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Wednesday's Thanks

Some days it is easy to remember four moments I am thankful for. Today it is hard to keep my commitment to be thankful everyday. Here goes!

1) I am thankful Grandma will be able to get upstairs tonite. She got a good report from the Doctor. Hope she enjoys a good night's sleep.

2) Thankful for my sister-in-law Laurie who was able to take grandma to the geriatric doctor today.

3) Thankful for my good friends Sejal and Stella who I got to talk to. We enjoy sharing stories and laughing together.

4) Thankful that my daughter Liz is feeling better and ate a salad today!

Another tough day and I'm still thankful

My daughter Liz was still feeling lousy. Sometimes I wish I had a magic wand to magically make her feel better. This blog is helping me focus on the good things even when things are difficult. We can not always control what happens, we need to accept situations and think about what options we do have and act to do what can be done.

Here is what gave me a smile today.

1) Watching the joy on a young new student's face plucking violin strings for the first time.

2) Playing fetch with our dog Oreo indoors.

3) I am thankful the Laurie is taking grandma to the doctor tomorrow. Hoping the doctor will come up with a plan to help rehabilitate grandma.

4) Happy that my daughter Liz is realizing how her emotions impact her health. Thankful that this may be the path for her to manage her feelings to stay healthy and be determined to be resilient.

I had a bad day and I am still thankful

My attitude helped me cope with some small mishaps today. My daughter Liz had a stomach virus. My puppy Oreo who has been doing well with his house training had a few accidents today. Mylanta helped and tomorrow is another day. Even on a bad day it was easy to come up with four moments that made me thankful. I am adding a new feature to my blog today sharing thankful quotes. Each week I will feature a new quote that inspires an attitude of gratitude.

1) I am thankful that the temperature was a balmy 68 degrees for a November day.

2) I am thankful that I am playing the Nutcracker with the South Shore Symphony. Tonight was my first rehearsal and I really love playing this timeless music.

3) This is the first year I am playing the first violin part for the Nutcracker. The melodies are beautiful and I will need to practice.

4) I am thankful that my daughter Becky had a safe trip back to Pitt!

12 Days of Sharing Thanks

It's been 12 Days since I started this blog. I am proud that even on the busiest days I can still find time to write about four things I am grateful for. Today is Sunday and the last day of our Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

1) Grateful for having a fun movie afternoon with both of my daughters. We all love the movies and we got to see "Hugo" today. "Hugo" is astounding visually. We saw it in 3D which I recommend for watching this wonderful film which was inspiring. Add a star if you love the cinema and film history.

2) Another beautiful warm weather day here. I have been exploring dog friendly parks in my area. Went to the small dog run at Cedar Creek Park in Wantagh. Oreo had fun running around.

3) Thanks to Liz for giving Oreo a bath after the dog park.

4) Grateful we had a nice family dinner out before my daughter Becky goes back to college tomorrow. Went to the Outback, good food and good conversation with my daughters and husband.

Thanks for a lazy Saturday

Today was a day to relax!! My whole family hit the snooze button and slept really late. I got up the earliest at 10:00 am. We all need to just relax sometimes and enjoy a slower pace. Here are my thanks dedicated to being a little lazy.

1) Thanks for a good night's sleep and being able to stay in bed to 10:00 am.

2) Thanks for a beautiful warm sunny day. It felt like 60 which is warm for November and makes up for the Halloween snow storm.

3) Had a nice lunch with my daughter Liz today. We went to Bertucci's one of our favorite family italian restaurants. They make the best fresh rolls ever. We enjoyed sharing a chicken parmigiana lunch entree.

4) Thanks to my sister-in-law Ginny. We had a nice time talking on the phone catching up for an hour.

Hope you enjoyed some lazy moments to relax today.

Black Friday Gratitude!

I have been enjoying black Friday more as a family day than a shopping day. I did need to go to Walmart around 10:00 am to get some dish washing soap. By 10:00 am the crowds were not so bad. I managed to shop for one Christmas present and be home by 11:30 am. It's been my tenth day of sharing thanks. I am finding this practice to be helpful because it lets me focus on the good in everyday, even on difficult days.

1) My husband and college daughter went out at midnight to Macy's in Roosevelt Field. My daughter loves shoes and was able to buy some nice boots for $24.00 with her own money.

2) Thanks to my family for inviting us for a roast beef dinner tonight. It was delicious and although I love turkey it was nice not to have turkey today.

3) Thanks for another family fun game night. After dinner we played some fun family games. My parents had an old Password game. My daughter's enjoyed playing this game. So nice to have an electronics free evening.

4) Thanks to my sister-i…

Thanksgiving Thanks

It's Thanksgiving! This year we had a Davidson Thanksgiving. Next year it will be a Reyer Thanksgiving. This tradition allows us to enjoy the day without traveling too much. I want to thank our hosts, the Aldridges for setting a beautiful table. Here are today's thanks!

1) Thanks to Mary and Ron for making a delicious, beautiful dinner with all of the trimmings.

2) Thanks to the traffic gods who enabled us to cross the George Washington Bridge without too much traffic both ways. This truly is a Thanksgiving miracle.

3) Thanks to my nephews and my daughters, who enjoy playing hearts, and spit. It's amazing how much fun can be had with a simple deck of cards.

4) Thanks for the joy of watching two puppies run around in the backyard. My nephew Brian got a dog named mac, who was leaping like a ballet dancer chasing oreo.

