My Friend, Perri, posted this on her blog – and I thought it a good excercise! So, here goes!

The Challenge is to find 10 things you are thankful for within 1 meter (3.2 ft) of where you sit. If you do this – please leave a comment so I can read your list!

OK, moving counter-clockwise – very unique for me! 😉

1) My DH – who encourages me and supports me and even aggravates me! 😉 I can truly say he is my best friend!

2) My laptop – which allows me to maintain friendships all over the US and Canada and even make some money to help out.

3) My new thermometer – a gift from my mom for my birthday. The perfect thing for a techno geek! Not only does it give me the temp in the room – but a wireless remote allows me to know the temp outside – and it has an atomic clock feature! Very cool!

4) Two bookshelves of books – fiction, theology, homeschool texts and more! We love books!

5) My Wand – purple of course to match my tiara! It is a gift from my aunt. It is from the HeartChange seminar – my Wand of Choice. It is to remind me that it is my decision to have no more excuses. “If you do what you’ve always done you’ll get what you’ve always got.”

6) The Poster I made at HeartChange – it is my ‘dagger’, my weapon against the enemy. Mine says “I am a worthy child of God – loved and accepted by my Heavenly Father.” (Mark 10:13-16, esp 16)

7) A pen and ink drawing of Jesus playing with a baby. Given to us after Joshie died.

8) Our cockatiel – Beaker – who welcomes me every morning!

9) A picture of my three boys.

10) My Bible – a personal letter from my Savior! 🙂

You’re To Kill a Mockingbird!
by Harper Lee
Perceived as a revolutionary and groundbreaking person, you have
changed the minds of many people. While questioning the authority around you, you’ve
also taken a significant amount of flack. But you’ve had the admirable guts to
persevere. There’s a weird guy in the neighborhood using dubious means to protect you,
but you’re pretty sure it’s worth it in the end. In the end, it remains unclear to you
whether finches and mockingbirds get along in real life.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

After we got our formal schoolwork done I called to see if the library was open again – and it was!! Yippee! It had been closed for a week so they could paint.

J1 was able to find Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader on DVD – it’s by the BBC – love it! He also found a book about Scooby Doo. Oh well, it has more words than pictures and that was my only criteria!

J2 of course hit the reference section first – I have to force him to go to the fiction area even though I promise I’ll read it to him. He found 1 book on the Roman Army and 4 on Dinosaurs and 1 easy reader about a girl who built a robot out of tin cans. Looks cute. The regular children’s librarian was on break so the stand-in enforced the rule about only 2 reference books per topic can be checked out. 🙁 So two Dinosaur books had to go back!

J3 found a cute book about candy that helps teach about adjectives – good practice for him! He also got a book about Keiko the whale in Free Willy – but I can’t imagine he remembers seeing her when we lived in Oregon.

And, I got three books for the boys – “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator” (need to finish the first one first!), “Peter Pan and Wendy” and “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” (I don’t know anything about this book – so I’ll definitely read it first.) And, for me – I found 3 Debbie Macomber books – I love her books about the ladies who knit! So now I’m trying some of her other books!

So the rest of the day is about reading – with occasional breaks to reboot the laundry or cook dinner! I’m off! 🙂

Today J2 started formal studies again (we homeschool him) – if you want to read it, check out my Homeschool Blog “Day By Day”.

J1 will start school on Wednesdays – 3 1/2 days is it. J3 will start preschool on August 29 – I’m not sure I’m ready for that!! Well, I’m off to do laundry and some knitting!

“Why the change”, Sara asked in comments

Well, nothing really. I’ve been an open book for several years online and nothing negative has ever happened to me. But as J1 is getting older we are giving him time online – and we have tons of guidelines to protect him. But, then I realized how open I’ve been on the website – free to share names, locations, etc. and I’d never let him do those things. Does that make sense? It’s too hot for a better explanation than that! 😉