Gratitude Discussion Group

Posted by Debbra, Volunteer Mentor @debbraw, Nov 24, 2018

Hi everyone! Just before Thanksgiving @michellegraffradford posted a blog called Gratitude Changes Everything. She suggested three techniques to help incorporate gratitude into our daily lives:

  • Start the Day with Gratitude (before getting up think of three people you are grateful for)
  • Maintain a Gratitude Journal to record times when you are grateful
  • Count Blessings – not sheep! (Review the day and remember moments of gratitude)

Her blogpost was so inspiring that a lot of us decided we wanted to form a Gratitude Group to keep the attitude of gratitude going. The blogpost area is not an ideal space for a big discussion group so I am moving the discussion over here to the “Just Want to Talk” Group. Let’s use this space to share and discuss our Gratitude Journey. I’m going to suggest that we each try to take a minute from the day and post here what has made us feel thankful today. It can be as small as a stranger’s smile on the bus or as large as fulfilling a major life dream – or anywhere in between. We can also discuss how we are doing with the three techniques. Sometimes it is easier to form new habits with support from others.

Michelle’s full blogpost is at the link below. You may want to review it or print it out to help get started!
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/living-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-mci/newsfeed/gratitude-changes-everything/
I look forward to hearing from others in the Gratitude Group and to having others join us here! Thanks to those who already shared great stories. If you haven’t yet, what gratitude will you share today?!

@gingerw

I have a whole list of posts to go through. Tomorrow will be devoted to that.
It's been a long day, with appointments with my nephrologist and oncologist. I am grateful [over-the-top grateful!] for this oncologist and his approach to things. While the nephrologist admits there is nothing we can do to stop the kidney disorder I have, just minimize the effects and keeps my native kidneys as healthy as possible, he did not advise another biopsy. On the other hand, the oncologist needs a kidney biopsy done, to determine if there is a secondary kidney issue contributing to/caused by my plasma issue, which is IgM myeloma. He had been leaning towards lymphoma. So, another kidney biopsy to be done.
I am very grateful to not have had the deer play dodge-ball on the road as I came back those 115+ miles each way. Yep, I could see them on the roadside.
Ginger

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@gingerw – Sorry you have to have another biopsy but glad you avoided the deer. Hoping all goes well.

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@merpreb

@gingerw– Oh boy, another biopsy? I hope that this is scheduled after the meetup if possible and doesn't endanger you. How are you really feeling physically? Do you feel ill?

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@merpreb I had a kidney biopsy Jan 2015. Bone marrow biopsies Oct 2017 and then again two weeks ago. Waiting to hear from the nephrologist; I imagine there are hoops to jump through for insurance. My energy levels have tanked pretty much.
Ginger

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@lioness

@gingerw I use to have a deer detector planted on the hood of the car . It would emit a sound to the deer that there was a car on the road . I think Howard got it in a hunting store or hunting catalogue cant remember but it saved a lot of deer .

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@lioness I used to have a set of deer whistles on another car, after hitting a deer one night at 2AM on my way home [it was shift work for law enforcement] What was interesting is that while the high pitched sound deterred the deer, it "drew" the owls. and I would often get bombed by the owls at night. Last night there were about 6 deer along the road at different spots, then two here in town as I got home. Our speed limit is 20mph on that street, so no problem.
Ginger

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@gingerw

@lioness I used to have a set of deer whistles on another car, after hitting a deer one night at 2AM on my way home [it was shift work for law enforcement] What was interesting is that while the high pitched sound deterred the deer, it "drew" the owls. and I would often get bombed by the owls at night. Last night there were about 6 deer along the road at different spots, then two here in town as I got home. Our speed limit is 20mph on that street, so no problem.
Ginger

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@gingerw– I'll help you lay low in a couple of weeks, lol

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@gingerw

@lioness I used to have a set of deer whistles on another car, after hitting a deer one night at 2AM on my way home [it was shift work for law enforcement] What was interesting is that while the high pitched sound deterred the deer, it "drew" the owls. and I would often get bombed by the owls at night. Last night there were about 6 deer along the road at different spots, then two here in town as I got home. Our speed limit is 20mph on that street, so no problem.
Ginger

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@gingerw– Although most of our roads are paved we have a lot of land in our area that still hasn't been built on so we are always cautious about deer out on the road, and leave pumpkins for them in our yard too. But not often enough for them to depend on them.

