One of the wonderful things about counting your blessings, is that everything counts, no matter how small or insignificant the item might seem. This morning, as I unplugged my Fitbit from its charger, a message appeared on the screen: I LIKE YOU. I get plenty of positive messages from my family everyday, but I still appreciated that affirmation from my exercise tracker.
1. I'm thankful for little messages that make me smile.
Monday night, our valley had such a spectacular sunset! Though I'm really not a desert girl, I must admit that the sunrises and sunsets here can be breathtaking.
|Photo: Sunset (taken while I was a passenger in the car)|
My church ward has been putting together a cookbook over the past few months. The cookbook committee did a great job collecting recipes and typing them up. The vast majority of the task was completed when one after another, those most heavily involved in the project moved away. I finished up the few recipes that were left to insert. Nothing like participating in a little behind-the-scenes project to recognize just how much work those that went before had done!
3. I'm thankful for those who shared recipes, and those who took the time to organize and type up the recipes.
I received another update about DeeDee this week. She is doing really well in settling into her new home, and I am just so pleased that the perfect match was found for her. As a puppy raiser, I recognize that the puppies are not mine, but belong to Guide Dogs for the Blind. Ideally, I hope that the puppies will go on to become working blind dogs, or fill other service dog needs. Sometimes, though, the puppies are just not suited for those tasks, and they are career-changed to pets.
|Photo: DeeDee sleeps on the floor of her new home, after spending some time at doggy daycare.|
5. I am thankful for the puppy placement department at Guide Dogs for the Blind, who never pressure puppy raisers to take puppies they have raised, and who are committed to finding the placement that is the best fit for the puppy.
As summer ends, and autumn begins, the days get a bit darker. Sometimes, though, that darkness has not so much to do with the seasons, and everything to do with the need to replace lightbulbs. I realized that 3 out of 4 lightbulbs were burned out in our bathroom, and if I didn't do something about it soon, the day would come when we would (literally) be in the dark. What a difference a
6. I'm thankful for light.
I love a good bargain. Occasionally I will visit the nursery for the express purpose of seeing what is on the clearance rack. This week, I found a container of succulents in a cute, black ceramic container. The only problem was that the container didn't have a saucer to catch the water run-off, and the container was oddly-shaped. I still purchased the plants, though, and decided to look at a thrift store for a rectangular tray that might work to set under the plants. I didn't find a tray that would work, but I did find something that worked even better! Can you believe how exactly the black container fit into this grey one, and how nicely the colors go together?
|Photo: My bargain container of succulents fits perfectly in a gray ceramic pot|
I spent some time this week with my sewing machine, tackling my mending pile and finishing up another project that had been staring me in the face for months. One of these days I'll learn that the "I'll leave this here so I'll remember to do it" really just means, "Let me leave this here until it fades into the background and people will just think I'm decorating with piles of fabric."
8. I'm thankful to have cleared some cluttered space, and crossed items off the to-do list.
Although I like pumpkin, I'm not one who normally jumps on the "Ooh, it's fall! Let's eat everything pumpkin!" bandwagon. This year, however, has been different. Pumpkin frozen yogurt, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin juice (at Universal Studios, and at home trying to recreate the recipe), and pumpkin smoothies have all been enjoyed. I'm not sure what's up, but my weight will be if I don't get a handle on this.
9. I'm thankful for pumpkin.
John continues to work hard. I sometimes forget that contract work is often punctuated with times of unemployment, because John's job has been--and continues to be--unusually steady.
10. I'm thankful for John, not only for the temporal support he provides, but more importantly, for the friendship and love we share. I like him even more than my Fitbit likes me!
So, how has your week gone? I'd love to hear about what you are thankful for!
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