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Thankful Thursday

Today I am thnkful for/that:
  1. Those who think of everything that could possibly go wrong...and then think of preventative solutions (you know who you are). That second part there is the key to making one a great asset rather than a kill joy.

  2. Bird song. I don't know if it's me or the birds but they sound happier and louder than they have in years.

  3. Frolicking at the park with the kids.

  4. Spring blooms.

  5. Friends.

  6. All those who lend a helping hand to their fellow man, not for gain, not for fame, not so they can get up on a soap box and admonish others, but because it is the right thing to do.

What are you thankful for?


  1. Church members who bring over meals. Not sure how we'd live without them.

  2. My wife. She is really a good woman and she has my back. During the house sale prep, new to us home prep, and stay at home duties, she has come through like a champ. All men should be as lucky.


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