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Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.Oliver SacksNo writer has succeeded in capturing the medical and human drama of illnessas honestly and as eloquently as Oliver Sacks. During the last few months of his life, he wrote a set of essays in which he movingly explored his feelings about completing a life and coming to terms with his own death. It is the fate of every human being, Sacks writes, to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death.Together, these four essays form an ode to the uniqueness of each human being and to gratitude for the gift of life.Oliver Sacks was like no other clinician, or writer. He was drawn to the homes of the sick, the institutions of the most frail and disabled, the company of the unusual and the abnormal. He wanted to see humanity in its many variants and to do so in his own, almost anachronistic wayface to face, over time, away from our burgeoning apparatus of computers and algorithms. And, through his writing, he showed us what he saw. Atul Gawande, author of Being MortalFrom the Hardcover edition.
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kspenmoll
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#graditude #Thanksgiving #family
#neighbors #rituals #reunion
After a nap we went across the street to our neighbors, (another tradition)for dessert. Anyone in the neighborhood is welcome-we all come baring desserts. Three of my son‘s former babysitters are always there,now with their own children. We are forever grateful for our friends & neighbors who helped bring up Robert. A Thanksgiving ritual, a reunion.

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kspenmoll
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#GratefulReads #November #Memoir
So many great memoirs! Here‘s a few I loved.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 2w
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 2w
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kspenmoll
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#Iamthankfulfor #gratitude #thankful
So much in my life to be #thankful for: the beach, my son, Em & Poe, birds singing in trees in winter, Litsy & Littens.❤️
And how could I forget 📚!

TheReadingMermaid ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Ncostell What a lovely collage! 1mo
kspenmoll @Ncostell Thank you! ❣️❣️ 1mo
Suet624 🌹🌹💕💕 3w
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kspenmoll
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#NamasteNovember #GratefulFor #Day2
Forever grateful for the making of memories while hiking, walking, dwelling in nature together as a family. Always grateful for my men. ❤️

Eggs Nature, family, memories—what more could you ask for? 1mo
kspenmoll @Eggs ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Nute
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#SelfImprovementSept - Gratitude: Motherhood has taught me the true definition of gratitude. For him I exist in a constant state of appreciation and I am filled with an endless desire to return kindness, consideration and thoughtfulness. He has humbled me. He has grown me. He has taught me. He has strengthened me. He has given a child‘s pure and innocent love to me. Gratitude emanates from every part of me because of him!

OriginalCyn620 Aww! So sweet! 😊 2mo
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Kshakal
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏼😊📚 3mo
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TheEllieMo
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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In a series of essays written in anticipation of his death, Oliver Sacks reflects on and gives thanks for a life well lived, and expresses his thoughts on growing old, facing terminal cancer and reaching the end.

#Gratitude #SoulSeptember
@Eggs

Eggs Lovely choice 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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Nebklvr
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Mehso-so

Maybe I am just too tired but this didn‘t grab me the way I thought it would. Loved his Musicophilia book.

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crazyspine
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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Thank you @Clwojick ; you are a rockstar. You killed it in the #litsywalkathon, you're a great motivator in #bfcr2 , and you still have time to send the cutest bookmail. How cute are these book marks?

Clwojick Those whales are my favourite! I literally stocked the mail man waiting for these to come in last year. Definitely my favourite set. 5mo
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Fridameetslucy
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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BookishMarginalia
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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Thank you so much, @nelehelen ! I can hardly wait to open this. 💜💜💜 #SecretSantaGoesPostal

nelehelen Yay! It got there! ♥️♥️♥️ 6mo
Heatherfeather Hi...sorry...I haven't received my exchange box. What do I do? 6mo
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Louise
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Pickpick

What a beautiful #audiobook! Oliver Sacks shares his thoughts as he faces terminal illness. Rather than focusing on illness, he reflects on what makes life good and expresses deep gratitude for the lessons and opportunities he has experienced in his 82 years on earth. This slim, beautiful volume is well worth a read or listen.

