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Gratitude Sunday–June 30

Wildflower and Bee

Before I begin my Gratitude Sunday post, I just wanted to let everyone to know that I will be taking off two weeks to do some blog maintenance.

Sunday – Celebrating 22 years of marital bliss today!

Monday – I assembled my new sewing table. I haven’t had one since Secunda moved back in and I lost my “office”. I finally just bought a cheap one at IKEA yesterday and set it up in our bedroom. Either I am getting better at assembling things or IKEA has improved their directions, I managed to assemble the bookcase/legs, table, and chair with nary a cuss word uttered!

Tuesday – I replaced the “Shift” key on my computer! Yea me! I’m on a roll here for fixing things. Last week, I fixed the stove, removed some malware from my computer, and repaired a part on my computer that was breaking off (my computer is particularly old, but I’m trying to hold out until they come out with a Windows version to replace Windows 8, as I have heard so many bad things about Windows 8).Tractor RidingWednesday – Primo got his first job and Dora had a blast riding the John Deere pedal tractors at the Farmers’ Market

Thursday – Enjoying the wildflower assortment that I planted in front of our rock wall. I hope to plant some taller plants to go with them in the fall, just to had a little height variety, but they have been beautiful this spring/summer and have made the yard so much more pleasant to look out at from the kitchen and family room (where I spend 50% of my day).Shadow Puppets

Friday – Enjoying Dora’s cute shadow puppet show.

Saturday – The weather cooling down nicely to make for a lovely evening outdoors.

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Maureen

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Gratitude Sunday–June 16

Card FrontSunday – Eating my first strawberries of the season from our garden. They were tender, sweet, and warm! Now I’m really looking forward to next year when the plants have a chance to mature even more.

Monday – Watching “The Red Balloon” with Dora after she got a balloon today. She was so entranced by this movie, though it is more violent than I remembered it being and that upset her some. Still,s he laughed so much at the antics of the balloon, I couldn’t help but laugh until my stomach hurt!

Tuesday – Receiving a very strange card from Dora, who picked it out, though Secunda was with her and paid for it. Dora had no idea what it said, but liked the picture (note top of post). The inside saying just cracked me up though (note photo below). It is definitely the strangest card that I have ever received!

Card Inside

Wednesday – Being almost 100% recovered from yesterday’s migraine! I forgot how bad those can be, given that I so rarely get them.

Thursday – Attending Primo’s end-of-year presentation for the special-needs college program that he is enrolled in (he is learning life skills, in addition to an associate’s degree). He has come so far and I am so proud of him!

Friday – Listening to Dora’s happy humming while she was coloring.

Saturday – So very grateful that Gohan’s all-over body rash was just hives and not more serious!

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Maureen

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Gratitude Sunday–June 9

Garden VisitorSunday – A garden visitor that likes to eat the clover in my yard, but doesn’t seem to notice my vegetable beds

Monday – Primo got his first job interview and Gohan cleaned out the disgusting compost drum for me!

Tuesday – having a picnic lunch at the park with Dora and Secunda (and seeing a little pileated woodpecker while we were there)BluebellsWednesday – My bluebells are blooming (three years after I planted them, go figure!)

Coral-Colored Icelandic PoppyThursday – a coral-colored poppy blooming, I’m not sure if I actually have multiple Icelandic poppy plants (I bought it from a nursery) or if the plants just produce multiple colors…

Friday – Dora having a nice evening playing with the neighbors

Saturday – Figuring out that Dora’s headaches are being caused by Dora watching Netflix on my phone during the long drive home from vision therapy, not by the vision therapy itself

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Maureen

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Gratitude Sunday–June 1

Sunday – Having time to catch up on several household chores

Monday – Watching Epic with Dora, Secunda, and Mr. Mo

Tuesday – Washing my car mats at the car wash – they were sooooo yucky!Farmer's Market 1 - smallWednesday – The weather clearing up just enough for us to be able to go to the farmer’s market and Mr. Mo happened to be taking the day off, so he got to go too (and eat yummy Greek food!)Delphinium 1 - smallThursday – Blooming delphinium plants! I finally gave up on trying to grow them from seeds and they look lovely in our front yard.Delphinium 2 - smallFriday – Now my peonies are blooming too! They smell wonderful!Peony 2 - smallSaturday – Getting to enjoy the sunshine and a walk with a very dear and precious friend!!!!

