Friday, October 7, 2011

FSO - what I'm thankful for in my town

This week the FSO subject is "Columbus Day in the United States and Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Show us something you have discovered in your town or something you are thankful for in your town!"

Hmmm.  Difficult.  There are so many things I am thankful for where I live.  I tried to narrow it down to something I am daily thankful for and there are too many of those, too.   

Then, driving home from work yesterday, after a rather hectic schedule at work, I felt myself unwinding and relaxing when I caught sight of the Uppity Downities (my name for the mountains) and gently undulating farmland.

And I was thankful that I daily drive a road that meanders through lovely countryside.

I had to look up this quote to make sure I got it right because I sometimes play with it to suit the circumstances but always end up being thankful I am alive:

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful."
(Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

To see what the rest of the FMTSO team are thankful for, visit here.


  1. The first photo is lovely - could be mistaken for a painting. You didn't just capture the likeness, but something of the spirit of the place.

  2. Hello Pauline,

    Beautiful photo's of your area,love that quote which is so true.
    Have a great weekend.

  3. SO beautiful! Nothing beats a great view of beautiful landscapes.

  4. I think your name for the mountains should be in an Atlas. The Uppity Downies Mountain
    Chain. Yes, you are fortunate to live in such a beautiful setting.

  5. thats really a lovely way to drive :)

  6. You have such beautiful view of the countryside. Here everywhere I look I will see high rise apartments!

  7. am thankful that I got a new TV to watch all the rugby games. Are you watching?

  8. It is a lovely landscape. For my own part though I'm thankful I don't have to drive any meandering roads every day... ;) I like the quote. Have to say I do similar lists in my head sometimes (if not - at least).

  9. I think that that your drive home is as beautiful commute as one could wish for (perhaps I would add 'after you've left the main road when going home').

    I will always love the Uppity Downities.

  10. I am thankful for you sharing the beauty of your countryside. I like the uppities downities.

  11. The Uppity Downities are certainly something to be thankful for!

  12. The countryside is indeed beautiful, Pauline!

  13. THAT is the most gorgeous picture ever! What an incredible view!

    You just left the sweetest comment on my blog - I loved the "technically challenged" part~~ believe me- I totally understand - and I love you for trying. Its just plain hard to learn all this stuff at my age - my son is a whiz at it all.

    So so so nice to meet you!


  14. I would be grateful to drive through that countryside on a daily basis also. It is beautiful.


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