Ten Things of Thankful – March 27 2020

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It’s that time again for TTOT, a time to reflect on the many things to be thankful for and to celebrate moments in our lives.

The world as we have known it has changed. There’s a pandemic happening and we citizens have been through many changes in a short period of time. Mother used to say things happen a reason, so naturally I am wondering about the reason. Some things are clear and I will have to accept the unknown isn’t meant for me to know, at least at this point. The expression: “You don’t even want to know,” may be appropriate at this moment in time.

I created the header picture a long time ago when trying to put together an article about stress management. Well, could we use some of that? I am thinking it is a “yes.”

I have a lamb who makes me think of peace, it’s actually a dog toy, but I like it and it’s on my book shelf, snuggles up next to my Wonder Bunny. The pillow is one my daughter made at a church camp many years ago, and it is also on my book shelf. I can see them from where I do most of my writing. The bubble bath is self-explanatory for relaxing. The candle goes right along with that. The Sleep lotion has lovely scents and relaxing properties and the quartz sits on my nightstand to stabilize the energy forces. All leading to relaxation and better sleep, which is something I must work at hard. And I would say my first thankful will be that my sleep has been better lately, so yay for that! I wake up kind of early, but I go to bed early so it’s a win. Sometimes I will wake up in the night, but my going back to sleep is better.

Second would be this lovely memory. There are my mother’s siblings. They all came out to Illinois where we lived to see my mother as she was getting close to her time to cross over. It was actually March 25 in the year it happened. Just this week, her last sibling, Uncle Joe, joined her and the rest for a Heavenly reunion. Aunt Dorothy and her husband came from California to spend time with mom and the brother all got in the car and drove from Louisville Kentucky. It was quite the gathering. And as much as they all liked to cut up and tell corny jokes, they all were most somber when they came to see mom. They all loved each other so much, a very close knit family. I am grateful they all came out and that there is no more suffering for any of them.

The Hall siblings:
Randall, Johnny, Dorothy (Gunnett), Joe, Warren, Ralph

Thelma Hall Tomey – Mother

Third is the fun I have been having with my daughter as we have been doing the Sketchbook challenge. In a little while, I will be joining her for the next session. It’s nice to have her here and we are having such fun.

Here are some of the pictures I made from the event. She doesn’t want her shared, just yet.

watercolor breakfast

This was food art created by drawing with ink the basic picture and then watercoloring the subject matter. We were asked to draw what we had for breakfast and this is what I did. Charlie O’Shields – Having Fun While Sketching Food! was the video.

watercolor collage cup

This was a class on a combination of freestyling, relaxing and creating collage.

Mary Beth Shaw – Doodle Sketch was the title and she guided us on having fun.

watercolor qwirky bird

This is my Quirky Bird watercolor from Tamara Laporte – Embracing YOU, Quirks And All! It was a blast!

Fourth I am thankful that I have art supplies to be able to do these things.

Fifth I did a presentation about Poetry on Wednesday night for the Triangle Association of Freelancers and it went well.

Sixth Scored Toilet Paper today at Target! And a canister of disinfectant wipes. We were not desperate but it would be coming real soon.

toilet paper rolls on a basket
Photo by Vlada Karpovich on

Seventh Zoom Rooms and figuring out how to use them. I had a lesson on them and am working on getting more proficient as the virtual world is becoming more of  a reality. Nice thing is that with these I was able to meet with people online.

Eighth First Responders who put it out there to help others be healthy and safe.

Ninth People who wear scrubs. I brought out my old acrostic for their dedication. You can read it here: Scrubs

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21 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful – March 27 2020”

  1. So much to like here, Lisa. First, I love that pillow. For some reason it speaks to me. Peace, nice and simple. And I admire you infinitely for using this time to make art. You really know how to play, and I appreciate that you share all of your works. Sorry for your family’s loss. I love old family pics. I’m sorry I missed your TAF presentation. I’m extremely introverted these days, even with virtual meetings. Take care. Hope to see you soon! xo

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  2. I just had my first Zoom meeting the other day, with my siblings and parents. It was nice to be able to see how everyone was doing.
    Photos and the memories they bring are precious.
    I understand your daughter’s hesitation to share her artwork, but I imagine it is lovely, like yours is. I’m glad you get to share that experience together.

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  3. That lamb is so cute!
    I always enjoy seeing the art work too.
    This would be a perfect time to get my watercolors out.
    Target has TP and disinfectant wipes? You really scored. I need to check the store in our area. It is at the other end of town and I rarely shop there, but if they have some, it would be worth the trip. I don’t know of any stores in our area that have any in stock.
    Stay well, Lisa.

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    1. You have to be there before they open the doors and I would suggest at least 15 minutes early. We sat in the car and then realized they were lining up. And there are always some who think they are special 😉 Maybe they are more desperate. So, I suppose we will give them a pass 😉 As if…haha Thank you for your appreciation.


  4. Excellent Six! The variety of enjoyments (and Grats) reminds us that, very often, it is true that it’s the details that make the difference.
    Have as good a week as possible.

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  5. Love your post. Do we ever outgrow the pleasure of a stuffed animal sitting somewhere in the room? You’ve inspired me to bring out my watercolors- take time away from my computer… and Zoom has been wonderful for connecting…
    ps: your photos show how much care you take in composing your posts. thank you for the enjoyment.

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