1 - 2 Friends and food - Depending on what day the first of the month lands on and whether or not the first Monday of the month is a holiday, there are some months where the second week of the month may be filled with more than one lunch outing with friends. This past Monday, my hubby and I ate lunch with the Empty Nesters who are members of the church I attend and sometimes their friends. (Normally we meet the first Monday of the month, but this month we postponed the lunch because of July 4th holidays.) The day after the Empty Nesters met, I had lunch with a small group of women from my church. The Empty Nesters have been eating at the same buffet-style restaurant for quite some time, while the women's lunch group tries out different restaurants each time. I am thankful for opportunities to build relationships outside of a church chapel and classroom setting as well as inside the church.
3 - 5 Opportunities to use my talents, improve upon them, and share them - There is a charity in the area that accepts donated wedding gowns for the purpose of creating Angel Gowns for infants who have died. The gowns are given to a couple of local hospitals so they are ready to be given to grieving parents when needed. The photo shows the boy Angel Gowns as I made them, using the pattern and the materials I was given, but we decided to change the buttons to smaller, flatter buttons on the vests after this photo was taken. Sometimes when a person serves, they are blessed with special thoughts and feelings and moments of personal revelation, and such was the case for me as I spent the day preparing these Angel Gowns. It was a nice opportunity to become reacquainted with my sewing machine too, which I'm sure has felt neglected, and to see if I could still sew a straight seam.
6 - 7 Conversation starters and appreciation for the fact that no one remains a teenager - On Saturday I attended a picnic with some of those who were in my high school graduation class. Some classmates had been at another class gathering that I attended, but many I had not seen since graduation. Often the actual reunions have been held at the same time I have attended Education Week at BYU, or even further back, family reunions at the home of one of my uncles. We had a large class, and as is probably true for a lot of large classes, one becomes close friends with some, casual acquaintances with others, and never really begins to know the majority of the students. I didn't need to worry a bit about conversing with anyone in the group. The conversation often began with some comment about my eye which is still sporting signs of the black eye I received. I even bought some concealer makeup to try to hide the evidence, but it didn't do the job I was hoping it would. Oh, and I didn't see a single teenager, but I think the majority of us are probably content with what the years and experiences have done to us and for us.
8 Wonderment - I bought some brown cage-free eggs a week ago, and was amazed at the design on the shell of this egg. Do you think the hen who laid this egg was attempting to tie dye her egg?
9 Longevity - I continue to be amazed by the things that many elderly people are able to still do that enables them to feel a sense of joy as they share what talents and gifts they have been given. This week I also became aware of the longevity of the charge for my attachable keyboard for my iPad. I'm assuming that I must have charged it when I bought it, but I don't recall doing that, so when my keyboard wasn't working this week, it took me a while to figure out what was wrong. It was only when I noticed a port on the side of the keyboard that the light dawned. With a little bit of charging my problem was solved. Because I use the built-in keyboard almost as often as the attachable keyboard, I'd completely forgotten that there was a need to charge it. After all it was working. . . until it wasn't.
10 Cousin visit - Hubby and I had a nice visit with one of my cousins and his wife today. We arranged to meet at the nursing home where Mom stays and had a visit with her for about an hour before we left to eat out at a local restaurant and visit some more. It has been 10 years since I have seen my cousin, although I have stayed somewhat in touch with the family during those years.
Plus one extra thankful - Lessons learned
A bandaid on my face
Stuck to hair near my ear
Painful to remove it
A gasp, but not a tear
Finally got it off
But sticky stuff remained
A scissor snip did it
Now somewhat shorter maned