Tanisha_A Beautiful quote too! 7mo
KerriArista Oh that sounds good. 7mo
Louise @KerriArista It really is a gem of a little book. 7mo
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kspenmoll
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#grateful21 #Day21

- that first cup of morning coffee☕️
- co-teaching with a fabulous English teacher💕
- our magnolia tree‘s wide open blossoms

Eggs #1-yesss ☕️ #2 yes that is amazing –💗💗magnolias 8mo
kspenmoll @Eggs Thank you for hosting this. It gave me such pleasure to see/share everyone‘s #grateful21 lists! Thinking of tonight‘s 3 - great conversation with my son; colored gel pens; a found box of note cards that were my mother‘s. (edited) 7mo
Eggs You are so welcome; it was my pleasure. Yes it was lovely to see all the gratitude and a wide variety of responses. Mother‘s note cards: sweeet 7mo
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jenniferw88
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#gratitude21 @Eggs

1. I've found the photo challenge I'm taking part in for May on here.
2. I know what the tag is and what the trim the tbr number is for a group on Goodreads I'm member of.
3. BOOKS!!!

Eggs 🤗💗🌺🤗 8mo
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kspenmoll
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#gratitude21 #Day20
- late afternoon HS softball game in the sunshine
- raspberries
- quiet of the night

Eggs Lovely 🌜✨ 8mo
Mimi28 Awesome!! I love the quiet of the night too! The cats wake me up as early as 2:30am sometimes and it‘s a great time to just sit and reflect 🙏🏽🙏🏽❤️❤️ 8mo
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jenniferw88
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#gratitude21 @Eggs

1. Supported my local independent bookshop
2. Finished the cue cards for #litsylove etc
3. Got a few extra bits for swaps!

TheSpineView I do #3 also. I love to get a head start! 8mo
Eggs 💗🤗💗💗 8mo
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Jerdencon
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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1. Impromptu road trip to Atlantic City
2. Litsy 💜💜
3. An adundance of good people and things in my life - I am blessed and grateful
#gratitude21
Thanks to @Eggs for posting this...

Eggs Stay blessed and grateful 😊💗 Thanks! @Jerdencon (edited) 8mo
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jenniferw88
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#gratitude21 @Eggs

1. Coffee and cake round a friend's
2. Getting there with my Goodreads and LibraryThing accounts
3. I think I may be getting into audiobooks - finished Bad Blood in 2 days!

Dolly Loved Bad Blood, so fascinating! 8mo
Oryx I did that one on audio too. So good 8mo
Prairiegirl_reading I really want to read bad blood! I watched the documentary last weekend and it‘s a fascinating story for sure! 8mo
Eggs 💗📚❤️ 8mo
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kspenmoll
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#grateful21 #Day18 #Day19
Lay in bed Saturday night listing what I was grateful for:
- rain stopped enough for me to walk
- afternoon nap
- soccer Friendly- grateful for the wonderful people I have met through this soccer team; thanks to my son who got me involved!
Sunday:
-wonderful Easter brunch at my sister‘s house with extended family.❤️
- watching & singing to Motown 60th celebration with hubby & son💃🎼🎹🎷🎸💃
-jelly beans

Eggs Oh I love this post! So happy🤗💗 8mo
Suet624 You have so many things to be grateful for! 7mo
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Krisjericho
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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Beautifully written, poignant, and thought-provoking. I feel like there are just so many people who don‘t get the chance to live a long, productive, fulfilling life, and it is nice to see the gratitude that the author expresses and his recognition that even as the end approached, he had so much to be grateful for. He had a long life, well-lived, and that is a gift.

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Texreader
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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1. @Eggs who recommended we all do #grateful21
2. The fun Litsy friends with whom I‘ve shared #grateful21 including @Crazeedi and @kspenmoll
3. Easter!

