Day 50 – It’s Warm!

Today I give thanks for the warm weather we are having.  It’s 6am, and the temperature outside is already 37F.  Not too shabby for January in Massachusetts.

Not something that it’s difficult to be grateful for, but there you go.  Funny thing is, is getting harder and harder to find things that it *is* difficult to be grateful for.  And that’s a good thing.



Day 46 – Last Jedi Redux

Today I give thanks that I’m not going to see “The Last Jedi” – again.

I’m pretty disappointed this time, but once again wisdom and practicality are going to keep me (us) home.

It’s currently -3 outside with a wind chill of -25.  I’m only now starting to get over what I think qualifies as the worst cold (“cold” doesn’t do it justice) I’ve ever had, my sister in law isn’t completely over it either, and my wife is starting to show signs of having her own battle with it.  There are quite a few things that have to get done around the house after all of this time of inactivity.

It’s a freakin’ movie, man.  I’ll see it.  Or I won’t.  I want to, but not as much as I want to heal, not as much as I want my wife and sister in law to heal, and not as much as I want to get back on track with all of the stuff that’s gotten off track over the past few days.

I’m grateful that I’ve got things in my life that are more important than the latest installment of a space opera.


Day 43 – Sickness

Today I give thanks for the illness that has decided to hitch a ride in my body.

I somehow ended up catching a bug, and am starting to feel congested and run down.  But it couldn’t have happened at a better time – the blizzard I wrote about yesterday is heading in, and I’m staying home from work because of it.

It’s a good thing when two things that you didn’t want to happen converge – that way they are both taken care of at the same time, and there’s less on your plate later on.

So I’m grateful for this illness, and for when it happened.



Day 42 – Gratitude for Blizzards

Today I give thanks for the blizzard that’s coming our way.

7-10 inches of snow with winds gusting as high as 60-70 mph.  And it’s right in the middle of when I need to be at work.

So there’s a possible snow day coming, but I haven’t been at the job long enough to have accumulated any significant sick or vacation time to use.  And we’re back to worrying about the car again.

But it does mean I’ll get to hunker down with the Mrs. and her sister, enjoying the show from our comfortable, warm apartment.  That’s something to be grateful for.


Day 37 – Still Working on the Cold

Today I’m (still) grateful that it’s (still) in the single digit temperatures.

I’m grateful for it because it’s teaching me to deal with adversity.  And it’s a pretty minor adversity at that.

Anytime I need to I can get indoors somewhere – which is something that some people don’t have the opportunity to do.  There are literally people sleeping out there right now, which is a horrifying thought.  I’m one of the luckiest people alive to be… alive right now.


Day 35 – Seriously? A 0 Degree Low?

Today I’m grateful for the 13 degrees it is outside – and that the the temperature isn’t expected to climb above freezing for the foreseeable future.

I had a really difficult time with the cold the first year I moved back to New England from Southern California.  I’d constantly have the line from The Mamas and the Papas “California Dreamin'” running through my head – “All the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray.”

Right now, it’s 13 degrees.  It could be 12, or 2, or -12.  There’s something to be grateful for.  Even better – I know that no matter what the temperature, it’s all temporary.  Eventually we’ll end up in a position where we are tilted toward the sun, and it will all be over.

And I’m no longer California Dreamin’.  I’m dreamin’ of loving where I am, and I’m getting better at doing that.  That’s something to be thankful for.



Day 33 – The Weather

Today I’m grateful that I may not be able to see “The Last Jedi” because of the weather.

It’s still up in the air. We are getting a little bit of rain right now which may or may not freeze, then turn into snow.  The theater we are going to is north of here where it is currently snowing.  It’s going to be a last minute decision on whether or not it’s safe enough to take the trip.

There are advantages either way.  If we go, I get to see the latest episode in the Star Wars saga in IMAX 3D.  If we don’t go, I get to spend a nice quiet Christmas at home with Tracy.

I can’t lose either way!  Not a bad deal.

Now that’s something to be thankful for.  Merry Christmas everyone!