Thursday, June 17, 2021

Who, What, When, Where, Why Of Thankfuls

So, I'm sitting in my chair in my bedroom on the second floor of my house (this is important), and I feel something tickly on my arm. I looked down to find a tiny ant running crazily over my arm. I squished it, smelled it (this is important, too), and EWWWW, it had the sickly sweet smell of a sugar ant, which you usually find on the FIRST floor of the house in the KITCHEN. A few hours later, there were MORE ants, at least half a dozen, bopping around on the oriental rug in my room (important, too - think how busy the pattern is on an oriental rug).

I am NOT thankful for this.

I AM thankful that my calico cat, Nora Pearl, who was irritated with me for moving her off my lap so I could write a TToT link up post, spied an ant on the rug. When I saw her locked in on something from her perch on the ottoman, it took me a few moments of staring in the same area to see what SHE was seeing, but I'm glad I figured out where she had the bead. Good eye, Nora Pearl! 

Now to figure out why the second floor, how they're getting in, and what I'm going to do about it

I could come up with about a dozen reasons NOT to be thankful about having ants in the house, but isn't it so much nicer to find the one positive thing about it? 

The mighty huntress, Nora Pearl

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Thankfully Yours

You ever hear people say something like, "I was born in the wrong time. I should have been alive during the (name the era). Times were so much simpler then"?

You won't hear me saying that, because as lovely as they make it appear in Hamilton or The Great Gatsby, and as frightening and ghastly as the world can be on any given day currently, I know I am right where I need to be. Time travel? No thanks, as I am thankful for, and accustomed to:

toilet paper
indoor plumbing
air conditioning
refrigeration
vaccines
central heat
meteorology (as inaccurate as it often is)
elastic
dental hygiene
anti-perspirant

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Just Because It's June, June, June!

 June is bustin' out all over

The feeling is gettin' so intense!

What are you waiting for? Bust out your Ten Things of Thankful post and link it up with us! The link is live until Monday night!


"June Is Bustin' Out All Over"/Rogers & Hammerstein's Carousel


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Thursday, May 27, 2021

It's Officially Here

This is Memorial Day weekend in the US, which began in around 1868 as a day on which women used flowers to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers who had fallen in battle. Originally called Decoration Day, it evolved to include decorating the graves of all family members. Once celebrated every May 30 (when flowers were in bloom, so before those pop-up stores that sell plastic flower arrangements), it became a national holiday in 1971 and was given the workplace-friendly date of the last Monday in May. It is also the unofficial beginning of summer.

I am thankful for those who gave their lives for the freedom of our country.

I am thankful for ancestors who make up the many branches of our family tree.

And I am thankful that winter is over and summer is here, officially or unofficially!

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Don't Miss It!

Wasn't it Christmas just a couple of weeks ago? How is it that we're almost half a year away from there already?

When our lives are soooo busy that time seems to fly by, it's all the more important to take a few minutes to find the thankfuls in our world. Write them on a notepad. Send them in a text to yourself. Reflect on them. Write a post about them. Share them.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

It's Here!

Friday is here. FRIDAY is here. Friday is HERE.

FRIDAY IS HERE!

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I'll wait....

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

My Car Holds Ten Thankfuls!

This week's twist on a thankful list comes to you from my car. Here are Ten Things of Thankful for items I keep in my car:

1. My movie blanket. Haven't been to a movie in over a year, but when the theater re-opens, I will be ready! What do you mean, you don't have a movie blanket? This a terrific item to take into a movie theater, because movie theaters are always cold and if I'm watching a scary movie, I can hide under it.

2. A backscratcher. 

Telescoping backscratcher = da bomb


3. Disposable gloves. Originally because of Covid and forever after because I never want to put gasoline in my car again without one on my hand.

4. Face masks.

5. Hamilton soundtrack.

6. Tire gauge.

7. Scissors.

8. Reusable shopping bags for going to Aldi.

9. A hoodie.

10. Straws and napkins.

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Bookish Thankfuls

You know, thankful lists don't necessarily have to be centered on your week. Here's an idea: name ten books you are thankful that you read. I'll go first:

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

Little House In The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

And Ladies Of The Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer

A Is For Alibi by Sue Grafton

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Egg And I by Betty MacDonald

A Bargain For Frances by Russell Hoban

Ramona The Pest by Beverly Cleary



Eight of the ten on this list led me to other books by the same author, so these ten titles represent dozens of books, and a little bit of each of these have helped to make me who I am now.

