Friday, June 22, 2018

Ten Things of Thankful: A Quick Stream of Consciousness Edition

I was going to spend the evening thoughtfully composing this post, but had a last-minute change of plans. I'll be headed to CA tomorrow bright and early to spend some time with my daughter and her children, so this post is going to be quick (at least in theory).

I'm thankful:

1. That we spotted the rattlesnake in our backyard. (Of course, it would have been better if he hadn't been there, but if he was going to show up, I'm glad we noticed him.)


Photo: A rattlesnake curls up in the green grass

2. That John was able to successfully dispose of the snake. 

3. For cute baby quail (which are a whole lot more enjoyable to see than a rattlesnake--and a whole lot harder to photograph!)

4. That at least one room in our new house is completely unpacked and decorated. 


Photo: A bathroom with a Mickey Mouse theme. A Mickey Mouse poster is on the wall, Mickey Mouse towels hang on the rack, and Mickey Mouse shower curtain hooks hold a white ruffled shower curtain.
5. For home and garden tours. John and I got to tour a couple of historic homes recently, then on another evening, toured some gardens in another nearby town. I particularly enjoyed talking to the gardeners and gathering information about what grows well here. (Several of the yards had raspberries!!!!)

6. For planter boxes that fit my porch.

7. For fuchsias.


Photo: White planter boxes filled with fuchsia plants line the rail of my porch.
8.  For the flexibility I have to go help my daughter and see my grandchildren.

9. For good deals found online.

10. For John. 

What are you thankful for this week? Feel free to link up your own post!

I just realized that the link up is not displaying properly on my blog. Unfortunately, I do not have time to figure out what the problem is right now, as I really need to start my drive to California. Please click on the link to be redirected to the link-up on the Ten Things of Thankful blog. (And if any of you have a solution for me, please let me know!) Thanks for your patience with me as I learn the ropes of blog hop hosting!







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14 comments:

  1. Yikes, I'm glad you saw the rattlesnake in your backyard and we're able to deal with it. When I lived on the farm, I had to be vigilant as they liked sunning themselves on the step and in the grass.

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  2. I imagine we’ll get into the habit of looking for rattlers every time we are outside.

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  3. We've had pet snakes so i don't mind having the non--poisonous ones around, but rattlers do not belong in anyone's yard.

    You have a lovely bathroom!

    As for the link, to err is human, but to really foul things up requires technology.

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    1. When I was a child, my dad had pet snakes, so, like you, I am not deathly afraid of snakes. However, I agree with you that venomous snakes do not belong in my yard!

      I will figure out the link thing sometime!

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  4. Mickey mouse themed bathroom.

    :-)

    I shouldn't be surprised. Glad the house is starting to feel like home for you.

    Thanks, Kristi, for taking over the TToT.

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    1. I just had to put a Disney touch in somewhere! :-)

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  5. yikes, snakes! not a fan but having virtually no experience with them in our biosphere, they're kinda like dragons in the movies...obviously dangerous and scary but not felt as a dreaded object.
    unlike certain eight-legged creatures that inhabit the woods around the house, my only defense is to leave my glasses in the house, what I don't really see doesn't really scare* me.

    *phobia trigger, not fear as in, that car is rolling without a driver directly at me, I fear it.

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    1. John needs to add “dragon-slayer” to his resume—although I’m pretty sure it’s not his first career choice!

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  6. Now that's an opening that really grabs the reader! lol
    Scary, scary. How wonderful John is a man who can dispose of them!!
    Nice to know there's balance, what with the baby quail. You and John may have saved that baby quail's life!
    Can't remember the last time I went on a home and garden tour, but I enjoyed it. You can get wonderful ideas. Raspberries! Excellent.
    Your porch looks great. I love porches all decked out with color and greenery :)

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    1. Baby quail are so much nicer to watch than a snake in the grass!
      I'm so excited to have a porch. I couldn't wait to get the fuchsias planted!

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  7. Rattlesnakes - eek. Glad you could photograph it languishing in the grass. Flexibility in your schedule is truly something for which to be thankful and seeing your daughter and grandchildren is always wonderful. I am a plant lover, would love the garden tour. Fuschia plants are beautifully exotic to me. Thanks for taking over the hosting of this fantastic blog hop.

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    1. Years ago, I was hiking with some of my kids in the poppy fields, and we walked right past a pair of Mojave green rattlesnakes (a particularly dangerous species, as they have multiple toxins in their venom). My son spotted them after most of us had already passed them on the trail. Fortunately, the snakes were preoccupied with mating. I felt relieved to have safely navigated the trail, but when I told my dad about the experience, his first question was, "Did you get a photo?" Apparently witnessing snakes mating is a rare sight indeed, but I didn't appreciate it at the time! Anyway, now I have it ingrained in me to get a photo if possible!

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  8. Were the homes with the raspberries at the same elevation as your new home?
    I saw some quail this last week too.
    The planter boxes and flowers look great on your porch. Beautiful fuchsias will be opening up soon. :-)
    Very cute bathroom. There must be a least one Disney fan in your family. LOL

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    1. Our home is at a higher elevation, but the other homes were close enough--the garden tour was in our new town. My next-door-neighbor has planted raspberries, so we should be able to get them to grow (if we can keep deer away, that is!)

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Thanks for making this a conversation. I love to hear your comments!