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Old 04-01-2020, 07:50 PM   #1
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The Gratitude Thread

With all the disturbing stuff going on around us lately, and with many of us stuck at home, it seemed like a good idea (I guess we'll find out!) to start a thread about what we can be grateful for...

I'll start:
My disabled wife is on the super-high-risk list, with five out of the six danger signs listed. But we're being careful, friends are helping us out, and we're doing our best to not be exposed to this stuff.

I have one of the 'essential' type of jobs, as I work in the Aerospace field; I'll leave it there for a public forum. I get to work from home and spend this time being with my wonderful wife of 45+ years, and be there when she needs help; instead of worrying about her well-being and safety from my office cube some 45 miles away.

We built our house together some 30 years ago now; we know every stick and nail that went into it. We got a break on some "view" property, here on the side of a mountain in a tributary of the Columbia River, yet affected by Gorge weather: You don't like it, wait about ten minutes.

We're not rich financially, yet we elected to use some of the retirement money for the Airstream in the upper meadow. She sits there, patiently waiting for times when my wife is doing well and we can go camping.

So we're rich in life, which is part of our Airstream's name: Live, Laugh, Love.

I go out every evening to try and honor God for this place we have been given. The view is amazing in that it changes from hour to hour. (See the attachments.) One is what we call The River Of Clouds; it doesn't occur often, but when it does, it is a gift for the senses.

Over the years, we have rescued many dogs, and they have all given back richly to us. Most, more than others. The latest is an Aussie / Golden mix, and Dara is 80 pounds of sugar.

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So yes, it's terrible out there, statistical numbers are just overwhelming; and our hearts break for those afflicted, but we are grateful for every moment we have together.

That's only a small slice of our story, but we are grateful to be sharing this life together. Any others?
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Old 04-01-2020, 07:57 PM   #2
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I loved reading your post. I’m happy you found each other - God will continue to bless us. thanks for the words of wisdom. All the best.
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Old 04-01-2020, 08:09 PM   #3
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Steamguy,

It sounds like your life has been very well blessed even through your hardships.

We too live an exceptionally blessed life.

With regard to current situations. Both of our families have healthy people, so far, who are able to work from home. We work in essential jobs and are trying to limit our contactd.

We bought a slightly older, big house on a acre in the city. We refer to it as our lovable money pit.

We have reasonable hopes of part time traveling in our two vintage, still need to be fixed up, airstreams, meet nice people and see our beautiful US of A.

We have faith, hope and love what else can you need. No one ever said it would be easy, just worth it. It has been, every bit of it, and more to come.

Grateful, thankful and faithful.
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Old 04-01-2020, 08:18 PM   #4
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I am grateful for every morning I wake up. I'm grateful for the method in which I am awakened: my sweet dog's chin tapping the mattress by my head.

The last two years have been rather hellish for me: a happy marriage of 50 yrs--all my adult life--ended with my husband's statement: "I'm divorcing you." No real reason given: found later it was Another Woman. But through my faith in God, for which I am grateful, and caring friends, and the aforementioned sweet dog, I have come through this a whole person again (I think), for all of which I am grateful.

I am also grateful for the 67 Caravel, which another friend found for me, which has restored me to Airstreaming after having to sell my 6 vintage Airstreams in the divorce. And I am soooo very grateful to be back on AirForum with so many like minds to listen to and consult.

Thanks to all of you who are on this website, whoever you are (even those of you who have non-vintage trailers ); I am so very grateful for all of you.

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Old 04-01-2020, 08:54 PM   #5
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Thanks for starting a Gratitude Thread. With so much negativity it nice to focus on positive things.

I thank God each day for the blessings I have, my life, my DW, and my family and friends. I have plenty to eat. I'm comfortable. I'm healthy. Wow! How many people in the world can say yes to all those things!

My mother grew up in Germany during WWII. She lost her home when she was 17 years old, her only sibling, her brother, was killed, she literally lived in a cave for a time, and nearly starved to death. From August 7, 1944, when her town was bombed and her house was destroyed, till she came to America in 1948, her main goal every day was to find enough food. Only when she got here did she get enough to eat. And we hear complaints because we can't leave our comfortable houses or because there is a temporary shortage of toilet paper!

So I'm very, very grateful and I appreciate everything that I have been blessed with!

Again, thanks for starting the thread!
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I am thankful I have six rolls of TP. And a good margarita after dinner. Mildly buzzed and sleepy. In the morning I will be clearly more awake.and more grateful for all the people and things that make life good.
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Only about 25 cases of Covid19 in Pasco County unlike south Florida, Miami, Tampa, etc. Just pray that does not make anyone complacent. There was 1 case a month ago.
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Streamguy,

Nicely stated. Hope it all blows over soon just like your weather.

We're full time taking care of the grand-kids till things get back to semi-normal. Both parents are working and not having the grands expose, school closed etc it just worked out. Our spot is out in near nowheresville SC and have enough property to have camp Hickory in the back yard and it's playground and campfire ready.

And I think we can add our medical, first responders and LEO to the list of gratitude. I know two of our closest but far away fellow AS'ers are both serving their community. Thank's Tom and Wendy.

Best wishes to all from Camp Hickory the Grand-kids and my best 1/2 Linda.

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