Saturday, November 29, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful: Thanksgiving Edition

It is a bit ironic that I don't post as much on my blog, Thankful Me, during the week of Thanksgiving.  Don't let my lack of new posts lead you to believe I'm ungrateful, though.  My week has been full of gratitude, as I've been surrounded by family for the holiday.

1. Youngest son arrived home first.  While we were out running errands, I asked him to try to get some photos of the jet planes that were flying.  As soon as I asked him, it seemed like the planes stopped flying.  However, he was very proud of this image and wanted to make sure I posted it on the blog.  I'm thankful for him, and the encouragement he gives me.

 2.  One of the errands we ran was suit shopping.  Youngest son was a groomsman in his roommate's wedding this week.  I'm thankful for the good friends my children have, and for the fact my son just needed a suit, not a tuxedo.

3.  I'm thankful for the safety everyone had while traveling here.  In addition to youngest son, John's parents, John's brother and sister-in-law, oldest son and daughter-in-law, and a niece and nephew stayed with us for the weekend.  Middle daughter and her children and boyfriend came for Thanksgiving dinner.  Everyone arrived without incident.

4.  I'm thankful for the hoppin' good time everyone had.  Literally, in the case of my granddaughters. 

5.  I'm thankful that the older "kids" had fun, too.  (I volunteered for the very important role of spinner for this particular game.)

6.  I'm thankful that the lights that John put up years ago for a backyard open house after oldest son's wedding are still up, and provide light for things like croquet games. 

7.  I'm thankful for the volunteers who jumped in and helped with  dishes without being asked.  Although the house is full of people, it isn't a burden.  Many hands really do make light work.  

8.  I'm thankful for the fact that even though some family members couldn't make it here for Thanksgiving, we have means to communicate easily.  Thanks to Twitter, I knew exactly how oldest daughter's first turkey was doing.  Thanks to e-mail, I knew that even though my grandma had another fall, she didn't break anything this time and didn't seem in pain.  Thanks to Facebook, I knew that my cousin's cancer is in remission, and that there are 15 good potential matches for a bone marrow transplant!

9.  I'm thankful for Thanksgivings past, that roll into Thanksgiving present, and will continue in Thanksgiving future.  The food, the laughter, the football, the conversations, the games, the putting away of leftovers--the rhythm of the holiday weaves a tradition that binds the family.  When I see someone picking the meat off the turkey carcass, I think of my grandma on my Dad's side.  She's gone, but she's present.  Thanksgiving traditions connect me to relatives, whether or not they are physically in my home. 

10.  I'm thankful for John.  Twenty-eight years ago, we went on a picnic the day after Thanksgiving.  It was remarkably beautiful weather for a November day in Utah.  We shared turkey sandwiches and sparkling cider, and threw a frisbee around.  That evening, John walked me to the door of my apartment, and we had our first kiss.  We don't always get a chance to have a picnic after Thanksgiving now, but we do at least give a nod to that wonderful date so long ago. 

I hope your week was wonderful, too.  Let me know what you are thankful for! 

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful: Big Things, Small Things, All Things Edition

I love reading the posts that join the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop.  I love the fact that the things that are mentioned can be deep, tug-on-your-heartstrings things, or frivolous, doesn't-really-matter-but-it-makes-me-smile things.  They can be bittersweet, silver-linings things, or outright sunshiny things.  No matter what the things are, the underlying attitude is one of thankfulness.  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful: Anticipation Builds

Oh, boy, oh, boy!  For the rest of 2014, it's just one thing after another.  This week has been one of preparation and excitement for the upcoming events.  I'm afraid this week's TToT post will be one big jumbled mess, but since I don't have time to sort my thoughts out well, I'll just spit them out and hope for the best.  

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Veterans of Yesteryear

In honor of Veterans Day this week, I thought I would share some photos of my grandpa, great-grandpa, and great-uncle in their uniforms.  

Grandpa in his WWII Navy uniform

Grandpa was allowed to come home on leave for the birth of my uncle.

The inscription reads, "To my little Pardner.  Fair weather on your voyages, son" and is signed, "Daddy"

My great-grandpa in his WWI uniform

My great-uncle in his WWII Navy uniform

 I'm thankful for those who serve. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy birthday, Drexel!

It's hard to believe that Drexel is only two years old.  Drexel came to us from Guide Dogs for the Blind as a young puppy.  We were raising him to be a guide dog, but he had other plans.  He "career-changed" due to scent distraction.  He just couldn't seem to keep his mind on working when there was a smell to distract him.  We were asked if we wanted to keep him as a pet, and we readily agreed.  He is a wonderful family dog.  

Here's a look back over the past couple of years:

meeting Drexel for the first time

There's a reason we call him "Drexel the Adorable."

at one year old
Though Drexel learned basic obedience (and more advanced commands in his formal training), he did have his puppy moments:

styling in his working gear

Returning (on Valentine's Day!) for formal guide dog training


Flying off the puppy truck to return home to stay

Now Drexel helps other Guide Dog puppies learn good house manners.
Happy birthday, Drexel!  May you have many more to come!

Thankful thought:  I'm thankful for Drexel, and for the Guide Dog for the Blind organization.  

80 Pounds of Chicken, 2 Ice Chests, and a KitchenAid

Last week, on John's birthday, the Zaycon order arrived.  (That wasn't the original plan; the chicken had been scheduled to come in October, but the delivery was delayed.)  At the time, I was still without a large working refrigerator (I had a mini-fridge).  Fortunately, I also had a big freezer.  I kept the chicken cool in ice chests as I worked to transform 80 pounds of chicken breasts into freezer meals. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

October 2014 General Conference Handouts for Visiting Teaching

General Conference is always such a treat! I love reading back over the talks; I can always find thoughts that stand out to me.  I've taken a few of those gems and made handouts that I might use for visiting teaching.  Feel free to print up any that you would like.  I've sized the images to print nicely on 4x6 paper.  You should be able to right-click to print.  

This first handout would go well with a little umbrella.  I found umbrellas recently at the 99-Cent Store.  

I'm thankful for words of living prophets, who follow the pattern of prophets of ancient times by providing guidance. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful: Catalina Edition

I'm a bit late joining the hop this week.  John and I just returned from Catalina Island, so this post will be much like the vacation slide shows of old.  First, though, I have to mention something from the home front. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Birthday to John!

Today is John's birthday!  It is also the day that Zaycon Foods is having their chicken delivery in our area.  (This delivery got rescheduled; I wasn't planning on spending John's birthday in the kitchen dealing with 80 pounds of chicken breasts.)  Anyway, I thought a birthday post was called for, and if something is worth saying once, it's worth repeating, right? This originally posted last year, but if anything, I mean it even more this year than last.  Happy birthday, John; I love you!