1 After a dry summer, we had the wettest October here since they began keeping records in 1892. We had 11.25" of rain during the month. With the beginning of November we have had some wonderful fall days with very comfortable temperatures, shirtsleeve weather and glorious sunshine, that was until today when the skies opened up big time and has pretty much rained hard all day. I'm thankful for both the rain and the sunshine.
2 - 3 Because of feeling physically better the past week, I was able to do some tasks I haven't been able to do for some time. To have sunshine streaming through the windows not only revealed some of those cobwebs that hang out in vaulted ceilings, but I had energy to use the tool for reaching those areas to bring down the "real life" post Halloween decorations. When it is cloudy, I rarely seem to see those things. I'm thankful for better health, and for task appropriate tools.
4 It has been many months since I've sat at the computer to help do indexing of genealogical records, but with better health, I thought I'd give it a try again, with note to self, not to overdue. I am helping index marriage records of states in the United States. I look at digitized records online and key in the information from the records into the online form provided. Go to this link to learn more about this indexing project. I'm thankful for the power of many to complete seemingly enormous tasks.
5 Now that we have damp weather and cooler temperatures in the forecast, we are starting up our pellet stove. I'm thankful that we have this stove that we can use to heat our home.
6 We have decided to invest in some solar panels and have started that process, so this coming spring we should begin to see some benefits from that, if I understand everything right. I'm thankful for my husband's understanding about the innovations that make use of natural renewable resources, like sunshine.
7 I learned of a new blog challenge. I'm thankful because this urges me to reach out and consider things that I can do each day to help someone even in small way. Click here to see Kristi's thankful acts challenge at thankfulme.net.
8 My husband was attending an event today with some friends, so I took the time to venture out to some craft fairs. There were certain items that seemed to be displayed at each one, but occasionally I'd see something a little unusual that would catch my eye. I'm thankful for the creative talents of others.
9 - 10 One day this week I invited a friend to go to the Portland Temple. I so enjoyed visiting with her as we travelled and just having the time to "catch up on life." I'm thankful for good friends, and for the peace I feel when I am in the temple. Sometimes the world can seem hectic, and being some place where you can feel peace is a blessing.