Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude and thanksgiving, I pause on Tuesdays and give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life. There are really too many to list, but I try to make Tuesdays my highlight reel.
This week, the following things get counted as blessings:
- My In-Laws. They came down Saturday, and as son as they got here, Sweet Husband and his daddy got in the truck, heading off to Lowes to pick up the rest of the boards that we needed to finish our privacy fence. My mother-in-law and I hopped in the car and headed off to Ocean Springs for the Peter Anderson Festival. It rained – a lot – but the fence got finished, and we saw lots of beautiful art…which was inspiring in its own right, even though we didn’t purchase anything (everything that spoke to me was waaaaaaay out of my price range, lol, but it gives me ideas of where I want to head).
- Sweet Husband. We’ve had an interesting couple of weeks, and I am always reminded that he’s in this for the long-haul. When I am small, he reminds me that we are here and together to grow…that there is nothing to be afraid of. He is also stepping up at the house. I came home last night (late) to find him cleaning. It feels like we are settling in to being a family again. (if you are new here, we were in a commuter marriage for about 2 years, just spending a few nights a week together. Back in the same space on a full-time basis is an adjustment)
- Oysters! It is the most wonderful season here – where the seafood is so plentiful that it is almost embarrassing. I’ve talked before about the super cheap shrimp, and while the oysters aren’t necessarily all that cheap, they are certainly plentiful and delicious.
- Cooler weather. I don’t know about where you are, but we were miserable last week. They humidity was over-whelming and the temperatures were in the 80s. In November. It felt like late June around these parts, and no one was quite prepared for it. When you add in all the rain, it was just downright ugly here. A front has blown in, though, and our temperatures are feeling more appropriate for this time of year. Thankfully. I told SH that we were going to have to look at moving all my porch plants on to the writing porch. Before we know it, our temperatures will drop down into the low 40s, upper 30s.
- That A-HA! moment. For months, I’ve been working on a version of craft that will be used in our Christmas gifts this year, and I’ve gotten close to getting it right but not quite hitting the mark. For some reason this last week, everything came together beautifully, and now it feels like I can crank these things out without worry. Yay me!
- Sweet puppies. This might seem small for some of you, but for the last couple of weeks we’ve been having to treat our Bulldogge’s ears – he gets a lot yeasty from time to time. When we first started the process, he hated it and fought against us…and if you’ve every had your hands on a large male Olde English Bulldogge that is approximately 85 pounds of pure muscle, you might understand how difficult that has been. He’s to the point now where he lets us do what we need to do to help him. He might balk a bit, but he settles down and gives us the opportunity to make him feel better. He also let us clip his nails, which hasn’t gone so well in the past. Perhaps he is growing up…at almost 5.
- 10 on 10. I look forward to 10 on 10 every month. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with friends and be inspired by their photography. If you missed yesterday’s post, go look and make your way around the circle!
- The promise of vacation. Thanksgiving is coming. We have to make it through this week and next and then it’s a glorious week of freedom. We are thinking about a quick camping trip to the beach. We haven’t been in so long, and it will be really nice to get away for a little while.
That’s what’s making my list this week. What’s on yours?