Crazeedi 😘 right back at you! So grateful for the people I've found here!! Happy easter! 8mo
kspenmoll Thanks! I feel the same. Hope you had a lovely Easter! 8mo
kspenmoll Just noticed it is your “final” day. I am a few days behind. Don‘t you want to keep going? I love seeing all the things we are all grateful for.💕💕 8mo
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Texreader @kspenmoll Yes that definitely occurred to me! @Eggs 8mo
Eggs @Texreader @kspenmoll @Crazeedi Please keep going if it‘s working for you!!! I will if you will❣️❣️ 8mo
Texreader @Eggs @kspenmoll @Crazeedi Yes! Of course! Except maybe not everyday... I‘ll be grateful for a wee reprieve 8mo
Crazeedi @Eggs yes I will post again! 8mo
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Jerdencon
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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1. Sunday‘s with Monday‘s off
2. Warmer days
3. Having the time to do legos with my son today
#gratitude21 @Eggs

Eggs #1 Yay for you🌸 8mo
Texreader I love building legos with my son! 8mo
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jenniferw88
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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Day 18 #gratitude21 @Eggs

1. I can't stop listening to Bad Blood - first audiobook success!
2. Easter! Happy Easter
3. Penpals!

Eggs Happy Easter 🐰🐣🐇 8mo
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Texreader
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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I started on Day 3, so I‘m wrapping up my last two days so I can get my full #grateful21 days:

1. Watching Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again with my mama!
2. Spending the day with friends
3. Endless supply of home-grown eggs from my dear friend and her flock of hens

Eggs Hope your weekend was/is great💗🌸 8mo
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jenniferw88
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#gratitude21 @Eggs

1. My heart donor!
2. I've started getting organised for all the #jb and #litsylove correspondence
3. I had a good shopping trip

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
CouronneDhiver Heart donor!? That‘s beautiful ... was that past or present? 8mo
jenniferw88 @CouronneDhiver it's 17 years ago this November! 8mo
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jenniferw88 @CouronneDhiver I think you may have misunderstood my post, I'm a recipient of a heart transplant, not a donor (see my previous blurb). 8mo
CouronneDhiver No, no, I understand. I think it‘s wonderful that you‘re here with us because of someone else‘s organ gift. You‘re a great part of this community! 8mo
jenniferw88 @CouronneDhiver ok, no worries, just wanted to clarify if you had! And thanks, I enjoy being part of it! 8mo
Eggs How wonderful #1 ❤️💕 8mo
Texreader Beautiful 8mo
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Jerdencon
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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1. A clean house
2. Clean laundry
3. Great seafood dinner with good friends

1. Quiet early mornings when I have no where to be but can lay in bed and read
2. Family movie and game nights
3. Keeping in touch with friends who I don't see often through social media (why I keep Facebook)
#gratitude21 @Eggs

Eggs 💗 them all💗 8mo
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kspenmoll
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#gratitude21 #Day17
- rain predicted but mostly sunny day! Family porch time😄
- Em- cat escaped outdoors - long story but I literally sat vigil hoping she would find her way out from under the porch where she trapped herself- dug a tunnel for her & she
finally understood, poked her head in it & I grabbed her-
-Costco run

LiteraryinLititz I‘m so glad she is back home! That sounds like a scary ordeal. 💜 8mo
kspenmoll @LiteraryinLititz It was. I was afraid to leave & afraid she would take hours to figure out how to get out. There is lattice there & I would have had to saw a home if the tunnel didn‘t work. Thanks for understanding! 8mo
Eggs I can relate to that—cats can be vexing 🥺 7mo
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Texreader
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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Day 21 of #grateful21 ! How exciting! Except I started with Day 3, SO... you‘ll see me round for Day 22 and Day 23 to get my full 21 days. Yea; confusing. Anywho...it‘s a great day to be grateful.

1. My mom coming to stay the long weekend at the lake with me
2. My mom treating me to German food at the best German food place in New Braunfels
3. My treating mom to Mamma Mia! Guess what we‘re watching tomorrow night!?

