1. I'm so thankful that my mom and dad were able to come and stay at our house with youngest daughter while we were gone. They really took one for the team. While Mom says that she "wouldn't recommend" breaking a bone, she is in good spirits (as always!) and on the road to recovery.
2. I'm thankful for all the people who helped my family in my absence. My mom didn't have to lift a hand, which of course was good, given the broken arm and all.
3. I'm thankful for the little changes that are noticed after some time away. The pomegranate is leafing out; it was bare when we left. The apricot tree is covered in little fruits. The huge pile of tumbleweeds that had been at the end of the street is now gone. Thanks, city workers!
4. I'm thankful that the vacation prompted some blog post ideas. It seems that I have really been slogging (hinky-pinky: slogging blogging) along lately, and it feels nice to have some new material. I should be set for the rest of the month, but I am trying to figure out whether or not to participate in the A-Z Challenge in April. Anyone have any theme ideas for me?
5. I'm thankful for the reminder that little small steps, done over time, produce bigger results. Or at the very least, small little blog posts, written over a number of years, result in a big collection of blog posts. In just 6 more posts, I'll have hit "publish" 1000 times! I feel like I should mark the occasion somehow, but I'm at a loss for ideas. A contest, maybe? I'm open for suggestions!
6. I'm thankful for the reminder that some things are simply small things, and not worth getting riled up about. I was reminded this week of the time that my oldest son cut my youngest son's hair. "Cut" is too tame of a word--he shaved him bald! Self-inflicted (or sibling-inflicted) haircuts come and grow. That's all this mom is going to say about that, since it's not my head.
7. I'm thankful that Deedee is continuing to progress. She's still a puppy, of course, but she is learning to be more settled at home, and she is a good worker in public. She isn't distracted by people--not even the woman who said to her toddler, "Look! A doggy! Do you want to pet it?" I was stunned. I will just assume that if the child had said yes, she would have explained that the doggy is a working doggy and regardless, we should always ask the owner before trying to pet a dog! The little boy had no desire to pet Deedee, so I didn't even need to go into my spiel. I probably should have, but I chose silence this time.
7-1/2. Breaking news: I'm thankful for Willow, who officially will graduate as a guide dog on Saturday, March 19th!
8. I'm thankful for changing weather. Of course, for me that means we had something other than sunshine this week. We had rain and even some snow and hail! I'm composing this to the sound of raindrops on my roof. Even though it is supposedly an El Niño year, and we have had more rain than in some other years, we are still far below average. The paper today says we've had 3.79 inches since Oct. 1, and normal is 5.96. I'm thankful for clouds in the sky!
|Photo: Wet, sloppy snowflakes fall in my backyard|
9. I'm thankful for exercise and healthy food. It's good to know that the bump up on the scale from--among other things--too much key lime pie is temporary.
10. I'm thankful for John--he with whom I can be adventurous by swimming with sting rays and climbing ancient ruins, and he with whom I can tackle the mundane tasks of life. Whether we're vacationing in the Caribbean or home in California, we enjoy each other's company.
|Photo: John and I stand on a sandbar and pet a sting ray|
|Photo: John on top of ancient ruins in Coba|
How was your week? What are you thankful for? Any ideas for me on the blogging front?
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Amycake and the Dude, Considerings, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I Want Backsies, The Meaning of Me, Thankful Me, Uncharted, The Wakefield Doctrine