1. I am thankful for helpful readers. In Friday's post, I did a little garden update. In it I included a photo of a cucumber which I thought was unusable. Within hours of posting, I received an email from a lovely woman telling me that my cucumbers were most certainly NOT unusable, but were perfect for making cinnamon pickles like her grandma made. (I didn't know who she was, until I saw a little note in the sidebar with her picture and name asking if I wanted to be friends with her on facebook.) So, to AB, thank you very much. I look forward to trying the recipe. And of course I will take photos and let you all know how it goes.
2. I am thankful for opportunities my kids have to try new things and become more independent. The day after we got back from vacation, both Buttercup and Phoenix headed out to camp. Buttercup is at a CYO camp she's been to every year for 4 years now. She always has a blast horseback riding, doing the high ropes, swimming, and all of the usual camp activities. I picked her up at 2 on Friday, and she didn't stop talking for at least 2 hours afterward, telling me all about her week.
Phoenix is at the Boy Scout National Jamboree in West Virginia. It is 10 days of service, high-adventure activities, learning, and growing. He is trying things he has never done before, and being taught by pros in the fields. It has been so fun texting him each day to see what has been going on. For example, Friday's exchange included:
Me: What did you do today?
Phoenix: An 8 mile hike throwing knives the usual
Oh, and the 8 mile hike? Was up a mountain.
Phoenix: There was a pretty bad thunderstorm today. I was on top of the mountain when the lightning warning was sent out.
What mother doesn't want to hear her son say such things?
3. I am thankful for visits with my nieces and nephews. Every summer, my brother drops his kids with me for an extended visit. My nephew is only 2 months older than Giant, and my niece is 3 months older than Turken. It all works out beautifully. They arrived on Thursday and will stay with us until Wednesday. So far, we haven't done much besides hang out at home. Next week should be cooler, so we'll be heading out to have some fun around town.
4. I am thankful for air conditioning. I am not complaining about the heat, even though it has been a week to prove the cliché "It's not the heat, it's the humidity." We go outside to play and do our chores and sweat buckets and practically drown on the moisture in the air, then smile when we get to come in and recuperate in the cooler air. (I can't say "cool", seeing as how our house is old and incapable of cooling the upstairs to a "cool" temperature. (But I'm still thankful.))
5. Speaking of the heat, I'm thankful for popsicles. If the kids know popsicles are coming, I buy an extra 15 minutes of outside play time/Mom gets stuff done in peace time.
6. I am thankful for my grandma. She is 88 years old and still lives in the house my dad and his siblings grew up in. (I wrote about her once.) I spoke with her on Monday, and we discussed her carpel tunnel surgery coming up. She had surgery on her right arm a few years ago, and this week it was time for her left. She said to me, "When I had my first surgery, I figured 'I'm old and will die before I have to do that again.' It hurts enough to wake me up at night, and I'm not dead, so I have to get the surgery. Who would have thought?"
I adore that woman.
7. I am thankful for time spent with my friends. Specifically, this week, with my friend who has been moved to Japan for three years. She and her kids came to the house on Wednesday for the last time before they head back. It was a wonderful visit, and I'm so grateful that she was able to come to town for the entire month. One year down, only two to go.
8. I am thankful for garden goodies. Giant wanted a breakfast burrito with green peppers this morning. I LOVE being able to say, "Go out and pick a pepper for me." It's a great feeling to be able to feed my family with organic, can't-get-any-fresher-than-that produce. We (mostly me) like to look at the dinner table and see how many things came from our own land. I do a little happy dance when we have pork, salad, potatoes, and canned apples, all that we grew or raised ourselves. Can't wait until these chicks start laying eggs in October and get our breakfasts on board!
9. I am thankful for the 10th of August. (previously known as the 4th of July) My dad has a big 4th of July party each year for our extended family. Usually, there are about 40 people there. It really is his favorite day of the year. Unfortunately, only one of my brothers could go this year. Since three of us couldn't, everyone started cancelling. Not one person went to the 11th annual 4th of July party. The tradition at the party is to take the family photo on the front porch with whoever attends the party. On the 4th this year, my dad posted this on the facebook:
(get the tissues ready)
How sad is that?
Once we saw the photo, we all got out the calendars and found another date. August 10th it is. The red, white, and blue will come back out, the burgers and dogs will be grilled, the baby pool and corn hole will be drug out of the garage, and we will have us a 4th of July party.
And we will never miss a 4th of July at my dad's house again.
10. I am thankful for my husband. I know, I'm usually making fun of him when I mention him here on the blog, but I am so grateful that I get to be the person he spends his life with. He's absolutely wonderful and supportive and hilarious and responsible and encouraging and perfect for me.
Now it is your turn. If you blog, link on up. If not, let me know in the comments what good things are you thankful for this week.
We have a new co-host this week!!! Kristi from Thankful Me has agreed to help us out in the co-hosting. Check out her blog or the interview Lizzi did in order to see why she is a perfect match for this blog hop. (Lizzi will be posting an interview of each of us co-hosts, one per week. Clark is up next week.)
Have a lovely day!
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall,Bringing the Sunshine, Considerings, Finding Ninee, I can say mama, Steps into Parenthood, Thankful Me, The Wakefield Doctrine