It’s been a tough year.  I still have back pain from last year’s car accident.  My company recently told me my services will no longer be needed in March.  And I was devastated by the recent election.  So, I could be asking myself, “What do I have to be grateful for?”  But I am grateful and here is my list in time for Thanksgiving.


I’m thankful that I am married to the sweetest man in the world.  Seriously, no one can claim that they have anyone sweeter.  (Unless maybe, they have a cute newborn in their life!)

I’m thankful for my Mother (she prefers to be called Mother, not Mom,) who is still with us at 97.

I’m thankful that I can now think of Joni and Jon and my Dad (he preferred Dad or Daddy, not Father,) with love and laughter and fewer tears.

I am grateful for my son, who the day after the election asked what woman do we want to elect as President in 4 years.

And I’m grateful for my whole family, they are always there and I will always be there for them, too.


I am grateful that for 25 years, I worked with people who made me think and made me laugh.

While I’m sad that some are leaving to new positions faster than we thought, I’m so happy that they found new jobs within the company—although I’ll miss my Twinsy for sure.


I am grateful for the Pantsuit Nation.  They give me hope just as our nation is about to enter dark and dangerous times with the true Bully in the Pulpit.

I am grateful that we have people like Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker to light our way and keep us on the path.


I’m grateful that I found my voice and finally shared this blog with my friends and family.

I’m grateful that my Physical Therapist introduced me to “magic tape” (aka Rock Tape) so that I could get off the crutch and start walking “normal” again.

I’m grateful that my Chiropractor was able to help me find some flexibility, free up my hips and provide some pain relief with my back.  Still so much more to do, but in a better place than I was at the beginning of the year.

I hope this list inspires you to think of what you’re grateful for this week.  And I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.