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Thankful Thursday | a math week

This week, I am thankful:

that I passed my math test!

20/20 math test grade.

This is the one where we have to get 18/20 (with two tries) or we get kicked out of the semester.

I carefully wrote a neat equation for each problem, got to the end of the test, went back and rechecked everything and I am good to go.

that my friend in class passed her test

She’s Lisey’s age and is terrified of math (her parents used to yell at her about it, as though an increase in volume helps young brains understand math?), so I told her I have a long history of not yelling at people about math and offered to help her.


We got together twice to work through some practice tests (“Thanks, Mom!” she says, and that always makes me laugh.)

Thankfully, she passed her test this week. I was so happy!

And I think it’s funny that my homeschooling experience is coming in handy at college.

for the fun I have with my classmates

Of course, most of our time in lectures is spent listening and taking notes. But on breaks and in between lectures, I love hanging out with the people all around me.

We always think our little section of the nursing hall is the best one. 😉

that I’m managing to walk during nursing school

I wasn’t sure what was going to happen to my usual walking routine once nursing school started, but I’m happy to say that I am figuring out ways to make it work.

It’s been a little challenging with the sun coming up kinda late right now. The other day, there was not enough daylight to allow me to walk before class…so, I walked to and from college twice (I had to go at two separate times for things that day), and that solved the issue for that day.

step tracker screenshot for October.

I walked 111 miles in October (my usual average before school was about 100 miles, give or take a few), so I’m really happy with 111 miles.

And once the time change happens this coming weekend, it will actually be easier to walk in the early mornings before class since the sun will be up an hour earlier.

for fall beauty

I know it’s kind of a basic thing to be thankful for, but here we are.

yellow tree leaves.

Also: isn’t this seed pod interesting? It obviously propagates itself by using the power of the wind!

seed pod.

Something else fascinating: I saw this big goldenrod plant one early morning…

goldenrod plant.
And then when I got closer, I noticed there were a whole bunch of bees (ok and a few wasps) sitting on it, motionless.

bumblebee on goldenrod flower.
honeybee on flower.

Apparently, it’s normal; I’d just never seen this type of behavior before!

I suppose for a bee, a flower is just as good as a bed is for a cat.

cat sleeping on bed.

In between sessions of wreaking havoc and skedaddling down the hallway, Chiquita does sleep.

What are you thankful for this week?

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Kristin S.

Monday 6th of November 2023

Kristen, I don't think you could possibly know how much you're healing that classmate of yours. I also struggled with math, cried at the kitchen table many times, and having someone come alongside as a partner to help is so meaningful. That's a very special gift you've given her!

Grandma Bev

Saturday 4th of November 2023

the milkweed seed pod is great those seeds scatter beautifully Thanks for the great photos


Saturday 4th of November 2023

So glad you enjoyed them!


Friday 3rd of November 2023

Wreaking havoc, skedaddling and sleeping is an excellent description of a young cat’s existence!


Friday 3rd of November 2023

Milkweed! The seed pod sure looks like milkweed.


Friday 3rd of November 2023

The seedpod you showed is a Milkweed which is what monarch caterpillars eat. They are very important to preserve because Monarch butterflies are becoming endangered.

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