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2 hours ago, Blergh said:

It's a little thing but I'm thankful Gift Bags got invented. Makes the presentation of presents FAR less of a hassle than the days of trying to wrap paper around every odd nook and cranny of oddly shaped gifts (and I always wound up with gaps and overlaps)! 

I agree.  And it's great that they can be reused.  I've got a whole bunch of them I've received over the years that I reuse to put other gifts in, just have to put on a new tag. 

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So the handle on my master bath toilet started getting loose and was finally just dangling. I tried to tighten the plastic nut on the inside of the tank to no avail.

Called two plumbers but they didn't have non-emergency appointments available for more than a week. Yes, I could walk across the house to use the guest bath and yes, I could leave the tank lid off and manually pull up the flapper, but what am I, an animal?

I drove the 4 minutes to Ace and the person doing the welcoming directed me to the correct aisle. There were probably 10 different types of handle/lever assemblies at various price points and materials. I was pondering the mysteries of plumbing when the helpful hardware man came to find me and see if I needed help. As it turns out, yes.

He explained the difference between front and side mounts vs universal, etc. I told him I wasn't able to tighten the nut on the handle; it just kept spinning. He said, "You know, that turns counter clockwise."

MIND BLOWN!

Thanks, Ace. You lost a $7 sale but saved me an $90 service call from the plumber.

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The peeves thread reminded me about a bit of technology I love: online banking. Auto deposit for paychecks, deposit from home, and automatic bill pay all make me swoon.

I haven't set foot in a bank in probably 15 years and almost never write a check. ATMs have been around since the mid 60s according to Wiki, but I appreciate that I can now avoid even those by getting cash back at grocery stores and the like.

Quicken keeps all my accounts updated and H&R Block online does my taxes. Which is another gratitude checkmark because I've already submitted mine for 2018 and received my refund!

I can't even imagine going back to the days of rushing to the bank on Fridays before it closed and waiting in a long line in order to deposit my paycheck.

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I took my car in for routine service and it took way longer than it should have. Long story short, when the manager found out how long I'd waited and that no one had updated me on the delay, he offered to comp the entire bill.

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Speaking of vehicular gratefulness: while I consider many of the new devises to be extraneous if not useless, there's one new feature I LOVE: rearview cameras that operate whenever the car's in reverse. Makes backing into driveways or parallel parking MUCH easier than solely depending on the rear-view mirror even when the image isn't clear due to night/fog thanks to those lines spelling out where the car is re the projected path! 

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I just got some belated presents and this is the best! 

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It raised a lot of questions when it showed up on my list, but it makes me happier than it should.  It is a hedgehog table brush for sweeping up crumbs.

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I didn't get anything done this weekend that I planned to get done (housework, yard work, etc.).  No real reason why, I just couldn't get motivated. So, I was sitting here just grumpily contemplating the coming week (which will be busy, busy) and not feeling very cheerful.  Then, from the next room I heard the sound of a movie starting.  I heard the recognizable 20th Century Fox theme begin, and then the unmistakable off-key voice of Martin from 'The Simpsons' gleefully singing along ('ta ta ta ta...!') It was 'The Simpsons Movie', of course.  Just a small thing, but it made me laugh out loud and I feel a little better. (Singing along with the Spiderpig theme won't hurt, either.) 

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Teva is making its original design sandals again.  Those were the ones I could walk miles and miles in without getting blisters.  So I bought two pairs, and am wearing one now.  The straps aren't stiff, so they don't rub, and they don't touch any of my current crop of blisters, of which I have six.  My feet are very happy and the sandals from two years ago, which gave me the six blisters, are going in the trash.

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I am grateful for having a washing machine that's a year older than I am (I found the receipt last night; it cost $250 in 1976).  Because it's so old, it's repairable.  It needs a new pump and a new belt, but I don't need a whole new washing machine.

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I'm grateful that at least one of my cats allows me to pick her up, cradle her in my arms like a baby, scratch her under her chin, kiss her on the head and blow raspberries in her soft belly fur.  (The other cat is good-natured, but doesn't care to be held.  She just tolerates it until I put her down.)

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I love a good lap kitty!

Even if they're only doing it for the food. :-)

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1 hour ago, RealHousewife said:

I’m grateful for my wonderful boss. 

Same here- AND these days I'm very grateful to have a job that's entirely INDOORS!  Working in unbelievable heat's no joke! 

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I was about to get a brunch this morning when . . .it happened: my car battery wouldn't turn over the engine. Long-short is that I had to jumpstart it with my mother's car. However. ..

