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Thankful Thursday | I have a mum from South Dakota

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

It’s Thursday again!

This week, I am thankful:

for the mum my aunt brought me from South Dakota

A chrysanthemum plant, not a mum/mom, just to clarify for all my UK readers.

My aunt read on my blog that I have not been successful at keeping mums alive, and so she dug one up from her house, put it in the backseat of her car, and drove it out here to the east coast.

yellow heirloom mum

She and my uncle were already planning a visit…it was not just a trip to deliver a mum!

Kristen with her aunt and uncle

It’s from a plant she’s kept alive for a long time, so we know this is truly an heirloom variety and it SHOULD survive.

If it can live through a South Dakota winter, surely it will live here.

that my neck is calming down

After a streak of months without a stiff neck, I tweaked it while doing some chin-ups.


(Note: form over reps, Kristen! form over reps!)

Luckily, my physical therapist has given me some helpful stretches and such to treat this at home, so this is not lasting as long as my stiff necks used to.

the lovely weather of October

I really, really love the in-between temperatures this month brings. Not too cold, not too hot.

I know this it’s not true everywhere (apologies to those of you who have snow already!), but October is delightful here.

that I’m getting a new window next week

For years, I have wished for a dining room window on the north wall; it gets awfully dark on this side of the house in the dead of winter, and there are no windows on the north wall at all.

windowless north wall

So next week, we are getting a new double window installed over there, and I am really excited about this. 

Bring on the light!

(That candleholder will have to come down, but it’s fine. A window is better.)

for very affordable pumpkins from Aldi

Aldi carving pumpkins

for no tax payments due right now

I know I have mentioned this multiple times but it bears repeating because I AM SO HAPPY to have a break from estimated tax payments until January.

It is a very lovely feeling to see paycheck come through and then realize that they can stay there instead of immediately heading to the IRS.

It feels like an enormous, “Phew!!”

In fact, when I think about it, I find myself doing a long exhale. Ahhhh.

for my quality pots and pans

Going to the beach is lovely, but a week of cooking with the kitchen equipment in a condo always, always makes me grateful for my own cookware.

frugal girl cookware

Condo kitchens are not usually very thoroughly equipped, and the equipment they do have is not exactly top of the line.

Which I understand! I wouldn’t put expensive cookware in a rental either; people would probably just ruin it in a hurry.

Anyway, the view is not as good in my home kitchen, but the equipment is definitely better.

Here are the eight simple cookware pieces I keep in my kitchen.

(Though I’d add in my carbon steel skillet now. I need to update that post.)

that Lisey was able to fix her car

Lisey changing her oil

photo from the first time she changed her oil

Her windshield washer bottle sprung a leak, so she ordered a replacement, and while the rest of us were at the beach (she stayed home to work and do college classes), she installed the new bottle, which involved removing the bumper.

I was so impressed that she did this all on her own.

Plus, she reattached her spoiler, which had come loose.

She’s clearly buying into the “You don’t need whiskers to do that” philosophy, which makes my mama heart proud.

That’s my girl!

What are you thankful for today? 

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Sunday 11th of October 2020

It's Thanksgiving weekend here so I am especially thankful for my family and extended family. Although we cannot gather as we usually would for the Thanksgiving feast we have found a way to follow all our public health rules and have a socially distanced outdoor Thanksgiving. It's cold today, only expected to get to a high of 12C but we will have a bonfire and make the best of it. It's the first time we will gather since the pandemic.

I'm also thankful for the amazing fall leaves, my youngest transitioning to high school (in school) without too many problems, my eldest enjoying the beauty of Banff this weekend when she can't be in Ontario for Thanksgiving, my elderly dog hanging in there and most of all for the relative good health of all those I love.


Saturday 10th of October 2020

I am thankful for: - a project my sister and I can work on together. We don't often agree on much but we both love our parents and have come up with a great joint Christmas present. - outdoor recreation - cooking skills - crossword puzzles - beautiful fall colors - our truck camper

Rachel Rusticus

Friday 9th of October 2020

Needing this push today to acknowledge the good.

Here's 5 things I'm thankful for:

1. Playdates. We've had 3 this week, and it is a blessing to have neighbors and friends to meet with. My kids are so much happier.

2. Movies. So nice to take a break from teaching, chores, work, etc. and just relax.

3. Furniture. Great to have a place to sit and to belong.

4. Apple Cider. I've been enjoying it a lot this fall.

5. Blogs. A wonderful way to peek into other's lives and gain wisdom, recipes, a laugh, etc.


Friday 9th of October 2020

I am UK reader and was totally confused by your title! Thanks for the clarification- it made me giggle at myself.

Thankful it’s Friday and we all got through one more week, safe and still in work.

Mary Ann

Friday 9th of October 2020

That is so cool that Lisey fixed her car. You go girl! And I'm with you on loving light in the house. We are getting an estimate next week for enlarging our kitchen window. I can never understand how some people never open their blinds (unless they live in a hot climate, but I still think I would have problems with that).

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