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Gratitude Friday

1. Fall in Colorado. It was a more abrupt shift between seasons than we typically experience. Usually it slowly gets cooler and darker, the green fades and starts to turn gold and orange and red. This year, with our early snow following right after a day over 90 degrees made things a little different. One day it was summer, the next winter, and a few after that, it was suddenly fully fall. The cooler weather and changing colors and the way the natural world starts to slow down has always been my favorite time of year.
2. Fall garden. We are still getting tomatoes, and the pumpkins and rhubarb are ripe. This is the first year the rhubarb was big enough to actually pick and use. I had about two cups, so I googled “rhubarb recipes” and found this muffin recipe from Martha Stewart — so good!

Pumpkin covered in wild fire ash

Pumpkin covered in wildfire ash

3. Morning walks. It’s been so dark, I was afraid I wouldn’t get any good pictures, but I did. Just about when we get to the ponds by the river, the sun starts to come up. And as much as I miss Sam (like crazy) and how weird it feels to have just one dog, walking just one dog is SO much easier. I’m trying to enjoy it while I can.

4. Support. This past week was a doozy. I’m trying to keep it together, but the fires, global pandemic, police violence, the quickly approaching election with all its possible outcomes, etc. has me on edge. And yet, texting with my mom and brother, writing and hanging out with Mikalina, my therapist, practice, reading dharma books, napping, getting in the pool, going on walks, listening to podcasts, etc. are so helpful.5. My tiny family. As hard as it may be sometimes to do my work on my laptop at the kitchen table, not always have direct access to my office and my stuff, I still like having Eric home more often. Ringo has been spending some time on Sam’s couch, which is both sweet and sad. Bonus joy: tea with Janice, lunch with Carrie, aqua aerobics, sitting in the infrared sauna with Eric, listening to audio books and podcasts, how cool it is in the morning, cooking, making a meal from scratch without a recipe just using what we have, having all the laundry done and put away, Ringo’s belly and toe and razor burn all healed up, “singing” with Ringo and Eric, grocery pick up, yard time, being invited to write something for the next issue of Mabel Magazine, clean air and water, all those who continue to risk their own health and safety so that we have food and shelter and healthcare.

Gratitude Friday

1. Our bird bath. One day this week, the sky was red and raining ash. While we slept that night, it started to rain. Then came the snow, followed by the light. And finally, the birds singing. When the snow melted, we saw this tiny fluff of joy came to our garden for a drink. Eric said it looks like a baby chick.

2. Our garden. Snow was forecast early in the week. It was a blessing, as we have several wild fires burning out of control, but it also meant the end of our garden harvest. When it came, the snow broke another large branch off my Golden Raintree and most likely will mean the end of the flowers, but Eric covered the tomatoes and one of our cucumbers and we think they might keep producing for a bit longer.

Eric mourning the possible end of the garden season.

3. Practice. Continuing to save me, keep me here, give me a way to stay with all of it, even the stuff that feels impossible.

4. Family and friends safe from the fires in Oregon. I come from a large family (my mom is the 2nd oldest of 12 kids), and except for one aunt and uncle, they all live in Oregon, including my cousins and their kids. Some were evacuated because of the fires, some are still at a level 2, which is “be ready to leave at any moment.” One aunt and uncle lost almost everything, but their house was spared and their 10 cows, who they couldn’t move because they had to evacuate so quickly, were found and are okay. It makes me feel homesick in a whole new way, but I’m so grateful that so far everyone is okay, grateful for all the firefighters there, here, and elsewhere who work so hard to protect us.

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Picture taken by my cousin

5. Morning walks. With the rain and snow, they were a bit restricted this week, so Ringo and I walked to City Park instead of by the river, saw a heron fishing for breakfast.

6. My tiny family. I’m especially grateful for them this week. Eventually, there will be one more of us (I really think Ringo will be happier with another dog, even though I’m not ready for one yet), but for now, I’m content with just the three of us, so lucky to have them.

Bonus joy: having to substitute yogurt for whole milk and discovering that honey cornbread muffins made with yogurt are WAY better anyway (Ringo clearly agreed), writing and hanging out with Mikalina, being invited to submit something for Mabel Magazine #5, getting in the pool, sitting in the sauna with Eric, chili with sour cream and avocado, tuna fish with tomatoes and pickles, Ringo’s leg healing so he doesn’t have to wear a wrap on it anymore, yoga, that spot in the corner of the couch, how happy Ringo is to see Eric, grocery pick up, my tiny house, hummingbirds, texting with my mom and brother, reading in bed at night while Ringo and Eric sleep.