1. I'm thankful for a steamer that easily removed nearly 30-year-old (I'm assuming) wallpaper from my bathroom. All the walls were covered with wallpaper. A wallpaper border hung at the top of the walls. The ceiling was covered. The light switch cover was wallpapered. Even the plate that covered the plumbing clean-out drain was wallpapered! For seven years I have dreaded starting the removal project. Then, with as much foresight as I usually give haircuts, I couldn't stand it any longer, and I started ripping and steaming. In about an hour, the walls were bare! (I think it helped that the room is a tiny half-bath, and by shutting the door and running the steamer, I essentially turned it into a sauna.)
|Photo: A mess of wallpaper overflows out of the bathroom and spills into the hallway.|
2. I'm thankful for the feeling of satisfaction and competence that comes with being able to do certain tasks--and (3.) the sense of wisdom that comes with knowing which tasks require help. I removed the toilet tank so I could easily paint behind it. That is not a hard thing to do (and I even managed not to break the lid this time). I had John go out and flip circuit breakers so we could figure out how to turn off electricity to the room, so I could remove the outdated light fixture. (Cell phones make communication between the person at the electric panel and the person inside the house so easy!) Hanging the new fixture is on the honey-do list, though. I'm living by the "First, do no harm" rule, and hanging a new fixture isn't as simple as putting the old one back would be. At this point, I'm more interested in having a new light than in learning a new skill. (That sounds terrible, doesn't it?) (4.) I'm thankful John has the required skill already.
5. Going along with number 3, I'm thankful for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and their commitment to the dogs (and clients, of course). Deedee's co-raiser and I, in our current individual situations, find ourselves not able to provide Deedee with what she needs to become a successful guide dog. I won't go into detail about Deedee's behaviors, but her energy level requires more walking than I am able to give her now, for example. I'm not sure yet where Deedee will be headed next--that decision rests with the local field representative--but I'm thankful that Guide Dogs for the Blind understands our situation and will place Deedee in a setting where she is most likely to thrive. I have decided to step away from puppy raising for a while. I might return to it at some point; I am really impressed with the organization, and I enjoy working with the puppies, but now is not the time.
|Photo: Deedee posing by a bag of cat food before we donated it as part of Dyanne's #ForLoveof Ruby drive|
|Photo: Yellow-lab Drexel rests his head on the couch and gazes up at me|
7. I'm thankful for good neighbors and friends. This isn't the surprise alluded to in the title, but this week I attended a surprise birthday party for a friend. It's always nice to gather together and visit with friends.
On a sad note, I attended another funeral this week. It seems that funerals are always scheduled during the time that my produce box needs to be picked up, and my neighbor is always willing to go pick up my veggies for me. I'm thankful for her.
8. I'm thankful for the eternal nature of families. Though sadness accompanies death, the services have been sweet, as reminders are given that death is not the end. During yesterday's funeral, the grandchildren of the deceased sang, "Families Can Be Together Forever," which brought peace and hope to the event.
9. And now for the big surprise: I'm thankful for our oldest son, who called on Thursday night to ask if he could stay at our house on Friday and Saturday night. He had a med. school interview on Friday, then was free to spend time with us. We had such a nice time together! He and John went golfing, we went out to dinner, we played Settlers of Catan and Hanabi, and just generally had a great time. He also assisted John in giving me a blessing so that my foot can heal. He had to leave early this morning, but I really enjoyed having him around. I wish I had remembered to take a photo!
10. I'm thankful for John. This week, I spent a couple of days under the weather, and he encouraged me to sleep as much as I could, and basically just waited on me hand and foot. What a great guy! (I just needed some rest; I'm feeling better now.)
How was your week? Any surprises?
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