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Ten Things of Thankful: August Arrives!

My teacher friends are preparing to return to the classroom, whatever that looks like in their district. In any other year, I would be getting excited about BYU's Education Week. 2020 isn't like any other year, though, is it? Ed Week has been postponed to a date TBA and changed to an online format. While I am happy that I am getting projects done around the house, and I'm generally content to live the life of a hermit, I'm literally dreaming of going to Disneyland, which makes me think I must be getting a little case of cabin fever. (I'm not usually a big dreamer, or if I am, I don't usually remember my dreams. This one was particularly funny, I thought: I was in line to get into Disneyland. In front of me in line were the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Cook was having trouble and his ticket wasn't scanning. I said to the cast member, "He's OK. I can vouch for him." Elder Oaks, who was in front of Eld…
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Six Sentence Story: Random

I'm linking up this week with another Six Sentence Story. This week's prompt: random. Go over to Denise's blog to read entries from other bloggers--and feel free to link up your own story, too. 
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Every day, his older sisters ventured into the big brick school building, to do who-knows-what. The outdoor playground equipment looked like fun, but he had no idea what happened inside the classroom. His turn would come in the fall, but kindergarten was a mystery. Fortunately, his sisters had experience. Unfortunately, the current kindergartener's description did nothing to ease his fears:
"Math is really hard because no one tells you the answer and you just have to guess a number."

Ten Things of Thankful: Good-Bye, July Edition

Summer 2020 reminds me of childhood summers: my calendar is open, my responsibilities are few, and the hot days stretch out seemingly endlessly. The months, however, pass quickly, and here we are in August. Parents and teachers are trying to figure out what back-to-school will look like, while children are trying to enjoy the last days of freedom. There is much to be thankful for, even as the pandemic continues.
I'm thankful for:

1. Looking back over the two years we've been in this house and noticing the changes we've made in the backyard.



2. Bargain price on mulch, which came in handy for the new beds. (Check your local Walmart! Bags were marked at $0.75-$1.50, depending on color.)

3. A million ways to eat summer squash. (Much like shrimp, I guess.)
4. Dyanne for suggesting roasting corn in the oven. So easy, so yummy! (The corn was store-bought; we're still waiting for our home-grown corn to ripen.)
5. Noom app. I'm down 7 pounds in two weeks. Plenty more to go, but i…

Ten Things of Thankful: Pioneer Day Edition

Here in Utah, July 24th is a holiday: Pioneer Day, commemorating the day in 1847 that the pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley. Tonight, firework displays will go off all over the state. Today's Ten Things of Thankful post will be written with history in mind.
I'm thankful (1) for the legacy of faith the pioneers left. Even though I don't literally descend from pioneers who crossed the Mormon Trail, I am impressed by their dedication to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I moved here to Utah 3 years ago, and it was hard work! Compared to the pioneers, though, I had it easy. I drove in a van, I was neither hungry nor cold, the journey was completed in a day (or two, I don't remember now if we took two days or not), and no one died along the road. Those pioneers rode in wagons, or walked, pushing handcarts, for months. They were hungry and cold, and (especially true for the Willie and Martin handcart companies) not everyone made it to Utah. I'm thankful (2) for modern trans…

Speaking Up

My family did not own a television for much of my growing-up years. No, I was not born before the invention of television; my parents had a TV when I was born and made the conscious decision to get rid of it when I was in elementary school. They didn't get another one until all of the children were grown and out of the house. Perhaps in part because of their decision to not have a television in our home, we were a family of readers. 
We owned plenty of books, and always had library books on hand, too--from the school library as well as the town's local library. I read voraciously, and can still picture in my mind exactly where in the school library I could find the L.Frank Baum Wizard of Oz series, or Joy Adamson's Born Free. Books transported me through time, space, and imagination. Reading the Little House books, I became a pioneer. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler opened the wonders of a New York City museum to this west-coast, small-town girl. Books …

Ten Things of Thankful: Inspiration Edition

This week, I received news that a friend has an advanced-stage cancer. She has requested that her friends send her inspirational thoughts and images to help her during this difficult time, so for this week's Ten Things of Thankful, I thought I would express thanks for those things that I have found helpful when I am going through hard times. Hopefully, something in my list will resonate with her, too. 
1. I'm thankful for music. It has the power to soothe souls, bring peace, and spark motivation. As you read through this post, feel free to listen to this collection:


2. I'm thankful for faith. My friend and I happen to both be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but regardless of your religion, faith in God can bring strength beyond what is humanly possible otherwise. The power of prayer is real. 

3. I'm thankful for humor. Laughing relieves stress, but doesn't leave your eyes sore, like crying does. (I know some people find crying cathartic, bu…

Ten Things of Thankful: Knee High by the 4th of July

The expectation for corn-growers is that the corn will be "knee-high by the 4th of July." I failed to take a photo of my corn patch on the 4th, but the above photo was taken on the 30 of June. While I'm still waiting for corn harvest time, I am thankful (1) that I've been able to harvest other crops. We've enjoyed lettuce, radishes, basil, strawberries, yellow summer squash, yellow wax beans, beets and turnips so far, and more crops are gearing up. (And suddenly, writing that sentence made me think of the movie,  SecondHand Lions.


Long story, but John and I have a travel trailer we are getting ready to sell. I'm thankful (2) for the internet that provides endless how-to information, as well as (3) recommendations for companies that can be hired to do the work we don't want to tackle ourselves. 
I'm also thankful (4) for a washer and dryer. It's so nice to be able to throw dirty items in, and voila! they come out clean. 
While I am thankful for the …