Maybe it's the fact that I know Christmas is around the corner or the fact that I woke up this morning to a light dusting of snow on the garage roof or the fact that I am safe - but today my thoughts drifted to blessings I have that some people only dream about. Today, I thank God for keeping me safe from harm and keeping me warm and keeping my family healthy and housed and secure.
- Reassuring phone calls. It's always such a relief to know that family and friends have made it back home safe and sound. Last evening I received a call from my son, Dave, that they had made it home and were all snug as a bug in a rug.
- Sharing recipes. I just ♥ it when a friend or family member calls to ask about one of my recipes - usually something they've had during a family get-together. Today, Cindy (youngest son's wife) called and asked for my recipe for Turkey Tetrazzini so she can take it tomorrow to her mother's after church. Her brother is in town and there will be a family dinner.
- Yummy foods cooking in the kitchen. Today was really cold and rather windy. I rummaged in the freezer and found a small ham to pop in the oven. Oh, how good the house smelled so good all afternoon and it will smell even better on Monday when I take the ham bone and make some Split Pea Soup. Twice the blessing and bargain.
- Feeling cozy. Yesterday the wind picked up and blew so hard it was lifting the leaves off the grass and sidewalk almost reaching the branches they fell from weeks ago. I took a long, hot bubble bath - poofed on some body powder - and slipped into a clean robe - rich and thick with pile - long sleeves, pockets and a hem that nearly reaches the floor. I felt so comfy and snuggled all night while the wind whipped around outside my home.
- A full pantry. Today as I was getting ready to sit down to my evening meal it occurred to me that not everyone can open a pantry door and mull over what vegetables they want to eat or what variety of soup would be tasty or if some peaches would taste good for a late night snack. Here in our country people go to bed hungry and cold and frightened. There ought to be a law...