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Gratitudes * February 12, 2013

By , February 12, 2013

~ I’m once again joining Taryn over at Wooly Moss Roots in her Gratitude Sunday tradition. ~

Gratitude Sunday is a time to slow down and remember those thankful moments that graced our week. One reason I love keeping a daily gratitude journal is because it helps keep things in perspective for me. Each Sunday, I open my journal and share some of those moments with you here. If you’d like to join in, just leave a comment!

Gratitude is powerful energy. I love hearing others’ gratitudes!

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– A tidy home! (Excepting my studio, which is a disaster at the moment…) It feels wonderful to have things be neat and tidy. It’s calming!

– The contrast of beautiful pink and red Valentine decorations against the bleak, gray February sky. Love it!!! (I love the grayness… in this wonderful sun-soaked climate, a gray day now and then is a treat.)

– My sweet F, for quietly taking charge of the laundry when I was feeling really worn out. He always does all the dishes and I do all the laundry (and it works out very well since each of us feels that we’re getting the better end of the deal!). Thank you Honey ♥

– Watching my cat’s eyes absolutely light up when she caught a whiff of cantaloupe as I cut it in half. My mom bought a cantaloupe as a gift for her Grandkitty (!!) and Liz was so excited. It’s been a while since she’s had cantaloupe and she loves it especially when it’s good and sweet, as this one is. She devours it.

– Reading “Heaven on Earth” by Sharifa Oppenheimer. I love this book. I’m grateful, too, for our good library system that was able to get it to me within days of my putting it on hold! I love our library…

– Finding a $20 bill on the ground! F and I were riding our bikes to the store for some groceries when I found it, and since I spent only $8 at the store, I actually returned home from that shopping trip richer than when I left! heehee. What a nice little gift from “beyond.”

– My acupuncture treatments providing unexpected pain relief for my broken hand.

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Are there any special gratitudes from your week that you’d like to share? Do!

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Gratitudes * December 10, 2012

By , December 10, 2012

~ I’m once again joining Taryn over at Wooly Moss Roots in her Gratitude Sunday tradition. ~

Gratitude Sunday is a time to slow down and remember those thankful moments that graced our week. One reason I love keeping a daily gratitude journal is because it helps keep things in perspective for me. Each Sunday, I open my journal and share some of those moments with you here. If you’d like to join in, just leave a comment!

Gratitude is powerful energy. I love hearing others’ gratitudes!

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– Getting some things done that have been lingering too long; that felt good.

– Being able to stop and rest when I need to. Now I just need to get better at the “stop” part; it’s hard when there’s so much stuff I’d rather be doing. I find resting to be rather boring!

– Sun baths on the floor with my cat.

– Speaking of my cat, I can hear her snoring next to me in her cat tower as I write this. Is there anything cuter than a snoring cat!

– Well, this is cute…

– Making fish oil capsules. I was pleasantly surprised with how well that idea worked; I’ll have to post instructions soon.

– Enjoying a clean house. Your environment can really affect you, can’t it…

– Just being home.

– A bit of snowfall! It amounted to only about a piddly millimeter but it was so Christmasy to peek out the curtains and see snowflakes falling in the glow of the streetlight.

– Setting up my Christmas town! (click the picture to enlarge)

– The Christmas season in general. Christmas Day itself doesn’t hold the excitement or mystique that it used to of course, but just the season itself… I love it. The lights, the decorations on peoples’ homes, the darkness, the rich beauty, the lighted trees in living room windows, the music, the snowfall, the smells of fresh pine boughs and spiced cider and cloves and woodsmoke outside in the frosty night air. It’s a season for the senses, and I love it. And I love how you can make Christmas exactly what you want. How you don’t have to participate in the crowds, the craziness, the spending, the cheap commercialism, the stress, the expectations. You can create your Own Little Personal Christmas Season.

– Resting on the couch yesterday and turning on the radio just in time to unexpectedly catch Hanukkah Lights on NPR — an hour of Hanukkah stories. That was really enjoyable.

