* Raining thankfulness

Lizzi, the originator of Ten Things of Thankful, is safely back in England after a wild and wonderful trip through Murica.  I wonder if I am the only person who thought she had headed to Spain.  Duh.  I can’t wait to read her next post!  While I’m waiting, here is my TToT!

One: Rain, rain, and more rain.  Five inches and counting.  We were in drought conditions and I’m sure I wasn’t the only person praying for rain.  As our pastor joked, we almost expected an ark to sail past this week.  I am sad that some folks have suffered from flooding and wish we didn’t build in floodplains.

Two and Three and Four: Cam Newton, the Carolina quarterback, has come into his own.  The Panthers are 4-0!  Woohoo!  It’s been delightful to see this young man mature.  He was put in a very tough position as a rookie and seeing him sulk under his towel was not my favorite image.  Cam now smiles throughout it all and looks adorable, rain or shine.  I love that he gives a football to a young fan after each touchdown.  Most important of all, my widower and I enjoy Panther games with our son and his wife and friends, win or lose.camFive:  I wrote a review of a terrific book called “Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton” by Don Tate.  And Don Tate actually read and liked my post!!  I whooped for joy!  Already an established illustrator, Don Tate earned the Ezra Jack Keats Award for his first book, “It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw.”  By the way, I will be reviewing that book soon!

Six: I am considering adding “fairy strands” to my hair.  Just thinking about it is thrilling.  These strands are silk threads attached to a single hair, available in all kinds of colors and sparkles.  Don’t they sound perfect for someone who is easily bored with her hair (me)?  I have been checking out the pros and cons and it’s looking good.  I haven’t talked to my dearest widower about this, but he survived my two years of brilliant red and recent blast-from-the-past blonde.  Sparkling turquoise sounds sweet!

Seven, Eight, Nine, and Ten:  Movies I am glad I haven’t seen or (hopefully) will never see: Steve Jobs, Pan, The Green Inferno, and Hotel Transylvania 2.