Small Success Thursday

Small Success Thursday

Why small success? Because that’s the only kind I know! Even the big ones come in small steps. Here’s my paltry offering for the week.

    1. I sorted through the end-of-school-year stuff. When my school-aged children returned from their last day of school with bulging backpacks, I sorted through their, ahem, stuff. Instead of piling it all somewhere to deal with “later,” I immediately funneled their art tools, projects, notebooks, and supplies into either the trash, the recycling bin, or an appropriate drawer. Some stuff came home barely used, so that should cut down on needed supplies for next school year.

  1. Made a dent in the to-be-read pile. For weeks, I’d been slogging through several books I was obligated to read. With those behind me, I was free to dive into the many books I’ve been eager to read, whipping through three in five days. More to come!
  2. Played catch with my daughter. Such a simple thing, but one which I hadn’t done. When my daughter asked me to throw a softball with her, I had plenty of other things to do (see denting the to-be-read pile above), but instead I found my softball glove (from high school!) and played catch with her. And it was fun. I always loved softball, and now that my little girl can actually aim and throw a ball, playing was enjoyable. I’d tried doing the same with my son in the past, but I’ve never gotten used to catching a baseball – and didn’t have the glove for it. The softball is a better fit.
  3. Clipped the dead peonies. A couple of weeks ago, our peonies looked like this:  PeoniesPeoniesPeonies After a couple of heavy rains, they didn’t look so hot. I clipped all the dead blooms off before my husband made one of his derisive remarks about my beloved peonies and mowing them over.
  4. Assembled items for basket raffle. I’ve assembled most of the items for a Catholic fiction basket for the basket raffle at our parish’s summer festival. The nine books I selected and purchased arrived in fourteen separate packages via Amazon Prime, most on the same day. (I exaggerate, but only a bit.) Next year, I’ll add Stay With Me. I found a wooden crate at the craft store that I’ll paint for use as the “basket.” Add the books, a lovely bookmark, a mug, some fancy tea, and some filler, and we’ve got ourselves a gift basket.Basket Raffle

That’s all I’ve got. Celebrate more small successes over at

Have you had any small successes this week?

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7 thoughts on “Small Success Thursday

  1. I always have so much to do and I think about that list. All. The. Time. You are so right, it’s good to look back and be thankful for what you’ve accomplished, no matter how small. Little things add up! BTW Your peonies are beautiful! And my book in your raffle basket doesn’t look half bad!

  2. Love the gift basket idea! Our parish has a festival in October and they always want donations. I know what I’ll donate this year 🙂

  3. LOVE reading your blog (though I am envious of all you get done (with double the amount of kids) Now I HAVE TO win that basket!! 🙂

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