|Mt. Rainier, photo taken yesterday from Ruston Way Park, Commencement Bay, Tacoma.|
Thanksgiving: Today I am going to spend the rest of this post focusing on things/events/people I am thankful for. Today our local newspaper, The News Tribune, ran an article, "Why it's great to live in Western Washington" by Marianne Binetti, the gardening specialist. She counted seven gardening reasons it is great living where we do. This is what she said for No. 2: "We have slugs and snails but they're easier to deal with than scorpions and tarantulas." Ha-ha! From an avowed hater of slugs I'd never thought of them in comparison to poisonous critters. She has a point! Thank you, Marianne Binetti, I am grateful for your articles.
My list (and I want you to know I am not really ranking my choices, just listing things as they come to mind):
|Mom and Dad at his 90th birthday party.|
|Hand-trucking it with Grandpa. Sometimes it is best to ride, sometimes it is important to help push.|
No. 3--- I am grateful that the Democrats did so well during the midterm elections that the House of Representatives will now be under their control. We have needed some balance in our government. Hopefully they will supply it.
|Bingley playing in the leaves a month ago.|
No. 5--- I am grateful that my sister is willing to host the Thanksgiving meal this year. We will drive down to Eugene on Wednesday, as will our daughter and her family, my brother, his wife and our daughter and her cousin will be coming up from California. Mom and Dad cannot travel far any longer, so they will only have to come across town.
No. 6--- I am grateful for love. Yesterday we helped some friends celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. When we asked them what was the secret to their long marriage, they said stick-to-it-ness. Sometimes love takes work. I am so grateful for the love of a good man, my daughters, and whole family and many friends.
No. 7--- My Bible study group. We are currently studying the fruit of the Spirit and we are all getting so much out of it and enjoy the time we spend together. Thanks, Bev, for leading us.
|Purple Mountain Ash tree in our backyard earlier this fall.|
|Hydrangeas are the best flowering shrubs hands down!|
Mary, fill the glass to overflowingIlluminate the path where we are goingHave mercy on us allIn funeral fires burningEach flame to your mystery returning
My heart is breaking. "O Mother Mary, come and carry us in your embrace that our sorrows may be faced." My prayers go out to all who are affected.
What are you thankful for this year?