Top Ten Tuesday – Thanksgiving thank yous

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It’s TTT time! As usual, if you’re curious about this, Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl hosts these weekly challenges (so, see her blog for more info). Today is our Thanksgiving edition freebie and I thought I’d give you a quick list of not so obvious things I am thankful for. It really goes without saying that I am thankful for my family and friends, my pets, books, my health, and my education. But here are a few things I am grateful for that might be less known about me.

  1. Quiet early mornings with a good cup of coffee – Everyone knows I love coffee and everyone knows I am a morning grump, yet I love getting up really early some mornings and sit outside, watch the birds, and see the world wake up. And most of all, enjoy the quiet and solitude.
  2. The smell of fresh cut wood – I have always loved that smell. Maybe it reminds me of my grandpa when he worked in his woodshop or maybe it just smells really good to me for no reason, but when I go to the local garden store (or similar), I make a point of walking down the aisle that has all the different woods.
  3. Taking time to meditate – This is a fairly new endeavor for me but I cannot explain how much of a difference it has made in my life lately.
  4. The squishiness of yarn – You know that moment you hold it in your hand and it still has all the possibilities to be turned into any beautiful knitted thing, yeah, I love that moment.
  5. Getting older – I mean I don’t like all the little pains that come with it but I like the personal growth that I had.
  6. The way my grandma would peel an orange – She always did it with such care and awe for this particular fruit. I think of it every time I eat an orange.
  7. The internet – I love knowledge and random facts. I love looking up stuff. I honestly don’t think I could live without search engines anymore.
  8. Football season – I just wish this would be all year long.
  9. The fears I’ve overcome – I, like many others, tend to focus on all the things that I am still working on but it does me so good taking stock once in a while of all the fears and challenges I have overcome, no matter how small.
  10. My favorite blue pen – It used to be one particular fountain pen with a very specific blue ink. I had that sucker all throughout middle and high school. Moving from Germany to the US changed that as ink cartridges weren’t as easily bought here as they were back home. Now I have this ballpoint pen I just adore the heck out of.

I can’t wait to see your TTT for this week! What plans do you have for Thanksgiving? What things are you thankful for?

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