– Laughing hysterically at some older Robin Williams standup comedy shows that My Honey found on youtube and broadcast onto our TV. Now THAT was REALLY enjoyable!!

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And you? What were some gratitudes from your own week?

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Gratitudes ~ December 4, 2012

By , December 4, 2012

~ I’m once again joining Taryn over at Wooly Moss Roots in her Gratitude Sunday tradition. ~

Gratitude Sunday is a time to slow down and remember those thankful moments that graced our week. One reason I love keeping a daily gratitude journal is because it helps keep things in perspective for me. Each Sunday, I open my journal and share some of those moments with you here. If you’d like to join in, just leave a comment!

Gratitude is powerful energy. I love hearing others’ gratitudes!

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– A cold, cloudy day. We’re having a wacky, ultra-warm and sunny late Autumn here, and I miss the true seasonal weather!

– Well, okay, then again I’m also thankful for the warm, dry weather — it makes bicycling easier, and I can be outside lying in the sun which of course is great too! (But boy, some snow sure would be fun at some point…)

– Taking a sun bath on the floor with my cat.

– Watching a European Christmas program with Rick Steves on PBS. Have you seen that one? I enjoyed it so  much.

– Attending a Waldorf school winter fair this year with my mom. I’ve been wanting to visit that school for a long time, just to have a look around and see it and feel it and gather impressions of it. It was lovely. What a beautiful, gentle introduction to the world those little children are getting. (For a lovely Waldorf blog, check out bendingbirches2010.blogspot.com.) Do you have experience with Waldorf — especially middle school or high school age? Care to share any pros and cons?

One of the holiday fair activities -- raw materials were provided in abundance, and children could create any little habitat they wanted, with the help of glue guns. It was great seeing kindergarten-aged children handling glue guns with such ease. Children are truly more capable than we give them credit for.

This classroom had been transformed into "Cookie Heaven" -- decorated by the 6th grade class, with 'semi-heavenly' live instrumental music provided by students hidden behind screens. When you walked in, it was very quiet except for the music. The 6th graders, dressed as angels, would guide the small children through Cookie Heaven, allowing them to choose a cookie (vegan & gluten-free of course). It was beautifully done, and also a riot!

– Down and wool, for warmth. Nothing compares to natural materials. What a gift!

– Spying cuteness when I was least expecting it. Can you find it in these pictures?

– Rearranging our plants and dining room area (where we don’t dine, in fact) — it feels much nicer and more cohesive.

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And how about you? Have you got any good gratitudes to share?

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Gratitude Sunday * November 25, 2012

By , November 25, 2012

~ I’m once again joining Taryn over at Wooly Moss Roots in her Gratitude Sunday tradition. ~

Gratitude Sunday is a time to slow down and remember those thankful moments that graced our week. One reason I love keeping a daily gratitude journal is because it helps keep things in perspective for me. Each Sunday, I open my journal and share some of those moments with you here. If you’d like to join in, just leave a comment!

Gratitude is powerful energy. I love hearing others’ gratitudes!

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– Having new brakes put on my bike. Brakes are so nice to have, and now that I’m not rationing squeezes of the brake handles (I’m embarrassed to say), riding my bike feels downright luxurious. I’m also thankful that my energy level is slowly increasing so that I actually have the wherewithal to address life’s little details such as this!

– Lying outside in the sun on these warm and sunny days. And it’s so incredibly quiet out there since the season for power tools has largely passed. It’s really blissful out there, out in our yard (we have a yard wohoooooo!!!), out in the sun. How healing.

