Friday, August 2, 2019

Ten Things of Thankful

This was a week of ups and downs for me, but one way to tackle the downs is to look for the things that remind you of the good, the happy moments, those things that raise you up, happy memories, etc.

Kristi of Thankful Me and our host for the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop now has four co-hosts (Clark, Dyanne, Lisa, and myself) to keep this blog up and running efficiently. Welcome to Lisa, the newest co-host.

1. Gifts from my husband
A couple of times this week, my husband brought me a feather (compliments of the wild turkeys mentioned in my last Ten Things of Thankful post). Some people believe that feathers have symbolic meanings. Although neither of us knew about the following symbolism having to do with brown feathers, I really like the following expression.

"A brown feather may be a reminder to keep a balanced perspective, to live life in moderation and to set healthy boundaries. It reminds you to stay grounded, to connect with the Earth and stay present in the moment." Source

Turkey feather, perhaps from a molting poult

2. Being able to escape with my husband to a beautiful day on the coast
I am glad that we have a place with cooler temperatures to flee to when the temperatures soar.

A shorter lighthouse can been seen across
the bay

A tall lighthouse makes the people look
minuscule, and the house to appear
very small.

3. People and things that make me laugh
While slicing a cucumber this week, I just had to laugh when I saw these little cucumber faces, especially the smiling one in the middle. It doesn't take much to entertain me. 😄

A dinner plate with slices of pizza, some
carrot sticks and three cucumber slices, one of
which has an angry expression, one which
appears to be smiling, and one with a
surprised appearance

4. Those who listen and console

5. Those who repave the roads and highways
Just getting from point A to point B was at times taxing this week when we had to wait for the road crew to turn their signs from Stop to Slow. There were some long waits, one of which caused us to turn around and try a different route. Being able to travel on a newly paved road, minus potholes, is deeply appreciated.

6. Good neighbors
We have been fortunate to have had good neighbors for 38 years and we are going to miss them a lot, but we are looking forward to living next door to the people who bought their property.

7. Exercising with friends
I have hesitated to exercise with a group of friends for fear of not being able to keep up with the video they are following. I decided to give it a try and I stuck it out, although I did need to sit out some of the exercises. Since I was among friends, many which knew some of my limitations, I wasn't as embarrassed by my inability to keep up as I might have felt in another setting.

8. Products that make life easier, especially those that enable people who are limited in what they are able to do by themselves due to aging, illness, physical disabilities, pain, etc. I am also thankful to those creative people who pondered, “What could I invent to make life easier for (fill in the name)?

9. Exercise of all types (physical and mental)

10. Music that gets a body moving
Luca Sestak knows how to play the kind of music to get us moving.

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  1. Interesting about the feather. Nature sure has many messages. Lovely thankfuls. I've got lighthouse envy.

    1. Thanks, Lisa.
      I agree that there is lots to learn from the things seen and heard in nature and that there are so many different interpretations.
      Lighthouse envy :-)

  2. nothing like the ocean. warm weather, cold weather. it is simply the most fundamental of places on the earth.
    repaving of roads is also a cottage industry over here on the east coast... I tend to drive faster rather than slower however in sections of roadwork I slow down, not simply from caution, rather so a car with a driver that can read the little sign gets in front of me... lol (like a driver's license eye test "Spell what you see." "OK, a hint: It starts with an 'S'")

    1. Some days on the coast are more perfect than others. We hit the jackpot this past week as far as perfect temperature and breeze!
      Clever system you have put in place for approaching those signs. Sometimes the options are Stop and Proceed with caution rather than Stop and Slow. That would probably make it easier for you. :-)

  3. Your neighbor is moving?! I'm sorry to hear that. Do you know the new neighbors already?
    We've got road construction going on here, too. It will be nice when it is done!

    1. Yes. I am happy for them, because I think it will make things easier for them, but sad that it is necessary.
      August is the month for a lot of road construction. It seems like I remember it going on the previous August I was in your area.

  4. Road construction is nice when it is over.

    Music and exercise and funny observations and good neighbors are all part of what makes the happy little things in life.

  5. I saw a herd (flock?) of turkeys this week! I bet there were 15-20 of them and they were BIG!
    Your coast is soooo beautiful!
    I LOVE finding faces in things! There's a twitter account that does that!
    When I taught school back in the early 80s, there was a group of us who would stay after school and do Jane Fonda's workout album :D