Good morning! I have today off, and though I planned to sleep in, there were just too many ideas buzzing through my head. You know what I mean...you get a day off and there are more things that you want to do than you can possibly accomplish.
The first order of my day was to do a bit of rearranging. I've been in the decorating doldrums for quite a while now...feeling pretty dis-satisfied with the way my home looks. That's partly because I'm in the middle of a 'style identity crisis.' My tastes have changed but my furnishings haven't.
Sometimes though, small changes can assuage the urge to splurge. I bought this beautiful wool scarf to wear with my brown corduroy jeans and beige tee shirt; but it's been too warm to wear a heavy scarf indoors. So I put it on the coffee table.
When I moved the cactus from the top of the refrigerator to the coffee table, I noticed that it's about to bloom-- just in time for Thanksgiving. What a hardly little plant! I've neglected it terribly, but bless it's heart, it's still going to bloom. (BTW, did you notice the pot it lives in? Its a garage sale find, an antique...around 100 years old!)
So am I going to bloom this Thanksgiving? Are you? Can we find things to be grateful for in spite of having been metaphorically 'stuck on the top of the refrigerator'? I think it's time to begin meditating on all of the things I'm thankful for, instead of focusing on the things I don't have.
My Gratitude List for November 11
- health and the ability to get out and walk
- my good neighbors on all sides
- a soon approaching birthday...56 years strong!
- tea and scones
- the loss of 8 lb. which has nothing to do with tea and scones or pumpkin pie
- my loving, faithful husband
- my beautiful, beautiful children and grandchildren--all healthy and happy
- the fact that Christ is with me every day, even when I'm at my worst
- my sister
- pumpkin pie
- being debt-free in a world that's drowning in debt
- clear sinuses
AND...all of the lovely things in this world, like music and art and pretty yarn and fluffy kittens, snow-capped mountains, sparkling Christmas trees, full-moons, pine trees with owls in them, wagging-tailed dogs, embroidered tea-towels, sweet-faced children, and pumpkin pie. (I've mentioned the pie again...I'm really craving pumpkin pie!)
My list could go on forever.