A Hot Shower and A Full Fridge

It has been a great year. Granted, it isn’t even 24 hours old in my time zone, but the possibilities are endless.

As I showered earlier I thought of what a wonderful day it had already been. I turned on the spigot and once again realized what a blessed life I live.Ā  The water was hot, clean and available just when I wanted it.

Armed with a brand new bottle of shampoo I thought of the incredibly brave and beautiful women I know who have lost their hair due to chemo or some other medical issue. I cannot imagine what it feels like to look in the mirror and see baldness where once a full head of hair grew.Ā  What I want to say to each of you (even perfect strangers) is you are so mighty (in spite of how weak you may feel), brave (for pressing on, staying hopeful and continuing to move) and lovely in your smile. You inspire!

After showering it was off to the kitchen for a bit of brunch. When I opened the fridge I was face to face with myriad choices. Appliances that work are a luxury. Electricity to run those appliances is also something for which to be thankful . Having the financial resources to fill a pantry with food is an amazing blessing.

Hearing MOMD’s (My husband – the Man of My Dreams) laughter in the other room brought a smile to my face. Exchanging texts and calls with family and friends that live miles and miles away, listening to music, remembering the good and bad from last year remind me how quickly life changes.

When I express gratefulness for gifts that seem so ordinary I have no time for complaints.Ā  Things like hot showers, full fridges and communication opportunities are just the tip of the iceberg.

Thank you for taking time to read this. May your new year be peaceful and healthy and filled with joy.



  1. Sara says:

    Happy New Year Cindi! A Simply Ordinary blog post is a splendid way to start the year. Thanks for posting another inspiring message – it brought a smile to my face. šŸ™‚

  2. Kathy Saul says:

    How nice of you to start 2019 off with a thankfulness theme.
    I have high hopes for a year of good health, more family time & paying it forward. I have had so many random acts of kindness performed when 2018 got rough for me & my husband. I am paying forward from now till as long as I am able.
    Cindi, your blog always is welcome & leaves me thinking that there is niceness in everybody! Thanks for brightening my day.

    • Cindi says:

      Kathy, your words are so kind. I do pray for improved health for you! I know 2018 what such a difficult year for the Saul group. Hugs to you!

    • Cindi says:

      Happy New Year to you and yours Kathy! It was so nice to have at least a little bit of catch up time (infused with laughter, of course)!

  3. Jill says:

    What a blessing to “hear” you through your blog this evening. I’d agree with all of the examples you’ve shared and I’d add one more: I’m SO grateful for your friendship AND for your outlook on life.
    Happy New Year (and hoping to see you sooner, rather than later šŸ˜Š)

    • Cindi says:

      Oh my dear, dear friend! Thank you. Grateful for you and your quiet care for others. Sooner is good! The unguest room awaits your presence! šŸ˜

  4. Cindy Fischer says:

    Hi Cindi,

    Love your grateful attitude! It’s all a great gift isn’t it! I’m so glad that we met and I really look forward to getting to know you and your husband better in the next few months. See you on the dance floor!

    • Cindi says:

      I appreciate that you stopped by. Thank you Cindy! I have sensed that you are a grateful person, as well!
      Yes, I believe we are in for some wonderful times ahead.
      See you soon!

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