Friday, November 23, 2012

Thankful Friday

Yesterday morning while I was chopping and peeling I thought about the things I was thankful for. At first my mind went around the misfortunes of this year and to be very honest, I didn't feel especially thankful. But as I chopped -- and scraped the seeds out of the jalapeno peppers -- people and things came to my mind and by the time I arrived at my friends' house the list was quite long. It's very specific and I'd like to share my top ten things I am grateful for this morning, in no particular order.  

1) My wonderful neurosurgeon, Dr. Snow. 

2) Heat and light! 

3) The New York City Employees Retirement System, which administers the city pension plan. I'm not there yet, but so grateful it exists.

4) My personal technology consultants, Jess, David, Ben and Brandon. 

5) Baby Charlie, my friend's great-nephew who is two weeks old. 

6) Theater tickets that cost $4.50.

7a) Our (recovered) public transit system and 7b) the forecasters at the National Weather Service, especially G., who kept us informed every day during Sandy.

8) The folks at Mike's pizza in Long Island City, who delivered chicken parm sandwiches during a hurricane, and those sandwiches were delicious. 

9) Blog friends, near and far

10) The good health and well-being of all I shared Thanksgiving with and those whose tables I couldn't join, my Connecticut family and my North Country family.  

The cranberry jalapeno relish was a great hit and it will be making a return engagement next year. I'm going to make another batch this weekend to go with the leftover turkey in my refrigerator. I liked our pomegranate drink, but call me old-fashioned, I think I will stick with cranberry martinis. On that note, here's a toast to all for a great weekend!


Theresa said...

I would love the recipe for the cranberry jalapeno relish:) Sound yummilicious to me! I am thankful for so much every day! WE are SO blessed in so many ways! BIG HUGS, enjoy your day! I am on-line shopping!

Anonymous said...

Happy to hear the new recipe was a big hit and I'm glad you had a nice visit. I am thankful for many things, including my blog family. Have a nice weekend.

Terra said...

Here is a toast to you for a grand weekend, and isn't it great how when you started your gratitude list it grew and grew?

Deanna said...

I love it when we stop to think about our blessings and what we are grateful for and the list grows and grows. Have a wonderful Holiday season ahead!!

Nellie said...

I love your thankful list, Buttercup! Enjoy your week-end!

Melinda said...

Yes, I think you will need to share this cranberry relish recipe.

Sounds like you had a lovely Thanksgiving and it seeems like the perfect time for all to think about the things they are thankful for. All of us get wrapped up in what we don't have that we forget what we do have.

Have a super holiday weekend.

M :)

Ms Sparrow said...

It seems like cranberry-everything gets more popular every year. But the pumpkin spice craze this year is everywhere!

Lauren Davenport said...

What a lovely thankful list. We have so many things to be grateful for :) Have a lovely Thanksgiving weekend.

Buttons said...

Oh I find chopping to be the best time to think and count those blessings some days I make a lot of soup with lots of chopped vegetables sometimes everyday.
I am so glad you have a long grateful list.Take care. B

Becky K. said...

I like your list. So much to be thankful for. Have a wonderful weekend too. I have family visiting and we are having a wonderful time.

Lynda said...

Hooray for you for focusing on the things that are important! Life will always hold difficulties but the blessings generally outweigh them. You showed us that today.

Jacquelineand.... said...

You are such an inspiration; it's so easy to lose focus on all the beauty, joy, and goodness around us but you keep that focus exactly where it needs to be. Sure, you are human and get tired or stressed but you keep on bouncing back.

Glad your recipe was a hit, it sounds wonderful!

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Jess said...

That's a really great list! Glad you can find so many things to be thankful for. I'm thankful you're recovering so well.