I'm Grateful For . . .
A blogging buddy wrote a list last week of what she was grateful for and suggested it as a topic for her fellow bloggers. Sounds good to me with Thanksgiving approaching. I'll take a shot here.
But I think I'll shorten my list so I can give a bit more detail. And I'll exclude some of the more obvious blessings that people are generally thankful for--family, friends, life, health, home, God, church, and that all important job.
Some things I've been grateful for lately:
FREE INTERNET WEBSITES: Didn't somebody say the best things in life are free? I can look up pretty much anything on Google, Yahoo and Wikipedia. I trade pictures with friends on Facebook, tell my life's stories on Blogger, and play my favorite music on YouTube. And there's still so much more out there.
MY SCHWINN BICYCLE: I don't mind spending a couple hours on a pleasant summer morning driving around the city on my bicycle. It's relaxing, I occasionally can spot and pick up a dime or quarter, and it scores brownie points with my doctor. When I was a kid, riding a bike felt like being a cowboy on a pony. Sometimes it still feels like that.
MICHIGAN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: No offense to southern or western states, but there's nothing tastier in my book than a Michigan apple. Wendy and I discovered a fruit farm nearby that's open almost till Christmas. We bought a peck of McIntosh a couple weeks ago and I honestly can't remember having an apple so tasty and juicy. And it's going into the Thanksgiving stuffing Wendy's making on Thursday too. Michigan corn and tomatoes rank high on my tastemeter as well.
SCIENCE FICTION MOVIES: Not long ago I was browsing the DVD shelves at Best Buy and came across the movie Battle in Outer Space. That set off a light bulb upstairs. I had been looking for that movie for a while since I had determined that it was the first sci-fi movie I had even seen at the local theatre, when I was about seven or so. Going to the movies on Sunday became a regular affair and most often the movie was horror or science fiction epic. I still enjoy the genre today, having just seen most recently the movies 2012 and Planet 51.
WRITTEN MEMORIES: I've kept track of my comings and goings now for better than 20 years, in scrapbooks, journals, e-mails, etc. Many of these I still have stuffed away in a notebook somewhere. Reading back through these, I can recall for my wife what our children were doing on a particular day 20 years ago. Or what restaurant we ate at when we went to Alabama ten years ago.
BLOG COMMENTS: Of course, I read and enjoy all the comments I receive. I've always thought blogging buddies as a rule are as sympathetic and supportive a group as you'll find in life. But I also enjoy the occasional blog comment I find on an older blog that I've forgotten about. Some blog surfer within the past couple days came across an old blog from four months back where I talked about sampling food borne of my Polish heritage. They responded with a comment about some czarnina they sampled at a cafe near Buffalo, New York. And I was grateful that they had shared that.
Finally, I'm grateful that I don't have to cook the turkey this week. Wife Wendy is handling that. But I am doing my share of cleaning for the company to arrive.