Happy November! Though I try to embrace gratitude every day, it’s now the month where social media will be full of what everyone is grateful for. I’ll be honest, while I love the concept, I do get bored with seeing the same things on everyone’s list—the “automatics,” like family, health, friends, etc. So let’s just assume that those are a given, and let’s go beyond the obvious to off-the-beaten-path gratitude.
Top 10 Things I’m Grateful for That You Won’t See on Everyone Else’s List:
- Cake. No wait, I know it sounds commonplace but this cake is not. I follow the autoimmune protocol diet—no grains, gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, sugar, nightshades, etc.—so I can promise you there isn’t a single dessert in any grocery store, health food or otherwise, that I can eat. And I’ve mostly learned to deal with that. Until my birthday came around. I wanted CAKE, dammit. So with a little searching (and a test run the week before), I found a cake recipe I can eat. While people with sugar-numbed tongues (i.e., the entire world, and I used to include myself in this category) would probably not love it, I did. And it made my birthday extra happy.
2. Portable heater. I live in Wisconsin. My office is in the basement. Enough said.
3. Dyson. Our family has four cats. I would cuddle up with this super-powered vacuum at night if I could.
4. Sleepovers that end. As I’m typing this, my 14-year-old son’s birthday sleepover is winding down. Just two more guests waiting for rides. They’re awesome kids, but Mama needs her peace.
5. Boys old enough to rake. One upside of having teenagers. 🙂
6. Sarcasm. It feeds the soul.
7. Amazon Prime. Sure, Amazon may end up taking over the world, but let’s face it—they kind of deserve to.
8. Island Life. I’ve already confessed to being an HGTV junkie, and this show is one of my favorites. Because some people in some places get to live on islands, and if I can’t do it myself, I might as well sit down and watch a show about it and PRETEND I can for thirty minutes at a time.
9. End of mowing season. This one pains me, because summer is by far my favorite season. One of the highlights of summer is that I move my editing office outside. Unfortunately, our dear 90-year-old neighbor seems to be a combination of OCD and forgetful because he mows his lawn every day. For hours, because he is permanently bent at such an angle that he can’t move very fast, especially while pushing a mower. I give him big-time credit for being active, but the sound of the lawn mower after the first two hours… Well, don’t be surprised if my contemporary romance novels morph into murder mysteries.
10. Bacon. Because…just bacon.
Anyone else have some unique gratitude points to add? The more creative the better. 🙂