2016 Thankfulness day 12

I am thankful for podcasts.  I listen mostly to knitting podcasts (right now it’s Shinybees, The Knitmore Girls, and Curious Handmade).  In the past, I’ve listened to StoryWonk, Awesome Etiquette, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Serial, and Welcome to Night Vale.

They entertain me in the car and around the house.  They make me laugh or learn (or both!).  Thing 1 (16) has listened to Welcome to Night Vale with me in the car, but Thing 2 (13) doesn’t like it.  He did like the Story Wonk series about the first Harry Potter book.

Do you have podcasts you enjoy?

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2016 Thankfulness Day 11

I am thankful for my parents, step-parents, grandparents, and in-laws.  I am very lucky to be surrounded by loving, supportive adults.  My mom, my dad and step-mom, my grandmother, my mother-in-law and step-father-in-law, my father-in-law, my grandmother-in-law.

My children are loved by many people.  They share names with strong men from our family, they have been supported and encouraged by so many people.  They have adults who understand and talk to them in ways their parents don’t.  They have caring adults who KNOW them.

I am thankful to be in a circle of caring and support.

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2016 Thankfulness Day 10

I am thankful for knitting groups.  Being a stay-at-home parent to older children, I find it harder to make friends and meet people than I did when I had very young children.  Knitting groups have been a help.  The first knitting group I found connected me to a book club (I’ve always wanted to be in a book club!) and slowly the circle of people I knew grew.

The second group I found meets every other Thursday night at various breweries around the city.  I don’t really like beer, but I liked the people I met there, so I kept going back.  I met up with them tonight.  We chatted about knitting, about personal lives, about the election – about life.  I’m glad I’ve found these people.  They were definitely a spot of sunshine (moonlight?  it was the evening) in a very trying week.

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2016 Thankfulness Day 9

I am thankful that I have easy access to perfectly potable drinking water.  I do not worry about the safety of the water being supplied to my house (that I don’t have to carry – it just shows up when I turn on the faucet), nor do I worry about that water supply vanishing.

I have lived in water restricted areas, but those restrictions were never severe.  Living in Arizona and being told to only water your yard weekly isn’t a hardship.

Want to help people who don’t have access to clean water?  Check out Water for South Sudan.

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2016 Thankfulness Day 8

I’m in the US.  I’m mostly thankful for television news right now.  It’s still early, and I know the election and election results are not the fault of the news.

I feel like I’m watching a slow motion train crash or something and can’t turn away.  I’m still glad I can keep track of what’s going on.

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2016 Thankfulness Day 7


I’m thankful for autumn.  It’s my favorite season.  This picture is from our trip to New York last month.  I tried taking a panoramic picture, but that is NOT my forte.

Autumn: cooler weather, explosive color, the arrival of winter holidays…. YES!



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2016 Thankfulness Day 6

I am thankful for Google calendar.  I’m honestly thankful for the whole Google system (“I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords”), but this will be just about the calendar.

Because the calendar is online and can be shared with people, I know that my partner and my children (smartphone owners all) can see scheduled events on any day from anywhere.  They may still tell me they didn’t know something was happening, but I lack sympathy since they could’ve checked the calendar.

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