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.
I started this post draft earlier in the week, before the sad events in DC yesterday. I don’t know quite what to say about it, but it seemed odd to jump into today’s post without at least acknowledging that it happened.
I have lived through plenty of election cycles, and I took for granted the peacefulness of the transfer of power from one party to another (Republican to Democrat, and Democrat to Republican) and from one president to another.
I hope and pray that this year is anomaly, because the storming of the U.S. Capitol is not a thing I’d like to ever see again.
And just to be clear, I don’t think that was a remotely justifiable thing for people to do. I could say a lot more, but I’m just gonna leave it at that.
This week, I am thankful:
that this election season is about to be behind us
I have never looked forward to the end of an election season as much as I have this time around.
(Probably because there has never been such a bumpy one in my lifetime!)
that we had a nice warm day for taking down Christmas lights
Christmas lights are 79% less frustrating when your hands aren’t freezing.
for a week with fewer doctor appointments
It feels like I have been going to appointments a lot lately.
Nothing’s wrong; it’s just that everyone needed eye checkups and the followups to those, dental appointments, plus dermatology checkups and braces checkups, and so on.
So I am thankful for less of that this week.
And I am also thankful that it is possible to still get those appointments taken care of, even in the midst of a pandemic.
that we got our stimulus check already
We were pretty far back in line to get ours the first time around, so I figured the same would be true this time.
But nope; it’s in our bank account already.
Also a happy thing: it came as a direct deposit. Our first one was on a prepaid card, and we know how I feel about those.
for lots of sun in the forecast
A lot of times, winter days around here start out sunny and then turn cloudy in the afternoon. So, I know that will probably happen with some of these forecast sunny days.
But at least I can be pretty sure the day will start out with sunshine, and I love, love, love sunny mornings.
that all my appliances are currently working
I am seriously not taking that for granted lately.
that our cat actually likes her new Ikea house
We used to keep a cardboard box here for her, but that was pretty ugly to have in the living room.
So, we picked up an official cat house from Ikea, and she really likes it. You never know if cats will actually use a thing you buy for them, so I was pleasantly surprised.
So, the cat is happy and I am also happy because this looks much better in our living room than the cardboard box did.
that sunset happens at 5 pm now
Not that I am checking sunset times every single day or anything.