It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Chapter 11, Page 22, Book 14

Be grateful for the kindly friends that walk along your way;  
Be grateful for the skies of blue that smile from day to day;  
Be grateful for the health you own, the work you find to do,  
For round about you there are men less fortunate than you.

Be grateful for the growing trees, the roses soon to bloom, 
The tenderness of kindly hearts that shared your days of gloom; 
Be grateful for the morning dew, the grass beneath your feet,
The soft caresses of your babes and all their laughter sweet.

Acquire the grateful habit, learn to see how blest you are, 
How much there is to gladden life, how little life to mar!
And what if rain shall fall today and you with grief are sad;
Be grateful that you can recall the joys that you have had.

Edgar Guest  

Being grateful for the joys we have had in our lives, makes getting through the tough times much easier.  That is one reason I try to celebrate every day and make some new memories to have in my storage bank of joyful days.

Every day may not be a good one but there is something good to be found in every day!

Today I’m Thankful for :

2243. for family to visit and a trip to take today
2244. for DD and her hubby who will give me a ride, once again
2245. for DS#6 and his wife who will be our hosts today

Friday, November 21, 2014

Chapter 11, Page 21, Book 14

You cannot be grateful and bitter.
You cannot be grateful and unhappy.
You cannot be grateful and without hope.
You cannot be grateful and unloving.
So just be grateful.

Author Unknown

Whenever you're in need of encouragement, instead of waiting for someone to come along and lift your spirit, try being a refresher. Bring a little fresh air into another person's life, and you just might find that the invigorating breeze blows back your way.

Delight in Simple Things

Learn to like what doesn’t cost too much.

Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills.
Learn to like people, even though some of them may be different from you.
Learn to like to work and enjoy the satisfaction of doing your job as well as it can be done.
Learn to like the songs of birds, the companionship of dogs.
Learn to like gardening, puttering around the house, and fixing things.
Learn to like the sunrise and sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and windows, and the gentle fall of snow on a winter day.
Learn to keep your wants simple, and refuse to be controlled by the likes and dislikes of others.

Lowell B. Bennion

Today I’m thankful for:

2240. for our Cutie Patootie, it’s her birthday today !
2241. for pumpkin pies, they are good and I need to make them more often
2242. for the preparation for the holidays, it’s half the fun!

A little word in kindness spoken, 
A motion or a tear, has often healed a heart that's broken, 
And made a friend sincere.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chapter 11, Page 20, Book 14

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.

Ralph H. Blum  

Peace of mind comes when you appreciate what you have, instead of focus on what’s missing. Accept what you have and where you are with gratitude. Feel thankful and you will feel more peaceful.

Saying thanks not only brightens someone else's world, it brightens yours. If you're feeling left out, unloved or unappreciated, try reaching out to others. It may be just the medicine you need.

Remember that more than a holiday set apart, Thanksgiving's the mark of a grateful heart.

Having a thankful heart changes the way we look at our circumstances.

Today I’m thankful for:

2237. for hot cereal on a cold morning
2238. for tasty fall vegetables
2239. for my dentist, he’ll fix it or pull it today

Add a little joy to life, right now and every chance you get. Those little joys will quickly add up to a life that’s truly magnificent.

Ralph Marston

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chapter 11, Page 19, Book 11

It isn't what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart

Author Unknown

The Size of Your Heart

It isn't the size of your house
That matters much at all.
It's a gentle hand and its loving touch,
That makes you great or small.

The friends who come to visit,
When out of your house they depart,
Will judge it not by the style you show,
But rather by the size of your heart.

It isn't how smart you are,
Or the wealth you've found.
Happiness comes from how you touch
The lives that are all around.

Making money is not hard,
But living life well is an art.
How people love and regard you,
Is all in the size of your heart.

Author Unknown 

Today I’m thankful for:

2234. for our Little Lad, It’s his birthday today !
2235. for warm boots, gloves and coats
2236. for clear streets and salted pathways

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chapter 11, Page 18, Book 14

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive the week.

