Thanksgiving Gratitude: Everything Else

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Debe Maxwell, CRS 's November 2022 Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge is another great opportunity to think about those things we are grateful for. Of course, the first things that came to my mind are the same things I usually write about this time of year. Family, loved ones, etc. I'm going to try to come up with four totally different ideas this year.

My first post addressed my thankfulness for generators; my second post was about community. And this one is about opportunity. This one is about everything else.

There are so many other things I'm thankful for, I thought I'd lump a few of them  together for this final November 2022 challenge post.

Corrective Lenses:

While I may complain from time to time when I have to go find my reading glasses to read something, or when my contact lenses get dry or when I scratch a lens, I am very thankful that we have corrective technology. We can opt for a surgical procedure, a pair of glasses, or daily contact lenses. There are multiple companies now that will send you frames to try before you buy. You can buy three pairs of reading glasses at a discount in a store such as Costco. Imagine if that technology did not exist and we had to operate without being able to see clearly? That would be terrible. So I'm thankful for Corrective Lenses.

The Outdoors:

I happen to live in an amazing place that is full of lakes, rivers, streams, creeks, hills, valleys and mountains. But no matter where I've lived or where I've visited, I have always taken advantage of the outdoors. Taking a walk down a sidewalk can provide just as many interesting things to see as hiking through a northwest Montana forest. Possibly not as pretty, but most definitely interesting. I am grateful we live in a country with multiple options for enjoying the outdoors, whether that means walking, hiking, biking, driving, boating, horseback riding, snowshoeing, skiing or whatever. I think time in the outdoors can help keep us healthy so I'm very grateful.

Good Health

Another wonderful thing to be grateful for. I'm very lucky to have had good health (so far). As anyone who has dealt with the opposite knows, health challenges can seriously impact the quality of life. And it can be very hard to maintain a positive attitude when your body or mind is not cooperating. So I am glad that I have (and my family has) so far remained healthy. (PS - photo is not me!)


I'm sure I've mentioned this in past years, but I am so thankful for music. It's on in the background right now as I write this. I love to play it when I find the time and motivation (piano, guitar, flute), and I love to listen to it both live and "on Memorex" haha. For anyone who doesn't remember that, I mean to say both live and recorded.


Oh my, what can I say? I am so lucky to have been born where I am. Not only can we go into a grocery store and buy whatever we want, but we can go into many grocery stores! I have five major grocers within a 15-20 minute drive from my home, and that doesn't include all the specialty and organic shops. Not only that, I have the good fortune to be able to grow a garden. Talk about healthy! And I am grateful that I love to cook and experiment with food. While it does happen on occasion, I'm rarely bored with food choices. So thank you for food!!!

Everything Else

I could go on and on. The bottom line is that besides my family and other loved ones, I am grateful for everything else. And I am grateful to you for reading this far! And I am grateful to Debe for the November challenge. And I am grateful for.....



Comments (23)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kat, you bring up so many "other things" that we should be grateful for, and you DO live in a beautiful place! 

Nov 27, 2022 09:23 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Joan Cox - and you should know!

Nov 27, 2022 10:41 AM
Joan Cox

YES I do indeed!

Nov 27, 2022 10:59 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kat - it can certainly be difficult to put all the gratitude into four posts so your collective effort this time makes a lot of sense.  And an excellent result.  

Nov 27, 2022 09:45 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Michael Jacobs - there really is so much...

Nov 27, 2022 10:42 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Your post is a good reminder for us to be thankful for many things that we tend to take for granted.

Nina Hollander, Broker just posted a blog about her family members in Russia. I am thankful for the freedom we enjoy in our country.

Nov 27, 2022 11:17 AM
Kat Palmiotti

I'll go check out her post as well Roy Kelley. Thank you

Nov 27, 2022 11:52 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

What a great idea Kat! Combining so many other things you are grateful for and doing so in such an easy to read format. I enjoyed reading this!

Nov 27, 2022 01:16 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 !!

Nov 27, 2022 03:01 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Kat Palmiotti thank you for the great list of Thanksgiving Gratitude that we need to pay attention.

Nov 27, 2022 03:13 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you John Pusa 

Nov 27, 2022 06:12 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kat Palmiotti if we were to sit down a right everything we have been blessed with, the list would probably require several pages.  Unfortunately we take many of them for granted until they are taken away from us.

Nov 27, 2022 03:29 PM
Kat Palmiotti

You are absolutely right, George Souto , we have much to be grateful for, but notice mostly when we don't have those things.

