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Four Things I’m Grateful For

People usually are a wee bit more aware of things they have to be thankful for during the upcoming American holiday season.  Thanksgiving brings that out in us!  It isn’t just the thought of football, food and visits with loved ones.  To me, it is a prompting to find things to be grateful for outside those parameters!!

I’m going to do a few posts between now and Thanksgiving day to list things I am grateful for. 

1 – Cell phone cameras!  I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been out and about and thought, “Oh man! I wish I had my camera with me.”  Now I just have to remember that my cell phone HAS a camera option!  Here are a couple of shots I took with my cell phone.  (Some pix enlarge when you click on them)

Sunset, National Seashore in Texas

The two below are of the sunset along I-40, Arkansas (cropped to take out highway traffic)

 Stuck in a storm, pulled over behind a restuarant to get out of the slashing wind and rain!  The road is flooded.

 2 – Haircolor.  I finally gave up trying to cover my beautiful amazing stunning glorious grey white hair.  No matter what color the stylist did, the color on the glaring lovely white roots would immediately fade and I looked like I had huge bald spots instead of white hair (because the hair was the same color as my scalp).  Last year, I tried just letting the grey act like highlights. Yeah, ok.  Maybe not the best choice.  I felt like Cruella D’Ville (not to mention I have no idea what color that brownish mess is that was slapped on the rest of my hair):

But with the help of bottles of lovely color, a few weeks ago, my current sytlist opted to work with the white and I think she did a pretty good job – you can’t really tell which is real and which is white.  Right??  Well, to me it is a little better so I’m grateful.  Cell phone pictures don’t always look good – I mean, in real life?  I am only 25 (I know, I know – a rough 25.  Really! What? You don’t believe me?  Well OK.  Maybe I am somewhere south of twenty-thirty) and I really have thick wavy hair.  No, not really.  A girl can dream, tho.  Or wear wigs – of which I have 7. 

3 – Makeup.  What? You thought I was going to be deep?  That’s for later.  Right now, I baring my soul here and being honest.  Makeup.  I love makeup.  I don’t want to be without makeup.  Makeup is… well, OK.  It’s not my LIFE, but let us just say that being blonde means that without makeup I have no eyelashes or eyebrows.  Oh, they are there, light blonde, but I look washed out and just pure naked.  People think makeup is a waste of time but I’ve been wearing it soooo long (no, I’m not going to say how long), that it really doesn’t take much time to slap some on.  I heard a preacher say once, “Any old barn looks better with a coat of paint.” 

Alpha Hubby loves makeup, too – although I will say the most romantic thing he ever said to me was, “You look beautiful” when I wasn’t wearing makeup.  Then again, that WAS the first year we were married.  He may have been blinded by lust love.

4 – Home.   Of all the things, I am truly grateful for my home.  Oh, not just the building I live in – the house part – but that this place is truly a home – where love is.  Where happiness and laughter abide.  Where I am considered a gift to my loved ones.  Where peace surrounds me and those who stop by for awhile.  Never underestimate the power of home.

What are you grateful for today?

23 thoughts on “Four Things I’m Grateful For

  1. I hear ya! I look pretty ragged without makeup simply because of the “no eye brows and lashes” deal! Really washed out. So at the very least, mascara is a must if I’m going to be where people can see me and run screaming away!!

  2. The waves were via crimping iron! That’s my wanna-be style – my fave – wash and go! I have fine straight hair – oh it has a teeeeeensy bit of wave but usually only when some hairstylist has gone nuts putting layers in (can you say nightmare?) and when I air dry it. I always wish for more waves… don’t we all always wish for what we don’t have!?

  3. I love your new hair! I started going gray in college, and I’m grateful that I just let it alone, in spite of all the commercials about washing out the gray–peer pressure lasts a long time!

  4. One sunset is right out of the camera, the other I clicked on the “Auto Correct” button – just lightened it up a bit – but yeah, I am really surprised how good those cell phon pix come out!!

  5. OH I bet that was hysterical – spontaneous dancing! That would have been a great picture – or video! I found out by accident my real camera can take a short video – I guess I should read the manual, huh!!

  6. My hair isn’t wirey – it is the second picture to a T – the “curl” comes from a crimping iron. And hey, I like getting old – the alternative is… permanent (smile)! Off to check your blog out now!

  7. OMG what a great post! I agree with all four that you listed -me too! The hair color one…funny. Why didn’t you keep your waves? I think they looked great! Since I have stick straight hair -born with it -I always wanted wavy hair -permed till I could perm no more. Now, I just go with the flow -straight. Oh yeah…and thinning now too! ugh. Okay, TMI. :-)rn-StephaniernHere from Content is King

  8. OHMYGOODNESS I love the hair. It is sooooo good looking on you. I like it way better than anything I have seen on you since we “met.” And I agree…I love haircolor and makeup. They really do make me happy. 🙂 rnrnOf course – lots of things make me happy. My lovely fiance. My amazing kiddo. 50 pounds of weight off my hips. The snow we will soon be getting. The fact that I am getting amrried next weekend….*SIGH* Life. Is. Good.

  9. This is a great post. I think you captured your voice well.

    I turned 40 at the end of last year. I started getting little white hairs a couple of years ago. I kind of like them, although they drive my hairdresser nuts. She keeps begging me to let her color them. I kind of keep them just to make her crazy. That was a long way to say that I think your Cruella DeVille hair is cool! But I like the new color as well.

    And your description of home was perfect.

    Here from Content is King.

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your hair! I am a natural reddish-golden blonde but my gray hair is actually wiry white and does not take hair color well at all either. I have stopped trying to hide the gray and just color the roots a couple times a year. They come in dark and lighten up as it grows out. This didn’t start until my mid-30’s. Then it looked like I had a bad dye job all the time. Darn hair and darn getting old! n

  11. Ah yes, the cell phone camera… unfortunately, a few weeks back when three friends who are about 6 years older than me and lived in completely different states growing up, broke into spontaneous, identical dancing to Rob Base’s It Takes Two in my kitchen, I could SEE the phone, but I was too stunned to pick it up and hit record!

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