Skip to main content

Ten Things of Thankful: December, with Much Help from Drexel

It's December.  It's busy.  It's fun.  I'm short on time, but long on gratitude. Here's a recap since the last TToT post.

I went with a friend to Disneyland to see the Candlelight Processional, which is my favorite event of the year at Disneyland. I'm thankful for:  (1) good friends (2) throngs of people who are there to celebrate the birth of Jesus (3) the freedoms we enjoy that allow us to assemble and vocalize our religious views. 

Ginnifer Goodwin was the celebrity reader this year.  I'm thankful (4) that her participation spurred some online discussion, and gave me a chance to clarify some of my beliefs.  

Here is a brief non-professional video of part of the processional. The video leaves much to be desired, but just listen to that choir!


Though I did spend time at Disneyland and other places: playing, running errands and doing various acts of service this week--be sure to check out the #LightTheWorld campaign!--I still had much to do at home. Drexel made sure to stick by me, and help me with my tasks.

I'm thankful (5) he is my own personal trainer to help me stretch after a run.

Photo:  Drexel makes himself at home on my lap
I'm thankful (6) Drexel supervises me as I work on handouts for a church activity.

Photo:  Drexel gazes up at me as I cut out handouts for a church activity
I'm thankful (7) that the Christmas tree is up (even if the ornaments aren't on yet) and (8) that Drexel seems to approve (and that I don't have to worry about him climbing the tree and knocking down ornaments!)

Photo:  Drexel poses dramatically in front of the tree
Although Drexel is hard-working, he knows how to have fun, too. I'm thankful (9) for his reminders to take a break every now and then to play chase!


As always, I'm thankful (10) for John.  He makes me smile. Somehow, I don't think many couples have mathematical conversations while setting up Christmas trees, but we do.  Our tree is old, and little branches are starting to break. This is clearly (!)  a low-cycle fatigue problem.  John realized this year that he could come up with the analysis to show how many more years our tree would last.  However, he was very generous to give me the credit for identifying that the tree has dual modes of failure:  not only are the branches starting to break, but needles are also falling.  Gotta love that man!  He even helped me remember the correct terms to use to write this item.  :-)

How is your December going?  Have any four-legged friends helping you?



Pin It

Comments

  1. Had a chuckle about the tree discussion. . .and love the antics of Drexel.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We were laughing at the time we were having it, too. :-)

      Delete
  2. That photo of Drexel posing with the tree is very inspiring. He has trusting love and hope in his eyes. I'd like to have a four, or two-legged helper this busy season.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You have truly been busy this season, blessing so many people!

      Delete
  3. "dual modes of failure" what a nicely balanced description of an inherently unpredictable process! very cool (legal, medical, engineering, whatever the specialized worldview, I always enjoy listening to a 'native' speak their language. It is surely as much a language as French or German. When I listen to attorneys argue the merits of their case before a judge, the same feeling of 'they are speaking a language that reflects a (separate) reality (to a degree).
    cool
    Drex ....el!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have learned some of the lingo over the years. For a dramatic example, look up "natural frequency" then watch a video of the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows bridge. :-)

      Delete
  4. LOL Drexel helping you stretch :) Our black lab Zoey, every time I'd get down on the floor to do sit ups, she'd come over and plop right beside/on me. Great isn't it? :D
    Seeing Disneyland at Christmas must be fantastic, the lights phenomenal. I love driving around and looking at houses decorated for the holidays.
    Have a wonderful and peaceful holiday season Kristi.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think that labs get bs and ps mixed up and think they are LAP dogs! Disneyland is beautiful at Christmastime.

      Delete
  5. Can't beat a week where you need two posts for your thankfuls!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Conversations are so much nicer when more than one person does the talking. :-) Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

Never Give Up Hope

Twenty-three years ago, a beautiful little girl was born. From the get-go, she was sweet, sensitive, and rather shy. She has grown into a young woman of whom I am so proud. She has worked hard to overcome challenges, and recently told me she is trying to face her fears, and asked me if I would write her story and share it here on the blog, in hopes she can inspire others through their own struggles. Although I offered to publish an auto-biographical piece for her, she wanted me to write her story from my perspective. At her request, and with her approval of this post, I share the following:
The phone rang, and the social worker on the other end informed me that a baby girl had been born 10 weeks early and drug-exposed. She wasn't ready to be released from the medical facility where she was currently staying, but would we be interested in being her foster-to-adopt parents? Of course! When John and I filled out our paperwork, we indicated that we were comfortable with a premature bab…

Ten Things of Thankful: Post-Thanksgiving Edition

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. I'll jump right in:

1. I'm thankful for cooperative return policies. Several weeks ago, I mentioned that I had to return a range that I had purchased, and I hoped that the particular range was just a lemon and that the replacement wouldn't have the same problem. Well, unfortunately, it did. On the bright side, the store quickly picked up the second range and refunded my money. I'm putting appliance purchases on the back burner (!) for the moment. 

2. I'm thankful for temples. I went one morning this week to the temple. I'm always amazed at how much insight comes in just an hour or two of reflection. 

3. I'm thankful for my sister. She and her family came to Utah to spend Thanksgiving with her in-laws, and I got a chance to see her and her family on Wednesday. The last time I saw her was in January at our grandma's 100th birthday celebration. We feel lucky to have two visits in one year! 

4. I'm thankful for my brother. …

Six Sentence Story: Burst

The moment the church organist started playing the introduction to the hymn, the precocious toddler girl stood up on the pew. Music just moved her, and she was doubly excited when she realized she recognized the tune. Though everyone around her was opening a hymnal and finding the right page, that was unnecessary for her. 
First of all, she couldn't read, but second, even if she could read, she didn't need the words; they were etched into her memory. Finally, the organist finished the introduction and the chorister signaled the congregation to begin, but while the rest of the church-goers sang, "Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing," the sweet little girl belted out, "Go tell Aunt Rhody." By the time she got to the line about the old grey goose being dead, all decorum was lost as those around her burst out laughing. 




This has been another Six Sentence Story. The blog hop is hosted by Denise of Girlie on the Edge each week. The rules are simple: write a six sent…