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Thankful Thursday | frost and a jellyfish

This week, I am thankful:

for a little bit of frost

Yes, I’m excited for spring! But I can still appreciate a good frosty morning too.

frost on grass.

And that’s especially true if the frosty morning comes with generous sunshine.

sunshine in woods.

that I’m not sick

If I believed in jinxing, I’d be biting my tongue right now, because this is basically the first week since the end of January that I have been entirely free of sickness.

And it is an AMAZING feeling. Yay!!

Maybe I’m gonna be ok now, and my immune system will have lots of time to recuperate before fall rolls around.

for the jellyfish I saw this week

On Monday I went for a walk on a trail by the water, and when I walked down to the water, I noticed that there were tons of little orange jellyfish by the rocks!

I love to look at jellyfish, so I sat there in the sun by the shore for quite a while, watching the jellyfish sway in the waves.

orange jellyfish.

Sometimes, when I see such lovely things in nature, I feel this welling up of happy gratefulness in my chest, and it almost brings me to tears. Some things just seem impossibly beautiful, and I feel so thankful to be able to see them.

for trails by the water

I often think about how wonderful it is when there are ways for the public to access waterfront, whether it’s rivers, bays, or oceans.

tree blossoms by the waterfront.

Most of us can’t afford to live on the water (myself included!) so I really appreciate having a trail to walk on by the water.

for the shared knowledge of books with my girls

On one of my recent walks, I took a video of a deer that was doing a snooty-looking strut across the path, and when I sent it to my girls, we all agreed that we would find this deer super annoying if we tried to be friends with her.

She reminded us of a Jane Austen character (Caroline Bingley) who was walking around the room to show off her figure, and I thought about how fun it is that my girls and I can make references to books we’ve read, and we all get it.

And it’s not just classic literature; sometimes we make references to a Sandra Boynton book or a Richard Scarry book, and we all immediately understand each other.

for a cute cat Lisey shared with me

Someone on Instagram rescued a little tuxedo cat with dwarfism and oh, she has the cutest little face.

cat with dwarfism.

Unfortunately, she suffers from a lot of health problems due to her dwarfism, but her owners are doing their best to give her the happiest life possible.

It’s a lot of extra work to care for a cat with a disability, and I love that this cat’s owners are doing their best to help her.

And also I have a soft spot for her because she is a tuxedo. 😉

for a warm and sunny day yesterday

Temperatures were in the upper 60s, and the afternoon was very sunny. Perfect!

for my carport outlet

I used the sunny weather to vacuum my car, a process made easier by my new carport outlet.

dirty car floor.

And ooh, my van is so nice and clean inside now! It hadn’t been vacuumed in….at least a year. Ahahahaha.

vacuumed car floor.

What are you thankful for this week?

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Becky Stewart

Tuesday 28th of March 2023

That's so cool that you saw wild jellyfish!


Wednesday 29th of March 2023

I know, right? And I didn't even have to swim with them. ;)


Thursday 23rd of March 2023

That jelly fish is very striking, and that cat is so impossibly cute!

This week I am thankful for full time employment. My new job is past the honeymoon stage with all the regular annoyances starting to become obvious, but I am still so thankful to be getting paid almost twice as much as I used to be for not really that much more work comparatively. Every time I want to snap at a coworker, I just keep reminding myself that I am being paid pretty well now to put up with all the nonsense. I am also thankful that I have spring break coming up very soon!

Linda in Canada

Thursday 23rd of March 2023

I like the picture of the jellyfish, I find them endlessly fascinating. That being said, I was stung by a jellyfish, or to be more precise, a type of jellyfish that we used to call "Bluebottles". It is like a big blue bubble with a long blue tentacle or tail, which wrapped around my leg. It was painful. I was maybe 8-10 years old on vacation at the seaside, living in an African country.

The weather has been beautiful of late; we are averaging temperatures around 7 - 12C. Though with lots of rain; Spring here is a rainy season. I have been on more walks this week. Hoping it's the end of the snow; but that being said, it almost always snows on my birthday around the beginning of April.

For getting some of my cooking mojo back; I have been in a cooking slump for a while, so I am very happy to be trying different recipes again, as well as some of the usual stand-by's.

The kitties: always the kitties. Junior cat almost 14 is just chomping at the bit for the weather to warm up so that she can spend time outside.

Erika JS

Thursday 23rd of March 2023

I’m being thankful in advance that tomorrow we will receive good news from the doctor regarding my husband's MRI yesterday. Saying it here is a sort of prayer that it’s true. Thanks for the opportunity via this wonderful blog.

Kristen, your photographs continue to amaze with their beauty. I would be printing them and hanging them framed around the house and it would look like an art gallery.


Thursday 23rd of March 2023

Thankful this week was way less bumpy than last week. The time change literally turns my brain into mush. For the absolute miracle that happened that fixed a mistake I made. Large lesson learned. That my oldest and the grands were able to visit my youngest in beautiful Savannah. The grands were able to see dolphins up close to the boat they were in. They were so excited. For my brother who has helped with some pre-retirement issues. Also that our oldest doggo who just turned 4 sleeps till 6 am, he normally gets up between 4:30 and 5 am. Not sure why he does this other than perhaps he is happy to see us even though we are right there with him.

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