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Thankful Thursday | a Lisey birthday

This week, I am thankful:

for another birthday with Lisey

Since Lisey decided to live with me and commute to school for her last two semesters, this year has been an expected bonus year of having her around.

Polaroid of Lisey with birthday cake.

She graduates this spring, so this is probably the last year she will have a birthday at home, and it feels like a special gift because I thought that ship had already sailed!

(For the 2021-2022 school year, she lived with my aunt and uncle near her aviation mechanic school.)

Lisey and Kristen with birthday balloons.

This reminds me a little of what I wrote in this post about wistfulness over kids growing up…the part about seeing the abundance and not the lack, and feeling rich in Lisey-time, not poor.

Lisey blowing out candles.

I got a whole extra year of having my girl here with me, and I am endlessly grateful for that.

that my toe is better

I had a corn or a callus (not sure which!) in between two of my toes and man, it was making walking uncomfortable.

So, I got a pack of those little medicated patches, and they took care of the problem. Yay!

Funny enough, when I used the first couple of patches, I didn’t see that there is a little medicated circle that goes under the band-aid-ish patch. Soo, I was just sticking a band-aid on my toe at first.


This is the kind of thing that happens when you are always doing things fast. Sometimes you miss steps. 😉

for morning water droplets after overnight rain

cabbag leaf with raindrops.

I really, really love going for walks after a rainstorm because the water droplets make everything so much more interesting and beautiful.

Isn’t it just so amazing to see how the droplets cling to a vertical surface?

skunk cabbage.

for the beauty of bare trees

Of course, I am excited about the arrival of spring leaves. You know I love me some green sights!

But the other night I pulled into my driveway, and when I got out and looked up at the moon between the bare branches, I thought about how beautiful that is too.

moon behind tree branches.

my little basil seedlings

I am always excited to see them pop up from the soil.

basil seedlings.


for the cat

You didn’t think I was going to forget, did you??

Zoe with the cat.

She’s on the list every week. 😉

What are you thankful for this week?


Friday 31st of March 2023

I also love looking at the orange sunset sky through bare branches. So beautiful!


Thursday 30th of March 2023

Five things I'm thankful for this week:

1. My mom is coming tomorrow...81 and still a going concern - and do-it-your-selfer from the old farm days. We have several projects in mind - doors for the shelving in the hallway is top of the list.

2. How wonderful it feels to be decluttering and painting. The kitchen is done a lovely fern colour.

3. Moved along a lot of John Deere trinkets this week. Used some of the proceeds for paint and a hair cut today! Glad to have that shagginess taken care of. Amazing how much a fresh hair cut can lift a person's spirits. I wait much to long between cuts.

4. Found a 5 gallon fish tank at a thrift store for $12.50 - it came with lots of accessories. I've been filling it and will let water sit for about a week. We have well water, so no chlorine to deal with.

5. Very thankful the snow is going down. It will be almost a month before planting can be done yet. I did see 2 motorcycles and convertible with the top down - sure signs of spring.


Thursday 30th of March 2023

I just found out that my neice is engaged which is so fabulous! She's been with this young man for at least 3 years and knew him a long time ago in college.

Thankful that I got my colonoscopy done yesterday. Still catching up on the missing sleep.

Always thankful for my husband. He took out chicken for supper, cooked it and cleaned up afterwards. I was taking a nap to catch up on lost sleep.

Grateful for the ability to take a nap when I need it.

Fru-gal Lisa

Thursday 30th of March 2023

Happy Birthday, Ms. Lisey! Happy landings into your new career! You are going to have a great future ahead of you -- airplane mechanics are in short supply, I'm told, and they are needed everywhere! So my first thankful item is that I'm thankful that our society has young women (and young men) willing to branch out and try their hands at new careers where they are needed.

I'm also thankful for spring. Driving by the roadsides, I see the vacant city lots and rural pastures transformed into fragrant fields of violet-and-white bluebonnets. Because they are legumes, Texas' state flower doesn't grow in well-kept gardens, but instead beautifies the most neglected spaces, magically transforming weedy areas into landlocked oceans of blooms. In my backyard, I have blooms of red and pink roses and Dutch irises bursting forth with color and joy.

The rain today is going to help. Although not a drought-buster, I'm thankful for each raindrop we get. Also thankful no bad storms swept through.

For friends who invite me out to dinner, and the fellowship we share. Twice this week!

For workers who take care of us. I had drainage problems and the plumber came out and took care of things. He had to come back, since the total fix required part of the yard to be dug up and and underground pipe patched/replaced. I wasn't expecting it to be done by today, but got home from work and was pleasantly surprised. His wife is about to have their baby any minute now, yet he came out and finished installing the pipe.

Finally, for snuggly comforts such as flannel nighties (my grandma's term for nightgowns), hot tea and thick quilts/comforters when it gets chilly.


Thursday 30th of March 2023

I showed your comment to Lisey. :)


Thursday 30th of March 2023

I am thankful to be on spring break! Good grief, do I need it this year!


Thursday 30th of March 2023


Oh, and happy birthday, Lisey!

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