Gratitude: faith, life, love, communication, connection, acceptance, support…how these play in my relationships
Joy: Didn’t feel like going out for dinner so we ordered in, reading
Awareness: How important it is to be there for others when you are needed, even if it’s only listening. Sometimes your voice might just be what someone else needs to hear.
Creativity: Stain glass design, cutting pattern and glass
Gratitude: not being on a time crunch and being able to take it easy as well as mowing the grass, doing laundry, and cleaning house
Joy: Mini trip (last rendezvous’ with the old Suby) to North Carolina, glimpses of barns, river, fields and sunset, sweet hellos from the three little girls from next door
Awareness: Early morning quiet time outside with a cup of coffee, except nature is not so quiet…though I can’t complain of singing cardinals and tohwees, chirping sparrows, scrambling squirrels, or rustling grasses. There’s something soothing about starting the day with nature’s noise.
Creativity: Grinding stain glass
Gratitude: Sold the old Suby
Joy: Breakfast out and movie time with DirtMan, visiting with some people I hadn’t seen in a long time, sprinkles and sun at the same time…no rainbow though
Awareness: The illusion of time.
Creativity: Quilting, writing
Gratitude: appreciation of those who secured our freedom, a day off making it a long weekend
Joy: Completion of a project, dinner cooked by DirtMan
Awareness: Often small (to humans) things affect animals on a deeper level. I bathed my dog (who was not thrilled) to find the cat lay beside her, sniff her, and promptly retreat under the bed for several hours. Did she think I was going to bathe her, too?
Gratitude: a smooth transition in my work day, essential oils, phone call with a friend
Joy: The buyers picked up my old Suby today, and it went to a wonderful family. First rate service from our dealership…a piece of paper was overlooked that I signed but hubby didn’t and instead of us having to drive to dealership city to take care of it, someone stopped by our house last night to do it.
Awareness: Watching joy pass from a little girl to a dog and back. I let Wylie out to the back yard and I could hear the squeals of delight of the little girl next door. She was all smiles as she leaned over the side gate to pet Wylie. Wagging tail, Wylie bounced up and down in exuberance. She leaned over and hugged Wylie as well as she could through a chain link fence. This sweetness lasted until Wylie heard her dogs in their backyard and she had to visit them through the back fence.
Gratitude: The internet for its multiple uses: business transactions, writing, information, recipes, tutorials, social media, email, music, reading, photos, videos
Joy: Visit with some friends
Awareness: Darkness fell over the room so quickly I felt I’d been swallowed by the night. Not the usual eye adjustment where I could see outlines and shadows.
Gratitude: Because I had Monday off I’ve been ahead of myself all week…so nice not to be chasing myself around!
Joy: The hoot owl is back in the neighborhood! I hadn’t heard him for a long time, love listening to him call.
Awareness: I’m sitting beneath the air-conditioning duct wearing a bulky sweater and thick socks and drinking a cup of hot herbal tea. Only a fifty-something woman can appreciate the irony and necessity of this situation.