Saturday, December 7, 2019

Ten Things of Thankful

This has been a week of activity, but all good. I'll share some of that here with you at the Ten Things of Thankful post which I plan to link to the blog hop by the same name which Kristi of Thankful Me hosts each week. She has a few of us helping as co-hosts: Clark, Dyanne, Lisa as well as me. 

First of all I am thankful for the time and the energy to do things that I have had to put aside the past few years. While I don't know how long this will be the case, it is wonderful while it lasts. So what does that exactly mean in real time? Well, first of all, I actually got some Christmas decorations up the first week in December!

Years ago I bought a nativity set in a  second-hand store. It was in a box, and I didn't realize that it was missing a very important person.
Do you see who is missing? If anyone asks, I just say, he is on an errand for Mary. (We have other smaller nativities with no one missing.)

Nativity (Where is Joseph?)
Also, a few years ago a granddaughter gave me a Christmas decoration that I continue to display. She was going to be moving and the family was downsizing. The decoration was a little on the heavy side, so I gladly accepted her offer. I love how certain things remind me of family members.

A clever use of a glass block to make a
Christmas decoration

Some decorations I display year round, but seem so appropriate at this season of the year.

Someone did this stitching on a large piece
of plastic canvas. I am glad that I discovered
it in a second-hand shop. Some messages
are never too old.

Recently I attended an activity where people shared some tips and tricks for making life easier. This week I tried an idea for how to hang a wreath on a door. Although this idea probably has been around for a while, it was new to me. Best of all it was easy to do, worked and required no nails. Have you tried something new this week?

An easy way to hang a wreath on a door

When there is a big job to be accomplished in a short amount of time, many hands make light work. It was surprising how quickly a group of the helpers were able to decorate the tables for the Christmas breakfast held at my church this morning. I am thankful for those who see the bigger picture and for all the helpers.

One of many decorated tables in
a large meeting room

Have you ever hesitated to do something? I think we all do at one time or another, perhaps for good reasons, or at least the reasons may have seemed good at the time. My husband and I had both noticed a leaf that has clung to the top of a branch long after all the other leaves have fallen. I am thankful for the times I have had the courage to tackle something seemingly impossible for me to do.

If you look very carefully, you will see a
little yellow leaf still attached to the top
of a bare branch. It is the only leaf left on
the tree.

I am thankful for the cute Christmas sweater I was given at Thanksgiving, in time for me to wear it to some Christmas activities. I am also thankful for becoming instant friends with a little boy at the Christmas breakfast this morning when he saw the animals on my sweater.

Christmas sweater adorned with

After a year of writing in response to weekly questions about my life, I finally received a copy of my book in the mail today. This whole project started almost a year ago, when I received a gift subscription to a company that promotes the idea of writing a story about one's life.
 This book is not one I am selling, but is for the sake of posterity.

My book for my family.

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  1. Congratulations on getting the Christmas decorations set up. Thank you for sharing some of them :) Hey, and congratulations on your book. What a novel (no pun intended, promise,lol) idea and valuable treasure to leave for family one day. A wonderful thankful, to be able to say you've had "the courage to tackle something seemingly impossible".
    I saw the yellow leaf!

    1. Thanks, Denise.
      I kind of made you have to look for that leaf. :-)

  2. I hadn't seen that wreath-hanging tip before. I just use a wreath hanger that goes over the door. I think your method would be better for the door, though.
    Can't wait to see the book! I have enjoyed reading your responses.

    1. Like a lot of tips, some of been around for a while, but unless you watch certain shows or google the right questions, or someone mentions it to you, one never knows.

  3. How nice to have a book for family! Love your pictures.

    1. Thank you Lisa. I imagine some of the stories in the book will be conversation starters.

  4. I love your sweater. This reminds me of pulling out the only Christmas sweater I have. I bought it for an "ugly sweater Xmas party last year. My daughter, perhaps trying to be nice, commented about it. "That is kinda nice for an ugly sweater, mom." LOL.

    1. Thank you Carin. I am enjoying the sweater. Your daughter's comment about your Christmas sweater made me chuckle.

  5. It's not often you get to see the very last leaf on a tree! That's a picture of quiet tenacity if i ever saw one.

    Congratulations on getting your book done. Your family will not lose those beloved stories now.

    1. Thanks, Mimi. When I started the book, it was with every intention of completing it, but there have some projects I have started that have not been completed. Because this was a gift subscription from a daughter, I think given with the real hope that I would share my stories with the family, how could I not complete it? To have written during THIS year was especially meaningful to me.