Usually I don't give an additional title on my weekly post linking up to the Ten Things of Thankful post, but thinking about some of the key words of things for which I am thankful this week, I couldn't resist. Even though these key thankful words don't link to one another, they are for this title, Ten Things of Thankful - Singing Turkeys on a Treadmill. See if you can find the entries with these key thankful words.
added when served. I'm thankful for this easier way of preparing and cooking this kind of
squash, and for garden gifts from neighbors.
There are so many different kinds of maple trees seen here in the valley, and some of them have turned brilliant red. I'm thankful for all the gorgeous colors seen at this time of year in the foliage.
A question for readers: Do any of you have the challenge of your mind wandering when you are reading, and if so, does reading while moving your body help your concentration?
For some of you who have been blog hopping much longer than me, you probably know the thrill of being recognized in some way for one of your posts, or possible your entire blog. This week I received an email that my blog hop post on Cee's Photography was recognized as a featured blogger for my post to Cee's Compose Yourself Challenge: Always take more than one photo. I'm thankful for those fun surprises, that make me want to try harder.
When I was visiting with my Mom on Friday, the Silvertones, a local choir in the Willamette Valley, came to the nursing home. When I learned they were going to be there, I asked Mom if she would like to go with me to the dining hall to listen to them sing. Normally she doesn't like to go into the dining hall, I think because of the size of the room and so much visual stimulation, but she said she would go if I wanted to go. The choir sang a lot of songs that Mom would have been familiar with once in her life, but it wasn't until about 30 minutes into the performance that Mom started to smile once in a while as certain songs were being sung. I was sitting beside her and singing along with the choir, so she could perhaps hear the words better and maybe try singing along. Finally toward the end of the singing she actually mouthed some of the words to a few of the songs, AND JOINED IN SINGING on a couple of pieces. She especially enjoyed the final song, The Battle Hymn of the Republic. I am so thankful for those in this choir and other groups who share their talents and light up the faces of those who have difficulty remembering, or have great physical limitations or both.
This week I made a Brave Bot Buddy to be donated to the Doernbecher's Children's Hospital in Portland, OR. Many of the women at our church were involved in making Brave Bot Buddies to be donated for this worthy cause. Click this link to learn more about the Brave Bots. The Brave Bot Buddy has a slot for holding the Brave Bot. I'm thankful I have a sewing machine and was able to take part in this activity.
Once again I learned something new this week. I learned about Puzzilla and how it can be helpful in one's family history research. I wasn't familiar with this. It is particularly helpful on those lines where one has hit a brick wall. I'm thankful for these helpful tools.
The last thing that has really been of interest to me this week are some essays on lds.org. The topics are ones that have puzzled some members for a number of years and a lot of the general public not of my faith. I haven't read all of them yet, but have read a couple of them and found the explanations very enlightening. If you have wondered about some things having to do with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you might be interested in reading some of these essays. I'm thankful to be able to be able to share this link with those who may have an interest in reading these.
Thanks to all who have stopped by to read my Ten Things of Thankful this week.
now that you mention turkeys, I haven't seen any yet walking through our yard, as they have in years past. Odd to think that they may live in the woods surrounding our house some years and not others…
I've always enjoyed the use of subtitles (to a post)… sometimes a random relationship, others a tie in, have not thought to have the words in the post itself! nice (may have to borrow your idea)
I just talked to someone after writing this post who told me about her experience of having 12 wild turkeys strolling through their two acres a few years back. Between the deer and the turkeys, that just pretty much took care of their garden. She said the stayed around the whole season.
Great post, Pat. I love butternut squash soup. It is a chore to cut and peel the squash before you cook it. I will definitely try roasting it - maybe today. My recipe has a little coconut oil to saute onion in, broth and the squash with lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. I serve it with chopped pecans or my favorite way with a granny smith apple and some goat cheese sprinkles. Making me hungry. I haven't seen wild turkeys around here much this year, but they have been very prevalent in the past. Have a good week. Anything that makes walking on a treadmill more pleasant is definitely something to be thankful for. Funny how music stimulates the memory park of our brain. It's fascinating, really. Glad you enjoyed the time with your mom.ReplyDelete
Oh, your soup sounds delicious! I'll have to try that combo next time.Delete
This morning I watched a performance by the Piano Guys on my iPad as I walked. It was a youth fireside/musical performance. I'm a longways from being considered a youth, but I love their music.
I think my biggest challenge with reading is my eyes closing. Does that count as moving? :-)ReplyDelete
"Singing Turkeys on a Treadmill" is an excellent title!
I actually have walked on the treadmill before with my eyes closed, but I do hold on, just in case you are wondering. Glad you liked the title.Delete
I always have trouble reading, and my mind is always wandering. . My husband can read while riding a bike. I cannot. I cannot read while walking on a treadmill...too much movement. On the treadmill, I can watch TV, but that seems to be about it. My Mother in law lives in Mcminnville, Or..and I have a friend in Kaiser...glad you got to a lovely park. It is so hard dealing with our aging parents, isn't it? I so struggle with this. I am new at this whole blogging thing, and people here have been so encouraging, that I keep thinking I should try to write more, but I am afraid that if I put it too out there, the criticism would be harsh.ReplyDelete
My Mom is wonderful, but seeing her have to go through this stage of life is hard for me, and it is difficult for her too. I haven't been blogging all that long either, but the one things that I have observed, is that at least on the blogs hops in which I have participated everyone is very encouraging and not critical. People are accepted at whatever point they are at in their lives.Delete
Wild turkeys - amazing! I always envisioned the poor things as farmed.ReplyDelete
Love that you were featured on Cee's Photography! I've been meaning to join that for a while now, always forget!
There are turkeys that are farmed, and they are much more plump that the wild ones. I'm not sure why we are seeing more wild turkeys here than in the past. Cee has a different blog hop for most days of the week.Delete
Exercising on treadmill while listening or reading . . . talk about multitasking. I do something similar like listening to Kindle when I walk outside with my dogs or bike indoors. Good for you.ReplyDelete
I listen to something that really interests me otherwise my mind tends to wander too. For some reasons "story types" does not interest me enough. It has to teach me something like "how to" books, like parenting or something relating to work, or blogging.
I am like you in that I read much more non-fiction than fiction. I always have, even as a kid.Delete