Gratitude Friday

This post is a mashup of The Little Bliss List and Joy Jam, and as such is meant to celebrate: the little things that brought me hope and happiness this week, the sweet stuff of life, those small gifts that brought me joy this week. By sharing them, I not only make public my gratitude, but maybe also help you notice your own good stuff and send some positive energy out into the world.

1. The love and support of amazing women. Susan, Andrea, Hannah, Sherry, Julia, and Tina (and so many others who didn’t even realize they were) offered me so much kindness and comfort this week, (it was a rough one).

2. The last tomato of the season. We woke up this morning with a dusting of snow on our cars. The day before, I got home at 5pm and it was 78 degrees, and by 8pm it had dropped to 42. This means no more tomatoes, but last night before the full freeze I picked the last ones and fed them to Dexter, and the very last one was perfectly ripe and deep red. With his nose starting to bleed again (yes, the cancer is doing its thing), this will be his last tomato season, and that may have been the last one I ever pick and give him. And after I did, he pressed his nose into the palm of my hand and gave me a kiss.

3. The tree outside my office window. It’s amazing. And oh yeah, I’m on the third floor, so it’s big too.

4. Good news at the end of a long and stressful morning of tests. That’s really all I want to say about that right now, just know I cried with relief, and feel so much compassion for the other women who were there with me who didn’t get such good news.

5. Sitting on a patio on campus on the last warm day. At one point, a gust of wind blew golden leaves my direction, the sight and sound of which made me almost cry, it was so beautiful.

Bonus joy: The nap I am about to go take–so needed.

7 thoughts on “Gratitude Friday

  1. lemead

    Lovely. I have a tree outside my office window that I’ve gotten very attached to also. It’s a major part of my life!

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      I remember you writing about it. The way they change with the seasons is such a good reminder to me, that time passes, that there’s a natural response to each season, and that if we are around long enough, we’ll pass through the full cycle again, the same but not the same.

  2. Jude

    Jill, I just found your blog earlier this week and immediately became a fan. In August, I moved from Denver to western New York, leaving behind two daughters who are students at CSU. Your pictures remind me how much I loved fall in Colorado, and miss it. But they also help me feel connected to home and to my girls in a weird, roundabout way. So I’m grateful to you for that today.

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      Jude, that must have been so hard to leave them! Did you know I work and teach at CSU? I’ll tell you something that might make you feel even better: because the president of CSU, Tony Frank, has two daughters, he really does think about every girl/woman on campus as if they were his daughter, and wants the same happiness and safety and success for them. And yes, Colorado in the fall is my favorite.

      1. Jude

        Hi Jill – I did note that you teach at CSU. Lucky you to live in Ft Collins – it’s a wonderful town. Yes, it has been difficult being away from my girls. I’ve been in a long-distance relationship for almost 5 years though, commuting to NY and it was time to make a different choice. I come back to CO as often as I can. But as I’ve often said – I’m always missing someone. 🙂

    2. jillsalahub Post author

      That’s hard! I moved away from my family so Eric could move here for a job he loves. We both love it here, and this is “home”, but I still feel the tug of that other place and those other people who are also home.


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