Eggs How fun! 8mo
Crazeedi New Braunfels, what books are set there??? I've read that series! 8mo
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jenniferw88
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#gratitude21 @Eggs

1. Slowly sorting out my Goodreads account
2. Same with my LibraryThing one
3. Dr Strange is on TV

eri.reads Yes, I am also doing sorting for both...it was way past time! 😁 8mo
Eggs Sorting with Dr Strange🧐🤓 8mo
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kspenmoll
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#grateful21
Back to work this week; rather hectic. Did not post this but thought about 3 things-
Tonight I am grateful for:
-deep, much needed sleep from 6:30 to now!
-co-workers
-reconnecting with a student❤️
-

Eggs Sleep is the best healer ☺️ 8mo
kspenmoll @Eggs I so needed it! 8mo
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Texreader
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#gratitude21

1. Husband‘s home from his work trip!
2. My daughter‘s hugs
3. Piles of new books waiting to be catalogued and read

Eggs 💗📚💗 8mo
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Jerdencon
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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1. Finally being on spring break for the next 11 days
2. My library
3. Scented candles
#gratitude21 @Eggs

Eggs Three fabulous things🤗❣️ 8mo
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jenniferw88
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#gratitude21 @Eggs

1. #sffs from @TCLinrow
2. Had chips for tea (we've had mash the last 3 nights!)
3. Had a cream slice (rare treat because of my diabetes)

Eggs Sounds lovely 🎈🌺💗 8mo
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Jerdencon
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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1. Appointments all falling into place
2. Amazon prime
3. On,y one more day of work before vacation
#gratitude21 @Eggs

Eggs All 3 💗💗💗 8mo
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jenniferw88
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#gratitude21 @Eggs

1. I had a manicure
2. I no longer feel sick
3. Book tagged in comments is finally getting good!

TrishB Number 2 definitely worth celebrating! 8mo
SW-T Glad you‘re feeling better! 8mo
Eggs 🤗💗🤗 8mo
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Texreader
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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1. Finally finding a font I like for counting the days in #grateful21
2. Hearing my husband landed safely in Chicago for a work trip
3. Hearing my son say he enjoys genealogy: my oldest hobby, which I‘ve been doing seriously since I was about 8-years-old (I was an unusual child)

Eggs Thanks for hanging in there with me/us❣️ 8mo
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Jerdencon
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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1. Medical professionals who are really nice and knowledgeable
2. Having an out of building work meeting and finishing early
3. Taco Tuesday‘s
#gratitude21 @Eggs

Eggs 🤗🌮🤗 8mo
Texreader I so agree with no. 1! 8mo
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CoffeeAndABook
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#gratitude21

🤒 that my fever of two days broke today

🤣 a book to keep me company during my fever that made me laugh

🐝 watching the wild bees that have made a home in our tiny back yard

Texreader Good to hear you are feeling better. I ❤️ 🐝 🐝! 8mo
Eggs Fever‘s no fun-hope you feel much better today💗 8mo
CoffeeAndABook @Texreader @Eggs Thank you so much 😊 am already feeling sooo much better! 8mo
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jenniferw88
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#gratitude21 @Eggs Day 13

1. I've had my 2-monthly blood test done
2. P D James
3. Burgers for lunch

TrishB Hope all went well 👍🏻 8mo
Eggs 🤗😍🙂 8mo
jenniferw88 @TrishB thanks, nothing to hopefully worry about - it's just a regular blood test to make sure my anti-rejection drug dose is correct! 8mo
TrishB Cool 😘 8mo
QueenJen @jenniferw88 we have the same kind of blood work going on at our house every other week. 💚 8mo
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Cinfhen
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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Day 13 #Gratitude21 @Eggs

Today I‘m grateful for....

1.Back rubs from my hubby
2.My migraine medicine
3.An afternoon stroll on a sunny crisp day

TrishB Hope the migraine‘s receding 💕 8mo
Cinfhen I was so lucky @TrishB the meds kicked in really quick 8mo
Eggs Lovely 😊 8mo
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Texreader
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#grateful21

1. Entire fam playing fun new game after dinner
2. Kitty cuddle time
3. Getting to share my grateful moments with my Litsy friends

Eggs 💗🌸💗🌹💗🌺 8mo
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Jerdencon
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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1. That I was able to visit Notre Dame Cathedral - even if it was many years ago
2. Sushi for lunch
3. Travel magazines
#gratitude21 @Eggs

