|The sun shines on a golden mountainside, while ominous dark clouds threaten above|
For the first time in forever (sorry the song is now stuck in your mind!), my phone and computer are cooperating, so I am going to use lots of photos in my post. I'm thankful (1) that photo transfer isn't a problem today.
Look at that photo above! The play of light on the mountain in contrast to the very dark clouds is beautiful. Another example of contrast is seen in the photo below, but this time it is the white of the snowy Mt. Timpanogos and the wispy white clouds against the blue of the sky. I'm thankful (2) for the beauty of the earth.
|Snow-covered Mt Timpanogos|
Though I spent a lot of time indoors this week (because baby it's cold outside), I did go on a hike with John. First we hiked up a mountain (not Mt. Timpanogos), and then we hiked down to the river. We didn't pray there (and it really is a creek, not a river), but I loved hearing the rushing water and seeing the icicles dangling from fallen logs. I'm thankful (3) for water. We've been in a drought, but at this point at least, our snowpack is above expected for this time of the year.
|Icicles hang from a fallen log that crosses a creek|
Being inside my house this week, I've had time (and inclination) to tackle the cupboard above the refrigerator. No before photo on this, but the after is below. I'm thankful (4) to have the art/craft/office supplies organized. Now when the grandchildren come to visit, it will be easy to access the Play-Doh.
|An organized cupboard, with bins of arts and crafts supplies clearly labeled|
I also got motivated to bring the Thanksgiving decorations up from the basement. There is something rejuvenating about changing things up every now and then. I'm thankful (5) for my house and being able to decorate for holidays.
|"Thankful" is proclaimed on a banner across the china cabinet, on a pillow on the couch, and on a sign on the wall|
While I was in the process of organizing and decorating, I realized that there were things that I had held on to and I needed to just let it go--the postal scale with rates effective March 2, 1974, for example. I'm thankful (6) for the local Buy Nothing Facebook group. I had almost instantaneous response to every item I posted--even a bag of broken crayons found a new home. If you haven't joined your local Buy Nothing group, I would certainly encourage you to. It's an easy way to find things you need and get rid of things you don't.
|This little postal scale from 1974 found a new home|
Also in the process of organizing, I discovered several disposable cameras from probably 20 years ago that had not had their photos developed. I'm thankful (7) that there are still places that develop film, and I'm very curious to see what pictures those cameras hold. Stay tuned!
|Yellow lab Drexel relaxes on the carpet and looks at the camera on his 10th birthday|
I had the opportunity to talk on the phone with a newly-discovered 3rd cousin this week. I'm thankful (9) we are family.