It’s not easy, when you’ve experienced a loss such as we have, to find things to be thankful for. Yet they are there, and as our pain eases just a tiny bit each day, I can find those things as I sit and reflect. So, for today’s Thankful Thursday, I thought I would share a short list of the good things in our lives that are helping us through this difficult time:
First, and most of all, Luke and Samantha. Their love is what we need the most right now.
- Sam had a vet appointment this week, for her six-month T4 thyroid test. I was at the vet’s office for a while, because her thyroid was a bit low and they wanted to run additional blood tests to be sure all was OK with her kidneys. During the time I sat waiting, one of the vets, and our favorite vet tech who we’ve known for many, many years came out to express their condolences on our loss of Cricket. The vet tech and I talked on for a while about all our pets and that was nice.
In the end, all was fine with Sam, and she won’t need any changes in her meds. I’ve been a bit concerned because she’s not eating as well lately, and she had lost some weight, but we think it is just time for another change in her food. That is not unusual, she usually gets bored with it after a few months.
- Our home and farm. We have been in our new home for over two years now and we’ve made a lot of changes. But there are still projects, big and small, that we want to tackle. Some of the big ones must be put off because of finances, but there are a lot of small things we are going to do ourselves. I’m going to start some more painting soon. Planning these things is something we really enjoy, and a welcome distraction.
Spring is arriving (we think) and the melting snow means we can start some yard work and garden planning. When I’ve been feeling down, getting outdoors, ordering seeds and some chicks (yes, we’ll have new chicks coming in May!) has been a real pick-me-up. I even have some seeds started already and there is nothing like working in the soil to soothe the soul. I also have a new garden plan that is very close to my heart, and I’ll be sharing more about that soon.
The birds keep up busy and entertained as well. Even though Luke might not be impressed with the guinea hens, and they can be a pain (I spent literally 10 minutes yesterday chasing them out of the yard so Luke could go outside), they are so much fun to watch.
- This blog. I let myself have some down time from it. However, the truth is, writing and sharing about our lives here is SO cathartic for me, that it was just another thing I felt lost without. I truly worried about how Cricket’s loss was going to affect this. One less pet means less to write about and share new photos of. But as my pain eased a bit, I found my creativity coming back, and that’s a huge relief. It won’t be the same without Cricket but getting back into the swing of things as far as the blog goes really helps. There may be some small changes, but we will keep going because I need this.
- Family and friends. So many have been here for us, including blog friends and readers, and that means so much to me. I tend to retreat into my pain, but this time I’ve let it out more and I have reached out when I needed to. There is always someone there for me. Each and every comment left here on the blog and on social media has helped heal my heart, as has every card, text, and message I’ve received. Knowing how much so many others loved Cricket means the world to me. I am truly grateful for that and to everyone who has been here for us in any way. Thank you.
Even though winter does not want to give up here in New England, the promise of spring gives hope. Most days we feel that hope, while some we stumble through feeling a bit more lost. But I know that just as sure as spring will actually arrive, our hearts will heal, because we have each other, and that is what I am thankful for most of all.
Thank you to our friends at Brian’s Home for hosting this blog hop, and reminding us to always look for the thankfuls. Please visit other blogs through the links below!