Friday, May 7, 2010

Friday night grateful moment

May has arrived, but you'd hardly know it...spring was on the pause button around here for another week. But that's OK, there was plenty to do otherwise... and plenty to be grateful for.

I'm grateful to be alive, on this earth, at this time, learning what I'm learning (sometimes over and over again) and living the life that I am. Some days I forget that, but then I remember again (slap my forehead and say "doh") and am grateful.

I'm grateful for the faith that summer WILL come. These past few weeks have been just long in the weather category. Even if the day starts with a crack of sunshine, the wind comes along and brings cold rain and hail and sleet. OK, well, back to the grateful. I am grateful that I haven't felt super-compelled to be in the yard when it's 40 degrees out!

I'm grateful for Les Schwab. And the guys at Jiffy Lube too. And my husband. It was quite a day with my little car on Thursday, and all the guys who needed to help me with my vehicle did. In spades!

I'm grateful for good friends who can hold a confidence.

I'm ever-so-grateful to have a son with whom the prospect of a road trip is a happy thought. (Ask me Sunday night how it went but right now I'm pretty upbeat about the prospect, Subway stops and all...)

I'm grateful that my Grandma is doing as well as one could ask for at 91, and that it's not a gigantic trip to go and see her. And that I have lovely aunties to visit at the same time. And that all of this gets to take place in the valley where I grew up, so my sentimental factor can go through the roof this weekend. Yikes.

I'm grateful for all the spring flavors. Asparagus! Peas! Rhubarb! Onions!

I'm grateful for the longer days. Even as we're out covering up the garden (frost AGAIN last night...) at 7:30 in the evening, I appreciate the later sunsets and the early mornings too... now for some warmth to go with that... (yes, me, broken record, I know...)

I'm grateful for courage. My friend Jen posted pictures of herself sans wig this week, and they are beautiful. I know it took courage for her to do that--bald just isn't her favorite way to be--but I hope the outpouring of love and admiration encourage her that she is loved any old way, all of the time. Cuz she is!

I haven't spent as much time with the TED talks this year as I have in the past, but one caught my eye (and ear) this week that I found particularly worth mentioning. His ideas about leaders vs. those who lead resonated with me, and I (of course) find his example of Tivo as a commercial failure quite intriguing (especially given that Tivo changed our lives around here!). Give it a watch/listen when you have a moment. Might change how you look at yourself as a leader (or not). As always, I'm really grateful for ideas and people willing to share theirs.

And, I'm grateful for you. Whether you're here because you know and love me, or whether you're a more casual acquaintance, or you just wandered by on the waves of the vast interwebnets, thanks for being here, and I hope your weekend brings you exactly what you need.



  1. Do have a lovely sentimental journey this weekend...wish I was there. It would be fun to be a fly on the wall and just see your eyes light up and the spark flare in your face as it does when you get excited about something. And for you I am always thankful!

  2. Just listened to Ted...that was very good. Could have used Ted about 10 years ago but will take it from here.

  3. What a great list of gratefulness. I look forward to seeing your list each week more than you realize. What a wonderful tradition.

    That video by Ted is very thought provoking. I want to listen to it again... which reminds me, I am going to forward you an article I read this past week in IBD on the Top 10 Tech Rivalries... like the Apple vs. Google, etc.

  4. Know you. Love you. Would love your blog even if I didn't. It's always so lovely and smart--just a sweet place to be.

    Happy Mother's Day to one of the best mother's I know! We watched our youngest graduate from college today. Feeling blessed and grateful!

  5. "There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart"
    Celia Thaxter (American Poet, 1836-1894)

    I picked up on your blog about being grateful, and thought you might appreciate this quote.

    I am a new author of a book titled: When I Am Grateful
    It's a gift book that outlines the 'stuff' that can happen to us everyday and then reminds
    the reader how we can be grateful, even in the most challenging times.

    You can view a book video on my site which gives you more insights.
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    Have a Grateful Day!

  6. Sweet girl, thank you so much for the kind words. :) xoxo


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