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Gratitude Sunday–May 19

Wildflowers 1Sunday – A wonderfully relaxing Mother’s Day, doing exactly what I wanted to!

Monday – Rain, at last! Ending the heat wave!

Tuesday – Setting up an obstacle course and competing with Dora to see who could complete it on her Purple Plasmacar the fastest (it can accommodate“children up to 220 pounds” – I’m interpreting the word “children” to mean “children at heart”, because I doubt you’ll find many children that weigh 220 pounds).Making Ice Cream 1Wednesday – Making homemade ice creamBalance Bike 2Thursday – Dora doing really well with her new balance bike

Friday – Seeing an abundance of wildflowers and two baby deer at the parkStory Fairy 6Saturday – Enjoying the last Kindermusik/Seattle Symphony concert for the year and Dora getting to visit with the Story Fairy

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Maureen

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Gratitude Sunday–May 12

Icelandic Poppy 9Sunday – Finding Waldorf again in time for Dora to benefit from it. She absolutely thrives on the rhythm, so much so, that she has been trying to get us even more into a rhythm!

Monday – My Icelandic poppy has white flowers too!

Tuesday – Being able to go for a walk while Dora rode her scooter

Wednesday – Being able to help Gohan work through some extreme anxiety (it pains me that he and Dora inherited my anxiety issues, so I’m especially grateful when I can help them work through an anxiety episode)Toad Flax 26Thursday – Toadflax is a new plant for my garden and I’ve decided that I love it!

Friday – Dora’s new vision therapy went so well. She is doing it in hopes of correcting an outwardly wandering eye (exotropia) without surgery.Azalea 3Saturday – Finally attracting pollinators to our yard this year!

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Maureen

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Gratitude Sunday–May 5

Mt Si 21Sunday – Having time to scan all of our books into Goodreads (as I keep accidentally buying the same books over and over, because I don’t know which books we own and which we don’t!).

Monday – Peanut butter filled pretzels (though my waistline indicates that I’ve been a bit too grateful for them)

Tuesday – Today was full of things to be thankful for, here are just a few!

  • The view of Mt. Si while we were shoe shopping
  • Roses right after it rains, I love the way the water collects amongst their petals
  • Mr. Mo taking care of the tent caterpillars on our apple tree after a long day of work (I am not too much of a bug wimp, but tent caterpillars kind of freak me out)

Rose After the Rain 9Wednesday – Gohan being able to work through a stumbling block he had encountered in math. He stuck to it and spent over an hour solving the problem, but insisted he wanted to figure it out and he did!

Thursday – chai, it really helps to soothe my soul during times of stress

Charlotte's Web 11Friday – watching Gohan in his year-end homeschool production of Charlotte’s Web

Saturday – Getting the yard work and weekend errands done, despite Gohan having another play production, so that we can take it easy tomorrow. It is so nice when Sundays really can be a “day of rest”.

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Maureen

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Gratitude Sunday–April 28

Tulip 4Sunday – Having a surprisingly relaxing and productive day after a rough morning. We even had time for me to cook split pea soup and cornbread for dinner. Yum!

Monday – A twofer day!

  • Secunda unexpectedly taking Dora out to the park and for a picnic for a couple of hours, giving me the gift of “me” time.
  • Tertia helping me solve the hair problem that I was having with my troll doll.

Tuesday – Dora’s rousing (and hysterical) rendition of Old McDonald Had a Farm!

