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Thankful Thursday | from a cranky me

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

Full disclosure: I am writing this post while not in a very good mood.

It’s the end of the day, I’m tired, and I’m feeling cranky.

fall leaves

So, we’ll see how this goes.

This week I am thankful:

that my skin checkup was clear

I went to see my dermatologist yesterday, and got a clear checkup.

Last year, I got a suspicious mole flagged and then had a biopsy and then a small surgery to remove it (it turned out to be not cancerous, happily).

So, I am pretty happy that nothing funky appeared this time around.

that I could watch my niece and nephew

My brother and sister-in-law needed a little last minute help with babysitting, and I’m glad I was available.

that young kids are easy to entertain

My niece and nephew are in early grade school, and this is an age that is pretty simple to please.

We played with dominoes, took a walk to visit the neighborhood horses and feed them apples, made a stop at the community field, jumped on our trampoline, played in the hammock, and took apart dried marigold flowers to find the seeds inside.

two horses

Nothing fancy, but they were happy.

that the weather has not been dark and rainy

Another bonus: it has not been hot either.

Additionally: the humidity has been pretty low.

sunshine through trees

I have a super comfy bed that I get to sleep in

This is fairly basic for most of us, I know.

burgundy painted bedroom

But I think of people who have to sleep in hospitals, or people who don’t have homes, and then I am reminded, ohhh, right, sleeping in my own bed is a really big privilege.

I have a stove that is not broken

I am really thankful to not have cracked, broken glass on my stovetop anymore.

two loaves of white bread on a cooling rack

that I have a reliable car

My van is a 2012, so it’s not super old. And it’s a Toyota.

So, I never have to wake up each day and wonder, “Will my car start?”

that estimated taxes are over until January

I am almost unspeakably happy about the financial sigh of relief this is bringing me. 

Three months with no tax payments due!

that my family is healthy

None of us have gotten sick, and I am grateful for that especially because Sonia has asthma.


Alrighty! I do feel a little bit more cheerful after making my list. 

And I bet I will feel even more cheerful after a good night’s sleep, so I am going to schedule this post and put myself into bed.

What are you thankful for this week?

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Sammie Robinson

Thursday 1st of October 2020

Just found your blog. I wanted to do a Thankful Thursday post and googled it and your blog came up. Thanks, Sammie


Sunday 27th of September 2020

I am grateful for my salary and students to teach in person I am grateful for my new heating pad that relieved my lower back pain I am grateful for all the strategies I learn to handle anxiety, I just keep working at it I am grateful for my husband, love of my life. I am grateful for the simplest blessings that have risen to the top after being taken granted for far too long.

Hawaii Planner

Friday 25th of September 2020

As always, so much to be thankful for at my house, even when I too am cranky: 1) We have gorgeous tomatoes in our garden right now. Cherry tomatoes that are ripe & a huge number of large (baseball sized) beefsteaks that are a few days from ripening. I'm so happy. 2) That my immediate family (parents, sister) & I all see eye to eye on the state of the world right now. I have friends going through really challenging situations with their parents or siblings & finding it difficult to find common ground. For the people I'm closest to in my life, this isn't a problem & I'm grateful for it. 3) Our herbs went wild this year, and I was able to share basil, mint, parsley & bonus jalapenos with neighbors. I email our neighborhood alias, set them out in big bowls, and am delighted when everything is gone at the end of the day. Food waste makes me twitch, so it's nice to see a huge amount gone without stressing about how to use it up. Bonus, some neighbors shared their lemons, so now I get to add mint & a squeeze of lemon to my water bottle, which makes it taste almost like a mojito. 4) I had leftover taco meat that I could turn into a quick taco salad, which made for a delicious lunch on a busy day. 5) That my eBay sales finally picked up, after a month of slow sales. I make extra mortgage payments with all of the sales, so it always makes me happy to send those payments as the money rolls in.


Friday 25th of September 2020

Can't go wrong with a Toyota! My 2004 Echo is still running! (we barely use it, but it's still there).

* Super grateful that I do not have a neurological condition! I waited 1.5 year to be tested for a specific condition and got the results yesterday : negative!

* My house is PAID OFF!!!!!!! After 11.5 years of being frugal and putting every extra cents on the house, we are done with the mortgage!!!!!!!

* That the kids are back in school full time

* That I was able to have a girl's week end away before everything closes down again

* That I have access to the public indoor pool and public library (again, before everything closes down again, I'm afraid)


Friday 25th of September 2020

Oh wow, congrats on paying off your mortgage. That's an amazing accomplishment.

And also...yay for a clear medical test!


Thursday 24th of September 2020

I should have responded earlier as I was internally cranky today. I am thankful for taking time to go to the park today. Did we skip a subject today? Yes. Was it worth it. Also yes!

I am thankful for the library. I would not be able to afford all the spider books for our next topic of study. So glad they are open!

I am thankful that I got the last of the water out of our pool today. Was it easy? Yeah kinda but physical. Was it time consuming? Yes. Can we start wiping the liner down, so we can store it over winter and put it in a better location next year? Yes!

I am thankful for meal planning to be flexible. I have had to rearrange three days this week, but we have done a great job sticking to the menu for two weeks now.

I am thankful for taking the time to rearrange the pantry this evening. I found some snacky foods that need to be eaten up, so I moved those to the kitchen counter with an "eat me" sign. Once my older boys find it, they will disappear quickly enough.

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