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Monday, October 8, 2012


Happy Thanksgiving Canada.
I love Thanksgiving being in October.

A suggestion I read one year asked readers to list 100 things they are grateful for. That seemed like a long list to me, until I read further. It broke the list down into groups of 10.

10 living people I am grateful for.
10 dead people I am grateful for.
10 foods I am grateful for.
10 inventions I am grateful for.
10 animals I am grateful for.
10 plants I am grateful for.
10 places I am grateful for.
10 activities I am grateful for.
10 events I am grateful for.
10 ideas I am grateful for.

Hmmm I can do that and not even be started yet!

What about birds, insects, scriptures, body parts, opportunities, household items, temperatures,books, hymns, art, words, fruits, vegetables, meats, - well - you get the idea ... I can make an endless specific list.

Can I make a list of 1000 blessings?
Count them off one by one x1x1 by one?
This might be fun!

And this is just getting started!

Living or Dead people: 
Heavenly Father and mother, Jesus Christ, ancestors - and that alone numbers in the thousands that we know the names for, Dad, Mom, Wallace and  Kit, Papa, Jason and Ginger,
Tad and Kurri, Marty and Kimber, Ryan and Nena, Benjamin and Casey, Clarence,
Babies, Erin, Raanin, Avalin, Calvin, Campbell, Cody, Benson, Meg, Joseph, Jaegar, Jaidon, Quinton, Winslow, Zaymes, Mikkel, Beckham, Hendrix, Cynthia, Damian, Rex and Bet, Gene and Deb, Randy and Kathy, Tim and Karyn, Shane and Sharon, Rick and Necia, Scott and Teri, Becky and Kevin, Bonnie and Darcy, Wilfred and Charlotte, DD and Clayton, Wally and Jill, Richard and Cindy, (and my dozens and dozens of  nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, with all your spouses and more dozens of children), angels, prophets - and that includes all ancient and modern prophets (a long list), Maurice and Necia Bennett, friends,  doctors,  Bishops, Stake Presidents, Regional Representatives, Auxilary leaders,visiting teachers, home teachers, famous inventors and peacemakers, good presidents and kings, founding fathers of America, soldiers that fight for life and liberty, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Bill Peet,

Foods: olive oil, honey, jam, eggs, Cheese Whiz and raspberry jam, pepper sandwiches, macaroni and tomatoes, fried potatoes (and therefore lard!) with ketchup, salt, sugar, pancakes, cackle berries, moo juice,   fresh bread, chokecherry jelly,  baked beans in the can, porridge, casseroles, porridge, crusty white bread, muffins, baking powder biscuits, tacos, pizza, spaghetti,
Meats: beef, pork, chicken, turkey, duck, goose, venison, baloney, jerky, sausage, bacon, ham, steak, roasts, prairie chicken; hamburgers, hot dogs, Li'l Smokies,
dairy products: butter, milk, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, Gouda, Baby Bell, German Butter cheese, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella  feta cheese, blue cheese, ice cream, yogurt, whipped cream, sour cream, buttermilk,
Fruits: apples, rhubarb, mandarins  strawberries, blueberries, service berries, peaches, apricots, pears, oranges, plums, mangos, kiwi fruit, black berries, grapes, raisins, cranberries,
Vegetables:  beans - in the garden, peas, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, squash - yes all of them but especially zucchini and butternut, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, beets, swiss chard, corn, peppers,
Condiments: mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise  soy sauce  horseradish, salsa, sweet pickles, dill pickles, relish, BBQ sauce, ranch salad dressing, olives, syrup,
Desserts: cake- with or without icing, cookies, donuts, brownies, pie, tarts, tapioca, rice pudding, bread pudding, custard, lemon bars,
Treats: marshmallows, Roger's Golden Syrup, Revels, JuJubes, Orange bars, fudgesicles, fudge, Macintosh toffee, stretch candy, pretzels, taco chips, salt and vinegar chips,
Drinks: Orange Crush, lemonade, grape pop, homemade root beer, orange juice, Canada Dry, clear pop, white grape juice, cranberry cocktail, chocolate milk, eggnog,
Fish: trout, salmon, whitefish, tuna, crab, shrimp, lobster, pike,
Grains: wheat, corn, rice, legumes, millet, quinoa, oats, barely, popcorn, rye,
Seeds: sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, sprouts,
Nuts: pecans, pistachios, walnuts, macadamia, hazel nuts, peanuts,