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

April Is The Cruelest Month

Here are ten things to be thankful for in April:

Daylight Savings Time comes back.

The grass turns green.

Tulips.

Lilacs.

Peeps.

Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs

Sunny days.

Can start wearing capris again.

Ditto flip flops.

Snow.

Wait, what?

Thankful for snow? In APRIL?

When you teach 2-3 year olds, a surprise snow is a fun opportunity to bundle up, go out on the playground, and catch snow flakes on your tongue (or, as a few kids did, just eat snow right off the playground equipment with or without using your hands).





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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Back In The Saddle

I'm baaaaaack!

It was a lovely wedding, just like a fairy tale.

And I'm now a mother-in-law - eep!

And I'm (mostly) rested up and ready for the thankfuls, so bring 'em on! The link is now live!



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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Carry On, Carry On

Your Ten Things of Thankful Hostess with the Leastest is going to be mostly out-of-pocket this weekend, as my son is getting married - eep!

So do me a solid and carry on. Write your thankfuls. Link them up. Visit every post that is linked up to our hop and comment. I'll pop in if and when I can. 

I appreciate every single one of you who is a part of this hop. Our numbers may come and go, but the core value of finding the thankfuls in life remain constant.




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Thursday, April 1, 2021

April's Sweet Month

 The following Mother Goose rhyme was originally published ca. 1843. The lack of little lambs in my April is a little sad, but other than that, this verse sums up the month fairly accurately:

In April's sweet month

When the leaves 'gin to spring

Little lambs skip like fairies

And birds build and sing.




If I DID have a little lamb that could skip like a fairy, it would surely make MY thankful list. What makes yours? Write them down, link them up. The Ten Things of Thankful blog hop is live!

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Spring Is Sprung

Has spring sprung yet where you are? It has here in the Ozarks. Daffodils are in bloom, as are hyacinths and crocus. The tulips have big, fat buds on them. The Bradford pears are in bloom, and most of the trees are beginning to bud.

Spring is a beautiful time for renewal. Why don't you renew with us at the Ten Things of Thankful? It's so easy to find 10 things in any given week for which you can be thankful. Write them, link them, visit them.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Sunny Thankfuls

If I said I thought today was Saturday, it wouldn't explain how I didn't post this earlier today, would it...?

The weekend has already begun. What are you waiting for?! It's time for the Ten Things of Thankful!

I'm currently in Oklahoma City. The trees are budding. The weeping willows have honest-to-God LEAVES on them. Daffodils are crazy beautiful. And the SUN IS SHINING.

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Scissortail Park, Oklahoma City, OK


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Thursday, March 11, 2021

No One Can Write Just One


Put on your happy and write a thankful list. We call it Ten Things of Thankful, but some of us (you know who you are [Clark]) play fast and loose with that rule. If you can't come up with ten things you are thankful for this week, then write just one and link it up with the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop. Just remember, thankfuls are like Lay's potato chips: no one can write just one!


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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Was Your Week A Tortoise Or A Hare?

 Blink!

Week over!

When weeks go by in a flash like this one has, keeping a running list of thankfuls somewhere handy makes writing your TToT post a breeze (a warm, spring breeze that reminds you that winter is always temporary).

Conversely, that running list is quite helpful on those weeks where the days d-r-a-g by so slowly that you think NOTHING thankful-worthy can possibly occur.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

It's Easy Peasy To Be Thankful

Let's get right to the point.

The Ten Things of Thankful blog hop is a weekly opportunity for you to reflect, write, and share the things for which you are thankful.

They needn't be big things, for thankfuls come in all shapes and sizes. 

After you've posted with us, take a few moments to read the other entries that have also linked up and write a comment to let the writer know you have taken the time to stop by.

Easy peasy.

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Elsa Wants You To Write A Thankful Post And Link It Up With Us!

It's been a frigid week across the U.S., and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have suffered with no power, heat, or water in these dangerous conditions.

For the majority of us, however, it's been mostly an inconvenience. A cold, sometimes miserable inconvenience, but not life threatening. How is it where you are? Are you able to find thankfuls in a week such as this?

I can.

I'm thankful for the utility workers who climbed up poles no matter what the weather to repair lines. 

I'm thankful for the public works departments who plowed, salted, sanded, cindered, and whatever else they had to do to get roads cleared as best they could.

I'm thankful for the many businesses and organizations who opened their doors to those who needed to seek shelter from the cold.

