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Hedwig

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I am grateful that we could go to the zoo yesterday and just now I am sitting on a playground in the sun. Children are so happy to be allowed on the playground again
We hear „*********“ and „keep your distance“ and „this is not allowed“ all the time in conversations around us but all are happy to have a bit more freedom again however strange it is at times.
At the zoo we had to apply for a permit and they only let in 200 people per hour and parts of the zoo were closed like the animal shows.
 

Kasey

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I think I missed a day...oh well! I am always grateful when things in my little garden area come back! I'm not much of a gardener, and my little garden strip is really small (I live in a condo), so it's always a pleasant surprise to see what comes back from year to year. This year some irises came back (but are not blooming yet?), my two lilacs, some ivy, a small rosebush and a pretty little purple columbine flower.
 

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I bought a set of "Yoga for Beginners" DVDs and am discovering just how tight & inflexible everything is. The instructor would say "if you can't do this, then just do that", and I was frequently left looking for a third option. The "grateful" out of this is that the stretches I was able to do felt sooooo good when it was all done. I don't know why I fought this for so long.
 

PRlady

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Cat, after weeks of trying, finally succeeded in bringing my fabric bulletin board off the wall and destroying it with his claws. I’m sure he was thinking that a scratching post doesn’t belong on the wall. :rolleyes:

So Overstock is sending me a corkboard with a wooden frame that I told my husband would defeat the satanic cat. Husband gave me an evil snicker. The two of them are in cahoots.

(I’m grateful that this damn cat is so smart and determined as to be endlessly entertaining. Even if I’m slowly losing my household goods.)
 

Dobre

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I am grateful the internet is back up and running. (It has been kaput since Thursday).

I am grateful that the dogs no longer have porcupine quills in their snouts. (Which was not the case this morning, poor critters).

I am grateful that while I was taking a three-hour round trip to the vet my mom got bored and made her own Mother's Day cheesecake so that we had a yummy de-stress meal this evening.

And I am grateful for cat purrs. Clearly my kitty thinks I smell too much like a dog now and that I need to be turned back into a cat person via adequate kitty snuggles.
 

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Cat, after weeks of trying, finally succeeded in bringing my fabric bulletin board off the wall and destroying it with his claws. I’m sure he was thinking that a scratching post doesn’t belong on the wall. :rolleyes:

So Overstock is sending me a corkboard with a wooden frame that I told my husband would defeat the satanic cat. Husband gave me an evil snicker. The two of them are in cahoots.

(I’m grateful that this damn cat is so smart and determined as to be endlessly entertaining. Even if I’m slowly losing my household goods.)
LOL @PRlady I am grateful that Bradley doesn't scratch anything except his various scratching posts. He did scratch a wicker chair out on my back porch, but it should hold up fine. He only scratches the scratching posts vigorously.

Ii am really grateful Bradley is so cooperative about meds and really everything, and that he is a real lap cat. He sat on my lap throughout an hour and a half zoom call the other night, and didn't squirm once. And he is on my lap right now.
 

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I've been thinking a lot lately about the serenity prayer: "To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference." I've realized that there are more things I can change than I had originally thought possible, and that gives me the courage to take on those challenges. I'm grateful for that.
 

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I am grateful that Mini Hedwig is slowly discovering the joy of reading himself. He always loved loved loved if we read stories to him but struggled so far with reading himself (well, he is only a first grader) - now he got really ambitious and is already in his second first-reader book.
I have been an avid reader all my life and am very happy that he will most likely be following in my footsteps. 💞
 

MacMadame

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I have been an avid reader all my life and am very happy that he will most likely be following in my footsteps. 💞
When I berate myself for not reading enough to my kids (I did it but I could have done more), I think about the fact that they are both readers, especially Mini-Mac, and I feel better.

I am grateful my husband gave me customized M&Ms for Mother's Day. Though since they have my kids' names on them, I might feel weird eating them.
 

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Not long ago I understood, that contemporary kids can listen to many audiobooks, but anyway I still want kids to love paper books... One Russian song begins with the words "When my sweetheart entered my home, there was only a mountain of books in it..." Many soviet flats were filled with books "from the floor to the ceilings". "Many"? :) Well, at least I believe a good flat looks like that. I still have an odd feeling, that we can lose our comfortable life - and it would be nice to have some important books, if we won't have electricity, for example... :)
 
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Rina RUS

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this is preparing to an exam :)
(By the way, I'm grateful we have such comedies! They... help to be strong.) :)
 

Kasey

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I have grown to hate the term "socially distanced" (or distant, or distancing, whatever); however, I am grateful that we get to have a socially distanced early dinner in my sister's backyard for Mother's day, before I have to go in to work.
 

