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Thankful Thursday

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

This week I am thankful:

for my cheerful spiral wall candleholder

grey living room and dining room

The candleholder used to be in the dining room, but now it’s hanging in the living room since we have new windows!

I have Ikea tea lights in it, and they turn on automatically every afternoon (they have an internal timer).

They do chew up batteries faster than I’d like, but I am considering the battery purchases an investment in my mental state, because oof, I am struggling with how dark it gets so early in the afternoon.

And some happy tea lights help a little bit. 

that soon, the days will start getting longer.

We have *checks calendar* about 18 days left until the shortest day of the year. That’s just a little over two weeks!

And then, slowly, the days will lengthen. 

It will still be cold, but I do. not. care. I will just be thankful for the daylight.

that the sun is shining today

Mr. FG and I had a cold walk this morning, but oh, happy sunshine! I will cheerfully freeze as long as there is sunshine.


that I don’t live in a place with darker winters

At this time of year, I am reminded that I never, ever, ever want to live somewhere that is more cloudy and dark in the winter than here.

(For instance, the Pacific Northwest. Or really far up north, where the days are extremely short in the winter.)

I know I could survive and that God would give me grace to do so, but that is just NOT a circumstance I will ever freely choose.

that we are still able to have medical/dental appointments

I was thinking back to the initial lockdown and how everything was completely shut. I am grateful that now, optometrists and dentists and such have figured out how to keep seeing patients.

for the sweet readers who bought Sonia’s knitted items

Sonia has a hand-me-down phone from Mr. FG, but it’s gotten so old that it is no longer compatible with Ting’s current SIM cards, so we can’t activate it to get her service. And the battery dies awfully quickly too.

Thanks in part to the sale of her knitted items, she had enough cash to purchase a refurbished phone for herself, along with a case and screen protector.

Sonia's knitted stuffed animals

(We have opted not to buy phones for our kids; we’ve given them our hand-me-down ones for free, but if they want something more updated, they have to buy it for themselves.)

Also, I have to tell you that the reader who bought the white bunny is naming her Miss Clara and will be using her in her virtual kindergarten classroom. Is that not the cutest thing?

that my post office experience was good

The post office can be a disaster in December. But I went to ship Sonia’s packages shortly after opening time one morning, and happily, the line moved pretty fast, and the employee who helped me was cheerful and efficient.

(I made sure to go home and fill out the survey on my receipt, mentioning the employee by name. This post office used to be staffed with much crabbier employees, so I want the post office to know how much I appreciate the cheerful people!)

that our current plumbing problem MIGHT be simple

Remember how we had a leaky septic vent pipe a few years back?

septic vent repair

Well, we started having the same slight rotten egg smell, so we called the plumbers and they brought their smoke machine out.

It appears that perhaps the culprit was our aging toilet seals (visible smoke was coming out there), so they fixed those, and we’ll have to wait and see if that takes care of the smell.

The plumber said we may eventually want to replace our vent pipes, as they are made from an old pre-PVC style of pipe, which is more prone to leaking.

But I am really hoping that that time is not right now because it involves removing a lot of drywall, and I am not ever in the mood for that.

It’s not event that I don’t want to pay for the work; it’s that I hate having my house torn apart!

But this is Thankful Thursday so I will not go further down that rabbit trail. 😉

that our financial needs are provided for

This is always something to be thankful for, of course. But in these current times, I am particularly reminded to be grateful for our jobs, our home, our cars, food to eat, and so on. 

What are you thankful for this week? 

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Friday 4th of December 2020

Kristen, have you considered Light Therapy? Its changed my life!


Friday 4th of December 2020

I am thankful for this blog. It's always uplifting to read here!

I am also thankful that my work isn't as stressful as useful so I get around to do things that I usually have to keep postponing.

I am cold all the time in this weather but it also makes me thankful for my hot shower, the heating and hot water bottles!

And I am so thankful that I am not nauseous anymore. (Hello week 12!)


Friday 4th of December 2020

P.S.: Every time I see the photo of Sonia's stuffed animals, I get all happy. They are too adorable.


Friday 4th of December 2020

I’m so thankful that I can work from home. I’m located in Central CA and we have never fully opened up. While my job is a little challenging, teaching 25 Kindergartens virtually to English Language Learners and I only speak English but my Spanish is getting better yeah some days are very challenging I feel blessed that I was able to create my set up at home. PS: I am thankful that Miss Clara will be joining my class soon. :) She will be “reading” our daily morning message and my class can’t wait to “meet” her.

Jody S.

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

I'm thankful today that our friend helped us by replacing our toilet with a taller one for my taller and aging father who will be moving in with us quite soon. Our friend also taught our eldest how to do the replacing of the toilet and let him do a good bit of the work.

I'm thankful for a kind lady in our church who watched our children today so that we could go shopping for Christmas items (and also more items to adapt our house for my father). She also cooked lunch, made crafts with kids, decorated our house, and had a lasagna in the oven for supper when we returned.

I'm thankful that I enjoy making lists. . . cheap entertainment since there's always something to do.

I'm thankful for Advent and the hymns that go with it. And that I've sold a few items on my Etsy shop although I've had zero time to put into listing the gazillion items I need to list. I'm thankful for people who smile through the masks.


Thursday 3rd of December 2020

Thankful for:

Wonderful co-workers and very cute little children and that we were actually productive today. Sometimes I feel like the proverbial hamster in the wheel, running and running without accomplishing anything. But by some miracle, things worked today :) Must remember this for the future less-productive days, ahem.

I found all kinds of clothes I forgot I had and they fit or on the way to fitting -- no shopping makes me happy.

2 more weeks to vacation! I can't go visit my mom this year -- can't expose her to COVID -- so trying to plan the 3 weeks for staycation and to get some work done at home.

Sleeping better! I think the cooler weather has really helped here

My family and friends are all healthy and pretty happy so I am, too!

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