My American Thanksgiving Wishes | Special Mention To Craft Cabana


Reflecting On Past Accomplishments As Well As On Things Still To Do:

Thanksgiving has already come and gone for us Canadians up here in the Great White North. But for all of my many, many American friends, Thanksgiving is happening today. I wish all of you and your families the very best.

No matter where you live, the Thanks giving season has always been a time to reflect on all that we have and have done in our lives. My Oct 13 Canadian Thanksgiving story is posted over at the following link if you would like to have a look: Thanksgiving Arts And Crafts Story

And today I came across an interesting “100 Things List” that Deirdre posted at her Craft Cabana blog. I realized when reading it that many of the activities were things I have done in my own life. So I thought it would be fun to share my Polymer Clay Tutor version of the list. The things I’ve done are on the left… And the things I’ve yet to do are on the right.

1. Started your own [BEADS] blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
10. Sang a solo
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
16. Had food poisoning
18. Grown your own vegetables
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
39. Gone rock climbing
41. Sung karaoke
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
48. Gone deep sea fishing
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
57. Started a [BEAD MAKING] business
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
75. Been fired from a job
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
82. Bought a brand new car
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
87. Killed-prepared animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
91. Met someone famous
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
9. Held a praying mantis
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
15. Adopted a child
17. Walked to top of the Statue of Liberty
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
22. Hitch hiked
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
32. Been on a cruise
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
47. Had your portrait painted
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
74. Toured the Everglades
76. Seen Changing of Guards in London
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
83. Walked in Jerusalem
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
90. Sat on a jury
92. Joined a book club
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone

Of course there are a few important bead making things missing from the list… like learning How To Roll a Lentil Bead and also mastering the Polymer Clay Mokume Gane Technique [:-)

After going through this fun exercise, I feel very grateful for the things I have done so far. I also see some things I will have to work on, like being more charitable and adventurous.

Is there anything that stands out for you personally, in the above list? Let me know in the comments section below. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. Cindy Lietz, 28 November, 2008

    I just realized I had “#92-Joined A Book Club” on the wrong side of the chart above. How silly of me. I was a member of the Crafter’s Bookclub for many years… before video on the Internet really got going.

  2. Illaya Brown, 29 November, 2008

    This “100 things” list was a fun exercise and also very thought provoking. It made me realize how fortunate and lucky I have been in my life. Thank you for taking me to that moment of realization. Now to continue the hunt for that recipe.

  3. Cindy Lietz, 29 November, 2008

    Thank you for the beautiful comment Illaya! Sometimes it’s important to reflect on how lucky we are. Puts life back into perspective!

  4. Kam, 12 December, 2008

    I have done 15 on your not done list!!! Too funny! and well I have not done some on your done list too!… Wierd to see someone you don’t know’s list and say…hey I have done that and that and THAT!!! Very cool idea! I should go and make my list now!!!

  5. Cindy Lietz, 13 December, 2008

    I know what you mean! When I saw this list I had done different things than Deirdre had done and thought it would be fun to list those things out, here at the blog! It would be fun to see your list Kam… like you said, its fun to see what other people have done!

  6. Helen W, 28 January, 2011

    Dear Cindy,

    I’m an early riser…usually around 6 am. The vast majority of people I know are nite owls which presents me with a little problem. I’m out by 10 pm no matter what. I can always depend on you to be there on Friday morning with your excellent tutorials. You are there to keep me company until the rest of the world wakes up. Thank you so much, Cindy.

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