I've had several things to be grateful for lately.
Two weeks ago, our dishwasher sprung a leak. A piece of silverware fell in the bottom, landed on the heat coil, and conducted heat down to the tub, thus melting a hole in it. Actually, it happened several days before we noticed it, so we had water dripping into the basement and oozing under the carpet. The wet spot was what finally tipped us off. So we had Sears Home Repair come out, and lo and behold, when we bought the appliance, we also purchased an extended service warranty, which I'd completely forgotten. The salesman, bless him, said that dishwashers were one of the appliances he recommended paying the extra money to extend the warranty. The result is that the dishwasher is working again, and we did not have to pay for the $600 in new parts or the labor. Thank God for that.
Michael and I have been worried because I still haven't completely shaken off the cough from the cold I caught December 26. Tuesday I finally went to see my allergist because I was afraid that the problem was a deterioration of my asthma. The good news is that no, my lung function is about the same as it was six years ago. It's just a particularly persistent virus this year. So knock another major worry off my list.
My light garden came but was missing some parts. Well, they arrived this week and I've got it up and working. I can start my seeds now. Hooray.
A couple of weeks ago my art teacher gave me a shoebox full of drawing charcoal because he said he'd never use it all. His thoughtfulness really encouraged me.
Finally, Michael and I like to keep lists of DVDs we want to get eventually. Within the last month, we put a couple of older movies on the list (Funny Girl and Emma). Last night, we went out because I had a bad case of cabin fever and our last stop was Borders, just to look around. And they had both those DVDs on a discount table—which had only about 40 different movies, so what are the odds?!!!
So those are my little (and big) gratitudes for today.