Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ten Things of Thankful: The Weather is a Safe Topic Edition

Inauguration Day has come and gone, and I am still formulating my thoughts before writing anything about the national events of the past few days. However, this week reminds me again that I feel peace not from external events, but from within--my faith brings a sense of calmness to me regardless of what is going on around me.  

This week, I'm thankful for:

1.  Rain.  I can hardly believe how many weeks in a row we have received rain!  

2.  Humor.  Though I am guilty of making the occasional grammatical mistake, I do tend to laugh when I see errors in print.  The front-page news in the local paper warned us of the "more stronger" storm we had on Friday.


3.  Kind people who want to help others.  When I was shopping this week, I told the store employees about this car's predicament. It was not new news, as many people before me had alerted the store. Unfortunately, store employees were unable to locate the owner in any of the shops in that strip mall.  I hope the owner was able to drive away safely.

Photo:  A grey Honda Accord is parked in a flooded parking lot.  The water level reaches the front bumper.
4.  Rain, and not just any rain, but steady, slow, earth-soaking rain. Despite the occasional flooding (like in the parking lot above), for the most part, this rain has been soaking into the earth.  The grass is greening up, and for the first time in years, our rainfall has exceeded the average rainfall for the season.  (We're almost up to 4 inches since October 1st!)

5.  Beautiful skies.  There have been several rainbows between rain storms. Though I didn't get a photo of a rainbow this week, I did snatch a photo of the clouds yesterday. 

Photo:  the clouds hug the mountains at sunset
6.  Snow in the mountains.  Snow in the mountains means water in the reservoirs, and water for the crops next spring and summer. Precipitation is our friend. 

7.  Friends--whether we've met in person or not.  

8. Technology to communicate.  It is so amazing to me that I can be friends with people I have never met in person.  I guess yesteryear had penpals, but technology makes communication so much quicker now. 

9.  The temple.  It was a great place to spend some time Friday night.  

10.  As always, John.  We help each other out, and we laugh together over some of our situations.  This week's "The Puzzle of the Monogrammed Towel" is John's story to tell--and maybe I'll get him to write it up sometime.  Suffice it to say, though, that we solved the mystery. We might have even laughed so hard we cried. We also watched "Hidden Figures" together last night. What a great movie! I'm so glad that John and I can spend time together, and that we enjoy each other's company.

The rain continues to pitter-patter on the roof, but my home is a refuge from the storm.  Literally and figuratively, our homes can be safe havens, no matter what the weather is. 

How did your week go?  What are you thankful for?


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12 comments:

  1. A beautiful post. I'm thrilled that the rain has been absorbed by the parched earth. God is faithful and always provides.

    I had a good, yet low-key week- I avoided stressful situations. It gave me time to reflect on my life and my projects.

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    1. Sometimes the low-key weeks are the best. Reflection is good.

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  2. What a lovely final picture. You always take good ones. I am interested in your thoughts on the last few days. You and I disagree on many points, but it makes me happy that we remain friends and find the places we agree.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I am gathering my thoughts and hope to get a post written soon. I'm happy we are friends,too.

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  3. I see a couple of similar comments in our posts. I've been hearing about all your rain and wondering if you had been able to get around okay. Glad you were able to go see Hidden Figures!

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    1. I'm an Oregonian--yes, I'm getting around in the rain OK! :-)

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  4. I enjoyed reading your 10 thankful list for this week. Here in Kansas we are getting much rain as well. Not typical for this time of year- should be snow!

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    1. Thank you. Hope you are enjoying your rain as much as I'm enjoying mine!

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  5. so you're liking the rain? for us, I don't mind it at this time of year because it's so much better than the alternative.
    totally with you on the benefits of modern technology.

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  6. This was a peaceful post full of beautiful thoughts, just what we needed, thank you!! I am smiling as I finish reading it. Rain is always a big blessing here too, where it is often so dry. We welcome it despite any temporary inconvenience. I loved the sunlight in the clouds in your photo! Rainbows are a big plus! Going to the Temple was surely soul-satisfying, and having a husband that you truly enjoy being with, like you and I have, is the best blessing of all I think. Shared laughter is delightful!

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    1. Thank you. We even had snow falling this morning, but it was too wet to stick.

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