1. A supportive husband who was willing to help me accomplish my dreams
2. A no-nonsense best friend who tells it like it is, and who I love better than a sister
3. The most entertaining, exciting, interesting and intelligent horses anyone could ever desire
4. The sweetest, kindest dogs
5. A beautiful, spacious barn with an indoor arena and acres and acres of land
6. A kind next-door neighbor who uses our manure to fertilize his corn
7. The chance to play with other peoples’ ponies and get paid
8. The opportunity to teach children about horses
9. New Beginnings for a business in a rough economic time–but we’re doing it anyway!
10. The fact that while many businesses fail within the first year, we’re going strong.
11. Caffeine for helping with migraine headaches
12. Cement so there’s no mud in front of the run-in stalls
13. My new outdoor arena!
14. My John Deere tractor
15. Amazing friends who are willing to schlep me and my horse to shows
16. The Kindness and Generosity of others–I always get what I need, and much of what I want
17. Television, especially the History and Discovery channels
18. My car works and gets good gas mileage
19. Plenty of fresh, green grass in all the pastures for the horses
20. The lovely impatiens on my back deck
21. Warm showers
22. Indoor plumbing
24. Paper and the ability to write
26. Dinosaur bones
27. Elastic hair ties
28. My laptop!
30. Rice Cheese (Fake cheese made with rice.)
31. My debate classes in High School and College
32. Dr. Walker from Olivet College
33. The handymen who fixed my fences
34. The fact that they found a NEW Mayan calendar that says the world won’t end this year
35. My new farrier, Vaughn Parrish
36. Stickers. I loved stickers when I was growing up. They brought me a lot of joy.
37. The sunset
38. The beautiful lilies a previous owner planted outside. They’re lovely right now.
39. Braveheart’s perfect heart on his tushie. “Someone” somewhere in the cosmos had to enjoy painting that on his tush.
40. The perfect smell of the White Pine trees on my property. They remind me of camp.
41. That I have Jimmy Buffett and Lionel Ritchie concert tickets!
42. The heat. It makes me appreciate how lucky I am to have a roof over my head, even if we don’t have air conditioning.
43. Margaritaville Sirius XM radio on my television. I listened to a Jimmy Buffett concert replay this morning that was phenomenal from last year’s Welcome to Fin-Land tour. Ah, memories!
44. Ceiling fans
45. The Supreme Court upholding Obamacare. Thank you!
46. Did I mention those concert tickets are in the VIP section?
47. Minions who help with chores–even in the heat and extreme cold.
48. That my body has normal sweat patterns. I cannot imagine the inability to sweat.
49. The breeze. It’s perfect.
50. The morning off for the next 3 days. I’ve cleaned my entire kitchen!
51. My husband reached another birthday this year
52. Special glue-on shoes for Hunter. His feet are too brittle for normal shoes, and he’s lame without them. I’m grateful these have been invented and we live in a time when they’re available.
53. Air-conditioned movie theatres.
54. The DVR. This morning I have the pleasure of watching the husband indulge in the baseball game he missed yesterday.
55. Love and Passion. These extreme emotions drive my life every day. I love my husband and am passionate about my business.
56. Cold Water. There’s nothing like it.
57. Lucas McChicken. He’s adorable. I didn’t know I’d enjoy owning a bird, but I love Lucas.
58. Socks. My shoes would be disgusting otherwise.
59. My John Deere tractor. I’m grateful I don’t have to mow with a push mower!
60. The dishwasher. (And a husband who loads said dishwasher!)
61. Mike, the neighbor who lives in the brick house next door, who not only uses the horse manure our horses create, but also trimmed the trees hanging over the arena. Thank you, Mike!
62. A husband who took off work early to come watch a camp horse show
63. The campers at camp
64. A best friend who puts up with my pet names for her horse–I call Phoenix “Fifi.”
65. The Bank. They keep track of my money so I don’t have to.
66. That I knew Savannah for many wonderful years.
67. That I’m best friends with Savannah’s owner.
68. That Savannah’s owner found Phoenix before Savannah passed.
69. That I had a whole wonderful summer with the girl before she fell ill.
70. That we were able to keep Savannah and Melody, best friends, together until the end.
71. That I have a caring, kind husband to keep me calm in times of need, crisis, and pain.
72. That even though there are hurtful people in the world, I can rely on my dear, wonderful friends and husband to see me through.
