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Thankful Thursday | Because I’ve been heat crabby

New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; an exercise to help us hunt the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic.

Normally my Thankful Thursday posts are sort of random, but today I have a theme: summer/hot weather.

Sonia in the pool

I’m doing this because we have had a very long, mostly-uninterrupted string of hot, humid days with little relief in sight.

And this is harder for me than a string of cold days; a long heat wave is way more likely to make me crabby than a long cold spell.

So, I figured I needed to make a list of the good things about my current summer situation.

1. Hot weather is very good for swimming, and my parents have a pool!

A summer with no swimming weather would actually be pretty sad.

Sonia swimming laps

And we are so, so blessed that my parents have a pool that they share with us; we can go swimming with no worries about crowds at public pools.

2. There is a LOT of sunshine right now

Yes, it’s pretty hot sunshine, but it’s still bright and cheerful.

3. The days are long

There aren’t many dark hours now except the ones when I’m sleeping. And that’s a happy thing for my light-loving self.

4. I have air-conditioning

I would be less-than-delightful to live with if I’d been born before the invention of A/C.

At least, if I lived in the Mid-Atlantic (or anywhere hotter) during the summer.

5. Cold showers feel really good

After exercising in the summer, I take a shower that’s probably 95% cold water and 5% hot. The cold water feels so, so, so good.

Bonus: cold showers are less expensive than hot ones.

6. My bedroom is on the lower level of the house

This makes for cold sleeping in the winter, but it is very excellent for summer nights.

7. Watermelon is plentiful

This is a thing that is true in July and not in January.


8. There’s less laundry to do

Clothes are smaller (it takes a lot of shorts and tank tops to make a load of laundry!) and we wear fewer layers.

9. Flip-flops (and bare feet)

I really do hate shoes, so I like how shoe-and-sock-less summer can be.


This photos was taken before the heat of summer. Trust me, I haven’t been anywhere near leggings for weeks now!

10. The world is very green right now

The dry air of the desert sounds appealing to me right about now, but I know if I lived in the desert, I would actually miss all the green here.

I don’t love all the moisture, but I do love the green it produces.

11. I love summer thunderstorms

The all-day drizzle/clouds thing that happens in the winter? Not a fan.

But a dramatic summer thunderstorm? I love that!

summer thunderstorm

This storm was so heavy, it almost looked like it was snowing.

12. Peaches come in summer

You can buy peaches in the winter, but I think they are so disappointing and mealy that they are not even worth buying.

bruised peaches

Summertime peaches are the only kind for me!

13. Heat does not last forever

A great thing about living in the Mid-Atlantic area is that no season goes on indefinitely.

You get a big dose of summer, and then fall comes (whew!)

You get a medium-sized winter, and then spring arrives (whew!)

So I never get too, too weary of one kind of weather.

What are you thankful for today?

(Your list doesn’t have to be summer-themed; make a list of whatever will help you most!)

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Thursday 16th of July 2020

So sorry for your loss.


Thursday 16th of July 2020

I'm thankful for: curbside pickup at library finding an exterior paint color that I like leftovers an unexpected cool spell a few plans coming up Etsy orders my girls visiting bras on sale window fans


Thursday 16th of July 2020

* As a health care worker, I got denied more than one week off this summer, so I had to cancel my family vacation week. But, happy surprise, the hospital just gave it back to me! Yay! * Books!! Public library!! Books!!! * That hubby will be allowed to work from home until Christmas. It's such a relief to have him home, where he can take care of the kids in the morning (before school), put them on the bus, and then do some chores here and there during his lunch time (his choice). It really makes a difference! And my mornings are way less stressful! * That my kids are growing and gaining independence, doing their own thing while I'm doing mine, and then spend time together as a family engaging in fun activities for all (they are 8 and 10). * Having plenty of food at home and multiple grocery stores around us


Thursday 16th of July 2020

1. Thankful that my husband's illness with a scary high fever this week seems to not be Covid-19, as he is feeling better. We are still waiting on official results, but it seems more likely he had some other common virus. 2. Also thankful that my new job allowed me to take administrative leave due to being exposed to him. 3. Thankful that our county health department was doing free virus testing near our house the day he took sick. 4. Thankful for my awesome family doctor, who knows I struggle with anxiety and returns calls promptly. 5. Thankful that our little family here at home has gotten along so well for so long, with no complaints about chores or boredom. That we are all adults probably helps, but I have heard a lot of adults being whiney.

Randa L Weir

Thursday 16th of July 2020

I'm glad your hubby is recovering. Your situation sounds like someone's from a frugal forum I read from time to time. If you're her, hello! It's nice to see you here!


Thursday 16th of July 2020

I’m thankful for this post because it made me stop and read, and breathe.

I’m so tense because of Covid - I live in Houston so who wouldn’t be? and also feel like grief is catching up with me. I’ve always been the person to deal with the practicalities first and let the feelings come later.

So I’ll try to put a positive spin on things: 1. I’m grateful that widow’s pension exists, even if SS hasn’t told me how much it is or paid me since I informed them of my husband’s passing 3 months ago. 2. that I have retirement savings etc to see me through while they determine the pension amount. 3. that I had cash to get the a/c fixed in May because this heat bubble is brutal. 4. for food delivery so I don’t have to leave the house when I’m feeling down, and for the skill to stretch one portion to 4 meals 5. for still being healthy


Sunday 19th of July 2020

You’re not alone, Linda. My husband died 2 years ago this week and I miss him so much, but it gets a little easier to manage the day-to-day stuff, and I look for the good, so I usually can find something to be glad for. Thinking of you!


Friday 17th of July 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing.


Thursday 16th of July 2020

Sorry for your loss.


Thursday 16th of July 2020

SO sad to have lost your husband.

Impressed you can come up with so many positives right now!


Thursday 16th of July 2020

I'm sorry for your loss

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