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Thankful Thursday | In a hurry

I have exactly 30 minutes before I have to leave to go get a tooth filling taken out and replaced, so…I’m gonna speed run this post.

Ready, set, go!

This week, I am thankful:

that my neighbors will mow my yard

My two nearest neighbors both have riding lawnmowers, and they volunteered to mow for me this summer so that I won’t have to buy a lawnmower.

Did I cry when they told me this?

Yes, yes, I did.


that Lisey is here

Lisey hugging the cat.

She arrived this week and will be living with Zoe and me this summer. She’ll be working, of course, but it will still be nice to get to see her so much!

for access to dental care

I do not love getting work done in my mouth, but I am grateful that I am able to get my teeth taken care of.

for a successful semester for me

We got our final class grades this week, and I ended up with a 99.75%. I am so happy with that, particularly because this was a very, um, challenge-filled semester.

A screenshot of semester grades.

for a summer break

I am very happy to have a little breather from bi-weekly exams!

that this house is starting to feel like home

Angel food cake cooling.

It was a little rough for the first few days here; this house felt like a strange place to be. But it’s been 2.5 weeks since we moved here, and now it’s feeling much more welcoming and familiar.

that I have my piano here!

I have always had a piano everywhere I’ve lived; without a piano, a house doesn’t feel right to me. So, I am very delighted to have my piano here in my office now.

I still need to get it tuned (moving a piano tends to screw it up a little!), but at least it is here.

for all the abandoned house treasures that are blessing me

When my brother first bought that abandoned house, I had fun sorting through its contents with my sister-in-law, but I had no idea that I would actually NEED some of those things.

an old run-down house wall.

treasures lurk here

I am so grateful for the furniture, dishes, silverware, mugs, and more.

My brother really blessed me by buying that house! 😉

for the lovely walking trails here

A bridge in the woods.

I have found more and more paths in the woods as I’ve been exploring, and I am delighted!

A bridge in the woods.

for the chairs my parents are letting us borrow

My table is done (I will show you soon!), but I have not even started on the chairs.

It would be rather sad to have a lovely table, but not be able to use it for lack of seating. So, my parents sent a few of their extra chairs over here, and now Lisey and Zoe and I can actually eat dinner while seated at the table. Yay!

What are you thankful for this week?

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Sunday 29th of May 2022

I am thankful for this blog and commenters who are authentic, encouraging and resourceful. It is wonderful to tap in to that vibe on a regular basis.

I am thankful for:

1) a recent chance to get away by myself before starting a summer of difficult caregiving 2) for plenty of rain that has helped things grow 3) for my library that recently reopened after an extensive remodel. It is lovely and my happy place 4) for a 100% clean house - a wonderful cleaning person came for the first time in almost 3 years and we cleaned together 5) for the slow but steady healing of plantar fasciitis and that with good shoes I am able to continue walking and being active. A friend recommended Kuru brand and they are really worth it.

Becky S

Friday 27th of May 2022

Congrats on your amazing grade!!!

My #1 thankful thing is that our first baby granddaughter arrived on Thursday afternoon. She was a little early, but will get to go home tomorrow!! I was able to be there for the labor and delivery, and we have been delivering food and coffee and snacks to our daughter and son-in-law for the last few days.

Thankful for a job that I could just call and say that I wasn't going to be there for a few days...even when they kept bumping off her induction.

Thankful for a few afternoons at the pool just before she arrived.

Thankful that we have the discretionary $ to just stop and get whatever food sounds good to our daughter at the moment. That definitely hasn't always been the case, and it's really nice not to worry about our account.

Thankful for an amazing son-in-law. He is such a great husband, and he is going to be a good father. He has hardly left the baby's side when she was in the NICU.

Mine was all one topic! :)


Friday 27th of May 2022

I just wanted to congratulate you on your awesome grade! Great way to start the summer. So glad that Lisey could be with you for the summer.

Karen Parlier

Friday 27th of May 2022

So happy that you are adjusting well to your new life and surroundings! Keep busy and time will fly by as you see. Also you have great neighbors that are willing to help with your lawn mowing, so nice of them to do it for you!! I love what you are doing with the furniture you find!!


Friday 27th of May 2022

99.75%?!! That is a seriously amazing mark under ANY circumstances, let alone the ones you have been coping with! A huge congratulations to you!!

Today I am thankful that my younger son is slogging his way through a three month license suspension (for an accident a few years ago in which he had a micro sleep and went off the highway in his work truck after a 16 hour day). He’s had to get another job for the three months as his family of a wife and three tiny children depend on him, so I’m also thankful that my older son helped him find a full time position he can do without a vehicle. I’m also thankful that the judge responded to the letter my younger son wrote and reduced the original six months down to three. He’s about halfway through the time now. And ultimately, I am thankful and have been every single day since this accident happened that he survived and was relatively unscathed. He was very fortunate.

That’s 4/5 one one topic!

Let me see. I’m thankful my wife has a job interview today as she is losing her current job. Here’s hoping she rocks it!

I’m thankful our 2020 tax refund finally came months after being misdirected in the mail on account of our move. It will help us through the summer as I teach less and we’re dealing with this impending job loss in a new and very expensive rental home.

I’m grateful my daughter and I talked out a few problems yesterday. Relationships are complicated.

I’m grateful for my adhd diagnosis. It’s changing my life to learn about the ways in which it has affected me and how to work with it.


Friday 27th of May 2022

I'm glad your son was able to find employment for this three-month period. Whew!


Friday 27th of May 2022

Oh, and yay for your piano arriving!

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