Thursday, May 13, 2010

Good morning dear friends, Happy Thursday to you. For many years now I have made a conscious decision to "cultivate an attitude of gratitude" about all things-which, to be honest, can sometimes be really hard. As you all know, the weather here in the states has been peculiar this year, to say the least. I usually try to read what the Farmer's Almanac says about the coming months but haven't this season. If I had, I would have read that they were advising people not to plant until the second week of May. Yesterday morning we awoke to 2-3" of the wet,white stuff of the ground. You know I love the snow but now???? For heaven's sake, it is May already and although we've had a few days of nice weather I am not ready to hunker back down for more of the winter stuff. But as I found myself grumbling, I made a decision to find one reason for being thankful. I am so very thankful that my dear hubby had not left yet for his golf tournament, out of state, because our water level rose and our basement had water in it yesterday. Apparently, our ground was so saturated that the water level rose in our window wells. Thankfully, our basement isn't finished and only one, old area rug was soaked. I am thankful that he was here to deal with it because there are days I don't go down into the basement and the water could have sat for a few days before I noticed it. I am thankful that in the two years we've lived here we've never had to deal with this before and today we will be buying sump pumps to put in the window wells. I am thankful that my hubby is still so healthy and able to rectify these types of problems. I am thankful that today I woke up to sunshine-Yippee!!!!! I know there might be more rain but I'm praying that the storm will pass us by. I am thankful for the promise of summer days and warmer weather and long walks or bike rides.
I am thankful that behind every storm there is a promise of beauty. I'm off this morning to help our youngest but know I've been around, visiting you all and even when I don't leave comments-which I didn't do very much this week-I'm always blessed by you.
Hugs, Noreen


  1. Oh dear...snow in May! Yuck!!! Sorry about the wet basement!!! Love your decision to cultivate the right frame of mind. Hope you have a wonderful day!!!

  2. Noreen,
    We too have had unusually wet and cold weather.
    We haven't even had an opportunity to 'till up' our garden area here yet. I'm really beginning to wonder if this will be a year without a garden? Although soggy and stormy, we haven't had to deal with what you're going through though.
    I do know that God's heart is blessed that you turned this into a 'thanksgiving' blog instead of what it could have been. The words of your mouth and meditation of your heart is pleasing in His sight for sure!

  3. I try to keep an attitude of gratitude, too.

  4. Love you, Nor! So glad hubby got that taken care of for you guys!!

    What a huge blessing you are to your family, Nor. I love your giving heart!!! What a legacy and heritage of love for them!!

    Have a blessed day!
    Let me hear from you, OK?
    Lots of love,

  5. Hi Noreen,
    Good thankful list, sorry about your basement but glad it isn't finished so nothing was ruined, but know all that water is a mess and a pain to clean up. So glad hubby hadn't left yet so you weren't having to deal with it all on your own.
    Wow, Can't believe it is still snowing, course, it is all that global warming you know!! lol
    Wish you could come down here and spend some time with us, it would be a fun time I am sure.
    Spent hours talking with Becky on the phone yesterday, so it was a fun time!! We couldn't get together so we made the best of it, and it made our day.
    We got a Big unexpected surprise last night - at the end of the day hubby got laid off, but this is about our 5th time in our almost 40 years of marriage, most have been Company closures but this is a downsize cause they lost a huge
    contract. there is a slim possiblity that if they able to
    renegotiate the contract that he could possibly get rehired in June or July, but meanwhile we are seeking the Lords guidance as to where He might be taking or leading us. But we praise His name even in this storm!! For we know He is good!
    Have a great day and hope you get lots of sunshine soon hon,
    Love and Blessings, Nellie

  6. Amen...your positive attitude is such a blessing to others...hallelujah anyhow!

  7. I wonder if this is global warming.... :) :) :)


  8. Noreen,

    WOW it seems like the weather is always off. We keep getting the promise of rain and none comes, and even last night on the news we had a huge fire break out about an hour from here. So this is just a sign that we will have another year of firestorms in California. I'd take the rain and snow all day for the next month!

    I love having a great thankful attitude, it keeps the enemy at bay.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  9. Snow?! Oh my. Hang in there....

  10. WOW...Yes snow in May seems a bit weird. And I am sorry to hear about the water in the basement, but glad to hear hubby was home to handle it. You are soo right though...there is ALWAYS a blessing if we look for it. Have a wonderful week-end. HUGS, Debbie


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