|A harvest of beets, carrots, potatoes, and onions|
Although I have come to love summer once again, I have always loved fall. As a child, I loved the excitement of back-to-school time. There was something so satisfying about checking off the required school supplies from the list, and the new clothes and shoes were waiting so patiently for the first day to arrive, so I could wear them. The air developed a crisp coolness, and soon it would be the holiday season.
I don't have new school supplies, nor do I have a new outfit in my closet, but I still love autumn. As an adult, September brings harvest time. I have been enjoying the bounty of the garden, and am taking mental note of what worked and what didn't, in preparation for next planting season. The temperatures are beginning the roller-coaster ride of changing seasons, and soon enough we will be celebrating holidays.
One of those holidays, of course, is Thanksgiving, and what better way to prepare than to reflect back on this past week and express gratitude? This week, I am thankful:
1. for Zoom calls with children. It's so nice to see their faces and talk together. We like to play games on Zoom calls. It isn't quite as good as sitting around a table together, but it's a great substitute.
2. that donations are out of the house and to the thrift store. I'm motivated by the idea of possibly finishing our basement. Before we can begin, we need to clear out the space.
3. for reading my dad's stories of his childhood. My mom finds old photos, and my dad writes his memories and thoughts about them, and shares on Facebook. LOVE THIS!
4. for the Buy Nothing group. Last week, I mentioned that I had posted a couch and some paint on the site, and that they had been claimed. This week, the couch and paint are gone, and I'm thankful they could be put to good use.
5. for harvest time. I've picked pears, tomatoes, basil, cantaloupe, carrots, beets, potatoes, onions, and more from my own yard. Neighbors have shared cinnamon bread, eggs, and peaches. We had French toast that day, and it was delicious!
|Cinnamon swirls through a loaf of homemade bread|
6. for extra canning jars (with lids!) that I purchased last year, so hopefully I have enough supplies to preserve the harvest. I don't know if you are aware, but canning lids are in short supply this year. #nothankstoyoucovid
7. for (drum roll, please) RootsTech Connect. Even if you have never done any family history at all, you are going to want to sign up for #RootsTechConnect. It is going to be held Feb 25-27, 2021, but instead of meeting in Salt Lake City, it is going to be held virtually, and it is going to be FREE!!!! From what I understand, on the opening day of registration, 17,000 people signed up! The focus is more worldwide than previous conferences, with classes taught in different languages and from locations all over the globe. There will be cooking demonstrations, musical performances, and, as always, great keynote speakers. All for FREE! Watch the video below, and sign up (for FREE) at www.rootstech.org.
8. that the trailer is sold!
9. for goofy, obedient Drexel. He was coming down to the basement the other night when we were doing some work down there, and when I told him to stop coming down, instead of stopping at the landing, he immediately stopped, and sat there in that uncomfortable position until he understood that it was OK to come down one more step!
|Drexel stops on the stairs, with his front paws on the landing, and his rear sitting on the previous step|
10. for John. He's smart, funny, and he even repaired drippy water pipes in the basement this week!
Well, that's my list for the week. What are you thankful for today?
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