1. I am thankful that the blogging A-Z challenge is over. I chose not to participate this year, but many people I know did. Great googly moogly, that was a boatload of reading I just didn't have time for! I'm just going to throw this suggestion out there. How 'bout next year, instead of everyone going at the same time in April, everyone takes a different month? The pressure of reading and writing would be off, and we read-only participants would have more time to actually read and encourage.
2. I am thankful for the warmer weather. Sure, it's not as warm as our springs usually are, but it's warmer than the winter. Our saliva is no longer in danger of freezing, so I am happy. To those who are complaining about the cool spring...People, remember the Polar Vortex. We aren't wimps anymore, so don't act like it.
3. I am thankful for packages in the mail. I received a cookbook from Lizzi (full of glitter, of course) a few weeks ago, and this week I received Tibetan prayer flags from Zoe. (I won a contest with a ridiculous obituary entry) I have always loved snail mail, but it's so rare to get any these days. I get so excited to find something that isn't a bill or an ad in my mailbox.
4. I am thankful for purple.
|The irises are right on time.|
|Taking a photo of a lilac bush in gale-force winds is not an easy task. You heard it here first.|
5. I am thankful that you all are still reading the blog. I've had some funny stuff happen around here lately, but I haven't had the time nor brain power to come up with a funny, creative way to tell the stories. Honestly, the story about getting refused service at Olive Garden should have made OJ come out of people's noses, but I could do nothing but boringly throw it in a quick take. Thank you for continuing to stick with me. I'll get my creative juices back soon, because...
6. I am thankful high school volleyball is over. Phoenix had so much fun learning a new sport, and he came a long way in his ability to play. Plus, I really enjoyed watching the matches. However, it's been taking a lot out of us. It's a good time for the season to end.
7. And, school soccer is over. Once again, loads of fun for Buttercup and Star and me and the little boys, but it was one more thing on the calendar requiring me to drive. I'm tired of driving.
8. I am thankful for not-as-serious-as-it-could-be injuries. Turken's collar bone did not break all the way through. Since it is just a small fracture, he won't be out of commission for too horribly long. Good thing, because the sight of him in the dugout while his team plays the field hurts my heart. He never complained and his coach was great about making Turken feel like he was still part of the team (Turken was the 3rd base coach while his team was at bat.), but we all are hoping this recovery goes quickly.
9. I am thankful for the non-rainy weather we had in the middle of each day this week. There was plenty of yucky, wet weather each afternoon and evening, but the middle of the days were mostly fine. I was able to dry lots of newly washed bedding on the line this week, as well as get some much needed mowing done.
10. I am thankful for my mom. We've seen a lot of her in the last month, and the kids and I couldn't be happier. (Bryan hasn't seen her much, since he didn't go on vacation with us, nor did he go to Ohio for the tournament with us.) She has beaten death three times in her life (a mysterious kidney ailment when I was in high school, a completely blocked artery requiring 2 heart stents 2 years ago, followed directly by a fight with cervical cancer.), so I am over the top grateful for every minute I get to spend with her. I've been hinting that she just needs to move to Indy, but that is just the selfish part of me coming out. I know how important her friends are to her, and that in Kentucky she is only a few miles from all of her other kids and grandkids. I'll just be super happy for the time I get.
Now that I've made my mom tear up, I shall turn the thankful train over to you. What has you all giddy with gratefulness this week?
Have a lovely day!
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Amycake and the Dude, Considerings, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I Want Backsies, Mother of Imperfection, Rewritten, Thankful Me, The Wakefield Doctrine