|Photo: Roses and lavender grow in a bark-covered planting bed
Because I published my last TToT on Monday, this week has gone very quickly, but I'm sure I can still find ten things to list!
1. I'm thankful for eyeglasses. It had been 2 years since my last eye exam, and I thought maybe my prescription had changed a bit. I didn't wear glasses until after turning 40, and even then I just used readers for several years until finally getting tired of having to constantly take glasses on and off. Then I broke down and got progressives, with just a very tiny distance prescription in the lenses. Every couple of years, the prescription got a little stronger (both in distance and close-up). This week, although my astigmatism is worse and the close-up prescription got stronger (and the doctor said that was to be expected "at each birthday"--I haven't even had my birthday yet this year; he just didn't want to say "as you age.") my distance prescription was weaker! Woo-hoo! New glasses are ordered and I'm looking forward to seeing more clearly.
2. I'm thankful for exercise. After a couple of weeks off for various reasons, my neighbor and I are back in our walking and gym routine. Granted, that routine is going to be topsy-turvy for practically the rest of the year, but at least this week, we are enjoying working out together.
3. I'm thankful for the temple. Although John and I went to the Salt Lake Temple last week, we attended our local temple this week. No matter which temple we visit, we always come away feeling happy and peaceful.
4. I'm thankful for pears. We have a tree in our front yard that is loaded with fruit this year. I don't know if it was our pruning job, or all the springtime rain, or a combination of the two, but whatever it was, we have pears, and lots of them! Pears are a weird fruit because you have to pick them off the tree before they are ripe, store them in a cool place for a few days, then set them out to ripen at room temperature. Hopefully we'll get the timing right, and hopefully we have room in the fridge to store all the fruit.
|Photo: Ready-to-harvest pears hang from the branches of a pear tree
5. I'm thankful the previous owners of our house left a working fridge in the garage. Guess what it is going to store for the next week?
6. I'm thankful for my roses. John worked very hard this spring to prepare the bed, and the roses have been thriving. They were small when we planted them, and I really wasn't expecting much visible growth this year, let alone blossoms, so I've been pleasantly surprised. The saying is: The first year they sleep; the second year they creep; the third year they leap! I can hardly wait to see how much they grow over the next two years!
|Photo: Pink blossoms open on a Heritage rose bush
7. I'm thankful that this is the month that the next season of Relative Race begins. I know this is a double negative, but I haven't met anyone yet who doesn't love (or at least like) this show. If you have internet access, you can watch it online on byutv.org. I always end up rooting for all the teams, although this online quiz told me I belong on Team Black this season.
8. I'm thankful for an upcoming trip to California. Youngest daughter and I are taking a road trip to the Happiest Place on Earth.
9. I'm thankful for an upcoming trip to California. While I agreed (no arm-twisting required) to accompany my daughter, I did specify that we would also be visiting my middle daughter and my grandchildren. I can't wait to see them!
10. I'm thankful for John. I'm going to miss him next week, as he will be holding down the fort while I'm gone. I think we're both looking forward to the future, when he can retire and we will have more flexibility to travel together more often.
What are you thankful for this week? Comment below, and feel free to link up your own TToT post!
Joining me this week:
The Prolific Pulse
A Season and a Time
A Multitude of Musings
The Wakefield Doctrine