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Ten Things of Thankful - July 27th

Ten Things of Thankful
This week I am once again I'm participating in Ten Things of Thankful, a blog hop that asks us to "focus on the good things going on in your life by listing ten things you are thankful for today."
 
1) I'm thankful that the work week is over! Seriously! It's been a week of  "Mondays" that left me out of time and energy, and out of sorts, but as Friday afternoon drew to a close we all seemed to find our "sorts" and left with smiles and eager anticipation of days off.
 
2) Speaking of work, I am so very thankful for the spirit of friendship and cooperation that now exists in our office after a long, frustrating elimination process to end up with a good team that functions well together.  There is no friction, no subtle hostility, and no undermining each other. Even on really crazy, busy days, we commiserate together and help each other out. This is how it should be, and it makes work a much less stressful place to be!
 
3) I am incredibly thankful for all the wonderful days of rain we had last week.  Rain is so rare here, and  it was just heavenly. We even had a few small, short sprinkle showers this week.  When that happens it cools things down for the evening and we are even seeing things green up here temporarily which is a refreshing change from dry brown, even if it does make our allergies go bonkers.  Most things in life are a trade-off of sorts, so we have to learn to take the bad with the good and focus on the positive part!
 
4) I am thankful for fluffy cat tails - the kind attached to cats! :-) Tiggy has the longest, fluffiest, beautiful orange and white tail that I've ever seen. It is so soft and pretty, in fact all of her fur is incredibly soft, like a rabbit! It is impossible not to smile when she rubs up against you, and she's just right for cuddling at bedtime!
 
5) I am thankful that my fingers can still work computer keyboards for hours on end.  Life would be very hard and very sad without this ability.  I type away for eight hours at work, then come home and type away some more on Facebook, my blog, and email! I cannot write with a pen for more than a paragraph or two without my hand and fingers cramping up, so I am extra thankful for the magic of keyboards... and spelling correction too!  Remember the old days of typewriter erasers and then white out?  Very messy stuff and never looked good either. 
 
6) I am thankful for a husband that enjoys watching paranormal "ghost" stories/shows on tv as much as I do.  We share similar tastes in tv viewing and movie selection, and can almost always find something to watch that we will both enjoy.  I don't care if he watches things I don't like so much while I'm busy blogging, and every now and then we take in action-adventure movies because he loves them, even though they are not my favorite genre. Marriage is give and take and compromise, and most of all it's loving each other enough to want what makes your partner happy too!
 
7) I am thankful for the wonderful strawberry cheesecake flavored ice-cream cake our attorneys brought to the office on Thursday afternoon to thank us for all our hard work.  It was so  refreshing on a hot summer day! Needless to say, it disappeared quickly and there was none left to melt on the cake plate!
 
8) I am thankful for the fun of seeing frequent photo updates of grandkids and great-grandkids on Facebook. Nothing makes a day nicer than seeing the smiling faces of family  pop up on the screen!  How my Mom would have loved the magic of instant photo sharing!
 
9) I am thankful that I live out in the country on our own little piece of land that is not controlled by neighborhood associations.  We are free to do with it/or not as we like;  water and sewer systems being pretty much the only thing the county regulates, for good reason. We do not need permission or  permits when we want to put up a shed, or change our mailbox or plant a tree, or even turn our house a lovely shade of purple if we so desired (it isn't, but I would love to)!  Freedom of choice is nice! 
 
10) I am thankful for the beautiful bright rainbows we encountered arching all the way across the sky as we headed home from town  one evening.  One can never see too many rainbows in life, or get too old to be in awe of their beauty!
 
Wishing all of you an awesome weekend and a week ahead with blessings too many to count!
 
~Share your blessings with us at Ten Things of Thankful~
 
And if you enjoy writing... come and join us at Two Shoes Tuesday this week!

32 comments:

  1. You've much to be thankful for. Yes you do. I'm thankful I found you.

    Have a fabulous weekend honey. Big hugs. ☺

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    1. I most certainly do, Sandee, we all do if we take the time to think about it! I think we would all be happier people if we started and ended each day with thoughts of thankfulness! I am thankful we've met up here too, you are always such a positive ray of light on our blogs and your own! :-)

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  2. That's an INCREDIBLE rainbow. I love that you managed to capture it. It sounds as though you live in a wonderful place. I'm quite jealous of the lack of planning permissions needed where you are!

    It sounds as though you work in a really lovely team. It's great that people are so encouraging of one another, and cake is always a plus on an otherwise boring work day.

    Thanks for linking up with us again this week :)

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    1. My husband managed to get this photo before it faded, Considerer, it was so bright and beautiful, and actually had a second one above it briefly!

      We have been through our ups and downs with personnel at work, and it is such a blessed relief not to have that extra tension to deal with each day. Amazing what can be accomplished when everyone is on the same team!

      I was delighted to see how Ten Things of Thankful is Growing, I don't always have the time, but when I do it always makes me feel good to take note of all the good things I can celebrate in my life

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    2. I'm always glad when you join in. I know I say to most each person that I like it when they join in, but everyone's style is so different - their ways of going about it are unique - and yours I really do like a lot :)

      I suspect work teams always go through ups and downs, but it's such a nice thing to have an Up. You're right about shared goals and their impact on morale though.

      Two rainbow photos is even awesomer :D

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  3. Once again a very thoughtful list of thankfulness. Always makes me wonder at my blessings...they are abundant and often taken for granted.

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    1. Every time I do this exercise I am reminded of so many things that bless my life Patricia, and after I post it a dozen more come to mind! :-)

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  4. You have much to be thankful for, and it is wonderful that you are. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I don't take these blessings lightly, Annie, I know how many struggle to make do with so much less.

