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Ten Things of Thankful: Coming Up Roses

  A bouquet of red roses and white chrysanthemums  I left Oregon this past week. My sister stayed for a while longer with my parents. My dad is recovering well from his surgery and making great progress. Although I enjoyed spending time with my parents and siblings, and visiting with my cousin, it is nice to be home with John again.  As I walked into PDX, there was a notable lack of people in the airport. I walked right up to the counter to check my bag, then walked right up to the TSA agents to go through security. As I approached them, I started to say, "I've never seen such a big airport so empty," but just as soon as I said the word "never," they both started shushing me. They didn't want me to jinx it for them! They were enjoying a quiet day at work.  The flights (I had a plane change in San Jose) were uneventful.  When I arrived in Burbank, my suitcase was the second one to come down the luggage chute onto the carousel. As soon as I got my bag, John wa
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Ten Things of Thankful: A Trip Down Memory Lane

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Ten Things of Thankful: From A to Zebra

a Scrabble tile of the letter A, with a 1 to the lower right, indicating point value I'm switching things up today and opting for an alphabetical order for my Ten Things of Thankful list, so without further ado: A: My dad had knee surgery this week, so I flew up to Oregon to see if I could help. (Not with the actual surgery, of course. I think I mainly provide comic relief, though I pitch in with chores and trips to Lowes as required.)  No matter what the occasion for gathering is, one constant is that the Scrabble board will come out. When I drew an A from the bag, I knew I would go first. Though that was nice, I'm thankful for the simple family tradition of Scrabble. B:  My brother arrived on Thursday night. Although his military and civilian work schedules demand a lot of his time, he was able to carve out a few days to come. We make a pretty good window-washing team. (I promise my brother did more than just take photos of me working!)   I'm thankful for my brother and h

Ten Things of Thankful: Sunny Days

  Desert shrubs in the foreground, mountains in the background, with blue skies and fluffy clouds overhead It rained earlier this week, which didn't cause any problems where we live, but prompted TV stations to launch "Storm Watches," with one reporter announcing, "We saw some people with umbrellas, and drivers used their windshield wipers." So that's what those things are for!  However, the rain has stopped and the sun has come out, and it's a perfect time to join the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop!  1. I'm thankful for lovely views. That photo at the top of this post? That's the view I have every time I drive home from town. I had to stop and take a photo so I could share it with you. I love seeing mountains and even some greenery.  2. I'm thankful for youngest granddaughter, and getting a glimpse into her world. The other day, I gave Baby-baby some blueberries. She looked at them then asked me if I could "take the eye out." I wi

Ten Things of Thankful: Trying to Figure It All Out

  Stock photo from picmonkey shows five adults in business attire, each holding a paper in front of their face. Each paper has a large question mark on it. Question #1: How long will a lingering cough last?  Answer: I don't know, but with the exception of the stupid lingering coughs, John and I are back to normal. He worked full days all week, and I had motivation to start exercising again.  1. I'm thankful we've "now returned to regularly scheduled programming."  Question #2: What is a grandma, anyway? Answer: A "Mommy-Mom."  Youngest granddaughter will ask, "You're my grandma?" and I'll answer, "Yes, I'm your grandma." Then youngest granddaughter will hear my daughter call me Mom, and she will ask, "You're my mom?" and I'll say, "I'm your mommy's mom." Then she'll ask, "You're my mommy-mom?" and I'll say yes. Then she'll say, "I'm your baby-baby!"

Ten Things of Thankful: Kind of a Slow Week

  Yellow lab Drexel looks up at the camera with brown expressive eyes It's been a slow week and inertia is strong. I'm going to skip a long intro and just jump right into my list: 1. I'm thankful that John and I are both testing negative for covid now, and we are looking forward to the day the lingering cough is gone.  2. I'm thankful for Teladoc. 3. I'm thankful I could take youngest granddaughter to library storytime.  4. I'm thankful for Drexel. Guide Dogs for the Blind posted earlier this week on Facebook that it was National Labrador Retriever Day, so definitely Drexel deserves a shout-out. He's a great dog--so patient and calm.  5. I'm thankful for friends. Several have reached out to ask how we are doing.  6. I'm thankful for kind landlords. Ours brought over fresh homemade sourdough bread this week--yum! 7. I'm thankful for good neighbors. It still kind of cracks me up that we live next door to a film set and get texts like the following:

Ten Things of Thankful: It's Not 2020, But Covid's Still Around

  Stock photo from Shutterfly of an exploding firework on a dark background, with the added text that says, "Happy New Year! May you find much to be thankful for this year!" Happy New Year! I've been gone from the blog for a couple of weeks, and I enjoyed spending time over the Christmas holiday with several of my children and my grandchildren. Thankful #1 Unfortunately, I rang in the New Year with Covid as a companion, and John (not wanting me to use up all the Kleenex?) soon joined my hacking chorus. However, even in sickness there are things to be thankful for, so here are some of mine: Thankful #2: Even though my first reaction to contracting covid--again!--is anger (I am vaccinated and have all my boosters), instead of thinking, "Why me?", I really should be thinking, "Why not me?" I'm thankful my underlying health is good and other than the inconvenience of being sick and isolating, there isn't too much impact to me having Covid. I have f