Before I get into this week's Ten Things of Thankful, I unfortunately have to retract a statement I made last week about no one being hurt in the mudslides. One man apparently was washed away in the flash flooding; as far as I know, he has not yet been found. In another tragic event, a man was found dead in his van, after his vehicle was found buried in mud. This did not happen on the closed highways, but rather in a catch basin located not too far from my neighborhood. Everyone is stunned.
1. I am still thankful for emergency crews who have been working to clear all the mud and debris, and my heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones.
2. I'm thankful for a church community that quickly and willingly springs into action. Not only have I read about members of a nearby ward who helped a family that was impacted by mud, I had occasion this week to watch my own ward rally around a family who had a different emergency arise.
This week was comprised not just of heavy thankfuls, though, but also a number of lighter ones.
3. I'm thankful for cooler temperatures and dampened ground which made yard clean-up more enjoyable. The front is looking much better now. (I recognize that cooler is relative. I'm talking about 70's and 80's.)
4. I'm thankful for a short line at the Costco gas station--and it was even a line which had the pump on the correct side of my car!
5. I'm thankful for cushioned running shoes. One of my feet has been bothering me lately (plantar fasciitis, if my Google-searched self-diagnosis is to be trusted). I've taken the week off from running--I have a 10K run next month and I really want to be healed by then--and I bought a new pair of shoes (on sale--another thankful!) which alleviated much of the pain.
6. Speaking of running, I'm thankful for the medal holder that John made me this week to hold my running bling. My running medals are now displayed, instead of being shoved in a drawer, and they help me remember to view myself as a runner. I have a hard time embracing that image, but yet I know each of my medals represents a run I've completed. Who can argue with that?
|Photo: Running medals hang from a wooden pegged board.|
7. I'm thankful for a new kitchen gadget: an electric pressure cooker. Even though I have used pressure canners in the past, I've never had a pressure cooker, and quite frankly, the noise of the stovetop ones is a bit scary. An electric pressure cooker is quiet, and I've enjoyed cooking beans and whole grains this week in record times. I also cooked a spaghetti squash perfectly in 8 minutes!
8. I'm thankful that John had a chance to take a day off of work this week. He had been super busy, and finally things lightened up a bit. You'll not be surprised to learn we went to Disneyland for the day. You might be surprised to learn I learned a new vocabulary word while I was there. Do you know what pulchritudinous means? (It means "physically beautiful, comely.")
|Photo: A sign from the General Store at Disneyland, which reads: "A Main Street Tradition A Pulchritudinous Selection of Merchandise Accept No Imitations"|
9. And now the thankful you've all been waiting for: I'm thankful I got to meet the puppy truck yesterday and pick up a new guide dog puppy to raise! Meet DeeDee, a cute, 9-week-old, female black lab! (We might have some confusion in our local puppy-raising group. One of the raiser families has a career-changed dog named Dee. Dee is a yellow lab, though, so at least we should be able to tell Dee and DeeDee apart!)
|Photo: A series of photos showing the hand-off of black lab DeeDee from the puppy truck driver's arms to mine.|
|Photo: John and I standing in front of the puppy truck, with black lab DeeDee in my arms.|
I'm going to be co-raising this puppy with Donna, another raiser in our group. She will have DeeDee on the weekends, and I will have her during the week. I think this arrangement will work well for both of our families. I picked up DeeDee from the truck, then took her to Donna's house. I'm looking forward to getting the puppy back on Monday!
10. I'm thankful for John, who not only indulges my interests, but embraces them and celebrates them. Whether it's blogging, trying out a new kitchen gadget, deciding to run, wanting to go to Disneyland yet again, or bringing a new puppy into the house, John is right there beside me, supporting me and offering encouragement. He even gently leads me outside my comfort zone, and I find that things can be fun there, too.
|Photo: John, wearing a huge smile, and me, grimacing, plunge down Splash Mountain at Disneyland.|
What are you thankful for this week? Any new puppies in your life?
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