Things for which I’m forever thankful…


My goodness. Where to even begin?

First and foremost, I hope all of you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving. While family can sometimes make us wanna go sit in the garage with the door closed and the car running, I hope that none of you have that feeling today. May all of your friends and family take their happy pills so that everyone has a delightful day. 🙂

I think this was 1979. Check out that wallpaper!

Now, on to my list of blessings for which I truly am grateful.

  1. I am blessed to have the world’s most amazing mom. At almost 74 she is still peppy and fun and healthy and sweet. May she live another 50 years.
  2. I am blessed to have a wonderful sister. We may have pulled each others hair more than once while growing up, but we’ve always been there for one another through the years and I’m so very thankful to have her as not only my sister, but as my friend.
  3. I am blessed to have my aunt still with us even though she has been fighting stage 4 cancer for the last year. Her courage is simply amazing and God has blessed her with more time than we ever could have hoped for.
  4. I am blessed to have married the most wonderful man on earth. He is kind every day. He shows his love for me every day. He is encouraging, supportive, thoughtful, has amazing biceps and a smile that lights the world.
  5. I am blessed to have 2 awesome kitties (one of whom is licking my arm right now), 2 precious chickens and an old ass hamster that is somehow still amongst the living.
  6. I am blessed to have survived many a physical challenge and am still around to annoy and pester people on a regular basis.
  7. I am blessed to have been raised in a way that gives me peace every day of my life. Thank you, Mom, for helping me see how wonderful God is (I know–shocking coming from someone with a potty mouth like me!).
  8. I am blessed to have been raised to be strong, independent, kind, smart-assed (Mom does NOT want to take credit for that last one!) and cheerful.
  9. I am blessed to have friends that put up with me. I hibernate often and hate the phone more than chicken pox, and my true friends understand that my hibernation does not spring from a lack of love. I can’t tell you how much that means to me.
  10. I am blessed that God gave me a brain with which to think, a voice with which to speak and fingers that can fly over a keyboard with only a few typos per minute.
  11. I am blessed that I have a day job which allows me to help kids become better readers and understand math in a way that I never did. A little giving back is a good thing.
  12. I am blessed to have a life that is more satisfying and wonderful and deliriously happy than I ever thought possible.

Beyond all of that, there are just a few other things for which I’m thankful.

  1. I am thankful that I have cute toes and don’t have some giant piggy-that-stayed-home finger-length-toe that is an inch longer than my big toe.
  2. I am thankful that I have a billion teddy bears that my hubby loves and makes sing and dance and talk (and hump sometimes–it’s gross but funny as hell).
  3. I am thankful that I have almost no hair on my legs–man, shaving those suckers always sucked. Now it’s not really an issue. Whew!
  4. I am thankful that my hubby lets me decorate the house. If I had to argue about what to buy every time I wanted to buy something, I’d pull my hair out and/or kill him with a hammer.
  5. I am thankful that my books are doing so well (you guys have helped with that tremendously and I love you for it!!!).
  6. I am thankful for all of our outdoor kitties that have adopted us. I love all of them: Extra cat, Little gray kitty, Vest kitty, Mittens kitty…
  7. I am thankful that my friend Brenda introduced me to the “F” word when I was in 4th grade. I simply love that word, as you all well know!

Last but not least, I am thankful for all of my wonderful blogging buddies. You guys always bring me such joy and your comments and support and sweetness mean so much to me. Tons of love to all of you and may your lives be blessed every day and may you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season.


PS: For those of you who read my sweet potato blog, the foil container in front of the cans of soda contains the Salmonella turkey leg that just about killed us all. We just tried to cook a leg, not even a whole turkey, and about died. Oh, and we were, well…ummm…not of sound mind while cooking (as you can tell by my very screwed up looking face) so it’s no wonder food poisoning was also on the menu! 🙂

Yep, I’m a little “goofy” in this pic. Where are my eyes??
Shockingly, I used to be quite naughty. 🙂



30 comments on “Things for which I’m forever thankful…

  1. I am grateful for another good blog & your cute toes! I hope Mr. Thor is feeling better.
    This blog got me thinking of how blessed my life really is! So thank you for that. May you have a Happy Thanksgiving! And most of all “May You Get Stuffed!!!!!!” 🙂 It’s the one day of the year I can get away with saying it & I say it a lot!