– The pumpkin pie! Remember how my post from Thanskgiving mentioned that I thought the pie had flopped? Never judge a pie by its cover evidently, because it was AWESOME! My dad left a comment on that post, and I think he expresses very well our collective impression of The Pie: “And now, the REST of the story…the pumpkin pie did NOT turn out to be a flop. It was firm, just like it should be, VERY tasty and not too sweet–but just right! The crust was not soft and almost mushy like other pumpkin pie crusts I’ve had, but almost crunchy (it was a very self-confident crust) and I liked it. It held together extremely well. I thought it was a hit!! an aside–beans were good, as usual, and cranbery sauce was excellent, with pieces of apple included to add more and different texture and flavor. Muy bien hecho…”

The funny thing is, that pie and its crust will go down as the best all of us have ever had! In fact I have never seen my Hubby go for pie (or really any dessert) like he did for that one. What a compliment! We all loved that pie… and what a great surprise that it was actually good.

– A wonderful Thanksgiving with the people I love. And then watching our annual movie, A Christmas Story, is always icing on the cake!

– Being able to walk a lot more. One year ago, it was such a different story. I was feeling so unbelievably sick, and one memory I will never forget is being hardly able to even walk across the street (a couple hundred feet) to the park with my mom and dad; I waited on the nearest bench, hardly able to sit and wanting to just lie down, while my parents walked around the park. And then walking back home again, another couple hundred feet, was an effort my body could hardly handle. I was so sick I felt like I was going to collapse and feared they’d have to carry me home — a sensation I had many, many times during that period. It was really scary. And from that vantage point, I couldn’t imagine myself ever walking much of anywhere again, which saddened me because previous to falling ill, I loved walking so much and walked everywhere. But now…NOW!!!! I am walking more and more and more! I am returning to my old self! I am now reliably able to walk to the grocery store and back — two miles!!!!! Yesterday I walked probably two or three miles, and today another two!!! I can’t even express how happy this makes me…

– Castelvetrano olives (Jeff’s Natural’s brand) — what a discovery (thanks Mom!) — they are incredibly delicious.

– The most loving, honest, heartfelt, sweet words spoken to me by my love, F. I love you so much honey…

– Working on drawing a mandala while listening to A Prairie Home Companion on the radio last night. Soul food!!!!

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And how about you? In this week of Thanksgiving, what things are you grateful for?

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Gratitude Sunday * November 18, 2012

By , November 18, 2012

~ I’m once again joining Taryn over at Wooly Moss Roots in her Gratitude Sunday tradition. ~

Gratitude Sunday is a time to slow down and remember those thankful moments that graced our week. One reason I love keeping a daily gratitude journal is because it helps keep things in perspective for me. Each Sunday, I open my journal and share some of those moments with you here. If you’d like to join in, just leave a comment!

Gratitude is powerful energy. I love hearing others’ gratitudes!

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– The smell of fallen maple leaves.

– Receiving reiki, sent from a distance by a friend. What a wonderful gift. I loved lying in the sun outside during my session, smelling the moist earth and autumn leaves with every inhale.

– Laughing as my cat watched a video of herself that I had taken a couple weeks ago. She was so intrigued!

– Enjoying delicious, healthgiving food. I’ve been really nauseous during this detox period and my diet was not what I wanted it to be. Now that I’m slowly feeling more myself, I am so thankful for being able to eat more of the fruits and vegetables that I love so much.

– Mild weather to enjoy the sunshine outside!

– A snowy, grey day last week; I love those days.

– The sweet “help” I receive from my cat. She loves to help me with whatever I’m working on.

– Doing internet crossword puzzles together with F! We liked boatloadpuzzles.com because they’re just the right level of difficulty to keep it fun. And part of the fun is shocking one another with really obscure correct answers. Things like WOW honey and How the hell did you know that? are repeatedly heard.

– The incredible vegetable soups that F has been making lately. One of them was particularly magical — we reckon it was because of all the garden produce in it. Thanks, garden!!

– A wonderful visit with my mom and dad yesterday. And my mom’s thoughtfulness at always having hot water ready for me when she knows I’m coming over. That always touches me.

– The way my mom always hears me, without judgment. If you can listen, and truly hear someone, with acknowledgement and without judgment, that is one of the biggest gifts you can give to them.

