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20 Weird Things I’m Grateful For

The last day of November is here. Writers are scribbling words at a furious rate in a final push to win NANOWRIMO. Whether you “finished” or not, congrats to you. Your dedication is inspirational. Cuckoo, but inspirational. Speaking of Cuckoo, all November we hear about gratitude from every direction. Generally, the gratitude expressed is heartfelt and pretty sappy. Not that that’s wrong. I agree that gratitude is the key to happiness. But, we should be grateful for a million little things in our lives. I know I am. I try to express my gratitude every day. Today, I’m sharing 20 weird things that I’m grateful for.

20 weird things I'm grateful for-Taco Bell's $1 cravings menu

  1. Taco Bell’s $1 cravings menu—I know, but sometimes a girl’s gotta have a little something-something.
  2. Opposable thumbs—I had a painful bout of a trigger joint in my thumb a few months back. Made me truly appreciate how often an opposable thumb is used in life.
  3. The garage door repairman—a broken spring is no joke. This guy came the night before Thanksgiving, was pleasant, and had new springs in place in a jiffy.
  4. McGriddles—Sweet and spicy—I could eat these every day and soon I’d look like one. Soft and gooey on the outside and—well, you know.
  5. YouTube—I tell myself I’ll just watch this one bit of research, which leads to another, and another, oh, and there’s a song I’ve wanted to listen to, and isn’t that a cool DIY…
  6. Toilet Paper—I mean the alternatives aren’t my idea of comfortable.20 weird things I'm grateful for-TP
  7. Forever Stamps—Not having to buy one cent stamps is a boon to mankind—or Americans—or is it just me?
  8. Sunshine — seriously. December is so darn cloudy all the time. I get grumpy if I don’t see the sun every day. (Send more coffee!)
  9. Sticky Notes—I do not know what I did before sticky notes. I use them everywhere! Okay, not there or there, but lots of places.
  10. Gel Pens—a sensual glide of ink across a page, what author could ask for more?
  11. Libraries—one of those places where she goes in and will never be seen again—well, almost. I certainly spend a lot of time in our local ones.
  12. Deodorant—I use it daily. Now you’re grateful too, aren’t you?
  13. Trash Collectors—a job I would not want but someone has to do.
  14. Postal Service Workers—mine delivers the mail even though my tiny dogs sound like ferocious mad dogs on the other side of the door.
  15. Magnets—I love my refrigerator magnets.20 weird things I'm grateful for--refrigerator magnets
  16. Minions—They make me laugh and follow my orders. Any volunteers? Anyone?
  17. Hot water—both to bathe in and for making coffee. No, I don’t make coffee with my bath water. Sheesh.
  18. Elastic waistbands—the only kind to wear on Thanksgiving!
  19. Christmas movie marathons—The best exercise on a cold December day. A little cry here, a laugh there, and a feel-good ending. The endorphins really get a workout.
  20. Synthetic diamonds—they are a girl’s second best friend, the cheap one who glitters just as good as the ‘spensive ones.

I hope you enjoyed my list of 20 weird things I’m grateful for. Actually there are a lot more than 20 weird things I’m grateful for but the whole list would be equivalent to a phone book or two (or three) in length. Won’t you join in on the weird things to be grateful for list? Surely you have at least one weird thing you’re grateful for? *whispers: don’t leave me standing here alone with all my weird exposed.*

Stand Up for Affordable Insulin

It’s the last week of November and I can’t let the month pass without talking about diabetes. I have a personal relationship with the devastation that diabetes can bring to a person and a family. The disease is terrible. Its toll on the body is all encompassing and can be life-limiting. We have no cure. If you have diabetes the treatment is to boost or replace your body’s insulin. But rising prices of insulin force some people to choose between essentials and insulin. Some people ration their insulin at lower than effective doses. This leads to significant consequences, including death. Please join me in signing the American Diabetes Association’s petition “Stand Up for Affordable Insulin.” Don’t understand why this is important? Please read on.

1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.

Lynette M Burrows explains why you should sign the petition: Stand Up for Affordable Insulin

What is Diabetes?

It’s actually a collection of diseases where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin. There’s Type I diabetes, type II diabetes, and gestational diabetes.

Diabetes causes more deaths per year than breast cancer and AIDS combined and having diabetes nearly doubles your chance of having a heart attack.—The American Diabetes Association)

What is Insulin?

Insulin a hormone produced by your pancreas. Your body turns the food you eat into blood glucose or blood sugar. Insulin helps your body transfer your blood sugar from the bloodstream into your body’s cells. Your cells need the glucose, your blood doesn’t.

What is Blood Glucose?

Your body turns the food you eat into blood sugar or blood glucose. It’s carried in the bloodstream to the cells. It is the main source of fuel for your brain.

