Friday, October 9, 2020

Ten Things of Thankful

Turning one's mind to something other than what causes one angst is a healthy way to rise above the challenges of everyday life, especially if you consider those people, things, creations, opportunities and other blessings that are often in plain sight. I am linking this post to the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop hosted by Kristi of Thankful Me. If you want to start participating in the blog hop, consider yourself invited. Click here to see how to proceed.

1. Decorating pumpkins with inspirational messages 

2. Online Education Week classes

I registered this week and am able to watch these virtual classes until March 31, 2021. People can register anytime.

3. One of my yearly appointments was able to be done via a phone call.

4. A friend’s surgery went well.

5. A spider trap (different type than the one pictured here, but similar because they each had a sticky surface) for the second  time in a month made it on my blog, this time as mentioned in my Six Sentence Stories post this week

This is a thankful because I was able come up with a story using the prompt word resistance.

6. Cute little mushrooms

Gray mushrooms growing among bark chips

When I went out to look at these a few hours later, they were bent over and appeared to be dead. Some other mushrooms that I think are the same kind but were more opened up were black but still standing, I think because of how close they were to each other. They appeared to be dying and had turned black. The largest of the mushrooms pictured above were about the size of a silver dollar and about five inches tall. They were attached to white slender stocks. I tried to identify them, but decided that it was best to leave that to the more knowledgeable.

7. Being able to see Mars without the use of binoculars or a telescope

This is a sure sign my vision is fairly good. The younger crowd will have another opportunity in 2052, but 2020 is my last chance of seeing it so close to Earth.

8. Fixing fried green tomatoes, something I ate growing up, but rarely have fixed  as an adult

Fried green tomatoes

Thinking about that piece of my history I thought perhaps my mother grew up eating them because of where she was born and where some of her ancestors lived, but thanks to a google search, I now think that the tradition more likely stemmed from my father’s side of the family. I am thankful for food traditions, even if we just do some of them occasionally.

9. Beautiful little red berries on the barberry plant

Barberry berries

10. Being married to Vic

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  1. #1 I like that. Beside the obvious of having an inspirational message, it draws attention to the pumpkin which gives us a moment to pause. We often look but don't see.
    I'm glad your friend's surgery went well. I imagine there's additional stress facing surgery during this time.
    I missed seeing Mars live! I didn't even know about it until a friend showed me pictures of it. Very cool.
    Spider traps. Still find the concept...frightening, lol. Spiders so big you trap them 😆

    1. My view of Mars without the aid of binoculars or telescope was just a dot, but it was still cool to think it could be seen.
      Yes, any kind of surgery during this time is a bit of a concern, especially if it means having to be in a rehab facility for a while afterwards.
      A lot of spiders seem to be more active at night, and I much prefer they be trapped, than having the thought of one crawling on me while I am asleep, or what sometimes is the case of seeing one in the sink or shower first thing in the morning. The sticky traps catch ones of all sizes. Fortunately we don't see very big ones as often as the small ones.

  2. totally agree with the sentiment/healthy strategy of "Turning one's mind to something other than what causes one angst"
    It is tempting (and I would submit that our culture insists that we 'stay informed') but, imo, we all have only so much energy on a given day and no matter how hard we might try, current events tend to drain energy. Once a week should be considered sufficient to stay inform (lol)
    the rest of time we are able to use our energies for the things that truly matter.

    1. I would like to think once a week was enough, but in the fast paced world we live in and some of the disasters that have happened in recent months, staying informed had to be more than once a week. Oh, for the days when there was just news on the radio first thing in the morning, then at noon, and then at 6 pm. There no doubt was much going on then too, but it wasn't shared minute by minute.

  3. I love the idea for the pumpkins! I haven't bought any yet. I usually just have them plain and bake them. It's been years since I've prettied one up. They're going to have a decorating event here but since covid we're opting for supplies to be delivered by the cares team and doing it at home.

    1. I haven't decorated a pumpkin in years, but a group was asking for volunteers to help decorate pumpkins with inspirational messages for a pumpkin patch activity. The pumpkins will be given to people who make a donation to the foundation in memory of a young high school student who committed suicide a few years ago. The foundation provides a music scholarship to a choir student each year.