Tree-tree-trick, she named him. No idea why! Randomly she also talks about changing his name to Sand-in-his-food. Hmmm….
Enjoying Kyle’s boat
At the beginning of August, both Missie & Susan nominated me for the 5 days of Thankfulness challenge that was making the rounds on Facebook. I was a bit disappointed when the 5 days was up…I rather grew to like those few moments of consciously being thankful every day. Earlier in the summer, Sherry encouraged had me to take note of what I was thankful for, and actually WRITE it down. Now Rochelle nominated me for another 5 days on Facebook. So, I thought I’d transfer over the ones I did already, over to here, and maybe keep going when the 5 days are done. Actual writing in a book rarely happens anymore, but if I can figure out the app on my phone, this might be more handy to keep up with.
So, here is the first batch, from the beginning of August.
1. I’m thankful for a summer of hot sunny days (don’t any pregnant women kill me, please!) Normally I’m not a heat loving person, but after this past winter, I’ve fully converted! Soaking it all in and loving it and trying to store it up for the next winter!
2. I’m thankful for the little black kitten from my cousin Crystal. In spite of being bathed repeatedly by well-meaning 3 yr olds, tossed out of the house more than once (by me, the Allergic One), locked in the BBQ (or under a rubbermaid tub, or under the freezer baskets on the deck [all in the name of 'saving it from the dog']), and terrified by the dog, it still hangs around, and entertains Elianna so I can garden in (relative) peace.
3. I’m thankful for allergy meds and allergy shots that have made this my first enjoyable summer in quite a few years. I can mow lawn!!!!! (which I never liked, but after a few years of not being able to, I like it more now!)
4. Thankful for my farmer cousin who lets us borrow his boat in the summertime. Thanks, Kyle!
5. Thankful that Jerry was willing to come pick raspberries with me this morning. He’s the best picker, because he doesn’t like fruit, so he picks ALL the berries into his pail! I pity him once in a while, but mostly I’m just happy that means more berries for me and Elianna!
6. I’m really glad that at the end of every single day, we get to go to bed and sleep. (Can you tell it’s really late and I want to go to sleep??!)
7. thankful for a garden that has waaaaaay fewer weeds than when we moved here! It is nice to see all the effort starting to pay off!
8. thankful for my long row of raspberry plants from Denise. They are surviving, Laine didn’t spray them when he sprayed the field (I guess my threats worked), and they even produced a ton of berries, for it being their first year! I would be thankful for my line of lilacs from Crystal too, but the MD sprayed those ones… Somebody’s gonna die……
9. thankful that in spite of living in a trailer, we actually stay quite cool for most of the day– until evening, but it is nice that the broiling hot period is short and by that point we can go outside.
10 — thankful for no fish flies. I don’t have to pick yucky fish flies off the beans! The juice isn’t sucked out of all the raspberries! I can walk outside AND breathe at the same time! I can wear white socks without getting fishflies squished in them! I re-realize every summer how grateful I am for these small things. Every so often I see a picture of Elford’s garage on my screen saver, and I am thankful all over again!!! NO FISH FLIES!!!!!! WHoooohoooo!!!! lol
11 — thankful for fewer mosquitoes right now. we can garden in the evening without being eaten alive. Elianna’s bites are starting to heal, and we haven’t had a mosquito-hunt in her room for quite a while. it’s been a nice respite
12 — thankful for beautiful sunrises. I don’t see them all that often, but when I do, I always have to stop and marvel.
13. Thankful for a job I LOVE. A job I wasn’t looking for, but had always wanted. And then God dropped it into my lap when we moved here. Still amazed by this!
14. Thankful that Jerry is done school and is a journeyman now! NO MORE SCHOOL!!!
15. Thankful for the amazing bosses Jerry has had since we moved here, for the flexibility allowed when working with small companies, and for the Christian environment he gets to work in.
