In Monday’s post, I left you with this “teaser”:

And, now, I will explain. Just before 2018 arrived, I saw a suggestion on Facebook to write little notes of thankfulness/gratitude/joy all through the year, place them in a container, and then read them on New Year’s Eve.

So I did that all throughout 2018, keeping them in my Mom’s old glass “ice bucket” on our sideboard. Although I realize the importance of being grateful, having those colorful little notes in a prominent place helped me remember to actually put my thoughts into words.

Motor Man and I read all the notes (a total of 68) Monday evening as we quietly celebrated New Year’s Eve at home.

The multi-colored paper made quite a colorful scene as we selected them one-by-one from the stack to be read.

Many of them noted things I was thankful for: safe travels for us and/or Marshall (including us being just minutes ahead of a fatal tractor trailer accident on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel),  relieved to have found a credit card I’d misplaced, grateful that a cousin was doing well following surgery, and another with a similar message about a dear friend.  Some made mention of a fun trip we’d taken or just a nice time with friends or family.

Reading all those little notes brought back many happy memories of the year, and I’m definitely planning to do this again in 2019.

What are YOU thankful for today? Make a note of it!

~These Days Of Mine~


13 responses to “Noteworthy

  1. What a great idea!!

  2. i love this idea –

  3. Such a great idea. My friend Ann gave me a beautiful glass ball that you put similar notes into and I have not kept up with it as much as I should so this is a reminder that I should fill it up! I love your idea of reading them together on New Year’s Eve. Perfect. I am thankful for so many things it is difficult to choose just one this morning but I would have to say I am most thankful for caregivers who fill in and take care of our loved ones when we can not be there to do it ourselves.

  4. Happy New Year! Splendid idea in so many ways! As you read the notes, had you forgotten about some of the memories?

  5. Wonderful. I do recall your posting about this. I’m so glad you followed through. I hope you glued the notes in a book to keep them for future perusing,

  6. That’s a great idea…..All that colorful paper – you could have put it through the shredder after reading them and made your own New Year’s Eve confetti! LOL


  7. What a WONDERFUL idea. I may just adopt it for us this coming year. I’m just thinking of all the smiles that you and Motor Man shared. That would be good for us too.

  8. A very good way to appreciate the previous year …..

  9. What a fantastic idea! I love it!!! So much to be thankful for always!

  10. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Chuck and I did this one year and loved it. We need to start it again.

  11. You know, I’ve seen that idea before too, but never applied it and it’s such a truly wonderful idea! You are inspiring me to attempt it this year. We can never be too thankful even for the little things that may seem trivial to others. I bet it was so fun to read through all of those and a great way to spend New Year’s Eve!

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