Wednesday – Dora’s supposedly perplexed expression when I came into the backyard to find that in my one minute absence to retrieve her sunglasses, she had soaked herself and the house with the hose. She quickly dropped the hose and looked at me as if to say, “Gosh, I wonder how everything got so wet?” Rose Bud 2Thursday – Working in the garden with Dora, enjoying a lovely, mild spring day, planting roses while she studied the life and times of “Wormy the worm”. She later built a memorial for Wormy, who did not die, but went off to pursue darker and danker pastures, leaving Dora with only the memories of the good times they had.

Friday – Gohan watching Dora for an hour for me to take a badly needed nap.

Saturday – Mr. Mo being able to mow the lawn, which was really, really long, right before the downpour started.Icelandic Poppy 1

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Maureen

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Gratitude Sunday–April 21

Vase of Daffodils - 7Sunday – Reading the comics for the first time in years and years!

Monday – Grateful that everyone in my family is safe and accounted for. Feeling deep sorrow for all those who cannot say the same on this truly horrific day.

Tuesday – Cutting the last of the daffodils for one final vase for the house. Their sweet fragrance fills the whole downstairs.

Viola 24

Wednesday – Violas, now that I figured out that the slugs won’t gobble them up if they are in planters!

Thursday – “2-for-1” sales on outdoor containers! Score!

Friday – I am very grateful that the Boston Marathon suspects are no longer at large.

Saturday – Mr. Mo bringing a nice warm chai to me before I even got out of bed.

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Maureen

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Gratitude Sunday–April 14

Conch Shell 3Sunday – Mr. Mo sawing a hole on Dora’s conch shell, so she could play it (I made the mistake of telling her that some people blow them like horns). Amazingly, she can play it quite well. I still have yet to be able to make a sound from it.Blowing Bubbles 2Monday – Mr. Mo holding down the fort for me while I slept almost all day after having what was supposed to be a minor nose procedure. Not sure if it was the procedure (they did inject epinephrine into my nose to minimize the bleeding and my body did not enjoy the effects of the epinephrine) or the arthritis flare up that I had over the weekend that wore me out so, but I’m very lucky to have a husband who will just jump in for me during these episodes, when I practically “pass out” (especially given that he also happens to have a stressful job that we need him to keep). He never complains though (once again ladies, he is taken).Face Painting 4Tuesday – Receiving a new bag and wallet in the mail today. My old one was starting to fall apart. I am beginning to wonder if I will ever go back to carrying a normal-sized purse again. Every single time I try to, Dora has some sort of mishap and I end up greatly regretting not having a change of clothes in my purse. Plus we both have Raynaud’s, so I always need gloves/mittens in my purse. Then, I always have to carry sun hats and sunscreen, as even a little bit of sun exposure sun can cause my connective tissue disorder to flare up. Add to that rain jackets, supplies for impromptu geocaching, etc. I don’t know how other mothers manage to carry so little, I have always had a big bag in tow.Yarn2Wednesday – a big box of yarn came in the mail!Face Painting 1Thursday – Finding a new vision therapist for Dora. She suffers from exotropia (her eyes wander outward) and our wonderful ophthalmologist has had to take an indefinite leave of absence, due to a family crisis. There aren’t that many doctors who can treat this condition in children Dora’s age and those that can, often favor surgery. I really wanted a doctor who would at least try vision therapy first, as it worked really well with both Primo and Tertia, who had eyes that wandered inward. It has taken me six months to find the right doctor, but it was well worth the effort. The only negative is that this doctor is about 45 minutes away (without traffic) and we will have to drive there once a week.IMG_1395Friday – Dora slept late for the first time in months! She doesn’t appear to be sick, so I have no idea why she slept so late, but it felt good!Being CoolSaturday – The food co-op had Bosc pears again! I think they taste so much better than Bartlett pears, though I think people are prejudiced against them, as they are kind of ugly.

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