You’re never too old to learn something new.

Like, it’s a great idea to clean the house at varying times of the day, because when the sun shines through the windows in the morning, holy cow you see a world of dirt and cobwebs you missed by cleaning in the afternoon. I think from now on, guests may only be allowed in this home at night or when it is a dreary snowy rainy day or the power is out.

Like, even when you’re $49.99 and railed against your former students when they said “like” 42 times in a sentence, you’re not too old to say “like” at the beginning of a sentence.

Like, you can’t judge a book by its cover. Why oh why can I not seem to learn this lesson? This morning, two guys showed up at the front door to lay carpet in Dad’s bedroom, and I immediately felt like I needed to have a can of mace nearby. They are the nicest guys and so respectful… Seriously, Rhonda?! Must read “12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee” again…

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Like, what is it going to hurt to ask? If you expect a “no thanks,” the “yes” is that much more fun!

Like, walking into the kitchen on a Saturday morning to find a dozen pink roses is pretty much one of the best beginnings to a day there is.

Like, burning a good candle and listening to beautiful classical music is a tiny slice of heaven.

Like, Craigslist posted cabinets are so much better than brand new that were going to cost so much more.

So, I am grateful today for a vacuum that works, for friends who couldn’t care less if the floor is dirty and tiny spiders have decided we have a pretty nice home.

I am grateful for natural light that makes me realize I should clean a little more often.

I am grateful for the reminder of all of my former middle school and high school girls who rolled their eyes at me when I counted with my fingers held high in their face all of the “likes” they subjected me to. I love them all…

I am grateful for Jason and John, two really cool guys who made Dad’s new room look so welcoming.

I am grateful for John, because all I had to do was ask if he wanted that tv, and he said, “Yes!”

I am grateful for Sam, because he had such a busy morning but took the time to go and get pink roses, just for me.

I am grateful for really nice candles and home stereo in the ceiling to listen to beautiful music while I vacuumed.

I am grateful for a garage full of someone else’s cabinets that are now ours to install for Dad’s kitchen.

I am grateful for a phone call, card, and present from Steve.

And I am grateful for HD tv.

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