Abundantly Hodgepodge

I love November! It brings the crispness of autumn, long shadows, colorful leaves and Thanksgiving, which leads me to gratitude. I try to be grateful every day of the year, but November makes us take stock in naming our blessings. So today I am grateful for Joyce @ From This Side of the Pond and  her endless supplies of questions that keep us together and allow us to get to know each other. Have you joined? Please do!!

1. Besides Thanksgiving, something you're looking forward to on your November calendar?

Other than Thanksgiving and the time I will spend with family, the next thing I am looking forward to is the Jackyl concert and and EdCamp in Dallas (I chickened out on the one in Lancaster!)

2.  If I gave you a thank you card right now who would you send it to and why?  

My mama for instilling a sense of family so we will continue to gather together anytime even when she is not here with us.

3. Of the breads listed, which one's your favorite...bagel, cinnamon, sourdough, garlic, banana, biscuit, pita, Naan, or plain old fashioned white bread?  

Not a big bread fan, but I do love me garlic bread if I eat Italian and a warm homemade banana bread with melted butter is pretty awesome. I don't go looking for bread but if either are sitting there warm and ready, I will pounce on it!

4. What's something you have in abundance? Is that a good thing?

I would love to say money, but I am a teacher and that statement makes me laugh and cry at the same time. So I am going to go with blessings. God has taken care of me. I want to be thankful for what I have and not what I want. If I focus on those blessings, how I could I not live an abundant life?

5. November 5th is National Love Your Red Hair Day. Are there any redheads in your family? Who's your favorite redhead?  

Aunt Phyllis is on the left and my mama on the right.
No natural red heads in my family, but there is one who loved her red hair and that is my Aunt Phyllis. I never realized she was my great-aunt. She was mama's aunt, her favorite aunt, and you can tell those ladies loved each other. We lost Aunt Phyllis a few years ago to an undiagonised pancreatic cancer. I know mama and Aunt Phyllis are having the time of their life being reunited!

6.  The travel website Busbud recently calculated the most Instagrammed spot in every state. Go here to see what made the list where you live. Are you happy with your state's #1? If not what do you think should be the most photographed spot in your state? Have you snapped a photo there? If you live outside the USA answer as it relates to your state, city or province.

 I have never heard of Circuits of Americas. I googled it and saw it was in Austin and it is some sort of car racing, place, thingy. I can understand Austin...I had thought maybe San Antonino River Walk 

or Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Huh, I guess I need to get out into my state more!

7. I'm going to try to have something related to gratitude in this spot each week during the month of November. Here's this week's question-
What's something you've learned about yourself this year that you're grateful for?

Adaptability. In the sense of my job, I totally rock this because it IS the job. But I have never taken it in to my personal life. I have had to adapt to the passing of my mama, the mortality of my papa, the new dynamics of the family,  how to adjust and accept a different position at work and how much stress in my life has given me the excuse to not care about my health. I put myself last on the list. It may seem like I am not able to adapt (see photo below) but when things change in life, you have no choice but adapt. Doesn't feel like it, but it does and I am grateful I can bend and adjust as life happens.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

November is going to fly by people, so buckle up and enjoy the ride! OK at least buckle up...

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