gratitude sunday

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gratitude — the state of being grateful : thankfulness

On this Gratitude Sunday, I am grateful for:

  • Work-at-home days
  • The better side of technology, which allows me to skype a friend in India with just an iPhone, no cost, and a crystal-clear connection
  • Homemade bread, with just a little butter
  • Beautiful snowscapes
  • Deer tracks in the snow
  • Nature, nature, nature — I do so love living surrounded by it 🙂
  • The fact that this week’s snow didn’t keep us from making our trip to see friends in Philadelphia
  • Where we ate delicious homemade ramen

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  • And spent time catching up with the little Josephine, who has become such a good reader and has such an enthusiasm for life
  • The Asian supermarkets! We came home well stocked 🙂
  • Celebrating the new year at one of my favorite restaurants in Chinatown, Lee How Fook
  • Chinese greens in oyster sauce

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  • My parents, who happily agreed to keep the dogs while we were away and spoiled them a bit with love and treats
  • My brother and his family on Cape Cod have had their power restored, after spending much of the weekend without
  • Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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yarn along

I’m finally back for Ginny’s Yarn Along. It’s been a busy few weeks here at Baldy Hill, but we have been making! 🙂 Remember the scarf I was last working on?  Well, soon thereafter I realized I probably didn’t have enough yarn for a full scarf, but I did have enough for a few cowls. Ta-da!

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Then, I got to work on a red chunky cashmerino hat, perfect for February and brightening up these gray days.

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And lastly, there has been a bit of stash work to make room for some of the spring/summer yarns I ordered, specifically coffee cozies like this one:

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All are currently available in the shop here.

As far as reading, there’s been perhaps less reading this week and more ogling the photos in this book, which was gifted by my brother to James for his birthday. James has been making all of our bread and bagels for the past four years or so, and he really has become quite the baker, much to my delight. His latest, using the recipe for the same loaf on the book’s cover:

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Success! Once it cooled, we both had a small slice with a bit of butter — heaven! 🙂

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thinkers

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I’ve not been by here often of late, and I suppose I’ve been a bit preoccupied with my thoughts. Then again, winter is our reflective season, is it not? The hours in darkness, the weather disagreeable, often keeping us indoors. Our house is still and quiet, save the crack of the fire.

I came across this article yesterday on the regrets of dying people, and it gave me much to think about as I sipped my afternoon tea. The most common regret was not having lived a life true to themselves but rather the life others expected. Wow. See, I often remind myself of the importance of this, this following my own path, but for some reason seeing it right up there at number 1 really affected me.

And helped me begin to see the solution to the problem I’ve been wrestling with for the past couple weeks. In my gut I knew the advice being given me wasn’t sitting well, didn’t feel right, wasn’t something I could do and ever feel good about, no matter how positive the outcome. This morning I began to dig deeper, and voila! The answer practically fell into my lap. There was another route we could take, a person whose beliefs and practices better matched our own (in this case a holistic veterinarian for Bayliss).

I shared what I found with James, and he immediately agreed, but said, “Although you do realize people will just think we’re a bunch of hippies.” And we laughed. Whatever people want to think or call us, so be it. I prefer to think of us as thinkers who plan to die with few regrets.