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Sometimes It’s Hard To Be Thankful Even If It’s Thursday

This Thankful Thursday post is going up late because, frankly, I’m having a hard time finding a whole lot to be thankful for. A dear friend’s wife lost her battle with cancer and was laid to rest recently then he got even more bad news about someone he cares about. It’s enough to make one wonder why God puts so much bad stuff on such good people. Then I think about it and remember that God always gets credit for the bad things that happen in the world when they’re not all his fault. A large part of it, if you ask me at least, is the work of evil trying to turn us away from God by getting us to blame Him for the bad stuff, and for the most part, it works like a charm.

Oh, there are other things going on around me and in my life that are making it kind of hard to be grateful for a whole lot right now. Then I stop and look around and realize I have a roof over my head, a floor under my feet, and walls around me, all of which are keeping the cold out. I have heat and power and water. I’m wearing clean clothes, and although I’m sick with the latest creeping crud making the rounds, I have something between my belly and backbone, and that’s more than a lot of people can say tonight.

I’m ill as a hornet because I don’t feel good, but these Thankful Thursday posts are really good for me. It turns out I have a lot more to be thankful for than I even realized before I started writing this post. Sorry it doesn’t have the cute little pictures the others have in them, but I’m just not up to digging around to find any right now. I think I feel a nap coming on sooner than later no matter if I want one or not, so I’ll say good night and call it a day. Maybe I won’t be so ill tomorrow. Fingers and toes crossed anyway.

What are you thankful for? Please share in the comments. Maybe it will make me feel better to see what others are thankful for today and every day.

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Just Happy To Be Here This Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday ButtonI’m thankful I started doing these Thankful Thursday posts. They give me a reason to stop and look at my life,  at where I am in the world, and what’s going on around me. I try to look at the small things as well as the large and try to find the silver lining in the dark things as well as looking at the shining stars.


johnny_automatic_Praying_handsThis week, I’m just happy to be here. The Fat Chick is sick as I wrote in another blog post. I could be mad at being sick, but instead, I feel thankful that the problems have been found and further tests are being run to get to the bottom of things. I know I’m going to be okay because I’m a firm believer in the saying, If God brings you to it He’ll see you through it. Faith is free, so I can afford to have a lot of it, LOL!



I’m thankful that the common cold only lasts so long. My granddaughter Shelby caught a cold and was so pitiful. She tried to be her usual happy self, but she just didn’t understand why she didn’t feel good. I hate that as she gets older she’ll get used to being sick and getting over it, but that’s how life is. For now, I’m just thankful she feels better and is back to her old self again.

womanI have found out there really are decent people out there in this word, even when it comes to doing business. I’ve been exceptionally blessed in my business with clients that have been very understanding when something has happened and my work has been interrupted for whatever reason. I’m so thankful for clients who understand that I work my hardest for them, but sometimes things happen that are beyond my control like a house fire, a spouse’s multiple heart attacks and medical procedures, getting new diagnoses that take more tests for myself, sick kids… you get the idea. While I am a very dedicated editor and proofreader, my family comes first. I don’t know how else to be, and I don’t think I’d want to be any other way if I did. It’s a large part of the reason I’m a freelancer. So even though you may never see this, thank you to each and every one of you.

kattekrab-Hand-printsFamily is where it’s at. My family is everything to me. They are my safety net, the ones I know when the chips are down always have my back. My family is my heart and soul, and home is where they have to take you back. Knowing my family has always been behind me has made it possible for me to accomplish everything I have in my life. Without my family I would be lost, so I always have been and will always be very thankful for them.

Take a minute to look around you. What are you thankful for? Leave a comment and share with me.

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#ThankfulThursday for 12/18/2014

This Thursday, I’m thankful for many things. I’m not even going to set a limit to the number of things I’m going to list or the way the list will turn out. I’m just going to say a little prayer and write what God leads me to. And here we go.


Things I’m thankful for:

johnny_automatic_Praying_hands1. The fact that God is always watching over my family and friends, blessing, and protecting us, and that He has a plan that He works to in His time, and all we have to do is trust in Him to lead the way. If I didn’t get to believe there was someone else in charge of all of this I’d truly go nuts. Thanks for always having my back, Big Guy!



12161418072. Rubber bands. I have not seen my sister-in-law smile or heard her laugh as much as she did the other day when she was making bracelets with DS. Who would have thought little rubber bands could bring so much happiness to a grown woman? I know spending time with her nephew had something to do with it too, but when Mr. Fatchick came home with another bracelet kit and gave it to her, she had a ‘possum eatin’ grin on her face like I haven’t seen in years. So thank you for little rubber bands and the fact no one thought of popping each other with them… yet.


My laptop pic3. Working from home. I don’t talk on this blog much about what it is that I do for a living, but I edit and proofread book manuscripts from home (don’t judge my editing skills by my writing skills, please, lol). My doctor recently had to play around with my medications again, making me pretty tired all the time. Add that to the narcolepsy I already have, and it’s a really good thing I work from home. It’s also a good thing that I don’t live alone, or I’d end up face down in the floor a lot of the time. Just what I’d need for Christmas pictures… carpet burns on my face.


12171421334. Big brothers. My brother and I don’t always see eye to eye. In fact, we usually mix like oil and water. I’m talking to the point my parents came home to find me standing on the porch and him standing at the foot of the steps with us both drawn down on each other with shotguns when we were teenagers. But every once in a while he does something really cool that makes all the other stuff worth it.

