I often wake up in the wee hours of the morning and if I can't get back to sleep I get up and get on the computer. I know, totally wrong thing to do, but I do it. It is currently 7 degrees outside but since we always have wind it feels like -8, according to my local news website. I haven't opened the door to see what that feels like but when one of my dogs went out and came back inside the doggy door in just a minute her fur was freezing cold.
I am grateful for a working heater. I am even grateful for the enormous electric bill I received for December because it means I was toasty warm through a very cold month. I am even more grateful that I am hot natured and am comfy with the thermostat set at 67 degrees or that electric bill would have been really, really bad.
I have been thinking a lot about things I am grateful for this week. Of course I am grateful for my most important blessings like my kids, grandkids, dogs, sister, nieces, Heavenly Father. This week it has popped into my head numerous times that I need to say thank you Lord for some other things that make my life better.
I am seldom out after dark. I can't see well to drive safely ~ mostly I see glare from the streetlights. Sunday I had a chance to visit with my grandkids and I left their home a little late. By the time I got to my house it was dark outside. I always park in my driveway, then walk along the 50 feet of sidewalk next to my trailer house to get to the back door. Even in the dark I feel perfectly safe since I have a 6 foot chain link fence surrounding the back yard, and a couple of Dobermans next door that watch me through the fence until I get inside. I feel safe because of the porch light which lights up most of my back yard. I was grateful when the motion sensor on the porch light turned it on for me so I could see to unlock the door before I got too cold. I was grateful that I just bought a replacement light bulb for the porch light last week. I had done without a porch light for a while. You know how I hate to pay retail for anything and when it burned out recently I was waiting for a sale since those big bulbs are pricy.
I am so extremely grateful for a library card and a wonderful library. My daughter came for dinner last night and on her way through town she picked up a bag full of library books for me. I honestly don't know what I would do without a library card. I read more than anything else, especially when it is too cold to get outside.
I think on Sundays I will post 7 words. 7 things I found myself grateful for during the week. Other than the important things -- family most likely -- what do you find yourself feeling grateful for?