Ducks at Dusk

Duck

Day 5/30 – Today I’m thankful for summer memories which include visuals of ducks at dusk. Especially when I get to observe them in the quiet company of some of my favorite friends.

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  • * For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month

Humorous Signs

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Day 4/30 – Today I’m thankful for the laughs we get from unexpected/creative signs. These were the Ladies’ and Men’s restroom signs in a small diner in the Adirondacks, near Cranberry Lake. We stopped there to get ice cream. The area has a lot of hunters.

  • * For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month

Fun Halloween Evening

IMG_4683.jpgDay 3/30 – It was Halloween a few days ago, and I had a very enjoyable day. I’m quite thankful for that. Mom and I went downstairs to pass out candy to hordes of creatively-dressed little ones (some even brought dogs that were dressed up :) ). The rain and wind let up for the exact hrs the trick-or-treaters were out. What a gift!

When we were done we were yakking a bit with Zeb and Bri. It was fun to see them enjoying the day as well. Bri let me take a picture of her and her hedgehog, Ollie. Our oldest son who lives in Utah and Zeb (our middle son who currently lives with us) were having a Facetime conversation because CJ had sent Zeb an early birthday present and wanted to see him open it.

IMG_4681.jpgIt was a scorpion lollipop. Have you ever heard of such a thing before? A perfect gift for our adventuring middle son. He exclaimed over it stating that he had eaten lollipops before, and he had eaten scorpions before (what?!?!?!) but never together.

The things we don’t know about our kids…

Anyway, a very fun evening, and I’m thankful to have had such a nice time with my family.

  • For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month

Photochromic Bifocals

IMG_4668Day 2/30 – Today I’m thankful for my new glasses.

I know a few people who have glasses that automatically darken when they go into the sunlight, and I’ve been intrigued by them for a while. According to my research, you either love them or hate them. This made me hesitant to invest since my insurance only covers one pair of glasses a year.

Then I came up with a genius plan. I had been told that my eyes wouldn’t change much for a few years so I decided to get a new pair and try the photochromic lens while having a backup old pair of glasses on hand in case I hated them.

This completely backfired when I found out I needed bifocals. What was even worse was the realization that when I wore my regular sunglasses, I could no longer see well. The need for bifocals is valid.

IMG_4671I decided that I might look into self-paying or taking the plunge into just going for the photochromic lenses, but then I priced them. The optometrist quoted over $500 for the glasses!!!! Absolutely insane. They even wanted to charge me close to $100 to have the line on my bifocals invisible (not happening). So I went for the baseline bifocal without the photochromic lens and figured I would just squint in the sunlight or be slightly blind.

Somehow I got into a conversation about this with my co-worker and friend, Jennifer, and she asked if I knew about ordering glasses online.  I had never thought of that. Upon her recommendation, I hit http://www.zennioptical.com/ and found out that I could upload my image to “try on” different glasses to get a look I wanted. And I could upload my eyeglass prescription for easy ordering. This site is amazing! I had some questions that I sent to their email support, and they gave me very clear instructions within a day.

Upon checkout, I discovered that all my bells and whistles (non scratch, bifocal, photochromic, etc) bumped up the price from the $20 glasses that some people can get to a whopping (yes, sarcasm) $70-ish (thanks to a new-user discount of 10% off my $80). Mind blown. So much better than over $500.

There was a warning at checkout that it might take a while to get my glasses due to the fires on the west coast, so I figured it might take a month. But a week later I saw my account tracking the making of my lenses (complete with photos of technicians working in the labs), and shortly after that, the glasses arrived in the mail.

And guess what? I’m one of the people that loves them 🙂

  • For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month.

Blogging Days

wp-blue-640x960Today I’m thankful for blogging time.

If you have any inclination to write at all, perhaps you can relate. Thoughts shape in your head and swirl around as you mentally format those thoughts into words, then those words into a specific order, and then the challenge is on to find better words. These concepts compound and intensify, and if they are not liberated, they billow in the brain begging for a release.

But there isn’t always time for that release. So today I’m super thankful for days like today, where I can cozy in and write for a while, freeing my mind.

  • For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month.

Kind People Running Coffee Shops

When I visit Europe, it somehow seems magical. Although I know that the people there are the same as the people here, the parks, restaurants and homes seem to have a bit more enchantment. As a result, I am now deliberately seeking similar spots here in the United States. To my delight, I’m realizing that it’s not too difficult. Charming places abound — such as this great little coffee/bagel spot we found in Oakville, Ct. The kindness of the people there was inspirational, and I’m also thankful for the experience.

Chris and I had to kill a few hours while our new-to-us car was getting touched up, and the mechanics at the dealer recommended a place up the street where we could work and grab a bite to eat. We headed up the road, past an old mill  that seemed steeped with  history.

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Shortly after that, we stood on a bridge to watch some geese swim. Locals have clearly been feeding them since they all started swimming towards us as soon as we stopped.

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We made it to our destination and were welcomed like family. The food was freshly cooked, and the Internet was strong. Sometimes when I work at a place of hours on end, I feel a bit intrusive. But at this place, the woman who was running the place actually came over to us and thanked us for working there. She told us that it was so nice to see the place being used like that (then she offered us free coffee–isn’t that amazing?).

As the hours drifted on, we ordered lunch there as well. Equally as good as breakfast. They even has fresh old-fashioned-style ginger beer.

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People drifted in and out — each person welcomed sincerely. Some brought gifts such as fresh herbs from a local farmer’s market. The small-town “let’s all work together to make each other’s life better” vibe was certainly strong.

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The woman running the place stepped out with a patron for a moment, and they graciously posed for a picture for me.

If I’m ever back in that area, I know I will be stopping in at Baked and Brewed.

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