Honestly, do I look like a serious runner? No!
This week, I'm thankful for:
1. A local Color Vibe run. It's nice to have such a fun run so close to home. As the race progressed, the winds picked up, and runners dodged kamikaze tumbleweeds. Clouds of color trailed runners with every gust. Just another colorful day in the desert.
2. The fact that colored cornstarch is washable. That stuff soaks through clothing; can you tell what part of my running shoes is made of mesh?
Skin fares no better. Can you guess where John's watch was?
3. A card in the mail. January's mail usually is Important Tax Documents, along with the regular junk, so it was especially nice to see a good, old-fashioned card in the mail from Christine. (And her beautiful handwriting makes me want to go practice my cursive!)
3. Goofy dogs. I just can't seem to resist taking (and posting and reposting) photos of Drexel and Willow when they are sleeping. For one thing, they are less likely to move and blur the photo, but also, they are just so cute together!
4. Shopping bargains. Clearance combined with coupons makes cute presents affordable. Starting a stash for next holiday season!
5. For how conscious decisions can take hold, even in the subconscious. I've had some interesting dreams lately. In one of my dreams this week, our house was experiencing some major flooding (In real life, our desert area has received 3 and one-half inches of rain since July 1st, after all!) and I noticed a baby alligator in the bathtub. As John was capturing it to take it (outside? to the animal shelter?), I suddenly thought to get a picture for the blog. I also was thinking how this would be a great item for a TToT post. You know, "I'm thankful the alligator in our tub wasn't bigger." I also had several other thankfuls in my dream, which of course I do not remember now. I do remember being a bit disappointed when I woke up when I realized I did not, in fact, have my post completely composed. (Of course, I was also happy to know that the house wasn't flooded.) Yet look how I still managed one thankful out of the dream! It is a good thing when I can look for the good in a bad situation even in my dreams.
6. The appearance of bare root plants in the nurseries and seed catalogs in the mail. At this time of year, hope springs eternal. I'm considering, once again, the purchase of raspberry canes. If I truly loved raspberries, I would not sentence them to death like this, but every so often, I hear a story of some mythical person here in the desert that can grow raspberries. That urban legend makes me think, "Well, if she can, I can! After all, no one loves raspberries more than I do." So far, though, my best plan for growing raspberries is to move back to Washington state. I might just need to plant something that grows easily here, though I'm not sure where to get tumbleweed seeds!
7. Family history. For Christmas this year, John (and those of the kids who hadn't already) received Ancestry DNA kits. The results are starting to come in, and it is interesting to see how the different genes compare. For example, John shows 4% Irish, I have 3% Irish, yet one of our sons (yes, the redhead) comes up 8%. We've got a spreadsheet started, and we're looking forward to adding to it as more results come in.
8. Children who inspire me. For example, my oldest daughter recently told me she is taking an aerial silks class. I had no idea what she was talking about. The other day she sent me this photo text:
Basically, my daughter is taking an acrobatics class. What a fun way to exercise!
9. Sweatshirts. We keep our house on the cool side in the winter (and on the warm side in the summer, go figure), so it's nice to be able to regulate temperatures with comfortable clothing. The howling winds outside make it sound like it's necessary to really bundle up!
10. John. Just today, he was remarking about what a good pair we are. It's true. We genuinely enjoy each other's company, whether we are shopping for toilet seats (part one of our date last night), or catching a movie together (part two of our date last night). We laugh together, we plan together, and we willingly get pelted with colored cornstarch together!
As always, come join the party! Just think, if you keep thinking about thankful things, you too could dream about the good in finding an alligator in your tub!