Tag: gratitude

Gratitude: Peonies on the Nightstand, Red Dirt Ruts, and Playing with Fire.

posies on the nightstand
Peonies on the nightstand
It’s the quiet morning time, with a hint of warm and the dew melting, that may be my favorite.
Crouching down in the quiet morning time, with a hint of warm and the dew melting
getting things untangled
Getting things untangled. Again.
a bird planted this for me
A bird planted this for me.
baked and bleached deck boards
Sunbathing; Coming back to awareness face-to-face with a sun-bleached slab of wood.
pulpit out by the roots
Sometimes the best solution is to pull it up by the roots.
nasher visit - durham nc
Finding funny faces…

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gratitude – Sweetness

A few things making me happy (as part of my life list  ongoing gratitude journal):

First, a note. I must confess I have long hated and resented  the word sweet. Those feelings are slowly turning to sometime more like distrust, I’d say. I have less time to hate things. Still, it feels like a cop out, this word. How honest is sweet? Also, an assumption. Girls = Sweet. And don’t forget the numerous cringe-inducing commands to “Stay Sweet” scrawled across all my High School yearbooks in hot pink ink. Really, that’s all you have to say? Sometimes it feels like a personal failure when I hear that word.

So it felt strange when, looking through my photostream gathering photos for this post, sweet was the word that kept popping to mind. Photo after photo. Fresh. Delicate. Pleasant. Winning and charming. I think maybe it’s time for me to make my peace with sweet.

Still, I reserve the right to squinch up my face and stick out my tongue at anyone who dares tells me I’m “sweet”. And don’t wink at me, either. I hate that.

Katie P's macaroons
Something small and french and pink: Eating too many homemade macaroons at brunch with good friends and lively conversation.
baby hair
Yes, Virginia, kewpie doll hair is real.

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gratitude – Sleeping in the Sink

A few things making me happy (as part of my life list  ongoing gratitude journal):

volunteer sunflowers
The volunteer sunflowers that came up in the sideyard containers are blooming now. Soon there will be little yellow finches eating the seeds.
June Supper Club
Pie and great friends who know how to make it. and don't mind sharing it.

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gratitude – Sunny Spring Days

A few things making me happy (as part of my life list  ongoing gratitude journal):

A thrifted silk dress I found in the back of my closet, perfect for reading books on the deck.

The weather has been nice enough I’ve been able to shed my many-layerd sherpa-like winter attire and dig out all the summer dresses in my closet. Makes me want to go thrifting and also reminds me of my friend MW’s story about how she spent a month (or more) refusing to allow herself to wear jeans to get out of a fashion rut. Continue reading “gratitude – Sunny Spring Days”