I started my blog when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I did it for me, because I didn't want to forget anything that was happening. I did it for my friends, near and far, so they would be informed. And I did it because I hoped somewhere, somehow, someone who was going through the same thing would stumble upon my little story and somehow be helped.
With nothing but good news on the breast cancer front, the theme of my blog has evolved. A few people have found it that have become not only followers, but true friends. My writing has improved, especially since I began participating in Ivy Walker's Six Sentence Stories.
I get hits from Russian spammers and freaks who Google foot fetishes and butt cracks and volleyball asses and get my blog, but I also do, occasionally, reach someone who was looking for information about breast cancer. I've been contacted by a few women, and each of them told me how helpful she found it to read about my experience. Wasn't this one of my goals?
And still, I don't know if I should continue. Would my house be cleaner and my laundry caught up if I weren't reading and writing blog posts? Would I regret not having an outlet for the random things that go through my head and end up in a post? Would I remember to count my thankfuls every week, even if I weren't writing a post about them? Would I be missed?
Points to ponder.
Here are this week's Ten Things of Thankful:
1. I'm thankful for my blog followers. My subscriber list is small, but my following among my Facebook friends is strong. I am humbled.
2. I'm thankful for the wonderful couple who lives across the street from my parents' lake house. It gives me peace of mind to know they are keeping an eye on the place when we can't be there. This goes double in times of disaster. Tim is a gifted sculptor; you can check out some of his work on his website, timcherry.com.
3. Last weekend, Joplin received over 8 inches of rain in three days. We had leaks in other parts of our house (not good), but our basement remained dry. Did you read that? DRY. That's more than good.
4. My house has been de-Christmased and everything is in the attic. Love to get it out, love to have it all put away again.
5. I got all the Christmas stuff taken down in both of my preschool rooms, so I don't have to walk in Tuesday morning and feel like I'm in the movie "Groundhog Day."
6. I bought new pillows for our bed. They were much needed, as ours were in a sorry state. My husband hates them, but I love them, so he'll have to get used to them.
7. One more day of Christmas break, one more morning without setting an alarm, before getting back to work.
8. How many weeks can I say I'm thankful for my electric mattress pad? Because I am.
9. Thankful for my Kitchen Aid mixer, which I used today to make bread dough. I would cry and cry if my Kitchen Aid died, mostly because it was a wedding gift and I wouldn't be able to afford to buy a new one.
10. Oh, I found my black boots! I have been on the lookout for them for the past two months, and I found them in the bottom of a fabric box where I keep all my TOMS shoes. I have zero recollection of having put them there in the spring, but I must have, because God knows no one else in this house ever puts anything away.
Be ever thankful.
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