Saturday, November 2, 2019

Giving Thanks

"The world is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper."
W.B. Yeats
I'm looking back at the past week, thinking of moments of gratitude and grateful for blessings that came my way.

❆❆❆Snow!❄❄❄ Yes, it was out of season, but I so enjoyed the snow days we had earlier this week. It was freezing cold outside and for two days snow sifted gently from the sky piling up in soft heaps on the ground and the fence outside my window. It clung to tree branches and the leaves that are still on the trees. It really was so peaceful. I kept candles lit, and the fall garland with tiny lights around the kitchen window looked so cozy. 

I finished reading an excellent book called A Place for Us by Fatima Farkeen Mirza. It is a story that has stayed with me for days.

Today it felt good to set things to order. We had George, our granddog, with us last week. He is the sweetest thing, but he sheds like a cat! This morning I vacuumed every inch of the house. Then, I rearranged some furniture in the living room so that the Christmas cactus (which is filled with buds) has a good spot and good light for the next month, and it is in a place where we can enjoy the flowers. 

I finally got my blog header back to the way I wanted it. I used to use Picasa for all my photo editing and to create collages. But it hasn't been available for a while now. I like being able to change up the header once in a while and put in new pictures, but I have been tearing my hair out each time, trying to figure out how to do it. Thanks to a blogging friend who shared another editing process, I can now play away to my heart's content;)

Seeing the grandkids have fun with Halloween was such a kick. They are all getting old enough to have fun with trick or treating and dressing up. Except little Ivy, who doesn't have a clue, but oh my gosh, did she make the cutest Raggedy Ann! And Siefer has discovered Little House on the Prairie and was so excited to be Laura.  The handsome cowboy in the middle is Sawyer.

And then we have beautiful Elsa . . . 

 . . . and Spiderman! who bears an amazing resemblance to Bentley:)

If you would like to share your favorites of the week with Friday Fave Five, here's the link!


Faith said...

You have a lot of grandchildren! how cute they all look...i especially like Raggedy Ann and Laura :)

SNOW???!!!! NO!!!!! keep it out there. thanks! I'm sitting in my backyard swing right now with a heavy sweater on and wonderful crisp autumn air and sunshine. we are praying for a mild winter this year here in eastern NYS....we've had a perfect summer and autumn!

I need to do a complete vacuuming "sabbath" was yesterday so today, Sunday was church at 9 and now some housework once I'm done reading blogs :)

have a great week!

Dewena said...

Karen, your header is beautiful! And I wrote down the Yeats quote, got a feeling of excitement just reading it. Beautiful snow, candles, fairy lights, a good book equals perfect day. Your grands are darling, it's such a wonderful time of year for them, and more to come. Enjoy it all, and I know you do.

Wendy said...

Your header looks great and it must be a relief to be able to change it yourself. How cute are your grandkids? Snow?! No thanks lol

Mereknits said...

Everyone looks like they were ready for Halloween! I think the snow sounds so cozy. Have a wonderful week.

Barbara H. said...

Yikes! Snow already! What cute costumes! Fun! Love your header! I've been using an app called PicCollage, but I don't know if they do header-sized ones.

Patti said...

We had a skiff of snow here in Boise this past week as well. It IS pretty to look at. I just hate having to get out on the roads when they're snowy.

Your grands are SO adorable. I bet they had a ball trick-or-treating. 2 little girls in my Sunday school were Elsa, and a little boy was Spider Man. Those must be the hot costumes this year!

I'm glad you were able to figure out your header. I am technology-challenged, so I have to get ready-made templates and upload them. I wouldn't have any idea how to create a picture collage for a header.

I hear ya on the dog hair. My dogs shed a lot! I have to vacuum often to keep up with it.

Have an awesome week,

Melinda said...

Sounds like an exceptional week.

Those trick or treaters of yours
were adorable!

We had a bit of snow but not like you.

M : )

Anonymous said...

I Loved your quote so much I had to stop and go put it on Facebook.
What editing process do you now use to change up your header. I’d love to be able to figure out an easier way to do that, too. The photos in your header sure give a nice glimpse of where you live.
Your grandchildren are adorable in their costumes. Isn’t it fun to see their personalities shine through what they pick?
You make the snow sound so beautiful. I like the idea of having twinkle lights with your fall garland. I never thought of doing that before.
Have a great week, Karen.
Susan From

Melanie said...

Your grandkids are so cute! We had a snowstorm on Halloween, so our village cancelled trick-or-treating via their Facebook page. There was such an outrage, that they put it back on, lol. But they also made an alternate date (the next Sunday) for those who didn't want to go out in the snow. Sure enough, we ended up with no trick-or-treaters here on Halloween, and then a bunch on Sunday. That was silly to me - after all, it wasn't Halloween anymore - but I guess the kids didn't care as long as they got candy.

That book you just read sounds familiar...I know I've heard of it before. I'm going to look it up on Amazon. Thanks for the suggestion.

Laurel Wood said...

Your grands are precious! Oh, the snow sounds so pretty. We don't receive snow often, and it is a real thrill! Thanks for the book recommendation. Winter is a good time for me to read. I miss working in the yard during these dreary months. Hope you and yours are doing well. Have a blessed week.