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Ten Things of Thankful: Autumn Edition

It's autumn time, one of my favorite times of year.  I just couldn't leave this weekend as a one-post weekend.  

1.  I'm thankful for cooler weather.  Check out this forecast from  

I know this is just a glimpse of fall--next week's temps are supposed to climb back up near 90--but I love days like today!

2.  I saw this 10 Things of Thankful post earlier this week.  Now, granted, it isn't a bona vide TToT post, but when I saw the title, "10 Things to Be Grateful For When Everything Seems to Be Going Wrong," I knew it deserved some attention here on this blog hop.  I'm thankful to be part of this thankful movement.  Lizzi, you "done good."  

3.  I'm thankful for libraries.  I love actual printed-on-paper books, but I also appreciate the convenience of checking out e-books from the comfort of my own home.  The book I'm reading now is The Power of Habit, and I'm finding it fascinating.  The author cites examples of individuals who have greatly diminished memory, yet habits allow them to do things they otherwise couldn't do.  I also learned that brushing one's teeth didn't become a widely followed routine until post-WWI.  

4.  I'm thankful for cloudy skies.  We see only blue skies on most days, so clouds are a bit of a novelty.  

5.  I'm thankful for harvest time.  The fresh produce is so pretty and appetizing.  

6.  I'm thankful to live in a place where winters are mild enough to allow for fall-winter gardens.  I planted peas, broccoli, swiss chard, and spinach yesterday, and am looking forward to fresh vegetables throughout the coming months. 

7.  I'm thankful that when I checked the online jury portal today, I was told to check back on Monday evening to see if I need to report on Tuesday.  While of course I would report if asked to, I'm not at all disappointed that I have Monday free!  

8.  I'm thankful that I had the chance to watch the church Women's Broadcast.  We were reminded of our Heavenly Father's love for each of us, the need for spiritual preparedness, and the power that comes from making and keeping covenants with our Heavenly Father.  


9.  I'm thankful and super excited that Christine Carter asked me to guest post for her blog, The Mom Cafe.  She wanted me to explain a bit about my religious beliefs.  That was an invitation that was easy to accept!  If you've ever been curious about the doctrine of what I believe, I'd love it if you'd pop over and take a minute to read my guest post.  

10.  I'm thankful for John and his home improvement skills.  Not only do the pipes drain correctly now, the shower doesn't drip.  I'm glad he was able to fix that soon after the problem started, as each drip seemed to sing out, "drought, drought, drought, drought, . . ."  Thanks to John, we're being water-wise. 

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  1. Autumn is my favorite season, too.

    The book, "The Power of Habit", sounds interesting.

    1. I'm not even halfway through reading it, but I am finding it interesting.

  2. I wish I had autumn here in Singapore, but it IS getting cooler. Hola!

    1. The deserts of California aren't exactly known for their beautiful fall foliage, but the temperatures are cooler, and the calendar says autumn, so I'm declaring it so! :-)

  3. Autumn has arrived in Wyoming. Yesterday I picked up the leaves on my front lawn and field 3 yard dumpsters. Many more leaves to fall in the coming days.

    1. Leaves here tend to hold on till the bitter end, then a huge wind will come along and blow them all off in one fell swoop.

  4. OH my are those pomegrantes? I wish I could garden at any level. Even if something by chance grew.. It is like they know it is me and nothing grows.

    1. Yes, they are. Learning what grows here and what doesn't has been tricky for me. I'm used to the Pacific Northwest, where everything is green. Pomegranates are one of the things that do really well here. I just have the sprinklers programmed to water, and like magic, the bush grows and produces. I love to garden, but by that I mean I love it when things produce without a lot of interference from me. :-)

  5. Bravo! John for all the home-fixing skills. It's a horrible, nagging feeling to know that waste is happening, so it's great that it's been fixed for you.

    And interestingly enough, I rather LIKE clouds, even though I prefer them against a background of blue, than dark and pouring rain on my world. BUT. They add interest and beauty to the skies, so there's that.

    Your fall/winter garden sounds LOVELY. YAY for fresh-grown food :)

    1. You like clouds? Well, well, well. :-) Me, too. There certainly is beauty in contrast.

  6. Your photos are always a delight!
    Haven't gotten to read you at Chris' place yet, but I'll get there when I'm feeling better.
    Autumn is just plain awesome. :)

    1. You've had quite the run with illness lately! Hope you can shake it soon. I agree that autumn is awesome!

  7. …growing things, 12 months a year? yow! that is surely the climate I need to find myself in…not that I have an exceptional interest in growing things (the new lawn doesn't count, because that is just us watch the dirt turn into grass)… but no below-freezing daytime temperatures! that has got to be the best of all climates.

    1. That weather forecast above is not indicative of all days. You might just be the first person to declare this desert "the best of all climates." If you love extreme heat in the summer, drought, and constant wind, then yes, this climate is for you! :-)

  8. This weather is so bright and clear. The world looks better on a sunny Fall day. Your photos are beautiful.

  9. Hi, congrats on the Blog guest post invite. I am glad the weather is cooler for you. I wish I could plant a winter garden again. I love checking out e-books. I will have to see if that title is available. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You're welcome. I enjoy hearing book recommendations, too.

  10. I hope you aren't in LA County! That would be a horrible place for jury duty (although maybe more interesting than a more rural county). I got called once when we lived there (we were in Ventura County), but I sent back my paperwork after I wrote on it that I had an infant, worked in Burbank, lived in Ventura County, and wouldn't be coming to jury duty. There may be a warrant out for my arrest for that....

    1. Well, maybe if I'm lucky, each time I check the jury portal, I'll be told I don't need to report the next day. We'll see.

  11. Wha-hoo to no shower dripping, warm fall days for fall gardens and your fresh produce. Beautiful! I'm going to go check out your guest post on Chris's place right now! Happy October, K2!

  12. I am behind in my reading and had to chuckle at your cooler temps. Don't know about you but Disneyland is supposed to hit 100 on Saturday! This heat just keeps coming back! However -- I am thankful that it isn't snow!


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