First and foremost for the many friends and family who sent Facebook and blog greetings and cards and phone calls yesterday, quite a few probably amazed to learn that I had reached my 76th birthday, still alive and not in prison.
Then I'm thankful for the state where I've made my home for 38 years, not entirely consecutively but longer than I've lived anywhere else.
I love the saguaros in our Great Sonoran Desert.
And I equally love the snow-capped San Francisco peaks near Flagstaff, seen here above the Red Rocks of the Sedona area.
And I'm thankful for Arizona wildflowers.
Of course I'm thankful for the love of my life, the Storied and Fabled Judy, aka SWMBO.
She's been my constant companion on this long, strange trip.
I'm thankful for our children and grand-children and GREAT-grand-children, too many to show you here.
And I'm thankful for some great friends who joined me a year ago to mark an even more important birthday.
And how about that? Everyone was smiling!
And, by the way, how could I NOT be thankful for the many great meals I've had courtesy of the mistress of the kitchen.
Oh, yeah, I've eaten well if not always gracefully.
And finally I'd like to say I'm thankful for my many blogger friends, like the some-times purple-haired Zhoen, who sent me this hilarious video yesterday.
And thanks to you, my Gentle Readers.