    • Awwwww…you are so cute. Thank you, doll. 🙂 Mr. Thor is on his way to recovery. As a matter of fact, he won’t sit still today and I keep telling him if he overdoes it, he’s going to start feeling worse again. Does he listen? Of course not. Dang men! 😉 He’s just antsy because he’s not used to laying around so much–it makes him feel lazy. So I told him if he really wanted to clean stuff, clean the bathroom! 😉

      I’m really glad you liked the post and that it got you thinking about your own wonderful life. It’s amazing how when one sits down to write out their blessings, how many one can come up with. 🙂

      You have a happy Thanksgiving too and get your self STUFFED too! I love that! 🙂


  2. What an awesome blog … but I have one issue with it … where’s the potty mouth?? It’s missing! It’s almost like you didn’t give a f*^% about it .. hehe (kidding – I know you do ;-D)

    Your comment about the hammer … I saved a kids life the other day …. I didn’t beat him to death with my stick like I wanted to O:-)


    • Thanks, honey!! 🙂 I KNOW! I didn’t say fuck or shit or damn or dicknose or ass or anything else. What is wrong with me? Good grief–that was quite the litany of naughty words. HAD to get them out at some point!

      I’m so stealing your line about saving a life by NOT beating him to death like you wanted to. I think that shows how awesome you (and me) are by showing such restraint on a regular basis. We should win an award. 🙂 HUGS!!


      • Well they couldn’t stay locked away forever could they? How’s hubby, and who cooked (or is cooking) Thanksgiving dinner?

        I just came out with randomly when I was speaking to a friend, and she couldn’t stop laughing. So she has decided to steal that phrase as well 😀


        • No sir. No they could not! 😉

          Hubby is feeling better, but now he’s doing too much and by tonight I’m sure he’ll be sick as a dog again. Why don’t men just listen to women 100% of the time? It would make life so much easier!! 😉 As for Thanksgiving, we’re having it on Saturday since most of the family is sick. Total poop! But the good part is that mom volunteered to cook the turkey! YAY!!! So, all I have to do is the cheesy potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, the croissants and dessert. While that is WAY FREAKING MORE thank I had planned, none of it should be too hard. Keep your fingers crossed that I don’t fuck it all up. I’d like our late Thanksgiving to be a yum-fest, not a puke-fest!! 😉 XO


  3. 1979 was a grand year, and I graduated high school then. Hope your Thanksgiving is great Jodi, and your hubs feels better. Funny about the long toe thing. You should post a foot picture!


  4. 1979, I graduated high school, got married and moved to Okinawa Japan. Thanks for bringing back some great memories with the photo. I liked the list of things to feel thankful for. I have many of these on my list too.

    Happy Thanskgiving!


  5. First of all, we are all thankful for you, your wittiness, your awesome blog, and your potty mouth.
    Vest kitty? That sounds too cute. Does he actually look like he’s wearing a vest? Or has he been made in to a vest?
    I didn’t know you are a teacher! So am I!!


    • Awwwww…hon, thank you!!! And whew! Thank God the potty mouth is a blessing rather than a curse. 🙂 Oh yeah, vest kitty. He totally looks like he’s wearing a vest. He’s all black except for this awesome, pure white vest. He’s adorable. 🙂 It is quite tempting to actually turn him into a vest–I’d be the best dressed kitty slayer on earth. Wait. That’s fucked up. 😉

      You are a teacher? What do you teach? 100 years ago I taught high school English. Now I help create software for elementary literacy and MS/HS math. I knew we got along so well for more than our crazy senses of humor! 🙂


  6. Love the list of things your thankful for! I wish I could be thankful for my toes, lol! I have a gigantic big toe, and very small feet, hahaha! I hate them!
    I’m thankful you wanted to share my recipes in your book, and for your wonderful friendship 🙂


    • Thank you!!! I’m glad you enjoyed my lists. I’m going to HAVE to see a pics of your maniac toe. It’s a must. NEED. TO. SEE!!!!

      I’m really thankful you let me include your recipes. They are so yummy! I’m going to make the crab cakes again soon. Total yum. And you are a pretty kicks ass friend too, my dear. 🙂 HUGS!!


    • Thank you! That pic always transports me back almost 35 years. Wait. Almost 35 years? Good grief! How in the hell did I get so old???? It’s not possible! Aren’t I still 22? Well, my maturity level is about 22, so there’s that. 😉 Hope you had a great Thanksgiving too! 🙂


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  8. Reblogged this on Jodi Ambrose's Blog and commented:

    Happy Slightly Early Thanksgiving!

    I started writing my “What I’m Thankful For” post and realized that everything I was writing was just the same as it was when I originally penned this post back in 2012. So, I guess I’m truly blessed that life is still wonderful and that I’m still surrounded by such love.

    May you all have a blessed day! Love ya! XOOXOXOXO


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