Saturday, September 14, 2019

Ten Things of Thankful

Our host for the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop has opened the link so let's put on our thinking caps and make a list, or share your "thankfuls" in whatever fashion works best for you. Kristi, of Thankful Me, is the host, but she has the help of several co-hosts (Clark, Dyanne, Lisa and myself).


1. Rain
Although one afternoon this week was accompanied with constant thunder rumblings and lightning off in the distance, the end result was a gully washer down our lane and a good soaking to Mother Earth.

2. Wood splitters
Some friends brought their wood splitter over a couple of times this week and split a lot of the logs piled up from the recent labors of the arbor company. We appreciate that they had the use of such a machine that makes quick work of an otherwise arduous task. We are also glad that they can use some of the wood to heat their home.

The pile of logs that were waiting
to be split

3. Lunches and dinners with friends

4. The touch of a hand
During one of my visits to the nursing home this week, a resident shared with me that the touch of my mom’s hand on her hand reminded her of her own mom’s hands. When I thanked her for telling me that, and that I was glad she had that memory, she smiled through tear filled eyes, and said “Me too.”

Mom resting with her hands in
her lap

5. No broken bone, just a bruise
On one of the days when I was helping with the wood splitting, my foot got in the way of one of the split logs. Although it got my attention, I am thankful to just have colorful toe rather than a broken one.

6. Zoster (shingles) vaccine
My husband and I got the first of our Zoster shots this week. Even though we had the live shingles vaccine several years ago, we learned that it was advised to get this newer type of vaccine which isn’t a live virus and is better. When I was 12, I got a very bad case of the chickenpox. When I was an adult, I got an extremely mild case of the shingles on my abdomen, but you can get shingles more than once without the vaccine! I know two older people whose vision was permanently affected due to getting shingles in their eyes, so if your doctor advises you to get the vaccine, it is good to take that advice.

7. The dirty clothes hampers were empty when the dryer started squealing
Realizing the dryer will be repaired by the time more loads will to be done is another thankful.

8. Talking over the fence with neighbors and having such nice neighbors

9. Farm stands
I’m enjoying these last few weeks of getting produce at a local farm stand before they close for the season.

When the asters start blooming you know
summer is fading

10. SAGE
Although I do like the herb sage, SAGE (Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam) is a great way to do a quick screen for dementia. Doing good on the home front. Yeah for that. 

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  1. What a wonderful list! Ouch on the toe, but whew on no break. Gonna check out the SAGE since we've got the d-hx in our family. I had testing after daddy passed and that's been 10 + years.

    1. Thanks, Lisa.
      I already have a possible heads up from a DNA test I took a few about six years ago, but there are a lot of factors that enter into whether or not one actually will suffer from different types of dementia. I hope for the best as the years go by but know that there are some things one can do to try curtail the onset.

  2. Be careful! Glad your toe isn't broken; hope it feels better soon.
    Your view looks so different with the tree gone!

    1. I feel fine. Part of my foot just has a pretty marbled look. It will eventually return to its normal color.
      The view here on the hill does look more open.

  3. Glad to hear your toe was only bruised. Having had a broken toe, i do not recommend it.

    The nursing home resident's commend made me tear up.

    Thank you for the wonderful list!

    1. Yes, I would imagine having a broken toe would really slow a person down a bit. I'm sorry that you had to experience that.
      The nursing home resident's comment caused my eyes to well up too.
      Hope you have a wonderful week, Mimi.