Sunday, July 24, 2016

TToT: Stop and Smell the Roses



In a week where an American Senator was booed for advising listeners to vote their conscious, I thought I might need to dig deep for ten things to feel thankful for.  It wasn't so hard in the end.  

I started with a little binge watching of The West Wing as an antidote to the actual political situation I had been watching.  The writing on that show always makes me feel better.  Sometimes a little denial and escapism is just what the situation calls for.
I wrapped up another twenty-four hour drive to return home safe and sound.  There was a lot to see along the way.  Gas prices are down, and it was my fist trip in my smaller, more fuel efficient car.  
I got time with all of my kids this week, had a chance to catch up with my husband after his recent mission trip, and saw extended family at the 3rd birthday party of my niece's daughter.
I still have a few more days of summer break before I have to return to work.  I am savoring those days.
I have also been savoring vine ripened tomatoes this week.

Ten good things are sprinkled in my list--simple things, things that shouldn't be taken for granted but often are.  The kind of things that are rediscovered on a week where I have to look closely for the roses to stop and smell.





8 comments:

  1. Ah, tomatos and roses. It really is the littlest of things that matter most.

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  2. Love me some tomato sandwiches. It's tough to stay positive in the outrageous political climate we are experiencing this summer. Taking it nice and easy, with road trips and binge watching favorite shows help immensely. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

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    1. I found one strand of heirloom tomato that has been our top pick for summer. It is the first success I have had with an heirloom making it taste even better to me.

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  3. It really was a week last week. Your list has me thinking of things I can add to mine. Hope you enjoy the rest of your break--the pass so quickly, don't they?

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    1. Far too quickly. Enrollment is Wednesday. I can already feel myself begin to drag my feet. But I also have some kids who have weighed on my mind this summer. I am anxious to see them and love up on them.

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  4. Say no more than being able to spend time with all your kids this week - that would be 10 things times 10 to me!! You also had me at vine ripened tomatoes! I don't know if you know I've been working a couple days a week at an RV Park in Oregon for the past few years...which I love for the interesting travelers I meet. I love their stories. One woman checked in yesterday, from Missouri - and said, "Please. Please. I'm dying for a fresh, vine-ripened tomato. Can you tell me where I can find one?" Made me smile. I can so relate. And after travelling - this is all she yearned for. I sent her to my favorite farm stand just down the street where I hope she also found fresh peaches. I'm thankful for summer produce.

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  5. and, and! worse comes to worst, you can throw those tomatoes at: a) passerbys as you drive along, who are demonstrating the self-destructiveness of self-centeredness, b) the nearby woods. (not exactly Mother Jones, Good Earth approved green-living technique), but I try to throw any leftover (non-processed) food into the woods and/or lawn, including, but not limited to: stale bread, the stem ends of tomatoes and the totally-inedible end of a head of lettuce, and c) the TV when the remote control slips behind the couch preventing me from muting the audio during the commercials

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