Look what happened now...
Okay lets see what the next few days were supposed to be on this challenge.
Day 13 - Your Drink of choice:
Oh fuck! I'm boring as they come!
Okay on to Day 14 - a delicious meal:
As a Vegan this is a no brainer. Everything I eat is delicious! But fresh, made to order Nice Cream is one of my favorite breakfast meals. This is banana, peanut butter cacao with walnuts and coconut and it tastes AMAZING!
Day 15 - A delicious dessert:
So many goodies, so little time! But actually this one is easy too.
Pictured is a large homemade vegan Reese's peanut butter cup. It may not look all that good, but it tastes AMAZING! It is SUPER simple to make and has no sugar or artificial ingredients at all. We never buy candy EVER. I made Vegan Fudge, Pies, Candy, etc. There are so many great recipes on line and I even post my recipes here too. Hit the “Vegan” Tag on the left if you want to know more.
But I’m telling you, there is no reason to eat crap food. None.
Catch you later-
Okay! Let's get back into this:
Day 9 - Your mode of Transportation:
As you know I drive an old Ford truck. (Not as old as the one pictured, lol) but old enough. I bought it slightly used, less than 1k miles and have lovingly taken care of it. It has required very little maintenance over the years, mainly because I'm not often in the states to drive it!
When I decide where/what country to settle in this year I may/probably/will buy one. But I am thankful for my truck too.
Day 10 - A TV Show or Movie:
Lately I have been watching West World. I actually do not watch much TV at all, ever. But this was an intriguing premise and I have enjoyed the questions about what makes a being "alive" and all the plot twists along the way. I recommend you check it out.
I have too many books to be thankful for just one. Same for music. I am thankful I have the time to read and the money to buy books that I want.
I am also thankful I am able to attend concerts, ballets, the opera and other events. I enjoy going to shows and listenig to music all over the world.
Day 12 - A Sport or Hobby:
I love gardening. I think it helps me relax and de-stress. No matter where I am, I am surrounded by plants. I have plans for the raised beds here next spring. (Stay tuned)
At this rate I will be finished with the challnege sometime next year, lol.
Catch you later-
And let's continue-
Day 8 An appliance you are grateful for:
This is a no brainer. I’m thankful for ALL of my appliances - but my new washer the most!
I cannot imagine having to hand wash or use a manual machine. I also am thankful to not have to go to the laundromat anymore. I did for the 1st month we were here, until I settled down long enough to buy a washer.
What appliance makes your life easier?
Let's get back to it, shall we?
Day 7 -An Item that makes your house a home:
Hmm, thats a tough one, see everything in my home has meaning or I would not have it. I don’t “collect” random junk. I keep items that have special memories, add value/are useful or I consider to add beauty to my life. So everything is a memory or useful. I can’t just pick one. My office is the same.
These are handblown glass mushrooms that my first husband bought for our first house. I think they are ancient but regardless I love seeing them. They remind me of that happy time in my life and of course him. I have pictures of course, but I treasure these small mementos so much and am grateful to have them.
What about you? What would you pick?
How are things? I promise we will get back to the Thankfulness challenge shortly, if you missed any of it click here to catch up.
In the meantime I recently went on a 10 day road trip. Yeah! It was GREAT to be back traveling again! I took a few pictures, and am in the process of editing them, but before I write up a HUGE post I wanted to share with you a bit about a hotel I stayed in.
See, one of the biggest surprises of this trip was this hotel. I wasn't expecting much. I really was thinking I should have booked a "better" place, but when we arrived...I was very happy to see it was above my expectations. I booked sight unseen via Hotwire.
I have more pictures of the room and of course some of our adventures. I will tell you the name in the next post, because I need to check the bill for more info.
We actually went BACK there on the return trip, but it was booked FULL. Which I can understand - low price and uber clean, big rooms, I'm sure its booked most nights.
Look for more about it in a full post soon!
I am continuing the 30 Day Thankfulness Challenge...if you missed the last 4 days were posted here. This has turned into a very deep and personal challenge, as I share my gratitude with you.
Shall we do a few more days, before I call it quits?
A family member:
My niece Layla..
You see pictures sometimes on here of her. She is a very sweet and kind little girl who lights up a room when she walks in. She will be 4 this month!
Not only is she super smart, kind and loving, she has a wonderful sense of humor! We have so much fun when we visit her. I am grateful for the time I get to spend with her and her family.
Just a few weeks ago she welcomed home a baby brother! I can’t wait to start spoiling him!
There will be more baby and baby related items on here in the future, lol!
