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Thankful Thursday | The Thanksgiving one

For most of my blog’s history, I have made a 50-item thankful list on Thanksgiving Day.

fall leaves by a lake


But this year, blog readers and I have been making thankful lists every Thursday, just as a matter of course.

(2020 has required extra gratitude practice for most of us!)

So I thought maybe I’d just do a regular Thankful Thursday post today. And I’d love for you to join me in the comments.

March lake scene

This week, I am thankful:

that we are safe and healthy

Good health is a particular blessing right now.

that the bathroom smell was a simple fix

We’d recently replaced the toilet seat in one of our bathrooms, and around the same time, we started noticing a weird smell; slightly like the smell of a bathroom where a lot of young boys live. 😉

I could NOT figure out where the smell was coming from; it persisted through thorough cleaning, and no matter where I checked for the smell, I couldn’t locate it.

Then, weeks into trying to troubleshoot this problem, I happened to sniff the toilet lid.

(I was desperate, ok???)

And sure enough, that’s where the smell was.

I googled it and discovered other people had bought Bemis brand toilet seats and experienced the same thing.

I was relieved to learn that I had not completely lost my marbles!

And I was also relieved that this was a simple fix; just buy another brand of toilet seat.

Whew. This is much better than some mystery plumbing issue.

Summary for anyone finding this via Google in the future: If you think your brand new Bemis toilet seat smells like pee, you are not crazy.

that Sonia’s got two pet-sitting jobs

She’s got one over this weekend, and one around the Christmas holidays.

I’m happy for the odd jobs that have come her way!

that I got a speedy refund on the textbook I sent back

The college did take months to send me a label, but once I got the label and shipped the book back, I had a refund in just a few days. Yay!

that the pandemic will not last forever

Sometimes I sort of find myself thinking that things will be like this from here on out, which is a super discouraging thought.

But then I remember that no pandemic in the history of the world has ever gone on indefinitely. So it is reasonable to think that one day, life will be more normal than it is now.

that we currently have plenty of toilet paper

I have never been a person to habitually stockpile toilet paper.

But 2020 has made me feel thankful to have several multi-packs stacked in my laundry room.

toilet paper

for sleep

There is a sense in which I wish I did not have to sleep (think of all the time I’d have!), but since I do need sleep, I am very grateful for the happy feeling of plopping my tired self into bed and drifting off to sleep.

Also I am grateful for the way in which sleep resets me; sometimes things that seem terrible when I am tired suddenly become much more manageable once I get some sleep. 

that God is always working in my life

I do not alway know what He’s doing, in both small and large things, but I am grateful for the faith to trust when I don’t understand.

that every day is a new chance to hope

”It’s always something, to know you’ve done the most you could. But, don’t leave off hoping, or it’s of no use doing anything. Hope, hope to the last.” – Charles Dickens

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

that there are always things to be grateful for

As Alice Morse Earle says, “Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.”

What are you thankful for today?

P.S. If your heart is sad today, much love to you. I know that holidays press on the wounded parts of your heart in ways that regular days do not, so I wish i could give you a hug. 

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Profesora H-B

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

I'm late to this because I took the Thanksgiving long weekend off to just work on some sewing projects and veg out with some audio books.

I'm thankful for an incredibly supportive spouse. He moved thousands of miles away from his hometown with me for my faculty job. He got a lot of flack about moving for his wife's job (the nerve!). It hasn't been an easy journey, but I am so lucky.

I'm thankful for the unbelievably generous friend who gave me her old sewing machine. I've been making due with a very inexpensive mechanical Brother machine (which I'm holding onto for when I go to sewing classes or to a friend's house to sew) for more than a decade. I've made beautiful quilts and table toppers and a doll-sized boppy for my niece, but I always had to go somewhere to quilt my beautiful quilts because the inexpensive machine's throat/harp space is VERY small. Out of nowhere during Thanksgiving week, my friend showed up with her very much upgraded machine and I am over the moon.

I'm also thankful job, my sewing skills, my family, my internet friends and acquaintances, my dog, my health, my home, etc...


Sunday 29th of November 2020

Thankful we are all healthy and still have good humor. Thankful that our daughter recognizes her privilege and despite her feeling anxious and sad, is till forging ahead with her education and professional goals. Thankful for neighbors and friends. Thankful for sleep and exercise and other habits that heal.

Rachel R.

Saturday 28th of November 2020

I am thankful for sunshine, leftovers, new library books and Christmas DVD’s, blankets, warm socks, soap, Christmas trees, a decorated home, laughter, love (even if it means sorrow when you miss someone), soup, freshly vacuumed carpets, little kid sayings and hugs, a dishwasher, running into a friend, desks, thrift finds, wrapped presents, family phone calls, fresh laundry, freshly bathed kids, my sister visiting us, pumpkin pie and whip cream, nature walks, blue skies and a date planned for tomorrow with my husband.


Friday 27th of November 2020

I am thankful for: 1. All the essential workers in the food chain who made it possible for us to enjoy a delicious meal on Thanksgiving. The farm workers, the food producers/packagers, the truck drivers, the grocery store workers...thank you from the bottom of our hearts and the top of our full bellies. 2. Zoom dessert with my brother and sister and brother-in-law. It made it possible to enjoy some family time together during the holiday in a safe way. 3. Places like the NY Common Pantry that make it possible for us to donate and provide food for others who are not able to afford their own right now. Happy Thanksgiving to those who keep it running and to those who can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal because of it. 4. My friends who regularly reach out and say hello. Can't wait to see you in person again! 5. My meditation teacher. She is a beautiful and special person who has helped bring more calm into my life. She found a way to bring us all together again when we could no longer meet in person and it has made this time more bearable.


Friday 27th of November 2020

I love thankful thursdays!

I am grateful for...

* Physical books. I love the feel of holding a book, turning the pages, see the progression. I don't like to read on a screen. So I'm very happy that physical books are still being printed.

* Grateful to be able to kick off a shopping ban not because I *need* too but because I want too. It's a privilege.

* I'm grateful to have a good job, well paid, even if sometimes I just don't feel like coming in. And I'm grateful to be able to work part-time (3 days per week) instead of full-time

* I'm grateful that my kids have friends and are well ajusted in school

* I'm grateful for a supportive and hard-working husband


Friday 27th of November 2020

I don't love reading digital books either. I feel like my brain doesn't process them as well!

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