Coleen_Nieto @Jerdencon my first thought was I wish I'd visited Notre Dame 8mo
Eggs #1 on the bucket list 8mo
Eggs I just now saw the ND fire news.... 8mo
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Jerdencon @Coleen_Nieto @Eggs I'm hoping they can rebuild/restore so you can visit one day! 8mo
Jerdencon @Coleen_Nieto I just wanted to update you that I have to meet with a surgeon to discuss next steps - and to say thank you for your good wishes and thinking of me 💜 8mo
Coleen_Nieto @Jerdencon I've been thinking of you, but I didn't want to ask. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers and I'm here should you want to talk about anything at all. Coleennieto@comcast.net 💙 8mo
Coleen_Nieto @Jerdencon I hope they can restore it too! 8mo
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jenniferw88
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#gratitude21 @Eggs

1. Charity shop #bookhaul!
2. Game of Thrones starting again
3. Just voted for the theme for May in one of my Goodreads groups!

Eggs Gotta love a book haul 🤗 8mo
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Cinfhen
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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Day 12
Today I‘m grateful for...

1. Litsy Friends ( I‘m looking at you @BarbaraBB )
2. Book Mail ( I‘m looking at you @BarbaraBB )
3. My self cleaning oven

BarbaraBB 💕 8mo
Eggs 💗oven💗 8mo
kspenmoll Oven!!! 😄 8mo
Cinfhen My house smelt like a bonfire 🔥 I have two double ovens so there was a lot of self cleaning taking place @kspenmoll @eggs 😛 8mo
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Texreader
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#grateful21

1. The entire fam working on chores outside
2. Gorgeous blue skies & perfect temperature today
3. My son showing me his 100 new Magic cards, one by one

Honorable mention: My fluffy new pillow that‘s supposed to stay cool

Eggs ☀️💗🤗🍃 8mo
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Jerdencon
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1. Home cooked Sunday family dinner
2. Shopping at Target
3. My 3 houseplants I‘ve managed to keep alive
#gratitude21 @Eggs

Eggs 🤗💗🥧🛍💗🤗 8mo
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CoffeeAndABook
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#gratitude21

🍪 My 94 year old friend Hannelies who‘s the toughest cookie and a big joy in my life

🍝 My husband‘s home-made pesto

📖 A laugh out loud book by Kinsella just when I needed it

AmyG Your friend sounds lovely. I have a friend, Martha, who is 106 and tough as nails. I learn so much from her. ❤️ 8mo
Eggs I‘m sure you‘re a joy to her life; lovely💗 8mo
Texreader How lovely!! 8mo
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tracey38 💜 8mo
CoffeeAndABook Oh wow @AmyG 106 years!! 👏🏼 what a gift 💓 I can only hope for at least another 12 years with Hannelies. I love just being with her and I also learn so much!! We‘re truly blessed 😌 8mo
CoffeeAndABook She certainly makes me feel appreciated @Eggs, so I do believe it goes both ways. And it‘s good to keep that in mind - thank you 😊 8mo
Eggs 💗🌸💗 8mo
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jenniferw88
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#gratitude21 @Eggs

1. I surprised my mum by emptying the dishwasher
2. I've done my tablets for the next 2 weeks
3. My laptop is behaving itself!

Eggs Mums love that! 8mo
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Cinfhen
Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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#Gratitude21 @eggs
Day 11
Today I‘m grateful for...
1. Watching my son Zach finally get back on the basketball court since his accident last summer🏀
2. Young love ❤️ (no, not Zach)
3. Amazon Prime

Eggs Have a lovely week 💕 8mo
Centique Go Zach! 😊👍 8mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Centique @Eggs It took 9 months of physical therapy and two surgeries but Thank God he‘s ok 🙏🏻 8mo
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Texreader
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#grateful21

1. Visiting Mom and Dad again today ❤️❤️❤️
2. Wildflowers in Mom and Dad‘s backyard 🌺🌻🌸
3. My first sighting of a wild turkey in Mom and Dad‘s backyard (just meandering through) 🦃
4. Honorable mention: getting to love on Mom and Dad‘s old but beautiful farm cat Callie 😻

Crazeedi Sounds perfect 8mo
Eggs I know mom and dad are grateful for you 🧡 8mo
Cinfhen 🧡 8mo
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