Things: grace, water, shelter, rocks, hills, plains, dirt, sand, stars, sun and sky, northern lights, moon, mountains, midnight, Winter, Spring  Summer, Autumn, years, time, gold, silver, copper, prophecy, wings, stillness, sleep, gifts, praise, peace, news, thread, fabric, languages, seasons, day, night, dark, light, snow, rain, mist, cloud, dirt, land, a '54 Chevy or the 'purple people eater' truck - that used to be blue, tents and tarps, water balloons, schools and buses, pencils, books,  pictures,  pebbles, jam cans, fences,

Inventions: telephone, cameras, zippers, elastic,  pop top cans, bottles, plastic, computers and printers, electricity,  medicines, antibiotics, lasers, scissors,

Modes of transportation: bicycles, scooters, airplanes, automobiles, wagons, handcarts, buggies, quads, motorbikes, ambulance, helicopters,
Activities: skiing, knitting, sewing, crafts, embroidery, handwork, carving,

Plants:  trees- and how many varieties is that? peonies, grass, lilies, roses, bleeding heartshollyhocks,  buffalo beans, phlox, clematis, sweet peas, canterbury bells, lupines, columbines, sweet williams, foxglove, snapdragons, marigolds, 

Animals:  Brownie, Beethoven, Shep, Chic, Sox, Gravy, sheep,cattle, pigs, lambs, horses, dogs, cats, beavers, elephants, lions, rabbits, goats,

Birds: chickens, turkeys, ducks, sparrows, geese, swans, herons, Jenny Wren, robins, owls, hawks, meadowlarks, orioles, budgies,

Insects: ants because they make peonies bloom, crickets chirping, glow-bugs, praying mantis,

Creatures: dinosaurs, salamanders, frogs,

Places: World, heaven, Kimball, Ross Lake, Rothe's, HorseShoe Bend, St. Mary's, Waterton,  Creston, Westcastle,  Orion, Mt.View, Cardston, temple, chapels, Milky Way, Cassiopeia, Ursula Major and Minor, fields, rivers, streams, Israel, Bethlehem, nations - go ahead and list them ... how many are you grateful for?,  North, South, East, West, 2nd hand stores, shopping malls, hardware stores, libraries, universities,

Events: birth, death, life, weddings, potluck parties, birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, April Fool's Day, garage sales,

Activities: hiking, fishing, gardening, weeding - it makes me keep active, western movies, softball, soccer, walking, biking, sleeping, movies, kissing,

Ideas: freedom, forgiveness, hope, wisdom, mercy, kindness, stories, charity,

Opportunities: education, careers, worship, reading, travel,

Body parts:heart, voice, face, eyes, ears, knees, elbows, wrists, heart, legs, ankles, liver, teeth, eyebrows, fingers, toes, shoulders, lungs, arms, hands, muscles, nerves, lymphatics, kidneys, eyelashes,

Abilities: sight, hear, speak, feel, walk, run, jump, dance, roll, bend, flex, twist, duck, hop, cycle, taste,

Instruments: pianos, organs, harps, violas, tambourines, drums, bells, flutes, guitars, oboes, clarinets, castanets  xylophone, reeds, violins, cellos, trombones, trumpets

Music: choirs, concerts, symphonies,

Songs: Hallelujah Chorus, hymns - that's about 341 just in the LDS hymn book, children's songs - well over 300 in the Children's song book, Humpbacked Mule, How Would You Like To Swing On A Star?, Sowin' Love, Hey Good Lookin', see Standing Still Dancing above for more ...

Poetry: Paradise Lost, Abou Ben Adam, Father William, Jonathan Bing, Twas the Night Before Christmans

Household Items: windows, doors, bed, blankets, quilts, sheets, pillows, floors, carpets, shingles, paint, vents, washer, dryer, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, stove, pots and pans, plates, bowls, cups, spoons, forks, knifes, mugs, spatulas, salt and pepper shakers, glasses, pitchers, crockpots, cutting boards, bleach, soap, paper towels, towels, facecloths, tea towels, hot mitts, frying pans, muffin tins, pie pans, eggbeaters, graters, vacuums, tables and chairs, calendars, sofas, bleach, Tide,

Vitamins and Minerals: calcium, zinc, phosphorous, oxygen, carbon dioxide, cinders, coal, magnesium,

Clothes: pants, coats, dresses, t-shirts, blouses, dresses, shoes, runners, sandals, flipflops, boots, slippers, slips, underwear, lingerie, jackets, shirts, buttons, buckles, belts, ribbons, stockings

Games: Rook, Rummicub,  piƱatas, Bocce, hide and seek, pente, tag, ante-I-over, fox and geese, Go Fish, Old Maid, Mancala, 

Tools: hammers,saws, screw drivers, nails, salt blocks, post holes, wire-cutters, pliers, planes, sanders, routers, wrenches, shovels, hoes, rakes, guns, screws, scissors, nail clippers, trowels,


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