I may be an atheist, but there's much to be thankful for, even if I'm not praying!
I'm so, so thankful that we can have a Thanksgiving this year. It wasn't a given, and we're still rather food-insecure, but we've banded together and we'll have a regular Thanksgiving feast. Yay!
I'm quite thankful that my housemate has no issues with me pretty much taking over the kitchen and making the dinner. I love cooking, and since I can't find work, it makes me feel like I'm contributing.
I already have most of the cooking done, and the kitchen is clean and ready for the finishing up tomorrow! How cool is that?
I'm so glad that my housemate is busy with her work. She works nights at a gas station 3 days a week, but that's to supplement her home business... she's a notary who specializes in mortgage closings. She's had a bunch this week, 3 for Saturday, and a few for Monday as well! Therefor, her mortgage will get paid. We are thankful.
Cailín Ard has a good job now, which is locally owned and operated. The owner knows every employee by name, and does his best to help everyone out. Right now Cailín Ard is still a temp, but will be hired as soon as the contract is over. When our car broke down, the owner insisted that Cailín Ard take the company car! Even the temps get the same cash bonuses permanent employees get... and are invited to the holiday parties. Then there's the 2-4 hours of paid OT every day... In this economy, we are so lucky to have this.
We are thankful that we should be able to really fix the car soon. It needs a new windshield and exhaust system so that it can pass inspection. It should be done by the end of December (because of the holiday bonus).
I'm very thankful for my service dog, Pùka. I don't know what I'd do without him. He sticks by me no matter what, and if I'm not feeling great, I have a ball of small dog in my lap. Without him, I would not be able to go out.
We're having an Open House on Saturday, and people are coming! I've felt pretty isolated since leaving Hawai'i. It makes me happy that it may change soon.
I'm grateful I have such wonderful housemates. There are a lot of us here, but we get along, we're becoming something of a family, even. No one looks down on us because we're queer and Cailín Ard is transsexual, and I'm disabled. We help each other out if we can. All of us are respected. We none of us have a lot, but we're making it together!
I'm also grateful that my housemate opened a shop with me. I couldn't have started it without her help, but now it's up and running. It's another way for me to feel useful, being able to market my crochet and keep my hands busy.
Yay for my Cailín Ard, who is working so, so hard. It's physical labor, tempering glass, but she does it every day for long hours without complaint. And before she goes to work, she helps out around the house. She moved 3 cords of wood into the basement, and has been stacking it, too. Then she goes to work 2nd shift. She even takes care of me when I need it.
It's a much better year than last year. I'm thankful that we can keep going, and I hope that this next year is even better than this one!
What are you thankful for this year?