Today I’m very excited to connect with other bloggers in this event hosted by There’s A Book.

Every week, we come together and ponder a question posed by our host.  Today’s question:

Name at least one (more if you want) thing you are grateful for.
That’s an easy one.  There are so many things for which I’m grateful, and this time of the year really brings those moments to the forefront, since it’s the time we usually gather around and enjoy those with whom we share special connections.
My special gratitude goes out to my family members, some of whom live far away.
Grandkids — Thanksgiving 2009
We have a special holiday tradition that includes getting together on the weekend after Thanksgiving (with my second son who celebrates out of town); he and his three children meet us in a favorite restaurant, along with the grandchildren who live in my city, and afterwards, we make them pose for a picture.
I’m grateful that they put up with that tradition, since that’s not the favorite part of the event for them.
Throughout the year, I have opportunities to get together with the grandkids who live in town, and we have moments like these:
Local Grandkids — A Get-Together
And then there’s my youngest grandson, who comes over for sleepovers and enjoys movies and eating.
Noah and a Smoothie
Aside from my family moments, I thrive on my ability to focus on my creativity and connect with other bloggers.
I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year, and feel exhilarated that I have completed 45,785 words (of the 50,000 word goal), and since we have to reach the goal by November 30, I feel as though I’m making good progress.
Creation Station
And I’m also very fortunate to have a large collection of books to dive into, although sometimes I see the TBR stacks as an obstacle to overcome.  But that’s just the downside.  The upside…I could read from these stacks for the next year, at least!
Revised TBRs – One View
Another View
And these photos are just the ones in my bedroom.  My office has a fairly large number of “newer” stacks.
So what are you grateful for?  I hope you’ll stop by and share.

6 thoughts on “A BIT OF ME (ME) — GRATITUDE — NOV. 20

  1. I LOVE grandchildren sleepovers! At the moment, I get my grandson (2 years old and past my waist now) every Friday, and I usually get my three year old granddaughter every full weekend, except when there’s something the parents want to do with her on Saturdays – then I at least get her for Saturday night sleepovers. We play and watch movies and stay up late. Lots of fun.

    I see you also have a rather large TBR pile- great. I love having so many books – it’s a consequence of being dirtpoor when I was a young mom and could barely afford toilet paper, much less books. I did do a lot of re-reading back then. 🙂


    • I hang onto my books after I read them, just knowing that I’ll reread them. But because of how many TBRs I still have, that hasn’t happened as often as I’d like. I do love having books all around me, though, and I have shelves in every room (except the bathrooms – there I have magazines), and also in the hallway.

      Grandkids are a joy. I read a bumper sticker that says “Grandkids are the reward for not killing your kids.” I guess that’s not really funny, but it kind of is….

      Thanks for visiting, Mardel.


  2. I love all the pictures of your grandkids! I have such fond memories of spending time with my grandparents as a child and I hope my own children will as well.

    And way to go with your NanoWrimo goal! Wow! That’s incredible! You’ll definitely make the goal. Congratulations!


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