and thankful to be Canadian (and that's not at all a slight in any way to the many other wonderful countries in this world).

A tribute to the great relationship between Canada 
and the United States. Thank you, Tom Brokaw.

5)  You!:  I'm grateful for the many people I've stumbled across on the blogosphere, including you. The encouragement, the tips, the insight - it's irreplaceable. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~ 


  1. I don't remember if I commented on this the first time you posted it, but what the heck! Good list. Canada is certainly an interesting place. Coming from the UK and now being an American, the one time I visited Canada, it felt like I was on the intersection of both worlds--there was something British/European about it, and something American about it. Of course, had I stayed longer, I probably would have discovered more of what makes Canada uniquely Canada, but all I can say is that I've known lots of really nice Canadians and we should be thankful for our northern neighbo(u)rs. :D

  2. How about Jason Pominville or Derek Roy instead of Sid? (Can you tell I married a Buffalonian? I'm actually writing this from the Buffalo airport.). Both of those guys are darn fine hockey players and, Mr. S. informs me, Canadian. Love me some Buffalo Sabres. Aside from that small detail, your list is a lot like mine, down to the kitty!

  3. Cute photo! I love that quote about preventing the unraveling of blessings with thankfulness.


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