73. The KSRP family, who “gave” me Twist. He’s the boy in the photo. He’s a true delight and more than any one person should be blessed to own. He’s my sweet, darling boy who loves to cuddle and give me kisses.
74. Dena, who has recently come into my life with the donation of Huxley and Thisbe to our cat clowder. She’s gentle, warm, and caring.
75. My little dog, Bandit. How could I ever live without my black and white shadow-baby? Puppy kisses heal the world’s ills.
76. My friends. Without my friends, I’d forget what’s important and what’s nonsense.
77. Donald Maas. Writing is rewriting. Writing is Rewriting! Thank you, sir, for your wonderful book and workbook.
78. Scrub brushes. I’m grateful for brushes to help me clean without sacrificing my fingernails.
79. Again, I can’t stress how wonderful my best friend is to me. She made a second cast of Savannah’s hoof for me to keep. I treasure this cast more than she knows.
80. Today is a month since Savannah passed. Thank you, Savannah, thank you God, and thank you, Martina, for letting Savannah be a continual presence in my life.
81. Erika, my coolest (actually-related) sister.
82. My husband’s constant vigilance–he always watches out for me.
83. Friends, some I’ve met in real life, some I know well, and others who profoundly affected my life without knowing it at the time. Thanks to all the people who keep me sane in an insane world.
84. Trudie. One of the Best Henchmen in every respect. She loves the horses, she’s sweet, kind, and understanding.
85. Twist. He’s a joy and a delight every day.
86. Rain. I’m grateful the drought appears to be over.
87. The ACFW. Thank you for all you do.
88. My Little Ponies. I love them.
89. Riley, our hay supplier. He’s a great guy, and he works hard to keep his customers happy.
90. The Boy Scouts who are cutting trails through my neighbor’s trees. It’s a kind gesture, and much appreciated.
91. The Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. I’m easily entertained by kids shows.
92. Gordon Korman. He is a very nice man and an excellent author.
93. Robert Brent. I love my painting of Twist. The color blending and use of light enhances Twist’s incredibly unique horse-inality.
94. My best friend. She’s always entertaining, unique, and fun. She’s the best friend everyone else wishes they had.
95. I’m grateful for hot water and a heated house. I’m cold-blooded and feel frozen in the morning if it’s cold. Instead of waking up and feeling like a human Popsicle, I can wake up feeling warm and snuggly up until the moment I go outside.
96. I’m beyond grateful for My Little Ponies. I love those ponies. They make me smile. They make me happy. They make me want more.
97. I’m grateful for the lovely rides I had this morning. I had a perfect time on Honey and Phoenix.
98. I’m grateful for Jeannie and Terry, who I spent time with this morning. They helped out with Thisbe and Huxley after Jeannie’s daughter was forced to give them up, so the two kitties ended up here. They’re delightful people. I wish we had more time to spend together.
99. I’m grateful I never, ever, ever have to spend another minute behind a desk in a cubicle. NEVER.
100. I’m grateful that I have opportunities in my life that I enjoy and take advantage of. I appreciate them. I love meeting new people and having possibilities stretch in front of me like paving stones. I’m grateful I’ve been given so much in this life even though many people have so little. I have my health, strength, love, laughter, and a partner I’d die for. For people who actually read all the way to 100, perhaps this seems somewhat cheezy–but if you know me in real life, you know how deeply I adore my husband.
101. Friends who willingly share their delicious Allergy-Friendly recipe finds on Facebook. Thank you, Erin!
102. The glorious painting of Twist, as illustrated by Robert Brent. I swear, though the man has never met my horse, he captured Twist better than the photo. Since this is my list I’m mentioning it twice (#93 and #102)–because I really, really love the painting.
