Thankfully thankful

Hello there, you made it to Thursday and that it something to be thankful for, right? Every once and a while I see a #thankfulthursday post and I think I want to do a list of things I am thankful for one of these days. I have already revised my “bucket List” a few times so, that is still a work in progress. On this Thursday, June 25, 2020, it is uncomfortably warm in the valley and the air is thick with smoke from a fire in Thermal. Feels like a normal summer day around here, really. Oh yeah, here is a little music for my list:

It’s not a full song but Natalie is so happy, her joy is contagious!
My absolute favorite song of hers! The words….I have probably sang this song at the over 50 karoake bars and in 3 states…oh my…so sorry people!!!

Little back story about me and my infatuation with Natalie Merchant. She came into my life in the 90s. I was a young mother and juggling a new family. The boys fatherliked to tease me every chance he got. When ever any Natalie Merchant song came on and I would start singing and he would say “Who sings this song?” and I would exclaim, “You know! Natalie Merchant!” Like, duh! He would shoot back without missing a beat, “Let’s keep it that way.” Me, I would sing louder. (it is that little sister thing.) Anyhow, on to my list of things I am thankful for and not in order of importance or that I am even listening everything. You never know, I may do another list or lists.


  1. Lars Leksell – He is a Swedish professor who had no idea that after he died in 1986, the work that he did creating the Leksell Gamma Knife, gave me GRAVY. What is gravy? Any extra hour, day, moment, year past my life expectancy after my stroke from an arterio venous malformation at 21. I am now 50. He saved countless lives, I am just one of them.

2. My family – This means ALL of them. Even the sister that doesn’t speak to me. I think of them all every day. My mind is not what it used to be, and my memory is not as sharp so I go through photos and go over stories to keep them in my mind until I can get them written down. Hopefully, after I am gone my kids will have a better picture from the pictures…

3. My neurosurgeon and pain management physicians. Thank you for not dismissing my symptoms.

4. My surgery (lumbar laminectomy) – I now have a waist that I didn’t have before. If I could just stop with the Krispy Kreme addiction. Apple Bottom Jeans, here I come!!!

5. Youtube – Too many reasons to list. However, on the same token, Youtube would also make the list of top 5 “time-suckers”. (see Apple Bottom Jeans video link above.)

6. I can still walk, and dance and have sex and laugh and play!!! Yes, I still have pain, every day and all day, but I drown it out like the buzz in my ear.

7. I can still feel pain!!! I know this sucks, but pain is a reminder that you can still feel at least for me. It also lets me know when I need to slow down or change directions and such. I use it as a guide.

8. Free will – I am ever so thankful that I and you and she and he over there has free will to do and think, but only if they choose. Remember, following is choice. My Dad used to tell us, “The only things that are certain that you will do your in life (in order to live) “Eat, sleep, shit and die.” Okay so he was no Khalil Gibran or who is this ANON (only joking…ha ha!!!)

9. Cooking – I can still whip up stuff like back in the day. I may not return to work as chef again but have a renew interest as I had forgotten how relaxing and how much fun it is.

10. Virtual Meetings – Having this blog has been an eye opening experience. I have virtually “met” some very cool people from all of the globe. It makes the world not seem so small. I still shy away from Zoom or anything that has to do with facetime and such as I really am critical of how I look and sound. I am slowly getting over that by using my IG stories and posting photos of me occasionally.

11. Hubby – Hubby, all day and every day! I know this is going to suck to hear but almost 30 years ago, the boys Dad and I met with Father Brian who was giving us counseling regarding our upcoming marriage. We were in classes preparing for a Catholic marriage and I even went to Right of Catholic Initiation of Adults (catechism) so I would be all adult and ready for marriage. Father Brian asked an important question, “If the house is on fire, who will you save first?” Me, I blurted the kids and their Dad also said the same. Wrong answer. The Father went on to explain that marriage is a contract between man and women to protect each other, first and fore most. Why, because, then if you, Mom and Dad, help save each other first, then they our better equipped to help save more lives (our kids) or something to that affect. It always stuck with me. I asked myself that question over and over through out our time together and it was always the same. I loved their Dad but I would have saved them, the children, first. Now, if asked the same question, I would save Hubby and without a doubt he would save me right back and then we would work together to help those needing to be saved, our 7 children. I did become Episcopalian after I was denied completion of the RCIA while at the Rite of Election ceremony because I was living in “sin”. That is just a whole ‘nother story…

What are you thankful for today or ever? What is the thing that makes you rub your belly or close your eyes and smile remembering the good feelings.

Thank you, dear reader, for stopping by for the visit! Where ever you are going or what ever you are doing, have a nice day. Hugs and be well.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. blackandwhite1987 says:

    Many things to be thankful for. I may have a go at this πŸ™‚ famtastic

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ye


      Yes, please do! Have fun with it! πŸ™‚

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      1. blackandwhite1987 says:

        Thank you πŸ™‚


  2. blackandwhite1987 says:

    Thank you πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Beautifully written! β™₯️!

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    1. Thank you for the kind compliment! Be safe and well πŸ™‚

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      1. Yes thnxx!!β™₯️

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  4. nicely done Art of the Beat……rise higher…it’s a beacon call….

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    1. Thank you Sophia! Yes, something to work on daily, like practice πŸ™‚ Have a beautiful day and be safe and well.


  5. morishige says:

    I’m thankful that I read this post! πŸ˜€

    By the way, I love the photo of the sax player!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. AJo!

    Terima kasih πŸ™‚


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