Still and Always,Large and Small

I’m writing this early in the week because being the Friday Fox means I’d have to get this written by Thursday and this week it’s Thanksgiving Day, so you understand my need for speed here.

Being Thanksgiving week, we are all discussing the things for which we are thankful. There are so many daily small blessings ….and so many we really don’t take time to acknowledge. I think I’ll run with that idea. I am usually long-winded, but I doubt that anyone has the time to spare on the day after Thanksgiving, whether they are shopping , have visitors, dealing with kids and people who are off of work an extra day, juggling left-overs or just have a turkey hang-over. (Oh, go ahead, eat that last piece of pecan pie!)

With the trials of life, and there can be many, I seek to acknowledge not only the big but also the small blessings and the near-misses that came out alright: finding the extra bit of money I had misplaced, the abundant produce from my neighbor,(even the vast numbers of turnips that are the last of the veggies; it’s hard to find places in recipes for them),the fact that my car died but it didn’t need a real repair, the number of books I’ve won online,(even if s few of them aren’t ones I would buy), the clothing I thought I had gotten rid of but didn’t…and now they fit again(!), the fact that the one cat that insists on going out had been safe and comes back in soon, and the fact that one that doesn’t go out and ran from me came back,(no, wait, those are biggies); that with all the shopping I did, I forgot to buy corn for the obligatory grandmother’s corn pudding, but I found some in the cupboard and the fact that with all the shopping I did, I actually fit everything into the freeze and everything into the refrigerator that HAD to go there, (sorry, fruit and celery).

I find gratitude for when the aforementioned the newest cat gets along with the aforementioned second newest cat, (she’s stand-offish; he wants to be everybody’s friend), the fact that a few times I was upset that we were running late but I found that we just missed big accidents that may well have been involved us, when I accidentally left the stove on but, except for smoke, all was well; when one of the tall trees broke in the backyard it nothing, that we had quite a number of days that were actually Autumnal,(it usually goes straight from hot to cold and the reverse in what should be Spring).

I take my happiness where I can find it.

I will mention one that is not so small, (but in the grand scheme of things, isn’t Earth-shaking): I am thankful for great guests and great support from my fellow Foxes,( past and present), and the Hound. I am thankful for my online friends, those here and those elsewhere.

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you find big and little joys throughout your life.

[And here is one: The winner of the Gretchen Archer three-volume set of her Davis Way Mysteries is: Amy Bean Weaver!

Congratulations! I know you will love them.Please look in your “Other” message box on your Facebook so we can get your books to you.

I hope the rest of you check into Davis, and her world…I love the series.]


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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8 Responses to Still and Always,Large and Small

  1. Tonette,
    I loved reading your post. You are an amazing person and I hope that your Thanksgiving was wonderful!


    • You are such a sweetie, Angie! Thank you .
      Yes, we had a nice Thanksgiving.It was quiet, but both boys and all the grandkids were here.#2 Son and Grandson are staying here for a few days, as they do every other week or so.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Very cool to find misplaced money and clothes that you can still wear (assuming they’re still in “fashion”).
    Wonderful blessing that the stove problem didn’t cause any damage… and that the car problem was not serious.
    It’s always wonderful-but-spooky to learn that we were just a matter of seconds (or minutes) from possibly having been involved in a serious auto wreck. I’ve had several near misses myself and always praise the Lord for allowing me to avoid them.


    • Looks like we’re on the same page about the accidents, Jeff. I am beginning to believe in coincidences less and less every day.
      Even when I was young, I seldom bought anything that was an unusual fashion just because it was in; I tend to go for classic lines which don’t particularly go out of style.
      So I really have to watch what I wear any where or in photos, because then people know just how very long I have had any particular outfit…sometimes I keep favorite ones for a VERY long time!


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I enjoyed reading about your blessings, but one sentence stays with me: “I take my happiness where I can find it.” That’s the key, isn’t it? It does no good to focus on the bad. Be happy with what you have, what you are, and what you do. It’s that simple.


    • I have had a lot of adversity around me,Patty, either for myself or those close to me. I am no Pollyanna who only sees happiness but there are many simple joys in life if one is just open to seeing them…that is my coping mechanism.
      (Far be it from me to make light of such a tragic and serious situation, but I just saw a show where a celebrity was competing for charity.Her choice was “Suicide Prevention”.She said that she was “competing for all the young people, adults and kids who used suicide as their coping mechanism.” The horror is that suicide is the epitome of NOT coping. No one should feel that despair and God help them, people who are suicidal are not coping.)


  4. elainefaber4u says:

    Tonette: Enjoyed reading your blog. It appears that all four of your are wonderful Christians who put their values in the right place. I would be happy to do a guest post or whatever to promote my book, Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer. The cat protagonist, Thumper, (one of them) can even write a post if you like. LOL You can see an example of his humor at my website,
    Keep me posted and let me know when you have a date and we can come up with something.


    • I had been expecting an email reply, Elaine, but thanks for checking us out. We will get together about a future post, as I’m booked for several months. I seem to be drifting from the romance-theme of this blog. We’ll see if we can’t come up with a tie-in angle, though I doubt that Thumper himself is a real romantic,(but I could be wrong).
      Thank you for visiting.


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