Friday, May 15, 2020

Ten Things of Thankful

The month of May is aptly named I think. So many things may happen this month, but it can change almost hourly in regards to our weather here lately. Of course the latest updates on just about anything may change within the hour. Even though it is May, this blog hop post will happen each weekend thanks to our host, Kristi of Thankful Me who makes sure the link is open and ready for all who want to share their Ten Things of Thankful. As she reminded us this weekend, ten is just an arbitrary number when it comes to this blog hop, so if you have less than 10 or maybe more than 10, you are welcome to join in.

1. Vegetables such as artichokes and chard and the neighbor who brought us some fresh chard from her garden
Artichokes were something that was frequently served in our home from the time I was young. I loved pulling the cooked petals off and dipping them in melted butter and scraping off the tender parts of the petals with my teeth and working my way around until I came to the best part of all. . .the heart. Imagine my husband's surprise when I served him something that looked like a giant thistle for dinner when we were newlyweds! He had never eaten one. Have you?

2. Dreams don’t come true
Some dreams one can kind of understand why you had them, but others make no sense at all. I had some of the nonsense type this week, and I am glad they are not real.

3. My niece recovered from COVID-19 and no one else in her household came down with it during their time of being quarantined.

4. Social distancing with a cute persistent young bluebird 
If I got very close, he flew away. His frequent tapping on our windows this week brought to mind a tale by Edgar Allen Poe.

A young bluebird tapping on our window

5. The storm didn’t last more than a 1/2 hour yesterday and the gutter stayed in place, in spite of the fact the drain pipe couldn’t keep up with the onslaught of water in such a short amount of time.

6. Revisions
At one point this week I thought about resuming a project of making a few more face masks, but decided to once again watch the video showing how to make them. I learned that the creator of the site had posted a couple of newer videos, one of which shared some of the experiences of other mask makers. The second newer video has a pattern that allows for making masks that fit individuals better because it calls for taking face and head measurements. 

7. Freedom of speech

8. Flowering horse chestnut tree

This little flowering horse chestnut tree outdid
itself this year!

9. Putting two and two together after reading through numerous newspaper articles and now just awaiting confirmation that my assumption is right, that these two are sisters
While often siblings resemble one another, sometimes they don't and I think this is a case of the latter. I think they are both sisters of my grandfather.

10. As Vic and I drove to the grocery store this week, we passed this field of red clover in bloom. I am thankful he was driving so I could snap a photo! I am also thankful he was there to load the groceries into the car when I returned from shopping. 

Fields of red clover in bloom

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  1. oh love love your post! The pictures are amazing...I've never seen red clover. Where do you live if I may ask?

    I'm glad your niece has recovered and no one else came down with it..that was the same in our household. Although, I still have some residual stuff going on from COVID 19. :(

    That's funny about the bird tapping on your window. I enjoy watching the birds as well...they bring me peace.

    I am not too keen on artichokes, but I do enjoy eating spinich dip with them.


    1. Thank you, Nancy. I live in the Willamette Vallely in Oregon. The clover in bloom catches the eyes of everyone.

      Watching the birds is very peaceful, but frequent tapping is just the opposite.

      One time we ordered the spinach/artichoke dip at a restaurant and it was so filling, we had them box up the meal to eat later at home when there was room for it. HaHa

  2. What a cute photo of the bluebird!
    My mom introduced me to artichokes. ;-) THANK YOU! I still remember in 2nd or 3rd grade having to make a mobile of favorite foods. No one could guess what in the world the green blobby thing was supposed to represent--and they didn't even know after I told them "artichoke."

    1. That bluebird has become a fixture on the house.
      I didn't remember the artichoke mobile. Sounds like you educated a whole class!

  3. Very good news on that #3!
    (as mentioned other places), being a clark, the new social distancing paradigm is, well, its kinda like, "FInally! You all agree! lol

    Haven't seen red clover. We have the regular green type out here. Rabbits and bees seem to enjoy it

    Speaking if thistles, we have a bunch coming in on our side lawn. Have culled them down (not a fan of the spiny leaves and inquisitive dogs)... but have a left a couple of very healthy looking specimens.

    1. Perhaps I should have explained. It is only the flower on the clover that is red, but when the clover is blooming, from a distance the green leaves are hardly discernible.

      I am not a fan of the different variety of weed thistles, although some of their blossoms are beautiful, and seems like all of them turn out to be healthy looking specimens.

  4. Wow! That clover is brilliant! I had to make my mask bigger because of my round face. I used a pattern on the CDC site. I didn't do the folds as it wasn't suggested. I went through a series of vegetables I had not tried, years ago. The artichoke was my biggest challenge. I didn't understand how to eat it. That was before the internet. I have made spinach dip with canned artichoke hearts.

    1. There continue to be more and more face masks videos, even some that require no sewing.
      It seems like the answers are there on the internet, as long as you figure out how to ask the question in just the right way. LOL
      I have never made the dip, although I have perused some of the recipes for it.

  5. The first time i saw an artichoke was on the table at a friend's house, they taught me how to eat it and i loved it. Of course, in my family, it would have gone over like the proverbial lead balloon. Never have learned to cook them, i need to.

    That bird reminds me of a very persistent squirrel who lived around here. If the food ran out, he'd tap on the window to get our attention so we would bring more.

    Hope you have a great week!

    1. There are a few different ways to cook artichokes such as steaming them and and putting them in a power cooker. The ones I cooked the other day were just put in boiling water to cook on low for about a half hour. The artichokes were huge and would not have fit in my power pressure cooker. (My folks always just boiled them.)

      Oh, yes, squirrels can be pretty pesty, but we never had any that tapped on the window. LOL

  6. 1. I have never eaten an artichoke.
    2. I've been mad at my husband on and off for a couple of days because of a dream I had. I keep forgetting it was just a dream and wasn't real!
    3. Fantastic news! My friend's 83 year old father recovered after 45 days in the ICU. He's home now.
    4. Cute bluebird! He really does want in, doesn't he?
    5. That's the kind of rain we've been having lately, too. Ready for it to end!
    6. I have to make a different style of mask for my husband, because my tried-and-true one doesn't fit him. Always one in every crowd....
    Fabulous list, Pat!

    1. Now that would be an interesting list to make during the pandemic. . .vegetables I have never eaten.
      Oh how dreams can play havoc with relationships. HaHa
      I'm glad your friend's father recovered! He beat the odds.
      I had never considered so much the sizes of faces until this whole wear a mask thing came along. If the mask doesn't fit very well, chances are people won't wear them.

  7. What a great post with many good news. The bird is cute. The clover, awesome.

    1. Thank you Carin. I am sure the red clover has caught the eye of many freeway travelers.