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Thankful Thursday | and a Vitamix giveaway note

First, a note about the Vitamix giveaway!

A peach smoothie in a vitamix, viewed from above.

When I said, “One comment per household”, I was thinking of instances where people go to the work of leaving different comments with different names and email addresses. In such cases, I can tell that they are actually from the same person because the IP addresses are the same.

I know that sometimes people accidentally leave duplicate comments and I also know that some of you are experiencing a glitch where your comment initially appears multiple times. That is completely fine; I can see the difference on my end!

Basically, if you are not nefariously trying to game the system, you’re good. 🙂


This week, I am thankful:

that Mr. FG was able to join me for a cat shift last night

His evening plans got cancelled so he was able to lend a hand, which is helpful when we have a lot of kittens.

tuxedo cat in Kristen's arms.

There’s a reason there’s a saying, “It’s like herding cats.”  Ha.

for Facetime calls from Lisey

Texting is good too, of course, but I feel like I get a good catch-up on what’s happening in her life when I get to Facetime with her.

And it makes me happy that she wants to call me.

that there are several girls in Lisey’s class

She had aviation school orientation this last week, and in a class of 30, there are several other girls besides her.

Obviously, the class is still skewed heavily towards the male end of things, but it’s not as skewed as she expected.

It’s more of a 70/30 split than a 95/5 split.

for all the rain we’ve gotten this past week

It has been super dry here for the last month or so (as in, even the weeds were dying), but we’ve had multiple rainstorms in the last week.

for interesting books to read

I cannot imagine a life without books.

Their ability to expand my view into the world is really phenomenal; through books, I can meet more people and learn about more things than I’d ever be able to without the written word.

that I grew up in a book-rich home

I just now saw this article on my homepage, all about the benefits of growing up surrounded by books.

stack of library books

When I was a kid, my mom took us to the library almost every single week, and each time, we lugged out a crate or two full of books.

This seemed very normal to me, but looking back, I remember visitors to our house expressing surprise at the bins of books in our living room!

I was a voracious reader as a kid, so I am thankful that I had all this access to books.

that summer humidity does not last forever here

The description for each and every day in my forecast includes “humid” or, “uncomfortably humid” until the absolute end of August.

However, I know that we are getting toward the end of the super humid season here and that knowledge is buoying my spirits.

This is why I think I should never live somewhere like South Florida; without a not-so-humid time of year to look forward to, I might become rather deflated.

that we do not have to switch health insurance

There was some concern that Mr. FG would have to switch employers mid-year, but it looks like the switch-up will not happen until the end of the year.

I am very happy about this because we met our health insurance deductible for the year, and I’d like to ride that train until December 31!

for people who offer parenting encouragement

Those of you who are parents know full-well how discouraging parenting can be; there are so many hard decisions to make, big and small, day-in and day-out, and it can be very easy to feel like you are failing.

So, I’m really thankful for a couple of people who know me in real life and who have offered encouragement to me recently.

for the way that our extended family members show love to our kids

I’m thankful for the way their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and great-aunts, and great-uncles care for them, by helping them, talking to them, praying for them, and inviting them into their homes.

Isn’t it so true that one of the best ways to love a parent is to show love to that parent’s children?

What are you thankful for this week?

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Friday 20th of August 2021

Thankful for cooler weather at night, you can go out in the morning without being attacked by skeeters. That we were able to plan an out of town vacation, can't wait to go. That a lump on my pup which I almost did not even mention to my vet sent him a red flag and wants it removed to be safe. It was small, got big & now is small again. That my other pup who I thought had lost weight because we won't eat put on a pound. So he is eating enough. Thankful that I am coming to terms where I "know" in my heart that I need to leave my current job. The work overload is beyond tremendous.

Katy in Africa

Friday 20th of August 2021

Yes! I too am thankful for those last two you mentioned! It's been a challenging week on multiple fronts here, but I still have so much to be thankful for: - Despite some health issues for each member of our family, it isn't anything more serious. - Despite some expenses, we have money in the bank. - Despite a lot of unknowns, God never changes. I'm clinging to this. All kinds of things in my life could change at any given moment, health, finances, plans change, and loss of loved ones, but one thing is future forever with my God and and my Savior. And that's more solid than anything else.


Friday 20th of August 2021

@Katy in Africa, I hope this isn't too forward of me to say, but I'd love it if you'd do a "meet a reader" interview.


Friday 20th of August 2021

1. New washing machine 150.00 at thrift store. 2. Paid a man 85.00 to go get it. 3. Found a new thrift store in Atlanta called Lost and Found. All proceeds go to runaways. 4. Lots of need to water. 5 Started reading again


Thursday 19th of August 2021

Thankful Thursday I'm thankful that the job I do is almost back to precovid metrics. I want the business to grow of course, but last year was one stressful year for my line of work. I'm thankful that I'm not work 12 hour days any longer. I may work 10 hours once in a while if I'm the only manager there. I'm thankful for the last weekend. I had to work, but my mom invited my youngest and my brother's only sons (7 and 6) over for the weekend. The boys loved playing together and being spoiled by grandparents! I'm thankful for getting half my teenage son's back to school shopping finished during this weekend. Good moods everywhere helped! I am thankful for a friend. I was really struggling with something, and finally reached out. It sure helps to get perspective from someone not in my downward spiralling thoughts.

a curious reader

Thursday 19th of August 2021

ha, your description of your family lugging crates of books out of the library every week made me laugh. It reminded me of the "Exiles" series of children's books by Hilary McKay - it's about four kooky sisters who love to read. I asked my mother to bring the books to our vacation a couple of weeks back and was in tears (from laughing) re-reading them.

I'm thankful for: allergy meds. Due to our climate, it seems there is always SOMETHING in bloom in HK. I mostly love this, but the allergies never stop. Very thankful to have Zyrtec in my life! friendships. I had a lot of trouble making friends for a while when I was younger. I'm so grateful that I have a great group of friends now. getting older. when I was younger, I thought for sure I would hate getting older. So far I surprisingly love it! I am much more confident, calm and optimistic. our new salad spinner. We finally "splurged" on a salad spinner. it's fun to use AND makes for a better salad. Very grateful that I can afford these little luxuries. my great timing. Right after I finished my reduced 7 day quarantine after returning from my holiday, the government announced that they're changing the rules and now everyone has to quarantine for 21 days. There aren't enough hotel rooms for people to re-book their rooms to 21 days, so it has been mayhem. And of course, no one wants to quarantine for 21 days in a tiny room in the first place! I was so lucky to be one of the few to be able to do only 7 days (the 7 day rule was only in effect for about 4 weeks).

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