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@gingerw

@lioness I used to have a set of deer whistles on another car, after hitting a deer one night at 2AM on my way home [it was shift work for law enforcement] What was interesting is that while the high pitched sound deterred the deer, it "drew" the owls. and I would often get bombed by the owls at night. Last night there were about 6 deer along the road at different spots, then two here in town as I got home. Our speed limit is 20mph on that street, so no problem.
Ginger

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@gingerw
20 mph, are you kidding? I go faster than that backing out of my driveway. Well I would if my driveway was long enough.
Be careful of those deer, they sure can wreck a car.
Jake

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@gingerw

@lioness I used to have a set of deer whistles on another car, after hitting a deer one night at 2AM on my way home [it was shift work for law enforcement] What was interesting is that while the high pitched sound deterred the deer, it "drew" the owls. and I would often get bombed by the owls at night. Last night there were about 6 deer along the road at different spots, then two here in town as I got home. Our speed limit is 20mph on that street, so no problem.
Ginger

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@gingerw Oh my goodness I never had that problem of course I wasn't out at night . The only thing I remember about a snow owl was I was in the woods just set down and here comes a snow owl he fly up and I ducked . But what a beautiful site it was

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@merpreb

@gingerw– Although most of our roads are paved we have a lot of land in our area that still hasn't been built on so we are always cautious about deer out on the road, and leave pumpkins for them in our yard too. But not often enough for them to depend on them.

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@gingerw When my husband put the garden to bed for the winter he would seed it with Rye seeds the deer loved the grass we would watch them in the evening . Never thought of pumpkins

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@jakedduck1

@gingerw
20 mph, are you kidding? I go faster than that backing out of my driveway. Well I would if my driveway was long enough.
Be careful of those deer, they sure can wreck a car.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 ,@gingerw . I at one point drove a school bus . I was only going 10mph uphill when this deer jumped out in front of me I had no time to stop boy did it do a number on the grill . It just totaled the radiator I had to call the garage and have the bus toed in so they sure can do damage . He must have been speeding lol

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@lioness

@jakedduck1 ,@gingerw . I at one point drove a school bus . I was only going 10mph uphill when this deer jumped out in front of me I had no time to stop boy did it do a number on the grill . It just totaled the radiator I had to call the garage and have the bus toed in so they sure can do damage . He must have been speeding lol

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@lioness Thank you for a morning laugh. Speeding deer-I love it!!

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@gingerw

@merpreb I had a kidney biopsy Jan 2015. Bone marrow biopsies Oct 2017 and then again two weeks ago. Waiting to hear from the nephrologist; I imagine there are hoops to jump through for insurance. My energy levels have tanked pretty much.
Ginger

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@gingerw Sorry to hear. Always hoops.

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@gingerw

@lioness I used to have a set of deer whistles on another car, after hitting a deer one night at 2AM on my way home [it was shift work for law enforcement] What was interesting is that while the high pitched sound deterred the deer, it "drew" the owls. and I would often get bombed by the owls at night. Last night there were about 6 deer along the road at different spots, then two here in town as I got home. Our speed limit is 20mph on that street, so no problem.
Ginger

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@gingerw Now an owl attack gave me quite a mental image. LOL!!!

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@parus

@gingerw Now an owl attack gave me quite a mental image. LOL!!!

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@parus It is quite an experience. All of the sudden there is an owl with outstretched wings and talons extended in the middle of my windshield! Last time it happened was beginning of August this year, as we drove a load up here. That same night i watched shooting stars.
Ginger

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@gingerw

@parus It is quite an experience. All of the sudden there is an owl with outstretched wings and talons extended in the middle of my windshield! Last time it happened was beginning of August this year, as we drove a load up here. That same night i watched shooting stars.
Ginger

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You country-folks have an exciting life, @gingerw!

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I was out of food and my friend shows up with food. Another friend is coming over in a day or two to cook. Talk about grateful!
Jake

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