– Vegging out in front of my favorite cooking shows on PBS. Boy, when I’m really tired and don’t feel like doing anything at all, it is just what the doctor ordered!

– Honoring where my body’s at, and resting. Sometimes I get extremely impatient and ignore my body and totally overdo it. When I actually check in and see where my true energy level is at, and then honor that, everything turns out better!

– The early setting of the sun.

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How about you? Got any good gratitudes?!

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Gratitude Sunday * November 4, 2012

By , November 4, 2012

~ I’m once again joining Taryn over at Wooly Moss Roots in her Gratitude Sunday tradition. ~

Gratitude Sunday is a time to slow down and remember those thankful moments that graced our week. One reason I love keeping a daily gratitude journal is because it helps keep things in perspective for me. Each Sunday, I open my journal and share some of those moments with you here. If you’d like to join in, just leave a comment!

Gratitude is powerful energy. I love hearing others’ gratitudes!

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– Having my Honey home all these days. His arm is still mending and he hasn’t been cleared yet to go back to work by the doctors. We’ve both been hanging very low, letting our bodies rest and heal, taking long walks, cooking nourishing food, and basically living life in the slow lane and taking each day as it comes. It seems like just what we both need right now, and it feels so nice.

– A dusk walk on Halloween night, to see decorated houses, glowing jack-o-lanterns, and trick-or-treaters.

– Realizing this morning that today is the end of daylight savings and appreciating the bonus hour in my day.

– Putting a heating pad at the foot of the bed before bedtime, and then crawling in and having warm feet on a chilly night!

– Time away from the computer.

– Doing some light chores that made things look better, while moving at a deliberate, unhurried pace.

– Realizing that to maintain happiness and ward off feelings of overwhelm, I need more quiet time/down time/move-slowly time (at least right now) than I previously even realized.

– A wonderful afternoon visiting with my parents today, and then joining them for dinner too. What a nice visit it was.

– Seeing a big long shooting star just a minute ago as I went outside to get the bathroom rug off the clothesline. It was comforting to see that. Shooting stars are so special.

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What’s on your gratitude list this week?

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Gratitude Sunday * October 21, 2012

By , October 21, 2012

~ I’m once again joining Taryn over at Wooly Moss Roots in her Gratitude Sunday tradition. ~

Gratitude Sunday is a time to slow down and remember those thankful moments that graced our week. One reason I love keeping a daily gratitude journal is because it helps keep things in perspective for me. Each Sunday, I open my journal and share some of those moments with you here. If you’d like to join in, just leave a comment!

Gratitude is powerful energy. I love hearing others’ gratitudes!

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– That F is okay and more damage was not sustained in a bike accident he was in (which was the direct result of poor workmanship by a technician in a local bike shop). He has a broken bone in his elbow but thanks to his helmet, no head injuries. While sitting in the ER with him, I kept being so grateful that he was walking, talking, smiling… the way it all happened, it’s amazing it wasn’t much worse. He’s a tough cookie and I love him so.

– Writing gratitudes each night; it redirects my sometimes-wandering gaze to the good things around me. The past several weeks have been rough. There’s a lot I haven’t been grateful for and sometimes it’s really hard to stay positive. But at the end of the day, I remember again just how thick with blessings my life is. Everyone’s is… you just have to reprogram you brain to see them all. I really love picking them out because it’s such an uplifting mental activity.

– Special one-on-one time with my Dad last weekend. We went to our favorite nature spot and it was a gorgeous day and were treated to a rare and special sighting of hundreds of sandhill cranes! (deviating for some reason from their normal migration route)

– Feeling lighter after being in nature that day. In nature don’t you find that your worries and fears that seem so real and all-consuming… just sort of shrink into the background.

– Getting my studio finally FINALLY unpacked and cleaned up and set up! It took hours because there was crap strewn everywhere. And now instead of averting my eyes every time I pass this room, I actually want to be in it (matter fact I’m in it right now). See it in the photo below?

