Thankful: March 2015

It’s the last Thursday of the month and you know what that means: time for a thankful post! This month was light on blog posts, but not on things to be thankful for.

  1. I’m thankful that spring is finally here, at least on the calendar! You probably wouldn’t be able to tell if you base it on the temperature (10 degrees below zero, Celcius!). During the day it warms up enough to melt some of the snow that has built up so I am thankful for that. And it’s so much brighter out there thanks to the hour we “lost” by turning our clocks forward by one hour (for daylight savings time).
  2. Since I’ve been spending more time at my parents’ house during the week, my mom has been spoiling me with her cooking—usually by the time I get home dinner is ready. Cooking is her passion and when people enjoy her cooking she’s even happier. Now that none of her children are living at home, she may have to learn to cook for fewer people…but at the same time I’m more than happy to help her with leftovers!
  3. Who doesn’t want to be financially secure? Last year I made a decision that should serve me well when I retire, but in the meantime it has left my finances tight. Add to that the usual property tax payments this month and in June and a hefty dental bill, and I needed a loan. I’m thankful that my family was there for me—but had I not asked they wouldn’t have known. I don’t like owing money, but borrowing and having to pay interest was icky to me, so I am fortunate to have a safety net.

    The tighter finances are making me buy fewer (I didn’t say none!) treats and lunches, so that’s a good outcome too.
  4. My nephew is thriving in Nigeria—he’s been so healthy and he’s adjusted well. My sister was 10 months old when we moved to Nigeria in 1982 so it’s cool that her son is in Nigeria during the same ages she was! My nephew is adorable and I’m still smitten. I dare anyone to look at his sweet face and not smile—it’s not possible (photo evidence would help right? Well, help me beg my sis and brother-in-law o: they’re not ready for their son to be an online celebrity!)
  5. My mom and I were talking recently and as far as we can recall, we didn’t have to take her to emergency last year—this is huge. I thank God for keeping her, despite the challenges she faces. No one would know what she goes through because she doesn’t focus on it. Sometimes it’s annoying that she won’t take time for herself, but at the same time I’m thankful that she doesn’t use her health as an excuse to not do certain things.
  6. Though I haven’t posted it lately, I’ve been keeping up with my 30+ minute walks. Three weeks ago I went for three walks, last week I walked twice, and this week I’ve walked once (so far). Don’t worry, I know that these walks aren’t enough to cause weight loss or noticeably change my physical appearance, but adding healthy things to my life is always good, even if some unhealthy habits remain.

What are you thankful for this month?

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4 thoughts on “Thankful: March 2015

  1. I’m glad your nephew is doing well! Does your sister have plans to move back to Canada? Does she miss Canada or is she enjoying Nigeria and rediscovering her heritage? Or is she? A lot of people I know who have moved to Hong Kong – especially those who were born/raised in Canada (including those of Chinese descent) are living more like expats rather than “real” locals. I think there are three groups of people. Real locals who spent most of their lives there, people like my first cousins who went to school and worked abroad and expats, including westerners of Chinese descent.

    Re food: I rarely eat at my parents. My mom doesn’t really cook (my grandmother did, but badly, since she had help growing up but had to teach herself when she married. She always told me that cooking wasn’t too “lady-like.” My mom allowed me to bake when I had friends over, though. Don’t know how she got away with that), so I had to learn myself.

    BTW, if you’re looking to get fit, try barre! You don’t even have to go to class. There are videos you can follow along online.

    Here’s an example:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/barre3sadielincoln/

    • Thanks for the nice sentiments about my nephew. Yes she plans to move back: the plan is for her husband to give Canada a try, and then they can decide which country they want to settle in, and of course they’re not only limited to living in Canada or Nigeria. She misses many conveniences of Canada (the electricity situation in Nigeria is awful) but she really loves spending time with our extended family and her in-laws.

      Unlike your friends my sis is definitely living regular and not ex pay life: we’ve always lived as our families lived when we go home—it would feel pretentious to do anything else—weird, perhaps!

      A friend of mine is going to be trying barre soon and I’ve set a reminder to check out that YouTube link this week—thank you!

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