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  5. Number 9 is HUGE. Here, we have a HOA that walks around with clipboards noting "wrongs." Last year, they made us change the address numbers above the front door - which were the ones here when we moved in. Sigh. And yes, keyboards are so much easier to use than pen and paper although I feel a little sad thinking that people in 50 years likely won't ever use pen and paper...
    Great list!

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    1. I have heard horror stories from many folks about this Kristi, that what was intended to be a neighborhood organization devoted to maintaining it as a good place to live has become more of a police force bent on citing minor infractions bordering on harassment. That doesn't sounds very good to me!

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  6. Hi, I am thankful too that I don't live in a subdivision with a neighborhood watch dog group too. I hate people telling me what can and can not be done with my property. I am glad we both don't live in a historic district where they can tell you what color to paint your house.

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    1. Amen to that Mary! While I understand about maintaining property values and such, and realize that some rules are good for the community, such as things dealing with junked cars, noise, etc. But we have friends who are not allowed to install a well-made metal shed in the back of their property, and all trees they wish to plant must meet with association approval. And to think they paid a small fortune for this "privilege"! No thank you! I'll keep my dusty little weed patch out in the country! :-)

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  7. 4. I have one cat with a fluffy tail and one with a possum tail. Both of them like to walk back and forth across my lap and drag their tails across my face.

    5. And manual typewriters, where you had to press really hard with your pinkies to get the keys to go down hard enough to print the letter? And carbon paper? My hands cramp easily these days, too, especially when I'm reading the paper. Is that a sign of age? Ish.

    10. That is one gorgeous rainbow.

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    1. Yes they do love to swish those tails across us! :-) Oh Lordy, don't even mention carbon paper... detestable stuff! I can remember typing triplicate copies with it on those old manual typewriters with keys that stuck. Aren't keyboards and computers wonderful?! :-) The rainbow was amazing, much more vivid than the phone camera was able to capture. I tried to convince Papa Bear that we should try to find the end of it, but he was certain it was much further away than in it appeared! :-)

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    2. He would have been telling a different story if you had found that pot of gold!

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    3. Most definitely true, Dyanne! I think he was remembering the time I took him on a 30 mile trip late at night because I wanted to see the source of a fire glowing in the distance and it seemed not very far away, but turned out to be. :-)

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    4. Bahaha! I've done that fire thing, too. They're always further away than they seem....

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  8. Amazing rainbow and thought we would see one on Thursday when it was sunny and we had a rain shower. No dice though, but the summer is still here, so still have a chance. Have a great rest of the weekend!!

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    1. It was amazing, Janine, breathtaking and so very large as we could see it from end to end! I hope you get to see at least one yet this summer too, they are magical!

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  9. Computers are much easier than typewriters, aren't they? (Although there is something satisfying about the sound of the typewriter return as it gets to the end of a line.)

    I'm also thankful not to live in a homeowner's association neighborhood.

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    1. And there's nothing like ripping a sheet of paper out of the typewriter, wadding it up and throwing it down because you can't complete your typing assignment without making a mistake, or is that just me...?

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    2. I learned to type on a manual typewriter before the advent of electric one. We really thought we'd hit the big time when they arrived in our classroom in school! Yes, there is something about the sound and feel of actually typing on paper. I think it's much like the feeling of reading a real paper book as opposed to enjoying an eBook. One is far more efficient and user-friendly, but the other is wrapped up in nostalgia and we miss those days!

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    3. I certainly do remember ripping out a sheet from a typewriter before of a missed word or improper spacing. It was maddening. I also remember one time having to type a contract with carbon duplicates in Spanish for a boss by copying the letters from the original and having no idea what it was that I was typing. It had to be letter perfect.. that was torture, but I got it done! :-)

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    4. Growing up, there was an old typewriter at home which I could *sometimes* play with, and used to spend hours of fun trying all the different keys individually, all together (and getting them jammed), writing, mucking up, scrolling the paper through...

      It was a very satisfying feeling, but not one I ever became familiar with, sadly.

      But the idea of THIS (colour typewriter) is nothing short of amazing - http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2011/12/the-chromatic-typewriter/

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  10. Wow, that rainbow is absolutely impressive!

    Your list is great! It is so good to have a good balance of things to be thankful for at work and at home!

    And yeah, I totally get what you mean about the keyboard! My handwriting has become so bad because I am not used to write much by hand any more!

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    1. My handwriting is not nearly what it once was either. I used to be able to write page after page in script, now a paragraph is about all I can manage. Today's kids aren't even good at that, because they are typing on keyboards and phones and won't have the practice that we did. I expect it may one day become a lost art, sadly.

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    2. I never saw it that way, but you might be right. Well that would be really sad! :-(

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  11. ...yes, thank god for keyboard the full-size ones, not the one on your phone that makes you feel like you're typing with your knees trying to hit the tiny letters.

    and those credit card things in the store, whats the goal there to have proof that my signature is that of a 90 year old coming off a 5 day jag? they are always suspend in mid-air, just a 3 square inch surface to sign using the 3 inch 'pen'... not that my regular pen and paper handwriting is anything to... write home about..

    good list, fun comments!

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    1. LOL Clark, I am totally with you on our cellphone keyboards, I have fat fingers and those tiny keys make for many delete/retype actions. Amen to the tiny signature squares/pens in check out lanes. The "signature" looks like my cat tried to forge it! :-)

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  12. oh my goodness what a beautiful photo! It sounds like you live in a fabulous place!let's hope this week isnt a sea of Mondays. I'm tempted to say I'm thankful for this Android thing. But I can't seem to work out punctuation. Maybe this week I'll be thankful for that

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    1. oh I forgot! Thank you for the Tuesday invite!

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