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gratitude — the state of being grateful : thankfulness

A special edition of “Gratitude Sunday” this Easter week — We’ve just returned from a wonderful dinner with my parents. Lively conversation and delicious food on the table, except for the traditional dandelion, which has yet to make its appearance this year. Easter just wasn’t Easter for my grandfather without dandelion — he loved to pick the “weed” that was then served with a hot dressing of bacon and hard-boiled eggs (of course!) over boiled young potatoes. The tradition lives on today for our family (we substituted spinach this year), except my father makes a “Baco’s” version for me, and for that I am grateful.

March has been a long challenging month, too busy and stressful for my liking, but also one that afforded many “teaching moments.” Many of these challenges were not new, but I finally had the wisdom to sit back and refocus and see the changes that need to be made to make our path a more peaceful and enjoyable one. And for that I am grateful.

Every day I look outside and see the signs, the subtle little signs, that this season of rebirth, renewal, and resurrection is well underway. The snowdrops, the budding blueberry bush and climbing rose, the return of cowbirds, robins, and red-winged blackbirds at our feeders, the heavily pregnant raccoon Buster and I spotted on our run in the woods yesterday — all of these bring smiles, hope, and for that I am most grateful.

Happy Easter, happy Spring!

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This has been the view from my office window for far too long now. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter and all that it means for us — long hours of darkness, layers of wool, quiet evenings by the wood stove, spicy curries, bowls of hot chocolate — and white blankets of snow. But let’s get real, the dormant season officially finished last week, and Mother Nature needs to play catch up. Because we have giddy little pea plants, not to mention tomatoes, chilies, bush beans, leeks, kohlrabi, and much more, who will soon be ready to bust out of their miniature greenhouses and relocate to the warming earth.

Except that the earth is still frozen beneath the snow and top layer of mud. And James and I are both itching to spend time outdoors, the longer evenings taunting us. Even knitting is unable to placate my restlessness today. ::Sigh:: Patience, I keep reminding myself. Patience. Those daffies are still there (and the tulips, irises, and peonies), growing bit by bit, even if temporarily out of sight. Besides, what’s so wrong about one last mug of cocoa. 🙂

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gratitude — the state of being grateful : thankfulness

On this Gratitude Sunday, I am grateful for:

  • A week that just seemed to give, give, give in so many wonderful ways
  • Snowdrops — more signs that Spring really is just around the corner
  • An afternoon to myself Friday, an rare and cherished occurrence
  • A series of technological events that nudged me to finally upgrade the OS on my iPhone and thus the need to free up some space on my computer hard drive; this resulted in me finally sorting through photos from the past couple of years. Which was such an unexpected joy — the past two years have been a period of such upheaval and full of stressful situations, as we experienced times of separation and moving continents, that to be reminded of all the GOOD FUN we had along the way was so, so great. 🙂
  • This wonderful quote, from Ricky Gervais’ new series “Derek”: “We had the best life we could have possibly have had. Because we spent it together.” I feel the same way about the life I’m sharing with James. 🙂
  • The weather this weekend! After an unexpected snowstorm Friday morning, the past two days have been sunny with temperatures soaring to 60F!
  • This of course inspired us to do more seed shopping yesterday, and James spent today outside clearing brush and tidying the garden
  • Buds — on the rose and the blueberry bushes!
  • The first tomatoes and peas pushing through the soil in our mini greenhouses. 🙂
  • Sunlight at 7 this evening, thanks to daylight saving time. Which although took away an hour of sleep from us today, actually gives me an extra hour of sleep for the next seven months. Huh? Because I work with a team in India, which doesn’t observe DST, my workday starts an hour later tomorrow. So I get to sleep in until 4ish, which feels like a luxury. (Yes, 4 am is a lie-in for me :-))
  • New knitting projects for Spring (winter items in the shop are all on final clearance, btw, so be clever and save $$ by stocking up on woolies now)
  • My cousin’s surprise engagement announcement today — she said yes! 🙂

And what are you grateful for today?

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gratitude — the state of being grateful : thankfulness

On this Gratitude Sunday, I am grateful for:

  • The fact that February is behind us! The second half of the month proved challenging, with colds, an attack of norovirus, and work pressures keeping us from our preferred routines and activities. I think it’s a short month for a good reason!
  • March is here, with signs of spring all around. 🙂
  • The first seeds that James planted indoors have sprouted.
  • Bayliss’ appointment with the holistic vet went well — acupuncture treatments for her arthritis, but otherwise our big, beautiful, almost 14-year-old Lab/Chow is in great health (which we already knew but it was nice to hear our beliefs reaffirmed 🙂
  • We’ve had now had sales at our shops (here and here) ship to three continents; I love Etsy for this. (And shh, lots of things on are clearance sale, btw!)
  • All the work I put in for a work project paid off with a well-received presentation; it was a little scary at times but great to stretch my skills and learn a bunch more.
  • A fabulous used book sale last week at the local high school — so many great finds and I only spent $12 while also helping the students’ fundraising efforts. Win-win for everyone. 🙂
  • Lunch out with my mom at one of our family’s favorite spots; crazy to think we’ve been going there almost 30 years but we have! And the food is still always great.
  • The warm bed that awaits me, with my pjs wrapped around hot water bottles. Perfect end to the weekend. 🙂

And what are you grateful for today?