So, I begin. . .
1 and 2. Thankful for beautiful natural events. Thankful for welcoming neighbors.
Last Sunday my husband suggested we call our neighbors to see if they were going to be watching the moon that night, and if they would mind if my husband set up his camera in their driveway to take some photos of the eclipse. They have a better viewing spot than we do. They were planning to be home and said that would be fine. When we arrived, we discovered some other neighbors and their visiting guest from England had called our hosts after we had with the same inquiry. My camera is not nearly as powerful as my husband's, so I enjoyed sitting on the deck and visited with our hosts. Since it was kind of a brisk evening, those of us who were not standing up behind high powered cameras sat bundled up drinking some hot cocoa and eating some chocolate chip cookies provided by the hosts. It was a most enjoyable evening and a memorable one, since some of us may or may not be around the next time this kind of eclipse happens (year 2033). That thought was a little daunting. Only time will tell.
3 and 4. Thankful to be able to go visit with a friend on her birthday, which we often think of as a day of celebration, but I knew was the least thing on her mind that day. Thankful to have a longer than normal visit with my Mom the same day.
Sometimes I have promptings several days in a row (takes a while sometimes for me to get the hint) that I should do something. In this case it was to go see a friend who is dealing with such a hard situation. Her husband has ALS and is requiring increased care. I was glad I went, but so wish I could take away some of her burdens.
My visit with my Mom ended up being a longer one because the doctor was there to do his every-60- day exam of Mom. (Somehow I didn't receive the notification he was going to be there, and just happened to be there when he was.) He ordered some drops for her ears, and I took one of her hearing aids with me to have it cleaned. (Yesterday I received a call from the nursing center that the other hearing aid isn't working now. I guess I should have taken both of them to be cleaned at the same time, but I didn't want to leave her with no way of hearing.)
5. Thankful to learn some more things about my camera. I really don't want to share how very much of a beginner I am in using my camera. Also, if by some chance I know more than you do (LOL), I certainly don't want to confuse you with the details.
6. Thankful to be able to spend some dedicated time to pruning some more bushes in our yard. This time the brunt of the pruning was the forsythia. This isn't even the time to be pruning it, so we may not see many yellow blossoms this next spring, but the bush was taking over a major portion of the yard. I also began pruning back a juniper that had gotten severely shaded by the forsythia. When we planted the different trees and shrubs, the spacing seemed right all those many years ago, and if anything, maybe too openly spaced. This pruning project is by no means done, but seeing some progress feels good.
7. Thankful to see that I can memorize more than just one scripture and more importantly that I am able to remember more than one at a time. I use an app on my iPad which helps with this memorization process. Each week I'm adding another one to memorize, but continuing to review the ones I've already learned. One of the challenges I have in recalling the scriptures, is with the starting word or phrase, and so I have to come up with kind of brain gimmick to remember. For instance, one scripture begins with "Wherefore men." I have to think "Where4 men." That may not make sense to anyone else but me, but that is what works for me.
8. Thankful for the memories that come into my mind of things I have experienced with my ancestors. This week I thought of how much my paternal grandmother loved listening to Art Linkletter's People are Funny radio show. Grandma had an infectious laugh, and I think that is why I remember this show. She would get so tickled listening to it. As I was thinking this week about how much of the color orange we see this time of year, I remembered when I first met my future mother-in-law, she told me her favorite color was orange. I'd never met anyone who liked orange as their favorite color. In her later years of life, she denied that had ever been the case, I suspect because of some dementia she was showing signs of having. Are there things that remind you of your ancestors? It might be something you read in the newspaper or a book, or something you see as you are out for a drive, or something you see at an amusement park, or a nicknack in someone's home.
9. Thankful for being able to watch General Conference yesterday and today. When I first joined this church in 1971, the only way to participate in conference was to drive to the closest stake center where we could listen to an audio broadcast. After a number of years we were able to view the conference by direct wire broadcast at a stake center. As the years went by, we could watch it on TV from homes that had access to certain channels. Now General Conference is available in many areas of the world in one way or another. I can watch it from home, the stake center and/or read the printed talks in the church publications. I enjoy reading the scriptures, but I also enjoy hearing the counsel which is given to those living in this day and age.
