|Photo: Two patio chairs with blue cushions sit on a nearly-completed brick patio in the middle of a wild hillside|
Putting aside some syntax, because I'm going for "conversational" and not "stuffy," but already fearing that this glimpse into the angst of writing an introduction is now bordering on "off-kilter," I'd better just stop while I'm (hopefully) ahead and jump into the purpose of this post: to share Ten Things of Thankful!
1. I'm thankful for raspberries. Specifically, I'm thankful that my neighbor shared her discovery of a U-Pick raspberry farm not far from here.
2. I'm thankful for the progress we are making in our backyard. The sprinklers are installed, the fire pit area is nearly complete, a shed will be built in the next 6 weeks or so, and generally, we are seeing more clearly our vision for the place. Hopefully, by this time next year, I will be picking raspberries off my own plants.
|Photo: John stands in a patch of dirt, that he is clearing and leveling in preparation for the arrival of a shed|
|Photo: Nine spike dracaena plants share a plastic container and sit on a windowseat|
4. I'm thankful for family history discoveries. This week, I found a photo of my daughters' biological grandmother on Ancestry.com. They didn't have a photo of her, and it's fun to see the resemblance. My oldest granddaughter looks a lot like her.
5. I mentioned this recently, but I'm thankful to be an ambassador for RootsTech 2020, to be held in Salt Lake City in February. I really enjoy family history, and I love to help others get started on their own history. If you have questions about genealogy, I'm willing to try to answer them!
6. I'm thankful for the co-hosts who alert me to "out of the ordinary" things happening with the blog hop. Inlinkz started a blog hop directory, and I gave the OK to list the TToT in it. As a result, we are seeing more people linking up this week. We welcome new participants, but do want to keep the posts focused on thankfulness. I'll try to do a better job explaining that in the future. (I'm just thankful that--at least at the time I am writing this--the linked posts are at least nice, though rather off-topic, posts. I do have the ability to remove posts, but will give the benefit of the doubt to non-offensive, off-topic posts--at least initially.)
7. I'm thankful for texts, messages, and phone calls with my children. There are so many inexpensive ways to keep in touch now. No having to wait until it is the weekend or evening rate to call!
8. I'm thankful for the opportunity to donate platelets. I have donated whole blood before, but this week I donated platelets. (The Red Cross flattered me into it by telling me that I had a high platelet count and one of my donations would benefit 2 or 3 people.) It was a different experience than donating whole blood--not as easy for me as whole blood donation--but I'm glad I could help and wouldn't mind doing it again.
9. I'm thankful for humor. John and I frequently attend Dry Bar Comedy Club, which tapes shows for YouTube. The comedians have a financial incentive to keep the shows clean, so although there is no guarantee what will come out of the comedians' mouths, we've heard very little that would warrant editing. The comedians have been very funny. Here's a clip from Robert Mac, who we watched last season:
10. I'm thankful for John. He was just about as excited as I was for the raspberries. Even though I'm confident in my ability to eat copious amounts of raspberries, it is more enjoyable to share. Tonight we will laugh at the comedy club, then come home and enjoy a raspberry dessert. My favorite part of the day will be spending time together, though.
As you can see from this post, no clever introduction is necessary to participate in the Ten Things of Thankful--only a willingness to share what you are thankful for this week. Won't you join us?
Linking up with posts of gratitude:
The Prolific Pulse
A Season and a Time
Backsies is What There is Not
The Wakefield Doctrine