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Ten Things of Thankful: When It Rains, It Pours

Right now, I have rain on my mind, but before I talk about the weather (and it is exciting, I promise!), there are some other huge thankfuls that I need to mention.

1.  I'm thankful that last Sunday, John blessed our grandson in church.  I know I'm biased, but isn't he cute?  (I'm referring to either one of them.)

Photo:  John and grandson look at each other.

2.  I'm thankful for my brother and sister.  I was looking for something this week, and in the process of looking, I ran across some old letters.  They made me chuckle.  Go read about it here.  

3.  I'm thankful for beautiful roses.  Hips are forming, but the plants are giving one final burst of color before it gets cold. The scent is delicious, too!

Photo:  Pink and white, yellow, and coral colored roses against a block wall.
4.  I'm thankful that even with the dry conditions, the pomegranate has a crop (albeit small).  

Photo:  Two pomegranates hang from the bush.
5.  I'm thankful that I already know one photo I'll post on next weekend's TToT.  Next Friday, I am meeting the Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy truck to pick up a female black lab puppy! I don't know her name yet, but it will probably start something like this, "DrexWill. . ."

6.  Speaking of Willow, I'm thankful that she is currently in phase 8 (of 8) of formal guide dog training.  I suspect she is just waiting to be matched with the right person.  

7.  I'm thankful to have a new windshield. It had been cracked for years, and we just never did anything about it.  This week, I saw a commercial on TV for auto glass repair, and decided to visit the website for an estimate.  I don't know what I was expecting, but the quote was certainly within our budget.  Now, when I'm a passenger on a road trip, it will be so much easier to take photos out the window!  

Photo:  A clean, new, not-cracked windshield!
And now, as promised, some weather-related talk.  I thought it was funny that the windshield repair guy told me, "Don't worry about rain, but don't wash your car for 24 hours."  Good thing I didn't need to worry about rain, because we definitely got some!

8.  I'm thankful for the rain.  Here is a short video taken from my front door:

I should have known when we got a message from someone saying that the rains had broken a rain gutter off of his house, that we were in for a heavier-than-normal storm.  I have been absolutely stunned by the photos and videos I have seen.  This is footage from Highway 58, which a friend travels to work everyday.  Fortunately, she came home before this happened.  (I am having the world's worst time trying to embed video.  It shows up, then it doesn't show up.  If you can't see it, click here. There are several videos at this link.  Be sure to watch the one partway down the page that someone shot from inside his vehicle. Truly amazing!)

 9.  I'm thankful that (miraculously) no one was injured, and I'm thankful for emergency workers who have the task of moving all of the mud.  

10.  I'm thankful for John.  He had the responsibility to speak at a program for the teenage girls and their parents at church on Wednesday night.  On Thursday, the following message was on my Facebook wall: 
I wish you could have heard your husband speak last night in Young Women's in Excellence. It was so sweet. He thinks so highly about you and has so much happiness about the woman you are! ♡
Melt my heart.  

What are you thankful for this week?  Are you staying dry?

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    1. Thank you. It is, and if it wasn't, Happy Unbirthday right back atcha! :-)

      Oh, and you're frist!


  3. You know when I first heard about the rain and the mudslide I immediately said a prayer for you. Enjoy your birthday - I wish your birthday twin would stop working so hard. What actually are rose hips?

    1. Oh, you are so sweet! Thank you for thinking of me. We are just fine, and our neighborhood was not impacted at all, but several miles away, dozens of homes were flooded.
      I hope your husband was able to take a break!
      Rose hips develop as rose blossoms fade. Some rose varieties have very large hips. The hips are roundish fruits, which are edible and can be used to make jam, herb tea, etc. Though I've never harvested them, they are very high in vitamin c.
      In the rose photo above, there are large hips visible above and slightly to the left of the yellow rose on the upper-right hand side.

    2. Thank you! I was going to ask the same question. :)

  4. Rain? Cold? Ergh! Still, you have precious little of those and I'm glad you have them :) YAY for your beautiful grandson, and John's talk, and rose-hips, and a last burst of colour. I do enjoy the way your posts are very straightforward, but also deep.

