1. The weather has been cooler this week. As in, "Turn the swamp coolers off!" cool. I even put on a lightweight sweater on Thursday. (Yes, this desert living has turned me into a bit of a wimp. 70 degrees used to be shorts weather, now it's bundle up weather! Anyway, I am so glad for a brief reprieve from triple-digit temperatures. I'd even be OK with jumping straight to fall, but I don't think that is realistic.
2. The weather cooled off in time for the Relief Society BBQ. A few days before the scheduled BBQ, I was wondering to myself why in the world we had planned a BBQ for July, when it would be blazing hot. My yard doesn't offer much natural shade, nor does it offer much protection from the wind. I had a plan B in mind for everyone to just come inside, but fortunately, the weather was perfect--a little on the cool side, even. We had a good turn-out, and I think everyone enjoyed the chance to visit together.
3. Drexel is a great foot-warmer. Not only that, he makes me chuckle as he softly woofs in his sleep.
Though the air temperature might not feel like July, in other respects, it is definitely summer.
4. I'm thankful for backyard 4th of July celebrations.
5. I'm thankful for dentists and doctors that can work home-for-the-summer college kid into their schedules.
6. I'm thankful for summer weddings. Friday night was the wedding of middle daughter's longtime friend. Youngest son has also been friends with the bride's brother for years. It's so fun to look back and see how everyone has grown up.
7. I'm thankful for the anticipation of BYU Education Week. John always stays home and holds down the fort while I get away for a week and attend class after class after class after. . . The course schedule was released recently, and I've been pouring over the catalog, happy to see my favorite instructors back for another year.
8. I'm thankful for a (relatively) clean house. (This isn't necessarily a description of summer, but summertime gatherings help bring it about.) Sure, I have my to-do list that never ends, but looking around brings me a sense of peace and accomplishment, not a feeling of annoyance for what still needs to be done.
9. I'm thankful that some garden plants are still alive, despite the drought. Tomatoes and peppers are starting to come on. It won't be the world's greatest garden this year, but at least it is a garden.
10. I'm thankful for John. He staked up a screen to provide shade for the BBQ. He took charge of the safe and sane fireworks for the 4th. He helps me with the family tradition of caramel popcorn. (One of his jobs is to measure and stir in the baking soda. "Heaping?" he asks, when I tell him the measurement. We recycle that joke every year, and every year it just gets more funny.) I could write a whole TToT within this item every week.
How's the weather in your neck of the woods? What are you thankful for this week?
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