– Finding the sweetness in convalescence. This is a really hard one sometimes when I’m so flipping sick of “still recovering” (evidently it’s a looong process), and the constant worry and fear that I never will be back to my old self (ooo that’s a big one). Sometimes I desperately repeat “find the sweetness find the sweetness” but I can’t. And then other times when I slow myself to the appropriate pace, and embrace whatever’s going on at the moment, and look around at where I am, and who I have around me, I can find the sweetness and those moments feel so good.

– My evening walks. I love them. And the other night I brought tea along with me in one of those paper coffee to-go cups with the plastic lids. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?! Tea on a dusk walk in the Autumn. Three of my favorite things rolled into one.

– Gorgeous sunsets. I love dusk anyway, and the fiery sunsets have been such a nice bonus. I love the silhouettes of the bare trees, and the crows flying home to roost, and the slow crickets, and the mug of hot tea in my hands, and the closing of the day and the quieter, cozier, more inward energy of the evening.

– The warm weather we’ve had. I love still being able to virtually live outside each day. It does a spirit good!

– Going to the health food store with F. He walked while I slowly rode my bike alongside. I loved this so much. I also loved the slow pace and getting to see all the autumn colors in slo-mo.

– Homemade applesauce, warmed, with nutmeg and plain yogurt.

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And what about your week? What has been good about it?

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Gratitude Sunday * October 7, 2012

By , October 7, 2012

~ I’m once again joining Taryn over at Wooly Moss Roots in her Gratitude Sunday tradition. ~

Gratitude Sunday is a time to slow down and remember those thankful moments that graced our week. One reason I love keeping a daily gratitude journal is because it helps keep things in perspective for me. Each Sunday, I open my journal and share some of those moments with you here. If you’d like to join in, just leave a comment!

Gratitude is powerful energy. I love hearing others’ gratitudes!

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– Warm applesauce made with the apples off our tree, with cloves and cinnamon, eaten with grassfed yogurt that I made in my solar oven. What a blissful, delicious snack!

– Apple fruit leather, made in the solar oven. Another blissful snack!

– Sitting outside in the backyard, wrapped in a robe, with fresh ginger tea at 5:00 one morning, as gentle rain began to fall. It was so quiet and peaceful. Then, going back to bed and sleeping till I was much more rested!

– The sight of the leaves changing color.

– Seeing more and more signs of autumn. More and more pumpkins appearing on doorsteps!

– Warm, totally gorgeous weather, followed by cold, cloudy weather where we were cozy inside. I love both!

– Amazing garden vegetable soup with soaked & solar-cooked brown rice. It was incredible. It had in it: tomatoes, garlic, onion, celery, green beans, parsley, potato, cabbage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, carrot, zucchini, broccoli, and brown rice. The only things not from the garden were the carrots and rice!

– Having really good energy a couple days this week and using it to catch up with all the backed up stuff that I’d been wanting to do. I was grateful for the timing, since I had so much to do to prepare for the first frost.

– Making the house more orderly, and finding places for all the plants we brought in before frost. An orderly, clean house really is so nice.

– Before bed, unwinding by candlelight. Turning off the electric lights, and writing my gratitude list by candlelight. What a lovely thing.

– Tea. Or just hot water for that matter! Having hot water any time I want, so I can make tea. A simple luxury.

– Being able to (mostly) clear as much space in my life as is needed right now, to hang really low and allow my body to do some major purging and healing.

– Being at this house. Having our own yard — our own territory. We love it here.

– A cold but really beautiful and refreshing bike ride to the health food store yesterday with F. I love our weekly rides to the store together. And the leaves have changed color so much since last weekend, and looked particularly beautiful against the cloudy sky. Last week was so hot and we rode in shorts and t-shirts, and this week it was 32° with snow flurries in the air!