I'm thankful for the first responders who were there no matter the conditions.

I'm thankful for all the medical personnel who made it to their shifts and for the ones who worked extra to cover for those who could not get there.

I'm thankful for all the schools that closed for the safety of our children.

I'm thankful for the companies and bosses who were understanding about parents who had no other choice than to stay home from work to be with their children.

I'm thankful for plumbers who come out in such horrid weather to repair frozen pipes (and worse).

I'm thankful for grocery stores that anticipated this weather event and got the shelves stocked beforehand.

I'm thankful for the sunshine that will begin to melt the snow and ice and bring us a little warmth along with it.

Please join us at the Ten Things of Thankful this week! Link up your post, and please, read the other posts on the link and comment on them. It makes us all warm inside when you do, and we need all the warmth we can get right now!

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Groundhogs Are Not Meteorologists

Did the stupid groundhog see his shadow where you live? Because he apparently not only saw it here, he was TERRIFIED by it, and now we are being punished with six weeks of living inside one of those giant walk in freezers in the backroom of Walmart where they store the ice cream. Icy roads. Single digit temperatures. Schools canceled. 

Let's think about our favorite beautiful, warm, happy place. Close your eyes and imagine you're there. Wait, open them. You can't read with your eyes closed. Feel the warm sunshine, the light breeze, perhaps the sound of water lapping at the shore. Ahhh! Now pick up that cold beverage on the table next to your lounge chair, take a sip, then flip open your laptop and write your Ten Things of Thankful post, because the link is now live! 





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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Groundhog Dayyyyy!!! Read All About It!

So Groundhog Day was this week. 

Did you know the idea of Groundhog Day came from the ancient Christian celebration of Candlemas Day, which was the midpoint between winter solstice and spring equinox? The clergy would bless the candles on this day and then pass them out to the people. Superstition held that if the day were sunny and clear, this would be sign a long, hard winter, but if it were cloudy, it meant spring would arrive soon.

The Germans elaborated on this and threw in a hedgehog that would either see his shadow or not, and when Germans settled in Pennsylvania, the hedgehog was traded out for a groundhog. The first news of a Groundhog Day celebration was in 1886 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where the editor declared the Punxsutawney groundhog named Phil was America's official weather forecasting groundhog. Oh, and after Phil's weather prediction, the celebrants headed over to Gobbler's Knob for (wait for it) various groundhog dishes, including groundhog punch....

I think I can answer for everyone on this and say we are all thankful that Groundhog Day has evolved and partaking of an actual groundhog is no longer part of the celebration.

What else are you thankful for? Please join us at the Ten Things of Thankful and find out why we are forecasting many thankfuls and a friendly blogging community!

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If you haven't seen the movie "Groundhog Day"
with Bill Murray, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?


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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Goodbye, January!

January is officially over this weekend.

Anyone else thankful to see it go?

Groundhog Day is next week, and all I've gotta say is that fat rodent better not see his shadow. We deserve a beautiful and early spring!

What are you thankful for this week? For snow? For no snow? For the Chiefs going to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row? Write your list, link it up with us, visit the other entries, comment on them, and see why the TToT is the greatest blog hop in the blogosphere!

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

I Remembered The Link This Week! Join Us In Celebration!

I'm not going to forget to post THIS week! I'm even writing the post TWO DAYS EARLY. 

Y'all, January is almost over. February is a short month. And SPRING BEGINS IN MARCH!

We can do this! Longer days and warm sunshine are growing closer. I am SO thankful for this! 

Are you a winter person? If so, I just don't get you. A summer person? Or, like me, an anything-BUT-winter person? Give us ten thankfuls to support your stance, or share any thankfuls, big or small with us. Write them down, link them up, then visit the other posts in our weekly Ten Things of Thankful blog hop. 

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Always Thankful

Right now, this very week, we need to remind ourselves that there are still thankfuls in the world.

Please join the Ten Things of Thankful and link up your post.

Your heart will feel better for it.

Peace be with you.


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Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy Happy Happy New Year!

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HAPPY NEW YEARRRRRRRRR!!!

The Ten Things of Thankful blog hop is ringing in the new year this weekend! If you haven't joined us before, make a resolution to do it starting NOW.

Make 2021 be the year you become a hopper, not a lurker!

Write up your list of ten things you are thankful for RIGHT THIS MOMENT. They don't have to be deep and meaningful. I'm thankful for raisins in my oatmeal this morning, which is neither of those.

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