Thursday, November 26, 2015

Things to be thankful for - everyday edition

For this week’s Writers’ Workshop, there were a couple of Thanksgiving themed prompts since it is Thanksgiving in the States this week.  Canadian Thanksgiving was last month but I figure that there is no expiration date on being thankful.  As a matter of fact, it’s something we should remember to do all year round.

So here we go!

-Name a colour you are thankful for.
I think that I have to go with green here.  Nothing gaudy; a nice deep dark green.  I’m not sure how we’re supposed to be thankful for a colour but it’s my favourite and I have the eyesight to be able to see it……… so, yeah, I’m grateful.

-Something your spouse does that you are thankful for
Well, I don’t have a spouse but I have a pretty decent ex-husband who is there for our kids and almost always willing to help me out when I need a bit of muscle for something.  I guess that I’m pretty lucky in that respect.

-Something that your kids do that you are thankful for.
I’ve raised my kids to understand that every member of a household needs to do their part in keeping that household running.  This means that my kids do their chores with little prompting or grumbling.  Since I have a full time job outside of the home, this makes my life so much better.  It really makes me appreciate having teens who are old enough to contribute like that.

-A food you are thankful for.
Frankly, I’m grateful that I can afford to keep us pretty well-fed when so many families struggle so I guess that I’m thankful for all food.  Specific food though?  Hmmmm….. chocolate is pretty high on my list.  Oh, and bacon!  Bacon makes everything better!

-What recent good news are you thankful for?
Nothing monumentally good or bad has happened recently but I did chat with my sister-in-law the other day and we’ve made plans to see each other this weekend.  Since it’s been a while since we’ve seen each other, I’d call this good news that I’m very glad to hear.

-Name a drink you are thankful for.
In the non-alcoholic category, that would be tea with Diet Coke a close second.  Booze? I do love a good glass (or two or three) of wine.

-Name a restaurant you are thankful for.
Right now, that would be McDonalds.  They gave The Boy a job this summer (which he still has) which has (mostly) gotten his grubby hands out of my wallet.

-Talk about an animal you are thankful for.
Aardvarks!  No, no, just kidding, lol!  The real answer would be my cat.  She is so attached to us that she’s practically a dog.  She adores the kids and lands on their laps the second they sit down.  She’s just a little thing but is hard to move once she settles in.

-Name a beauty product you are thankful for.
I love my Olay facial lotion.  I don’t use it so much in the hot weather since I’m usually sweaty anyway but, as soon as the cooler weather hits, I use it every day religiously.  If good old Oil of Olay was good enough for my grandmother, it’s good enough for me.

-Name a cleaning product you are thankful for.
A cleaning product?  Seriously?  Sorry, I can’t be thankful for anything that has to do with chores.

-What social media platform are you thankful for?
Hmmm….. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Facebook these days and haven’t been on Pinterest much.  I have to say that I probably spend most of my time on Instagram these days and use Twitter to stay up to date with my favourite TV shows so I guess it’s a tie between those two for my gratefulness lately.

-Tell us why you are thankful for the last person who texted you.
As I write this, the last person who texted me was one of my co-workers.  I have a good job but not what you would call an exciting career.  It is my co-workers who make hauling my ass out of bed in the morning worthwhile.  We work together like a well-oiled machine AND we genuinely like each other.  That’s a hard combination to find.

-Name a candy you are thankful for.
I love Rockets!  When they went on sale after Halloween, I went and bought myself a big-ass bag of them which I’m still enjoying.  For those of you in the States, you call them Smarties; our Smarties are more like M&M’s.

For my American friends :)
-Name an app on your phone that you are thankful for.
Referring to my answer above, I probably use Instagram and Twitter the most.

-What are you looking forward to that you are thankful for?
I’m looking forward to spending time with family at Christmas.  The Christmas lights, good food and good company light up those short winter days.

Mama’s Losin’ It



  1. I'd love to know how you taught your kids to do their chores. Mine are still little but I really want them to be helpful. I also love Christmas lights. Living in the Philippines, we get the beauty of them from September through to around February. I never get sick of looking at lovely lights. Thanks for your post.

    1. I just started teaching them when they were small. As soon as they were old enough to help out, I had them picking up their own toys and helping out. I tried to instill the idea in them that everybody in the household were partners in running it. I get you on the lights. I have a string of lights that I have on my headboard all the time which I turn on every time I need cheering up :)

  2. That's so cool you got your kids to realize doing chores is just part of being in your family and everyone pitches in. That's awesome! Also love that your cat is so loving. My one cat likes to lay on me too and I feel bad if I need to move. Enjoyed this post!

    1. I am pretty lucky! My cat is little but she turns into the heaviest boulder if I think of moving, lol :)

  3. I am thankful for my cat, too! Still waiting for the magic formula for getting the children (and the husband) to clean up after themselves!

    1. I think my kids realized early on that Mom is much happier when she's not trying to do everything herself and a happy Mom means happy kids ;)

  4. Rockets vs. Smarties! Who knew!?! And I think I have to agree with Instagram being my most enjoyed social platform too. You don't have to overthink it and you can just mindlessly flip through photos. Sounds like a fun time. :)

    1. We Canadians just have to be different!

      I like how Instagram gives you snippets of friends' lives in such an easy format.