Gratitude Friday

Flowers in the bathroom

1. Flowers in the bathroom and kitchen counter love notes and pie. I haven’t had them in a long time, and I was sad last week because I broke my favorite vase, so when Eric was at Trader Joe’s, he brought me home flowers. It was also my birthday last week, so I got a special kitchen counter love note AND a pie. I also made myself cupcakes and bought myself two new pairs of the softest pajama pants ever.

Apple pieCupcakePajama pants

2. Morning walks. Even though it’s dark, I love going so early because hardly anyone else is out, except for the deer.


Can you find the deer?

3. 52 years. It’s been a good life, and I’ll take a few more decades of it, please. I got lots of celebrations last week, spread out so that I could recover from peopling in between.

Ringo with Christmas socks

Birthday present from my brother, which Ringo was certain were a toy — this is his look of disappointment when he found out they were just socks

4. Practice. I’ve been leaning in this week, have needed the extra support.


5. My tiny family. Ringo turned six this past week and Sam is as sweet as ever.

Bonus joy: Writing with Carrie, writing with Chloe’ and Mikalina (and cracking each other up), having tea with Chloe’ which also meant I got to see Pancho and Franny, dinner with Heather and Stacey and their good news about their move and a new job, dinner with Jon and Chelsey, long naps, a warm shower, a tall glass of cold clean water, texting with people I love, apple pie oatmeal (one part oatmeal, one part apple pie), writing, yoga, inside jokes (not because it leaves anyone out, but because it represents a long history with someone who makes you laugh), Thanksgiving break (which means Eric will be home all week), getting all the laundry done and put away, an easy salad mix in a bag, a quiet snow day, new music, good books and tv and movies.

4 thoughts on “Gratitude Friday

  1. Karen Cronin

    I love your posts, though many weeks I may not read them until several days past posting. Your post yesterday regarding addiction struck a chord in me. I, too, have people in my life facing life after addiction. One of my professional mentors wrote a book, Stay Close (Libby Cataldi), which chronicles her path with her addicted son who is now in recovery. It may help you find peace or answers in that the premise is more about learning to live with the ambiguity and uncertainty of addiction while still “staying close” and not losing oneself. She also has a blog by the same name. I’m sure you’ve been inundated by suggestions but Libby’s insights continue to help me and offer strength beyond life with addiction. Peace and strength.


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