You probably noticed, I mean I hope you noticed, that I was MIA from blogging in May (and at other times, sadly). Times were decidedly rough. Right now, I’m recovering from food poisoning so I’m feeling very a wee bit sorry for myself.
Back in May, during that distinctly rough time, I saw that Cee had a marvelous Fun Foto challenge on feathers. (Be sure to check out her fabulous entries!)
At the start of our dolphin adventure a month earlier, before times got severely rough, a grackle serendipitously posed for us as we waited for the boat to set sail. As usual, all the passengers were effortlessly snapping photos while I scrambled to get the lens on my camera. That pleasant grackle waited while I took this photo, no doubt grinning at my efforts. I also managed to smudge the lens with sunblock, so all my photos from this outing have a nasty worm-like blob which I have cropped out which didn’t matter since I was following Cee’s “rule of three,” despite my haste.
When times are not extremely rough, I will catch up on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenges. I have plenty of singularly rough photos to use.
I have been a terribly sporadic visitor to the Ten Things of Thankful blog, but every time I go, I’m rewarded by the words, photos, and humor from such encouraging folks. It’s a great place to share gems of thankfulness.
Gem #1: My dearest teaching widower remains at the top of my list. His tech skills are sometimes clumsy but always endearing. I got him a Fitbit for his birthday and it’s already destroyed! I think his inner distrust of all things tech has created some kind of deadly force field. He’s a powerhouse when searching the web, though! (See #4.)
Gem #2: The patient families of the kiddos I teach, who must wonder if my body is falling apart. Yes, it is.
Gem #3: The Bible in One Year 2019 devotional by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel. They are an amazing couple, perhaps best known for developing Alpha courses. OK, I am now 42 days behind in reading, but onward, ever onward!
Gem #4: Thanks to Cee’s inspiration and support, I have a REAL camera! It was a delightful Christmas present, heavily-researched by my dearest widower (see #1). I haven’t used it much but I look forward to the day….
Gem #5: Cadbury’s milk chocolate, which remains sweet and silky and mood-changing.
Gem #6: Faithful followers of my blog, despite my erratic posting. Thank you!!!!!!!!
Gem #7: Suzie’s kind support and encouragement. Check out her amazing blog (Suzie Speaks), her cat’s bottom, and her new job!
Gem #8: My own Fitbit, a birthday present from my fam. Fitbit and I love each other. It purrs on my wrist. It cheers me on, even as I feel like body parts will soon start dropping off.
Gem #9: Amazon Prime wardrobe, which means I never have to expose my feet to strangers again. No one fainting in horror at a shoe store.
Gem #10: A physical therapist who reminded me to be thankful I have feet (even if you can find them by googling “ugliest feet in the world”). That PT works with folks who have prosthetic feet and they would give anything for my ugly feet.
Freebie: Don’t search for ugliest feet in the world.
As far as I can tell, once you enter this mini-street, you’re there for life! One way, with no outlet? This is my entry for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: roads. I do wonder what’s down this road but I haven’t had the courage to check it out!
I’ve been erratically posting to the Ten Things of Thankful blog for a while now, thankful that no one is keeping score! And here is my current countdown:
1. A restful Christmas vacation, much needed and much appreciated.
2. Plans to repaint and redecorate our family room. Since my dear teaching widower got to turn our living room into a home theater, I decided on a bear theme for this room. Martin Minkling and Rufus will have a new home.
3. Some snow this winter!
4. A new puppet friend for social studies (and yes, you may ask about that).
5. The first of a few new bear prints. No pun intended.
6. Relief that my dearest teaching widower and I both agreed to nix the bear eyes print below. Caution: Extended viewing may lead to paranoia.
7. Time to blog. This will likely come to an end next Monday.
8. No flu.
9. A new REAL camera, with special thanks to Cee for her inspiration and help. I’m gonna be Cee one day!
10. Good Karma, which is a delicious flaxseed “milk” with no added sugar and lots of protein.
Hurricane Michael took us by surprise. It was “only” a tropical storm by the time it whooshed through North Carolina, but it packed quite a punch. When I left school on Thursday, I was shocked to discover that the road was blocked by a fallen tree.
I reversed and nearly crashed when I saw this on the side of the road.
