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Friday, June 30, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things

This weekly blog hop is sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain, and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. 

What exactly are we celebrating?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chanc
e for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .

1) Help of friends and family! We've started hay season, which means lots 'o work. I'm so thankful for the extra hands to help me pick up those bales of hay.

2) Fire wood! With the warm temperatures this might seem a little odd thing to celebrate at the moment. BUT I just found out how much money I saved this last year on heating thanks to my wood burning stoves. It was well worth it...so much that I did a little happy dance.

3) Words from my oldest! We haven't heard from him for a couple of weeks and were thrilled to get a quick call this last week. Only 2 weeks of basic training (boot camp) left and he'll be off to his regular training. He's been complaining about the lack of food they get (small portions being scarfed down fast). As a treat and prize for winning a competition, my son's sergeants took them to a museum and a restaurant afterwards. (Okay, before I go on, it's important to know that my son is a 6ft 3 in bean pole. Super, super skinny). He was so thrilled to eat again that he ate: an order of chicken wings, salad, 3 cheeseburger menus, 2 pieces of cheesecake (and he doesn't even like cake), hot chocolate to wash it down, ice cream and then grabbed a bag of candy on the way out. Of course, he was super sick that night and next morning, but he said it was well worth it.
I guess the other guys wondered where he was putting all the food too.

That wraps up this week!

What about you? What put a smile on your face?
Get a super friendly greeting from a dog or cat?
See a shooting star?
Discover a new dessert?

What are you celebrating this week?


  1. He got to go to a museum and out to eat while in boot camp? Hope he realizes how rare that is.
    My nephew was a skinny bean pole when he was younger and could pack away food like it was nobody's business. We figured his legs were hollow.

  2. That sounds like quite a meal!

    We got to meet a new kitty this week when we went to visit a "castle" in town. Today it's raining, so we'll probably hang around the house and perhaps go shopping. Five more days until camp starts and I can think about getting some writing done.

  3. Hay! ^_^
    Yay for saving money! And Yay for a museum day! I love museums. ^_^

  4. It's great to hear from the kids, your son sounds like he filled his boots on his night out!
    Yay for those helping hands!

  5. Saving money is always something to celebrate! Your son sounds like my sister, she's so little but she eats so much. Have a great weekend.

  6. Wow, your son had quite a meal! I've had my nephews up for the past few weeks, so getting to play with them has been great.

  7. You're so right. We should always think of the small things, like being able to eat whatever we want, good or bad. The air we breathe. The water we drink.

    This week I went to the zoo with my kids. Lots of family fun! Have a great weekend.

  8. Oh my, that brought back memories of my oldest son and boot camp. He was a string bean, too. He made it through, even though he broke his collarbone in the final week. No way was he going to give up and start all over again. LOL!

  9. Tonja,

    Seriously, your son ate all of THAT?! I got sick just thinking about it. lol Why do they get small portions of food, do you know? As active as they are in training you'd think they'd provide proper caloric intake to keep these young men fueled. I'd love to have a wood burning stove, not only for the warmth but the aroma! We have a neighbor who has a wood-burning stove and at the first signal of fall we can smell the burning wood. It's one of those comfort scents. I'm glad you got help with the hay. I can't be around hay because I'm allergic to it. Imagine my surprise the first time I went on a hayride? Boy, was I ever in bad shape that evening and a few days afterwards. :( Have a safe and fun 4th!

  10. You have to gather that wood while the sun shines! We do that every year and still enjoy the warmth it gives off in winter. Our wood shed's full again, and so we're ready if November strikes again. . .and it will.

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