Monday, December 30, 2013

Gratitude List: December 30, 2013


As the year ends, I’m linking up again with Laurel Regan’s Gratitude List at her wonderful blog, Alphabet Salad , to share a few things (large and small) that I’m grateful for right now in my life.


  Getting an email from my cousin in South Carolina, who’s been fighting cancer, telling me that she’s doing well, regaining weight, and feeling normal again.

  Not having another work project coming in till the second week in January—having precious time off!!!

  The smell of pine filling the house from the Christmas tree.

  Getting eight books for Christmas, plus two Barnes & Noble gift cards! I’ll be busy for a while.

  People in our neighborhood who, like us, leave their lights on and their trees up until well after New Year’s.

  Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime tea, Bigelow French Vanilla tea—just TEA!

  With no immediate family left, having a great extended family and wonderful in-laws on both my side and my husband’s.

  Having survived the losses of my brother and mother over the past five years, being caregiver for my mother for two years, and now being settled back in our own home; having had a relatively stable and peaceful 2013, I feel that I’ve accomplished my goal of “renewal” and am now looking forward to a good and productive new year.
I hope all of you have many things to be grateful for at this moment. Share them at Laurel's blog!

Monday, December 9, 2013



My Gratitude List for December 9, 2013


This post is a linkup with Laurel Regan’s Gratitude List at her wonderful blog, Alphabet Salad. Join us and share what you’re grateful for on this day, this moment.
Here is my list for today.

▪ Receiving a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award nomination from Laurel Regan at Alphabet Salad—thanks so much, Laurel!

 Learning that a flash fiction story of mine will be published in the literary magazine The Quotable (this actually happened last month, but I’m still grateful).

 Having a warm, comfortable home as winter is coming on.

 Being able to share my good fortune with others who have less through our church’s wonderful “embrace a family” program.

 Living in a small city in a small state that nevertheless offers an abundance of cultural treasures: several theater companies, small-concert as well as major venues; art-film cinemas; art galleries; and many more.

▪ Having thriving small businesses—restaurants, shops—within blocks of our home.

▪ Being able to get back to crocheting and resume working on my many unfinished projects.

 At this time of year, seeing the bright colored lights begin to come on in homes and yards all through the neighborhood.


What are you grateful for in your life right now?