Sunday, May 1, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful: May Day Edition


Do you ever have one of those moments when you realize that something that seemed to happen recently, actually happened weeks, months, or even years ago?  Similarly, do you ever suddenly remember something you meant to say, but the moment is gone? Today is the first day of May, but I'm going to count thankfuls not only from this past week (in April), but also from previous weeks, that I forgot to mention.  Luckily, thankfulness is not confined by time.

1.  I'm thankful that I managed to get the suitcases unpacked and put away, and the laundry done, before we'd been home a week. I felt so accomplished!  It's the little things, right?

2.  I'm thankful that Deedee has responded well to long walks. After a 4-mile walk on Wednesday, followed by breakfast and a warm bath, Deedee snuggled in my arms and fell asleep.  She made me feel like she had missed me. 
Photo:  Deedee gazes up at me 
Photo:  A close-up of Deedee's face, while she sleeps on my lap

3.  I'm thankful Deedee is learning obedience.  


Photo:  Deedee sits and stays while in her green guide dog vest
4.  I'm thankful for funny moments.  On one of our walks, the path was very soggy.  Deedee pranced around so much!  I made her walk in the soft sand over and over again.  One skill guide dogs need is the ability to walk over different surfaces without freaking out.  


Photo:  Black lab Deedee, wearing her green vest, stands on the sandy, paw-print-filled, path

5.  I'm thankful for the smells of the garden.  I wish there was a way to convey the sweet, old-fashioned rose smell through the computer.  You'll just have to imagine the fragrance that comes from a rose called Scentimental.


Photo:  Red and white blossom of the Scentimental rose
6.  I'm thankful for unexpected colors in the garden.  When we moved to this house, the wild yard did have some roses already growing.  I've come to expect yellow blossoms, and salmon-colored blossoms each spring.  This year, however, I noticed some deep-rose colored blossoms as well.  A sucker from the salmon rose came up from under the graft, and produced these deeper-colored flowers.  I suspect I'm supposed to cut out those branches, but I love the colors, and the smell is great, too, so I'm letting them be.


Photo:  Yellow, deep-rose, and salmon-colored roses bloom along a block wall
7.  I'm thankful for the church dinner we had last night.  The woman who came up with the idea really did a great job, and many people worked together to pull off the event.  The children and youth ate together in one room, then played games (with an adult there to supervise and direct). Each adult ate in one of 6 other rooms, with each room hosted by a different person.  The hosts provided a pasta dish for the table in their room, and other people provided salads and rolls.  Then the small rooms of adults met together in a larger room for dessert and games.  Everyone seemed to have a good time.  I know John and I had fun playing Mad Gab with the other people at our table. 

8.  I'm thankful that some little birds have decided to build a nest in a birdhouse we hung up years ago.  It had gone empty for so long, I decided it must just be decorative.  I was surprised to see a little twig nest inside when I peaked in today.

9.  I'm thankful (in advance) for sleep.  It's too late for a nap now, but I'm looking forward to my head hitting the pillow tonight.  

10.  I'm thankful for John.  Usually, I'm home from church before he is, but today I had a meeting afterward, so he beat me home. When I got home, he fixed dinner.  That was a sweet thing to do, and I appreciate it!

What are you thankful for this week?  Or, what did you remember this week that you were thankful for last month, year, etc.? Let us know!  There's still time to link up!





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8 comments:

  1. oh Dee Dee that face is absolutely precious. Reminds me so much of my sweet Champ. They are amazing aren't they? Good for the soul. I hope so much that the obiedience is coming along. Champ was ummmm...a challenge...and we did try really hard with schools. He's just his own dog with a stubborn personality but a big heart. And we love him.
    I can practically smell those flowers on the screen. So lovely. We don't have anything yet.
    Sleep is amazing. I'm finally getting some with my new medications. I am so happy about that. Not about side effects though. YIKES!!!
    Have a wonderful week.

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  2. Love your thankfuls and the photos of the garden stuff is so beautiful!
    Dee Dee looks like she's got a spunky and awesome personality! She'll grow up to be an awesome dog, I'm sure. :)
    I hope the rest of your Sunday was awesome!

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  3. Ah, sweet DeeDee. Looks like she's doing well with the training!

    Such pretty roses. I didn't quite understand how the red roses popped out of the salmon rose plant, and I really don't understand why you should cut them out. They're all so pretty! I bet the scent is marvelous. I'd take every chance I had to walk by (or stand and enjoy) them.

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  4. Dee Dee is a sweetie pie and I'm sure she'll make someone a devoted and loving guide dog. Are those sentimental roses also called peonies? They smell divine. Ours come out in a month or so, and I enjoy the perfume and beauty of them for their short blooming season each year. Weather has been spotty in the NE. Rainy and cold for this time of year. But there is always hope for warmth and sunshine.

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  5. I do wish I had a lab again but I am thankful for my cats who love to crawl up in my lap to sleep.

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  6. Oh Deedee's face is so sweet!
    Your flowers are so beautiful. I don't know that I've ever seen a rose quite like that one!
    And yay for John!

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  7. Interesting about (Dee Dee) and the sand, Ola (and Bella) totally loved sand, especially when it was at the beach... they'd both go nuts with the digging. It was clear that they were enjoying the different composition (of sand), the ease of digging and such.
    #2 ...as surely she did.

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