Thankful Thursday – What are you thankful for this week?


Hello Everyone!

What are you thankful for this week?

I am thankful for

  1. Electric

This post will be a little late this morning due to a power outage this morning. This is the second time in two weeks that I have gotten up to get ready for work and did not have any electric. See last week’s post by clicking here.

This problem inspired the first of the Thankful Thursday’s posts. I was so thankful for my cell phone for waking me up with the alarm and its flashlight for illuminating my way around in the darkness of the early morning.

So, needless to say, my cell phone saved the day again. This leads me to that luxury that I’m thankful for today. Electricity!

Many of us, including myself, take this utility for granted. But it is estimated that one quarter of the world’s population lives without electricity today. I feel very humbled and selfish when I complain about my lack of electricity for a few hours.

However, I spent the morning grumbling to myself as I tried to find clothes for me and the two kids. We managed to find what we needed and get dressed within a reasonable amount of time.

My biggest dilemma of the morning had to be taken care of at work. Since I had washed my hair the night before, I had let it drip dry. My plan was to curl and style my hair this morning. I do not look very well kept in the mornings. My daughter-in-law actually refers to her kids uncombed, bedhead hair as mama hair. I had to go to work.

To solve this problem, I packed up my hairbrush, hairspray, and curling iron and fixed my hair in my classroom before the students came rolling in. Thank goodness, the school had electric.

2. Family members who off work

Since my husband, my daughter who lives with us, and myself all work outside of the home, when something comes up, someone ends up having to take a day off work.

My grandson called from the middle school this morning complaining that his stomach was hurting with diarrhea. I was the only one that could have left to get him. I really hated to do that since we already had a teacher out of our unit. Her students had already been distributed throughout the unit.

Luckily, my son was home from his job on the boat, so he was able to go pick him up. I am very thankful that he was not working today and could save the rest of us from missing a day’s work.

The third thing I’m thankful for today is

3. students who have a great artistic ability.

One of my jobs as a teacher is decorating bulletin boards. I try to change these at least once a month. Since I also teach art, I try to involve the students in the process of decorating new boards.

This month the students each made a hot air balloon so they could Fly Into Spring.  After they made their balloons and I printed out pictures of them to put in the balloon baskets, we felt that the board was missing something.

I volunteered our student artist to add to the board. He, on his own, added the Yellow Brick Road, the Emerald City, and the characters from the Wizard of Oz.  He drew the characters, the road and trees, and the characters, free handed.  He really helps with bulletin boards and other artistic endeavors. He made a game for one the aide’s birthday parties.

Now if we can channel his artistic ability into a vocation.

These are the 3 things that I am thankful for today. What are you thankful for?

My life verse.


Why I Started a Blog and How I got my Name

Where did you get your name?

This past week I have been involved in Build your blog Bootcamp with Ruth Soukup.

Ruth Soukup, author and blogger

It has been a wonderful eye opener and I have learned many things and met many new bloggers.

I have also learned that I’m a little further along with my blogging endeavor than I previously thought. The first assignment in the bootcamp was to choose a name for our blogs. Of course, I had already done that. I noticed that many of my fellow classmates were struggling with this. I felt lucky that I had already accomplished this first task.

The name of my blog actually came about well before the conception of my blog. Several years ago I began

One of the early quilts I made for my mother-in-law.

sewing quilts and bedspreads for my family. As these began to be noticed by extended family members, requests began to trickle in and a business began before I knew it.

About this same time I began to take up photography as a hobby and again as people outside of the family saw my work, I began to accept photography assignments.

My granddaughter

In order to put my “stamp” on my work I came up with the name Perilin Creations and Photography, pronounced perry lynn.  As many of you have read my name is Linda Perry Johnson.  I took my last name, did a spelling change and attached the first three letters of my first name.  And the name of my business was born.

I had already began a Facebook page  under this name to showcase my work and possibly get other assignments. Ultimately, I dropped the photography and just became Perilin Creations as my work expanded to other venues of crafts and art.

So my business created.

During this time I was also introduced to Pinterest and began a Pinterest account. I love this site. As a Special Ed teacher who teaches art, this site has become invaluable to me for finding art projects for my students in addition to various crafts and homemade gift ideas. Even though I originally put this account  under just my name, when the idea of blogging started, I changed the name to Perilin Creations.

How did I get into blogging?

I began hearing about the blogging world when my husband was in the hospital for a simple one-day surgery.  While we were waiting for him to be taken into the operating room, we were watching the local news. They were interviewing a blogger who was telling how her income helped her family. I told my husband then that was something I needed to check into.


Then it was  put on a back burner, although every once in a while I would think about it.

As I get closer to retirement, we have begun to have concern on our monthly income vs the monthly expenses. I am hoping that this blog will show a monthly profit that will close the gap of what my retirement monthly pay will be and what my income is now.

Another reason I decided to start a blog is that I love to write. It has always been my goal to write a book. See my post 101 Things to do in 1001 Days.  I am hoping that will jump start that process.

As I have become interested in the blogging world I have started following various bloggers. I have become very intrigued with the blogging process and have come to the conclusion that if they can do it so can I.

What is something that you would like to do and haven’t started yet? What is holding you back?

My life verse.