Thursday, August 04, 2011

Thursday Thirteen

It's the first Thursday in a new month, so here we go with the Positive Thirteen! Today I give you 13 great things that happened in the month of July.

1. On the last day of the month, I attended an all-class reunion for my high school, Lord Botetourt. It was great to see old friends.

2. We spent an evening at Blue Ridge Vineyard, where we had a buffet meal and spent a relaxing time with friends old and new.

3. I lost 5 percent of my body weight. I have been dieting with Weight Watchers.

4. I saw the last Harry Potter movie.

5. I read (or listened to) these books: U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton, Tomb of the Golden Bird, by Elizabeth Peters, Animal Farm, by George Orwell, The Return of the King, by J. R. R. Tolkien, King Lear, by William Shakespeare, Burnt Mountain, by Anne Rivers Siddons, and four books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Daniel, and Judith. The last is in the Apocrypha, for the Protestant Christians out there who may be wondering.

6. I started Christmas shopping.

7. Things in the garden began ripening, and suddenly there were tomatoes, yellow squash, and zucchini galore. I discovered a squash casserole recipe that I really liked, too.

8. I received an A- on my first paper for my class.

9. I went to an allergist to see about a food allergy, and discovered I had (a) uncontrolled asthma that required two bronchial inhalers and (b) a low immune system. With any luck, correcting these issues will make me feel better in time.

10. I had a job interview. I didn't get the job, but I consider these things to be good experience.

11. My friends met me for lunch on various days, so I saw them frequently. I was glad of that. I love my friends. I also had lunch with a new friend one day.

12. We rented out our rental property. The place had been empty since April, so we were pleased to find someone who wanted to live there.

13. I stepped foot in my father's house for the first time in 10 years.

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 202nd time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. Congrats on the 5% and the A-!

    I hope that everything else leads to greater things for August and beyond!

    Happy T13,

    13 Cakes

  2. You started Christmas shopping? Wow, good for you. Also I love the idea of 13 positive things. Thanks. You've made my day a little brighter.

  3. Christmas shopping! Now you make me feel like a procrastinator. Thanks for sharing.

  4. The last one intrigues me. Glad you rented the property, aced your class and enjoyed July.

  5. What a positive month for you! Nice you got the house rented out... hope they stay for a long time too since it's always nice to have that bit of extra income.

    Yay for the 'A' on your paper!!! You go girly!!


  6. It's nice to see such a positive list. Thank you!

  7. How expensiove is weight watchers? great list

  8. #3 & #13 are the most impressive to me, but really: CHRISTMAS shopping? Oy.

  9. Sounds like it was a good month. I'm jealous of the zucchini. We had two in early July and then...nothing. The excessive heat killed one plant, and we don't hold out much hope for the other. I was sooo looking forward to zucchini the summer long again.

  10. The thing I miss about a kitchen garden is the lack of squash. It kills me to pay so much for it in the store when I spent so many years trying to give it away.

  11. Congrats on the 5% loss - that's wonderful!

    This is my first Thursday 13 - I'm very impressed by your tally! :)

    Kristin (your neighbor in southern VA)


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