In the past few years, I’ve gotten in the habit of counting my blessings every morning before I get out of bed. I believe it reminds me that, despite my challenges, the scale weighs far more heavily on the positive side. For instance:

I’m still in good health at 70, even though I haven’t jogged or been able to walk a mile in a few years.


I’ve had an adventurous, joyous life.

I’m still an optimist.

I have two magnificent children, Heidi and Hansi, and now a daughter-in-law, Jennifer.

I have a good relationship with my ex-husband.

I have many good friends from different stages in my life and from all over the world.

I have wonderful relatives who are still alive and laughing, and wonderful memories of those who’ve passed on.

I still love to express myself, with the written word especially. This blog brings me pleasure every time I broadcast one, and I treasure each comment from those who’ve enjoyed reading it. I’ve been blessed with writing, in one form or another, since I was ten years old and I can’t imagine a day without it. I continue to look forward to Facebook communication and Emails.

I continue to thoroughly enjoy editing and co-writing with my clients. The process satisfies the teacher in me, and the nurturer that’s part of my nature. I’ve worked on over 100 books in almost every genre and enjoyed each one. That my authors come from all over the world is a bonus.

I’ve had a continually blessed “education” in life, starting with being born into my mother’s large, loving family and branching into a childhood as a traveling Army “brat.”

I’ve been a part of history by witnessing and connecting with a variety of newsmakers, like presidents and movie stars.

Victoria Giraud

Victoria Giraud

I was able to write an historical fiction novel, a screenplay, and several short novels and have them for sale on Amazon. I’ve even sold some.

I have a young spirit and a curious mind. History, philosophy, physics, spirituality, and different trends in music or culture still fascinate me. I believe I can see the broader picture in life, probably one of the reasons I’m an optimist.

I live in a comfortable apartment among congenial multi-cultural people.  I enjoy our pool (I’ve always been a swimmer) and the sounds of a soothing, continually flowing fountain.

I’m an American and I live in Southern California.

That’s my summary for now. I may have left out some blessings, but it gives a good idea of what pleases me. Wishing   everyone  the spirit of Thanksgiving as they  remember their own blessings.




  1. wonderful thoughts, my dear compadre.. Viki.. thanks for sharing such positive thoughts.. no matter what! love you dearly.. my fond hope is that we are able to attend together the next Wheelus reunion.. BGR.. class of 60. and a writer who shares your views on life completely.

  2. Blessings are an attitude of mind. Well done you for keeping a positive attitude and engaging in so many different activities

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