July 26, 2016 at 10:16 pm (friends, thanks, writing)
Tags: friends, thanks, writing
Continuing from yesterday – writing offers more than five things to be thankful for! So moving on, here are five more reasons I have to be thankful!
So here I go –
Today’s 5 Thankful Things:
- Online classes – Last fall, I was able to enroll in “Media Communications,” completing coursework at home and turning it in online. Professor Sara Brookshire was very encouraging. Among other things, I learned that I am not so fond of basic newswriting. I’d rather write something that can contain bits of personality, not just fact.
- Smart phone apps – Many thanks to Sara for introducing me to the “recorder app.” When I completed an interview for a course six years ago, I actually used a cassette recorder that I toted with me. (Yes, I was behind the times, but I didn’t own another portable recording device. Yet.) With a new smartphone, I was able to use a recording app that simplified so much!
- Chocolate – As Siri told me just today, chocolate adds meaning to life. Even though I admit life has much meaning beyond chocolate, I do enjoy sharing words and chocolate with “Writers’ Bloc” frequently. I call these “chocolate fortune cookies,” as Dove chocolates have fun messages we read while enjoying our treats at our weekly lunches.
- Spring online class – What an incredible blessing my spring class was! “Nonfiction writing” offered many challenges and rewards. As I learned to hone this craft, life lessons came my way also. Remember my comments about March, how my nervous system turned extra-rebellious? This came to fruition the first full week of class. And it gave me extra reason to persevere – would this teacher let something like a burning tongue or uncooperative legs give excuse for missing an assignment? I think not.
- Wonderful instructor and new friend – Kim, a professor from a northern Indiana university, showed patience and skill. Thankfully, she believed me when I shared my reasons for schedule changes and such. But she took me seriously and took me to task as needed. My verbs are becoming more active, my sentences less bloated, and my messages more direct. Okay, sometimes … but I can keep trying. And I have a neat book project in the works!
July 24, 2016 at 10:50 pm (family, friends, thanks)
Tags: air conditioning, family, friends, thanks
This lovely but HOT Sunday held many things for which I am thankful, but I’ll narrow it down for brevity’s sake.
Today’s 5 Thankful things:
- Air conditioning! – With today’s temperatures climbing to around 90 degrees Fahrenheit (heat index over 100), I was very thankful for air conditioning!
- Willis Carrier – I am thankful for this American engineer who first designed a heating plant, then a lumber drying kiln, and even a coffee dryer before developing the first-ever air conditioner for a Brooklyn Lithography and Printing company. He was only twenty-five years old when he developed this design, and his invention changed the world!
- Blackberry jam – As each new day finds scads of blackberries for us to pick from our garden, I am blessed that T.R. and the girls were able to make several jars of jam for us to save and share.
- Blackberries to share – What fun it is to share berries with our friends and neighbors! Picking them becomes a little more enjoyable when the weather cools a bit… and I will be thankful when it does.
- Writing – I am so thankful for opportunities over
the past year to grow as a writer! Reading today’s blog, I see many imperfections, but I am thankful that I am developing a better eye for noticing those errors. More thoughts here will come over the next few days!
July 23, 2016 at 10:48 pm (friends, games, thanks)
Today’s 5 Thankful things:
- Game night! – Our church had its first “Game Night” yesterday evening – more than fifty people came together to enjoy card and board games! Lots of fun for ages 13-82, and everything in between.
- Showing that adults can have fun, too – How fun to teach new games and play them with friends last night. It is so fun to teach “Fluxx” to people who hadn’t seen it before.
- School supply time – it’s rather crazy to think that school begins in just a few weeks, but it does … and that means school supplies are on sale!
- New sharpies – “Sharpie” markers are the BEST, and back-to-school sale time is the best time to snatch them up. Sales are wonderful!
- Family movie time – We enjoy watching movies together as a family, and we had a delightful time watching the extras from “Zootopia.” We enjoyed this movie when we first saw it in March, and now that we purchased it on DVD, we are appreciating it even more.
July 21, 2016 at 10:30 pm (family, flowers, food, friends, thanks)
Today’s 5 Thankful things:
- Skype – How lovely to chat with our friends, Dave and Heidi! I still feel like I’m living in the world of “The Jetsons” when I talk at a screen, then see and hear a response. Amazing – and even more wonderful is the chance to spend an hour sharing with friends, being able to look into their eyes as we share about our lives.
- Sharing veggies with friends – and spending the morning with our lovely friend Armila, who picked some berries then helped Em and Rach pull some stubborn weeds. (Thank you, Armila, for the weeding assistance!) I also appreciate how we all agreed that “weeds” with pretty flowers are only pulled if it’s to place them in a vase. (That is where my little white daisies keep coming from.)
- Music stores – the kind that sell instruments, not albums. We visited a Fort Wayne music store that we’d seen the name of but hadn’t visited… and a seventeen-year-old was able to test play different saxes to consider the
purchase of a new one really soon. Neat trip!
- Missing the rain – I love it when rain is just starting as we walk into a store, we hear it pounding above while we’re inside, and it stops as we exit an hour later. And our formerly dusty vehicle now looks sparkly clean!
