Tag Archives: Gratitude


1. Morning walks. It’s so nice during the summer to walk with both Eric and Ringo whenever I walk. This morning’s walk was extra special because my friend from graduate school who now lives in Wisconsin was in town and met Ringo and I to walk with us. Added bonus when a friend is the sort that even when you rarely see them in person, when you do, it’s comfortable, without effort, and enjoyable. We did get a cute selfie but I keep forgetting to ask her to send it to me. (Update: she sent me the picture, so I’m adding it here). It’s important to take pictures with your friends — trust me, if you ever lose them, you’ll be so happy you did.

2. Fruits and vegetables. Strawberries, raspberries, peaches, grapes, watermelon, cucumber, spinach, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, corn on the cob. etc.

3. Massage. I got a professional one yesterday from Dana, my masseuse for the past TEN years, and I get (and give) an amateur one every night from Eric while we watch TV. I absolutely hold a lot of tension in my body so it is essential.

4. Rain. We had some wild storms here this past week, and even though that extreme weather can cause a lot of damage, in a state that’s almost constantly in a drought and getting hotter by the year, the moisture is appreciated.

5. My tiny family, tiny house, tiny life. So much love.

Bonus joy: good TV, excellent books, listening to podcasts, seeing friends, texting with Chloe’ and Mom and Chris, a warm shower, the pool, ten minutes in the hydromassage chair, fifteen minutes in the sauna, another peach pie in the works, being able to “take the rest of the day off” when I’m tired, clean sheets, things I’ve been dreading being easier and quicker than expected, other people’s dogs, cinnamon swirl bread (which will never not remind me of my grandma), pay day, grocery shopping, leftovers, good neighbors (including the ones who have moved away), turning the radio loud when a good song comes on and driving with the windows rolled down, yellow, wildflowers. 


1. Morning walks. I spoke too soon about the mosquito population this summer. Monday was fine, just a few; and then just two days later, on the same route, there were more — clearly mosquito season is in force and we’ll need to reroute for a bit. Eric and I also noticed this week how brown things had gotten in the past few days — not surprising considering almost every day is over 90 degrees. And yet, with Eric on summer vacation, we get to walk together. Yesterday I mentioned we were reaching a spot on the trail where I always see deer, and just a few minutes later, Eric said, “Babies!,” a momma and her twins. A little later, one of the babies was wondering close by and I got a few pictures.

2. Books, reading and writing. I am on such a lucky streak right now with both what I’m reading and what I’m writing. One of these days, I’m going to write a post about all the good books I’ve read lately.

3. Palisade peaches, and a husband who not only bakes pies, but can do it on the grill in the heat of summer so the house doesn’t get too hot in the process.

4. Ringo, who continues to excel in his volunteer work as neighborhood watch and lost & found. This week he rescued a unicorn binky.

5. My tiny family, tiny house, tiny life. One night while Eric and I were making dinner, I told him that even though so many things were wrong in the world, so much suffering, the little life we have together is everything I ever wanted. He agreed.

Bonus joy: Asian cucumber salad, mini round ice cubes, compression gloves and ice packs and my hand massager, hydromassage, the sauna, the pool, the maple tree just outside my window, hummingbirds, herons, honeybees, dragonflies, bats, living in a neighborhood where if I step outside at dawn I will hear a rooster cock-a-doodle-doing, a/c, hanging out with Calyx, texting with Chloe’ and Mom and Chris, listening to music, naps, good TV and films, listening to podcasts, aqua aerobics, small group training, sunshine, shade, vaccines and masks, being able to email my doctor instead of needing to make an appointment (seriously, so many things can be handled without needing an office visit), taking a break from therapy because I’m doing so well (*knocks on wood*), being able to use an app or website to make appointments and get test results, being able to access and afford food and housing and healthcare and transportation, a washer and dryer in my house (y’all, I’m still traumatized from using public laundry rooms/mats all these years later), freezers and refrigerators, indoor plumbing and electricity, all three “local” dogs (Ringo, Rizzo, and Rex) in their respective yards barking at each other as the sun goes down, clean sheets, a warm or cold shower, magic, reading in bed at night while Eric and Ringo sleep.