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Ten Things of Thankful – September 4 2020

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Happy Friday and TTOT time!! Let’s do this!

  1. Thankful for outings and still the ability to social distance. We went to Shangri-La Little Stone Village here in NC. I found out about it from this article by Joel Haas on Walter. Here are some pics from our day hop.

2. My God Children finalized the sale of their townhouse, moved to a temporary space – which is super nice – and will be moving into their fresh built house in 2021. Yay!

3. I wrote an article for Love of Food and it was published this week. Here is the link: Make Salad with International Challenges

4. Daughter bought her first new sewing machine today. She had a machine before, but this is her brand spanking new one and it was so cool to sit while she learned from Lynn at the sewing machine store. I am picky about sewing machines and asked pertinent questions, but mainly daughter asked questions. In fact, I got up and walked around so they could get their lesson underway. Next project is to sew the masks which are ready to sew.

5. As a now online editor for a publication, I had an online meeting this week and it was so stimulating. A lot of new ideas are formulating.

6. My poem, which I worked so hard on and received awesome critique from the Living Poetry critique group, was published in Fine Lines for their Autumn 2020 publication.

7. Poet’s Connection is having a poetry reading on September 26. I am happy to see this get off the ground. Here is the link if you want to attend or know more: Meetup Link

8. I signed up for a podcast with Anchor and will start doing poetry podcasts soon. I need to find my quiet space, so that’s a goal. At least the podcast is free. I listen to podcasts on Spotify at night, when I can’t sleep. Maybe my own will help others sleep to the sound of poetry.

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9. New Horizons of the good kind. We all get them and I am grateful for ours.

10. You! What’s your thankful? How about a share?

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Ten Things of Thankful – August 28 2020

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It’s that time of the week for TTOT! What? Yup! It’s that time again. So…let’s goooooo!

  1. Grocery pickup – I am trying a different store today to see how that one goes. They offered free pickup and a 20% discount plus I had a gift card and discounts. Saved about $40, so hey, I will take it. I am grateful to have this option since it’s sometimes hard to shop. This is one of my better days, but maybe it is best to test it out on a better day than to wait for a not so better day. Right? I think so.
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2. I finished my special project! YAY! I was a judge for a writing contest. It was fun and interesting to read and respond to the many books.

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3. Remote possibilities. You know how people say, “It’s a remote possibility that such and such will happen.” Well, now it has a different meaning. Now one might say, “It’s going to be done remotely.” Or is some form of more proper English. So, Remotely it is happening and I am happy to see it happening. And there is nothing remotely unusual about that. You see what I did here, right?

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4. Good walking day. It’s been a pleasant week for strolling about.

5. Puzzles. Daughter has been keeping busy with them and loves them. She is working on Mystical Shimmer, Unicorn. It’s pretty and glittery.

6. My brother from another mother had nice test results this week! YAY!!

7. Miracles! Someone I know thought from all news shared that life was coming to an end and it turned around. YAY!

8. Freedom to listen and watch to the world and freedom to turn it off.

9. Education via the internet so we can still learn without getting all sick and stuff.

10. YOU!! Let’s hear it… I wanna know your thankfuls.

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Ten Things of Thankful – August 14 2020

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It’s the end of a great week and time for TTOT. Let’s get to it!

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  1. Scavenger Hunt Zoom Style! Our apartment community has a CARES program. This is run by a couple who plan social events. In these pandemic times, they have to be creative. Last week they had an ice cream truck come by and offered free sundaes to the first so many people. We started out, but it poured rain, so I ended up making smoothies for our own treats. It all worked out. So, last night we had a scavenger hunt. We were the only ones who showed for the Zoom event, well, an the facilitator. So, we competed in our household. We worked up a sweat rushing around looking for things to show on the screen. We pretty much tied and we are getting a Panera gift card for participating. My favorite find was the last item on the list. She asked us to show something that was the most precious to each of us. It was easy. We put our arms around each other.
  2. So I think I mentioned at least 3 thankfuls in #1 so there’s that.
  3. Ditto.
  4. I am nearing the end of a special project and look forward to the last piece. It was a good project, but just ready to get to the next one.
  5. The Sealey Challenge. I have been reading a poetry book each day for this project. It is findable on Twitter #thesealeychallenge It has been inspiring to read other’s words. At some point, I will review what I have read. If they are on Goodreads, for now, I am at least giving points. When I have more time, I will write a more detailed review.
  6. Poet’s Connection event coming up on August 22. It is getting down to the last week to sign up for the event. Hint Hint Justine Quammie is presenting on August 22 at 10 a.m. for the Poet’s Connection meeting. It’s a workshop and it’s going to be awesome. I participated in one of Quammie’s workshops and she does a fantastic job. If you are interested, please let me know. I can send a link if you message me with your email. The attendance looks light and it would be great to have more attend. There is no charge. My thankful is that we can have this workshop with such an awesome presenter.
  7. Testimonies from others about how this pandemic has brought out the helpers. I have heard of people getting financial and physical help in these challenging times and I love to hear the stories.
  8. Poetree – is a book I stumbled upon when I was looking at the online library options. I was showing my daughter how to get books online and how to get the Kindle app on your phone to read the books. So, now, she is reading books on her phone.

