Saturday, September 7, 2013

Ten Things of Thankful

 I've just returned from Utah (again).  My home is getting emptier, and though that brings mixed feelings, it's time for 10 Things of Thankful, so we'll focus on the positive: 

1.  I'm thankful for laying chickens, and the beautiful range of colors of eggs.

The "white" eggs are actually a pale blue/green.

2.  I'm thankful for beautiful sunsets. The view from my backyard can be truly spectacular. 






3.  I'm thankful for John, who not only indulges my desire to move the piano into a different room, but also provides the manpower necessary to move my behemoth of an instrument.  (Did I mention that we needed to move it up and down a step?)
The piano moved from under the girl-and-goose picture on the left. . .

. . . up and over the parquet flooring, and down to its current position.


4.  I'm thankful that I have a strong body, and can assist John with tasks like piano-moving.  There's no way it could have been a one-person job.   

5.  I'm thankful for polite, thoughtful young men and women from  our church.  We opened our home on Wednesday night to 11 wonderful young people for an etiquette dinner.  The young men made paper roses for the young women; the youth all sat around one long table, and the evening was filled with quiet, happy banter. Afterwards, several young men came into the kitchen to ask me if I needed any help with clean-up.  (I told them  no, as there were several other adults there helping me.)

6.  I'm thankful for the adults who pitched in to organize and provide food for the meal.  Really, the only thing I had to do was clean my house and set the tables.  (Oh, and John and I moved a piano, but that was because I wanted to, not because I needed to.) In return, I enjoyed a pleasant evening, a delicious dinner, and I even had help with clean-up!

7.  I'm thankful for oldest daughter.  It's been nice having her around for the past months.

8.  That being said, I'm thankful she has a job and I'm thankful I could help her move into her new place this week. 

9.  I'm thankful that if she has to move 600 miles away, at least she's moving near her brothers and sister-in-law, and I'm thankful I got to visit with them.  (And I'm thankful oldest son and daughter-in-law let us crash in their apartment until oldest daughter's new apartment is available.  And I'm thankful for youngest son for allowing daughter to store some of her things at his place for the time being, and daughter-in-law for sharing space in her storage unit.)

10 (more if you're actually counting!)  I'm thankful that we chose to have dinner Friday night at J-Dawgs, where, unbeknownst to us, the first 100 customers in the door had a free dinner!  We were part of the first 100.  Nevermind that the occasion was to welcome the freshmen to campus, and we were a bunch of upperclassmen or graduates.  We were still served with a friendly smile!


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What were you thankful for this week?
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Thanks for another week of Ten Things of Thankful.  I found myself writing this post throughout the week, which is perhaps the point:  to make thinking about thankful things instinctive.





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16 comments:

  1. Free dinner? Awesome :D Congratulations for that.

    The meal you had at your house sounds like a really good one. I'm glad you enjoyed it and that you had sufficient help to manage it logistically.

    I love the sunset photos - you're really in a super location for some stunning evening skies - keep snapping them and sharing :)

    Glad that your daughter's got your whole family's support as she starts this new chapter in her life - I hope it all goes well with her new job.

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  2. You are right the sunsets by you are gorgeous, too. Really must be the time of year and thanks as always for co-hosting!! :)

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  3. Wonderful list of things to be thankful for and a beautiful sunset!

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  4. I can't wait for our chickens to start laying. I'm tired of those pale store-bought eggs. We have some green and blue layers, too. We say, if you're going to raise chickens, why not get fun-looking eggs!
    Those sunset photos are gorgeous.
    Glad you got your daughter all settled. How nice that you have so many children living in one place (although a bummer it's so far away) so you can visit all together and they have each other if they need anything.
    I so want my kids to be the ones offering to help clean the dishes when they go to someone else's house. We aren't quite there yet. They'll do it, but only after some reminding.
    Did you move the piano next to the organ in order to create more of a music room? I'm sure it wasn't an easy move. (John is a wonderful husband.)

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    1. so Dr Seuss wasn't just being triply??! holy smoke! (I just got an 'audio-visual' in my mind of an old TV show... (you will have to look it up), "oh Oliver!" (hint: spoken with an accent: ol iv er)

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    2. I agree with you; I want cartons of colorful eggs!

      As for your question about the piano, yes and no. The organ and piano both got moved. They were together in the previous room, and are still together in the new room. I didn't mention moving the organ, because compared to the piano, moving the organ was a breeze!

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  5. You take such beautiful photos! I don't even LIKE eggs, and your pic makes them look like they would be delicious. I also love the sunset pics with the Joshua trees in the background.

    600 miles is far. But it can be done in a day, so that's good (a long day of driving, but still).

    And how nice to have the youth from church at your home and have them be so refined! I'd move a piano for them, too!

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    1. I'm impressed you can correctly identify Joshua trees; not everyone can.

      Yes, 600 miles can be done in a day. And the return trip can be completed the next day. I'm ready to enjoy being home for a while. :-)

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    2. I used to live in LA, so I've seen Joshua trees out on the desert there.

      You've traveled a lot this summer. I'll bet you're ready for a break!

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  6. Hi, really pretty pictures of the sunset. Your husband sounds like mine. Hard working. Got to love em.

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  7. How fun to find your dinner was free. And I agree. So many times I am thankful that even though my body has the aches and pains of age -- it still is incredibly powerful and strong. Thank God for healthy bodies.

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  8. very nice photos! (while I am partial to sunrises.. both are always beautiful and never the same)

    well, as long as you have a dog to help (move the piano) how can you miss?

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    1. Oh, yes, Drexel is always a big help. He actually got crated for the moving of the piano, as I was worried he might be a little too involved in the festivities.

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  9. Sounds like you had a wonderful week with lots to be thankful for! Wish I had some of those yummy eggs and I love where you put the piano. This week I am thankful for all the extra time I got to be at Amara's school. I'm extra thankful that I am healthy enough to do it!

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  10. Awesome list:) I love Fresh Farm eggs, too...and sunsets:)

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  11. I really like all the pictures.

    I am pretty ignorant, but what exactly causes the difference in color? I don't think I'd ever want to raise chickens, but I'd love fresh eggs. I love eggs and breakfast food in general.

    I've never been a fan of moving pianos and I believe I avoided it each and every time my family moved ours when I was growing up. That may make me an ungrateful brat, but my back is doing pretty okay!

    So sweet so many of your guests were so polite. The paper roses were a nice touch.

    I'm kind of afraid to ask what J-Dawg serves, but I'm good with free food :-p

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink

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