* Cee’s Share Your World challenge

Before reading my responses to Cee’s Share Your World challenge, check out her favorite photos of January 2017 for a spectacular moonrise.  It’s the kind of photograph I sometimes imagine I could take.  Truly beautiful.

So here are this week’s questions:

If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work?  That’s a tough one.  I am so far behind in cleaning that my dust bunnies have grandbabies.  The yard is coated with leaves.  And I often eat in the car.  Where to begin?

If you were to move and your home came fully furnished with everything you ever wanted, list at least three things from your old house you wish to retain.  

  1.  I would hang on to my photo albums, with those carefully captioned pictures that have randomly turned blue   When did I have time to write all those clever captions?  Going digital certainly makes it easier to roam through past events but who has time to tag photos?  I appreciate Google’s ability to find “dogs” without tags.  On the other hand, the Google photo app and my iPhotos do NOT speak to one another.  I think the problem goes far beyond poor social skills.
  2.  All my digital “toys,” as my dearest teaching widower calls them.  Humph!  They are more than toys!
  3.  My bed bears.  ‘Nuff said.

What calms you down?  Chocolate.  Or chocolate.  Probably chocolate.  Mostly chocolate.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  This kiddo and his family continue to inspire me.  Unfortunately, I “inspired” this young man with the flu and he was perilously ill.  Oh, how grateful I am for answered prayers!

Mama and Y

* Three Things Thursday- this weekend

Thanks, Nerd in the Brain (NitB), for your reminder to slow down and smell the fluffbutts.  Wait, that’s not what you said, although your photo of the tipsy fluffbutt IS hilarious.  NitB volunteers at a cat shelter and those little critters are soooo cute.

Here are my Three Things Thursday for this weekend, a time to appreciate the goodness in my life.

First, my foot situation has improved considerably with this no-pain boot.  What do you think, Steph?  Could you make this into a fashion statement?  When she was fastening me in, a nurse commented that there was really no way to put it on backwards, but I’ve managed to do just that a couple of times.  I have been called a Motor Moron.


Second, we enjoyed a movie night with our home group on Friday.  One sweet member cooked an entire St. Patrick’s Day meal AND another friend sent me this photo of her adorable lass.  I am in love with this dog!  Look at those eyes!

St patricks day dog


Third, a dear family sent me a video of something that touched my heart.  I can’t share it, but the love they have for their son, the joy they share with that kiddo, their brilliant minds and their sense of humor- no way can I adequately express what they add to my life!  I will share a photo of a classroom “pet” I am boarding for a while.  I tried to feed it an ant, but I think “Vance” is too young for solids.  I took a 10 minute video of an ant exploring Vance’s pink caves and then wandering off to find some crumbs.  If you ever have difficulty sleeping, just ask to borrow that video.

Venus fly trap.JPG

* Joining Ten Things of Thankful

Strictly based on research, I should already be making daily lists of thankfulness.  Grateful people live longer and happier.  My book of faith tells me to give thanks in all things.  Lizzi at Considerings: Life in Silver Linings is the blogger who created Ten Things of Thankful, which just celebrated its 100th week.  Perfect time for me to join!


So here’s my launch:

#1.  I’m thankful for a stomach bug which has grounded me and given me time to reconnect with the blogging world.  I’ve had worse bugs, which could be #2, but…

#2.  I’m thankful for my plans to re-retire in the fall.  I have filled up every available space in my life with teaching, which has left my dearest teacher widower even more confused about his longevity as a widower.  Will he ever retire from his teaching widower status?

#3.  I’m thankful that I bought my husband a huggable bathrobe.  He was already cuddly, but now he’s a teddy bear.  I love that bathrobe so much that I bought an identical man-robe for myself.

#4. I’m grateful for all the moms and dads of special needs kids who are sharing their stories online.  We need a community of support, which leads me to…

#5.  I’m grateful for the blogging community which provides voices and listening ears to millions of people around the world.  Lizzi is one of those natural people-gatherers whose story gives others hope and whose voice gives others room to be themselves.

#6.  I’m grateful for faithful readers who encourage me that I’m not writing into thin air.  And that my blogging widower still reads my posts.

#9.  I’m thankful for the bird community in our back yard which parades the beauty of their Creator.  Did you know they sing before doing anything else in their day?

#10.  I’m thankful for the kiddos I love and teach, along with their parents.  I know I was created to teach, which will make my re-retirement an interesting season.