Sleep is my friend. I'm an early-to-bed, early-to-rise person. I fall asleep quickly, and sleep soundly--at least that has been my modus operandi for the past few decades. As I'm finding out, age plays a cruel trick on sleep patterns. It's now not uncommon for me to actually awaken when I roll over in the middle of the night, and then not be able to get back to sleep. I don't even have to be worried about anything. I'm just awake.
Of course, the stillness of the night provides a quiet canvas on which to write, so let me tell you this week's ten things of thankful:
I love the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop; it's wonderful to reflect back on the week and review the reasons to be thankful. Of course, my rememberer isn't as good as it could be, and sometimes I forget things. So today, I'm going to list not only items that I'm thankful for this week, but also some things that I forgot to mention in weeks past.
1. We had rain this week! Not super heavy, like in Arizona and Nevada, but a nice amount. We did set a record for rainfall amount for the day, but that is only because we had never had any measurable precipitation on that day since records were kept. 0.12 inches is hardly damaging. While a few sprinkles will not reverse the drought, we can hope that this rainfall is just a harbinger of more of the wet stuff. The plants look so much better after a refreshing rain, and the smell of rain makes me smile and breathe deeper.
2. Naps. We've had some interrupted sleep lately, and it's nice to be able to grab a view winks here and there. Even Drexel enjoys cat naps!
3. Friends. This week was my occasional lunch with friends. It's always good to catch up with what is happening in their lives. We often laugh, we sometimes cry, but we always enjoy the time together.
4. Guide dog puppies. Drexel is delighted because I'm puppy sitting Willow this week…
On this sobering anniversary day, I appreciated this video celebrating the strength of the American spirit. Beautiful music, touching video, and tender commentary lend a calming, peaceful feeling to this September day.
Thanks for the many examples of kindness that come during difficult times.
Even though school starts in August in our area, when I was a child, school always started after Labor Day. I loved the anticipation of heading back to class. I read with excitement the list of needed supplies ("one Pink Pearl eraser", no other kind will do). I carefully packed the items into my backpack. Back-to-school time meant new clothes, and I knew exactly which outfit, down to the socks, I would wear on the first day. Ahhh, structure and routine!
Blogging rule: Write when the event is fresh in your mind. What I'm doing: Trying to decipher my handwritten notes and remember what I actually did. One of my new favorite mantras: Brains are not for remembering. Brains are for thinking. My new resolve: Blog before I forget!
Back in July, I brought home 40 pounds of ground beef from a Zaycon event(in the spirit of full disclosure, that is a referral link). I mentioned my purchase in a blog post, and I promised to share just how I was going to use that much meat. My freezer is now well-stocked with plenty of meals!