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Thankful Thursday | Lisey got a scholarship!

This week, I am thankful:

that Lisey got a scholarship

Lisey has applied for a whole slew of scholarships, and last week, she heard that she won a scholarship from Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs fame. Yay!

Lisey changing her oil

That scholarship required quite a bit of effort for the application, including obtaining a bunch of reference letters, but now she has $7500 to go toward her aviation mechanic school.

That was time very well spent.

that Lisey has found a great place to live near school

Through a series of circumstances, she got connected with a couple who lives on an acreage with their kids. They rent two rooms out in their house, and one has just become available.

The rent is super affordable for her, plus she doesn’t have to furnish a whole apartment this way (more cost savings).

And it’ll be nice to be in a homey environment for her first home away from home.

for air-conditioning and cold showers

A white bathtub with a white shower curtain.

I have been exercising outside in the early mornings (never the afternoon!), but even then, it is a very sweaty experience.

So, I am ever grateful for the joy of a cold shower, followed by a day in the air conditioning.

that I get to see people’s faces now

I was at the PT office with Zoe last week, and I realized that the whole time I went to PT for my neck last year, I didn’t see my physical therapist’s face.

It was so weird (and good) to see her without a mask.

that I got to see my Ohio friend last weekend

I usually see her once a year or so, but because of the whole 2020 situation, it had been about two years since we’d seen each other. It was lovely to catch up.

that Zoe got a pet-sitting job next door

I know I said last week that we were all done with pet-sitting for the moment…but our next-door neighbors went on a trip, so Zoe got another job this week.

This one is the easiest ever because it requires no driving. So perfect.

for paid-off cars

Toyota car keys on a countertop.

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a car payment, and sometimes I forget to appreciate the no-payment life.

So. I’m remembering to be thankful for a car-payment-less life.

for slightly cheaper car insurance

For whatever reason, our car insurance was a few hundred dollars less than we’d thought it would be. Yay!

(Every July, we pay for the upcoming year in one lump sum. It’s painful, but there’s a discount for doing it this way. And as soon as we pay for one year’s bill, we start saving up for the next year, with automatic savings deposits from Mr. FG’s paycheck.)

for my new Snoopy shirt


Mr. FG let me know that L.L. Bean has just come out with a line of Peanuts merchandise, so I hopped on over and splurged on a Snoopy baseball T.

A t-shirt with Snoopy and Woodstock cooking marshmallows over a fire.

Normally, graphic t-shirts are pretty poor quality, but this one is super nice knit material.

Also, baseball tees usually have those annoying 3/4 length sleeves, but this one has full-length sleeves!

I intend to wear it all the time once fall gets here.

A Snoopy t-shirt that says "Happy Camper".


I MEAN. Look how cute Snoopy and his bird friends are!!

that I get to write for a living

Kristen sitting at her Apple laptop, which has a Snoopy sticker on it.

I obviously have a thing for Snoopy roasting marshmallows.

When I was a teenager, an English teacher judged a short story I’d submitted for a fine arts festival, and she mentioned in the notes that I should consider becoming a writer.

At the time, there weren’t a whole lot of routes to a writing career, and besides, I didn’t really see myself wanting to write books or be a newspaper reporter.

So it’s kind of funny that here I am with a job as a writer!

When I was a teenager, I could never have envisioned this (we didn’t even have the internet at the time), but I am really thankful that there are so many ways to be a writer now.

What are you thankful for this week?

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Friday 16th of July 2021

First time commenting, I believe. I am so excited that Lisey earned a Mike Rowe Scholarship. I’ve been a huge fan of him & his commen sense work ethic for years. It’s so cool to know that I “know” (hah) someone who actually won that scholarship. Day late, but here goes… 1.Thankful for sweet friend who blessed my coworkers & I with homemade chocolate chip cookies. 2.Another who gifted me a beautiful bouquet of roses & lilies, just because. 3.A busy, but productive day at work. So much better than feeling like I’m just spinning my wheels. 4.I seem to be recovering well from a nasty sinus infection & bronchitis. 5.Air conditioning…Texas. Enough said!


Friday 16th of July 2021

Oh yes, pretty much every day, I feel thankful for air conditioning. What a mercy!


Friday 16th of July 2021

I am thankful for multiple medium and big family health-related things that aren't mine to share. They've been having an impact on my life for a month and longer, and I'm part of several of the support networks. So finally hearing good news about several of them is, well, good news.

I'm responsible for making some of the good news happen so it's nice to see hard work rewarded. I'm also thankful that I know how to help make the good news happen and would be pleased to share with others, how to improve the outcomes and speed of medical care/issues.

The rest is either good luck/life happens or the result of someone else's hard work.

Either way, I'm thankful for it and look forward to the rush and the worry diminishing in the next few weeks.


Friday 16th of July 2021

@Kristen, Yeah, it's been a bit time- and attention-consuming. We're nowhere near the end yet but the frantic beginnings are drawing to a close.


Friday 16th of July 2021

Been wondering where you've been! I'm so glad that things are working out for your family members, and good on you for being a support person.


Friday 16th of July 2021

Thankful for 1. My dear friends are visiting this weekend. 2. The opportunity to attend the immersive Van Gogh exhibit. 3. My neighbor and I ran errands together. It was nice to have the company and she helped bring in my groceries. 4. The family that looks in on my elderly mom. She lives in another country, so we talk on the phone often, but it gives me comfort to know she has help with grocery shopping, the garden etc. 5. The walkability of my neighborhood.


Friday 16th of July 2021

I am so pleased that your girl has a scholarship and a place to stay. What a tremendous achievement and the housing situation is good.

Sarah G

Thursday 15th of July 2021

Congrats to Lisey. I'm sure you must be so proud!

1. For a husband who isn't above picking furniture out of the neighbors' trash. 2. That I've reached my goal of going down two pants sizes. I still have about 8-10 pounds to lose but at least I've met the pants size goal. 3. That my children love playing outside. When I was a kid I was a total couch potato. So happy my kids aren't the same way. 4. For bedtime reading. Every night I read for a long time with my three girls. It's one of my favorite parts of being a mom, hands down. 5. That my husband is off half a day tomorrow and we're gonna hang out as a family and probably do something fun, like go to an indoor playplace. It's something we hardly ever do and the kids ask about it a lot! 6. That my husband is such an involved dad. I can't imagine being in a previous time when a lot of dads were more hands-off with the childcare. My husband takes such an active role and I truly love it.

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