Sharing Thanks on Thanksgiving Eve

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. The rain has subsided and it is a cool brisk night out with some remnant clouds swirling above. Wishing everyone a wonderful thanksgiving with horns of plenty, sharing meals with family and close friends. I love watching the Macy's day parade and having a bagel breakfast! Here are my thanks for today.

1) Thanks to my friend Ellyn who emailed me today and helped me see the value of sharing thanks. I think you may be lucky enough to read some of her posts soon.

2) My daughter Becky came home from college last night. Enjoyed some nice family time today. Lunch at Bertucci's with Becky and my husband who took off from work today.

3) Thanks for Blokus! Our family of four enjoyed playing a few games of Blokus! It's a great game that easy to learn and challenging.

4) Thanks to the kind redcross people who helped my daughter Liz who donated blood for the first time today. She was so proud she could help someone by donating blood.


I am thankful for having a…

Committing to sharing thanks everyday.

I am writing this waiting for my daughter Becky to walk in with my husband. She is coming home from college for Thanksgiving break.

1) I am thankful that my daughter Liz did the dishes for me tonight. Our dishwasher gasped its last breath 2 days after the repairman came.

2) Becky just walked in!

3) Liz's good reportcard!

4) My mom gave me a ride home from work.

Simple reasons to be Thankful

It is amazing how the kindness of strangers can make you thankful. Simple gestures really do add to the quality of all of our lives.

1) Thanks to the two strangers who held the door for me in my travels.

2) Thanks to the friendly cashier at Jake's Outback Burgers who remembered my name and asked me how the burger was.

3) Thanks to the gentleman at the library who told me I should deduct my late library fees off my taxes. (Not sure this is even legal)

4) I am very thankful that my mother-in-law took a few small steps today and thankful to her daughter Laurie who is caring for her.

Thanks for making beautiful music South Shore Symphony

The orchestra I play violin had it's first concert at the new Madison theater at Molloy college. I am dedicating today's thanks to the orchestra.

1) Thanks to Molloy college for building such a beautiful acoustic concert hall.

2) Thanks to a great audience. It was so rewarding to see Piano soloist Karen Baer get a standing ovation tonight.

3) Thanks to our orchestra president Wayne Lipton for all the hardwork he put in to find our orchestra such a wonderful home.

4) Thanks to conductor Scott Wiley for working with our orchestra to bring out the best in us.

Reading O Magazine on a relaxing Saturday

I love a day when I have time to read. There is nothing like a hot cup of tea and a good magazine. I like "O" because each issue is focused on an idea, it is not the typical women's magazine screaming lose more weight and be a gourmet cook.

1) Thankful to read, and to the Nassau county's library digital doorway which lets me download books on my Sony reader for free with my library card. These books are great because they return themselves so I do not have to pay a late fee!

2) Thanks to my husband who fixed our screen door today! I appreciate when he is able to fix something for our house.

3) Thanks to my friends Bika and Sejal. We had a fun lunch at Bertucci's.

4) Thanks to my friend Liz who is a fellow musician and artist who will be blogging sharing her thanks.

Everyone is thankful it's Friday

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Sorry for posting so late today! I am committed to sharing what I am thankful everyday. I am having fun enjoying more moments by just being thankful and focusing on the things that go right.

1) Enjoyed having my favorite Dunkin Donuts ice coffee and the pumpkin muffin after dropping my daughter off to school. They were decorated for thanksgiving. I guess this is one way to cook a turkey!



2) Seeing my daughter come out of school happy. She is a junior in high school and does not know many people at her new school. Today she had the courage to find out #82's name in her English class.

3)Thanks to my good friend Liz, who plays violin in the South Shore Symphony with me. We have a concert at Molloy College at 7:30 pm in a beautiful new concert hall. It is a joy to make music with her with this fantastic community orchestra.

4) I am thankful that my sister-law is living with and caring for my mother-in-law. I pray that my mother-in-law's legs will get stronger so she can move aroun…

Thankful Thursday's with Mom

I am dedicating today's 4 thankful moments to my Mom. My mom enjoys spending time with me on Thursdays. It's a nice way for us to stay close.

1) Thanks to mom who came over to keep me company while I was waiting for the dishwasher repair man. I am thankful that my 16 year old Bosch dishwasher was able to be repaired and is running again.

2) Thanks for taking me out to a delicious lunch at Bertucci's. I had an individual delicious zucchini and broccoli pizza. I am not a vegetarian. I do try to eat meat only once a day to help the planet!

3) My mom loves to organize. Today she brought me some new socks and helped me get rid of all the mismatched socks that seem to collect and multiply in my house!

4) Thanks mom for driving me to my daughter's school. My daughter got her drivers license and had the car and called us to say an engine alert warning light went on. She is a responsible girl, she parked the car and waited for us so we could see if it was safe to drive the car …

Welcome to Sharing Thanks

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. We gather together with our families and friends and enjoy fantastic food. At our family we have a tradition where we go around the table and share what we are thankful for.  Recently I committed to exchanging emails with a very close friend where we share four things that we are thankful for that day. I thought it would give us both some insight on what we value in life and help us focus on the positive aspects of any day.  I love sharing our thanks, I look forward to her emails and it has brought us closer.

I tend to write my short thank you list at night. It gives me a chance to review the joyful moments of the day. It only takes me a few minutes. To write your list do not think to much just jot down the first four things that come to mind.

This blog is dedicated to the idea of sharing just four things that you are thankful for on a daily basis. If you want to join in on the fun for now just use the comment section to do this. I will share my th…