If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of the world.

If you have money in the bank or in your wallet, you are among the top 80 percent of the worlds wealthy.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

Author Unknown

I am blessed, I have more health than wealth today.  I’m so thankful for a little money in my bank account, but more than that I’m thankful that I can smile and be a thankful person.

There are clothes on my back and food in the fridge and a roof over my head.  I have so much more than many other do.  

They say that when we have much we should share what we have and that is what I try to do.  I share my faith and the love of family and home.  This is where my wealth lies.  Not in a big bank account.

Today I’m thankful for:

2231. for life, what an adventure !
2232. for cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse, it’s his birthday today
2233. for snow melt to sprinkle on our icy front steps

In the quiet hours when we are alone and there is nobody to tell us what fine fellows we are, we come sometimes upon a moment in which we wonder, not how much money we are earning, nor how famous we have become, but what good we are doing.

A.A. Milne

Monday, November 17, 2014

Chapter 11,Page 17, Book 14

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

Denis Waitley


When the door of happiness closes, another opens, but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don't see the one which has been opened for us.

The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've every had.

It's true that we don't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's also true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives. Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they'll love you back!

Don't expect love in return; just wait for it to grow in their heart but if it doesn't, be content it grew in yours. It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone, but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

Don't go for looks; they can deceive.  Don't go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.  Find the one that makes your heart smile.

There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real!

Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to make you happy.

Always put yourself in others' shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the other person, too. The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives. Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss and ends with a tear.

The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past, you can't go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.

Live your life so that when you die, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

Author Unknown 

Today I’m thankful for:

2228. for bananas, good to eat and bake with
2229. for homemade bread, mmmm good
2230. for an oven that still works

The present is the point at which time touches eternity.
 C. S. Lewis

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Chapter 11, Page 16, Book 14

It is impossible to be negative while we are giving thanks.

Donald Curtis

Cheerfulness is a state of mind in which we feel content and confident and are free of stress, anxieties and fear. A prolonged state of being cheerful is happiness.

Cheerfulness is wearing a smile and therefore easy to distinguish. It is usually contagious and will often be returned, so that the positive feelings flow both ways.  

You can't feel really bad and laugh at the same time. Laughter just feels good. When things are a bit sour between friends, what better way to set things right, than to have a good laugh together. 


It is better to say, I'm fine, with a grin,
Than to let people know the shape we are in.


There's nothing the matter with me,
 I'm just as healthy as can be,
I have arthritis in both knees,
And when I talk, I talk with a wheeze.
My pulse is weak, my blood is thin,
But I'm awfully well for the shape I'm in.

All my teeth have had to come out,
And my diet I hate to think about.
I'm overweight and I can't get thin,
But I'm awfully well for the shape I'm in.

And arch supports I need for my feet.
Or I wouldn't be able to go out in the street.
Sleep is denied me night after night,
But every morning I find I'm all right.
 My memory's failing, my head's in a spin.
 But I'm awfully well for the shape I'm in.

Old age is golden I've heard it said,
But sometimes I wonder, as I go to bed.
With my ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup,
      And my glasses on a shelf, until I get up.
And when sleep dims my eyes, I say to myself,
 Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf?

The reason I know my youth has been spent,
 Is my get up and go has got up and went!
But really I don't mind, when I think with a grin,
Of all the places my get up has been.

I get up each morning and dust off my wits,
Pick up the paper and read the obits.
     If my name is missing, I'm therefore not dead,
So I eat a good breakfast and jump back into bed.
The moral of this as the tale unfolds,
Is that for you and me, who are growing old.
   It is better to say, I'm fine, with a grin,
Than to let people know the shape we are in.


Author Unknown, but good for a laugh!

Today I’m Thankful for :

2225. for DDIL#2, it’s her birthday today

2226. for the fact that I don’t live in the snow belt, they got 14 inches of snow

2227. for teddy bears, they make me smile

Do anything, but let it produce joy.

Walt Whitman