1. The home internet is working again! I have a love-hate relationship with wifi, I think. On the one hand, it is so convenient. On the other hand, when it is down, I can't be tempted to get on the computer for a minute (only to emerge hours later), and consequently, I accomplish more non-computer-dependent work. But today I'm choosing to be thankful for wifi. I missed the TToT last weekend, and am happy to be back.
2. The snake in my house was not venomous, nor has it reappeared since slithering out the front door. I'm thankful. I did get a photo, but I didn't manage to get a good one.
|Photo: A young gopher snake slithers on my wood floor|
3. I'm also thankful for a dad who knows his reptiles. A quick photo, phone call, and email later, and I was reassured that I wasn't harboring a juvenile rattler in my home.
4. I'm thankful for the relatively cooler temperatures we had this week. This is stated in anticipation of some VERY hot weather. The newspaper says we'll be at 109 on Monday. Anything over 105 is legitimately hot here in the desert.
5. I'm thankful that I've been able to run again. As some of you know, I've been battling with plantar fasciitis. I hadn't run since my last 10 K, which was the day before Mother's Day. I've signed up to run my first half-marathon in September, and I was getting nervous that I wouldn't be able to train properly for it. I've been doing everything I can think of to let my foot heal (not running at all, stretching throughout the day, never going barefoot, new inserts and good shoes, ice, tape, buffing, etc. etc. etc.), but I knew that if I didn't start training soon, I would risk further injury by increasing my distance too quickly. So, this week I did three runs: a quarter-mile, a half-mile, and a mile. My foot survived, and doesn't feel any worse than it did the previous week. My goal is to increase my "long" run distance one mile each week. If I can do that, I should be ready for the half-marathon in time.
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7. I'm thankful for dads, and mine in particular. He's good for more than just snake identification. Dad taught me through example that political (or otherwise) agreement is not necessary to get along with someone. He also taught me that answers to problems can be found by careful thought and study. He acts patiently and is pleasant, even if he doesn't agree. (Not too many years ago, I was shocked to discover that he really doesn't like beets. He had me fooled as a kid!)
|Photo: My mom, me, and my dad|
8. I'm thankful for my grandchildren. We had the chance to visit with them this week, and when we had to leave, youngest granddaughter gave me her big pouty face and whispered, "I want to go with Grandma." It feels pretty good to be loved.
9. I'm thankful for my children. Babies and little children get lots of attention, but I must say that adult children are pretty cool, too.
10. I'm thankful for John. He is a great husband, father, and grandfather. He is a huge blessing in my life.
|Photo: John holds all the grandchildren on his lap|
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