Fall arrived a couple days ago, and winter arrived today. John was out of town this weekend. When I turned the thermostat from "cool" to "heat" yesterday, the furnace fired up for a few minutes, then stopped. The inside temperature was 59 degrees this morning, which was better than the 40 it was outside.
Several situations have me heated up, though. I could choose to focus on them, or I could look back over this week and remember the things for which I am truly thankful. I'm taking the grateful route, knowing that it will make me feel better, and will allow me to see the situations in their true light--which is that they are annoyances, but nothing of long-term importance.
1. I am thankful for the cool weather and changing seasons. Though I'm not ready for snow here yet, I do enjoy seeing it on the mountains.
|Photo: The snowy peaks of Y mountain (it has a white Y for BYU painted on it) stand in contrast to the still-green leaves of the trees in my neighborhood
2. I'm thankful that John is Jenga-master and was able to fit the rest of our things from California into a trailer. We are officially all the way moved now! (Hopefully in a week or two I will be able to report that our escrow has closed, too.)
3. I'm thankful that John was able to figure out what was wrong with the furnace, and we currently have warm air flowing into our cold rooms.
4. I'm thankful for fall flowers that popped up, seemingly overnight. I'm curious now about what I might see in the spring.
|Photo: Pale purple fall crocus push up through the bark groundcover. Assorted fallen leaves and green grass are also in the picture.
5. I'm thankful for a Relief Society night, where we went to homes of new moms to drop off flowers and perform small acts of service. It was nice to spend time getting to know women from church, and it felt good to be able to be helpful.
6. I'm thankful for the women's session of general conference that I could watch on Saturday night. Even Drexel appreciated the encouraging messages and the beautiful music.
|Photo: Drexel gazes at the television. On the screen, a women's choir sings at the conference center.
|Photo: A human skeleton (wearing a cowboy hat) rides a T-rex skeleton. The T-rex stands on the balcony of a house.
|Photo: The Mount Timpanogos Temple, constructed of white granite and topped with the gold angel Moroni statue.
10. I'm thankful for John: John the Jenga-master, John the furnace-fixer, John the adventure-partner. I love spending time with him!
Well, it worked. Thankfulness has wrapped me in its warm blanket, making me feel all cozy and secure, and realigning my perspective on things. I can't think of a better way to end the weekend than to join up with the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop. Won't you join me?