Thursday, December 10, 2020

Thankful Thursday #12 - Dec 10th

 We are off visiting  our son, DIL and proudly 4 year old granddaughter so that is my main source of thankfulness. We all stayed home except for a small number of grocery store trips for 14 days beforehand to ensure safety hopefully.

1. I was thinking about writing poetry and decided to research haiku only to learn that there is the rigid standard for traditional haiku but that the modern version is more forgiving. Had fun doing one of each kind.

2. I didn’t feel unduly anxious when we had yet another red flag wildfire risk day. Hubby had me try opening the garage door manually and it was easy. No more worries about not being able to get the car out to evacuate.

3. We have two sets of best neighbors. Directly across the street are the couple we met first upon moving in. We socialize, cover for each other when on trips and one of them is my Hubby’s drum teacher. Then later the sister and BIL of Hubby’s cousin’s widower (got that?) moved in two doors down. We didn’t really know them well before but they are great and we really enjoy their company. Definitely thankful for lovely neighbors who are also friends.

4. Our drive to Berkeley on I-5 was fast and easy. No heavy traffic or road work anywhere, rest stops pretty empty and a sunny. The greeting from one 4 year old little girl was even better.

5. Using DILs birthday balloons for a game of balloon volleying with my granddaughter! Then watching Papa and her look for Waldo together in her new Where’s Waldo book that he picked out for her birthday. 

6. The delicious dinners planned and created by our DIL and son with our and our granddaughters help. A team effort.

7. I am also thankful that even though one 4 year old girl can wear out two grandparents a good night’s sleep makes this one ready for another day with her.


  1. It's always a pleasure to read what you're grateful for. Glad you are able to spend time with family--it recharges a person. I know what you mean about feeling worn out. We've been watching our one-year-old grand daughter 3-4 days per week and it's absolutely wonderful...and exhausting.

    1. Those are the right words - wonderful and exhausting. The no naps stage has been reached and Hubby and son are in the midst of a home improvement project some of the time. She will happily do quiet time though.

  2. Your last sentence in particular made me smile. Yes, that reset button after a good night's sleep is a miraculous thing indeed.

    Enjoy your wonderful and special time with your family.

  3. Sounds as if you are having a wonderful time.

    God bless.

  4. Oh enjoy! I was organizing old photos/videos today, and came across some particularly amusing ones from when our granddaughters were 3 and 4. Miss those days. They are now 14 & 15 which is a completely different animal altogether! :)

  5. Sweetest post. You are making such memories for both you and your granddarling. Glad you have made such good friends in your neighbors. I wish we had neighbor-friends. Have tried to befriend the woman across the street but their English is very limited. I speak to her in my broken Spanish but she doesn't always understand. Makes for awkward conversations.


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