Sunday, November 17, 2019

Ten Things of Thankful

Hopefully everyone has had a great week, or at least looking back can see the blessings in spite of any challenges. In less than two weeks it will be Thanksgiving here, and participating in this blog hop each week certainly gives one lots of practice thinking about what makes us feel grateful.

Kristi of Thankful Me, our host of the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, sets the stage so to speak by getting the link up and running each weekend. She has a few helpers, aka co-hosts, Clark, Dyanne, Lisa and myself.

If you have happened upon this blog and thought to yourself, I should do this, it is never too late. Even if you don't have a blog, just writing the things you are thankful for in a journal is a great practice.

This beautiful barberry bush looks like it is getting
ready for Christmas instead of Thanksgiving!

1. We were able to replace the visor on the driver's side of the car
For some crazy reason, I thought that it wasn't possible to get a new visor for our car. We have been living with it flopping down without any help from us for longer than I want to admit. It just would not stay up. We had even bought some Velcro tape thinking maybe that would work. It didn't. Well, when we took the car in to be serviced this week, the technician got in the driver's side, and immediately said something to the effect that we also needed a new visor. Come to find out it is a fairly simple procedure. Best of all, this made my husband's day! He is a little taller than me, so having this nuisance of a visor getting in his line of vision was really kind of annoying.

2. The squeaking sound I was sometimes hearing from under the car is gone!
The technician said there were a couple a possible causes. Getting the front brake pads replaced and tightening a belt took care of those disconcerting noises.

3. I was able to help someone find some needed information to add to the history she is writing about her family

4. There are still some apples on the Johnny Appleseed tree to add to the oatmeal! 
A simple breakfast for the two of us lately has consisted of cooking the following:

Add 1 cup of raw oats to 1-3/4 cups boiling water and cook for about five minutes. Then toss in one chopped unpeeled apple and 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts. Cook until the apple has heated thoroughly. Before serving, add cinnamon to taste. (I do not add any salt or sugar, but with the cinnamon and the sweetness of the apple, it makes up the difference.)

This is my version of unintentional kitchen art which has the
appearance of  some kind of a mushroom. This is what happens when one gets distracted while  warming a tortilla in a skillet.

5. Conversations with friends
I enjoyed all the conversations I had with friends this week, whether it was going somewhere with friends and chatting on our way to a destination, visiting with friends in their homes, or talking on the phone with them.

6. Online Date Calculator
If you are into finding that perfect someone, this won't help with that. This is one of those sites that does the math for you. For instance, if you found out someone passed away on a certain date and was so many years, months, and days old and all you wanted to know was the exact birth date of the person, this will help you figure it out.

7. The Ancestor Hunt online site
I have been using a certain online site for finding newspaper clippings. The site does not have every newspaper in its collection, so I was very happy to discover this additional resource this week. 

8. Unscented products
It seems that there are many people I know who are sensitive to the scents found in everyday products people use. Although I am not as sensitive to certain products as some, I can understand the discomfort they can bring. I am thankful that there are actually scent-free products that they and their friends can use that really can make life more bearable for them. 

The Christmas cacti are starting to bud. This is the
first blossom this fall. Ours bloom around
 Thanksgiving, and then again later on. These are
 great if you enjoy flowers, but need the unscented type.

9. Drawings for Roots Tech registration fees
There are a number of Roots Tech Ambassadors who have tweeted ways they are giving people an opportunity to participate in a drawing. If your name is drawn and you have already registered, you would just be reimbursed. Although, our host for the TToT blog hop is an ambassador at Roots Tech in Salt Lake City in February, I am not eligible to participate in her drawing because of our relationship, but that does not eliminate my participation in the drawings of other Roots Tech ambassadors. If you would like to attend Roots Tech and are interesting in saving a little money on the registration fees, just go to Twitter and search #rootstech to find ambassadors who are offering this great opportunity. Some are for one-day passes and others are for four-day passes. Just remember to follow the directions, as the directions vary depending on the ambassador. 

10. Old photos
For one of the above mentioned drawings (see #9), I needed to post a photo of an ancestor on Twitter and tag the person who tweeted about the drawing. I found this one of my Dad, Claude Louis Pierce.

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  1. Lovely and very resourceful thankfuls! I need to earmark this!

    1. Thank you, Lisa. I hope there was something useful.

  2. At first I thought the tortilla was supposed to be a bowl of oatmeal, but it just didn't look quite right!
    I don't remember seeing that photo of Grandpa before; it's great!
    Can't wait for RootsTech!

  3. Old photos make me smile. A picture really speaks a thousand words.

    1. I love old photos too. It is really easy for me to get sidetracked in second-hand stores when I see a box full of old family photos, even though the photos are of people I don't know. :-)

  4. Short, simple and quick auto repairs are always the best! How quickly this part of the year passes... faster every year. I think Christmas this year will be a week and a half after Thanksgiving! lol
    old photos very cool, they even look like the artifacts that they often are (the black and with and simple composition, not to mention the black triangular holder things!

    1. Thanks, Clark. The years do speed up with each new year. It is an amazing phenomenon.
      I found myself staring at that kick stand too. Maybe its placement was especially important considering the weight of the mailbag in the basket on the front of the bike.

  5. Oh, my husband will be thrilled to learn that the visor can be repaired without buying a new car! Your photos of the plants are lovely. I am fine with natural scents but perfumes, etc. give me a nasty headache. Your mushroom tortilla is quite spectacular! And look at your dad! That's a wonderful photo. Thanks for all your tips!

    1. Funny. We discussed that very thing, that of how at least a new car would have a visor that didn't keep falling down.
      I totally get how some perfumes can be the cause of a nasty headache.
      Glad that tips are helpful.

  6. Glad you got your brakes fixed. Remember, there is no alarm when your brakes need attention - only a warning light :)
    Love the photo of your dad. Was he a letter carrier?
    I LOVE oatmeal! I had a big bowl of it yesterday morning at school, only I added a little butter, brown sugar and raisins to it. My little nuggets in my class saw me eating it and wanted some (they didn't eat theirs that morning when it was served at breakfast, because it's absolutely plain and tastes disgusting). I got more spoons from the kitchen and shared my oatmeal (minus raisins) with them. Saves calories that way!
    I do like your tortilla art. When I have tortilla disasters, I get flames, not art. I always get in trouble trying to toast one over the gas burner....

    1. We didn't even have a warning light about the brakes. Maybe it is because our car is a little older (2004).
      Yes, my dad was a letter carrier.
      It took me a little while to get use to eating oatmeal without adding a spoonful of sugar and raisins, but adding an apple, cinnamon, and nuts at least makes it more tolerable for me.