Gratitude Sunday * May 29, 2011

By , May 29, 2011

Sunday’s a good day to remember what we’ve been grateful for over the past week, don’t you think? I’m joining Taryn over at Wooly Moss Roots in her Gratitude Sunday tradition, and here’s my list:

– That we live close to everything we need, don’t need to own a car, and can transport ourselves by bike, foot, and occasionally bus.

– The library!!

– The good, nourishing food in our fridge.

– The sun flooding into our apartment in the evening…and our apartment in general; it’s the top floor of a 100-year-old house and has charming vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows. It’s a neat space.

– Grateful to be in my garden — instead of a cubicle — on a Friday afternoon.

– Incredible garden produce we’ve been harvesting! It makes my soul sing to be able to eat straight out of the garden.

– Wasps — they’re irritating and aggressive, but they sure do take care of the aphids!

– Lushness and greenery everywhere thanks to all the rain.

– My wonderful Hubby stopping at the store on his way home this week to bring me groceries that I didn’t feel well enough to get myself.

– Not having to report to a supervisor at work…and not feeling like someone’s slave anymore.

– Quiet, still moments.

– Sitting by candlelight, not caring how late it is, Federico Aubele in my headphones, writing in my journal, rain falling outside.

– Watching my cat have a party with the catnip I picked for her!

– This time of the year.

– Bit the bullet and got a dreaded, long-overdue doctor appointment over-with. I don’t see eye-to-eye with so much of western medicine, but I feel grateful for the doctor I have. I’ve never really needed to go see him before, but he’s good. And instead of leaving the appointment feeling scrambled, drained, and off-balance as I usually do after a doctor visit, I left there feeling calm and centered…and feeling like I’m in good hands. And I appreciated that he listened intently and took all the time that was needed for me to lay everything out.

– Testing out my new ultralight solar cooker “design” (reflective windshield sunshade & a binder clip!) by cooking black beans, brown rice, and a rhubarb crisp; a total success!

Rhubarb crisp baking in the solar cooker

Solar-cooked, homegrown rhubarb crisp!

What about you? What have you been grateful for this week? Leave a comment!

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8 Responses to “Gratitude Sunday * May 29, 2011”

  1. donna rae says:

    Wonderful list of gratitude! I, like you, am so grateful for the delights harvested from our garden.

    I’m fascinated with your amazingly simple solar cooker… I’d love to know more about how it works and how you prepare to cook (like, is the pan inside a plastic bag in the photo?)

  2. Lindsey says:

    Hi Donna Rae,
    I’ll have to do a post about my new solar cooker soon! I’m fascinated with it too! It’s so simple and yet still powerful. And yes, that’s a produce bag around the pan (must be HDPE-type plastic to withstand the heat, or else use Raynold’s Oven Bags).

  3. Oh how reading your gratitudes makes me smile!! It’s such a nice way for us to connect with each other each Sunday too! Love you!

  4. Lindsey says:

    Taryn,
    Wish we could connect more often, but I, too, love knowing that at least on Sundays we do!
    Lots o’ love!!!
    Lindsey

  5. Trish says:

    Wow!What a wonderful long list of lovely gratefullness!
    Much love.

  6. Lindsey says:

    Hi Trish! And I loved your list of gratitudes too! I’m not sure my comment went through on your blog, so I just wanted to say that I love your daughter’s room (neat door!) and you are so right — what would we ever do without laughter?!?!
    Love,
    Lindsey

  7. erin says:

    hey there, I found you @ wooly moss roots and love your blog! i too have a well loved town lot garden. its amazing how much you can grow in a little area. I am going to make that spanikopita! mmm. AND the solar cooker! this is one of my summer projects not yet started… so good to see one in action! :0)

  8. Lindsey says:

    Hi Erin!
    I don’t think I’m able to leave a comment on your blog, but just wanted to say Hello, and YES, isn’t it amazing how much you can grow in a small backyard! (And also, how much work such a small area can be!) I love your garden, and wish it well. It’s much tidier than mine! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!
    Lindsey

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