This week's RevGalBlogPals Friday Five is very simple: List five things for which you're thankful.
I was about to head in the direction of Big Ideas when it occurred to me that I am thankful for a lot of the small stuff around me -- things that make life easier or more enjoyable. So here are five little things that mean a lot to me:
1. My Scrubbing Bubbles shower-cleaning machine. This product, unlike many automatic gizmos, actually works. No more scary fungal manifestations in the bathtub; no more scrubbing grout with an old toothbrush. It is a real blessing to the housekeeping-challenged. And it makes the bathroom smell good too.
2. Garbanzo beans. They're so tasty, and so healthy -- I eat them right out of the can. Last night at The Brass Cafe in Mt. Pleasant, which was featuring a "little dish" night, I ordered an appetizer-sized portion of garbanzo bean curry on rice, with yogurt...mmmmm. Garbanzo beans are a good gift of God.
3. The Footwear Department at Sears. I recently introduced Fellow Traveler, who hates big-box stores as well as sartorial shopping in general with a passion, to the joys of shoe-shopping at Sears. They always have excellent sales...we each wound up with some badly needed walking shoes, and I also scored some stylin' ankle boots, all for astoundingly low prices. And, best of all, we only spent about 15 minutes in the store. Thank you, Sears! You always come through for my feet.
4. Google. To paraphrase the Psalmist, it is a thing too wonderful for me to understand.
5. New England asters. We seem to have a bumper crop of them in Michigan this year. Last night, driving in the "evening sunshine," the medians and roadsides became an amazing flowing quilt of asters and goldenrod. I kept thinking, Wow. Wow. Wow.