This weekend brought so much to be thankful for.
1. Our daughter continues to work on her artistic skills. She was our principal photographer and videographer for our trip.
2. She has friends and family that are cheering her on! Notably, they include:
the ever-lovely and generous Tahira “TJ” Lubrano
Bill 1939 (her maternal grandfather, as mentioned before)
I’ve been in touch with Dean at Dean’z Doodlez about starting some artistic, creative synergy with his work and the stuff that Cimmy, Princess and I do. So far, the response has been fantastic! Please do me a favor and check him out.
3. The gooseberry bush at my in-laws’ house is always ready to harvest (often more ready than my MIL’s liking) every July 4th. They allow us to come each year to pick gooseberries.
4. The Yakama Nation is less stringent about fireworks than our local municipalities, so we go to Toppenish to watch local displays. Although the casino didn’t have funds for a display this year, there was plenty to see from nearby stands.
5. Although we essentially get a free show, Cimmy and the kids have enjoyed lighting sparklers the past few years. Sparklers are banned in our home city.
6. I spent some time to be mindful of the holiday and talked with my father-in-law about the reality of wartime military service that Friday. Specifically, he served Navy on a nuclear submarine during the Vietnam War.
7. I am grateful that my wife spent some loving and pleasant time with her youngest sister, with our daughter along.
8. I am very glad that my sister-in-law is doing well right now, and that she always welcomes my hugs.
9. Yakima and Toppenish were my other homes at one point. Returning is sometimes bittersweet, but I enjoy returning and recalling many memories.
10. I am grateful for the old highways (WA HWY 22, 241) that are less-traveled. They are a welcome respite from the freeways (SR 395, I-82) and the manner of their drivers.