Saturday, March 14, 2020

Ten Things of Thankful

The "thankfuls" still exist even though there is much out there trying to drag away hope and any sense of joy. Do a little searching of your surroundings, your heart and your mind, and things will begin to surface. Soon you will find some things that will bring a smile to your face. Write them down and share them at the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop hosted by Kristi of Thankful Me. That's what I am going to do right now. Hope to see you there.

1. Spring is in the air.
On a sunny day as I was driving home on our country road I came upon bushy-tailed gray squirrel in my lane of the road. He obviously had other things on his mind than the fact my car had come to a complete stop right behind him. I was waiting for him to get out of the way, but since he had no intention of disrupting what was probably part of his intention to attract a lady friend, I started to drive forward slowly. Only then did he become aware of my presence and move off the road. 

Deer enjoying the spring-like weather

2. Friday the 13th snowflakes that didn't stick

The beauty of early morning snowfall the next morning

3. Relaxing meditation music at bedtime

4. Discovering a bit of history
I didn’t know until this week that there is a butte in central Oregon named after a settlement of my husband’s ancestors near where they homesteaded at the beginning of the last century. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are not places or things named after some of your ancestors too. Another thankful is being able to discover so much family history with my husband!

5. Corn
In this case, it isn’t the kind you eat. I was beginning to think that maybe I was in need of some kind of bunion surgery mostly because a foot doctor once asked me if my big toes caused me any pain. They didn’t, but a couple of months ago I began experiencing some pain in one of the toes. Then I thought the pain was due to how my shoes were fitting. Funny how oblivious I was to the real cause of the pain. This week as I rubbed the side of that big toe I discovered a little corn which I promptly removed, and gone was the pain, and no need for surgery!

6. All the people trying their best to handle the swarms of people rushing to the stores to get any anticipated supplies for fear things will not be available due to any number of reasons following the increasing numbers of people being diagnosed with COVID-19.

7. The marker finally arrived and has been placed on the mausoleum where my mother is buried.

8. I hope that those who have been working day and night without the supplies they need to treat those who have gotten sick with the coronavirus know how much their efforts are appreciated.

9. Chronicling America
When I attended RootsTech last month I learned about this site and how it is another site to search old newspapers, and that it is free! This week I had an opportunity to use it to help someone with their research. 

10. I am thankful that even though there are fearful things happening that seem beyond our control, that it is possible to feel at peace in the midst of it.

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  1. We got snow on Friday, too, but it looks like you got more than we did! Ours is all melted away today.
    I just noticed some robins outside; it's nice to see that spring is on its way!
    Which butte was named after ancestors?

    1. Our snow has all melted, which is fine by me. I didn't see robins, but we have a lot of juncos flying around.
      It is Telfer Butte near where the Telfers homesteaded. I attached links to their homesteads and it was when I was taking a look at where the homesteads were that I noticed Telfer Butte.

  2. Snow is so pretty! I am glad we got a tiny bit to enjoy and then it was gone real fast. I am happy you were able to get your mother's marker. I almost sent a squirrel to his Waterloo too, but he finally realized I was bigger than him and skeedadled!

    1. Sounds like your squirrel was a little more alert to his surroundings than mine. :-)

  3. Surely Number 10 is the key to all the others. Fear is so insidious. It is not simply a fact, a single thing, it is a way of viewing the world that, left it its own devices, always grows and tries to make everything look like something to be feared.
    The internet and gatherings such as this here bloghop here is surely one of the ways to counter-balance fear and other negative perspectives.
    Have a good week.

    1. Reassessing the information being tossed our way is so important and being aware of our own little sphere of existence as to what we can do to be prepared and be safe is a must. Hope you and yours stay healthy.