I Love Thursday #197 Copious Blessings
This is the 197th post of things we love for the week. We post each Thursday along with LeeAnna from Not Afraid of Color. Several additional friends also share on a weekly basis – be sure to check them out as you will surely find something to inspire you. “From the fullness of His grace, we have all received one blessing after another.” John 1:16
Holiday parade! One small step toward returning to normalcy in my hometown was the Holiday Parade held last Saturday night. The Harley Davidson motorcycle sporting a Christmas tree caught my eye. It was quite brisk and there were a few snowflakes in the air. That didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit as the final parade member led the way to the tree lighting ceremony. A fitting end to the parade although it seems a bit early in the season to me. Not a criticism but more of a surprised, oh-shoot, I missed it.
RBG! I really miss Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It’s not like we were good friends or close, so I am not feeling a huge hole in my heart. But I am missing her presence on the Supreme Court and some of the decisions that have been shared recently. I cannot help but wonder where Roe v. Wade is going, which is a major milestone in my lifetime. ~Sigh~ Why do we have to keep fighting battles that had been settled for nearly 50 years ago? I worry about the world we are leaving for our littles. One step at a time . . . although it feels like we are stepping backward.
Hello, autumn! I forgot to take a picture of this oldie but goodie at the time it was made. When we took the Halloween topper off the table, we couldn’t leave it bare. Sue went through our collection of oft-forgotten wall hangings and spotted this piece. While it’s not technically a table runner it can still function as such. Who cares if it has some hanging tabs by the cactus? And speaking of cactus, I would love it if it would start sporting some potential blossoms. Not a one in sight!!
Shameless plug for ABT! The American Ballet Theatre is back in business, with its opening weekend for the Fall Season in NYC at the Lincoln Center. My great-niece, Sierra, is standing in the back row on the right (pink skirt). It is so amazing to me that she is an actual ballerina, living her dream in NYC. I’m so proud of her and would love to go see her perform again. Maybe soon, if I could get over my disdain for flying. She inspires me to dream big – you never know your full potential until you try. And, for fun and giggles, I included a picture of her with her mom and my niece, Amy. Amy has been such a huge support and encouragement for Sierra – you might even call her an enabler. ~smile~
New plant pretties! In the endless stream of emails tempting me to buy something, one made it through and brought me out to an actual store. The local garden center had “Thanksgiving” cactus plants on sale for only $5.99. We had to run Sue’s mom home after our weekly yoga/coffee chat, so while we were out . . . We were the only two customers in the store at 9 am. Look at the PRETTY coral-colored cactus already in bloom with many more to come! Right nearby was a whole selection of African Violets.
Oh, I’ve been missing my AF plants for years. Somehow, my sister took charge of them and then my mom, and where they ended up after they were both gone is a mystery to all (or me, anyway). In honor of my mom, who was named Violet, and my sister, who loved these plants, we brought one home with the cactus. I am so darn pleased and happy to give these two happy plants a home. They are sitting on the table topper mentioned just above in front of the sliding door. Maybe there is a slim chance of some sun, someday, and they’ll enjoy it!
Our littles . . . Addison and Colt checked out the flurries, hoping for a measurable amount so there might be sledding or snowman building. Not yet! Colt loves to dust and sweep! Gamma can keep him in business. Dominic led the way to his favorite store after school last Friday. After shopping for popcorn for Family Friday Night Movie, the terrific trio enjoyed a sucker. Dominic and Addison are always up for a puzzle and it’s much easier now that Addi doesn’t chew on the pieces.
Chase watches while his brother “drives.” When he finally gets a turn, he has a unique way of getting into the car. The open door on the right is just way too easy! We think it’s a good thing that he has a helmet on! Addison is reading Auntie Sue’s favorite book about Beauty and the Beast. Chase misheard momma – he thought she said BATH not NAP. You can see how the two words would be easily confused. Especially at eight months old. Finally, Chase says, yeah, I can almost walk. Now enjoy your Thursday and share a ~smile~ with everyone you meet.
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