Saturday, March 2, 2019

Ten Things of Thankful

Things really are just things, and when it comes right down to it, the majority of tangible things can be replaced in some manner or another. If one reads the posts to the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop very frequently, it will become apparent that this blog hop often includes a combination of things that one can hold in one’s hands, but just as often there is mention of those things that one holds in one’s heart and mind. As usual, I am linking my TToT post to Ten Things of Thankful hosted by Kristi of Thankful Me

We had a colder than usual February in our state. We were fortunate not to lose power, so our pellet stove was able to function normally. We also had pellets on hand to burn. Afghans and fleece throw blankets were always nearby when we needed them. Having some wool and fleece clothing to retain body heat when it was necessary to be outside made February bearable.

The color white
We had a lot of snowstorms this past week. Watching the white flakes descend was beautiful and mesmerizing. So many of the other colors one could normally see, like the red soil (usually mud this time of year) and the green grass and shrubs, were painted over in illustrious white.

Trees and shrubs encased in snow

For me, stillness energizes me. It is in quiet settings that ideas come to me, when I am able to concentrate and focus. It was much quieter outside than usual this past week because of the muffling affect of the snowfall.

Lawn and shrubs covered by snow

Online access to old newspapers
I love stepping back in time reading about people and places. It does have a way of bringing it to my attention how many years I have lived on this earth and the many things that have transpired during those decades.

Those who rescue
With the heavier than usual snowfall throughout many of the areas of our state this past week, many were and some still are, trapped in their homes awaiting those who can fix power lines, replace power poles, and saw through trees which have fallen on vehicles, homes and across roadways. Utility companies are working as hard and as fast as they can, but it has been a slow and arduous process. In some cases, there were people who made it to safety and then returned to take food and water to those who were still awaiting rescue from their vehicles backed up for miles on uninhabitable roads.

Lessons that I learned from my parents
This week I pondered the things that I learned from my parents and wrote about some of those lessons. It was the subject of my weekly StoryWorth assignment.

Inspirational movies
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a beautiful production well worth watching, imo.

Waking up to sunshine streaming through the windows in the first days of March and seeing the sunset at the end of the days

Sunset above forested area

Repetition and knowing what is worth repeating 
It seems like much of my life has been about learning from experiences. Some experiences have needed refining or repetition in a slightly different setting for me to get the full picture, or to get it right. Other times a lesson is quickly learned, almost in an instant, and no recurrences is needed either for me or any onlooker.

One day this week when my pain was intense and I didn’t think I could drive, my husband drove me to a PT appointment. There are many who freely drop whatever they are doing to take those who are unable to get to needed destinations. I am thankful for these angels here on earth.

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  1. I am rather fond of those angels!

    1. And well we should be. I suspect you are one of those people others would refer to as an angel.

  2. Such an inspiring list, thank you!

  3. After telling you the roads were clear, it started snowing today. (I had planned already to miss the Saturday sessions of RootsTech, so the weather didn't impact me.)
    I really enjoy reading both your and Dad's Storyworth entries. Thanks for doing that!
    I'll have to watch that movie; I haven't seen it before.
    Sorry you were in pain, but glad Dad could drive you.

    1. I am so glad that you got to attend Roots Tech, but happy to know that you weren't driving when it was snowing and the roads might have been slick.
      StoryWorth is a real test for my memory, but a fun one.
      I was glad he was able to drive me to the appointment.

  4. I thought you were a rainy climate. But then again, until this last snowfall, we have not had snow on the ground for more than tree days all winter.
    Strange weather it is.
    Just being in March has a way of putting snow and such into a certain perspective, no?

    1. Typically this side of the Cascades is more rain than snow, but every now and then Mother Nature gives a taste of what other areas typically see.
      Strange weather indeed with a forecast of more snow here in another week.

  5. The pictures are beautiful. I am very grateful to have not been through but 1 snow storm this winter. While not a fan, I agree with you that there is an awesome beauty not just of snow falling and how it dresses the trees and shrubs, but the beauty of the hush, the silence of falling snow.
    #9 Very interesting. I have taken to thinking something similar of late, about the learning of lessons. There seems to be a bit of "Groundhog Day" for all of us :)

    1. Love that comment about there being a bit of "Groundhog Day" in all of us! You hit the nail on the head.

  6. your sunset is beautiful. your list is full of gratitude and a joy to read.
    wendy from