 The good news is that I was able to restart the car, drive over to the battery place, then within fifteen minutes, they confirmed that the battery needed replacing (the meter said that the charge was way too low) then replaced my battery and I was able to be on my way for not too much money! What's to be grateful about all this, one may ask? Well, in the first place, the initial battery fail happened in my own home with my mother's car next to it so I was able to get it recharged AND it happened at a time when I still had plenty of time before work so I wouldn't have had to call in saying I'd be late. Even more to be thankful for is that it didn't happen when I was due to drive FROM work late at night when it would have been tricky to find someone to jumpstart it and have them meet me in the parking garage! AND the weather was fairly good instead of having frozen precip, thunderstorms, flooding or unspeakable heat,etc. so all that helped made a difference. Lastly, I'm thankful to the service person at the battery place who honestly diagnosed the problem before I'd bought the new battery AND installed it in a prompt and very courteous manner. No, I didn't say a word while this person was installing the new battery (having firsthand knowledge of being annoyed by others' interruptions when it's clear one needs to concentrate on a vital task), but this person was perfectly polite and prompt and that's not always a given in the service industry.  Anyway, even though it was an annoyance to have to remedy, I'm thankful that I WAS able to get it remedied and now I just have to seek out the frequencies of my fave radio stations that the battery change wiped the memory out (a tiny thing to deal with compared to what I MIGHT have had to deal with). 

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Right now I’m feeling especially grateful for the existence of the internet, which in the past few days has enabled me to find an AC repair company who would actually come fix my AC within a couple of hours instead of blowing me off for a couple of days. I live in San Antonio, and my 91-year-old mother lives with me. An outside temp of 99 degrees does not mix well with that living situation. Also, I was able to go online yesterday and schedule an alignment for my car for this morning, so the entire process was around an hour, as opposed to the last time that I had an alignment done on a walk-in basis, and was there for several hours. The ability to compare availability, prices, and so forth on my screen and make a choice that way is so much better, to me, than having to make phone calls and take notes. 

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I am grateful that my Daddy is healthy, active, happy and just celebrated is 80th birthday! 😸

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I told a boisterous 15 week-old puppy to “chill the fuck out” this morning.*

If that’s the extent of things I’m worried about these days, I’d say should be grateful. 

* It was in his best interest. He was annoying the heck out of Neo the grumpy old dog and Luna (Destroyer of Things) the cat. Both of whom are well armed to teach him a painful lesson if they wanted to do so. 

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I went to our block party on Saturday. We have one every other month. A gentleman there had a TIA. So his wife, a former nurse, an EMT and myself (a retired RN) tended to him until the squad could pick him up. Nobody gawked or made him feel embarrassed. I’m grateful that we have such good people where I live and if you have an incident there are those of us whom are trained to help. 

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The Dish Anywhere ap for Windows that allows me to watch shows on my laptop has been broken for probably two years; none of the DVR functions work and I have to record and delete shows via my tablet.

I noticed this week that it's fixed! Thanks, Dish coding nerds! Saves me from having to fumble between devices.

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I’ve been dealing with severe anemia for I’m not sure how long.  Around last Oct./Nov., I felt nonfunctional, got an appointment in January, have been on oral iron since then.  That wasn’t doing the trick.  I had two IV infusions in July.  Yesterday, I noticed my skin is starting to look healthy and pinkish.  Things might be starting to finally improve!  Yay!

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22 hours ago, Scatterbrained said:

I’ve been dealing with severe anemia for I’m not sure how long.  Around last Oct./Nov., I felt nonfunctional, got an appointment in January, have been on oral iron since then.  That wasn’t doing the trick.  I had two IV infusions in July.  Yesterday, I noticed my skin is starting to look healthy and pinkish.  Things might be starting to finally improve!  Yay!

I’m so happy to hear that you have turned a corner with your blood count. There’s a great brand of iron supplements called Ferro-Sequels. There are very easily absorbed into the system, as not all iron supplements are created equally. 

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Last weekend I got my open water scuba certification.  The last dive on Sunday was for fun, and we were out in Rockport, MA, messing around in the boulders.  My instructor scared a lobster out from under a rock and he came shooting straight at me (tail first, which is how they swim) so I reached out and grabbed him.  I let him go because we didn't have a lobstering license and he was too small to keep anyway, but let the record state that I have caught a moving lobster, 20 feet underwater, by hand.  Let the record state also that my instructor is scared of lobsters and was mightily impressed with me.

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