103. My camera. Words can’t describe the loveliness in and around Firefly Farm.
104. Avenue Q the musical. Thank you for saying in music what I can only jokingly think in my head.
105. Tennis balls. I love playing ball with my dog. She’s so excited when I open the cabinet door where the tennis ball is kept.
106. Thanks again, Donald Maas. I appreciate your workbook.
107. My wonderful Lance. I love this dog so much. He comes over and gives me puppy kisses at the sweetest, most unexpected times. I adore his gentle, nurturing personality.
108. Stephen Colbert and Jon Stuart. I love these guys.
109. I’m grateful I married a man who makes me laugh every day.
110. I’m grateful God allows me to laugh at myself and enjoy life as it is, come what may.
111. I’m grateful I’ll host Thanksgiving–one less holiday I have to travel. Hooray!
112. I’m lucky to have Twist in my life. He brings me joy.
113. I’m grateful we found Suzie Q for Judi. I love having them both at my farm.
114. I’m lucky to have a best friend who explains things to me even if the things are simple but my brain wants to make them difficult.
115. I’m grateful for random people who help me put items into my car at Family Farm and Home. Thank you, random strangers. I appreciate you all.
116. I’m grateful for Sage’s little whinnies every morning–they remind me of Savannah.
117. I’m delighted for Thanksgiving–the only major holiday I don’ t have to travel anywhere and can stay home.
118. Thank goodness for Midwest Power Equipment. When my tractor acts strangely, they fix it. I’m grateful!
119. I’m blessed with a husband who takes me seriously–but not TOO seriously.
120 . I finished re-writing a second draft of my masterpiece. Someday you’ll read it, love it, and share a copy–if you’re under 18. (If you’re over 18, you’re not in my demographic. Tough noogies.)
121. We need to buy a new tractor for lawn mowing and moving random things around. I’m grateful that, with a few sacrifices, we can afford it.
122. I’m glad we have time off together around Christmas. I love spending time with my husband.
123. I feel so happy each time I go to the barn and see a new gift, no matter how small. I’m touched that people think of me at Christmas time and give me tokens of that friendship.
124. I’m happy that Melody pulls a sled for me each morning and night. Hooray!
125. I’m grateful for my husband–we’ve been married 10 years now. (The man is a saint. How anyone could willingly and happily stay with me for 10 years is beyond my imagination–but I’m grateful he has!)
126. I’m grateful that there are no bugs during the winter.
127. I’m grateful for Rue kitty–she caught a mouse yesterday. That way I didn’t have to use a mousetrap.
128. I’m proud of my numerous Minions. They’re wonderful.
129. I’m grateful I’ve lived to (almost) see 31. I hope in my next 30 years to be even more productive.
130. I’m proud of my boarders. They make me happy. I adore them, and am grateful for their friendships. They are dear to me, and a few are very close friends.
131. I love my fuzzy horse slippers that my best friend gave me a while back for Christmas
132. I’m grateful to people who tell me they enjoy this section of my blog–it makes me feel loved.
133. I’m grateful for my home, my dogs, my horses, my barn with its indoor arena, and my life. I live this every day!
134. I’m grateful for Martina, her mother, and her grandmother. I don’t care if two of the three are in Germany–I love them all. Thanks Grandma Ella for the pasta maker; thanks to Martina’s Mom who knitted me a hat, and thanks to Martina, my best friend, for all she does.
135. Thanks again to Martina–tomorrow night she’s doing chores so I can have the night off for my birthday. Hooray!
136. I’m grateful for my chickens. I love my chickens!
137. I love knowing that spring is “here” (somewhat…?) and summer’s on it’s way.
138. I’m so grateful to be in another musical. I love musicals. I love going to sing and dance with my friends each night.
139. I love my dogs. They’re fun.
140. I’m grateful that I learned how to cook. The husband is partly to thank for that, but others are responsible, too. I’m indebted to anyone who ever took me on as a project case–apprentice–or sous-chef. I was not easy to teach. I’m a dropper. I thought I was a hopeless case, in all honesty. I’m pleased to say I’m a good cook.