Thankful Thursday

Whew what a week it’s been!  I can’t think of a more perfect time to reflect on all the things I’m thankful for…

 

Feeling grateful for these two beautiful people – my sister and brother-in-law…

for taking me to experience this beautiful place…

I’m still feeling all the aaahhh remembering.

I’m grateful for the random patron at the library who brought in tulips for all of the staff…

There’s nothing like fresh flowers in the midst of winter to remind you that spring will indeed come again. 🌷

I’m beyond grateful for this lovely – my daughter, who turned 28 this past Tuesday…

and grateful I was able to celebrate the day with her.  It may have been her birthday, but she’s the gift – to me, to her children, and to everyone who crosses her path.  Such a beautiful person, inside and out! 💕

I’m also grateful that I’ve kept various journals all these years, so that I can look back on gems like this from my daughter’s infancy…

Eeek! Hahaha!

And now for the reason for the “whew” I mentioned at the top of this post…

I’m grateful for my quick spring to action when our basement flooded the other day, and for the ability to channel my inner MacGyver, so I could rescue all of our family heirlooms from water damage.  You cannot imagine the horror and panic I felt when I stepped down into that ankle-deep water.  I was down there for hours trying to get things under control, it was a nightmare.  You’re probably not really going to be able to tell what is going on in this photo, but basically, I (with the help of my sister’s gigantic brain) rigged something up in the aftermath to direct the remaining water that was leaking from a cracked nut on the spigot on the main water pipe coming into the house to go directly into the floor drain.  The whole basement flooding thing is a long, long, long story, which will only exhaust you and make me have to relive it all, so let me just say…  A funnel, a hose, a half-full can of paint and two lasagna pans walked into a bar… 

with a measuring cup and some tape. 🙃

And I’m so grateful for this shiny new pipe the city came and installed…

For FREE!  On account that it was one of their employees who cracked that nut when he came several months ago to install a new water meter.  They couldn’t fit a new nut, so they ended up replacing the entire pipe (which I’m pretty sure ordinarily would not be free).  This one has a handy lever instead of a twist knob too.  Hopefully I’ll never have a reason to need to shut off the main water to the house again, but if I do, that lever will make it much easier.

I’m also grateful for creativity, and for the fun I had making beeswax candles with my family…

Not to mention the warmth, the light and the sweet scent I get to enjoy.

Lastly, I’m grateful for the moon, who follows me around everywhere and reminds me of the vastness of the universe…

and that I’m connected to it all…

 

 

I’m also grateful for all of you!  May you have lots to be thankful for today too!  Many blessing, my friends…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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16 responses to “Thankful Thursday

  1. Wow Julie. Way to turn disaster into success with gratitude! You have a great attitude! 😄

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  2. Lots of adventures lately for you, most wonderful and some not so much! A flooded basement is never a fun thing, I shudder at my own memories. I love running hot and cold water, but only where it is supposed to be!

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    • A flooded basement is one adventure I never want to go on again. 😉 And I still have lots to do down there as far as clean-up goes, but I really do have so much to be grateful for – especially that nothing of any great value or sentiment was damaged. Oh, so you have been on the flooded basement adventure too, Eliza? Yeah, not fun at all. I know what you mean – I’m grateful for indoor plumbing, but when it flows in places it’s not supposed to, it can really be a sopping mess. 😉

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  3. Beautiful Jewels! An attitude of Gratitude is such healthy state of mind and so good for your immune system also. Precious family relationships make it all worthwhile.:-)

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    • Thanks Ashley! There’s always a reason to be grateful, even amidst difficult circumstances. I was thanking God off and on while I was mopping for FOUR hours that the water hadn’t spread any further or damaged any of our family treasures. And also that I had the forethought years ago to store the majority of the things in the basement in plastic containers rather than cardboard boxes, because that saved things too. 🙂

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  4. Flooded basements….I can relate, Julie. Rare is the house with a basement here in sunny FL, but we had one in the home I grew up in in New Jersey. My parents had a sump pump to pump out the water. Glad you rescued everything! What a nightmare.

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    • And I bet if Florida houses did have basements they would be soggy ones! Yes, the newer houses that I lived in over the years all had sump pumps just in case of flooding, but thankfully they never did. My family home was built in 1902 and has been in my family for like 80 years; to my knowledge this basement has never flooded. The reason for this flood was from our washing machine hose. I have no idea why it decided to burst in the wee hours of the morning when no one had even washed clothes for several days. Thankfully my mom had gotten up early to use the bathroom and noticed that the upstairs toilet had no water pressure and wasn’t filling up and went downstairs to check. Another thing to be grateful for. 🙂

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  5. A beautiful post – and I’m full of admiration over the leak.

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  6. That’s a lot of gratitude well spent! So glad it worked out well, plus tulips and family and beach and NOT the spider in the diaper!

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