1. I am thankful neither my person nor my property was destroyed by cows. It is never a dull moment around here, I tell you. This morning, after a nice, relaxed wake-up, I got out of bed and heard the dogs barking like mad. I looked out the window and saw someone walking through the pig pen. I ran downstairs, called to COW, and took off outside. It wasn't a someone. It was a cow. Two cows, actually, looking at me from the barn.
Hubby drove off in the car to get our neighbors (the owners of the cows), while I stayed to keep an eye on the cows. Like there was anything I could do. I got a little nervous when they came within a couple of feet from me, seeing as how I've never touched a cow that wasn't securely tethered and with it's owner. While doing some sort of cow-whisperer thing (you know, "Hi, Cow, so good to meet you. You are a nice cow who isn't going to charge me or run through a barn wall or anything, right? Have you met the pigs?" etc, etc.) I mentally got my emergency preparedness act together and came up with an exit strategy.
Of course, despite the banging on the door, our neighbors never got up to answer. Hubby left a note on the door, and we put up an extra gate to keep them in our back field. It was all pretty anti-climactic. Of course, I wasn't there to see the neighbors corral the cows. That may have been interesting. We had to leave for Turken's soccer game.
|Yes, I took pictures. I had my phone with me in case I needed to call 911.
|They came closer, (By the blur, it seems my hands were shaking a bit.)
|and closer still. They are going to be needing one good brushing. Both were covered in burs.
2. I am thankful we weren't late for Turken's soccer game. We had gotten out of bed with a little bit of time to spare, but no enough to take care of a cow emergency. The kids weren't even up when we ran outside. We had to RUSH to get ready, and even took two cars in order to get Turken (and his coach, COW) to the field before game time.
3. I am thankful for Turken's attitude on the soccer field. With four older siblings who play, Turken has a much better handle on the game than other kids his age. He knows the rules, he knows how to pass, he knows not to clump around the ball. I was worried about how he'd do when game time came and the other kids didn't play the "right" way. I needn't worry. He is having a great time and hasn't once complained. I think he was most excited, because he finally got to be the one on the field while his siblings stood by and cheered for him. He had the biggest (and loudest) cheering section by far.
|Even when his own teammates try to take the ball (or kick him. Can't really tell.) from him, he just goes with it.
|GOAL! See the ball in the back of the net?
4. I am thankful for cooler temperatures. I'm pretty sure Mother Nature is in the throes of menopause. We had some lovely weather, then for several days this week Miss Nature had one serious hot flash, sending us into a heat wave so hot practices and games of all kinds were being cancelled. We were flirting with record temperatures set back in 1897. Then the rain came, bringing much cooler temperatures. And by "much cooler" I mean a drop of 30 degrees in 2 days.
5. I am thankful I was not alive in the heat wave of 1897. I can't imagine living through those temperatures without air conditioning while wearing long dresses with long sleeves. Have mercy, those poor people had to be miserable!
6. I am thankful for rain. We've had very little in the last couple of months.
7. I am thankful for Snickerdoodles. They really are the best kind of cookie. (post with recipe to come later this week)
8. I am thankful for some downtime to play games with the kids. We have a pretty light weekend, so in between cleaning things, we get to play some games and just enjoy each other's company.
|Pay no attention to their bored expressions. We really are enjoying each other's company.
9. I am thankful for all those silent friends and family who read this blog. I know they are out there. Every once in a while I get word that someone reads every post. Every once in a while they will tell me themselves. It seems one of COW's aunts heard about it recently, as I got a FB message saying how she was thoroughly enjoying going through all the posts. I am very uncomfortable talking about the blog with people, but I want them to know I appreciate their support.
10. Lastly, I am thankful for Giant. He turned 11 on September 11th. There were a few really (no, I mean REALLY) tough years for him, where we were both lucky to make it through each day. But that same "spiritedness" that kept my stomach in knots every day has finally turned into something good. He is a hard-working, compassionate, kind, bright boy I am so blessed to have.
(If you have a "spirited" child who you are afraid to take out of the house, wondering what sort of horrendous fit he is going to throw or what "walk of shame" you are going to have to survive, read this. It will give you loads of hope.)
What happy things would you like to share this week?
Have a lovely day!
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Considerings, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I can say mama, I Want Backsies, Rewritten, Steps into Parenthood, Thankful Me, The Wakefield Doctrine