An Attitude of Gratitude

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It’s 2022 but I have a 2021 hangover. I don’t know whether to celebrate the end of a weird year with optimism for the future, or not.

It’s like waking up from a bad dream, uncertainty lingers and you’re afraid to fall back to sleep.

Please don’t misinterpret my angst, we had a great New Year’s visiting our friends in Lake Wales, Florida. They live in a gated Recreational Vehicle community with a private lake. We watched fireworks explode from their boat when it grew dark, and after a delicious dinner, enjoyed a move written by the buyer of their house in Pennsylvania, The 100 Foot Journey.

We all agreed the movie was a better choice than countdown to midnight TV shows.

The highlight of our visit was completion of a puzzle while my husband stayed in his new PJ’s and binge watched football with his friend, Ed.

Read the print carefully; I’m Grumpy . . . Deal with It!

Now that captures an attitude.

Gratitude? Well we’ll get to that.

When we arrived, my good friend Kathe was working on a puzzle she’d received as a Christmas present from her niece. I hadn’t done a puzzle in ten year. Kathe is a master and why she was gifted this puzzle. It was a find from the 1930, only 300 pieces but NO PICTURE.

The only clues were the title and shape; color matching was confusing at best. We eventually figured out Interlooking implied and in fact meant the pieces slipped apart. They did not lock together.

The two of us accomplished the impossible. We completed the puzzle. However, I’m sworn to secrecy and will post a tease, not the completed puzzle with one piece missing. thumbnail

Gratitude? Well, it is a different time in my life. A time when simple things give me enormous pleasure. Like good food, good friends and completing a 300 piece puzzle.

. . . . just saying

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15 thoughts on “An Attitude of Gratitude

  1. I have a friend who never looks at the picture.. he just looks for the puzzle shapes. He’s an engineer/mechanical type. As a writer/artist, I have to have a picture to guide me. I go totally on the colors and images on the pieces so need something to compare it to. It would be interestiing to determine personality types according to how we put a puzzle together.

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  2. We are working on a puzzle too, a Christmas gift from our daughter. Not as difficult as yours, but still a challenge. And I’m grateful to be able to share this activity with my wife as we help each other find the pieces needed to finish the section we’re doing. The older we get, the more we appreciate the pleasure of simple things.

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  3. Of course it all sounds perfect to me-I wished I was there! But, seriously, I think attitude is everything. It is the only thing we really have control of! Whenever I feel the “poor me” blues coming on, I can usually snap myselt out of it by thinking of all I have to be thankful for, wonderful friends being one of them


  4. Sounds like a wonderful way to ring in the new year! I have never liked that holiday and usually prefer to stay home. Thank goodness for Netflix as there is nothing on TV if you don’t want to watch the ball come down all over the world. I love Mr. Wonderful’s new PJs!


  5. Loved this! Attitude With Gratitude. How fitting. Love it.

    On Tue, Jan 4, 2022 at 8:33 PM claudiajustsaying wrote:

    > claudiajustsaying posted: ” Barney’s Bungling Circus It’s 2022 but I have > a 2021 hangover. I don’t know whether to celebrate the end of a weird year > with optimism for the future, or not. It’s like waking up from a bad dream, > uncertainty lingers and you’re afraid to fall bac” >


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