One of the things I look forward to in November are the daily ‘thankful for’ posts on social media. To clarify, I don’t make those posts, I’ve never done the daily thankful posts, but I do look forward other people’s. It’s neat to see what people are appreciating in life, and what they deem post worthy. Reading the posts also helps me to reflect on what I’m thankful for. If you are one of those who practices this tradition, keep it up! You’re snowballing thankfulness! So, in the spirit of November and purposefully thinking about gratitude I thought I’d share with you what’s at the top of my ‘thankful’ list today.
Today in the US another big election has rolled around, but if you are here reading this blog you likely know as it’s hard to avoid on any social media outlet. If you’re in another country I just want to apologize for the absolute bullying that you’ve had to witness, we aren’t all like that I promise. That’s all I’m going to say about that… It’s easy to forget that once upon a time females were not able to cast their votes, in fact it was less than 100 years ago that we received the right to line up at the polls. Each time I cast my ballot I think of the people who came before me who fought for me to have that right. I wish I could thank them personally. I hope they knew they were doing something monumental when they were fighting that fight and were able to take pride in it. The second thing I’m thankful for with relation to voting is the mail-in (without any questions asked) ballot. As a chronically ill person I couldn’t get out to the polls this year and it was nice to be able to tackle the decisions one-by-one in the comfort of my own home. It gave me time to really think things through, to stop when I needed, and to not have to experience being physically taxed at the polls. Despite any outcomes today, I remain thankful for the opportunity to have my voice heard, especially as a disabled woman.
As I’m sure you all do, I have an infinite list of things I’m thankful for, but I’m not going to bore you to tears with all that. I do want to add that I’m incredibly thankful that when a deer decided to run across the freeway in front of my son on Saturday night, while my son was driving about 65 mph, that he had the quick reflexes to slam on his breaks and that his car handled as well as it did. Sadly, the deer did not clear the front of his car, and the impact did render his car undrivable, but my son walked away without a physical scratch. As an animal lover, he was very shaken. It’s heart wrenching to have something like that happen but hopefully he knows there wasn’t anything more he could have done. You can still see on the freeway where he skidded for a longtime trying desperately to avoid what happened. It could have gone a million other worse ways, instead his car is waiting to be fixed and he is Ubering to work. Oh, that reminds me, if you drive and have car insurance make sure you have the option to have them supply you with a rental for free if you are ever in an accident. I thought that was standard, apparently, it’s not. Life is difficult enough, especially with a chronic illness, but these things remind you not only that things could be worse in the blink of an eye, but also to be thankful for what is, vs. what could have been.
I’m pretty wiped out today, my head is a fuzzy mess so I’m going to wrap up here. If you have been following along recently, my cold/flu/yuck has made its final departure (yay!) and my back is better than it was. So those are things I’m thankful for as well. Currently awaiting labs, hoping the addition of spinach, broccoli, bone broth, black strap molasses, and liquid iron are going to pull up my iron levels. I’ll let you know what happens next week. In case you’re wondering the doctor did try to convince me to get an infusion of iron but even low does liquid iron comes with significant side effects (extreme vertigo and a myriad of other stuff) for me, to the point that I can only take it every few days, so I’m trying to tackle the anemia in other ways. A girl can dream right? Keep you fingers crossed for/with me!
My latest little doodles below as I continue to follow along with the daily prompts on World Watercolor Group. Thank you for stopping by, I’d love to hear what you are thankful for, and hoping the rest of the week treats you kindly. 🌻