|Photo: View from the front passenger seat of a car shows the highway extending toward mountains in the distance|
1. I'm thankful that Drexel stopped limping. The last Saturday in July, I noticed Drexel wasn't putting weight on a front paw. I couldn't find any reason, but he was a bit better on Sunday, and by Monday was back to his usual self. I imagine he must have just strained a muscle on our Friday afternoon hike. In any case, I'm glad he's feeling better.
2. I'm thankful that I finished a little quilt for my granddaughter's first birthday. I just used a panel, and sewed straight lines for the quilting, so it wasn't complicated, but I got the mitered corners right on the first try. I had quite a few things to do before we left on our road trip, so having the quilting go painlessly was a relief.
|Photo: A small, boldly colored quilt panel, which depicts each alphabet letter as a different animal. Purple binding surrounds the panel.|
4. I'm thankful for being able to attend a luncheon with a small group of women. When I lived in California, I had a lunch group that would get together each month. The food was always good, but the company was even better. We supported each other through challenges, and laughed and cried together. Though I (and some others) have moved away, I'm sure we all look back on those lunches fondly.
At the lunch this week, I realized that the women here also have developed a similar support group. Although I am obviously a newcomer and ignorant of the particular histories of these women, I could sense the camaraderie they shared, and was warmly welcomed into their lives. It was a nice afternoon.
5. I'm thankful for whimsical fun. It has been a matter of some debate between my children and me throughout the years as to which Harry Potter house I belong. I always fancied myself a Gryffindor, but my children were convinced I was a Hufflepuff. Thanks to a local cupcake shop, the sorting hat spoke, and confirmed what I knew all along:
|Photo: A chocolate "sorting hat" cupcake, with a bite taken, displays a red inside.|
Now, to the road trip:
8. I'm thankful for the invitation of my sweet friend to spend a few days with her and her family at their cabin. We had such a nice time visiting with them. We loved their comfortable, homey cabin, and appreciated their warm hospitality. We enjoyed going to a play in West Yellowstone together. (Shoutout to the Playmill Theatre--one of the most entertaining community theaters we've ever attended.) We also went riding on ATVs, something neither John nor I had ever done before.
|Photo: I take a quick selfie after getting geared up in helmet and goggles prior to an ATV ride. John looks on bemusedly in the background.|
|Photo: A clear stream springs up among evergreen trees under a blue sky|
|Photo: A panoramic shot of the view from the top of Sawtell Peak. The Grand Tetons, barely noticeable in the photo, are on the distant horizon.|
|Photo: The 200-ft wide, 114-ft tall Upper Mesa Falls on Henry's Fork of the Snake River (Notice the tiny little people on the overlook to the right of the falls for a sense of scale.)|
|Photo: John, standing with both arms and one leg raised, appears to be falling off the top of Sawtell Peak|
Speaking of adventures, I feel like I have had so many
This has been another Ten Things of Thankful posts. This week, we have a new co-host, Lisa of The Prolific Pulse. I'm thankful for everyone who helps keep the TToT going! What are you thankful for this week? Let me know in the comments, and feel free to join the TToT community by linking up your own post!
Joining me this week:
The Prolific Pulse
A Season and a Time
The Wakefield Doctrine
Backsies is What There is Not
Viola's Daily Musings