gratitude — the state of being grateful : thankfulness
On this Gratitude Sunday, I am grateful for:
- An almost 70-degree (!) temperature turnaround today from earlier in the week — to be able to sun oneself outside without wearing a parka, a hat, a neck warmer, thick gloves, snowboots, etc. this afternoon was pure joy, perhaps even more so knowing the warmer weather will be very short lived
- Our pumpkins: Last year, we decided not to plant any pumpkins because we still had plenty preserved from the previous year’s bumper harvest. However, a few volunteer plants grew and proved even more productive than the previous crop! (We grow primarily this variety, btw.) Which has meant a revolving winter menu of pumpkin soups and curries, as well as pies, custards, and the super delicious pumpkin spice cake James baked this week — yum!
- Receiving the answers I needed to a couple of important questions I’ve been asking myself the past couple of months.
- A fun time with my friend Patty Monday afternoon
- An uneventful operation, without any complications, for our puppy Leni, who was spayed this week. Of course, the real challenge is keeping her activities limited for yet another week when her internal drive is almost always set to go, go, go! 🙂
- Remembering we always get more done and faster when we work together as a team
- Our imperfect, in need of a good clean, but always comfy-cozy, home — some folks close to us learned this week they have to leave theirs rather unexpectedly in a few weeks, which made me all the more grateful for our own, and reminded me never to take it for granted
- Catching great sales this week on tea towels and underwear — clean “drawers” for spring has become an annual tradition 😉
- Our cabbages: Last year we decided rather last minute to plant some extra cabbage. Like the pumpkins, we had great success with the cabbages, which also stored well in our cellar. Last month, we fermented the remaining into three types of kraut, all of which have turned out very well. And for the first time almost a year, our crocks are taking a brief vacation (until after the spring harvest!)
- The extra hour and a half I gained this morning: For reasons too complicated to go into, yesterday I changed the time zone on my iPhone, which double-duties as my alarm clock. I promptly forgot to change it back, however, and thus found myself on Newfoundland-Labrador time for half of the morning, before a totally confused James set me straight. The 90-minute gift was one of the best I’ve received in a long time! 🙂
- Chocolate peppermint cookies
- The hyacinth that I’ve been forcing bloomed this week — yet another reminder that spring is only 26 (!!!) days away!