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Thankful Thursday | One more month!

This week, I am thankful:

that we are only about a month away from some green leaves

I know last year I saw some tiny green leaves in the brush in early March, so I am hoping for the same thing this year.

tiny green leaves.

March 5th of last year

I am still grateful for my walks in the woods in February, but around this time of year, my eyes really start to get hungry for some green scenery.

Also, I really love to watch the spring changes that happen in the woods; there’s a lot of sameness over the winter, but once spring arrives, there’s something new to see each time I go out!

fiddleheads of ferns.

from last spring!

that I do not have to pay for the electrical work being done at my house

My landlords are replacing the breaker box and also the huge outdoor wires that go out to the street, and I am thankful that I don’t have to pay for this beyond my rent payment!

My housing costs are very predictable right now and I appreciate that.

for a warm day yesterday

It felt like spring!

I ate my lunch outside.

bean salad in a plastic container.

And I bagged my Aldi groceries outside too.

Aldi grocery cart.

that I am feeling healthier

Almost all of my symptoms are gone, and I have gradually been working on getting back into shape in preparation for skiing.

I can definitely tell I am not quite 100% yet because some of the hikes I’ve gone on have felt a bit more challenging than usual!

view from mountaintop.

But it’s ok; based on my experience last year, and the fact that I don’t have any underlying conditions, I know I will be back to 100% soon.

for library books. And time to read them.

I don’t think I darkened the door of the library for the whole fall semester!

But I have put a couple of books on hold in the last few weeks, and it feels good.

for the adventure of starting fresh

As I wrote yesterday’s post, I had a mix of emotions; seeing pictures of my old house still stirs up some feelings for me.

I let those feelings be what they needed to be, and as always happens, they passed.

And then I was able to think about it like this: what an adventure it has been to start over and furnish a new-to-me house!

stacked cereal bowls.

I thought about all the things I rescued from the abandoned house, and all the things I’ve gotten from friends, Facebook Marketplace, and my Buy Nothing group, and I just felt amazed at how God has provided for all of my needs.

(Here’s a little sampling of stuff from the abandoned house.)

Of course, this is not the path anyone hopes for when they get married! No one wants to switch up their life like this.

But the reality is that I am here, on this path, and I might as well be grateful for the adventure that it is.

I like rehabbing and rescuing things and my goodness, I have had ample opportunity to do that this last year.

wooden legs on bookshelf.

for the community here

As I was embarking on the adventure of buying the $5 “scuffed” end table, I was thinking about how much I love our community here.

end table in Kristen's van.

Sure, it would be entertaining for me to buy and rehab the little table, just for me. But it’s 1000 times more fun because I get to take all of you along on the adventure with me!

And I love that there is this huge group of people who can all appreciate the joy of rescuing something as dreadful as this little table.

for not having to put away leftovers

A lot of evenings, Lisey’s boyfriend comes over after work and joins us for dinner, and he is quite a hungry fellow. The lovely thing about this is: I almost never have to put away any leftovers after his visits! He just eats whatever food is there.

I actually really like this because putting away the leftovers is by far my least favorite part of dinner cleanup.

Also, a hungry boyfriend turns out to be a very effective way to avoid food waste. 😉

for this blog as a job

Sometimes, I almost need to pinch myself when I think about how good I have it.

I really, really like blogging! And I get paid to do it!

Kristen sitting on the couch with her laptop.

Also, I will never, ever cease to be thankful for the way my blog provided me with my own money; that made it way easier to leave my marriage.

And I am so thankful for the flexible nature of blogging; as long as I have a laptop and internet, I can blog from anywhere. That was super helpful last year when I was living with my parents for four months.

for how kind internet people are to me

Sometimes, I come across social media accounts where people are just so, so rude to the person running the account. Sometimes people are downright cruel, which is terrible to see.

Occasionally people say rude things to me, but by and large, people are pretty polite to me, even on Facebook and Instagram.

screenshot of Kristen's Instagram feed.

I don’t have the thickest skin in the world (it’s the downside to being a gentle and empathetic person!), so if I had to deal with mean comments every day, I might just give up and crawl into obscurity.

So, I am super grateful that people generally seem to understand that my various platforms are a place where kindness is the norm.

(Some of this is due to the fact that I am not terribly famous. The more famous you get, the worse people seem to behave!)

What are you thankful for this week?

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Rachel R.

Saturday 11th of February 2023

Your thankfulness posts are so helpful for me in setting a good mindset, particularly during the more challenging days. Which has been this week, so I’m going to dig:

I’m thankful that even though I wasn’t feeling super great on my anniversary that we had not made more expensive plans, like fine dining or a hotel. We went to a pizza place & the movie theater. The theater seats were incredibly comfy, and a wonderful place to rest with sinus issues. *We would have just stayed home, but our kids were on a special overnight with their grandparents and it’s super rare for us to have the opportunity to get out, just us.

I’m thankful that even though I’m solo parenting (husband’s on work trip), and under the weather, that my kids are older. And there’s sunshine all weekend to play in. If they were younger, this would be so, so hard right now. The vitamin D felt so good today!

I’m thankful for the bananas that no one seemed to want (never happens, they are always quickly eaten up when yellow) that turned into delicious banana bread.

I’m thankful that each day has enough trouble of it’s own, and that we don’t have to worry about tomorrow (easier said than done).


Friday 10th of February 2023

Hi! Few years ago you posted the most amazing turkey leftover sandwich and I made it a couple of times. My *then* 11yo loved but then she went vegetarian and I never made Thanksgiving turkey again. She's back to eating meat and requested that sandwich but I cannot remember anything except that it was from your blog. Would you be so kind and repost the recipe (or send it to me if it's easier ☺) Thanks a lot!


Friday 10th of February 2023

Hmm...maybe it's by Heidi at This one maybe?

Jody S.

Thursday 9th of February 2023

I am thankful: *for safe travels today. We were not one of the many vehicles in ditches. *for fun music in our van. *that my father was able to take my son to his orthodontist appointment today. *that I will see college boy tomorrow. *for my sister-in-law’s pregnancy. *for clean public restrooms. *that we are making pancakes and bacon and coffee for breakfast tomorrow. Doesn’t that sound good?


Thursday 9th of February 2023

Today is not super good, but wayyyy better than Tuesday for me this week. Here's a sampler of my thanks: (1) I'm learning to take advantage of the good weather/"a few minutes." Today I took a walk with a coworker at the end of the workday, and THEN I took my dog on his own walk... all before the rain came! (2) I may hate having to cohabitate with my soon-to-be-ex husband, but one of the biggest draws to this house was that I would finally (after 6 years) get my own space - a sewing/crafting room that would have also served as a spare bedroom. I adore it. (3) The sweet smell of new growth and early flowers scenting the air on an abnormally warm day. (4) The technology to connect with a therapist virtually, and build/maintain connections with my far-flung friends. And find a board-game group! (5) Frozen lasagna for an easy-button dinner... and several subsequent meals. Cheaper than takeout!


Thursday 9th of February 2023

Today, DH and I toured the gardens at Sunnylands, in lovely, warm Rancho Mirage. (We just visited the free part.) At the gift shop, I saw a card that made me think of you. Instead of buying it for $5.00, I took a picture. It said, "I know everyone's telling you to be angry, but I want to tell you that it's also OK to be sad. Anger tells us to fight, but sadness tells us what to fight for."

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