Five Favorite Things for Which to Be Thankful

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I’ve got a lot to be thankful for this week, so that’s the theme of this edition of Five Favorite Things. What are YOU thankful for this week?

Five Favorite Things for Which to Be Thankful

Oh my word. I did not sign up for a week of sickness. No one ever does, really. But, I really did not expect to feel soooooo ill. When one goes to bed and wonders if she will wake up in the morning…. well, that’s the kind of sickness I’m talking about.

While I was waiting for Day 7 to come and go as a good patient, three awful nights in a row like the aforementioned compelled me to call the Doctor on Day 6. He diagnosed me with a sinus infection in about three seconds and then proceeded to spend 15 minutes discussing my poor posture.

In my defense, my posture is always worse when I’m tired and discouraged. And guess what? Six days of feeling like death-warmed-over can do a number on your posture!

That said, he’s right. My posture does need improving, so I’m thankful for his referral for six weeks’ of physical therapy and “postural training”.

Which leads me to the topic of this post. This, my friends is Five Favorite Things, the blog version of a game my kids and I play at bedtime. I basically ask questions about their favorite things. This week’s theme:

Five Favorite Things for Which to Be Thankful

It has been a rough, rough week. I quarantined myself in the office/guest room which was extremely difficult emotionally after being gone from my family for four days the weekend before. I mainly came out for meals and potty breaks, which was really sad! Sad, but effective. At this writing, no one else has gotten sick.

Here are the things I’m thankful for this week.

1. Modern medicine

Last week I thought I could beat back this germy plague with natural remedies, but I was wrong. I’m thankful for a quick, sure diagnosis, a very funny doctor, and antibiotics. Three of us are on antibiotics this week: me, my husband for walking pneumonia, and my daughter for an eye infection.

Having recently binge-watched Victorian and Georgian mini-series in which smallpox is rampant and people do “die of colds”, I’m very thankful to have a medical arsenal easily at our disposal.

It goes without saying that I’m thankful to be on the mend, right?

2. The sense of smell

I stopped smelling anything last Friday night. Silly me, I was so delirious in pain, I thought that my Vicks and my TWO bottles of peppermint essential oil had all gone bad because there was absolutely no scent to them. It didn’t dawn on me until Monday night that my sinuses were so far gone that I could no longer smell. What a goof!

I burnt toast yesterday morning and couldn’t smell it a bit!

Slowly the sense of smell is returning to me. I’m so thankful. You can’t really be a food writer if you can’t smell things!

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3. Amazon Prime Video

While I was down and quarantined there was little to do. My ached too bad to read or write for too long; the headaches also prevented good sleep. Instead, I binge-watched TV and movies via Amazon Prime.

I particularly enjoyed Bleak House and Doctor Thorne. Both were excellent and have me intrigued to read the books now by Dickens and Trollope, respectively. (If you watch Doctor Thorne, you may want to skip the intro and outro from Julian Fellowes. Just a tad boring.)

4. The prayers of the saints

So many of you have written me over the last week with well wishes and prayers for either me or my aunts or both. Thank you so much! There have been many things not go right this past week, but enough of the important ones to go well that it’s all going to be okay. Thank you for interceding on our behalf!

5. My husband and kids

I name them last, but my husband and kids are certainly not least when it comes to favorites to be thankful for. They have carried on with household and kitchen duties cheerfully while I’ve been incapacitated.

The kids have done their school work independently and with good attitudes. Dear Mr. FishPapa has rolled with the punches when it would have been nice to have his wife truly back after the long weekend. Oy!

I can’t wait to get back to normal life, and I know they can’t either. My people are so very dear to me.

So, that’s what’s up with me! I am looking forward to finding a new normal. That includes tax preparation, trip preparation, finishing up the school year, and getting to sleep in my own bed!

I hope you and yours are well! Let’s chat in the comments.

What are YOUR five favorite things to be thankful for?

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  1. Sickness is the worst! My husband and son have been sick all week with a flu-like virus. Hoping that it misses me. Praying for you to feel better soon!

  2. It’s been a good week here so lots to be thankful for:
    •While I’ve had laryngitis for 2 weeks, I feel well enough to go to work and also take care of the cooking and laundry. I’ll worry about housework next week.
    •A working filing system. It’s tax season. We were able to get everything ready for the CPA in less than 30 minutes compared to the hours spent over several days in years past.
    •My kids: Both of my daughters sang in the middle school Spring concert tonight. I was so proud of both of them. Watching them grow up brings so much joy.
    •Vacation: We have been making plans to spend Spring break in Phoenix visiting family. Sometimes I think the planning and anticipation is half the fun of vacation.

    Get better soon! I am amazed you have kept up with blog posts and the weekly newsletter given how ill you’ve been.

    1. Those all sound like major WINS. Particularly the tax prep. I’m hoping mine is so easy this weekend!

      As for keeping up: posts and newsletter were pretty much all I could do, quarantined in my office/guest room.

  3. Glad to hear you are on the mend! Hoping the sickness will stay away!
    My God and my faith.
    My kids! They are healthy and thriving in their lives.
    My grandchildren! Who knew they could be so much fun.
    My friends.
    This time in my life. Things are good

  4. Yes, amen to a world with antibiotics! Glad to hear you are on the mend, Jessica.

    I am so very thankful for:
    1. My husband being back from his work trip the first half of this week.
    2. My dad, who came to help me with my 4 kids aged 7 years-4 mos while hubby was away.
    3. The freedom to homeschool and be with my kids all day, and watch them form relationships with each other they wouldn’t otherwise if in traditional school or daycare.
    4. Getting to celebrate my daughter’s 3rd birthday tomorrow. She is such a joyful little girl!
    5. The saving grace of Jesus Christ which is real and transforming, and meets me in my failures each and every day.

    Hope you and your family have a blessed, restful weekend. Thank you for all you do on this blog! I refer to it countless times for homeschooling info and advice, and currently have your Chocolate Chocolate Biscotti in the oven for a birthday hot chocolate bar treat for the party tomorrow. I think at least half the recipes I use from blogs and not actual cookbooks come from you. Thank you for enriching the life of my family!

    1. Not to say a blog is not an “actual” cookbook! didn’t mean that the way it sounded. I know you write cookbooks as well. i just mean, from your posts. 🙂

  5. Thankful for; spirituality that carries me, my husband and my red electric hot water bottle, micro fleece, soda crackers, LaVazza coffee…mostly; safety, and time allowed to lay down and just get ill as hell waiting for it to pass (Crohns).

    1. I’m sorry to hear about the Crohns. I know that can be so difficult. Glad to see you’ve got some great things to be thankful for, too!