Nov 27, 2022 06:13 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I have so enjoyed your posts of gratitude, Kat! I love that you didn't do the normal and you thought outside the box! Another great list of things for which to be grateful in this one too. 

I come from an insanely talented family of musicians yet, I never learned one instrument! I was too busy playing football with the guys, hiking, running, playing basketball, volleyball and running to learn an instrument! Now, I regret not taking the time. I do, however, enjoy listening to all kinds of music - whether it be live or Memorex! (Cue the breaking glass!!)

Like you, I'm terribly thankful for corrective lenses - another thing I never thought I would need when I was younger! LOL

Good health, the outdoors & food are definitely on my list as well. You definitely hit my 'biggies' in this post!

Thanks again for participating in this month's challenge, Kat. Excellent posts!

Nov 27, 2022 08:42 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS - and haha about the breaking glass!

Nov 28, 2022 04:33 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love this post, there are so many simple things in the world that we just take for granted.  We truly have so much to be grateful for each and every day!

Nov 28, 2022 06:00 AM
Kat Palmiotti

We sure do Brian England !

Nov 28, 2022 07:21 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Four posts is just not enough is it Kat Palmiotti ? I know if I wrote one a day for the whole year it would not be enough. Thank you for the reminder of some of the things we take for granted like corrective lenses. BTW I do remember the Memorex ads and I've purchased a lot of their cassette and reel to reel tape (I avoided 8-track all together).

Nov 28, 2022 06:27 AM
Kat Palmiotti

You're right, we could write posts every day all year long, Bob "RealMan" Timm 

Nov 28, 2022 07:22 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kat Palmiotti - to know how happy and grateful you are for everything you have and where you live is a fairy tale many children dream about and yours came true. I am very happy for you. You're right about everything, from corrective lenses, good health, music, the outdoors, and good, really, really good food. Your possibilities are endless and you are living up to your fullest potential. I am very happy our paths crossed on AR and I wish you a wonderful life. 

Nov 28, 2022 03:35 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP !! I wish the same for you!

Nov 28, 2022 03:36 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kat,

What a great way to end the challenge.  You covered "everything else." in an interesting and fun way which made for an enjoyable read.  Kudos!

Nov 29, 2022 11:15 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Sheri Sperry - MCNE® !!!!

Nov 29, 2022 02:16 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing all that you are grateful for and Thanksgiving is a great place to share. I do admire your vision of life Kat 🙂

Nov 29, 2022 02:44 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS ! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Nov 30, 2022 04:36 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday evening, Kat.

I spent Monday night and much of today in the hospital for multiple tests. It is good to be home.

Nov 29, 2022 03:31 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Are you doing okay Roy Kelley ?

Nov 30, 2022 04:36 AM
Roy Kelley

I am still moving slowly this morning and will be staying at home.

Nov 30, 2022 04:50 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I must admit I really enjoyed this challenge Kat Palmiotti 

Nov 29, 2022 07:38 PM
Kat Palmiotti

I did as well Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS !

Nov 30, 2022 04:35 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

We have a rainy day in Maryland.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Nov 30, 2022 04:51 AM
Kat Palmiotti

You too!

Nov 30, 2022 05:42 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Kat - Everything else was really a great way to wrap this up.  So much to be thankful for.

Nov 30, 2022 02:16 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Grant Schneider - we all have a lot to be thankful for!

Nov 30, 2022 02:56 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I was surprised when I read this again; how full your life is and that is a blessing my friend Kat 🙂

Dec 01, 2022 07:57 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - My life is indeed full although I have to admit the last few days I've been feeling bored! uh oh.

Dec 02, 2022 04:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Kat. We have a sunny but cold day in Maryland.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Dec 02, 2022 06:18 AM
Kat Palmiotti

We have the same here Roy Kelley!

Dec 02, 2022 07:46 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

This post of yours exudes gratefulness to the max, Kat! Everything you wrote lends to a higher level of happiness and better living conditions.

Dec 03, 2022 03:51 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! for reading and commenting! Life is good at the moment; and I am grateful for all of it!

Dec 03, 2022 06:37 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Kat Palmiotti. I have to agree with Nina above since you did cover everything and anything else. You are truly blessed to be in a place like Montana which has some great outdoor scenery. Enjoy your week!

Dec 05, 2022 07:42 AM
Kat Palmiotti

I hope you enjoy your week too Jerry Newman and yes, I am blessed!

Dec 05, 2022 10:33 AM