What am I thankful for this year? Many things.
That my husband and I are still alive. We both had life-threatening illnesses this year. I'm fully recovered, but with some challenges that will be with me forever. My husband has recovered from the worst of it but has lingering problems that still need medical assistance. Considering what we went through, we're both in pretty good condition.
That I was able to find another part-time job. It's not big money but it's enough to scrape by on.
That my Mom is not only still alive, but still bright and active.
For all my friends, who have been terrific during this hard year, giving love and support, as well as car rides, grocery pickup, and cat care.
I am grateful for thrift shops. I dropped 40 pounds with this illness, going from a size 20 to a 16, and had to buy a work wardrobe with very little money. Being able to buy slacks and blazers for $4-$6 each saved me.
I am grateful for electronic publishing, which is permitting me to self-publish my novels without a) having so pay megabucks and b) having to store hundreds of copies somewhere in my tiny place. I won't make any money off them but at least they're out there.
That I was able to keep my front teeth, and didn't have to do chemo.
That I live in Albuquerque.
That I have five wonderful, sweet, snuggly cats that are all in good health though two are quite elderly.
That Terry Pratchett has written all those books, and can probably write at least a few more before his disease takes over.