Thankful Tuesday: pink flowers, paddle boats at dusk, binoculars in the aquarium

Back in the olden days, I used to complain a lot about San Francisco’s weather. I’m a hot weather, Texas girl, living in a temperate climate. Temperate means on cold days it’s fifty degrees, on warm days it’s 65. And if it gets below or above one of those, every one is Very Bothered. But, I’d like to be thankful today for a week of 65 degrees and sunshine, even though it has dipped back into fifty degrees and gray clouds. I’m sure I’ll be complaining come July, when it’s fifty degrees and we’re eating chili for the 4th of July. But, until then, thank you Lord for pink flowers budding along the sidewalks.


  • For a lovely visit with Chris’ dad, step mom and two of his siblings over the weekend. Chris’ youngest brother is sixteen and So. Much. Fun. And he was very sweet with the boys all weekend. He let them do this to him:
  • I’m thankful for the glory of the three-day weekend and that Chris works a job that actually gives him a day off for President’s Day.
  • For my Lenten practice of turning off the computer at 9 pm. It’s not easy and I’m working extra hard to get this written and posted in the next twenty minutes. But I’m so grateful for the boundary.
  • For books on the couch with my boys. I love that they’re both at an age where they can follow the same book. One on each side of me while I read is heaven.
  • Rest
  • August at the aquarium yesterday: staring at fish with his binoculars. It was awesome.
  • My husband’s institution of Dad-ur-day, in which his dad-friends take the kids to the park on Saturday morning. He’s my hero.
  • For Sandra McCracken’s new album, which I listened to all weekend and am loving.
  • Paddleboating at the park with my fellas and a dusk that looked like this:


What about you? 

  • Angela G

    Love Dad-ur-day!

    • michaboyett

      Yes, we need to take Dad-ur-day to the masses, right?

  • Emmie

    I also love the idea of Dad-ur-day. I am thankful for many things today, but seeing tomatoes sprouting in my windowsill after a weekend of too rare snow in NC is pretty nice.…limpses-of-god/

    • michaboyett

      So happy you linked up today, Emmie! Your link isn’t working, but I still found your post. So happy to have been introduced to you. And I love the title of your blog…

    • Emmie

      Thanks so much for visiting. I have enjoyed your blog for a number of months. I grew up in Austin, and my sister lives in Berkeley, so I am well familiar with both of your stomping grounds, it’s been fun to read about!

  • Dawn

    Beautiful! Our trees have begun to bud too, after working out their confusion over a late cold snap.
    Dad-ur-day! Fantastic!
    Was it Mark Twain who quipped that the coldest winter he ever spent was July in San Francisco? And if the cold July really brings you down, drive about 1 hour inland to enjoy 100+ temps in blazing sun. So weird.

    • michaboyett

      Totally weird. Yes, I’m planning on packing my sundresses and swim suits and flying far away from SF this July. My little heart can’t take watching fireworks while shivering under blankets. They say it was Mark Twain who said that. I quote him all the time, especially when I’m bitter. : )

  • Diana Trautwein

    Can I just tell you that it makes me a little bit crazy/happy that you are living in the same state I am? Sometimes people out her on the worldwide web feel so far away – but you’re just a 5 hour drive. Imagine that. :>) And I have a niece and nephew who live in SF – Dylan Gold who builds wild, crazy, beautiful furniture ( and his sister Rachel, who is getting a masters’ at an art/business school. Love the combo. And Dad-ur-day?? Perfection. Glad you had a warm week – it’s raining at this moment in my neighborhood 5 hours below yours. And we need it.

  • Diana Trautwein

    Um. . . make that ‘out herE’ on the worldwide web…’ Pays to edit.

  • Cindy

    Thank you for sharing your day with us.