Sunday, July 29, 2018

Ten Things of Thankful

Heat has been a subject that has been on the minds of many in our area, or trying to escape the heat maybe. However, in spite of the weather, life goes on and life is what we make it or make of it. With that in mind, I am going to focus on some thankful items for my Ten Things of Thankful post which I am linking to Kristi's Ten Things of Thankful blog hop. I hope that you will join me and others in this weekly endeavor. Just click the link to see what things are being mentioned this week. Are some of them things you would  consider thankful items in your life?

1. The moon. When visiting our son and his family, he got out his telescope so we could look at the full moon and also look for Mars. I took the photo of the moon with my camera by focusing on image seen through the eye piece of his telescope. We also looked at Mars, because it was "Opposition Day."

2. Cool morning to travel. With day after day of very hot weather and knowing we would be driving for six hours, we decided to get an early start in order to avoid some of the road construction delays and maybe be able to arrive at our destination before the hottest part of the day. It was quite pleasant and even nicer to have unexpected cloudy weather during four hours of the trip!

3. Multi-POV (point of view of a Six Sentence Stories post). I'm thankful that I was able to participate in a writing challenge offered by Clark at the Wakefield Doctrine site. This caused me to stretch my writing wings in a new way.

4. Encouragement from other writers. There is something about encouragement or praise that makes people try harder to live up to what they think others see in them.

5. Getting a little taste of what it means to find out "who" a character in your story is. 

6. Getting a free kindle book that a friend recommended to me. Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands is a fascinating and entertaining read. It is her autobiography and was written in 1857. It has been said of her that she was "the black Florence Nightingale."

7. Yellowjacket traps. Yes, I really am. The traps keep these  pesky wasps from greeting us as we enter our home, and the birds can enjoy getting drinks without having to share with the yellowjackets. For some reason the yellowjackets like to make their homes under the shingles or above the front door.

8. A first experience. Yesterday my husband and I went to a car show with our son. (I'm not sure how we made it to our ages without having ever attended an old car show.) It was Old Settlers Weekend, and one of the events was a display of old cars. The car below was in like-new condition with only 1900 miles on it. The owner even let me sit in it.

1931 Ford

 9. Being able see a theatrical performance that a couple of our granddaughters were in and to listen to the farewell talk of one of our grandsons who will soon be leaving on a mission to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

10. Another new week ahead. That means we are alive and it is a clean slate to use it however we wish and to make the most of it. Yeah! I hope to see you hear next week.


  1. I have hummingbird feeders on my porch that I haven't filled, because I also have seen wasps buzzing around. Maybe I should get some traps for the wasps--I don't know why I hadn't thought of that!

    Glad you had a nice time with my little brother and his family!

    1. Since yellowjackets are a type of wasp, I would think the yellow jacket traps would work for your wasps also. We have yellowjackets that nest in the ground too. When we have the hanging wasp nests that sometimes can get quite large if not discovered soon enough, we have used a spray foam that is used to kill them. The best time to spray them is in the evening or very early morning when they aren't active. You can squirt the foam from a distance of several feet away.

  2. This is a wonderful list of things to be thankful for.

    That old car show must have been an awesome experience. We accidentally drove through an old car parade here in our town. That was both funny and embarrassing. :)

    Thank you for the book mention. I just downloaded it. Have a blessed week!

    1. Thank you Suzanne.

      Were you driving an old car when you became part of the old car parade? :-)

      I hope you enjoy the book as much as I am.

  3. I'm going to check out that book right now. I have a stack on my nightstand but there is always room for a Kindle read. I haven't been participating in the SSS much this summer, but I'll be sure to check out your and Clark's stories. (Respective perspectives - sometimes I crack myself up.) Number 10 says it all. Have a good week.

    1. I hope you enjoy the book.

      That #10 was one of those, "What else can I say" moments, but I really am thankful for that.

  4. I popped over to your 6 sentence POV -- even though I haven't read your earlier contributions, you certainly set the mood and the ending was a nice twisty one -- leaving the reader to want to learn more. From the stranger's question to what happened in Ohio and Mendocino.
    Sitting in the 1931 car must have been interesting and fun.
    And, yes, each week is a clean slate for us to write upon.

    1. I'm glad that you stopped in and also over to the POV. Thank you for your remarks.

      Sitting in the car reminded me of riding in my grandparent's car, only their car was older.