I guess it was originally in someone’s yard, a Halloween decoration. Not as playful as it was intended, but I’m adding it to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge! (We are also more playful now that our power has been restored!)
I love Cee’s weekly challenges and enjoy reading her responses, too! Did you know she’s been trained by her cats? Check out her post to see how clever those rascals are. Another special treat on her blog: Cee has posted “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” because they’ve had a drought for TWO months but it just rained! Whoa. I think we got all their rain and someone else’s too. So here we go:
Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts? I am a nuttyperson. Nuts used to upset my tummy but now I enjoy them all the time. Even as a “milk.” As I have dropped dairy and gluten, nuts have moved up my food chain. In fact, it seems that nuts are everywhere. On the road, at work, in stores- and yeah, in the mirror.
Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Anyone who has had nightmares about monsters or nutty stuff knows you must keep the closet doors shut. If I wake up, I don’t want to see a shadow over there. I’d go nuttier if I didn’t secure those closet doors.
Are you usually late, early, or right on time? Yikes. I am going to be late for school because I am blogging! I am often late because I haven’t planned my exit carefully enough, so I’m running up and down looking for my phone or car keys or sweater or lunch or something! I do plan my exits somewhat but nutty things happen. Must be my diet.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? I appreciate my dearest teaching widower for putting up with me at my worst, like when I lost it after my car blew up, our house keys were stolen, our kitchen floor was wrecked, a hole remained where a dishwasher should go, our insurance company sent a letter denying our claim, and the stacks of laminate in the hallway almost reach the ceiling. So glad we went to the beach!
I adore Cee’s challenges- and her photography is incredible! I’m hoping to be back on the blogging track for good and this week’s Share Your World challenge is another restart!
In regards to puzzles, what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search, mazes, logic or numeric puzzles, something else, or nothing? I like all of those but have probably done more jigsaw puzzles than anything else. I’d most likely have one set up all the time, but with the kiddos visiting this summer and our small groups every week, there’s no good place to keep a puzzle waiting. Getting older has crimped my style, too. With my wretched knees, I can’t kneel or squat comfortably.
List at least five favorite treats and it doesn’t necessarily have to be food. Yum! This will be fun!
My dearest teaching widower, who gets cuddlier and funnier every day
Worshipping with Christian rock and new fave, Francesca Battistelli
Chocolate, now in the form of almond & cashew, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free “milk”
Teaching, teaching, and more teaching
Reading and reading
What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie) OK, I saw this Australian Shepherd (I think that’s what s/he is) in a grandinroadcatalog. I want this dog!! And I wouldn’t mind the house that goes with it.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? The grace of God for peace and forgiveness and life and love. Answered and unanswered prayers. Hope. That I am a child of God.
Oh, what a joy to rejoin Cee and her Share Your World blogging challenge! Check out the adorable Miss Mackenzie in Cee’s photo!
A piece of clothing from my childhood that I still remember: This one is easy because I remember lots of my clothes, probably from photographs. I do recall that my sister and I were often dressed as twins and my mother would even sew herself a matching dress. For this photo, my curly hair had been pasted into place, giving me temporary bangs and braids that were hanging almost vertically. I probably remember more about the agonies of getting my hair braided than any clothing!
Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would do do? Remember this is SYW, dreaming is always allowed. I have long pursued my desire to do a cartwheel. I could run and jump but never managed a cartwheel. When I took a gymnastic class at college, my instructor was thrilled with my passion and told me she would make it happen. I was a bit anxious, having had a number of falls in previous attempts (seriously, how do you fall while doing a cartwheel?). She lined up all the participants on both sides of me, placed a lane of mats in between, and said she would also spot me. After watching my first attempt, she encouraged me to start with more “spring.” I sprang and flew over the line of spotters, landing with a crash on the hard gym floor. On my ambulance ride to the ER, I decided I would never attempt another cartwheel. Maybe in heaven….
In a car, would you rather drive or be a passenger? Having “conquered” my driving phobia (thanks to the Lord), it is hard for my dearest teaching widower to wrest the steering wheel away from me. It’s a sign of how far I’ve come that I do let him drive us occasionally, no longer needing to practice and practice.
And dord? This is aghost word that made it into the Merriam-Webster dictionary for a surprisingly long period of time. What do you think it means?