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Thankful Thursday | I come by this honestly

This week, I’m thankful:

for potholders from my aunt

My aunt has been busy using up fabric scraps by making potholders, and she’s sent some along with Lisey the last few times she’s come home to visit.

quilted potholders with christmas designs.

My aunt told Lisey she’s making these because she can’t bear to throw fabric away, and she’s also using up 100 spools of thread that my grandma left when she died.

Kristen's grandma and grandpa in 1960.

my grandma (and my grandpa too, obviously)

So I was again reminded that I seem to come by this waste-averse, frugal attitude quite honestly. 😉

for an appointment opening for Sonia

She’s getting an evaluation for the hand/wrist pain she gets when she draws and knits. I called yesterday and happily, they had a cancellation for tomorrow!

I’m happy we didn’t have to wait long for two reasons: 1) Sonia can get help sooner and 2) between now and the end of the year, we have no copay for any in-network appointments.

So, yay for prompt, free help!

for a lot of days in the 60s this week

Fall and spring days with temperatures in the 60s and 70s are just the best, in my opinion. I could go for that kind of weather year-round.

that I live with one other cool-weather fan

Mr. FG and Sonia are solidly in the warm-weather camp (Lisey too!), but Zoe and I both enjoy cooler days. So I do have at least one person who can appreciate the fall days with me.

My dad also appreciates cool, sunny, low-humidity days, so he and I often text each other to exult about the weather whenever we get a particularly glorious day. 🙂

that I understand this A&P module pretty well

I am feeling really good about the upcoming Monday exam; I think I have a really good grasp of how nerve signals to muscles work, aaaaand this exam is all multiple choice!

(The last two were fill-in-the-blank muscle and bone ID. Definitely harder than multiple choice.)

After this exam, we only have two more regular exams, plus the final. I hear the last two modules are doozies (lots of nerve stuff to learn), but hey, at least we are in the home stretch.

that I was pregnant in the modern era

Writing yesterday’s post about hyperemesis reminded me how thankful I am that I was not having babies hundreds of years ago. Without Zofran, IVs, or birth control, I probably would have eventually passed away from malnutrition and dehydration.

My pregnancies still were not pleasant experiences, but at least I lived to tell about them.

And thanks to the meds I took, I was able to mostly stay out of the hospital until it was time for delivery. That’s a serious mercy!

that I had easy deliveries

My longest labor (#1) was 8 hours and my shortest (#4) was about 2 hours, start to finish and I had no c-sections.

Kristen holding infant Sonia.

A very small Sonia

The incubation stage of pregnancy was not kind to me, but at least I did get off easy* on the delivery end!

*ok, relatively speaking. No one who has given birth categorizes that as truly easy. Ha.

for a full November calendar

Last year at this time, the virus metrics had started a steep upward climb. So, we had a pretty dull month, with not much going on.

But this year, our metrics have been on a long downward trend instead of an upward one, so my November calendar has quite a bit of stuff on it. Yay!

that Sonia can drive herself to some appointments

Obviously, there are some that I still have to be there for, since she’s a minor. But ongoing appointments, such as her allergy shots? I can send her there by herself now!

for bright, sunny mornings

I appreciate how much more the morning feels like morning since the time change.

A river with trees on the shore.

that it is only 5.5 weeks until the shortest day of the year

I do not love how quickly it gets dark in the afternoon right now (why yes, that is an unthankful Thursday thought!), so I am reminding myself that the days will only be getting shorter for another 5+ weeks.

After that, they’ll start getting longer again!

We are practically almost there. 😉

for lamps and twinkle lights

They help a lot when the sun goes down so early.

What are you thankful for this week?

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Karen J Parlier

Sunday 14th of November 2021

Kristen: I just love those potholders they are absolutely beautiful. I wish I could make some like that, can you ask her for me, how she does it? Are they for sale to buy from her? Just curious? I looked at them carefully and she did a superb job on them, perfect corners and stitching!!


Sunday 14th of November 2021

I don't know how many extras she has but I can ask her. :)

She is an excellent quilter, so I'm sure she pieces the tops together the same way she does when she does quilting.


Saturday 13th of November 2021

Thankful for...

* Services for my daughter who is struggling with mental health issues and in the process of a possible ASD diagnosis, and knowing that we will have guidance if it`s the case * To have my private reading space in the bedroom, with a comfy chair and a foot rest (and multiple library books!), where I can just shut the door and relax when needed. * To be able to work part-time while going back to school full-time (at 41!). And to have to financial means, and support from hubby, to do this. * To not have food allergies and be able to eat anything * That my daughter is struggling with social relationships but still has a really good friend that lives just 3 doors down. And that this friend is sleeping over tonight


Saturday 13th of November 2021

Omg!!!! You resemble your grandmother , it is uncanny how much you look like her. Just beautiful!


Saturday 13th of November 2021

It's so funny that you see that; I don't see a resemblance, but in my experience, people outside a family are much more able to spot a resemblance than people inside the family. So your opinion is probably more accurate than mine!

Suellen J Roley

Thursday 11th of November 2021

I am grateful for the rain we've been receiving for two reasons, we are in the middle of a drought and if it's raining in town it's snowing on Mt Bachelor. That brings the skiers in, which improves our winter time economy.

Grateful for being able to afford to run the furnace, as along with the rain has come cooler temperatures (very cold at night, close to freezing).

Grateful for contacting a Facebook friend who manages a community support site regarding the furnace above, it's 22 years old and ices over once the temperature drops to about 35 unless I run it on emergency heat. The friend suggested a local organization, I contacted them, and I MIGHT be eligible for winterization assistance.


Thursday 11th of November 2021

I am thankful for the beautiful Fall days, cool mornings and upper60s-70s days. I am thankful for a super clean house with nothing big on my “to-do” lists. I’m thankful I found a lovely lady to help me keep things super clean which I feel is money well spent as it saves my back. I’m thankful I’ve completed cutting up the 12 pounds of candied fruit for my Christmas cakes. (I’ve converted quite a few fruit cake haters to lovers of mine!) I’m thankful for the fond memories of my mom that this season of cakes brings back to me. I’m thankful that I was able to rescue one of her tube pans that she used for her cakes when my parents sold their house and went to a senior retirement apt. And most of all, I’m thankful that my “baby brother” in the hospital with Covid is improving daily.

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