Skip to main content

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



Photo: A yellow pedestrian crosswalk sign. Pictured on the sign is the typical figure of a person, as well as a figure of a chicken.

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, I don't know, but I'm glad I was able to find a quick fix.

3. I'm thankful that our fence is now up. I don't believe it is deer-proof, but so far I haven't noticed deer tracks in the snow in the backyard. It looks like they are being lazy and walking around the fence, through the neighbor's yard. This next week is supposed to bring additional snow, so I'll be checking for hoof-prints. 


Photo: An unobtrusive black chain link fence stretches across a part of the mountainside.

Photo: The chain link fence continues on the side of the yard and meets a white vinyl fence in the front.

4. I'm thankful for humor, whether intended, like the chicken sign, or unintended, like this side I saw in a hotel elevator recently:


Photo: A flier which states, in part, "Whichever floor you're on, you'll find our service on another level."
I know the message they meant to give was that their service is a step above what would be expected, but when I read the sign, it made me think of a huge hide-and-seek game. "Nope, our service isn't on this floor! Try again!"

5. Speaking of service, I'm thankful for companies that do go above and beyond. Long story untold, but I'll just say that Enterprise Truck Rental in West Valley City, Utah cares about their customers. 

6. I'm thankful for friends. I had a chance to see old friends last week, and it was good for the soul. 

7. I'm thankful for caring strangers, and (8) for the ability to laugh at ridiculous situations.  This week, I was browsing in a bookstore. When I took a book off the shelf, the one behind it fell to the floor. When I squatted down to pick it up, about a dozen more books fell on my head. Lest you get the wrong mental picture, these were thin, children's picture books. I wasn't hurt in the least, but a concerned customer came rushing over and kept asking me if I was all right. In between fits of laughter, I tried to assure her that I was just fine. 

9. I'm thankful for good storytellers, however those stories are told. This week, John and I attended a showing of Minari at the Sundance Film Festival. We didn't realize at the time we purchased our tickets that Minari would turn out to win both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, but after seeing the film, we aren't surprised. The film is a rather autobiographical account of a Korean family's move from California to rural Arkansas in the 1980's. Go see it if you get a chance. 

After the film, the writer and director, Lee Isaac Chung, participated in a Q & A. He had been wanting to write about his childhood, but he said the script didn't really come together until he followed the advice of Willa Cather: "Life began for me when I ceased to admire and began to remember." As he began to remember little experiences, things began to fall into place. 


Photo: Lee Isaac Chung answers questions about his film, Minari, at Sundance Film Festival

10. I'm thankful for John, and all the little and big experiences we have together.

What about you? What are you thankful for this week?

Joining the party this week:
The Prolific Pulse
MessyMimi's Meanderings
Carin's Gratitude
Time for Reflections
A Season and a Time
The Wakefield Doctrine
Her Headache
MYou are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Comments

  1. In the 'like minds' department, I went to the same place on that hotel sign lol
    fence is looking good, is it high enough to discourage jumping? Not that we set up that way, but our fence is only about three and a half feet, the deer like the aerobics when they come into the yard... they do tend to jump (watching them bound into the woods when I let Una outside).
    Have a good week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. OK, answer to comment take two. I know I responded, but I have no idea where my response went. Anyway, I was surprised that sign made it past the marketing department! The fence is about 6 feet high: high enough to (hopefully) discourage jumping, but not high enough to physically prevent a determined deer.

      Delete
  2. Happy no need for cranial CPR! Sounded more like chicken scratchings. 😁🐔Wonder if we followed that chicken if she'd tell why she crossed the road. I've had to use my phone for blog fixing and prefer the laptop. Glad we have the backup of the phone.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I kind of wish I could see what that whole scenario looked like; it really was funny to experience, as the books just kept raining down on me!
      I definitely prefer blogging on the laptop, but am glad I can use the phone in a pinch!

      Delete
  3. The sign in the elevator is hilarious!
    I am glad you were able to figure out how to transfer photos from your phone to your laptop. I have only imported photos from my phone into the computer, never to another device.
    #9 This sounds like such a great film. I hope we get a chance to see it in our area. Was it actually filmed in Arkansas and if so I wonder what area.?
    I love the quote from Willa Cather.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I laughed aloud when I read it!
      The transferring of photos to my laptop is what I usually do; I figured out how to transfer photos into my blog post from my phone this week. Not my favorite way of doing it, but my laptop just wasn't cooperating with my phone, or vice versa--I'm not sure what the problem was, which made trying to fix it tricky.
      Minari was filmed in Oklahoma, but the director filmed in the hilly part, so it would look like Arkansas. He would have liked to film in Arkansas, but Oklahoma had good tax breaks/financial incentives for filming there.

      Delete
  4. Sounds like an adventureful week!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Conversations are so much nicer when more than one person does the talking. :-) Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

It's #RootsTech Giveaway Time!

In February of 2018, not knowing exactly what to expect, I attended RootsTech for the first time. What I learned is that RootsTech has something for everyone, from the most beginner of beginners to professional DNA genealogists. If you are interested in your own family story, come to RootsTech! RootsTech offers over 300 classes, amazing keynote speakers, an Expo Hall packed with all sorts of vendors, and evening cultural events. 

After an enjoyable experience in 2018, I returned in 2019, and even got my husband, John, to come one of the days to hear Saroo Brierley give a keynote address. 

Speaking of keynote addresses, this week RootsTech just announced that one of the speakers for 2020 will be David Hume Kennerly, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer. I can't wait to hear his story!

RootsTech 2020 will celebrate its 10th anniversary, and is bound to be the best one yet! I have been delighted to be accepted as an official RootsTech ambassador. One of the perks is that I received a c…

Never Give Up Hope

Twenty-three years ago, a beautiful little girl was born. From the get-go, she was sweet, sensitive, and rather shy. She has grown into a young woman of whom I am so proud. She has worked hard to overcome challenges, and recently told me she is trying to face her fears, and asked me if I would write her story and share it here on the blog, in hopes she can inspire others through their own struggles. Although I offered to publish an auto-biographical piece for her, she wanted me to write her story from my perspective. At her request, and with her approval of this post, I share the following:
The phone rang, and the social worker on the other end informed me that a baby girl had been born 10 weeks early and drug-exposed. She wasn't ready to be released from the medical facility where she was currently staying, but would we be interested in being her foster-to-adopt parents? Of course! When John and I filled out our paperwork, we indicated that we were comfortable with a premature bab…

Six Sentence Story: Burst

The moment the church organist started playing the introduction to the hymn, the precocious toddler girl stood up on the pew. Music just moved her, and she was doubly excited when she realized she recognized the tune. Though everyone around her was opening a hymnal and finding the right page, that was unnecessary for her. 
First of all, she couldn't read, but second, even if she could read, she didn't need the words; they were etched into her memory. Finally, the organist finished the introduction and the chorister signaled the congregation to begin, but while the rest of the church-goers sang, "Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing," the sweet little girl belted out, "Go tell Aunt Rhody." By the time she got to the line about the old grey goose being dead, all decorum was lost as those around her burst out laughing. 




This has been another Six Sentence Story. The blog hop is hosted by Denise of Girlie on the Edge each week. The rules are simple: write a six sent…