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Gratitude Friday

1. Morning walks. Not too many pictures this week. Since we can’t go by the river because of the mosquitoes we’ve been walking to City Park and around the lake, but most of our walk is through neighborhoods, which are pretty to be sure but not necessarily something to take pictures of to share.

2. Peonies! I am going to miss most of them, but have been able to see and smell a few of them open.

3. Our garden. There are so many blooms this year. Eric is busy putting down the load of cedar mulch that got delivered on Tuesday and it smells so good!

4. The chance to visit family and see the ocean again. It’s been too long.

5. My tiny family, my tiny house, my tiny life. Ringo got to see three of his favorite people in the world besides myself and Eric yesterday, and I finally mended all his toys. He was one happy dog, except when I told him that my new crocheted mini Ringo wasn’t a dog toy — he really really really wanted to play with it. Eric went to a D&D event last weekend and he was pretty cute in his costume.

Bonus joy: Running into Chloe’ and Franny yesterday and getting to hug and pet them and hang out for a bit, writing and hanging out with Calyx knowing I get to see them in two weeks and hang out for four days in person, potato salad, strawberries from our garden, looking forward to three whole weeks off social media, breakfast burritos, onion buns, clean sheets, our whole house fan, a/c, vaccines, good TV, podcasts, naps, reading in bed at night while Eric and Ringo sleep.

Gratitude Friday

1. Morning walks. Everything is SO green right now. The bad news is, as it warms up, the mosquitoes arrive, which means this week is most likely the last week we’ll get this close to the river. I am okay with that only because in another few weeks, we’ll be taking our walks next to the ocean for a bit.

Here’s a “behind the scenes” of how hard it is to get a picture of Ringo looking at the camera, even with Eric’s help.

2. Good food. We bbq’d this week. One good thing to come out of being home so much this last year is I got really comfortable cooking, figured out how to make some of my favorite restaurant items at home.

3. Our garden. Everything is so lush this year and we have so many blooms — I’m going to have at least 40 peonies. We even got a handful of strawberries this week.

4. Practice. It reminds me I’m still here, helps me to stay here.

5. My tiny house, my tiny family, my tiny life. I am so lucky, so grateful to be here with them.

Bonus joy: Wild Writing on Friday mornings, a/c, rainier cherries, anything picked fresh from the garden, bees, good neighbors, writing and hanging out with Calyx, texting with Chloe’ and Mom and Chris, babies, herons, “good morning”s, other people’s dogs, good books, good TV, podcasts, naps, clean sheets, down pillows and blankets, sitting in the sauna with Eric, the shade in our backyard in the afternoons, the smell of lilacs, our whole house fan, training with Shelby, lunch with Carrie, picnic tables big enough for the whole gang, not having to lie about being the people who want to stay home and go to bed early because everyone we hang out with already knows that and likes us anyway, reading in bed at night while Eric and Ringo sleep.