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

Author Unknown

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 23, Book 21

Live your iufe so that the fear of death can never enter your heart.  When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light.  Give thanks for your life and strength.  Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.  And if perchance see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured wthe fault is in yourself.

Chief Tecumseh, Shawneed Indian Chief

May 23rd -Thankful Sunday 

God gave us the gift of life, it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.


Here we are another week gone by and almost another month too.  The end of May brings Memorial Day, the unofficial beginning of summer.  It’s been very summer like here with temps way above the normal for this time of year.  I’m thankful for the warmth and the time to spend outdoors.  My daughter came over and planted some flowers in my flower boxes on the car port.  She said it was a late Mother’s Day gift for me.  I’m thankful it’s finally warm enough to have flowers growing again!  They make such a difference.

DS#2 also came over and put up some sheer curtains for me at the windows in the living room.  They let some light in while still providing me some privacy.  It was too dark in here with my curtains closed for privacy, but now the light can come in and still no one else can see inside.  What a difference it makes!  I’m so thankful for all the help he gives me.  He also got my yard mowed for me.  I couldn’t do it on my own.  I was tired out from the funeral I’d gone to the day before and could hardly even stand up.  My ankles felt like they might break.  

I’m thankful for the privilege to go to the funeral so I could help my friends celebrate the life of their loved one that was killed in a bad car crash this past week.  It was nice to be able to attend a funeral with friends and family.  Thankfully now that many have the vaccine, more and more things are opening up and life returning to normal once again.  Not long ago funerals were severely cut back and they weren’t where everyone could gather to express their love and condolences and we all had to keep a safe distance.  Lots and lots of hugs were once again being able to be shared.  I didn’t even see many wearing face masks there, but I’ m still thankful to have them to put on.  I will continue to wear mine in large groups of people especially inside.

I’m thankful for another gift I received from DS#2 and his wife.  They sent a gift of flower pots and a plant stand to put them on.  They will be filled with herb plants which are still to come, but they say they are on the way.

I love fresh herbs and use them in my cooking. So I’m very thankful for the gift of them. They are one of those gifts that will keep on giving.  

It was a bitersweet week here, but all in all one to be thankful for.  I hope you had a good week too and can count your blessings too.

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to gove something back by becoming more.

Tony Robbins



I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Life is a gift, Don't take it for granted.

Martha said...

I'm glad you had such a nice week and although funerals are sad it's nice that friends and family were able to gather together to support each other and to say goodbye. So many were robbed of that over the past year. Enjoy a day of rest today Ma. :)

Debbie said...

I am glad you were able to go to the funeral and support your friends. It sounds like your children are helping you out with your lawn and flowers alot. How nice of them!! Now you will be able to enjoy the summer months even more. It's important to surround ourselves with things that make us smile...and this time of the year, for me, it's flowers!! Enjoy. Debbie xo

Mevely317 said...

I'm sorry your were physically exhausted from having attended the funeral -- but I feel your presence was a blessing, both to your friends and yourself.
Aren't sheers the best? We have blinds on most of our windows, but the sheers soften the look and make it seem more like home.
Enjoy those new flowers!

jack69 said...

Families are SPECIAL. They are extra special at times of stress and physical weariness.
Yes being able to assist a family in 'closure' at a funeral it a blessing.
Take care, relax and be safe.
Sherry & jack