Last night, my brother brought in a “fat chick size” (his exact words) pack of Reese’s peanut butter cups coming in at 2 – 8 oz. cups in the package. Yeah, I agree… fat chick size. Now I’m just looking for the golf ball size m&ms, and I’ll be all set.


rg1024_Antique_Television5.Digital music channels on TV. My parents went out Christmas shopping yesterday. While they were gone, DS found the “old music channel” on the satellite. He listened to it for what I understand to be a pretty good while before they got home while I was asleep. He then got them to keep listening to it, which they did all afternoon and evening. And it’s true, music soothes the savage beast. Yesterday was one of the most laid back days we’ve had around here in a long time.  Really cool and much appreciated.

It leaves me with a question though. If their music was classic rock when I was a kid and the music I grew up to is classic rock now, what’s their’s called now… Ancient boulder?


What are you thankful for? Leave a comment and let me know. I’d love to hear from you!


My First Thankful Thursday

I try my best to be thankful every day, but today will be my first Thankful Thursday post. I want to shine a light on five things in my life that I’m thankful for this week. It may be the same five things as last week. It may be the same five things next week. But for right now, this is what I’m thankful for this week.

johnny_automatic_Praying_handsI am thankful for that God has brought our family through another week together, that He has kept us safe, that He makes sure we have a roof over our heads and food in our bellies, and that He blesses us and watches over us in too many ways to mention. The best thing I ever did was to ask God to take charge of my life and open my heart and invite Jesus in. The world has been a whole new place, my family life has improved by leaps and bounds, my life in general has gotten nothing but better. The best part is knowing He’s got this no matter what this happens to be, that He can handle all things and does on my behalf every day. Oh yes, my God is mighty and He is good!

cyberscooty-cartoon-carI’m thankful for a son who is willing to let us borrow his vehicle when we need it. Our car has been down and out in Fatopia for months and months. Any time we need anything from the store, need to go to town, or have to go to the doctor it’s either bum a ride or beg a vehicle. We are blessed that our oldest son will let us borrow his vehicle to go to and from the doctor when we need to. If it wasn’t for that, I’m not sure Mr. FatChick and I would be able to make the trips we do to and from all the doctors we have to see.

xunoe_cartomix_2I am thankful for the ability to witness the circle of life happening around me. In the last year our family has been bless with our first granddaughter and grandson, a new calf, and seven puppies. We’ve had our share of loss along the way, which I’d prefer not to remember right now for personal reasons, but who doesn’t suffer losses in this life? But I see every birth as a miracle and I’m thankful for every one that we have and that I hear about others having as well.


I’m thankful for credit, for without it no one on my Christmas list would be getting a present this year. Yes, money’s tight and times are hard for everyone, especially us since Mr. FatChick had to come off work with a bad thumping gizzard a few years ago. Fortunately, there’s this amazing thing called credit that allows you to make purchases, get your stuff, and stretch the payments out over time. Yes, I’m thankful for credit right now, but let’s wait till after the first bills get there next year and see what I have to say then, lol. Oh yeah, and I’m also thankful for deferred billing 🙂

Blob_sleepingAnd last but certainly not least, I’m thankful for family and friends (and hopefully readers) that understand what life can be like with narcolepsy. A prime example of what my life is like dealing with it is this post. I started working on it well over twelve hours ago and have been on it looking for graphics or writing or whatever since I started, and sleeping. Oh yes, we can’t forget the sleeping. I do a lot of that at times, and today has been one of those time. On the flip side, there are times I don’t sleep at all for long periods of time. Not sure if that’s the bipolar disorder beating out the narcolepsy or if it’s how narcolepsy works (I’m a whole bag of tricks.), but it’s how I live. So I ask for you to be as understanding as my family is as they watch me drooling into my own lap on the chaise lounge in the den on any given afternoon.

What are you thankful for in your life? Use the comments and tell me. I’d really like to hear about it


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I don’t have a stop sign between my brain and mouth. Whatever I think kind of falls right out of my head and lands on the floor in front of me.ecuabron_AlienGrin

The poor little six legged brain trust sits there spinning in circles until it finds its prey. Then it takes off with lightening speed and hits the poor sucker of choice dead in the face with whatever my mind has cooked up this time. I really do try to control the critter once it clears my mouth since there is no hope of slowing it down before it gets loose, but there’s just no stopping the slimy little thing. I jump on the floor trying to grab the little booger, but I can’t get a hold on it because it’s as slippery as hot snot shot out of a nose into a paper towel.

The way I see it, whatever I have to say definitely sticks with the person I’m talking to for a while because it takes time to get all of that slime washed off. You should see some of the dry cleaning bills I’ve been handed. But it’s totally worth it.

Has anything like this ever happened to you? Can you control your mouth? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments below.


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cropped-cropped-black-and-white-me-e13990880701153.jpgCrystal Schall is a southern born mother of four,  freelance editor and writer, living large in Fatopia. The self-proclaimed Original Fat Chick hates the huge white elephant standing in the corner of the room wherever she goes–her weight. Instead of ignoring it, she tackles her weight issues, along with anything else that comes to mind, head on and writes about her journey through life on her blog Fat Chick 411.

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