November is a time for being thankful. For me, not only is November the month we celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday, it is also my birthday month. This November I turn 67 years old and I still can’t believe it. When I was 5 years old, I accidentally drank DDT poisoning and wasn’t expected to survive. I did. Also, in 1985 I was diagnosed with lupus and my doctor told me I had about five years to live. I didn’t believe him, never took any of the medications he prescribed and when I was re-diagnosed in 1993, I was told all traces of lupus were non-existent. There are no explanations for any of my ‘recoveries’. Just my belief that I am on this earth for a reason. I still haven’t figured that out yet.
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1. A new friend. The neighbor two doors down from me, is an elderly man who lives alone with his daughter. She works during the day and the gentlemen is alone most of the day. I made it a point to introduce myself to him, have daily conversations and share some time together with him each day. I consider him my new friend.
2. Something shiny. My new, blue, cast iron Dutch oven. Love it!
3. Someone unexpected. Last month, on October 24th, I was having the most awful morning ever. Most of it was spent on the phone fighting with companies that either didn’t credit my accounts properly, overcharged me, overbilled me or just plain ignored me altogether. By noon time, I was frazzled. Just when I thought I was going to explode, I got an email from my oldest daughter, telling me she loved me. It was her birthday and she received all my gifts and called to say ‘Thank You’ and that she loved me very much. Le sigh.
4. Something ordinary. Each and every morning, my husband (when home) has a fresh cup of coffee waiting for me when I wake up naturally. No alarm clocks here.
5. A person you have known for a long time. I’ve been friends with my BFF for FIFTY (50) YEARS!! We see each other a few times during the year but now, since she is also moving down to Florida, we will see each other every month. We text/email each other a few times during the week.
6. Somewhere you go everyday. That would be a special place in my bedroom where I kneel each and every night and pray. I have my rosary beads (that my sister bought me, blessed by the Pope, when she visited The Vatican in Rome Italy several years ago)
7. Someone who’s taught you something. That would be my boss, who was the smartest man I ever met. He was the mastermind of his billion dollar company and actually looked like a 40ish John F. Kennedy (JFK). He was brilliant and taught me how to succeed in business and successfully sue anyone who stood in my way. He died a few years ago. He was only 66 years of age. Hillary and Bill Clinton flew in for his funeral. Hillary gave his eulogy.
8. A far-away place. That would be the home town of my father. He was born in a small fishing village nestled along the Adriatic Sea in Italy. When I die, I want to be cremated and my ashes strewn about the beach where my father played as a child. (I’ve visited his hometown many times).
9. Something that is saving your life right now. Try as I might, I have high cholesterol, regardless of how well I eat. So, I am actually, faithfully taking Crestor each and every day.
10. Someone you see every day. Normally, I would say my husband BUT he is back working on a project again and has been flying about the midwest quite a lot lately. So, I would have to say my dog. She truly is my best companion right now and is doing her utmost to protect me while hubby is away.
12. Someone female. That would be my sister! We’re inseparable.
13. A special place. My husband and I hike Lake Minnewaska, up in the Hudson Valley NY, each and every year. At the base of the mountain is a little German/Dutch restaurant that has great beer and great bratwurst. A perfect end to our perfect day of hiking.
14. Someone male. Other than my husband of 36 years, whom I adore, I’m admiring our co-Board Administrator. He is a CPA and is magnificent when it comes to good money management. I could listen to him rattle off numbers from spreadsheets all day long.
15. Something warm. I’d have to say sunny, Sun Coast Florida. We’ve been wintering in Florida for decades but these last few years it’s been more than the usual two weeks in February. Now, we officially own a condo and I haven’t felt a cold snowflake in two years! I’ve been on an ‘Endless Summer’ since 2014 and it feels terrific!