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Ten Things of Thankful: Change is Good, but Not for Stores

A purple African violet 

This week, I thought I'd run a quick errand to the local one-stop shopping place. The blinker on the car was out, so I headed to where the automotive lightbulbs should have been, only to find myself in the toy section. Sigh. Then it dawned on me that if I changed something up in my own house, I would feel a sense of joy and accomplishment. If a familiar store tries it, though, I'm none too happy. Strange. Perhaps I'm a bit of a control freak. :-)

In any case, I'm going to focus on the changes (and some constants, too) that I'm thankful for this week:

1. I divided and repotted some of my African violets. I then had an abundance, and was able to share one with a neighbor whom I hadn't had a chance to really visit with before. We had a nice chat, and I'm glad we got to know each other a bit.

2. The weather is cooling down a bit. We've had a stretch of rather hot weather lately. Even though we've been in Utah for 5 years now, I still remember the oppressively hot temperatures we had in California, so even the hot weather here is bearable, but I still prefer to stay out of triple-digits. 

3. Now that it's been a couple of months since we have returned to having an empty nest, I decided to take down the crib and move the changing table. Our bedroom seems so much bigger!

4. John and I have the time now to go hiking nearly every day, and are rewarded with expansive views.

A view of Utah Valley with Utah Lake in the distance

5. A sign at a local pizza shop caught my eye. It said, "We are a people place." I know what they mean, but I must admit I thought they might as well have said, "Serving Soylent pizza since 1973." I'm thankful for humor, intended or not.

Mod Pizza sign: "We are a people place"

6. Every day, the sun goes down, but every day, the sunset is unique.

A peachy-orange sunset with puffy grey clouds in the sky

7. Drexel had a bath this week, but also seemed to enjoy sporting a dog toy as a hat.

Drexel, with a blue stuffed monkey on his head

8. After weeks where our schedules didn't mesh, I was able to walk with my friend again. We never run out of things to talk about, whether it's been 2 days since our last walk, or nearly 2 months. 

9. I learned earlier this summer that radon is a fairly common problem in Utah, and sure enough, our house tested with slightly higher than acceptable levels. This week, we had a company come and install a radon abatement system. We can breathe easier at night (pun intended) now knowing that our lungs are not being exposed to radon. 

10. Amongst all this change, a constant: John. 

What are the changes and constants in your life you are thankful for? Remember to visit the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop hosted by Dyanne and her trusty co-hosts and see what others are saying this week.


  1. The changes within the constants is the rhythm of life. Thank you for sharing some of yours!

  2. I'm glad that place didn't serve soylent green pizza! I envy your views when you walk - breathtaking! I've never had any luck with African violets, but I have a philadendron at school that is growing like a weed and I even rooted a cutting and added it to the pot and it's thriving (I have a black thumb). Silly, silly Dexter!


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