- Fruit cobbler – Baked on Wednesday, T.R.’s large dish of blackberry cobbler left goodness that can still be shared over the next couple of days. Yum!
fresh, warm cobbler with frozen yogurt
July 20, 2016 at 10:29 pm (disability, MS, thanks)
Today’s 5 Thankful things – keeping smiles alive:
- Dentists – I am thankful for a patient and talented dentist who helped us identify a problem back in early March. Thinking the extreme pain in my mouth was due to a cavity, he helped this girl who couldn’t even speak due to mouth pain… he found that it wasn’t a tooth, but he asked a funny question: “Have you ever had neurological problems?” He’s a new dentist to me, but he learned quickly that almost half of my life has been shaped by a mismanaged nervous system. When I saw Dr. Maddox yesterday, he was thrilled that I can speak and eat, while my tongue and teeth cooperate.
- Dental Hygienists – What a thankless job I think it would be to work at cleaning somebody else’s teeth. I can only imagine unpleasant breath that could emanate, and one wouldn’t be able to carry on a conversation with somebody while playing on their ivories. But Julie, Candice, and Stephanie have managed to help manage my dental stuff quite nicely – and always with a smile!
- Pasta – We always try to have soft food like pasta on days a daughter has an orthodontist appointment, and even though teeth cleaning doesn’t cause sore teeth, we enjoyed pasta last night. One doesn’t always need “reasons” for food choices. And this was a pasta dish that used zucchini, a very good thing.
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste – During March, the nerves in my tongue were uncooperative and recoiled when anything came near, particularly an electric toothbrush. I was so glad when medication helped tame those nerves, and my mouth could feel clean again.
- Reminder phone calls – I remembered this month’s appointment, but there are months that I don’t have it on the calendar. It’s then that I am extremely thankful for the little phone call I receive a day or two before an appointment, reminding me of an appointment I scheduled six months ago.
July 18, 2016 at 10:47 pm (books, family, flowers, thanks)
Tags: #TDoT, family, flowers, thanks
Today’s 5 Thankful things:
- Reading through an entire book – As life throws curve balls my way, I rarely have the chance to read through for an entire book in one week, just for fun. But last week, I did! Many thanks to Rachael Phillips for writing more than a cozy mystery, but a heartfelt tale of a young, intelligent lady who searched for and found Amish roots she didn’t discover until she helped uncover the story of a shocking murder. I can’t recommend her book Secrets of the Amish Diary enough. (And if you enjoy bulldogs, you’ll fall in love with the dog, “Beans.”)
- Bagels and blueberries – Cream cheese and fresh blueberries atop a bagel were
such a lovely breakfast feast this morning – many thanks to my daughter, Emily, for putting this together!
- Fresh, cheery daisies – So nice!
- Our garden’s first okra of the season – Tender and tasty, I had to enjoy it raw – these are even better than I remembered. Yum!
- Queen Anne’s Lace – After bringing in daisies, Em also entered with two stems of Queen Anne’s lace, my favorite wildflower. I had a version of these in my wedding bouquet twenty-two years ago, and I’m sure people would pay good money to grow these in their gardens if they didn’t grow on their own.
July 17, 2016 at 9:49 pm (family, friends, thanks)
Tags: family, friends, thanks
July 17, 2016 at 6:43 pm (disability, family, food, thanks)
Tags: #TDoT, disability, family, thanks
I wrote this on Friday the 15th, but due to craziness of luggage, laundry, and anniversary celebration, it wasn’t posted. Here it is, a tiny bit before Day 17.
Today’s 5 Thankful things – Returning home
- Fresh streusel – http://www.harbertswedishbakery.com/ Starting our final lake morning with fresh streusel from the nearby Swedish bakery was indeed lovely. (Thank you, T.R., for the bakery trip yesterday!)
- Sweet hugs from young nieces – It was nice to see our young nieces, ages 9 and 11, for an entire week. They may be similar, but they are as different as our own two daughters (more, of course, since they’re two years apart rather than thirteen minutes.) It reminded me of our girls’ elementary years, while also helping me appreciate how far Em and Rach have come.
- Ahhh, home – How nice it was to step into our own house. Aaaahhhh.
- Sleeping in our own bed – Our own mattress, sheets, pillows… so we can be home for our anniversary. Nice.
- A home without stairs – I don’t fully appreciate the way we designed our own home until I spend time at a place with plenty of steps. Our stairway-free house is appreciated even more at times like this!
July 16, 2016 at 10:53 pm (disability, family, food, MS, thanks)
Tags: anniversary, Knight in faded denim, MS, thanks
Today’s 5 Thankful things – A few of the many reasons I’m thankful for my dear husband:
T.R. and Angie on “Lovers’ Lane” in 2008 at Green Gables
Today is our second palindromic anniversary – And we’re both geeky enough to know and care what this means. These twenty-two years have been far from perfect, but I’m so glad we’ve enjoyed them together!
- T.R. is such a wonderful father to our two girls – From reading or playing catch with little ones to driving them to their junior prom, he has been there for them – a much-loved Daddy indeed!
He finds ways to help me, even when it’s uncomfortable or highly inconvenient – T.R. and I have joined forces in helping define reasonable “accessibility” issues. He’ll help me find solutions to problems I knew were there, but hadn’t pinpointed.
- We have grown together in ways we would never have predicted – As my own roles and abilities have been redefined, he has also found ways to rework his own path to help take up the slack caused by my MS limitations. Along the way, he has further developed his skills with gardening and cooking, two things it pains me to leave behind. But I can still do a bit with this, even if vicariously.
- My “Knight in faded denim” is more dashing than he was in 1994 – and he was a handsome fellow then!
our anniversary trip two years ago
I have so much more to write, but I’ll add specifics over the coming days. I just had to say before the end of today – Happy Anniversary, T.R. – I love you!