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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thankful Thursday 11/5/2015

Since this is the month of November, I have been following Mary's lead on Facebook. On Wesley's Facebook (since I don't have my personal account anymore), I've been posting what I've been thankful for daily. For Americans, Thanksgiving is in three weeks and most associate November with giving thanks. I try to be grateful daily, but I like the exercise for the month. I want to share with you what I've been posting since November 1st.

Mary Rachel has a great idea for a status activity for this month. I try doing this every Thursday in my blog, but for the month of November I am going to do this every day on my status. Post something I'm thankful for.
Yesterday I was thankful for the great time I had on Saturday night and the people I had the opportunity to meet.
Today I am thankful for my experiences, but also my friends and how they have helped me over the years. One friend I met on the bus will be sending my resume around to some of his contacts. He knows I'm looking. I feel grateful and I hope it proves successful. I'm also thankful for my friends not laughing at me or yelling at me when I seem ridiculous. I am thankful for their patience. Thanks Mary, Andrew SpencerClaire Marie BinkleyJoy CagilLyn Hovey-CrainChristina GatesNorb AikinDave Pierdomenico,Chris PierdomenicoSusan Johnstone, and anyone else I might have forgotten. I'm grateful for y'all.

3rd day of my thankful post. I'm thankful for my library job and the people I work with. I'm thankful with how nice they are and the type of person the job has allowed me to grow to be. Of course, I am thankful for every position I've held and look forward to other positions as well.

Day 4 of being thankful. As I continue to work on my poetry book, I'm thankful for Olli Kuranyi and Keith Ebare. I appreciate their friendships over the past 5 years, being penpals, and always thinking of me when they went on travels in the past. I still have Olli's postcard from Egypt, some of the packages from Sweden, and I still have Keithy's cards from Christmas/Canada. I will be writing about your postcards/cards for my book. smile emoticon

Gift from Olli - 2011. (I have the Egyptian postcard still, somewhere in my room)

Wesley and I reading the card from Keithy - 2011.

Today I am thankful for second chances. I am also thankful for the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. After an interview today, I went to the Reading Terminal Market for lunch and I was happy that they had a Moroccan restaurant there. It was so good and the owner was so friendly. I loved chatting with her. After I ate, I walked around for a bit... but I didn't buy any groceries. Maybe I'll go at some other time when I'm prepared. I love fresh goodies and groceries; I also love handmade items, which are plentiful at the Reading Terminal Market. I'm grateful for these types of places.

The last of the monarchs have emerged today. These are our last two of the season and like I've been saying all along, I am thankful for the opportunity of raising 16 monarch butterflies. We will be compiling a book for someone mom knows and I will send one to Phoebe ('s staff members' daughter that has Leukemia). I am also working on more poetry for my book - I look forward to raising more monarchs in 2016.

These are from Tuesday - when one was released before the other two.

The final two.

What are you thankful for today?


  1. Hi, dear Jessica Marie! As your post proves, you can find many things every day for which to be thankful. It makes me happy to know that you have made some steadfast friends over the years. I would love to visit the Reading Terminal Market. It reminds me a lot of York's Central Market. I have happy memories of going there as a kid with my folks on Saturdays and enjoying the hustle and bustle, the sights, sounds and smells of all the fresh food offered for sale. My mother often bought a chocolate cake for the family to have for dessert, topped with vanilla ice cream. Congratulations on successfully raising another crop of Monarchs. I hope they manage to find their way to Mexico.

    I wish you a happy Friday and a safe and happy weekend, dear friend Jessica!

    1. Hi Shady!

      I try to be very thankful, especially at this time of year and as an anniversary approaches. I feel grateful to be given a 2nd chance and in the past six months I've been living my life in ways to show my gratitude to a higher power. Sometimes the little things make me grateful and it's a beautiful thing. :)

      Mmmm... that cake sounds delicious! The York Central Market does sound a lot like the Reading Terminal Market! Once I get a full time job with the library to supplement it, I want to go on a bigger shopping trip to the Reading Terminal Market. I'm going to try to make this recipe on Saturday ( - except I'm going to replace the feta with Ricotta cheese) and I would have loved to have bought the very fresh produce, but I just didn't have the means to carry it on SEPTA. I want to definitely go back to that Moroccan place!

      My aunt told my mom that they are fast fliers and they should make it South before we get our freeze here this weekend. You might see them flying around this weekend in Florida! I hope they do make it to at least Florida for the winter.

      Thank you, dear friend Shady! I wish you a happy Friday, and a wonderful weekend too!