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Ten Things of Thankful: A Quick List, but I'm Still Thankful

I'm tired today. I'm excited for this upcoming week, because I will spend it with my mom at RootsTech, a large genealogy conference, but right now I'm just tired. 

I don't write well when I'm tired, but I don't want to miss participating in the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop. 

So, here's a perfunctory list of things I am thankful for:

a new, working thermostatthe pile of yard waste is decreasing, and the pile of mulch is increasingspending an evening with my youngest daughterbook clubvisiting with several friends at various times throughout the weekrecognizing and acting on promptingsfiguring out how to scan photos as TIFF filesfinding a fire pit for our fire pit areagetting taxes doneas always, JohnTa-da! I did it! 
Won't you join the Ten Things of Thankful community? 
Joining me this week:
The Prolific Pulse
MessyMimi's Meanderings
Her Headache
A Season and a Time
Backsies is What There is Not
The Wakefield Doctrine
Carin's Gratitude
Put Out into the Deep

Ten Things of Thankful: Valentine's Day in Color (and Charcoal Black!)

I learned recently that MyHeritage.com can colorize photos for free, and I have been having fun uploading old black-and-white photos of ancestors and seeing how a little bit of color makes them seem more real. (Thankful #1)

RootsTech is coming up at the end of this month (Thankful #2) , so my mind has been on family history work. This past week, I helped my in-laws get their StoryWorth books ready to publish. I highly recommend StoryWorth as a tool to help get family stories written down and preserved for posterity! I've learned a lot by reading the stories that my parents and in-laws have written. (Thankful #3)

Saturday morning, John and I spent time doing outside tackling some projects. When the fence was put in, some plants needed to come out. John worked on minimizing that pile of plant waste by putting it through the chipper. Meanwhile, I worked on pruning the fruit trees (thus making the to-be-chipped pile bigger). We got a lot done (Thankful #4), even if the size of the pile …

Ten Things of Thankful: Christmas in February

The groundhog predicted an early spring; Mother Nature proved she doesn't take orders from a rodent. Snow fell and fell and fell, and it felt more like Christmas than February (thankful #1--the snow was beautiful, I didn't have to go anywhere, and I just enjoyed the quiet day). It also felt like Christmas because some of my children came (thankful #2), and we finally exchanged presents with youngest son and his girlfriend, who couldn't come in December (thankful #3--no more wrapped presents taking up space in my bedroom!) 


We laughed a lot and played games (thankful #4). Our house was filled with friends of the kids, and thus even more laughter and games (thankful #5).
Drexel (thankful #6) mysteriously managed to add a blue streak in his fur.

We ate cupcakes in celebration of oldest son's birthday (thankful #7), even though he couldn't join us, so we called him and left a rendition of "Happy Birthday" in his voicemail box. 
We remembered to take a photo (than…

Ten Things of Thankful: Even When Being Chased Across the Street by a Chicken, or Clobbered by Books!

I love this sign, because there are multiple ways to interpret it. Perhaps the boy is taking his pet chicken for a walk. Perhaps he is being chased by an angry bird. In any case, he has a designated crosswalk and a nice new sign, to alert drivers to be on the look out for all sorts of two-legged pedestrians. 

Whether you are strolling along with a beloved animal companion or running for your life, there are things to be thankful for. I hope you look for and find them. Here's what I've noticed this week:

1. I'm thankful for that chicken crossing sign. It made me smile. Then I learned that it went up as an Eagle Scout project, and I was even more impressed with the initiative that scout had.

2. I'm thankful that, after all of these years of blogging, I figured out a work-around for those times that I have difficulty transferring my photos from my phone to my laptop: blog from my phone, at least long enough to add the photo to the post! Why I didn't think of that before,…