In keeping with my last thread, I thought I'd mention some of the things I actually am grateful for. Some of them are serious, but most are strange or quirky. With CFS/ME...we need to take anything we can get, right?!? I will start a list, please feel free to add anything YOU are grateful for. -Going outside and seeing the green on the trees. To me, the color green has always been stunning, especially how vibrant it is in leaves. I don't always get out, but whenever I do, I really appreciate the trees. Maybe it's because I don't see them everyday or maybe it's because I used to rarely get out. But lately, I go outside 3-4 days a week, specifically to see the trees against the vibrant blue sky, and I'm always in awe. -Gossip magazines. For $3-$5, I ALWAYS have something to talk to my Mom about. We are both intelligent women, but it's still nice to talk about who made an idiot of themself that week, who's falling for whom, etc. I normally feel too crappy to talk, but I can sometimes spare 5 seconds to see if she's "heard the latest." -Along the same lines, cable TV. The dumber the reality show, the more I like it. It is amazing that people have the guts to live like that! And I love "the Bachelorette" because I like to try to guess who will win. Also, some of the guys seem really sweet! -my husband's love and courage -my church....a group of very genuine people who are really seeking out God. This is a group of people who aren't perfect...this ain't one of those suburban churches where no one seems to have real problems (though I'm sure those people do too). Sometimes homeless people sit in the pews, and it makes me grateful to have a place to come home to after mass, but also grateful to be able to share a song with people who need interaction.