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Day 260 - Hazy Gratitude

Monday, August 17, 2015

There is a fire in Trinity County, north of us, that has given the air a smoky haze as the jet stream changes to create a high pressure zone. It is hot and hazy here, a reason to drink more water and stay hydrated to protect ourselves from the soot and smoke.

There's a lot to be grateful for today. So let's get started...

The sermon at church today talked about having an Emotional Quotient (EQ) as well as our Intelligence (IQ). The talk really resonated with me. It's about having empathy and appreciation for the lives of others as well as ourselves.

The weekend with my parents was full of wonderful moments. My mother talked often about how happy she was to be in the new place, and grateful to be making some new friends. I'm glad about that too, because it shows that they can adapt to a new way of life and enjoy it.

Steve's favorite chocolates survived the morning in the car while I was in church, and arrived home not melted into a single blob, but each in their own individual pieces. He was so excited to get a special treat. They are all for him, and I have no problem avoiding them. The peanut butter pretzels? They're another story, but I am grateful that I can stay away from them, most of the time.

Even with the haze, we still managed to enjoy a boat ride today. It was fun to take a spin around part of the lake, and feel the wind in our hair. We even took a break to swim out in the middle of the lake, grateful for the brisk chill of the water to cool us off from the triple-digit temperature of the air.


I came home to many work emails that I'm still working on mental processing. It will take some time to get up to speed on everything at the new job, but grateful for the opportunity to learn new things. It is an exciting time. I am heading to the Colusa County Outreach Facility tomorrow in Williams to help my Operations Specialist welcome the new students to the first day of the fall semester. Most likely they will be escorting me around as much as I will be helping them find their classes, but it will be nice to present a smiling face to these new and returning college students.

Finally, I'm grateful for our new solar panels helping us offset our carbon footprint by generating some of the electricity we use to cool the house, cook our food, and heat our water. We have generated 172 kilowatt-hours of electricity so far, in just a few days!

What a fantastic week this has been. I'm grateful for every minute of it. Now on to my first official week in my new job!

Keep Sparking, friends!
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  • FITNIK2020
    Good to hear, parent happy, chocolate intact and a really good pic. Hope the haze clears soon.
    2020 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Glad you had such a great weekend and have so much to look forward to emoticon
    2020 days ago
  • LALATIDAH
    I'm so glad things are going so well for you!
    Have a great week! emoticon
    2020 days ago
  • WENDYANNE61
    Hey, hey - you are looking really toned and slim! Congratulations on all your hard work, which seems to have knocked 10 years off your age.. That is great that your Mum has settled in well - I was slightly worried if she would see the bright side of things. Have an interesting, good first week at work - donĀ“t forget to drink lots of water to keep your brain in best working order!
    2021 days ago
  • STANBUSH
    That doesn't look like WATER in your profile pic on this page.. hahaha :-)
    Good weekend. I'm interested in the solar panels. Did you install or have someone do them?
    Great post, even without chocolate!
    2021 days ago
  • TENNISJIM
    Awesome, Steve. Excellent week and more to come.
    2021 days ago
  • JJMPLSMN
    Rock on, Steve.

    As usual, a magnificent and inspiring blog.

    Have an AWESOME week at work!!

    Spark on!!
    2021 days ago
  • PRAIRIECROCUS
    I enjoyed reading your blog !
    A wonderful week is wished, to you and yours !
    2021 days ago
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