November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks for You

On this day of Thanksgiving,
I give thanks for each of you.
I give thanks for...
each person
each family member
each pet
each friend
and yes...
for each foe.
Every one of you have left your footprints
in the grains of sand of my lifetime.

Thanksgiving Day, November 24th, 2011

November 22, 2011

Week of Giving Thanks

TODAY: I give thanks for today ... I give thanks for each sunrise being the blessing of a fresh start in the race of life and for each sunset holding the promise of sweet dreams to be fulfilled ... tomorrow.

WORK: Job-related, my schedule slimmed down to 3 days off, leaving me more time to concentrate on making money with my creative endeavors, online and offline. And, since I won't be working early Sunday mornings, I'll now be able to attend Church services on Saturday evenings. Looking forward to attending the healing and recovery service offered at a local church--invited by a regular customer from work, who is pastor of the church.

HOUSEMATE: Grateful to Scott for all he does to encourage and support me in all that I do. He's a great friend, one whom I give thanks for every day. He has taught me so much about friendship and compassion for others.

FAMILY: My cousin Marsha and her husband, Larry, were thinking of me and how I would be spending my Thanksgiving this year since my Aunt Martha Bell (Marsha's mom) passed away. They stopped by my job to visit me to let me know I was on their mind. How kind!

WEATHER: Still no first snow! There's an autumn chill in the air, as well as a few raindrops falling, but no white stuff is sweet sunshine to me!

LOVE: I am thankful for the gift of loving and being loved. Thankful even for lost loves of my life, for without the love each shared with me a different person I might be.

SLEEP: Insomnia attacks allowed me extra time for creativity this past week. But, a good night of sleep last night has me energized for a day of productivity, too. Dreams being fulfilled with or without sleep!

Day 16 through Day 22

November 15, 2011

I Give Thanks for the WWW and for the Child Within

Earlier today, I began searching online for posters on the topic of traditional poetry. From website to website I searched. I found quite a few that applied. More importantly, I was once again reminded to enjoy the journey moreso than the destination.

My topic search landed me on the Child's Heart poster by Peter Frederick. Upon further investigation, I learned the quote on the art print was by one of my favorite authors, Kahlil Gibran.


I am ever so thankful for this computer that allows a wide world to be accessed by my fingertips.

And today, I give thanks for childhood memories of people, places, and things; for the knowledge today's world wide web brings.

I give thanks, for I have enjoyed the journey.

The spirit of the child within lives on in the places of the past where I have found joy. And I avow to create more places of enjoyment upon which my soul shall land.

November 14, 2011

Motivational Floral Trio

Giving Thanks Challenge
Days 12, 13, and 14

I ran across this lovely trio of florals and knew I would share them with you, giving thanks for 3 days, their beauty to behold. These posters will make a great grouping on the wall in my office library.

(Unframed posters are 8" by 20")

Where there is LoveWisdom BeginsBehold this Day

November 11, 2011

Salute of Thanks for Veterans

Regardless of my thoughts and feelings of war (that which I abhor) today is Veterans Day in the USA, and it is the veterans of yore for whom my salute soars...

Nature - American Eagle

Sharing with you a poem I wrote years ago, inspired by a painting I saw online of a mother and child opening a trunk at the foot of a bed which held the memory of a veteran of war...

I Salute
©Ruth Cox

You were there the wondrous day
Upon which I was born,
But you weren’t able to stay,
And from my life you were torn.

Momma holds me ever so tight
As we open up the trunk.
We read the letter every night
About how the ship was sunk.

Your photo catches the tears
Fallen from a loved one’s eye.
Etched into glass are the fears
Of loss we’ll forever cry.

Momma reads aloud by my side
Old news of the war at end,
I wear your jacket with pride,
Life and liberty you did defend.

I listen to what I am told
Of honor held in your heart,
For me the stories are gold,
And from them I’ll never part.

I celebrate the day of my birth,
My moment in time with you.
For all that to me you are worth
I salute our red, white and blue.

Salute a Soldier today.
And pray...
God Bless the USA!

Giving Thanks Challenge
Veterans Day

November 10, 2011

Art and Sol

Giving Thanks Challenge
Day 9 and Day 10

I am thankful for...

the heART and SOuL of LOVE

Design on ceramic tile, framed in cherrywood.
Created by and available for purchase at abitosunshine.

