Tag: happy

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”

gratitude – The Importance of

I don’t know why, but even though it’s on my life list (#78) keep a daily gratitude journal for six months) learning the skill of keeping a gratitude journal has been elusive. What can I do to get that thought process rolling? I know I like to take photos of the little things. My idea is to post once a week, or maybe once every few weeks, with a few things I’ve enjoyed in my life recently. SO…. Some things that made me happy this week:

maple seeds
I'm happy because magenta and bright green has been falling from the sky all week.
Lemon Yogurt Cake with Ginger-Thyme Syrup
I'm happy because I made a cake from scratch and even though it didn't release from the pan just right it was yummy and I had some friends with something to celebrate to share it with.
I'm happy because my home has many wonderful windows and the changing season and the new sun patterns have made me notice it even more. There are new angles of shadows and new types of light with each season and that's pretty cool.
brine for rotisserie chicken #2
The way water makes colors fresh makes me happy. It reminds me of all the beautiful river rocks I would collect on trips to the mountains. Wet - they were wild and lovely. When they dried - they were dull and kinda sad until I realized all I had to do was dunk them in water again to see the colors that had attracted me. Maybe that's why people have fish tanks? This dried sage turned lovely purple and green when I put it in the boiling brine water. The golden bay leaf and the purple sage brightened my day.
Fitting a few dribbles of painting and doodling into my work day is nice. I do a little at a time, while on the phone or whatever, and in a few days I have finished thoughts and some artwork to share. It's a nice bonus to the on-call life of a freelancer working in a home studio.

Ok, that was kinda fun. I am a luck girl, ain’t I? We now return you to your regularly scheduled broadcast.