Saturday, November 30, 2013

Ten Things of Thankful: Thanksgiving Edition

Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, but my home is still filled with visitors.  I'm thankful for the time I get to spend with relatives, and am thankful for your understanding if I am a bit tardy in responding to your comments this weekend. 



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: I'm Thankful for a Carpet Cleaner

Tweet (I don't know what I'm doing, but I'm on twitter now!  ThankfulMe @ thankful_me ) :

Puppy versus philodendron. Puppy in crate. Philodendron relocated to inaccessible office. Hoover wins. Thankful for my carpet cleaner!




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Thanks for life's little exciting moments, and carpet cleaners.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tuesday Time to Tackle: Reading Quilt Finished!

When I first saw  this pattern for a reading quilt, I loved the idea.  Open books form the design on the quilt front, and a label on the back serves as a place to record titles of favorite books.







Friday, November 22, 2013

Ten Things of Thankful: Desert Edition

As this is the 25th week of the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, I thought I should make this post particularly meaningful.  I'm a glass-half-full kind of person by nature, but I wanted to come up with a post that was a bit challenging for me, and thus this post was born.



Friday Family History: Thanksgiving Memories

"Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go. . . " Growing up, some years we did go to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving, and other years, the grandparents would come to our house.  

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursday Thoughts: December 2013 Visiting Teaching Message

December's visiting teaching message can be found here, and is about the divine mission of Jesus Christ.  I especially liked the quote from Elder D. Todd Christofferson.

 




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Thanks for Jesus Christ, who is the perfect example to follow, and who is the Savior of the world.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ten Things of Thankful: Light and Heavy Edition

This week, my thankful thoughts have been all over the place.  Beautiful scenes, horrific news reports, remembrances . . . and so this will be the "Light and Heavy" edition of Ten Things of Thankful. 

I'm thankful for:

1.  A beautiful sunrise and the bright promise of a new day it brings.



2.  Safety for my nephew, who is serving a mission in the Philippines, and the safety of all the LDS missionaries there. 

3.  Relief efforts to help the Filipino people.

4.  Spell-check, which pointed out to me again just how strange English spelling can be, and gave me a chuckle.  (Why do we use "Ph" for "Philippines" and "F" for "Filipino"?)

5.  Veterans, especially those from my family throughout the years, who protect freedoms.

6.  The surprising ideas of children.   

7.  The friendship that comes through church callings.  The Mormon church is divided into geographical congregations, called wards (or branches, if they are particularly small).  Stakes are comprised of wards and branches.  Currently, I'm serving in a stake calling, which means that I have occasion to work with individuals from wards and branches all over the stake.  I appreciate the opportunity to get to know people that I otherwise might not. 

8.  The changing colors of the leaves.  Though I don't live in New England, and tourist buses do not come here for fall foliage (nor for any reason, for that matter), I still catch glimpses here and there of the changing seasons.  In my own backyard, the pomegranate sports festive yellow leaves as a backdrop to the ripe red fruit.



9.  The chance to be involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind.  Drexel turned a year old on Monday.  We'll get to have him with us for another 4 months or so, then he'll return to the Guide Dog campus for his formal training.  I enjoy watching him mature, though this photo shows him in a playful pose.  (He's not in vest; he's allowed.)



10.  A relatively free day today, that I'm going to spend sewing.  My granddaughter's birthday is in ten days, and I'm trying to finish the reading quilt that has been pieced since August.  What I love about this quilt is that it has (or will, when I'm done) a piece on the back to record titles of favorite books at various ages.  It has the potential to be a keepsake.


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Thanks for another week of this blog hop.  Please consider joining us, either by linking your own blog post, or by mentioning in the comments what you are thankful for this week.  Visit the other blogs; you'll probably find some new favorites.  And, be sure to come back next week for the 25th Ten Things of Thankful blog hop!

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday Family History: Both Work and Play Required

I had a happy childhood.  As I look back to my growing-up years, I realize that not only did I have fun playing, I had fun working, too.  Fortunately, I have proof that I'm not just making this up.  





Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday Time to Tackle: Take Time to Laugh!

With my sister's permission, I share the following conversation she had recently with her youngest child:

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Ten Things of Thankful: Let Me Count the Ways

My husband's birthday was this past week, so I'm using this week's TToT post to reflect on the various things I appreciate about John. 




Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thursday Thoughts: Along the Same Theme as Last Week

Last Thursday, I mentioned how a frustrating checkout experience turned out to be a blessing.  This week, I saw this video and its message resonated with me.  It's only a few minutes long, but it will give you something to think about all day long.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday Time to Tackle: Puppy Raising

As I've mentioned before, I'm a volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind.  My current puppy, Drexel, generally has very good house manners.  When I'm getting ready in the morning, he will stay in a "down" outside my bedroom door . . . except for last Saturday, when he found something else to do.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday Morning in the Kitchen: John's Garlicky Breakfast Burrito

John often will fix breakfast.  That wonderful gesture is made even better by the fact that his breakfasts are quite tasty.  When I tasted his latest creation, I told him he'd have to make it again so I could take a photo and feature it on the blog.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Ten Things of Thankful: Coyotes and Bunny and Owl (Oh My!)

Often, when I start to compose my Ten Things of Thankful posts, I see a theme develop for the week.  This week was no exception.  I'm thankful I live someplace where I can see critters in my own backyard.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday Family History: Halloween Memories from My Childhood



Yesterday, we celebrated Halloween by going to the church's trunk-or-treat activity.  The adults parked their cars in the parking lot, and the kids went from trunk to trunk.  "Trick or treat!"  "Trunk or treat!"  Everyone seemed to have a good time.