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Thankful Thursday | back on the water!

This week, I am thankful:

for the beautiful spring weather

We’ve had several low-humidity days with highs in the lower 70s and I feel like that is PERFECTION.

that Mr. FG and I got to get out on the water

kayak tip in river.

He took a break in the middle of his workday yesterday (his work hours are flexible) and we took a little paddle up the river.

Canadian geese on a river sandbar.

that we live near the water

It’s a blessing that we can walk down our street and launch our kayaks right there; so easy.

that Mr. FG has a vaccine scheduled

He was eligible through his work a while ago, but their doses got allocated to other places first. 

Anyway, I am very thankful he has one on the calendar now.

Lisey is eligible in a few days because of her work too! 

So, then that’ll be our whole household except for Zoe, who is too young at this point anyway (she’s 15).

(And again, I get that not all of you are comfortable with the vaccine; it’s ok. We don’t all have to agree about everything. 🙂 Also: I hope that all of you who want the vaccine are able to get it soon.)

that my legs are feeling better

I kinda fell off the workout wagon after my second shot and for a few weeks, I just walked for exercise.

I got back on the wagon this week, did some lunges as part of a workout, and MY WORD my lower body was sore.

Today, I noticed I can squat without significant pain, and I am thankful for that. 

that my cousin is feeling better

I’ve still been going over to help her, but now that she’s feeling better, we’ve been working on things like prepping for the baby’s arrival. 

(Also: she was able to get vaccinated due to pregnancy eligibility! So now we are totally safe to be around each other.)

Kristen with baby cousins

The one I’m holding is the one who is currently pregnant. 🙂

for how easy it is to give things away because of the internet

I’ve been helping my cousin by handling the giving away part of our decluttering efforts, and I’ve been thinking about how the internet makes it so much easier to find people who need what you have!

My cousin had too many hand-me-down strollers, so I listed one for giveaway and gave it to someone who had the exact one, except hers had broken a few weeks ago.

Before the internet, it would have been so much harder to find out who needed that stroller.

for some financial margin

Yesterday, things didn’t go according to plan, and I ended up not getting dinner cooked before it was time for Sonia and me to go take care of the cats at the shelter.

So, I scrapped the plan, and she and I picked up fast food on the way home from our shift.

Of course, fast food is not something I want to do on a regular basis, but I was thinking about what a mercy it is to have the wiggle room to do things like that (particularly when I think about how impossible that would have been years ago when our budget was so, so tight.)

that I put on a pot of chicken broth yesterday

That means dinner for tonight is going to be one step easier.

chicken broth

(Here’s how I make chicken broth.)

for my healthy body

Last night, I noticed on my health tracker app that I’d walked over 10,000 steps every day this week so far.

And then I thought about how the ability to do that is something to be very grateful for. 

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.”

Well, I know that regardless of how well I take care of my body, eventually, aging will take its toll.

So sometimes, I remind myself of that, not to be a downer to myself, but to trigger appreciation for what I do have right now. I want to know what I have while I still have it! 🙂 

What are you thankful for this week?


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Saturday 10th of April 2021

I hear you on the body thing! My mom broke a bone in her big toe back in November, and it still hasn't healed. She normally walks 10,000+ steps a day, even in the boot the orthopedist gave her, and that is... probably related.

So she's had to cut back her walking and the orthopedist had her get a new boot (she'd actually worn the sole off the first one!) and try a bone-growth-stimulating device that basically provides a mild electric impulse to the area to try to stimulate bone growth.

It's made me very, very grateful that I can just get up and walk when I want to, unlimited by my body for the most part.


Saturday 10th of April 2021

Whoa! 10,000 steps in a boot. That is impressive.


Saturday 10th of April 2021

Thankful I am past the 2nd shot. I got sick, hubs did not. The day I was sick the dogs slept all day too. That was so nice of them, they don't normally sleep all day. That a window that cracked was covered by the company that installed them. We only had to pay the $50 for removal and installation. After a string of very warm days the trees are blooming, they are beautiful but it is way too early for this. Very thankful I am now back down below my covid weight gain. I was going to join WW just for the support but I found our health insurance carrier offered a weekly Webinar support group. That made a big difference for me.


Friday 9th of April 2021

Thankful I was able to fly east to visit family -- fully masked for HOURS and HOURS -- and that we have all been vaccinated so this trip was possible. Saw my girl who just moved east, my mom, and my brother. Not frugal but so very thankful that they are all healthy and that we could visit.

Thankful that they are opening up vaccination -- to anyone 16 and over here in CA -- and, so true, Kristen! -- that those who want it can it quickly and that herd immunity will eventually protect all of us. Starting to feel a little normal again ;)


Friday 9th of April 2021

Oh, wow, here, pregnant women are explicitly not allowed to be vaccinated...Seems that authority views differ there!


Friday 9th of April 2021

Oh, that's interesting! Here in the U.S., I know of a bunch of pregnant women who have been vaccinated.


Friday 9th of April 2021

I'm thankful for the wonderful spring weather. It has allowed me to spend a lot of time with friends outside this week, including some friends I hadn't seen much since we started staying home.

I am grateful that I am halfway vaccinated. It feels safer to go places like the hair studio for a haircut.

I am thankful that almost everyone I know that wants to be vaccinated is able to do so, they're either fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or with upcoming appointments. That's an enormous change from a month ago.

I am grateful for takeout food for lunch yesterday. It was divine to eat Thai food with a friend to celebrate her birthday and support a local restaurant.

I am thankful that my immediate pod is fully vaccinated, except for me, so we can be, and eat, together without masks.

I am grateful a Zoom Easter gathering with siblings and their families, since we are separated geographically.

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