Every Day Gratitude
Gratitude doesn't have to be reserved for magnificent announcements. It isn't only 'real gratitude' when something amazing happens. Gratitude is an every day occurrence, an every day habit.
1. Sometimes, gratitude is simply part of a normal every day kind of life. Case in point. Every morning, when my husband hands me a cup of coffee made just the way I like it, I am thankful. I'm thankful for the coffee, and I'm thankful for a kind, caring and faithful husband. That's simple, every day gratitude.
2. What prompted this rabbit trail of simple daily gratitude was the thought that I am thankful for air conditioning. We poke our finger a couple of times on a gadget attached to our hallway wall, and presto magic-o, a machine starts working and the air temperature in Willow's Cottage returns to a comfortable level. I'm thankful that I have air conditioning in my house (and my car).
3. This week has been HOT (at least hot for us) and some of my neighbors don't have AC. World's Best Neighbors are waiting for the AC guy to race through his work list and get theirs installed. In the meantime, we've told them that our house is open for them ANY TIME to drop in and cool off. Chocolate, wine or tea will be served. We've enjoyed the impromptu conversations. Who wouldn't be thankful for congenial neighbors?
4. Another every day habit I am thankful for is our evening walk. Most evenings, right around sunset, if you were to pass through my neighborhood, you'd find us out walking. We have a nearly perfect place to walk--lots of challenging hills, a paved nature path (maybe 4 blocks?), access sidewalks to golf course paths. Our walks are usually about 2.5 or 3 miles. I suppose that is really two things for which I'm thankful. A pleasant place to walk and the ability to walk. These days when it's just too hot to hike our bare mountains, it's lovely to have a way to exercise in the cooler evenings.
5. This is supposed to be a knitting blog. The subtitle of my blog is "Life and Knitting at Willow's Little House". I realize that I write mostly about life, not knitting. However, I knit every day. Sometimes I think that it's boring knitting. Fortunately, this week I finished this hoodie for a baby boy in our extended family.
AND...I'm working on another shawl. This one is for me. I admired one a friend had knitted but the pattern is no longer available. So I found a similar pattern and have been adapting it a bit to match what I want. Particulars are size US 6 circular needles, double strands of a made-in-France 100% acrylic fingering/sock yarn.
I am grateful that I have an every day activity which brings me such joy.
[I made good on my pinkie promise to post the Indonesian peanut sauce recipe. If you missed it, you can find it HERE.]