Monday, July 14, 2014

Thankfulness and Gratefulness

I am so thankful for so many things lately.

I started training for my new job, and it is nearby so I can run back and forth to work for a week on less than 1/2 a tank of gas.  I have finished the book training, now I am working on the skills training. 

Our garden is doing well, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, zucchini.

I even got a handful of raspberries!  Yum.

We got a good rain Sunday morning so I didn't have to water!  

The youngest daughter and her four children came to play on Friday.  We played outside almost all day long, there was only a short time that we were in the house to eat lunch, and watch a movie while they were digesting and headed back out the door. Later after DH got off work the oldest daughter and her two daughters came.  We played outside, had a pizza picnic and played some more until the fireflies were making there appearance. Sorry no pictures were were too busy playing. But my raspberries can attest that they were here.  The grands picked it clean!

 DH is a mechanic and I was having problems with my vehicle.  My little SUV is old but it is paid for, which is very nice.  The steering control arm and linkage needed to be replaced, but DH after looking at it and was convinced that he was not going to be able to do it without removing part of the coolant lines, a couple of the brake lines, drop part of the axle from the frame, which would mean he had to replace part of those lines, and they are hard lines which need to be bent into a configuration and they are expensive.   In his estimation it would take about $500 for him to fix it, just in parts so just not worth it.  He worked on it Saturday and he only had to loosen a couple of things, no fluid lines had to be removed, or loosened, and he decided to push backward instead of forward and he had it fixed in about 1 1/2 hours instead of the 2-3 days he was thinking, and the part which was fixed was only 1/10th of his original estimation since no fluid lines had to be replaced.

After I complained that I had run out of the orange fabric for my block,  I was digging through a pile on my table and I found 2 small squares which were just big enough for me to finish the Rolling star block.

Finally our biggest thing to be grateful and thankful for, for both our youngest daughter and I are our family and friends who responded to our urgent prayer requests, and the answer to those prayers early Saturday morning.  The two oldest boy's father was in a terrible motorcycle accident on his way to work late Friday night.  While he is not always our favorite person because of some of his choices, we always want the best for him. His accident was extremely sever and he will never fully recover, but he is still alive for which we are thankful and he did not receive any head trauma even though he was not wearing a helmet. 

I am off today, the forecast is for rain, and storms and DH is at work so I can have some time playing catch up to the group sew along, and then the possibilities are limitless. 


  1. Glad that your not so favorite person is still alive and even happier that you found your orange fabric! Sounds like lots of fun with the grandkids. I'm jealous that you have tomatoes. Ours probably won't be ready for another month.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about the accident but glad he is okay!

  3. I am jealous of your tomato crop. mine are still green. sounds like your new job will be close to home which is nice. your paper pieced block looks great! sorry about the motorcycle accident. our lives can be changed in a blink of an eye.

  4. Lots to be thankful for indeed.

  5. Congratulations on your new job. It`s nice you don`t have to drive far. Great tomatoes! I didn`t plant a garden this year due to the drought and I haul water. Motorcycle accidents are most always dreadful. I`m happy your prayers were answered.

  6. You certainly do have a lot to be grateful for....and a job so close by, a wonderful husband and family

  7. Such bounty from your garden! What a relief that your car was so much easier to fix than you first thought. And I do hope that the person injured in the accident will recover. I am so glad you don't have all that driving with your new job. more time to sew!

  8. vegies look good and so does the block. glad it didnt cost to much to fix your car, mine is a camry 2000, old but need it to last forever


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