Rina RUS

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Maybe I chose the wrong words, when I said "if we won't have electricity"...
Maybe I mean I'm grateful, that I have some books which don't disappear like a video on Youtube can disappear suddenly. :)
 

MacMadame

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I have grown to hate the term "socially distanced" (or distant, or distancing, whatever); however, I am grateful that we get to have a socially distanced early dinner in my sister's backyard for Mother's day, before I have to go in to work.
Governor Newsom keeps trying to get people to day "physical distancing" but it's like "fetch." It ain't happening.
 

JoannaLouise

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I go for a quick walk around my neighbourhood every day, just to get some fresh air and a bit of exercise. Today my neighbour from down the street was out on his porch when I walked by, and we had a nice conversation (from an appropriate distance, of course - he stayed on his porch, and I was on the sidewalk).

It was so good to see someone familiar, and to have an actual in-person conversation.
 

Prancer

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I have been remiss.

Sunday I was grateful for Mother's Day wishes from my children.
Monday I was grateful for my belated Mother's Day dinner.
Today, I am grateful that the Help Desk at work doesn't (much) mind answering stupid questions.
 

MacMadame

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Got some money in the mail from our insurance company. I went a little nuts giving money to charity at the beginning of The Situation so we could use it. :D
 

sk8pics

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I’m grateful for a socially distanced hike in a nearby nature center with a friend. It was good to see her. And we only saw one group of 4 people and another group of 2 people, and in one case we stepped aside for the group to pass and in the other case they stepped aside for us.
 

Hedwig

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my son's hockey club started their first training with the kids. I had a huge lump in my throat when we were socially distancing waiting at the entrance fence where we waited for the last group to leave the (open air) sportsground and then be escorted it - everyone having to keep their distance.
this kids could train but no real play with any kind of contact is allowed.
I was kind of worried how Mini Hedwig would like it but he was ecstatic.

"I can understand that", I said to him "you must have been really sick of only seeing dad's and my face during the last 9 weeks."
"yes", he replied "it was a pity you had to come with me today"
"Why?" I asked perplexed. "I was only sitting a the side on the grass? Did I disturb you?"
"No. But sometimes I looked your way and then I had to see your face again!"
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
 

skatingguy

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"I can understand that", I said to him "you must have been really sick of only seeing dad's and my face during the last 9 weeks."
"yes", he replied "it was a pity you had to come with me today"
"Why?" I asked perplexed. "I was only sitting a the side on the grass? Did I disturb you?"
"No. But sometimes I looked your way and then I had to see your face again!"
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Everyone's so excited for their children to talk, and express themselves, and then they do. :lol:
 

Dobre

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I'm grateful for my current job: painting & cleaning & outside work. I find that just being active right now really helps my emotional state. Usually I love a different kind of work, but right now I find quiet focus & creativity really hard while action makes me more positive & feel more productive.
 

Lizziebeth

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Yesterday it was gorgeous outside and I got my potatoes planted. I am grateful because I don't have to look forward to planting potatoes!
 

Kasey

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I'm grateful for my mom and dad, who watch my dog when I'm working; he doesn't do well at home alone, and definitely couldn't do the 12+ hours in the house by himself.
 

PRlady

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I’m grateful that we could put our stimulus check into savings (after donating to the DC food bank) because we are both employed.
 

Dobre

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My dad successfully managed to fix the rototiller today so that I can start the garden:). We haven't planted a garden since I was a kid, partly because the deer always come in and eat everything; but our new dogs are magnificent at defending the house from all deer & bunnies. The question is . . . will the dogs defend the garden or dig it up? Wish me luck.
 

Lizziebeth

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My dad successfully managed to fix the rototiller today so that I can start the garden:). We haven't planted a garden since I was a kid, partly because the deer always come in and eat everything; but our new dogs are magnificent at defending the house from all deer & bunnies. The question is . . . will the dogs defend the garden or dig it up? Wish me luck.
Even a 3' fence should keep the bunnies and dogs out. That is what I have and it is worth it.

It takes a 7' fence to keep the deer out! I spray my potato plants with Liquid Fence. Deer don't seem to eat pepper, tomato, onion, carrot or squash plants, in my experience.

Dogs are very helpful against rabbits. Deer do most of their damage at night when dogs are inside sleeping :(

I wish you luck. I love eating vegies from my garden.
 

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