Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful: Summer/Fall Transition

Though it's not officially fall yet, normally after Labor Day I mentally shift to autumn, even if the weather still says "summer." This year is different; while oldest daughter is here between her law school quarters, we're acting like it's still summer.  I keep telling myself that when she goes back to school then I'll settle into a routine.  We'll see. . . .
In the meantime, here are ten things that I am thankful for this week:


1.  A beautiful moonrise. (Actually, I noticed the moon more than once this week.)


Photo:  A full moon rises near the castle at Disneyland
Photo:  Even the drive-through line at In-N-Out is beautiful, with the full moon rising in the distance

2.  Funny Drexel.  Someone on a TV show was sqeaking a baby's toy.  Drexel looked up, but couldn't figure out where the sound was coming from.  He then left the room and brought me his favorite green toy (compliments of Ivy's Doug)--which used to have a squeaker in it, until he chewed a hole in the toy and I removed the squeaker.  I thought he displayed pretty impressive intelligence in bringing me his toy.  Obviously someone had the squeaker!

3. The amount of blood isn't always indicative of the severity of an injury.  John and I were working in the yard yesterday, when I heard John make a noise.  (Not quite like the squeaky toy!)  When I looked over at him to ask if he was OK, he told me that the palm tree attacked his fingers when he was pruning it.  Mind you, all the while he is talking to me, all I notice is the blood pouring down his forehead.  Palm trees are not the nicest of plants.  He had been poked on the head as well as on the fingers (through leather gloves, no less!)  Anyway, the injuries weren't bad, just dramatic.  

4.  Fun times with daughters.  Having oldest daughter here has been fun for all of us.  We've done touristy things and just enjoyed her company.  We will definitely miss her when she has to go back.

5.  Church in action.   This weekend has been a busy one with church.  Saturday morning we helped clean the church building, then went to someone's house to help them move.  Tonight, the youth of the church came over for a youth fireside.  (No actual fire involved, just a casual meeting with the bishopric.)  Anyway, I love seeing so many people get together to help each other.  The work didn't take much time at all, and the fireside tonight was fun.  

6.  A cooling trend.  Maybe, just maybe, the triple-digits are over for the year.  I hope.  Some days, the highs are only in the 80s--though the forecast still shows some 90s in the near future.  In any case, the overall trend is toward more comfortable temps.  We're entering that sweet spot where neither the swamp cooler nor the heater is required.  

7.  Autumn decorations are up.  I spent some time this week putting out some decorations for fall.  I love this time of year!

8.  Coupon for dental work that actually applied!  No explanation needed. 

9.  This blog hop.  I've not been blogging much lately, but I do love the routine of the TToT, and I appreciate the friendships that have developed through this hop.

10.  As always, John.  He's always there to fix whatever I break. This week, it was the rope that pulls down the attic stairs.  Thanks, honey!  


Photo:  John pulling down the attic stairs, after I broke the rope.


How has your week gone?  Have you settled into a fall routine, or are you still clinging to summer vacation?




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12 comments:

  1. Hi Kristi. I didn't share this week, but I'm happy to be able to read others'posts. Hopefully, as the seasons transition, I'll be back into the routine of the TToT. Love the Drexel story of a dogs' mind. Have a good week.

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    1. It was so fascinating to watch Drexel--I could see his wheels turning!

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  2. Fall is sneaking down the mountains and bringing cooler temps, wind, and some moisture. I love the transition, but I hope the white fluffy stuff stays in the mountains for a few more months.

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    1. Early snow leads to a long winter, so hopefully you'll enjoy fall for a bit more!

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  3. I also failed to make a TToT post happen this week. Not that I don't always have things for which I am thankful, but I found myself once again out and about and involved for much of the weekend and the post never happened.
    Anyway.
    I also make that mental shift post Labor Day, but the temps here have been really uncooperative. This week we move into actual autumn, even if it's hot and muggy and rainy again. That helps me as well. I am ready for the change and the steadier pace.
    Glad John is OK!

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    1. TToT participation was a bit sparse this week; I think a lot of people found themselves in your situation--busy with "real life." One thing I appreciate about this blog hop is that it really is a no guilt hop. :-)

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  4. I love autumn and I love the moon. Thanks for the photos of the latter.
    I remember a plush toy, it was a triangle with squeak makers in each corner and my guide dog loved it. Eventually she also chewed at least one hole in that thing but it was one of her favourites, which was what that destruction proved.
    :-)
    I didn't know those trees could be so dangerous. Glad it wasn't any more serious, but wow to all that blood.

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    1. The part I failed to tell was that I also got poked by a palm. I didn't bleed, but my finger swelled up and was in pain and hard to bend for the next day. Guess who is apparently allergic? I'm going to have to be a bit more careful! :-)

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  5. From the last photo it is clear that John thinks things through. I always laugh to/at myself when I have to pull down one of those folding staircases, because of the (obvious) gag I've seen countless times where, as soon as the hatch opens a little, the stairs slide down to hit the person under it, (which is where I am when I'm laughing). John, however, is demonstrating the proper position.
    Drexel! yeah. tell me how dogs are not self-aware! Connections and associations and conclusions, maybe not in the way humans do, but can't argue with the results!

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    1. Oh, he definitely thinks things through. I'm an "lets just eyeball it to see if the furniture will fit against that wall" sort of person; John measures first.

      And Drexel probably needs a new squeaky toy, since I couldn't seem to put the squeak from the TV back in his old one!

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  6. I read number 6 and I just had to laugh!!! I know I am very late and it was cool for a little while... we are expecting to hit 100 today. Hope today is NOT one of your trip to Disneyland days as it will be miserable. Hope you can stay cool for just a few more days (I hope!)

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    1. Nope, no Disneyland for me today. We're only supposed to hit 94 today, but the forecast for next Monday is 73! During the fall/winter months, it is often cooler here than down in your area. Hope you stay comfortable!

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