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Gratitude Friday

1. Lingering birthday love. Some because a few wishes and gifts came in the days after, and some because of the gorgeous flowers that remind me every day when I sit down at my “desk” that somebody loves me.

2. Practice. It remains constant, even as everything else is constantly shifting and changing.

3. Good food, leftovers. The winter holidays are just our tiny family in our tiny home, but that means that everything we cook for those special meals on those days are our favorite things — exhibit A is the picture above: Eric’s apple pie.

4. Vaccines. Eric and I scheduled our boosters for next week, as the news reports yet another variant. I’m glad we have access. I’m glad there are people who worked really hard to make that happen. I’m glad for all the other people who got vaccinated, wash their hands and wear their masks. I’m glad for all the people working in health care to support and try to heal all of us, even those who made a different choice.

5. Morning walks. This week, we got to go together one morning, and next week we’ll be back to our regular schedule for another couple of weeks. Because Eric was with me, he could stand behind me and get Ringo to look at him while I got some good pictures of the boy.

6. My tiny family, my tiny home, my tiny life. Eric was on fall break this week and it was really nice to have him here. It also made it really clear how much more bonded Ringo is to me now that I’m the one who’s home with him most often. I kept teasing Eric that he’s my dog now, and one night when he wouldn’t stop bugging me, I told Eric, “you can have your dog back now.”

Bonus joy: roasted veggies, my new best friend: the hydromassage chair at the gym, texting with Mom and Chris, hanging out with Calyx and Chloe’, other people’s dogs, that corner of the couch, good TV, listening to podcasts, cooking, getting in the pool, sitting in the sauna with Eric, training with Shelby, my new therapist, my nutritionist, apple pie oatmeal, writing, reading about writing, rubber bands, twist ties, bread, getting a massage, health insurance, calendars, online shopping, naps, reading in bed at night while Eric and Ringo sleep.

Gratitude Friday

1. Morning walks, in particular this week was the snow and the sky — oh my, the SKY.

2. Birthdays. Yesterday was mine and today is Ringo’s, (he’s eight years old, one half naughty puppy and one half grumpy old man — which if you know anything about Cattle Dogs, you know they are just built that way). To both be alive and together for another year is a wonderful thing.

3. Cooking and eating good food. I realized this week that I’ve reached a whole new level of skill when it comes to cooking because there was one night that I made a whole new dinner out of leftovers and what I had in the fridge, no recipe, and it turned out really yummy. Eric made me a pineapple upside down cake for my birthday — yum.

4. Practice. Getting comfortable with discomfort.

5. My tiny family, tiny home, tiny life. This week an old boyfriend from high school who did NOT treat me very well sent me a friend request on Facebook. As I was deleting it, I thought about all the awful relationships I was in before I found Eric, and how grateful I am I ended up here, with him. I am so lucky.

Bonus joy: a new therapist who is a good fit from the get go, the new hydromassage chair at the gym (I am IN LOVE), getting in the pool, sitting in the sauna, writing with my Friday morning group, texting with Chloe’ and Mom and Chris, cancelled plans, naps, our first baby snow, flowers from Calyx, a birthday text from my dad, taking myself out to lunch, watching the squirrels eat the pumpkins and apples in our compost pile, joy, ease, a warm down blanket and some pillows, that corner of the couch, videos of the blue taco baby, emails from people who love me sent just to say so, good books, podcasts, TV, new music, reading in bed at night while Ringo and Eric sleep.

Eric just sent me this picture 🙂