Sunday, September 27, 2015

Ten Things of Thankful

This has been a busy week and as always I have a feeling of gratitude so I am linking this post up to the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop.  There are many co-hosts, but wherever you link up, your post will be linked to the other co-hosts as well.  There is also a Ten Things of Thankful Facebook group.

My Ten Things of Thankful

1.  Sometimes when you have been married a long time, and you are also both retired and frequently are going places and enjoying life, "special days" just kind of get merged into all the other special days.  This was definitely a first for both of us, and I'm thankful that we both had this experience on the same day!  We both remembered the morning of our 52nd wedding anniversary that it was our special day!  Because we recently purchased some tickets for an upcoming concert we just had a really good laugh that morning, and we are looking forward to what we will call our anniversary concert.  Now I must say, that later in the day when my husband was standing in line at Costco, he saw a woman in line with a Tuxedo Chocolate Mousse Cake.  He told me that when he saw it, he thought of me and how he was pretty sure I would really like that.  He asked the lady where she found it, and promptly left his place in line to go get one for me.  (He does not really crave sweets like I do, so he only ate one  piece.  I did take a piece to someone, and should have visited more people and shared more pieces, so I wouldn't be carrying the extra pounds I am now.  I used the cake as "reward treats" after doing some of my projects this week.  Even though we both had forgetful moments regarding our special day, we really are both thankful for all these many years together.  I'm also thankful for having experienced and enjoyed my very first taste of a Tuxedo Chocolate Mousse Cake.  Yum!

2.  This week our third great grandchild, a boy, was born, and he was born on our special day, so as long as we don't forget our anniversary (LOL) we will never forget his birthday.  I'm thankful that Mom and baby are both well.

3.  Saturday I attended an event at the church where there were various opportunities to make things that are needed by hospitals, charitable organizations, etc.  Women and girls were invited to this event, which was followed by a luncheon and some spiritually uplifting General Women's Conference talks.  It was a wonderful day.

4.  After months of my husband doing the vacuuming, after my surgery the middle of May, I finally was able to take over that job.  I tried it on a day he was gone, otherwise I think he might have taken over.  Although I was a little sore, nothing long lasting, so I know I can do this.  Yeah!

5.  The wonderful waist-high garden planter that my husband made recently has some lettuce and spinach ready now to harvest.

6.  Since I am feeling so much stronger, this week I tried doing some pruning outside.  I worked outside on three different days and kept to a time limits of 1/2 hour the first day, 1 hour the second day, and 2 hours the third day.  It worked for me and it was a wonderful feeling to be able to "make a difference" in the appearance of some of the shrubs.  Miles to go. . .but it is a start.  I loved being outside in these cooler fall mornings too, and playing peek-a-boo with the deer as I do so.

7.  I'm thankful to be able to see more migrating birds.  I've seen lots of hawks as I've driven through the grassy farm lands on my way to visit my Mom.  Yesterday a red tail hawk flew up from a ditch on the side of the road and flew right in front of my car.  It was a miracle I didn't hit it.  I certainly got a great view of its red tail feathers.

8. This week I attended an emergency training class and learned a few interesting tips. For instance, if you can find used billboard fabric it works great to use in place of plastic for a makeshift shelter.  It is much heavier and actually is a plastic type of fabric.  It may be a little colorful depending on what the billboard displayed. (Smile)

9.  On the news I was reminded of how as the cooler weather sets in hobo spiders start to try to get indoors.  Unfortunately, indoors may mean your house, or worse yet, my house!  Kind of right on cue, after I purchased some Victor Poison-Free Hobo Spider traps early in the week, we saw two of these spiders inside the house.  Neither were on the trap.  One showed up in the shower.  (My husband got that experience.)  One showed up in the kitchen sink.  (my experience)  Perhaps rather than putting the strip along the baseboard, I need to put one in a dry shower and one in each of the sinks.  I had not even heard of these traps until this year.  I'm so glad these traps exist, and I'm thankful to learn of products that eliminate some of my fears.

10.  Lastly, I'm thankful to discover more things I can do with my photos app on my Mac.  Knowledge coming in little bits at a time works best for me.

Now I'd better post this and get ready for the big event!

24 hours before the Blood Moon


  1. I can just picture you sneaking in the vacuuming while Dad was gone! You better take it easy! Working outside 30 minutes one day, 1 hour the next, and 2 hours the following is still at an exponential pace--which is unsustainable, I might add! Control yourself! :-)

    1. I'm not planning on continuing exponentially. That just wouldn't be wise. :-) In fact, I'll probably just do a half-hour the first day I work outside this coming week.

  2. My mother had a serious back injury twenty years ago. She often finds it hard to claim tasks that used to be solely hers ever since then.

    Tis the season for spiders here too. I'm hoping to wash the siding one last time next weekend and give the outside a final spray for spiders. It's the only way I'll be able to clean my windows and have them stay clean for the dreary winter days.

    1. It sounds like your Mom's surgery may have been more serious than mine.

      Good luck with getting rid of your spiders too.

  3. no, I am not curious as to why they're called hobo spiders, the important information is there…. spider we have them in the woods, I take a certain solace in the fact that, given the size of some that we see out there, we simply do not keep enough food in the house to support even one, and so they seem content to stay outside and feed on the squirrels and smaller cats…. (ha ha)
    good for you on the return to vacuuming! (not so much the chore as the 'recovery' of the capacity to act as you would, even something as routine as running a vacuum cleaner).

    1. Your reply made me laugh, but if I ever met up with a spider big enough to tackle a squirrel or small cat, all you would see would be me far in the distance with a trail of dust behind me!

  4. I'm pretty sure anniversary cake, Tuxedo Chocolate Mousse and all, is not detrimental to your figure. It's funny how we like to reward ourselves with a pleasurable thing after completing little projects. Is that a universal thing? Sounds like a wonderful week. Congratulations on the birth of your great-grandson, and your improved physical abilities. Have a good week.

  5. Glad you're feeling stronger! Congratulations on the birth of the baby and on your many wonderful years with your husband. Great events to combine!
    Hobo spiders...hmm. Something big and ugly is living outside our front door and I would prefer to keep them outside. I'll have to check that out - Husband says they're just house spiders. Either way, they're not for me!

    1. Thank you.

      I know what you mean about the spiders. All God's creatures and everything aside. . . but I don't like it when they get in the house, or land on me when I accidentally walk through a web outside. I don't mind observing them outside, on my own terms.