Well, it’s been quiet here a long time, but I haven’t stopped writing entirely. Over the months, I’ve collected various partial lists of things to be thankful for, but never got around to putting any of them on the blog. So, in no particular order, here are some of my favorites from those partial lists.
I am thankful:
- You know that feeling when you have a headache and you cough and it feels like your head is going to explode? I’m thankful that doesn’t happen every time you cough.
- For being able to turn the faucet on in my own house and have clean water come out [that one was from last year, when we had to temporarily relocate while the cold-water pipes were redone in our house. Makes you appreciate that it really is a wonder to get water from the tap.]
- For some gorgeous cobalt blue glass mugs that I got for a very reasonable price. They are sixteen ounces and the perfect shape to fit in both hands (so you can warm all your fingers, instead of having to overlap them and leave some cold.) Because they are semi-transparent glass, when you tip them up to finish the last swallows, they turn the whole world the most beautiful blue. Soon, the weather will be cool enough here to start using them again. 🙂
- That the brand of butter we use at work wraps the little pats in shiny gold, because it makes them much easier to find in the cooler when I drop them.
- That the floor in the women’s restroom at work (newly redone at the original time of writing) does indeed slope toward the drain. Unfortunately, I learned that the hard way.
- For the beauty of that moment in a movie theater when the screen goes dark and everyone is quiet, holding their breath, waiting in excitement for what is about to begin.
- For a hundred small disasters that don’t happen every day: the glass you bump that doesn’t fall, the dropped phone you catch before it hits the floor, the lid that stays on the tipped over coffee canister.
And, more recently, I’ve had things to be thankful for. Including:
- The safe return of my parents from a months-long international trip.
- A wonderful week-long trip of my own to visit family (there were some travel issues on the return, but the “bonus days” were mostly pleasant.) Very much enjoyed seeing family I hadn’t seen in a while, especially hugging small nieces and nephews. We got to see a number of very beautiful places, too.
- The opportunity to house/dog sit and make a little money while getting in snuggles on the couch.
- That the shoulder injury I suffered in mid-June has been officially declared healed. It’s very difficult to stop automatically using your dominant hand because the shoulder it is attached to is hurt (especially when it only really hurts if you use it too much and you have an active job…). At any rate, I am glad it is better, and I have a new appreciation for people who suffer from chronic pain.
- For the timing being right so that it was less than two weeks from our first scorpion of the season (in my bedroom closet, discovered as I was hanging up clean clothes… I’d just started to think we’d make it through the summer without any…) to the pest control spraying yesterday morning. Especially since there was a second scorpion four days after the first, in the kitchen. We think the third one we saw last night during dinner was on its last legs. It did bring our total for this house up to twelve – a nice even average of four a year. 😛 But, they have sprayed and dusted, and one can hope there will be no more for a good while.
Of course, I could go on, but I must stop somewhere. I’m hopeful that this attempt to blog more will take, but I also realize that life happens too, and you just never know. I guess we’ll see together how it goes!