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Thankful Thursday | SOME things are well

I was chatting with a reader on Instagram last month after she’d made a thankful list in the midst of personal hard times, and I said, “Yep! When you make a point of hunting for blessings, it does not mean you pretend that ALL is well. It’s just that you purposely notice that SOME things are well.”

It’s not denial; it’s an effort to see the whole spectrum of what is there.

And on that note, this week, I am thankful:

for peonies

peonies in vase.

I think peonies are among the most lovely flowers ever.

a large pink peony bloom.

I do wish they lasted longer, but then again, if that were the case, maybe I would not appreciate them as much as I do.

peonies in a white pitcher.

for a free ironing board cover

Someone from church had an extra ironing board cover, so she dropped it by and it’s working great on my Facebook Marketplace ironing board.

(the cover it came with was worn and had stains and rips in it.)

shady woods to walk in!

It was over 100 degrees here yesterday, so I am thankful for shade. Also, today the heat is breaking a little, so that’s making me happy.
Dilapidated wooden bridge in the woods.

Hot days always make me thankful for air conditioning too. And cool showers.

that my dishwasher stopped leaking

One night when I ran it, water leaked onto the floor. I let my landlords know, of course, but it was gonna be a few days before they could get to it.

I decided to run it again one night while I watched it, so I could see where in the cycle the leaking started. But amazingly, it didn’t leak. And I have run it multiple times since, with no leaks.

So, yay!

for my front window

My parents have a window like this, and my mom has always had it filled with plants. I’ve never had such a good spot for growing houseplants, so perhaps my black thumb will become slightly less black while I live here. 😉

small green succulent in white pot.

for more neighborly kindness

I keep meeting more and more of my neighbors, and they keep doing more kind things, like inviting me to get-togethers, giving me open-ended offers of help, and last night, one of them brought me a loaf of fresh bread!

small round loaf of bread.

The people here are seriously making me rethink my neighbor game; I am going to do a better job of welcoming next time I’m the established neighbor and someone new moves in.

for a healthy body that can move

I walked over 105 miles in May (and 114 miles in April), and I am feeling so thankful to be able to do things like that.

screenshot of walking app.

that Zoe and I are making good driving progress

She’s now to the point where she can drive on regular roads (not just neighborhoods and parking lots) and whenever my kids get to that point, it is SO much easier to get driving practice in, because they can just drive all the regular places we’d be going.

a pile of car keys.

This is good news because Zoe and I got awfully behind on our driving hours because of, you know, life upheaval.

But we have 2.5 months until she’s eligible to take the test, and I think at this rate we will get the hours done in time.

(relatedly, a reader asked how I teach my kids to drive, and I answered.)

that there is a Buy Nothing group here

At my original house, there was no Buy Nothing group available (I did check, of course!).

I joined the one in my parents’ neighborhood while I lived there, and I thought it was awesome. So when I moved to my rental, I was delighted to see that there is a Buy Nothing group for this area. Yay!

You can only be in one Buy Nothing group at a time, so I unjoined the one in my parents’ neighborhood and I am officially part of the local one here.

for time to read books for fun

You all had recommended so many good medical memoirs to read, and they’ve been sitting here taunting me all semester.

stack of medical books.

I did get through three of these.

But now that school is out for the summer, I get to read whatever I want (basically: not my Anatomy and Physiology textbook. Ha.)

So, every night before I go to sleep, I hop into my bed and read a few chapters; right now, I’m reading Baby Catcher, which I am loving.

(Here’s a list of all the medical memoirs I’ve read so far, with tiny reviews)

What are you thankful for this week?

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Tuesday 7th of June 2022

Two weeks ago I used the "Quackery" book as a reference in my history paper I wrote for a class on how the original coca cola had cocaine (I believe this is common knowledge) but what I talked about was the fact that despite the presence of cocaine the drink was connected to the temperance movement as an alternative drink to have over alcohol. Interesting read! I love the Quackery book.

Jane Doe

Monday 6th of June 2022

I recommend the book "Walk on Water" about pediatric heart surgery

Katy in Africa

Saturday 4th of June 2022

- I've also been enjoying walks lately and am thankful for the health and energy to do so. - For flowers. I'm thankful God chose to make them beautiful and in such a huge variety! - For color. I love big bright happy colors! - My kids are going to camp next week. I'm nervous, but so thankful they get this opportunity. - For our house. - For the book Évidence Not Seen that I'm currently reading. - For encouraging Scripture, like Psalm 16


Saturday 4th of June 2022

* My 12 years old DD is struggling with mental health issues lately and has been hospitalized for the past week. I’m grateful that she is where she can get help * My MIL is bringing food, my friend-neighboor is babysitting my youngest, friends are offering their help and support, school staff is supportive. We are well surrounded. *My gym routine, which contributes to keeping me sane * the free calories counting app Lose it! I registered yesterday and it’s really well done. I have what I’m looking for with the free version. * for the perfect temperature today: sunny and windy, not hot but warm enough to wear a summer dress


Friday 3rd of June 2022

Regarding seeing the whole spectrum of what is there during hard times:

Prelude to Spring

When I consider how this frozen field Will hold within its harrowed breast A seed which shall in time Yield bread for hungering mouths I am at peace Earth has her need of rain, And I of tears.

-Pauli Murray

Lisa K

Sunday 5th of June 2022

@Tarynkay, This is beautiful!


Friday 3rd of June 2022

I love this!

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