And I am thankful for my online friendship with artist Billy Frank Alexander and the use of his "heartwork".

November 8, 2011

Happy 2nd Anniversary to my Son

Giving Thanks Challenge
Day 8
Dedicated to my Son

You see, yesterday my son celebrated 2 years clean and sober! And for that, this momma stands tall and proud as she whispers praises to the sun above ... Thank you, God!

I share with you a poetic creation, first posted in August of 2009 ... and now, my son's "spray o' tomorrows beckon forevermore" ... One day at a time!

I pray that whatever in life you seek you shall find
I pray that wherever you go, whatever you do,
That you'll never doubt that you are always on my mind
And you'll never forget that your mother loves you.

November 7, 2011

Serendipity and Relaxation

Giving Thanks Challenge
Day 6 and Day 7
I have a ritual of a statement I speak aloud immediately upon arising on Sunday mornings: Good morning, Lord. Today is YOUR day, as well as SUNday ... and always, I make it a day blessed with a bit o' sunshine!

These days, Mondays are a day off from my job. I force myself to remember to enJOY the day by adding relaxation into the mix of things to do.

November 5, 2011

Health and Happiness

Giving Thanks Challenge
Day 4 and Day 5
Both health and happiness are but a state of being, just as is the gift of thanksgiving. I give thanks for the fact that I hold my future in my hands and I can always find a moment of happiness to be thankful for and I can always do that which is necessary to maintain a healthy attitude of gratitude.

Health & Happiness

November 3, 2011

Giving Thanks Day 3

Giving Thanks Challenge - Day 3

I give thanks for my Avon lady friend!

She made my day when she dropped off my order at work today. I love little gifts just for me that I purchase from my Avon lady.

Today's gift to myself was the Avon Holiday Spice Hand Gift Set. It's pretty, practical, and scented deliciously! 

It makes good sense to spend a few good cents on good scents just for me!

November 2, 2011

Giving Thanks Day 2

I am giving thanks to the wee guest who made my day when she used ketchup (as a wee one would say) to leave me a note on her plate...

As a server, this is one of the best tips I could receive from a guest! And, it means I must have performed my part in the company's mission statement quite well... "Constantly to serve our patrons the highest quality burgers and shakes along with extending them great service at the lowest possible prices."

Giving Thanks Challenge - Day 2

November 1, 2011

Giving Thanks Day 1

Giving Thanks Challenge — Day 1

Today, I give thanks to Leah of South Breeze Farm, the inspiration for a month of giving thanks daily. I look forward to showing my appreciation for all things, big and small, throughout the month of November.

Leah, I would also like to snailmail you my card of appreciation, so please email me with your snailmail address.

Accept the Giving Thanks Challenge 2011

It is the 1st of November, 2011 and once again I have been given the opportunity to give thanks each day in November by accepting the Giving Thanks Challenge hosted by Leah of South Breeze Farm. This is my second year of participating in the challenge, although this is the 5th year Leah has offered up the challenge.

Last year I posted my daily thankfulness in one blog post, just adding to my Giving Thanks Challenge post each day. This year, I am going to share my gratitude in daily blog posts, so that I may discuss in greater detail the object of my thankfulness, if I feel the need to do so.

As Leah says, "I'd like to encourage all of you to join me for the 5th Annual Giving Thanks Challenge! All you have to do is post one thing you're thankful for each day somewhere on your blog. It doesn't even have to be an actual thought-out post. Just start making a list on your sidebar if you want - somewhere you can see it every day to encourage an attitude of thankfulness."

Of course, snag the button and link from Leah, and remember to link your blog up with Leah's Let The Challenge Begin post. I plan to show my gratitude for the challenge by doing my part in visiting those bloggers who link up with the challenge, as well as to those of you who leave comments on my daily giving thanks posts.

Are you up for the Giving Thanks Challenge? There are thirty (30) days in the month of November, giving us thirty (30) ways to share our gratitude. Let us know if you have accepted the challenge!

I will be posting my Day 1 of giving thanks shortly. For those who don't want to miss my daily posts, I encourage you to...

Thank You!