Then there are the weeks where the bad overshadows the good so much, the thankfuls are hidden from you. That's when you pull out thankfuls like Diet Coke and indoor plumbing and electric pencil sharpeners.
Then there is this week. Nothing horrible, but a little bit of a Sad Sack cloud hanging over my head and a stuffy nose and cough that may be allergies or may be a cold named Melinda.
That's when you play fast and loose with the rules of the TToT (some might call it cheating, but not me, or at least, not now). Here is my Ten Things of Thankful, told mostly in pictures.
Saturday, my husband and I drove an hour north to the little town where my parents live (they spend part of their time there, part at the lake house). If you want a taste of REALLY small town, midwestern life, this is your place. The reason for our trip was to attend a fundraiser that my husband needed to go to for work.
In a big city, you wouldn't get much turn out for a little fundraiser dubbed "Octoberfest" and held in a vacant lot near the square. In a town of less than 8,000 nestled among soybean fields and pasture land, this was an Event. And it's what small town America is all about: fellowship and simple fun mixed with good food. I'm thankful ten times over (see how I did that?) that I live in the heart of America.
|You've gotta have a petting zoo.|
|My parents, visiting a booth.|
|Alpaca butts. Just because.|
|Local singers on a stage made from a flat bed trailer.|
|Tables for eating chili from the chili contest or just resting.|
Need a place to sit? Find an empty chair and sit down.
It doesn't matter if others are already seated at the table;
the more, the merrier!
|Men coming to the rescue of an older woman on|
a scooter who got stuck in a rut in the ground.
|Pig farmers. Correction: REAL pig farmers.|
|Sun tea on top of the Red Cross funnel cake trailer.|
|The courthouse peeping over the buildings.|
|The guy who made balloon animals was very popular.|
|A rare picture with my husband, who is camera shy.|
See? Thankfuls don't have to be laid out in a list!
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