Gratitude Friday (on a Saturday)

1. Morning walks. We were gifted at least one more week of brilliant fall colors. No need to drive up to the mountains to see the aspens turn, I just step out my front door to see all the color. For quite a few years now, we’ve had at least one early, wet and heavy snow, so rather than turning color, so many of the leaves simply went from just starting to turn to dead in the course of a single storm. This year the colors are lingering and I love it. So much that I uploaded only my very favorite pictures from this week, because there were just so many. You can see the full sets on my Instagram.

2. Healthcare access and availability. This is true for both us and Ringo. We have such good primary doctors, people who really care about us and want to help, and also a whole host of excellent specialists, and of course all the various staff and technicians that support them.

3. Good food. I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with when and what I eat lately, and I’m finding some really good things that feel very supportive, that give me all kinds of joy and nourishment.

4. Practice. When it comes to ease and comfort and resilience, I can be my worst enemy, my biggest obstacle. I’m so grateful I have various practices that allow me to work with that.

5. My tiny family, tiny home, tiny life. I got to see Eric a bit more this week and that was so nice. Ringo had two different vet appointments, and he was so good at both. I really do have just about everything I ever wanted and I’m so grateful.

Bonus joy: How many birds are still coming to our feeder and bath, the giant birch tree in the yard behind us that towers over our house and is on fire with gold and doesn’t get the chance most years to show off like that, taking a fitness class with Eric, a lunch date with him, sitting in the sauna, getting in the pool, naps, listening to podcasts, cooking, clean sheets, clean laundry, a big glass of cold clean water, a warm shower, seeing Chloe’ and getting to hold the baby and love on her dogs, making art with Calyx, cancelled plans, watching TV cuddled up in my favorite corner of the couch, down blankets and pillows and jackets, wool socks, chrysanthemums, hot coffee with cocoa and tiny marshmallows, when Ringo comes and finds me and tells me it’s time to get up from my nap, giving him a new toy (and that he’s able to break the squeaker the first day so we don’t have to listen to it constantly), my kind and gentle readers, reading in bed at night while Eric and Ringo sleep.

I'd love to hear what you think, kind and gentle reader.

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