Mystery ~ Romance ~ Adventure
31 Days of Thanks
by Karen Sue Burns on December 2nd, 2014

I've decided to post 31 days of thanks during the month of December 2014. Done! Hello 2015!

Day 31 — I am thankful that tomorrow I will awake on the birth of a new year with good health, my family and friends, my passion for writing, the roof over my head, and my sweet dog, Dexter. Honestly, I couldn’t ask for more.​

Day 30 — I am thankful that I have not given up on my dream of someday becoming a New York Times Best Selling author. As Earl Nightingale said, “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” Amen!

Day 29 — I am thankful I enjoy cooking. One of the nicest things you can do is to cook for someone who you care about. It’s like giving them a gift, made especially by you. I always remember Julia Child’s advice: "With enough butter, anything is good."

Day 28 — I am thankful that I finally read all of Jane Austen’s books in a master’s liberal arts program. Her manuscripts have so many fabulous quotes. This one is from my favorite novel: “Indulge your imagination in every possible flight.” — Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Day 27 — I am thankful for a logical brain that analyzes the facts and a sensitive heart that puts all those facts into perspective. We get one opportunity to live our life. My vow is to deal with it as it is, not how I wish it were.​

Day 26 — I am thankful that I love to challenge my brain even though I make dumb decisions at times. As Forest Gump says, “Stupid is as stupid does.” I suppose that applies to everyone at one point or another. Raise your hand if you’ve never done something that’s simply stupid. As I thought, no hands raised.​

Day 25 — I am thankful for experiencing another Christmas Day and it is a sunny day. Blessed are those who give without remembering
and receive without forgetting.

Day 24 — I am thankful my new grandson came home from the hospital today to enjoy his first Christmas Eve with his family and ALL his Christmas presents. This kid has the timing of an NFL quarterback.

Day 23 — I am thankful for all the websites that have lists of quotes for all occasions … always inspiring. Like this one:  “Some people are always grumbling 
because roses have thorns; 
I am thankful
that thorns have roses.” —Alphonse Karr​

Day 22 — I am thankful for Dr. Patel as he delivered grandson #4 this evening like a charm. A newborn’s first breath is a sight to see and the first cry is one of the most beautiful sounds on the planet.​

Day 21 — I am thankful for music—for bands like The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Chicago, and Santana and artists like Sinatra, Elvis, John Mayer, and Pink. There are so many talented people whose music either soothes or energizes me. Creating music is a talent I do not have. I truly admire those who do have the gift. 

Day 20 — I am thankful that I tend to look at my life and the world around me with the “half-glass full” attitude. Yep, I’m an optimist at heart. Being a pessimist takes too much time and energy. Just sayin’.

Day 19 — I am thankful that my vision hasn’t gotten substantially worse as I’ve gotten older. Still can’t read street signs but it could be so much worse, like driving into road signs​.

Day 18 — I am thankful that I have a good friend who can make me laugh when I’m feeling a bit glum.

Day 17 — I am thankful I finally returned to my creative passion: writing romantic mystery novels. As Julia Child said, “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” Yep, I’m interested all right!

Day 16 — I am thankful for little things. I just bought my first tart pan. I’m so excited! The heroine in my next book, Crazy for Home, makes one (her idea, not mine) so I decided to create a recipe and include it in the book. The tart will include tomato, pancetta, pesto, and cheese. Bon appetit!

Day 15 — I am thankful for the basics. Like the fact I still have good teeth. Life is short so I might as well smile while I have my natural teeth.

Day 14 — I am thankful I switched to Direct TV and more movie channels. I love all the sweet and yes, sometimes cheesy, Christmas movies. They always leave me with a warm fuzzy this time of year.

Day 13 — I am thankful that I love to read and that my life has always been full of books. I can’t imagine my world without them. And how fortunate that writing fiction books is my passion. Win-win, y’all!

​Day 12 — I am thankful that I’m computer literate. Enough said!!

Day 11 — I am thankful for all the online sites where folks post their favorite recipes. My daughter and I are doing a limited version (she’s about to pop grandson #4) of our annual Christmas Cookie Day and I’m making Peppermint Stick Treats using a recipe posted on Facebook.

Day 10 — I am thankful that I’m a CPA, have good ole common sense, and have good radar for BS. Thus, I can pretty much tell when a politician is blowing smoke and saying things that are illogical and “so not true.” Of course, this also applies to customer service reps telling me why my paid warranty doesn’t apply.

Day 9 — I am thankful that my ankle healed after breaking it two years ago, other than osteoarthritis, so that I can take my dog, Dexter, on daily walks. Honestly our walk is the highlight of his day and he shows me his thanks with multiple doggie-kisses when we return home.

Day 8 — I am thankful that I’m not a fan of reality shows on television other than American Idol and Dancing with the Stars. I prefer to watch TV shows with scripts that give real jobs to writers and actors.​

Day 7 — I am thankful that I have no issue with saying “Merry Christmas” rather than the PC “Happy Holidays.” Honestly, have a glass of wine or a beer, talk to your neighbor, and just chill. Political correctness is so last month.

Day 6 — I am thankful that I have a good sense of humor and can laugh at the dumbest things. After all, laughing is and will always be, the best form of therapy.

Day 5 — I am thankful that I love dogs. I adopted Dexter from the Houston Humane Society in June. He’d been picked up as a stray on the streets of Houston and had been at the shelter for six weeks. Honestly, rescue dogs are the absolute best. They love you as much as you love them.

Day 4 — I am thankful that I have an analytical and creative brain and that I’m financially literate. I’ve always been a good planner and it allowed me to retire two years early after forty years of working at the day job. Planning now? . . . not so much. I just wing it these days.

Day 3 — I am thankful I have a nice roof over my head and a good furnace. By the way, what is wrong with the weather? The temperature has been cold along the Texas Gulf Coast. I thought global-warming was heating us all up.

Day 2 — I am thankful for my family. I have wonderful kids and adorable grandchildren. I pray I will live long enough to hold a great-grandchild in my arms. Wow, that will be so cool! Of course, will I use the word “cool” then?

Day 1— I am thankful for my health. I’ve had two cancer scares, breast and thyroid, and both turned out okay. I do not assume this will be the case forever and until that stressful day rises on the horizon, I am grateful for each healthy day.

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