Thursday, November 28, 2019

I Like Thursday #169

interactive display at our library
Welcome to this week's list of likes!
It's the big kahuna, the actual day set aside in America to be thankful, Thanksgiving Day!
re: the first image... our library had an enormous display inviting us to put a leaf on the branch we most enjoy looking through. Fun to see how different people prefer different things. 
Pink sunsets
First of all, I'm thankful for you all, sincerely, and now something for each day this month!

1. Thanksgiving Macy's parade on TV
2. food in abundance, and special traditional dishes to have each year
lap poodle
3. my husband Drew, partner in life, dependable and kind, with integrity and intelligence facing the world and it's demands with me. Making me laugh... sharing a private language built up over time.
4. Milo, my baby. He is the perfect poodle. Funny, kind, always my companion, interested in life, athletic, loves children and other dogs, smart, handsome, gentle, playful. He always greets me with a smile and a poodle lean, and allows me to hug him.
5. A nice home with space... I've always wanted that.
6. this blog, a place to express myself, to store my writing and stories, my paintings, quilting, beading, and travels. I've met so many like-minded people here, it's a modern day salon of sorts.
I do painting posts on Fridays, sewing on Saturdays, fiction on Sundays, and new.... stories of meeting interesting people on Tuesdays.
7. although my body challenges me daily, and it seems like I wake with either something falling off or growing on me, I am happy to still be ambulatory and relatively able. It's true you don't know what you've got til it's gone, so try not to look at other people who are healthier and envy, remember what you still have and be grateful (speaking to myself here)
8. a husband who can fix most computer issues as I am clueless
9. a stash of fabric, paint, beads and supplies to rival any store, and a room to myself to make things.
for my friend Mary in Peoria
10. TV. I grew up with TV and still love it. Mostly now I listen to books on disc in studio but I love my tv shows. Now I love having choices like ACORN, Netflix, Prime, Youtube. I love old movies, musicals and comedies but the cable company took away TCM and I am not thankful for that.
11. prepared foods that are quick to make, as I am so often in pain I don't like to cook as much
12. cozy comfy clothes with spandex.... there were few really comfy clothes when I was growing up, do you remember having to wear garter belts with hose? tip of the uncomfortable iceberg. Now that I am older, I go for comfort, and there are so many pretty comfortable options like cuddle duds fleece leggings, and tunics that are soft and longer.
13. I like craft shows a lot, and there have been a lot of choices here this year
 14. Meeting friends like Diann and her husband for lunch, being able to sit outside with Milo, in the sun and catch up. It's really a blessing to find  "couple friends" where all four can talk and laugh together and get each other's viewpoint.
Hmmm that skirt looks scratchy, lol!

15. Shopping. We are so isolated in our neighborhood, that I don't get to look at pretty shops much now. It was joyful to walk around an outdoor center in Loveland and see really nice shops and their displays, and it reminded us of Parole Plaza in Annapolis, so I relaxed and enjoyed the experience.
16. I know it's not good, not smart at my age to eat chocolates, but on that shopping trip we saw a See's candy store, got free samples, and left with a pretty box of soft centers to help make our Thanksgiving more special.  I'd love to be part of a big boisterous family who loved each other, but we are a small family of three. Friends all have their own families at holidays. I have fond memories of Tampa and my friend group who all got together on Thanksgivings and Christmas... but we are happy to have each other and will celebrate that.
17. The show long lost family.... in my heart, I wish I could be on that show. To have someone help find relatives for me. Adoption is often wonderful and loving but my experience was different, and it's kind of a fantasy show for me, imagining myself in their shoes.
18. Wine... we are drinking wine again and it's lovely. I tend to like reislings.
19. Good writers... I loved the book Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas. She is such a fine storyteller, and I am stopped by her beautiful wording often. I want to be a better writer after reading her words. This story wraps around quilters and their world.
20. in that vein, I like being read to, and always have. I like to hear the story as I make things with my hands. I was told my birth mother made things, but not what she made. I wonder if there is something to genetics like that. I was told my birth father was Italian and I always liked garlic unlike my adoptive family.
21. I love puzzles of nearly any kind. I especially like Kakuro math puzzles and sokoku. I like that puzzle planet has endless puzzles online, where you can choose the number of pieces and images.
22. Soon the Jacquie Larsen will do her online Christmas advent calendar full of sweetness and beauty and fun games to play, decorating games for trees and wreaths, etc.
23. Turning on the lights on our Christmas tree at night. I love ornaments and collecting cute things.
hopefully this year will be the one where I finally find all the Christmas decorations for years ago, and let the older broken ones go, and organize the rest. Doesn't it feel good when you know where things are stored?
not my tree
24. Magazines full of pretty pictures, patterns, history, science findings, etc. I like Country Home, Smithsonian, Archeology, bead and button, and pop culture magazines.
25. New towels, new sheets, new underwear... simple but very nice to have
26. Writer's Almanac in my email daily, full of stories of other writers and history
27. perfume... currently I love Nanette LaPore, and layering soap, cream and cologne, and catching the soft scent through the day. Can't wear them in summer as the bugs are attracted too but now's the right time. I also like the winter scented oil and sticks from Williams-Sonoma. Just walking in the house it smells sweet (off setting the poodle who still sometimes pees on his front legs)
28. Shopping and eating at Cracker Barrel's across the US. I saw this in Loveland's C.B.
formal wear for babies on New Year's Eve

29. Libraries... and all the joy they offer. Nice librarians who help you find stuff.
30. having fruitcake for breakfast

Now, Here comes Christmas!!!

