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Thankful Thursday | sometimes you need whiskers!

(Today’s title references a post I wrote: You don’t need whiskers to do that.)

This week, I’m thankful:

for my dad’s help with my piano bench

My poor piano bench has really been through it these last 25 years; not only did it survive my own four children, but it also was used by hundreds of piano students.

And it’s been through multiple moves as well.

van loaded with furniture.

So, I was not terribly surprised when it developed a major issue after this move.

This repair was beyond my skill level, and besides, I have almost no tools right now. Time to ask for help!

I put the bench in my van and brought it over to my dad’s workshop, where he custom cut a piece of oak to reinforce the broken part.

piano bench during repair.

And he also installed a SERIOUS hinge, which should hold up better over time.

for cold showers

It’s been muggy and humid this week so I haven’t wanted a hot shower at all; after my morning walk, the cool water feels SO GOOD.

for air conditioning in my van

Zoe and I were running some errands on a super hot day this week and I felt so, so thankful for working air conditioning in my van!

for the wineberries in my backyard

berries in a bowl of oatmeal.

I’ve been eating them on my oatmeal and adding them to fruit salad.

for this cute kitten

Kristen holding a kitten.

His name is Mark and he is so tiny that he almost feels like he weighs nothing when you pick him up. SO CUTE.

for the flowers I see on my walks

I know Queen Anne’s Lace is generally an invasive plant but I do enjoy seeing it along the paths where I walk!

queen anne's lace in morning sun.

And I like these tiny daises as well.

A field of small daisies.

for an evening with my sister-in-law

We went to a yoga class last night and then hung out together afterward. I am so thankful for her; she is a delight, and we always have fun together no matter if we are painting furniture or treasure-hunting at the abandoned house or hiking or just sitting in the car chatting.


My brother made a very good choice. 🙂

Kristen and her sister-in-law, in wedding garb.

for our cat

She makes my girls so happy, and that makes me happy!

Cat in blanket.

that I got my schooling situation figured out

I think I finally have all my ducks in a row now. I’m taking developmental psychology and microbiology this fall, and since my high school records are too old to qualify, I’m also adding in a non-credit chemistry class.

And after this fall semester, I can finally apply to nursing school. Yay!

What are you thankful for this week?

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Saturday 16th of July 2022

I really enjoyed my developmental psychology courses (you know, exams and such aside). I hope you find your fall classes interesting and your professors helpful and engaging!


Friday 15th of July 2022

Thankful for- Much needed rain this week. Facetime and videos of the grands. For super duper neighbors. For all the veggies, berries and free produce I am getting. I survived a week of a heavy work load, 2 birthdays and 1 anniversary.


Friday 15th of July 2022

Thankful for good weather on our camping trip.

Thankful for my kids getting to play with all their cousins at the beach. They had a lot of fun.

Thankful for all the wild black raspberries in our yard. They are very delicious.

Thankful for my husband putting up and taking down the tent. It is not a fun task and I’m grateful to him for doing it.

Grateful my kids are not picky eaters. I love to cook a variety of foods and if they refused to eat all the time it would be difficult.


Thursday 14th of July 2022

How awesome that there are already over 100 comments on Thankful Thursday!

Work edition... I'm thankful that all is going well during my travel for work this week. I wouldn't want to travel all the time for my job, but it's nice in moderation.

And I'm so thankful that I enjoy the engineering project I currently support. Our team contracts to nasa and it's so fun to be part of the various space missions.

Thankful for great coworkers that make the long days more fun.

Thankful that my husband works from home, and that our three kids are older and quite independent now- makes my absence at home less stressful than even a few years ago (when he worked at an office and the kids were younger).

And thankful for this blog community - y'all are so great :-)

Kim in Maryland

Thursday 14th of July 2022

1. Thankful that after 2 weeks with no AC, due to our heatpump deciding to die right before July 4th weekend, we have a new heat pump and wonderful cool air! Also thankful that we had the money to pay for it and got a 6% discount by paying cash. I asked about discount for cash and the company owner said absolutely but it has to be cash cash. I said I understood, lots of Benjamin's! This company was recommended by the guy who fixed our heat pump 4 years ago but no longer did work on the side. The company was great and had very competitive prices. Our old unit lasted 30 years which we learned when the lead installer mentioned it was built in 1992, which was the year he was born! He said the most important thing you can do to make your unit last is to change the filter monthly. He said buy the cheapest filters available but change them monthly and you will get the maximum life from your unit. 2. Thankful that the hole punch I got for Kristen worked! I didn't think to test it as I had only 10 minutes before they closed and I was intent on finding one. 3. So very thankful to have wonderful neighbors. I know how truly blessed we are after having a truly terrible situation for so many years. 4. So happy that it's summer! Wonderful fruit and veggies and late sunsets. True perfection!

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