So Much to be Thankful for . . .

This past Thursday was special.  I spent the day fly fishing the cool, clear waters of my favorite, local trout stream with my friend, Gene. Despite the wildfires that have been raging in Western North Carolina for over a week now, no smoke invaded the sanctity of the deep mountain gorge through which the river flows.  The weather was spectacular, the fishing decent, and the company as rewarding as one could hope for.  If ever there was a perfect day, this was it.

At this same time, last year, however, things were quite different.  I was just beginning my recovery from the stroke that occured that October 2nd.  I didn’t know what the future held in store, or even whether fly fishing would continue to be a part of my life.  I had a one-year-old granddaughter, but I didn’t know whether or not I would get to see her grow into a woman, let alone a young girl.  I was scared.  So, I did the only thing I could do: I placed my life in God’s hands, and promised Him that I would do everything in my power to change “my evil ways,” if He would permit me to continue on this Earth, for however long He deemed appropriate.  (My “evil ways” were those of excess chocolate, inactivity, and failure to address my burgeoning avoirdupois, all of which have been addressed successfully.)

As I write this, I am sitting at my desk in my brand new office.  No longer will my literary headquarters share a space with two—count ’em, two—litter boxes.  My new office even has a color scheme, which I picked out: it’s pale yellow and hunter green (very restful).  There’s carpet on the floor, pictures on the walls, and a real live window.  Soon there’ll be a small loveseat and a flatscreen TV to go with the stereo rack (ask your parents, if you’re under 40) and speakers on stands to provide listening and viewing pleasure for this tired writer.  But all that is just icing on the cake.

turkeyToday, my granddaughter is two!  (Happy birthday, Abigail.)  She is beautiful and smart, and I am getting ready to welcome her and her parents to our home for Thanksgiving.  In fact, we will have all four of our children together for the first time in probably 20 years.  (I’m sure one of them will telephone or message me that I am wrong about the figure, but suffice it to say it’s been a long time.)  I could not be happier!  Becky is already busy cooking . . . and cooking . . . and cooking, preparing all the special dishes that mean so much to her family and mine.  We have our health and we have our families, all together—even if for just one day.  We are truly blessed, and I am so very thankful.

Thank you, God, for all the blessings you continue to heap upon us.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.


NOTE: There will be no blog post next week.  I’ll be too busy enjoying God’s blessings, as I hope you will be, too.  Thanks for following my blog, and here’s to more of my potpourri of observations, musings, and miscellaneous subjects.  If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to share it with a friend, or, better yet, reblog it on your own site.  If  you’d like to follow my blog, just click on the “follow” button at the lower righthand corner of the page.  You’ll be asked to enter your email address, and you’ll receive an email confirmation in return.  I only blog once per week, and I never share email addresses.  To learn more about me and my writing, please visit my website at: www.joeperronejr.com. 
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About AuthorJoePerroneJr

I am a former professional fly-fishing guide, and I write the Matt Davis Mystery Series, which presently consists of four books: As the Twig is Bent, Opening Day, Twice Bitten, and Broken Promises. The series is set in the real town of Roscoe, NY, in the Catskill Mountains, where I guided for ten years. I love fly fishing, movies, cooking (and eating), and music. To learn more about me and my writing, please visit my website at: http://www.joeperronejr.com.
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11 Responses to So Much to be Thankful for . . .

  1. Allie P. says:

    So much to be thankful for indeed. Happy Birthday Abigail, and congrats on the new office.

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    • Thanks, Allie. I often think of just how lucky we all are to have been born in America. We could just as easily have been born elsewhere where we would not have all the wonderful advantages we have as Americans. Our country is truly blessed.

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  2. balroop2013 says:

    First of all, congratulations for your new office…hope it inspires you more to write many more books.
    Nice to hear that you have been feeling good and healthy…could meet your grandchild and would be spending this Thanksgiving with all your loved ones 🙂 So many blessings! Happpppppy Thanksgiving Joe and Becky.

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  3. KiM says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Joe ~ How long before you add a cat tree, cat shelf or cat bed? I wouldn’t like the litterboxes being in the office, heck I don’t like them in my laundry room but I do love my cats in my office even if I occasionally have to just read because one is hogging my lap or laying across my mouse, or peer over one blocking the screen.

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    • I’m afraid those days are well past for my cats. They are 13-1/2 years old, and prefer lying around on beds, couches, and floors. I did enjoy having Cassie on my desk, too, many years ago, when I was trying to work. Those who have not experienced life with a cat don’t know what they are missing. Gobble, gobble to you and yours!! 🙂

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  4. May your blessings abound! We’re looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with our youngest daughter and our two teenage Grands. I’ve pies to bake and side dishes to make…and so grateful to be here to be part of it all. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

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  5. Dick Fuller says:

    Amen. Happy Thanksgiving. All of our children, spouses and many of the grandchildren will be here. A special day for our family. We are blessed.

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