I found this list of insults as I was housecleaning in my computer today (I do it periodically, because it makes my brain feel neater!) and laughed for about 5 minutes straight. Then I read some to Jerry, still laughing so hard I could hardly get them all out. Then I wanted to pin them onto my “Lite Side” pinterest board, but I don’t know where I found them, and thus don’t have an “online” source to pin from.
So, I’m posting them here for you all to enjoy and for me to pin! I don’t know where they came from, and would love to give credit if I did…if you know, please send me the link! I’m not sure about the truth of the statements (if Abraham Lincoln ACTUALLY said that) but I don’t really care, because…I’m too busy laughing! The ones in bold are my faaaaaaavorites!
“He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.”
- Abraham Lincoln
“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.”
- Moses Hadas
“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.”
- Groucho Marx
“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.”
- Oscar Wilde
“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.”
- Stephen Bishop
“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.”
- John Bright
“He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others.”
- Samuel Johnson
“He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.”
- Paul Keating
“There’s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won’t cure.”
- Jack E. Leonard
“He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.”
- Robert Redford
“Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?”
- Mark Twain
“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”
- Mae West
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”
- Oscar Wilde
Today we treasured a few hours with a Treasure — baby Janessa! It’s such a delight to see her defying the odds and statistics and growing bit by bit! Heart-warming to see Elianna’s love for her tiny cousin. I’m so glad we get to spend time with her again!
Lately I’ve been savoring my evening walks at work with various seniors who need to get out but have no one to walk with them. It’s hard to slow down to their pace (or to the pace of my 2 year old at home!). But after I’ve slowed, I start to notice the robins hopping around under the trees, and the new roses planted this spring, and all the flowers that are still in bloom, in spite of the cooler night temperatures. I notice the blueness of the sky, and how some leaves are already starting to turn. The warmth of the sun as it lowers in the sky, yet the chill of the night creeping in already.
Sometimes I feel like summer’s rushed past without me being able to get my fill of it. Then I realize that maybe I just didn’t slow down enough to enjoy it fully. (well, it DID rush past — the last 7 months of snow make the 4 of warmth seem way too short!)
So I’m trying to spend a little more time outdoors while we still have September’s warm days. Spending less time cleaning the inside of the house, and more time cleaning up the yard in the evenings with Jerry (old farmsites have LOADS of junk hidden everywhere!), watering and pampering and loving my tomatoes in hopes of making 5 plants produce like Dad’s 170 plants! Chopping wood. Going for rides in The Beast to humor my husband. (Ah, yes, The Beast. I’ll have to post pictures of it for you all sometime!) Going for slow walks at work. Bike rides at home with Elianna and the dogs. Lying on the trampoline while Elianna jumps. Trying to store up every last minute of summer before the winter comes!
I’m not a heat-lover, but I do love sunshine and blue skies. It can make a miserable day into a happier one, or a perk me up on a draggy, tired, headachy day.
It was starting to get quite chilly ad grey and rainy, but now the sun has come out again. I’m happy that we have a few more days of summer and sunshine before fall comes.
These pictures are from an summer evening we spent outside on the grass, soaking up the sunshine and green of summer while trying to get some nice pictures of Elianna and the puppies.
“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness forgot about puppies” ~ Mikey’s Funnies
Sunday’s special moment was when Elianna wanted to go up and sit with the kids on the stage steps at church during childrens’ corner. Last time she went up she was rather a bad influence on the kids around her! So today I told her she could go up and sit by her friend, but she had to be QUIET, and keep her hands folded The. Whole. Time.
And she did! The folded hands stayed out of trouble the entire time! Whooohooo, she’s actually learning something!
Some days it seems like I may as well be talking to the wind. Other days I repeat things so many times I wish I could just record myself and hit “play” every time the same instruction was needed.
But then there’s days when I’m not feeling well and I’m lying on the couch and she brings me a blanket and “tucks” me in, and pats my head and kisses my cheek and sits beside me to sing me a “lub-a-by” and asks, “Mommy, you okay??” And I think that maybe, just maybe, I AM doing something right after all and she IS learning in spite of the days when it all seems impossibly hopeless!
I’m thankful for my little two year old!