Saturday, July 4, 2020

Ten Things of Thankful: July 4, 2020

  1. the feel of a clean, soft towel
  2. the refreshing aroma of hot green tea that we have for breakfast
  3. ordinary, healthy meals three times a day
  4. a brief conversation with Toshiko last Sunday
  5. hymns I 'sing' silently while taking a walk, such as He leadeth me, All the way my Saviour leads me, and How great Thou art, in Japanese translation.
  6. the time I spend playing the electronic organ in my room
  7. my never-ending to-do list; I seldom get bored.
  8. my interest in poetry rekindled after rereading Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood by William Wordsworth
  9. a sense of accomplishment after deep cleaning the bathroom
  10. the shoji screens we have recently re-papered ourselves; we use them instead of curtains in Japanese-style rooms.

Ten Things of Thankful


  1. Nice screen! Sounds like a lovely week!

  2. I wasn't familiar with the hymn, He Leadeth Me, so I listened to it. Lovely hymn. How Great Thou Art is one of my favorite hymns.
    The lines from Ode on Intimations of Immortality that I especially like are "Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
    The soul that rises with us, our life's star."
    Great TTOT!

  3. Number 7 I totally relate to. I do still prefer yellow lined paper pads (letter, not legal size) and a decent blue ink pen (the red pen is for check-offs).
    I will write a list at the beginning of the day and, depending on how long the list and industrious I am, I will put a checkmark next to the items I've completed. (Sometimes I'll re-write the list at lunch.)
    Have a good week ahead.

  4. I agree with you (and Clark) about #7. It's hard for me to be bored; there is always something to do!