Monday, April 3, 2006

Ten Good Things Weekly, Part Trois

I know it is very late on a Monday evening. (In some parts of the country, in fact, it is already Tuesday...). And that you all have been waiting with baited breath for my "Ten Good Things Weekly" post for this week. Or not.

It occurred to me that I should do a rebuttal list every Tuesday, called "Ten Things That Went to Hell Weekly." So far, about five out of the ten good things I have listed each week have rapidly deteriorated, disappeared, or just plain tanked within days. But you don’t want to hear about that part of it, do you? I didn’t think so….

Despite all that, here are last weeks "Things:"

  1. Good weather! We actually had 2 ½ days of spring early in the week. Sunshine, warmer temps, swelling buds, perfumed breezes…the whole nine yards. Mmmmmmm!
  2. $3000 truck repair turned into $400 truck repair. Not sure it really IS repaired, but the wallet remains a little fatter for at least a few more months.
  3. Great dog walks last week. Herons, egrets, harriers, osprey claiming the nests. The buzzards are back in the valley (a sure sign of spring in Oregon.) I soar on the wings of birds…
  4. Found out that the restaurant equipment guy was trying to pull a fast one on the espresso machine. I guess that's a good thing (that we figured it out before we bought....)
  5. Was forced to gussy up the house for some out-of-town guests. I always perform best under pressure. I like a clean house, but need some kind of extreme motivation to achieve it, these days.
  6. We may have found a property that will take my business to the next level. Someplace to put my catering kitchen. All kinds of plans and ideas swirling around in my head. Hope the fates are kind and it works out… All we need now is to win the lottery.
  7. I made a lovely oatmeal cake (with coconut frosting) for the out-of-town guests, from scratch. And ended up eating easily half of it myself. Well, that part may not be a "good thing…" But---aw, hell! It WAS delicious!
  8. Somehow managed to weigh in at 0.1# less than I weighed in last month at WW. And still within 2# of my lifetime goal (so I didn’t have to pay!) I have not been being good about what I have been eating, so this was a miracle, indeed. (I still need to lose three pounds to get back into my comfort zone, and my "skinny" clothes, for the summer…)
  9. Saw the first swallow of the spring, perched on the point of the shed roof. Had a pair nest in the eaves of the shed last year. Hope they will reprise that performance J
  10. Pearlie (my "Nuccio’s Pearl camellia—see above) popped into bloom. Along with my little rose-colored tulips in the side yard. Dafs are still hanging in there, and the grape hyacinths are coming on strong.

Once again, that was more difficult than I anticipated…. But getting easier! It seems I am powered by the sun. A few golden rays and a wedge of blue sky always inspires a smile and a happy dance. Oh, and daylight savings! How cool is it that the sky is still streaked with light at 8:30 pm? I gladly trade one measly hour of sleep for that yearly miracle!


  1. I don't know if I can come up with ten good things this week because things took a turn for the pits this week end!  Once again, the list brings a smile to my face.

  2. I, for one, was waiting and hoping for the list since your lists inspired mine. I'm sorry to hear that some of the good things have gone south but glad that you're still finding new good things. Hopefully #8 will help inspire me. I'm NOT within 2lbs of my lifetime goal any longer and I need to get back there.

  3. Good luck on the property!

  4. A little sunshine goes a long, LONG way doesn't !!??!!

    The cake sounds good...will you share the recipe?

    However....I need cake like a hole in the head.

  5. Your blooms are beautiful!  And I like #7 (a lot).  So it wasn't totally a pessimists week!  Here's mine for this week.  Better late than never.

  6. Ooooh, This a beautiful bloom. Our regular ol bright pink camellia is just beginning to bloom. I've never seen a camellia that color. Spectacular.


  7. Oh, Lisa!  I like you so much!