Today I am joining my friend Rebecca for Thankful Thursday, 10.2019 and my friend Penny for Thinking Out Loud Thursday and linking up with Sylvia for her Gathering of Friends. Combining the 2 themes into one post. You can read last month’s combined post all about naps, here.
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Thankful Thursday, 10.2019
Have to be honest, this month there were a few nights where I turned my back on my gratitude journal. Although I always have so much to be thankful for, those evenings I didn’t have a very grateful heart. And didn’t feel like thinking hard enough to think of something I was thankful for.
Here are some of the things I did give thanks for this month.
- Cia snuggles
- my Cady-Coo
- the love I feel for my husband; our relationship
- physical therapy – the people there, the treatment, the improvement in my leg
- Francisco’s grandfather is no longer suffering
- painting rocks like scarecrows while listening to my book on Audible
- good batch of homemade bread
- afternoon nap
- the green sandals and fancy necklace PC gave me years ago that made me feel like a fancy lady
- my prince replacing the metal Harvest-themed stakes in the yard (They were in the way when he mowed, so I moved them. Then started thinking I didn’t ‘need’ them and threw them away. PC fetched them from the trash and put them back in the yard after he mowed. I saw them the next day)
- Lauren’s thyroid ultrasound showed no sign of cancer
- Mustafa did well in his interview and was offered an MRI tech job
- clean house
- pecan tree canopy on our drive on the back roads between Las Cruces, NM and El Paso
- ice cream
And There’s More
- my mother-in-law, May, was not badly injured in her horrific car wreck
- blue pumpkins
- my sister received a call from my nephew in basic training
- trying on new outfits
- love of my family
- my Dia de los Muertos altar with its tea light (think the movie “Coco”)
- Mom sounds good
- finding where I had put PC’s blood pressure cuff and TENs unit
- PC switched my washer and dryer around so that the doors open the right way and the washer comes before the dryer
- the love my daughters have for each other
- medical tests like the mammogram I had
So blessed. Every single day. Even those when I don’t immediately realize it.
Thinking Out Loud Thursday: (Mis)Spelling Matters
I have never been a great speller but now, with spellcheck available for virtually anything I write, I’ve gotten even worse. Don’t even try to remember how to spell the word ‘misspelling’ (one S or two?), because spellcheck will remind me when I misspell it. But I do think spelling matters.
And I was recently rather embarassed to realize I had been spelling the word ‘fave’ incorrectly. I do remember the rule the says ‘Silent E makes the vowel in the middle of the word say its name.’ Like in the word name. The E at the end of the word makes the vowel in the middle, the A, say its own name. So I should have realized that the word fave, short for favorite, would be spelled F-A-V-E. However, I didn’t. I was spelling fave without the E, so F-A-V. Which we all know (now), would be FAV – rhymes with salve. Which is a whole ‘nother ball of wax with that silent L.
All of this to say, I have realized my error and will not be forgetting how to spell FAVE ever again.
A couple of weeks ago, in a Friday FAVES post, I shared the story behind a new Tennessee tee shirt. Tennessee as in the University of Tennessee. You might remember this post.
I was so proud that my alma mater took this Florida 4th grader’s design and created a tee shirt out of it. And then made it available for purchase online. So many orders flooded into the Vol Shop online that it temporarily crashed! I ordered my tee and received it about 3 weeks later, they were so overwhelmed by the public’s response. Here I am, coming to you from the Walmart dressing room, proudly wearing my tee.
But one thing bothered me about this whole thing. This is the image of the tee from which I ordered my shirt.
When it arrived, I was a little surprised to see that the word Tennessee was misspelled, Tennesee. One S, not two.
I have gone over and over this in my head. Seems to me that the word Tennessee on the official shirt should have been spelled correctly. I understand that the student who created this design is only in the fourth grade. And doesn’t live in Tennessee. He lives in Florida. And he was bullied by other children for wearing a safety pinned piece of notebook paper with this graphic on it for college tee shirt day at school. But, this is for school. For hiis school and now the University of Tennessee school. Shouldn’t someone have corrected the spelling of Tennessee on this sweet graphic before they used it on thousands of tee shirts?
What Do You Think?
Do you think they (UT) didn’t realize (heaven help me…like my fav and fave)? Hopefully, that’s not the case. Do you think the teacher didn’t catch the misspelling? Or that she didn’t want to point it out because the child had already been bullied over his tee? Is it okay to let a misspelled word slide to keep from hurting someone’s feelings?
Maybe that’s what y’all were doing when you saw how I was spelling FAVE. Sparing my feelings? If so, I appreciate it, because I am a little sensitive. But when I misspelled y’all in a post, PC told me and I went in and corrected it immediately.
Maybe I am making a mountain (Rocky Top) out of a mole hill. If so, please forgive me. Just seems like there is a lesson here for everyone. This child loves the University of Tennessee. He has even been guaranteed a 4-year scholarship to the University of Tennessee. And maybe now he knows how to spell that word. But to my way of thinking, it shouldn’t have gone uncorrected, especially since the design is representing the educational entity that is the University of Tennessee.
So, what things have you thanking your lucky stars this month? What blessings are you counting? Please share in a comment below and let me know what you think about this tee shirt thing, too, while you are at it. Then run by to say hi to my pals, Rebecca and Penny and Sylvia.
Have a happy Friday, girls!! Do something special just for you!
Hugs and kisses,