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Ten Things of Thankful: Welcoming May Edition

Photo: A red wood barn stands next to a paved walking path in a green pasture. Snow covered mountains loom in the background.
Despite the fact that snow dusted the ground early in the morning on May 1st, warm sunny days are becoming more and more common. May is a beautiful month. Here's what I'm thankful for this week:

1. Flowers are blooming. Whether pansies on the porch or lilacs throughout the neighborhood, the flowers brighten yards and make me smile. 


Photo: White flower pots filled with blue and yellow pansies sit on a white porch rail. Yellow forsythia blossoms bloom in the background.
2. Quail couples wander all over my yard. I'm looking forward to babies later. 

3. Drexel accompanied me on a walk. (I took the photo of the barn above on said walk.) He's a well-behaved dog and a good companion.

4. Rose bushes came in the mail--and it's supposed to be nice this weekend, so we can get them planted! 😊

5. A $10 off $10 purchase coupon from JCPenney. I noticed the other day that when I get complimented on the clothes I wear, it is when I am wearing clothes that I have purchased within the past year. I'm more inclined to dress comfortably than fashionably, and what's more comfortable than old clothes? I'm not a frequent clothes shopper, but when I have a $10 off $10 coupon, I will go get an updated piece for my wardrobe. 

6. I've been doing a 5-day Find Your Purpose Challenge (conniesokol.com). I've listened to Connie at BYU Education Week several times, and have always appreciated her enthusiasm and insight. I've had so much change in my life the past couple of years, and I'm enjoying the chance to re-evaluate and re-define where I'm headed in the future. 

7.  I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I've been organizing my office. One of the things I did (well, truthfully, asked John to do) was to hang up the running finisher medals I have collected over the years. I really have not been running regularly since last September, when I really injured myself by running a half-marathon while injured. Seeing the medals up has reminded me how I feel when I complete races. I've re-committed to training, and am on-track to be prepared to run a half-marathon again in September. (Yes, it is week one of the training, but I am still on-track!)

8. Oldest daughter got a career job, and is now employed as a lawyer in a small office dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities and their families. She is so excited to be working with guardianships, estate planning, and the like.

9. Today I attended BYU Women's Conference with youngest daughter. We had so much fun together, and also heard great speakers and each completed finishing an infant fleece blanket for charity. 


Photo: Youngest daughter and I stand in front of backdrop that reads "BYU Women's Conference Celebrating 20 Years of Service 1999-2019" On each side of the backdrop are various examples of service projects (crocheted hats, backpacks, felt puppets, stuffed animals, etc.) We hold a blue frame around our faces.
9-1/2. At Women's Conference, we ran into some friends from California. It was so nice to catch up a bit. One of them has also moved out-of-state in the past couple of years, so we spent some time commiserating together about how hard it is. It was good for both of us, I think. 💕

10. As always, I'm thankful for John. He cheers me on and encourages me in my endeavors. 

I've been blogging here at ThankfulMe for over 8 years now, and I'm realizing more and more each day just how much benefit comes from developing gratitude. The Ten Things of Thankful blog hop has been going on for nearly 6 years. Whether or not you've participated in the link-up before, you're invited to share what you are thankful for with the TToT community. Try it out, and see how it changes you! 

Linking up this week:

MessyMimi's Meanderings
The Prolific Pulse
The Wakefield Doctrine
A Season and a Time
Viola's Daily Musings
Backsies is What There is Not



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  1. Lots of beautiful lovelies for this week!!

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for alerting me to the problem with the link-up code. I was feeling all smug and well-organized for the month, but apparently I must have gotten the codes mixed up somehow. :-)

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  2. Great job on recommitting to running and keeping in good health, it will serve you well for years to come.

    By the way, for some reason, your link here and on the TToT blog won't let anyone link up, it says the link opens in a month. The code you sent that i used for May 3 on my blog let me link up. Technology glitch in progress!

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    1. Thank you for alerting me to the problem. I'm glad the code I sent you worked well. I think I must have inadvertently used a future code. I think I have fixed the problem now; hopefully it won't happen again. :-)

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    2. That happens, i get mixed on things, too. Thank you so much for hosting!

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  3. What a great deal at Penney's.
    I'll check into your #6.
    Good luck as you prepare for your next half-marathon!
    I love that photo you got of the two of you at the conference.
    Can't wait to see photos of the baby quail. :-)

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  4. Great photos as always ( you're my role model for simple and descriptive captions. very cool).
    Good to hear about a return to running. Still can't imagine that kind of physical ability/endurance, whatever the term for 'running and not stopping for a way long time' lol
    Especially out where you are, my adopted metaphorical/literary second home... (I've spend many hours google-traveling the streets and ...hills! Seems like you can't run anywhere without encountering a fairly significant hill. Gotta be tough.)
    Have fun with the roses. Like them as flowers, no luck getting them to grow.

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    1. The return to running happens very gradually--the first week is a run 1 minute, walk 2 minutes, repeated about 10 times. As for the location, the only half-marathons I have run have been runs DOWN a canyon. (Big Cottonwood twice, and Provo once.) Kinda rough on the knees/ankles, but cardiovascularly very do-able.

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