Saying Thanks

And just like that, the four-day Thanksgiving weekend is over…but I got quite a bit done in those four days. I built two cabinets, finished a stained-glass project, organized the house, and I think I fit some rest in there too. People I work with tell me that they spend their days off watching movies or football. I find it nearly impossible to sit for more than 10 minutes, being non-productive. My dad is the same way, so I guess I can blame him. He’s almost 80, and I’m not surprised to find him on top of his roof, or rebuilding an engine in the garage.

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. This was the first major holiday since the divorce, and it was a little awkward at first. None of us knew where we were going or what we were doing until the last minute. Thanksgiving has never been my holiday to cook, other than deviled eggs, but the turkey turned out okay. I didn’t cremate it, and it wasn’t still gobbling when I set it on the platter, so we’ll call it a success.

Life has been pretty good lately. I’ve settled into my single lifestyle, and you know, it ain’t that bad. If fact, there are a lot of pros to being single. There’s nobody to wreck my good mood on a daily basis. My options are wide open. I feel a little like Tom Cruise in Risky Business sliding across the floor in my underwear with the house to myself.

There are perils to being single, though. A few weeks ago, I hurt my back bad. I’ve honestly never felt that intensity of pain before in my life. Well, back labor was up there, but I’d certainly never been so disabled before. Taking care of myself was almost impossible. I worried about having to go on short-term disability and trying to pay the bills on 60% of my income. Yeah, like that would cover all the bills.

It would probably be wise for single people to have insurance to cover disability. I don’t know many people who can get by on just 60% of their paycheck on a weekly basis for months on end, unless they’re married. It wouldn’t take much of an injury to prohibit me from working, considering my job entails a lot of physical labor. As tired as I am handing insurance companies my hard-earned money, it would probably be worth it.

I truly thought I’d be down for weeks, if not months, but thankfully my back healed within about two weeks. I vowed as I was stuck in bed that I’d never take the ability to walk for granted again, so since this is Thanksgiving weekend, I am saying thanks for the ability to walk.

While this year was extremely challenging, I have a lot to be thankful for. I have a good home that I’m happy in. My business did better than ever this year. I’ve had several raises at work. I have everything I need, and then some. My family is still all here, and best of all, this year brought me a new grandson.

I’ve honestly not felt this hopeful about my future in years. I don’t want to jinx things by being too happy, but I’m feeling good, and I wish all the best to all of you!

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