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10 Things of Thankful – July 12

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Sunflower from Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh NC

1. Sunflowers! Every year the flowers are blooming about this time at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh NC and we like to take pictures. Visited this last weekend, but just a few are blooming. Tomorrow there is a big event, but we won’t be attending that, but hope to get some photo opps on Sunday.

2. Vacation – We went away for a couple of days and swam at Hanging Rock State Park. It was such a pleasant day there and the water was just the right temperature. I could touch bottom all the way to the ropes.

3. 4. Art and Family Fun! We had the opportunity to see Mama and created some “fireworks” by blowing on paint dots with straws. Well, we got a little carried away and cheated with the straws a bit. It was fun to do this and to spend the day at the retirement home.


5. Poetry – I am participating in Dive into Poetry for this month and having fun with the various prompts. I am saving those poems, once edited, for my next book.

6. Six Sentence Story is still growing strong. Here’s this weeks at this LINK

7. Memories of those who have passed – I have been doing a lot of thinking and working through grief in all of its facets and this seems to have landed in my poetry world in the Dive group. It’s a good thing and as feelings come they are finding places to do their work.

8. Connections with those who are present – I heard from a dear family member this past week and it made my day and many more. When you have a soul connection with someone, it hurts when there is not enough connecting. I am grateful for my soul injection.

9. Swimming – I have not been to the pool as much as I like this week, but it only makes me appreciate it more when I can’t get there.

10. Peaches – Oh my goodness have they been ever so sweet!!! It’s officially peach season. It is short lived and greatly loved. I may have to go get some more and try making peach sorbet. I made some with strawberries and it was delicious. Of course, I made it sugar free, not that you would know it.
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That’s it for this weeks TTOT! Why not join in? Just go to this LINK

14 thoughts on “10 Things of Thankful – July 12”

  1. What an interesting art project! The fireworks turned out great, and it looks like everyone had a nice time.

    Being able to connect with family in person, or in memories, is really what life is all about, isn’t it?

    Swimming, vacation, flowers, writing, and peaches–all the makings of a fabulous summer!

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  2. I tried to do that straw painting with my preschoolers one time. We were going to make trees with brown paint and add leaves after it dried. I did the project one-on-one without trying it myself first (HUGE mistake) and all we accomplished were some spitty brown blobs of paint. I gave up after the first child and I attempted it for probably 10 minutes. So I totally get you “cheating” a bit, because I think anyone posting these types of pictures on Pinterest cheated, too!
    Enjoy your peaches!

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  3. excellent sunflower photo. I love the idea of sunflowers, have not had any luck growing them. A problem with the lack of good soil and sunlight (other than that… lol)
    I used to enjoy swimming, but it is so long ago that I did, I would have to work with a genealogist to determine the last time I did!
    Have a good week.

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  4. I love sunflowers, they are so majestic looking. Where have I been?! Blowing paint through a straw? Sounds like, and looks like from your pictures, a very cool and fun activity 😀
    Have some peaches for me! I can’t pick out a good peach to save my life. Besides, they are best when eaten locally. I swear the most delicious peach I ever ate was on a trip passing through Georgia.
    Thank you for supporting Six Sentence Stories, Lisa and being a continuing participant 🙂

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  5. “Soul injections” with those present makes life merry and bright!

    Working through grief via writing poetry can be very healing. I am glad you are able to do that.

    I’m glad you were able to share an enjoyable activity with your mom at the retirement home. Your mom is beautiful and looks very happy.

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