Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sliding in with My Ten Things of Thankful, week 115

I'm here! I'm here!

And I'm thankful.

In no particular order...

1. Star did not get injured in the 2 varsity games in which he was goalkeeper this week. He and Phoenix both played the best they could. (Saturday's game was painful. They played a team that is ranked nationally. Our team is not.)



2. The academy program at our soccer club (kids age 7-10) is the best one I've ever seen. Not only do they learn footwork and how to play, they have a great time doing it. At the end of practice on Thursday, they had a paint war with about 80-90 kids, and Turken had a blast.


3. We have hundreds of bushels of apples on our trees this year. One of the trees has some that are ready to be picked, and I managed to can 7 quarts this week. I also gave away quite a few to friends.



4. Cuckoo had a happy birthday, partly because Phoenix can drive. Buttercup and Phoenix took Cuckoo out for some ice cream then a shopping trip to spend a $10 gift card.


5. Lots of things are getting done around here thanks to a guy from school/church who started a handyman service. Tomorrow he will finish fixing our crumbling cement front porch step.

6. While all these things are getting done around our house, I've been helping my friend who moved back from Japan get her new house ready for the furniture to be moved in. We've gotten three rooms painted, with one more room to go.

7. Bryan had a job through college as a painter, so when we were dating he taught me how to paint a room. I may not be able to fix the grout in a shower, but I can paint like a boss.

8. Our parish celebrated it's 50th anniversary this weekend, and I was in charge of a big portion of the celebration. Everything went very close to plans, so there was no stress involved.

9. The weather couldn't have been better, which is marvelous, seeing as how most of the things I was doing for the celebration, including the food, was outside.

10. I have superb friends who immediately offered their help with setting up, cleaning up, and manning the food after each Mass.

How was your weekend? Did your plans pan out as you'd hoped they would?

Have a lovely week!



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27 comments:

  1. It's a pretty rare occasion when I get to paint a completely empty room, but it is wonderful when it happens! It's also rare to find a handyman willing to do those odd little jobs. I say little, because even though they are big to someone who needs them done, most contractors don't want to be bothered with them.

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    1. I haven't painted an empty room in over a decade! It was so much easier!

      We will be keeping this guy busy for a long time, because I never could find anyone to do these little jobs. These jack-of-all-trade guys are worth their weight in gold!

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  2. I LOVE APPLES. Love them when they are fresh in autumn.

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    1. Me, too! I eat one every single day. They are best when freshly picked, for sure.

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    1. Wow, quite the rush to comment on Sunday. :)

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  4. OK, not frist at all. :D
    I love parish celebrations - brings back lots of childhood memories.Sounds like you've all had a full and productive week. We are gearing up for some painting in the next few months...nine years in the house and we've only done Zilla's room. I'm thinking it's really time.

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    1. I'll be painting this winter. After I strip the wallpaper. And hire the painter. It's our entryway, which goes up to 25 feet, so I won't be doing it myself. :)

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  5. Wow! I shouldn't be surprised, because you live a busy life, but this week sounds like it was extra-busy. You got some great photos, too!

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    1. It has been busy, which suits me just fine. Except for Sunday. I needed two days to recover from that one. :)

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  6. good to see that, with everyone now in school, you've had a chance to slow down and take it easy….
    sounds like a good week… busy is good (especially for scotts), and busy with variety and the fringe benefit of being able to help others… very good

    painting, you are welcome to… have been capable, simply have not ever had that odd combination of focus and patience that seems to be necessary to be a good painter

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    1. Ha!
      It has been a good kind of busy helping others. My favorite kind. :)

      I do much better when I don't have to paint alone.

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  7. Dem apples though....
    So how many showers did it take to get all of that off of him?
    Because the colour run --- I had to sit in the shower and scrub and scrub and scrub. He must of had such a great time though.
    So boss painter, I have a hallway that needs to be done. Can you fly to Canada?
    #4 is the sweetest. Seriously.

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    1. Just one and another wipedown of the spots he missed on his face. I got lucky. He wasn't anywhere near as covered as most of the other kids.

      I wish I could. Canada is perfect this time of year.

      It was so sweet. Melted my heart, it did.

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  8. Love the pic of Turken covered in paint - it looks like he had a blast.

    Give me a paintbrush and I can paint for England, I love it. I'm currently painting a metal garden table and chairs given to me by a friend, they are/were dark green but I hate dark colours so I'm painting them white. I did the table yesterday and it looks so much better.

    I have only one big thankful, which is an all-time one - I'm thankful for my continuing health and fitness. Almost everyone I know or speak to these days has health problems of some sort - some of these people are much younger than me - so I consider myself fortunate not to be one of them. In fact sometimes I think there must be something wrong with me BECAUSE there's nothing wrong with me! lol

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    1. He had a marvelous time.

      It is astonishing what a simple coat of paint can do!

      Ha! I'm always telling my mom she needs to get healthier friends. Even though she has beaten death three times, she is the only one who can get up and go and do all the fun stuff. I have no doubt all of your camping and hiking keeps you fit and healthy.

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  9. Isn't that a satisfying job, painting a room? I always like how fresh and new a paint job makes things.
    Bummer about the soccer loss, but good to read they're having fun and injury-free to boot.

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    1. It is satisfying to take that last swipe of paint. Paint changes everything so drastically. Makes everything clean again.

      They didn't have a chance going into the game, but they played well anyway. Good sportsmanship is way more important, as I know you'd agree.

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  10. Thanks for reminding me of the apples. Time to pack in Lily and head for the tree I've labeled public property last year and get some apples. Apple pie and apple sauce needs to be made :-)

    Have a great week, Christine!

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  11. I love your thankful posts. I know I tell you that every week, but I really do.

    We dropped our boat off for it's face lift this morning and are excited about seeing the new work. We'll do more later and that's good. It will be so nice to get her back. Can you tell I'm excited? I thought so.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. I'm glad you do. And thank you for telling me. :)

      It is exciting!! You'll get it back before the Labor Day weekend I hope!

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  12. You sure have a lot to be thankful for! I bet Cuckoo really loved being taken out for some special time by his older brother and sister. It probably made his day!

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    1. It not only made his day, but his entire week. I was thrilled that the big kids chose to do that for him.

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  13. Oooof your son is the goalie?? So stressful in so many ways. I'm glad he is doing well. (both boys :))

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