– Laughing hard at a comedy show we were streaming from the BBC last night. We love their comedy shows, in particular Live at the Apollo, but occasionally others too. Genuine, uncontrolled laughter is really great medicine and makes everything feel lighter.

– Impromptu Friday night pizza dinner over at my parents’ new pad — what a fun thing that was!

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And what about you? What has been on your own gratitude list this past week?

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Gratitude Sunday * September 23, 2012

By , September 23, 2012

~ I’m once again joining Taryn over at Wooly Moss Roots in her Gratitude Sunday tradition. ~

Gratitude Sunday is a time to slow down and remember those thankful moments that graced our week. One reason I love keeping a daily gratitude journal is because it helps keep things in perspective for me. Each Sunday, I open my journal and share some of those moments with you here. If you’d like to join in, just leave a comment!

Gratitude is powerful energy. I love hearing others’ gratitudes!

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– Gorgeous, settled weather. Being able to have the windows open all day long, and having it be warm enough to really live outside all day. I love this season!!!!

– This season of abundance where I’m eating largely out of the garden. I think homegrown food is sacred food… it feels sacred anyway… and I feel so good putting it in my body. I think it’s even neater when I can cook my garden food in the solar oven, because not only is it fun, but it seems like that strong solar life-force energy must imbue something good!

– That our tree has apples this year. About a third of each apple is unusable because of apple coddling moths — I really hate those things — and the squirrels are more than a little wasteful in their consumption of the apples, but that’s okay; there’s still more than enough for us. Even though we don’t give the apple tree any special attention or fertilizer or anything, it still has generously produced the biggest, most beautiful apples! The variety is Red (un)Delicious, so they’re not spectacular for eating fresh, but they do make nice applesauce.

– Tons of sun = tons of solar cooking = hardly any indoor cooking on the stove!

– A moon cycle for me, finally. I haven’t had one in close to a year, and it feels like such a triumph for my poor ol’ body which feels so broken sometimes. The medical people say that not cycling is not healthy for your body because it increases your risk of cancer and whatever else. It just seemed like yet another problem to deal with. A couple months ago while lying in the silvery light of the full moon, I said internally to whoever might care, “Fix me, Grandmother Moon.” Perhaps there’s a Grandmother Moon, perhaps there isn’t, but something replied right back to me, “But you’re not broken, dear.” And indeed, it turns out that I’m not broken. It feels weird to type to the world about this very personal matter, but it wants to be said. One of the things I’m realizing (and just beginning to put words to) during this experience of extended, major illness and difficult recovery is that one of the little-talked-about effects is a disconnect — maybe even a total detachment, yes — from your physical body… and if you’re a woman, most especially from that soft, delicate, inward feminine nature. When you’re sick, you don’t feel beautiful — you feel the very furthest thing from beautiful. You don’t regard your body as the sacred vessel it most certainly is — because it feels like a living hell to be trapped in a severely sick, pain-filled body, and you just want out. When you’re sick, that tender and complex and ethereal and soft and fragile aura of feminine confidence you’ve gingerly built within yourself over the years… well it gets blasted apart, unceremoniously. When you’ve got a major illness going on, your femininity is one of the first things out the window, as your very survival shoots to the top of the list. And so now, having my body perform on its own accord a most normal and feminine thing, not only feels triumphant and reassuring, but also symbolic as the beginning of the rebuilding of something that’s been lost.

– Having a quiet, pleasantly lazy weekend, not overdoing it, and yet still getting the things done that I wanted to. That feels perfect — the perfect blend of rest and activity. I love it when I manage to achieve that.

– Clean windows. So nice!!

– Finishing up some applesauce- and sauerkraut-making before heading to bed one night, and feeling so content. Soft lighting, quiet music, being in our own home, in our own beautiful kitchen, preserving the food that I just picked from the backyard.

– My loved ones around me. It’s the thing I love the very most.

– The small walks I’ve been taking at dusk almost every day. I love them.

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What are some of your gratitudes from this past week?

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