Ten Things of Thankful – May 24


A picture I took at New Bern NC Tryon Palace grounds.

Good Morning and Happy Ten Things of Thankful Day!!

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As we go into Memorial Day Weekend I am thinking of those who did not return from wars. As I am not certain of my complete family history, I don’t know who did not return. I wish I had done better about keeping track of things. Mom would know, but she’s on the other side. One thing I do know is that when you have people away fighting wars, as I do remember that part of it in my family, it is scary. My Grandmother Hall had a rough time of it when her boys were fighting WW II. They all came back, but every time Grandma would hear something about the war she would be so afraid that one of her sons was affected. I don’t remember hearing what it was like for Grandma Tomey, but I know she had all of her sons in the war. Both would have been a Blue Star Mother which was started during WW II. I remember a letter stating this for Grandma Tomey.

Several years ago, we attended the wedding of a sweet couple. He was in the military and going back for another deployment. After the wedding they took off on a honeymoon, cherishing the time they had together before he had to return to duty. Sadly, he did not return. He died a hero, putting himself in the protection of his troops. I only met him at the wedding, but I know his wife, who was my co-worker, and I remember their devotion to each other. His loss cut to my heart for the pain she endured and I am sure there are still those pains, for her. Love has no end when we lose those we love, it lives on with memories and with the impact we make in our lives. Such a person that she is, that love does live on.

So, it’s only natural that my #1 Gratitude is for those who have sacrificed for our freedom and those left behind who have supported them all the way.

2. Last year I posted a story about suicide and I just this week was asked to contribute to Noteworthy Journal, a part of Medium. Here is the POST I am grateful if this can reach more people, the whole purpose of accepting this honor, as this is a most important topic, close to my heart.

3. Six Sentence Stories – I am still keeping up with this weekly effort. Here is a LINK to a recent one. These have helped me to be more concise wit my writing.

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4. Research Triangle Writers Coffeehouse – This is a monthly group of a variety of writers who come together for a common cause which is to accomplish writing tasks. We share, problem solve, offer encouragement, genuinely supporting each other in our efforts. We meet at the Quail Ridge Bookstore in Raleigh NC the second Sunday of each month. Here’s the Facebook page if you are interested.

The one I am listening to.

5. Luther Vandross – Because I can only be grateful for such a sweet soul, gone too soon. Listening to him now.


6. Our cousin Cheryl is visiting (in Charlotte) and helping her bestie sort stuff and sell such stuff as her friend is moving to Florida. I am excited to get to visit with them. She comes to NC maybe once a year, sometimes more, but this is the last trip to NC. She lives in Iowa. It makes me sad to know she won’t be back this way, but it’s important to think of the time we do get to see each other. This picture is from last year.

7. The pool is soon opening! As I sit here, I have learned that the pool inspector is coming today and we will get to swim this weekend! I cannot wait! We love to swim! Can you tell?

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8. Sleep – The insomnia bug is back to crawl in my brain Shoo shoo! I am grateful for when I can get sleep and for tools to help me get what sleep I can.

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9. Food – Yes, basic needs must be met and my clean eating efforts are paying off as I see the scale keep dropping.

10. Secret Projects – I am on another secret mission and will be able to reveal once I have cleared it with the powers that be.

So, there you have it! Those are my 10! How about you? Why not join in by going to this link: TTOT


15 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful – May 24”

  1. My husband’s uncle didn’t return from the Korean War. My grandfathers served in WWII–one in the States as an Army postal worker, the other in the Pacific arena. I have a photo of a great-grandfather in military garb from WWI. I’m definitely thankful for the men and women who serve in the armed forces.

    Being able to reach out to those around us is so important. I’ve lost extended family members to suicide, and it’s terribly sad.

    I enjoy the Six Sentence Stories. I’m behind in reading/commenting this week, but hope to catch up soon.

    Congrats on seeing positive results from healthy eating, and have fun swimming!

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  2. It would have been so difficult for mother’s and father’s to have all their sons serving in a war, and never knowing if and when their sons might return. Defending one’s country requires many sacrifices not only for the one serving, but for those who remain behind while they serve.

    I’m so sorry you are being hit with the insomnia bug again.That is totally annoying when that happens. Maybe when you get some time relaxing in the pool, you will sleep better too.

    I hope you have a wonderful week.

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  3. I love Luther! His voice was so silky velvet. And I’m thankful you’re thankful for participating in Six Sentence Stories! I’m glad you contribute every week. I feel the same, the challenge helps me to be more concise as well. Here’s to swimming and clean eating!!

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  4. My brother has all of our genealogy and the family history and has given me access to the website where it is all kept, and I’m grateful for that. I know there was a great uncle who didn’t return from WWI. I’m way behind in my 6 Sentence Story reading as well, but I have really enjoyed being back at writing them. I have insomnia often, so I feel your pain.

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    1. It seems that since the pool has opened, I am gradually gaining sleep, maybe even more tired as I wake from sun and perhaps using my legs in water ways. I will take the sleep for sure! My sister, who has passed, had the best genealogy of the family and I miss asking her questions.


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