Today is an easy day to be grateful for. I woke up early, really early today – this is part of being low carb( 4th day). We wake up bright and early and can’t go back to sleep- there are no “rumblies” in the tummies; it is a happy state to be in.

Here’s my list :

  1. Diet : Thankful for husband who has kept the diet for 3.5 days in a row. For a person who cannot live by routines and set schedules, he has been doing it. Now he is accepting of the diet and the changes. His sugar levels have come within normal range and he has stopped his medications. Since he is a doctor, he monitors his sugar and BP readings through the day.
  2. Weight: For my weight which hasn’t gone up but remained steady. I am following the low carb diet myself with my husband and together we are doing it.
  3. For closeness: Cooking food from scratch, going back to natural foods, cooking fresh together, calling each other to check if food was eaten on time- has brought about an intimacy which was lacking for so long. I am happy.
  4. For water : Even though it is hot, we have running water and some to spare for the garden.
  5. For the Thai children: who were all rescued and are doing well.
  6. For people who look out for animals and birds and trees and living things weaker than themselves – so grateful.
  7. For grandmothers: I am grateful I had my grandmother living until my 44th year. For her love, care, good food, fun times, memories of climbing buses together, prayer meetings attended.
  8. For the lady who helps with cooking
  9. For the job that allows me freedom.

17 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. A big benefit: hubby a doctor with the diet! We are also following low-carb. I wish my husband could monitor his blood sugar. He has lost weight. I read that the keto diet is good for cancer patients. We have yet to hear from his nutritionist at the VA.


    1. Thank you, Anne. I am so glad that my writing helped at least one person. I find I am really ungrateful for what I have in life, but now that I am doing it at least once a week, it is helping me count my blessings.

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  2. We all need to count our blessings! I just signed a contract for a full load as an adjunct for next semester! We went shopping and bought some great meats for the low carb diet and I am glad the VA takes as good care of both of us as it does. We are lucky. 5 new books from the library to read and summer vacation is still here. Enjoy the day!


  3. This is a beautiful gratitude post Susie, and I, too, have many fond memories of my grandmother who passed away just before my 40th birthday. I often write about her in my blog posts. I thank you for being grateful for people who look out for animals and birds and the mention of my blog. I am full of hope as I mentioned to you earlier today, when people seem to come together and rally for the plight of an animal that has been tortured, or a kind fireman who rescues ducklings from a sewer grate while Mama duck looks on – the oohs and ahhs on social media over the plight of animals, turns people who seem to hate one another or disagree with one another into totally different human beings … just like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It is a transformation. But there is goodness and sweetness in those little critters who come to trust you … I look into their eyes and I know I must be doing something right.


    1. I have read your grandmother and mother posts. I can see how much you loved them and remember them. My grandmother was my life support but I am not sad she is gone. During her last years, she lost her memory or preferred to live in a world of her own, scared and intimidated, worried she was a burden to her caregivers. I hated to see a farmer’s wife and farm owner deteriorate like that- she lived to her early 90s.

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      1. Susie – I think the saddest thing in the world is to watch someone wither away, whether it is from cancer or from memory loss/Alzheimer’s. My grandmother had a heart condition the last twenty years or so of her life. She was one of 9 children, and 8 them passed away from heart failure, one at age 18 from a leaky heart valve. I watched my neighbor across the street, a woman who was my mom’s best friend for decades, and after her husband passed away from cancer, she developed dementia in short order. She did not recognize my mom, nor me, and would call across the street to me when I was outside getting into the car or doing yard work to ask me the time, or what day it was and she didn’t know my name. How sad it was to see this. She was a good friend of our family from the day we moved here. I had to turn my head so she would not see my tears when she continued to open the door, and call out to me “Miss” and not my name, then keep asking me the what the day and time was. To watch this deterioration was upsetting to me. But, it is good our grandmothers left us with good memories and made a good mark on us. I cannot say the same as to my grandfather. He was the exact opposite of my grandmother – I’ll never understand the attraction to him. Opposite attract as they say.


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