Milo's Moments
I do not like wearing these long underwears but I like gathering dad's socks
I liked going for an adventure last weekend and seeing Miss Diann again, and meeting her husband who was especially nice to me. He smelled like safety mixed with fun.
I liked shopping and meeting a dog in a store... we walked around together as it was just his people and mine... we didn't pick out anything to buy but it's good to shop with a new friend.
I like finding a place in tall snow where someone uncovered the grass so I have a place to do poodle business
to my credit, I did NOT pee on the covered porch

Please visit mama's friends and see their lists!
also sharing this week:


easyweimaraner said...

that are good resons to say thank you. Have a wonderful thanksgiving

Duke said...

We are so thankful to have you and Milo as our friends! Happy Thanksgiving!

Michele McLaughlin said...

Great likes! Happy Thanksgiving LeeAnna, Milo and Drew!

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Sara said...

Happy Thanksgiving! A lot of good things in today's post that made me think or remember. I keep wishing I could be on Long Lost Family too, and find my brother. I'm trying to remain thankful today and not grump about things I can't change. Wishing my husband was going with me to our daughter's for dinner today but he is staying home so he doesn't "share" whatever bug he came down with. No one else needs to be sick.

Mary in Peoria Handmade said...

Oh my oodness-what a wonderful post. I could identify with so many of your likes but especially the surprises from our bodies every morning. Funny but true. Having not lived in cold country- I would freak out to see that snow on my patio furniture. I never thought about that. Cute aprons! Sometimes I just have the tv on for noise while I'm cooking or cleaning. It's like a member of our family. Your blog is a place of refuge for me when life seems overwhelming and even on days where things are fine- I can just enjoy beautiful thoughts and sights. We are all your family. On a personal note, I was married several times and never found a soulmate(someone I wanted to clean up after). I've been divorced and very single for over 20 years and happier. Your hubby sounds like a catch for you so enjoy each other each day. Have a wonderful day.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Mike was so mad when they took TCM away from the channels we get! He loves old movies, and that was a favorite channel for him. I loved your list for every day of the month - fun to read. Happy Thanksgiving, LeeAnna - hope you enjoy the day with Drew and Milo! said...

Happy Thanksgiving. Great things to be thankful for. I miss seeing the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Here in Detroit they have their big parade and it pre empts everything.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Happy Thanksgiving to your family of three - we are three here plus the grand dog while elder son, wife, and grandson spend the long weekend with her parents. Your list of likes is a grand one.

Joanne said...

Hi LeeAnna,
A great list of Likes for Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving!
enjoy your weekend!

sonja said...

we have so much to reflect upon and be grateful for, daily .Also glad writer's almanac is back online. Thankful for blogs like yours that respects and reflect small and wonderful things and folk and share with us the essence with words and photos!
Now it is time to make the cranberry sauce, yum!!

Unknown said...

Happy Thanksgiving, LeeAnna. I always look forward to your blog and pics, and, of course, Milo.


LA Paylor said...

Oh thank you Cynthia... I wasn't able to access your email to reply so I hope you get this... one can opt to get replies from comments. I appreciate you and hope you have a lovely holiday. Milo sends a lick and a hug.

Tails Around the Ranch said...

Sending oodles of poodles of gratitude for your friendship this Thanksgiving Day. Happy T-Day.

PaintedThread said...

Lots of great likes. Happy Thanksgiving - and so many things to be thankful for.

MissPat said...

What a terrific list of gratefulness. I love puzzle planet and do one almost every day. And, of course, I think librarians are wonderful. Thank you for proving we can all find things to be thankful for every day.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a nice long list of blessings! I laughed at the body that challenges you and read what you wrote to hubby. I don't mean I'm laughing AT you...I'm laughing WITH you! I understand! And I'm a lot older than you too! Happy Thanksgiving sweet friend! Hugs!

Jeanna said...

Happy Thanksgiving, LA and of course Milo. Bitchin' long sleeved tee, dude.

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi LeeAnna! I hope you were able to enjoy yourself today and enjoy your wonderful husband, home and Milo. {{Hugs}} and Happy Thanksgiving to you all. ~smile~ Roseanne

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Hi LeeAnna, wow, I think this is such a comprehensive list and wonderful choices, maybe because I enjoy these things so much too. Loved reading it with my morning coffee. When all is said and done, we are living good lives!

Light and Voices said...

Nice to read all that you are grateful for. Entering the weekend with these thoughts on my mind. You are blessed!

The Joyful Quilter said...

What a great list, LeeAnna! Thanks for reminding us to be thankful EVERY day. SEW jealous that you got to visit with Diann (again!!)

Spare Parts and Pics said...

You have an absolutely wonderful list! Reminds me of some things I am thankful for. Enjoy your weekend!

Linda said...

Nice that you have so many interests. (I have quite a few myself.) Milo is adorable.

Shannon said...

What a fantastic list! I'm with you on all the big stuff, friends and spouses and dogs (!!!!). But also on the other stuff!!! Spandex in clothes is probably one of the biggest really-good-things-you-don't-often-think-about. I had to buy a pair of traditional (not stretchy) slacks the other day and I was so sad!! And LIBRARIES!! I use my library so much more now than I did even a few years ago. And our online bloggy community! You're the best leader a girl could look for!