  5. Happy Birthday ('oh look! it's raining, you shouldn't have!) lol (you might have to hear it from inside my head... totally hilarious)
    New windshields are good! We have a rose (kinda) bush that seems ready to do the red flowers at the slightest rise in temperature... very cool.

    1. Thank you. Though I am definitely sad for those impacted by the mudslides and flooding, I am glad for the rain in my yard.

  6. I remember so well that day you were born and the nurses saying, "Not yet, not yet, the doctor's not here yet." Funny nurses...

    That poor man in his truck trying to get 911. That would be so scary.
    That is such a cute picture of John and the baby.

    1. Why delay the inevitable, right? :-)

      I can't even imagine how scary it must have been for those caught in the mudslide. From what I've heard, it all happened in about 3-5 minutes.

  7. I would LOVE to train a guide dog puppy, but I work full time. Such a great opportunity...maybe something to do in retirement in 20 years. So awesome that you have pomegranates!!!!

    1. Full-time employment does not preclude you from being a puppy raiser, if your employer is OK with a puppy at work. Also, you could co-raise. One of the raisers in our group can not take the dog to work, so he takes the dog on his days off, and another raiser takes the dog during the work week. Not to pressure you, but if you are serious about wanting to raise, there are ways around obstacles. :-)

  8. The baby is adorable and I am so happy for you that you were able to have her blessed in your church. It must have been a wonderful day. My friend, Suzanne, lives in Lancaster and posted a video of the rain. She needed to go out the 58 the next day to get to Merced. She had to take a two hour way around, but she made it. I am so grateful no one died, but it certainly is a mess. I cannot imagine how long it will take to clear the 5. Glad you were ok in the rain.

    1. I'm glad your friend made it to Merced OK. I read in the paper yesterday that some private pilots in Tehachapi were flying stranded people to Mojave, since it was impossible to travel by road between the towns.

  9. I cannot get over that video!!! That had to be terrifying for those people! I'm glad no one was hurt.
    Bryan gave a talk at church once to a group of men. Afterwards, many men told me some of the things Bryan said. While we know our husbands love us and cherish us, it feels good to know that they will tell a room full of people just how much.
    That baby boy is a cutie!

    1. Isn't that video amazing? It's so weird to think that not that many miles away, something so devastating happened.

  10. I saw some video of that mud-slide last night. Nature is as terrifying as it is beautiful.

  11. Oh, that sweet, tiny baby! Glad you finally got some rain. I heard the 5 was closed, but I never heard where. Yay for Willow and SEND THAT PUPPY TRUCK TO MY HOUSE!!!

    1. The 5 through the Grapevine, but also the 58 between Tehachapi and Mojave, and lots of county roads between Santa Clarita and Leona Valley.
      The puppy truck is just as fun as Santa's sleigh! :-)


    3. Move west a bit, and you can!

  12. Sweet photos. And that's how tea is made from roses.
    I've always been curious.
    I love the sound of rain, but of course it can be scary when it gets bad enough and causes mud slides. That is a level of rain I don't know about.
    Awww, black lab puppies are sweet.
    You are lucky, and I know you realize, to have someone say such sweet things about you like that. What a lovely surprise to discover on your Facebook wall.

    1. In today's paper, I read that one man is missing--swept away by the mud slide. So sad!
      Yes, I am definitely lucky, and it was a nice surprise to see that on my wall.

  13. Every now and then Blogger gets grumpy and my comments vanish so if this shows up twice you will understand! I am thankful that we didn't get the hug volume of rain other areas got but I wish we had gotten some. It didn't even sprinkle here. But glad I don't live in the areas with the mud slides. They could be in for a very difficult winter.

    1. Isn't it strange how things can be so different weather-wise not that many miles away? I'm still awed by the destruction, because you would never realize that there was a problem, looking at my neighborhood. Yet, there were homes that were definitely impacted not far from here.


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