Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sinks Are Not Just For Washing And Other Thankfuls

I gave myself a week off from the Ten Things of Thankful last weekend, not because there was nothing to be thankful for, because we know there always is, but because I was just plain ol' lazy. So there. I threw my own self under the bus.

Here's this week's list:

1. Fresh, clean sheets on the bed. 

2. Having help putting the fresh, clean sheets on the bed from not one, not two, but three cats. Why not take a five minute process and turn it into twenty minutes of cats under the sheets, cats over the sheets, one under and one over, wrestling with each other, all three between the mattress and the fitted sheet? It's FUN....

3. Dual uses for sinks.

Nora Pearl


4. Seeing my preschoolers outside of preschool. Saturday, as part of my other gig at the photo studio, I was working at a girls' softball league photo shoot. One of my favorite preschoolers was there with his older sister, and the look on his face when he saw me was priceless! 

5. Seeing former preschoolers anywhere and getting hugs. At the same photo shoot, I saw over half a dozen former preschoolers, ranging in age from 5 to 15. I so love watching them grow up!

6. I found a necklace I have been looking for for AGES. It was a single pearl on a gold chain. The pearl came from a pin and earring set my grandpa brought back to my mom from Japan in the 1950s. My mom never really cared for it, but she kept it tucked away in her jewelry box, and when I was in college, she had the pearls from the pin made into some other jewelry. She gave me this necklace and a pair of pearl stud earrings made from the original pin set, and somehow, I've managed to keep track of them ever since. That is, I kept track of them until I let my daughter wear the necklace for something (it's been so long ago I don't even remember what it was. Prom, maybe? Two years ago?!). I was trying to straighten up her room (a futile attempt) and glanced at her dresser and there, in a plastic shoe box with a bunch of bracelets, hair ties, and other jewelry, WAS MY PEARL NECKLACE! I am THRILLED!

7. I also found a t-shirt in my daughter's room that I didn't even realize I was missing until I found it wadded up on the floor. 

8. And a gold bracelet that has been missing since high school days. Every time I would ask for it, she would say something vague about it being in her backpack yet never produced it. I was checking the pockets of purses I was picking up off the floor and putting away, throwing out trash and hoping to find money (I didn't), and inside one of them was the bracelet. You may now see why we have always said she was part raccoon....

9. Really good doughnuts.

10. Sleeping with the windows open. Our window of opportunity (no pun intended) for this is very small. We go from spring to full on, hot, humid summer by the first of June, and it lasts until late September, but while it lasts, open window weather is a delight!

In everything, give thanks.

Ten Things of Thankful


  1. I had a dog once who was a "helper" with making beds, too.
    What a treasure mine your daughter's room is! Glad you could find so many lost items. :-)

    1. I've never had a cat who WASN'T a bed maker. Some have just been more enthusiastic than others....
      I also found make up, a comb, a headband, and socks (none that matched) in her room this weekend that belonged to me. And I found some York peppermint patties, which I ate and do not feel one bit guilty about doing so!

  2. What a thoroughly entertaining read! Having a daughter part raccoon! LOL
    Visualizing you trying to put those sheets on with all that help paints such an interesting picture.
    I remember trying to pour warm milk straight from the cow into a pan from which the cats could drink when all the barn cats came running. Fortunately I was a lot more nimble in those days of childhood. :-)

    1. If you're ever missing anything at our house, her room is the first place to check.
      I love when the cat is on the bed, under the fitted sheet, and pushing his feet upwards. You can see every toe bean pushing against the fabric, and it's very cute! Of course, when you're ready to move on and get the bed finished, the cat is STILL playing and refuses to leave.
      There's an old OLD Merrie Melodies cartoon with kittens clamoring for milk in a dairy barn, and that's exactly what my three look like when I offer them a treat and show them the treat bag!

  3. It's astounding how many of your missing things you may find when you clean a child's room!

    1. Interestingly enough, when I go visit her at college, I can look around and find my stuff there, too....

  4. Donuts?!
    Did somebody say Donuts?!?