Today, I’m thankful for Heather Cox Richardson, who interprets the news for me and others with the clear-eyed perspective of an historian. When I am struggling with existential angst about the state of the country and the world, she reassures me that it’s all happened before and we’ve lived through it.
Today was Papa’s birthday. He would have been 110 today. He’s been gone for 12 years now, and I still miss him. I’m so thankful he was my father.
I’m thankful for Bethany Presbyterian Church – Tacoma, and all the people therein. During the pandemic they have kept me connected with the world. We now have a choice of church in person or church on line. We do Bible Study weekly, on Zoom, either in the evening or in the morning. I appreciate the choices available.
Today I’m so thankful for all the wildlife that enjoys my yard. This week I’ve been visited by the deer, a couple of squirrels, a family of raccoons and many, many birds. I have flickers, stellar blue jays, juncos, sparrows, woodpeckers, finches (gold, rosy, and plain), starlings, and flocks of bushtits, just to name a few. I LOVE this place.
Today is Thanksgiving Day, and I’m so thankful for friends who realized we would not have family around today, and reached out to invite us to share their table. I LOVE Franke Tobey Jones, and one of the best decisions we ever made was to move here,.
I’m thankful for the wildlife who wander through my backyard all the time. Birds, squirrels, deer, raccoons, even the (very) occasional coyote. They are so interesting, and always busy.
Today I’m thankful for to be a Presbyterian. I know a lot of people call us the “frozen chosen”, but I don’t feel like that. I feel connected to people all over the country who are working together to be a Mathew 25 congregation. We are trying to put our energies into to valuing other people by feeding the hungry, comforting the sorrowful, and housing the homeless.
The days and days of rain here were translated to new snow on the mountains. Mt Rainier is looking like herself again, without all those ugly rocks poking through. Even some of the lower Cascades have dustings of white. The Olympics have significant snow. I’m thankful that we seem to be storing water for next summer and fall.
I’m thankful for a wonderful sunset we can see, now that the leaves have all blown off the trees. I know it’s pretty foggy this morning and the AQI is pretty high with “fine particles”, but that usually leads to wonderful sunsets.
Today I’m thankful for a tame computer tech (my son) who is driving four hours to do some needed updates and to change out our modem, router, and install a new AppleTV device. He is super helpful over the phone, and when necessary makes house calls for the low, low price of a good Mexican dinner.