White Garden in late October The Prudent Homemaker 

Today I am thankful that I can work in the garden. The weather is beautiful and there is much to be done.


What are you thankful for today?

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  1. Today I am thankful that my husband has the weekend off work. He worked weekends for many years so it is so nice to have a whole weekend to plan some fun outings together.

  2. I am thankful today for our house and the huge lot it sits on (.9 acre). About 1/3 of the lot is fenced with 6 foot chainlink that I am thankful everyday for (it was not cheap to put in even 19 years ago!) as it allows the dogs room to run full tilt and we don’t have to be concerned with them jumping it or it ever rotting out. It also allows for me to have a very large garden area and room for a few (illegal) chickens and ducks 🙂

  3. I am thankful that today is a day that has nothing planned. I am going to use it for a few errands and cooking projects, but I don’t have to be anywhere or do anything at any special time. Just letting myself sleep in was a gift.

  4. Same… kinda.

    I am thankful that the garden is only under 1 inch of snow so that I an dig up the Jerusalem artichokes and cut back the perennials (asparagus, etc), and put down mulch and manure for spring. I am grateful that my morning sickness has abated enough to do this.

    I am especially grateful for the friend visiting from the city who volunteered to help my husband get the last of the wood in for winter, since I’m too pregnant to spend the afternoon lifting heavy logs.

  5. Today (and always) I am greateful for healthcare that my work provides. Both my husband and I have had a lot going on medically this year (including a cat scan, MRI, ER visit and a surgery) thanks to health insurance we are free of medical debt. I will always be grateful for that

  6. I’m thankful for modern medicine. Not feeling great today. Took some over the counter meds and already feeling better.

  7. Today I’m thankful that despite being miserable with a nasty cold/flu, it’s just a cold/flu and it will pass. Also thankful for good health care, because I had to go to the hospital earlier this week for a standard test, but had a not-so-standard vaso-vagal reaction to it, and the staff were amazing. I felt well taken care of, and when you’re feeling that sick, excellent medical care and human kindness are both deeply, deeply appreciated.

  8. I am very thankful that my husband’s parents have their home on our property and that we are preparing for my mom’s new manufactured home to be put here too. It is such a blessing for our children to have their grandparents right next door, and I will be so glad when my mom is only a few hundred feet away so we can help her whenever she needs assistance.

  9. I am thankful that the weather this fall has been relatively good and perfect for walking. Although I know that winter is coming, so far our temperatures have mostly been comfortable with only a lighter to medium weight jacket needed for warmth most days. I’m so grateful that winter is holding off at the moment!

  10. I’m grateful for beautiful fall weather (we usually have a dusting of snow by now) and a day spent with just my daughter. I rarely get one-on-one time with my children so this is a treasure!


  11. I’m thankful for all of the appliances (computer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, bread machine, stand mixer, food processor, etc.) that make my life so much easier than the lives my grandmothers led.

  12. I am thankful for a nice day yesterday. It was sunny for our outing to the Columbia River Gorge. Today, it is back to rain.

    My husband had a day off yesterday. Sometimes he works when the kids have the day off, and sometimes he doesn’t. We can see no rhyme or reason to it, but are thankful to a wonderful office manager who knows what the district office wants him to do. We were thankful to get to spend the day together. We have been missing each other’s company after a year of unemployment where we spent every day together. So, I am thankful that he has a job, and that we could have a day together without him being unemployed.

  13. I am grateful for 4 big bags of leaves that I was able to rescue from curbside. They will save me multiple hours of raking &a gathering leaves to dig into the garden.

  14. And I’m grateful that a few flowers are still blooming in the warmish fall we’ve had so far. A lavender rose that’s been open for a couple days, and some snapdragons and a few other annuals are still blooming although not looking their very best. It’s so dreary when there are no flowers so I’m happy we still have those!!

  15. I am thankful today for a rainy day. It was a sleep late day. Had a few places to go, got the jobs done. Still looking for butter on sale. David and I shared a burger at Red Robin and I got sick. (it was not the burger, after gastric bypass I know better than to eat fried food, but I ate an onion ring anyway, I paid the price) So this afternoon was spent in my chair trying to keep my food down. I took the medication that makes me sleepy, but the food stayed down. Now it is after 9:00pm and I am wide awake working on Christmas presents. So I am thankful for my husband again who understands me and does not give me grief even when he knows HE should because I am going to make the same mistake again that I have made for years.

  16. I am thankful that I have extra food to dehydrate for the future. I am so thankful that this food has been gifted to us from God!

  17. I am thankful that my cancer was diagnosed at grade 1, stage 1, which is least aggressive and advanced. My sister’s was the same so we are very lucky. I am so grateful it didn’t spread.
    My hugest gratitude is for my husband who makes me laugh all the time. I am thankful for all the fantastic meals he cooked during my recovery from surgery. For years I have been reading him books aloud at night. When I wasn’t feeling well, he read to me. I’m so lucky to have been with my best friend for the last 43 years.

  18. I am Thankful for the health of my family.
    I am thankful for a second kitchen downstairs that was in our house when we bought it. Our oven broke upstairs and I do not want to fix it until we get our of the debt. The downstairs stove works beautifully and the additional refrigerator and freezer are always used.

  19. Although i’m late to the party, i was thankful to make it to my son’s home without any trouble. It’s an eight hour car drive with heavy traffic.

  20. I am thankful for the internet that allows me to write to family and friends who live hundreds of miles away and receive a response within minutes or sometimes hours. I am glad that even though we live far apart we can still be “close.”

  21. Melissa, how is that going with screening the poultry from your neighbors? You were going to do some plantings, if I remember right.

  22. Anne, it is a wonderful blessing. I am happy for you and your family. My daughter and her family live next door in the original family house of my mother’s parents and she lives with them. Our house (a ranch) was added onto the property when we needed a place to house my husband’s ailing parents, a teen sister and a disabled brother. We made it handicap accessible since knew we would need it that way eventually when it came time for us to move from the big house.

  23. I am thankful for my gardens, also, vegetables…fruit…flowers. Also four our woods that supply lumber…fuel…wildlife.

  24. Yep – and then hubby got diagnosed with cancer and cannot work so there is nothing to put into screening plants right now (which is too bad because they were all on clearance last month!) I have been faithfully checking the free section of Craigslist to see if maybe we can pick up some solid fencing panels in fairly decent shape to get us thru.

  25. Our temps are upper 70’s to 80’s right now. Very enjoyable and admittedly, a blessing. BUT when I saw my YouTube friend from Canada all bundled up in wintry clothes, I was a bit envious. Between our humidity and being of a certain azhhh (age, rofl!), I haven’t been able to enjoy sweater weather even when our temps DO drop these last few years. :~D

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