Your body is designed to keep your blood sugar levels constant. After you eat your blood sugar rises. Your pancreas secretes more insulin. The insulin allows the blood sugar to cross from the bloodstream into the cells. A few hours after you eat, your blood sugar goes back down. If it’s been a long time since you’ve eaten, your blood sugar dips.

Your cells use blood sugar to create energy. That energy is what your body uses to do all the things it must do to stay healthy, plus enable you to do the activities you need to do and love to do. (Obviously, this is a very simple explanation. Need more details? You can find an easy-to-understand explanation at WebMD.)

Chronic high of blood sugar or hyperglycemia can cause severe complications: cardiovascular disease, nerve damage (neuropathy), diabetic retinopathy (which can lead to blindness), kidney damage (diabetic nephropathy) or kidney failure. These cause more problems such as difficulty holding things, difficulty walking, amputations, and strokes.

Too low of blood sugar can cause problems, too.

Diabetics must balance medication, diet, exercise, and health on a daily basis. Changes in medication, diet, exercise, or health disrupt that balance and can cause hypo- or hyperglycemia.

Not A Choice

Diabetes isn’t a choice. It isn’t the result of eating poorly or eating too much sugar. Being overweight is a risk factor for developing diabetes, but other risk factors such as how much physical activity you get, family history, ethnicity, and age also play a role. Unfortunately, many people think that weight is the only risk factor for type 2 diabetes, but many people with type 2 diabetes are at a normal weight or only moderately overweight. (—From the American Diabetes Association)

Type I Diabetes

Once called Juvenile Diabetes, Type I Diabetes is an insulin-dependent disease that can strike anyone, any age, any race. If you are a Type I Diabetic your body does not produce any insulin. Nada. Zip.

1.25 million Americans have Type I Diabetes.

My beautiful, smart, funny, and strong niece has Type I Diabetes. She was diagnosed seven years ago at the age of eight. (Here’s my post about that.) She was and is not the least bit overweight.

There is no cure. The only treatment right now is insulin.

Type II Diabetes

Also called hyperglycemia or insulin resistance, Type II Diabetes is when your body isn’t able to use insulin properly. At first, your pancreas increases the amount of insulin in your blood. Over time your pancreas can’t keep up with your body’s needs. Many type II diabetics take medication by mouth and with diet and exercise are able to live long and healthy lives. I am a Type II diabetic controlling my disease with oral medications, diet, and exercise.

In some Type II diabetics, their pancreas stops producing insulin. This means they must take insulin by injection. My husband is an insulin-dependent, Type II diabetic. He has suffered all the complications except the retinopathy. As a result, he takes many medications every day. The cost of his insulin alone is more than what we spend on groceries each month. The total monthly cost of his medications gives me many a sleepless, worry-filled night. I can’t imagine how much worry it gives to people who live at or below the poverty line.

Gestational Diabetes

Many women develop diabetes while pregnant. Usually this happens around the 24th week of pregnancy. It’s important that pregnant women are followed by a physician and treated for gestational diabetes if they develop it. It doesn’t mean they had diabetes before they became pregnant. It also doesn’t mean they will have diabetes after the birth of their child. But treatment will prevent complications. Get more information here.

Insulin isn’t a luxury

Approximately 6 million Americans are insulin-dependent.

They must take insulin to live.

And believe me, Americans aren’t the only people who suffer from this disease. So it’s not like the pharmaceutical companies that produce insulin are selling to a rarified customer. Insulin shouldn’t cost more than a month of groceries. Please join me. Sign the petition. 

Stand up for affordable insulin now.

8 Inspirational Quotes About Patience

We aren’t born patient. In fact, patience doesn’t come easily to most of us. Is that a fluke, a flaw in God’s plan? Or is it part of the design?  Perhaps, that’s the point. What if it’s not perfect patience one must acquire? Practicing patience might be all we need to do. Maybe, like me, you need some inspirational quotes about patience to remind you why the practice is worth it.

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Unable to view the video? Here are the quotations:

Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind. ~David G. Allen

Patience is not passive, on the contrary, it is concentrated strength.~Bruce Lee

Have patience. All things become difficult before they become easy.~Saadi

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with the problems longer.~Albert Einstein

All great achievements require time.~Maya Angelou

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.~Napoleon Hill

Maybe that’s why life is so precious. No rewind or fast forward…just patience and faith.~Christina Marrero

Every dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.~Harriet Tubman


Did you miss this month’s other blog posts on patience?
My Frustration vs. My Patience–Which Will Win? 

Practicing Patience–Do You Make These Common Mistakes?

Muster Up an Extra Serving of Patience

Do you have favorite inspirational quotes about patience?
Won’t you share?