The town/countryside you call home:
This is a tough one. I am often asked where I’m from and I usually hesitate. In the last week I have had 3 people ask me if I was English (I'm pretty sure I do not have an English accent) and a few more in Texas ask me where I was from. WTF?! I looked at them blankly because I was born in Texas. See this past post about this very topic in Las Vegas.
So I think I’M from Texas (I was born there) and I love Texas very much. It is as large as France, used to be its own country and is full of wildness. (No, not wilderness, there is that too.) Texas has a wild “Anything can happen” sense about it. There are so many different things from Austin being the Live Music Capital of the World, to the Gulf Coast to the cowboys to NASA, and the list goes on and on.
Texas has a pride you don’t find in other states, it also has a rich diversity in people. I love that. I love all the adventures you can have there and all the cool people you can meet.
Texas will always be home and I am grateful I was born there.
I also call the south of France home and I am very grateful for that. I love Paris very much, but I spend most of my time in a sleepy little village just across the Pyrenees from Spain. The weather is amazing, the food is fresh and fabulous and the people are kind. There is no crime, no hustle and bustle and life is slow and calm there. I love it and am grateful for every opportunity I have to be there.
I am currently living in New Mexico and I am immensely grateful for this! While I love Texas it was time to leave. I love the mountains too much to stay in central Texas and I dislike all the high prices due to the oil boom. Plus with everything else going on in my life I really needed a change.
We have a lovely house in a quiet area that suits us well and I am grateful for this more than I can express! I have a great office, wonderful clients and amazing new friends here!
I really do have so much to be thankful for! Life is good and actually getting better everyday.
Why don't you do the challenge too and tag me so I can read your answers? I'd love to learn more about you.
See you at the airport and I promise more of the challenge tomorrow!
I’ve been MIA again, but before I give you another lame excuse, know that I was thinking about you dear reader. Because I truly was, I haven't had time to blog, but I was thinking about you. Mostly I've been wondering why you keep coming back? Why you care about my silly little blog and what the HELL I should write about. So after much thinking, and hardly any writing, I think it's time for a Thankfulness Challenge again. You remember, like we did in the good old days?
I found a 30 day (Goodness!) Challenge while I was googling *err, I mean Working* today and thought I would give it a try….and because I really am a dedicated hard, working blogger I will even filled in the parts I missed. So are you ready for a thought provoking, funny and hopefully interesting look at gratitude and thankfulness?
Lets dive in!
Day 1 challenge:
List something about you, personally:
Hmm, I think the thing I am most grateful for is my ability to learn. I have had so many opportunities and adventures because I was able to learn new skills. I don’t think I am terribly smart, (don't get me wrong, I'm not stupid, even if I can't spell!) But I am able to learn things quickly. This was an asset in every job/career I have pursued and I am grateful for this ability.
Something about you - physically your grateful for:
Hmmm, I’m grateful for my body. I may not look like a swimsuit model, but I love the fact that I healthy. I love my body! It took me years to appreciate it, but now I marvel at it everyday!
My body is my best friend and I try to take care of it and in turn we do amazing things! I am so grateful for my health and my body!
Your significant other or best friend:
Hmmm, I have a lot of really good friends. People that have been through the ups and downs of life with me and I am grateful for every single one of them. And it would be easy for me to stop at that, but in the spirit of being "real" with you, I will be honest.
For those that don't know, I married a lovely man whom I thought was my best friend. Currently, as I write this, I am in the middle of a divorce! But I can say I am grateful for the lessons it taught me. I have loved deeply and will again, I know this and am grateful. It was not an easy experience but it was worthwhile in learning how much I could love, what I could endure and how much of myself I would give up for another person. It taught me many, many lessons and I am grateful for the experience.
Hmm this isn't as fun as I thought it would be, wtf?! This is more like freaking therapy! I swear when I went through the questions it sounded more entertaining. What do you think? Should we press on or stop this?
Let's do one more today, maybe they get better....
Also really personal, OMG! As you know I don't talk much about my family here...but in the spirit of sharing I will.
I am so proud of my son and all he has achieved! I love him so much and am grateful every day for him. He was a good boy who grew into a good man. He is starting a new road in his life; taking college classes, adjusting to being back in the states and being an “official adult”. Our recent move and the divorce hurt him too, but his humor and steadfastness never wavered. He stuck to his plan and is moving forward. I know I am truly blessed to have him in my life and am grateful everyday for him!
Okay that was 4 days of sharing my person life and gratitude. I'm sure it only gets better from here!
I will finish the challenge out and attempt to sort the 1,000's of pictures I have of my recent trips so I can get back to travel posting, yeah?
Catch you later-
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