10. Thankful for time spent with my husband on a drive through the Cascades one day this week. This was my longest venture of sitting in a car since my surgery. We did stop various times, so it was manageable, and I feel confident now that traveling longer distances will be doable in the future if we just stop frequently.
|Dee Wright Observatory constructed of lava stones|
Glad you got a new camera and I get to benefit by enjoying the photos you are taking! I have always wondered what a sapsucker looks like! Prettier than the name suggests!ReplyDelete
Well I don't have a new camera, but when I did get it I didn't take the time to get well acquainted with it. I'm trying now to become more knowledgeable about using it. Thank you. I'm glad you enjoy the photos. Yes, a sapsucker is quite a funny name for a bird. Sometimes you can see the sap of the tree oozing out of the tree where the sapsuckers have tapped on the tree.Delete
The only thing better than getting to watch the moon is getting to watch it with chocolate chip cookies.ReplyDelete
Hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies on a cool night did hit the spot!Delete
Beautiful pictures! And you definitely know more about the camera than I do; I take blurry pics with my point and shoot phone camera!ReplyDelete
How nice to watch the moon with neighbors and have it turn into such a lovely evening!
Thank you. I'm glad you like the photos. It was a very lovely evening!Delete
nice pitchas funny about the differences in parts of the country, we have a fair amount of pine forests in our area (not on the scale out there, I would imagine, but in terms of percentage of tree growth)… but we so don't have the terrain. Not in my part of New England… the southern coast. (though I suspect up in the top half of New England it would look like your photos a bit.)ReplyDelete
Oregon has quite a varied terrain. Sometimes people driving south to north through Oregon on I-5 think the whole state looks like what is seen on this side of the Cascades. In reality the rest of the state looks quite different. I've been in some parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont and have loved being able to see what I've seen in these states.Delete
Those forsythia can sure take over a space cant' they? I used to have an entire hedge of it and rarely saw flowers because it took such sever pruning to keep it in shape. As much as I love seeing those bright yellow flowers in the spring, I try to stick to plants and shrubs that don't require such diligence now. I can always savor the prettiness in other peoples yards that have the space for them.ReplyDelete
I can't imagine having a whole hedge of forsythia, although I would imagine it would be beautiful when it was in bloom, but oh what a job to keep it pruned. Plants that don't require a lot of care is the way to go, especially as responsibilities increase and/or energy and strength decline. It is very nice to be able to enjoy the beauty found in other people's yards.Delete
Hey, does that mean you can handle a trip to, oh, let's just say, southern California? ;-)ReplyDelete
I'm thinking that is definitely not out of the realm of possibilities. ;-)Delete
Learning about a camera is wonderful. Sounds like your hub can be there to help understand f/stop, ISO, aperture, speed, etc. I'm trying to learn and it's taking more time than I thought it would. I have to get out and practice more but my phone camera is so convenient. Glad your mom is still with you. Everyday I wish I could talk to mine and she's been gone almost 8 years. My mother-in-law is still alive, but I'll remember some funny things about her long after she is gone. That was an interesting question you posed. Have a good week.ReplyDelete
It certainly takes me more time to learn the photography terminology than I wish it did! When I remember these funny memories about others, it makes me wonder what kind of funny things I will surely do as I age, and what things my descendants will remember about me. Hopefully the strange quirky things that sometimes come with aging will be quickly forgotten and replaced by the better memories.Delete
I completely forgot, in the 24 hrs preceeding, about the eclipse! Sounds like you all had a very pleasant eclipse party:) Hope you got some great pictures.ReplyDelete
Glad to hear you are making progress at memorizing the scriptures. Persistence pays off!
I like your pictures. The last one is my favorite :)
My husband has a much better camera than I do and tried getting some photos of the moon, but he was satisfied with his results. I was content to just watch and chat and enjoy the scene.Delete
I like that last photo too. Makes me want to get out on the road again. :-)