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Thankful Thursday | a few leads!

This week, I’m thankful:

that I have a few hopeful leads for a place to rent

I have had plenty of experience with hopeful-sounding places falling through by now, but my optimism is still bubbling up, and I feel hopeful about these two.

We shall see what happens…

pink azaleas about to bloom.

for optimism

I get knocked down and discouraged, of course, but I always do eventually manage to get back up and find some fresh optimism.

I think sometimes optimism is a weird gift; sometimes it doesn’t even make sense, but even in those times, I still think it is, overall, a gift. 

that my parents taught me to be persevering

I think if I had grown up in a different family, I might be a person prone to giving up a little more easily. Like, I don’t know that perseverance is really baked into my personality.

But my parents really created a culture of perseverance when I was growing up, and I think that was good for me.

So, I get rejected for rentals, I feel discouraged…and then I keep on trucking. 

for bad rentals falling through

I’ve had two right here in my parents’ neighborhood that I almost rented (one fell through the day before I was supposed to sign the papers. Ugh.)

I was disappointed over both of these homes not working out, but I can see now that both of these companies were not going to be great to rent from, and I’m grateful that became obvious before I signed anything.

(One switched, last-minute, to requiring a three year lease instead of a one year. SKETCHY.)

pink azalea blooms.

for school assignments that involve writing

We’ve had multiple graded discussion thread assignments this semester, and lemme tell you, I am in my element here.

This week, we had to research a condition, write a post about it, and then respond to other classmates’ posts. 

Sooo, it’s kind of like..writing a blog post. And then responding to comments. I’ve inadvertently been training for these assignments for years. 😉 

We also had an extra credit assignment that involved watching a video and then writing about it. Again: super easy for me, so I am thankful.

for an anatomy-heavy unit

I like anatomy better than physiology, and this one on digestion looks like it will be a bit light on the physiology. SWEET.

that I only have three more regular exams left

Well, three plus a cumulative final. But still, that’s only three more units of new information to learn.

I’m gonna make it!

for all the interesting mosses in the woods here

I keep thinking that surely I have seen all of them, but every time I go out, I seem to notice a new patch of moss, and of course I have to stop and inspect it. 

(And photograph it.)

Look how perfect this one is! It’s like a carpet!

green moss around a tree.

I don’t know what is quite the right word for how I feel when I see stuff like this…maybe delight.

Like, sometimes things in the world are so beautiful, I feel some sort of emotion bubbling up out of my chest, and I think that yes, delight is the right word. 

The moss isn’t exactly doing anything for me, and I don’t own it…I just feel delighted that it is there in all its tidy green glory. 

What are you thankful for this week? 

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suellen roley

Friday 8th of April 2022

I'm thankful for my house even with all the work it needs. I live in a mobile home park, and space rent is less than $500.00 per month (apartments in this town are outrageously expensive, and that $500.00 would not even get me a rathole studio!!)

I'm thankful for my job, it pays well plus I just got promoted, and I haven't had to have a roommate (they were all INSANE in one way or another) since May 2017.

I'm thankful for my nextdoor neighbor who is a retired contractor and is helping me with the 'fixes' needed in my house. I'm also thankful that he keeps an eye on the house when I'm not here, and keeps an eye on me as well.

I'm thankful for excellent healthcare, as I have multiple health issues that can make life challenging at times.

And I am super thankful that I bought 2 cords of firewood 2 years ago -- ended up not using the woodstove, so I had the two cords of firewood when my heat pump failed in spectacular fashion (had it set at 85, it was 55 in the house and blowing coolish air). Thanks to the wood, woodstove, warm blankets, friends who loaned me space heaters, and of course a cat that loves to cuddle I've stayed warm for 4 1/2 months and counting.


Friday 8th of April 2022

oh, that is SUCH a good housing price. Good for you!


Friday 8th of April 2022

I feel sad for you that you that you can not stay in your house. You had done most of all the work and it was just beautiful. But as we both know life happens and you move on. Will you be able to get back in to get furniture and all of your belonings? Maybe having things that gave you comfort would ease some of your saddness and grief. Many prayers to you and your kiddos.


Friday 8th of April 2022

Yes, once I have a rental, my dad and my brother will help me get things like some beds and dressers from the house (they both own trucks!)


Thursday 7th of April 2022

Keeping you in my prayers Kristen! Wondering if there is some way we can be a blessing to you as you have been to us..... Maybe some of us can organize a money blessing to help with your rental...I feel so bad that you've been put in this situation!!!


Friday 8th of April 2022

Aww, you are so kind! I can actually afford rent, thanks to my blog income, so I am ok for now. And I figure a combo of some furniture from my house plus some rehabbed second-hand finds should get me through until I figure out what the future looks like for me.

My stretch-a-dollar skills are gonna come in handy!

Allison B

Thursday 7th of April 2022

Your last one reminds me of Ross Gay's Book of Delights. It's a collection of short stories of things that delight him, like your gratitude posts. I think you may like it. I'm going to request it from the library to re-read after reading your post today!

Ruth T

Thursday 7th of April 2022

This week I'm thankful for the fun things we have been able to do while not travelling for spring break. We had dinner at a friend's house, went swimming with friends, played volleyball with a friend, went to the zoo with friends, and tomorrow we have a playdate. Tonight before bed my second grader was listing off all of the fun things we've done and she said, "This is even better than going to Florida!" I find that so funny, but I'm glad she's having a fun and special week instead of feeling jealous of all of her classmates that really are in Florida right now. I don't think that thankfulness comes very naturally to that kiddo, so it's extra nice to hear her appreciate what we've done.

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