9. We All Pitched In was published this week. Have a look.

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Ten Things of Thankful – August 7 2020

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Happy Friday and TTOT! Let’s get to it!

  1. Rain for the many, many vegetable gardens I see posted! Tomatoes seem to be especially making an appearance this year!
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2. Today is my birthday so I am grateful for 66 years of life and look forward to 66 more! Hey, a girl can dream! Here I am as about a one year old.

Lisa Tomey Wiesbaden Germany

3. Friendships from writing experiences. People who became friends for life. We lost a good one and I celebrate Fred Tarr. I found out when posting a message to him about his book, my book of choice yesterday for The Sealey Challenge of reading a poetry book a day. I will be writing up something more about my dear friend, later.

Fred Tarr 2016

4. Daughter got creative and made envelopes. She makes lovely cards. She has made so many that we have a surplus. I saw on Facebook where a friend made envelopes, so I suggested to daughter that she make some, too. She jumped right on it. She made the pattern from an envelope she took apart. Here is one of her envelopes. See how the inside pops! She used two sided paper.

Jodi’s Envelope 2020

5. I read 25 books in July. Oh yes, I did! And I am reading 31 books in August. The August books are poetry books. The July books were mainly non-fiction. I will probably post about my poetry book reading after all is done.

6. My godchildren have accepted an offer on their house. YAY!!!!

7. My good friend and sister from another mister was able to get moved into her new place this week. I am so happy for her as it has been a long time coming. Perseverance and all!

8. Sometimes I just want to pinch myself for all the wonderful blessings! I am going to be one of the editors for a publication, starting in September. It is an honor to be asked.

9. I have had another poem accepted for publication. With all the increased writing, I am surprised. There are so many people sending out their poetry.

10. Here’s the part where I have to ask…are you wanting to share your thankfuls? Well, we sure would love to hear your words. Supposing you would like to share, you can go to the blue link and presto-chango! You are going to a page where you can pop your link and share with us! Hope to see you there!

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Ten Things of Thankful – July 24 2020

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Happy Friday and Happy TTOT Time! Let’s hop to it!

  1. Cool breezes when I take walks.
  2. Daughter’s tests came back with no worries. She is AOK! (Well, I knew that ;))
  3. A poem I wrote, one of which I put my heart and soul into, has been published. It is going in my book. Here is the link. As sad as it may sound, it was cathartic to write, giving me another chance for closure. Here is the link.
  4. Poet’s Connection is going well. We meet again tomorrow. And for August we have a special guest who will be conducting a workshop. With the internet we can bring in guests from just about anywhere and this one is from Washington DC.
  5. Friday Noon Poets is a group based out of Chapel Hill NC and I have been attending their online meetings off and on. It is a great group and we get a chance to share what we have written and talk shop.
  6. There are alternative choices in the world. Isn’t it great when we can go online to shop, visit, research…? If this happened when I was a child I would have been reading the same set of books over and again. But, I did that so much as a child, I suppose it didn’t hurt me. Nonetheless, we had libraries, but nowadays it is e-reading which is providing books unless we order and pay for them. I use the library for many e-books so I can save money. And did you know that you can request books when the library doesn’t have them? Oh yes you can! They may or may not decide to buy them, but you can ask. Our libraries are gradually opening for drop off and pick up if you order holds to pick up. I took the big stack and returned them, but I have plenty to read, for now. Now, if you do not have an e-reader and you do have a cell phone it may be possible to download books to your phone. I tried it and it worked. But I took it off, because I have a reader and it’s easier on my eyes and I listen to books on it sometimes.
  7. I think there are gratefuls in bundles in #6 so I am taking extra credit.
  8. Same as #7
  9. Oh, there you are, still waiting for #9 OK I discovered that pimento cheese, which I have detested for YEARS has now found a place in my life. I discovered the warmed up version to be eat of of the bowl good, so now I have added it to the menu and even GASP eat it cold! Who am I???
  10. Since you made it all the way to the end you get to help use out, here. Hows about some thankfuls from you?! Even one is one more than none, but I will warn you that once you get started it is addictive. Come share you thankfuls and your french fries, if you so wish 😉
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