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Friday, November 13, 2015

What am I Really Thankful For?

By Diana McCollum

Normally when someone asks me what I'm thankful for, I say all the most common answers. And I am thankful, truly for these things:  Family, health, home, friends.

Mom, daughter katie, grandson Eli, Me.
I want you, and me, to dig a little deeper. Sure I'm thankful for family, but I'm also thankful for a family I can count on, I can be proud of, and I can laugh with and cry with and know they won't judge me.

I am thankful for my health. I've been lucky enough that I only take one prescription drug. I exercise regularly, I'm thankful I can afford to pay for a trainer at the gym and she keeps me on track. Because frankly, I have no will power when it comes to working out. But if I pay Johann Trass, I'm there every Monday, Wednesday and Friday!

Not only am I thankful for the beautiful home we share with my Mom, but I am thankful for living in beautiful Central Oregon. We have the desert 5 mins east of us and the Cascade Mountains. With Mt. Bachelor 15 mins to the west of us, gorgeous country!
Cultus Lake Cascade Mts.
Now I come to friends. It took a while to meet new friends when we first moved to Central Oregon. I can now count 12 ladies, who are all writers, as my friends. We only meet once a month and I so look forward to those get togethers.

I have friends that live in California, Kansas, Washington, England, Australia, and Canada etc. Some of these friends I've met in person and have been able to continue our friendship through the internet. I've met many new friends through the internet, Google +, Twitter, Writing Loops, Facebook etc.

So I'm adding a new thing to my "Thankful List", I am so-o-o thankful for my laptop and the internet. I'd be pretty lonesome without them. And these friends are also very caring and helpful. Some I may never meet in person, but we are still close.

What things besides family, health, home and world peace, you know the normal things people mention, are you thankful for?    


A lifetime avid reader, DIANA MCCOLLUM loves creating worlds where anything is possible. Always with an element of the paranormal her stories end with a happily-ever-after.

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Kate Curran said...

Great blog Diana and I too am so thankful for the internet and being able to keep in contact with friends and family that live far away.

Kristin Hanson Gonzalez said...

I'm grateful for the internet too. What would I do without it?!

I'm also thankful that my parents, 81 & 80, are like EverReady Bunnies and are on NO prescriptions meds!

Lisa said...

Great blog! Loved it....I think it is so important to dig deeper on what's important like you did!

Marie Harte said...

Loved your post. :) I'm thankful we're friends!

Diana McCollum said...

Thanks for stopping by, Kate! You're one of the friends I'm thankful for!!

Hi, Kristin, another friend I'm thankful for! Your parents are awesome. My Mom will be 90 in a couple of months. while she does have a few health issues, her mind is sharp!!

Lisa, one of my daughters I am so thankful for, love you sweetie!!

And you, Marie Harte, I'm ever grateful we are friends!

Z. Minor said...

We have been friends for so long and our writing brought us together. Remember those early newsletters what fun. Great blog.

Diana McCollum said...

Thanks, Z. Minor aka Louise, yes I do remember the Sacramento Valley Rose RWA group newsletter! You were the photo queen getting all the pictures into the newsletter. And we are still great friends!!! Love you chickie!!

Judith Ashley said...

I feel very blessed to have the neighbors I do. We have become a secondary family and get together on the Dark Moon of each month to share what we want to manifest between then and the Full Moon. I'm also grateful to have Ellen O. in my life. She is the Best massage therapist I've had and I'm looking forward to my two hour appointment today!!!

Diana McCollum said...

So good to see you are able to get out again, Judith! Neighbors are so important. Have a great Turkey day whether or not you eat any!!!