This week, I am thankful:
that our power stayed on during the cold snap
We had tons of rain followed by some very cold, windy weather, and a lot of people in my area lost power.
Ours flickered a few times, but we never lost it. Yay!
for the way Lisey and I get each other
I saw this little weather graphic, texted it to Lisey and I said, “Whyyy is this frog outside? He’s going to get cold!”
And she said, “Omg, his mom knows better than to not wrap him up.”
I said, “He needs shoes.”
She said, “And a scarf.”
Although now that I look at it again, I think pants are a more pressing issue. 😉
Anyway, I appreciate that I could depend on Lisey to focus on the frog, not the fact that the real feel outdoors was 0 degrees.
We understand each other. 😉
for oil heat
Heat pumps don’t work all that great when the outdoor temperatures are this cold, so I have been feeling thankful to have oil heat.
for a lasagna from a neighbor
On Christmas Eve afternoon, I was feeling a little bit overwhelmed, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to make for dinner.
Then my doorbell rang, and it was my neighbor, with a pan of homemade lasagna in hand.
I almost cried, I was so happy!
for the beautiful ice I saw yesterday
I went to a new-to-me trail, which followed a creek. And since it’s been so cold, there was lots of interesting ice to look at.
I love the way these tiny air bubbles are trapped in the ice.
The day before, I walked another new-to-me-trail, where there was some beautiful ice that I think was formed by the splashes from the waves.
I love all the different ways that ice looks…I am always taking detours off the trail to go inspect it!
for my ear-warmer
I found this ear warmer, abandoned in front of my old house a few years ago, frozen in the ice. No one ever came by to get it, so I took it inside, cleaned it up, and it’s been very nice for my chilly walks.
I like it for the ear coverage, of course, but it also keeps my forehead toasty warm. And I know in the photo, it looks like it would be a drafty piece of apparel, but it’s lined with fleece!
that Lisey passed both of her FAA tests
Now she’s good to go to head into her last semester of aviation mechanic school. Yay!!!
Not everyone passes these tests on their first try, so she is feeling super duper relieved. If you don’t pass them in time, you have to sit out a whole semester, and she really didn’t want to do that.
I’m really proud of her because she studied so hard for these tests; even on Christmas day she spent some time with her headphones on, working through practice questions.
for the first real taste of no-school rest
After my semester finished, I dove head first into Christmas stuff, so this week has been the first I have really felt the “ahhhh” of being off of school.
And I liiiiike it.
I am finally getting to catch up on a lot of tasks that I’d put off in order to study, and I feel happy about that!
for the way that skills can always be used to help others
Remember when my cousin was pregnant and sick and I went over every other week to do dishes and laundry and such for her? I remember feeling so happy that my very ordinary household skills were able to be so helpful.
I was thinking about that recently because I mended some of the puppets at the non-profit children’s museum where Sonia works; I took them home, laundered them, and fixed any of them that had issues.
My laundry room looked kind of hilarious at one point because there were sheep, puppy, pig, and unicorn puppets everywhere.
I’ve done all sorts of mending jobs over the years in my own home, and those skills came in very handy with the puppets.
My painting practice is another skill that came in handy because I was able to fix a wall mural at the museum, and Sonia and I collaborated to paint a sign for a museum attraction (I did the letters and she made it look beautiful with her art).
Anyway, I think it’s so nice that almost any skill you have can be used to do something good in the world…even random skills like mending.