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Thankful Thursday | An afternoon post!

Oh hey, everyone! Today we’re having an unusual occurrence: an afternoon blog post. 😉

If you’re new here…during the early days of the pandemic, we started making weekly lists of things we’re thankful for, and we just have never stopped! Thankfulness costs nothing except some time, and it helps us all see the good that is always there, even in the midst of hard things.

This week, I am thankful:

that I got un-stuck in my chemistry homework

papers of lewis electron structures.


I was working on some homework on Sunday and man, I was starting to have a pretty bad attitude. I was reading the questions and thinking, “How the heck am I supposed to figure this out??”

Kristen's cat in her lap.

The cat was sitting on my lap while I was stuck, but not gonna lie, her electron knowledge is sorely lacking. So she’s severely unhelpful.

But I watched a lot of YouTube videos and drew eleventy billion Lewis structures, and after drawing a lot of them the wrong way, I am now getting the hang of it.

for a break from exams

Every one of my classes had an exam last week, so now I get a little breather. Whew.

I think I actually have two weeks with no exams; only quizzes and homework.


for beautiful fall colors

view of fall trees.

My walks are starting to be more and more colorful each week!

A red leaf.

for woods to walk in

I will never stop being thankful for off-road places to walk. I love the woods!

small birdhouse in the woods.

for cat snuggles

She continues to sit on my lap all the time and I am not upset about it. 😉

Kristen with her cat on her lap.

Kristen's cat licking her cheek.

She’s giving me a little lick

for the interesting ways the light changes through the year

Since this is still my first year in this rental house, I am fascinated to see the ways the light is changing as the seasons change. Different windows are sunny at different times of day now.

And the rainbows from the cut glass in the door are changing too.

rainbow colors on a wall.

What are you thankful for this week?

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Tuesday 25th of October 2022

Ah, Lewis structures in organic chemistry. My professor called it the "humility class." For our final exam, he had a deck of playing cards. On each card her had written a named reaction. He shuffled the cards 3 times and dealt out 10, I think. The exam was to write the reactions. He used those cards for decades - LOL! Good prof, though.


Sunday 23rd of October 2022

I am thankful - I got to spend time with my parents this weekend and that they had a good time. They moved interstate this year and I hadn’t seen them in 8 months. - for Miso (my rescue kitten) who has brought much joy and laughter to my life in the last three weeks - for Meadow (my dog) who endures my cuddles - for my garden. Getting my hands into the dirt seems to drain away all ill feelings and leave me in a peaceful headspace.


Sunday 23rd of October 2022

I am grateful for our beautiful peaceful acreage and to be planting my garlic bulbs before the snow flies. They will be a welcome sight in the spring. Shelley looks like our new kitty Socrates (Socks) who showed up as a stray a few months ago. Socks has a white hourglass shape on his nose. Loving and affectionate welcome kitty #4.


Friday 21st of October 2022

I love thankful thursdays!

* Happy with my decision of quitting university. I was there only 6 weeks but that was enought to make me feel extremely bored and extremely stressed at the same time. Saying goodbye to classes, group projects, notes transcriptions, etc, this is very freeying for me. Uni is great, but not for everyone. I'm thankful I had the chance to try it out.

* Very thankful for my job, even if sometimes I really dislike it and it's physically demanding ; it pays well, it gives me a pension plan, no week-ends, no nights, ok colleagues. The downside of this job really is the physical load, which is why I wanted to study to do something else.

* DD participation in 2 teens supervised groups outside of school, to socialize. This is not easy for her (autism and ADD), so at leastthis way she has a chance to try. So far so good. And the services are free or very low cost

* Public library, again and always!

* My supportive and loving husband


Friday 21st of October 2022

Shew, chemistry. Been a minute.

I'm thankful it's Friday. It's been a week.

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