Posted On May 13, 2011
For lilacs. Definitely one of the highlights of spring.
For exactly the bench I was looking for, bought for the exact amount of cash floating around in the bottom of my bag. I was just a couple of blocks away from home, and I managed to stuff it precariously into my trunk and make it home. Thank you Universe!
For mulch. Mulch cleans everything up so nicely! It’s a slow process with two young children underfoot, but I’m beginning to see things come together.
For Jeff and his endurance these past few weeks. Working two jobs and coming home to more work, childcare, what have you, and doing his best to help me work too… he’s just been awesome. Soon he’ll be down to one job and a solid schedule, and I can’t wait. But until then, we get to see just what we’re made of. 🙂
I’m also grateful for how flexible and creative he is. We ran into trouble with our outside building plans. We likely can’t put together the awning we wanted (at least not in the place we wanted) because we’re part of the historic district, and we’d have to get it all approved by them. Our house is not a historic house, it’s just directly across the street from historic houses. So we could try for it, but basically we found that it’s not likely they’d approve it (they don’t even approve wheelchair ramps, so yeah…), and it’ll be more hassle than it’s worth. I was pretty upset when I found out, but Jeff was totally cool about it and switched the plan around (they don’t have any say about the back of our house). He came up with this great idea for it all that will cost us next to nothing… Now I’m pretty excited to watch it all come together. Details soon.
For this little boy and his sweetness every morning. He’s so happy and cuddly and squinty… I just love it!
For my Vera’s eyes. Yesterday her cousin found an old bottle of some kind of herbicide in my parent’s backyard. Her experience with spray bottles is limited to water or a mix of apple cider vinegar mixed with water (for cleaning). So, it makes sense that she was alarmed when my sister and I came squealing out of the house for her to drop it after she had sprayed Vera’s face and hair with the toxic stuff. I swooped V up and doused her eyes in water while she yelled for me to stop. Her eyes were all pink and irritated, and I was scared. We called poison control, and they told us to irrigate her eyes for longer, so I had to pull her into the shower with me and hold her under the water. She cried and cried (which I think helped), and then we laid her down on the bed with a cool wet washcloth covering her eyes while we fed her chocolate covered sunflower seeds. The redness went away, and she said she could see just fine, so we’re hopeful that everything is okay. I hate that those poisons even exist. They aren’t safe, and it’s not worth the risk. But anyway, I’m really grateful that she’s alright, and that there doesn’t seem to be any lasting damage.
What are you grateful for today?
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Oh man! How scary!!! I’m so glad you she is okay! That is some serious scary business.
Mm I can almost smell those lilacs through the picture.
I’m grateful for having you as a friend and for the time I am going to spend sewing today. 🙂 xoxo
What a scary thing to have happen to Vera! So glad she’s okay.
That lilac photo is so beautiful. Lilacs are my absolute favorite, and my lilac is in bloom right now too. I cut some of it and put it in a little vase on my desk so I can smell it while I work. 🙂
I’m glad she’s okay!
Our neighbor’s lilac (which hangs over our fence) is blooming, and ours is SO close! I love walking around the neighborhood and inhaling that heavenly scent!!
Oh no! So glad Vera is OK. Sounds like a life lesson for the girls to learn–mom & dad keep things safe for at home but the outside world requires a little more diligence.
Today I am grateful for new flooring. Even if the tile got messed up by the carpet guy, even if I can smell the carpet off-gassing and have to keep the window open for a few days, even if they didn’t install the carpet over the last ruined spot on the landing of the stairs or bring the tile across the WHOLE doorwall… I can walk barefoot in my house and lay on the floor in front of the fireplace. I don’t have vinyl laminate flooring peeling up in my kitchen. And ALL the roommates get the chance to sit down together to decide what furniture to put back in the living room (already getting ride of three pieces so it will be less crowded) and what goes up on the walls. To sum up: I am grateful for a more comfortable living space. 😀
I’m grateful for Vera’s eyes, too!
And for Asa who is so big now.
And for you, who always reminds me to be grateful.
Oh wow, how scary! Glad that she’s okay. <3
I always think that Michigan is about as far south as we are but I guess you’re really farther up north if your lilacs are only now blooming. Ours are already wilted again. 🙁