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Thankful Thursday | 16 is not too old for snuggles

New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; an exercise to help us hunt for the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic.

red grapes on a white plate

Before I get into the things I am thankful for, I just want to say that I am so sorry about the fire difficulties all of you out west are experiencing.

I was reading that some of your smoke has made it all the way over here to the east coast and that reminded me just how terrible things must be over there.

We are praying for relief for you all! 

This week, I am thankful:

for snuggles with Sonia

She happened to be snuggling with me while I was writing this post. 😉

Kristen and Sonia

Sixteen is not too old to snuggle with your mom. 🙂

that my thumb doesn’t hurt anymore

I mentioned recently that I got a pretty painful infection under my thumb fingernail, and I’ve also mentioned being grateful it had healed.

But I am still feeling grateful for that, so I thought I’d mention it again.

I went kayaking with Mr. FG recently, and I remembered how much it hurt last time I kayaked when  I accidentally whacked my thumb with the paddle. And this time when I bumped my thumb, it didn’t hurt at all!

blue skies and a kayak

Sometimes it’s easy to take it for granted when things don’t hurt. So. I’m keeping the gratefulness going for my pain-free thumb.

for the skills my physical therapist gave me

I would like to say that I have had no further issues with my neck (that would be a lie.)

But the good thing is that when my neck/shoulders bother me, I now know what to do about it! I have stretches and exercises that help, so I am able to get my muscles un-stuck here at home.

for the cooler weather

Most of the people I live with (everyone but Zoe) are feeling stabby about the change in temperatures, but I am fantastically pleased.

I wore leggings on our walk yesterday and I was very happy about it.

for the Snoopy Mr. FG brought me

Woodstock looks so comfy, snuggled up with Snoopy. <3

Stuffed Snoopy and Woodstock

that we can pick up holds at the library

The libraries are not letting people come in now (apparently there were some incidents with library patrons being problematic toward library staff over mask rules. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS. Sigh.)

So, that is sad. But I am very grateful that we can still put things on hold and pick them up curbside.

that my stove/oven has arrived!

It’s in at the appliance store and it should be in my house by end of day today.


I am extremely excited to have no broken glass on the top of my stove anymore.

cracked glass stovetop

I think I will promptly cook something that requires multiple burners.

(in case you have not read any of my posts in the last two months, I did something dumb and broke my stovetop.)

for mobile banking

I just really appreciate being able to deposit checks with my phone!

And it’s so easy to check account balances and transfer money.

for the last peaches of the season

I am really savoring the box of bruised peaches I bought, especially because I know that they are probably the last local ones that I will get this year.

for Aldi’s inexpensive, but fancy foods

I eat so much fancier than I did before I started shopping at Aldi.

Berries, smoked gouda, fresh pickles, prosciutto, cranberry goat cheese, sea scallops, Parmesan cheese wedges, German chocolate, chicken sausages…there are so many things that used to scream, “too expensive!” but are now affordable, thanks to Aldi.

Aldi Parmesan and prosciutto

If you have, as they say, wine taste on a beer budget, Aldi is a perfect place to shop. Because you can buy wine at beer prices there. 😉 

(I don’t like wine, but the concept holds true. I can buy smoked gouda on a Colby Jack budget. 😉 )

for my basil, parsley, and mint plants

My yard is awfully shady, but there’s enough sun to successfully grow a few herbs.

basil plant

The other day, I needed to make chimichurri sauce, and I didn’t even have to go buy any herbs to do so. Happy dance!

What are you thankful for this week?

A little reminder: you totally do not have to be feeling happy or thankful to join in. I’ve written many of these Thankful Thursday posts while down in the dumps myself.

So, come sit with me on the discouraged-but-still-hunting-for-joy bench! I’m scooting over to make room for you because when we are discouraged or down, that’s exactly when we need to be gratitude hunting. Make a list with me. 🙂

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Randi Macdonald

Sunday 20th of September 2020

You're the 2nd person I've seen on social media who has broken their glass cooktop.


Saturday 19th of September 2020

Thankful that as I sit here this morning, we have the doors/windows open and it is not hot, humid or smoky (so sorry for our friends out west dealing with the fires/smoke). There is a breeze and I am almost chilly. :)

Thankful for my Misfits Market box that came yesterday with yummy produce for us.

Thankful for a trip to Aldi today - it is not in a super convenient location, so I don't go very often. But I stocked up on a some things that I like to get there.

Thankful for the fresh corn that we can still get from a local farm. And thankful that we were able to get fresh juicy wonderful peaches from them all summer long.

Thankful for all the blessings that I don't often stop to count!


Friday 18th of September 2020

Aw, cuddles from a daughter are fabulous -- may they never get too old :) Yay new stove!

Thankful for:

It is only 98 degrees here today instead of 118 and the air is "only" unhealthy for sensitive folks. Am sending best hopes for everyone close to these fires. It has looked and smelled like a bombed out apocalypse here all week and we are relatively far away from them. My heart goes out to all of you struggling with the actual fires -- hoping for rain and containment and an end to this horrible time.

Thankful that my phone tracks my every step (who knew?) and this is encouraging me to walk more every day. A thankful sidebar: my knees aren't hurting too much at all -- very thankful.

Thankful that even though it is a messed up school year on line (and our system just got cyber-hacked for ransom -- pirates!) and we have lost a week and 1/2 of classes and so much work is piling up for progress reports, etc. and I can no longer access my school email where resides so much stuff I need -- wait, thankful? Why, yes, I am thankful to have my job and to work for folks who are trying to do the right thing. They had free meals up and running for needy (or basically any student or family member) since March and found devices and hot spots for every needy student to connect on line. Thankful to work for good people. :)

Thankful my mom is in a very good place that takes pandemic seriously and protects her and the other residents. She is pretty happy and healthy. Very thankful.

Thankful for my brother who manages her funds and has worked like a dog to take care of everything for her. He made it possible for her to be comfortable and unworried in her 93rd year. Sooo thankful!

Thankful for my marked down groceries -- they make me happy every time I cook a meal and figure the price per serving. I still love regular groceries, but marked-down is the bomb. Don't get me started on FREE food from VONs and Ralphs :)

Thankful that no one i know has caught the virus and let it stay that way!!

Oh!! SOOO thankful for the library putting books on hold and letting me pick them up -- highlight of the month. We also can't go in yet but I can order books -- Woot!!


Friday 18th of September 2020

I'm thankful that the first week of virtual school is almost over. I don't even have the words because I don't know how we are going to get through this intact. But I pray that God will make a way. I'm thankful for Misfits Market produce delivery that makes my store shopping a little lighter. I'm thankful for safe tree removal on my property this week. I'm thankful for people who are kind to each other and encourage each other.


Friday 18th of September 2020

* woke up with back pain yesterday. Working today and leaving tonight for a girls weekend.... Back pain still there, but I hope to be able to function anyways. So I'm grateful to not be stuck in bed right now!

* Grateful for a supportive husband

* Grateful to live in a province that is allowing my kids to attend school full time. I would have never even thought about that last year... Crazy times! Not taking this one for granted, it could be shut down again if cases rise.

* Grateful to be able to afford to work only part time (3 days/week) (*also, see number 2!)

* Grateful that I have a helping relationship with my neighbor friend : today hubby is babysitting her kids, and she is giving me a ride to work.

Have a great weekend!

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