About womanwifemotherchild

As a 50+ year old mother of 4, I'm beginning a new chapter of my life. In addition to being a full-time care-giver for 25 years, I've dabbled in writing, poetry, photography, math tutoring, singing, gardening and birdwatching. Here I am, ready for my next adventure...

Gratitude Spiral: Day 259

Today, I’m grateful for heart-shaped rocks found on the beach.

Itโ€™s always fun to walk the edge of the tide, looking for small treasures. I know itโ€™s best to leave most of those treasures undisturbed, but I do appreciate a good heart-shaped rock. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 258

Today, I’m grateful for our youngest daughter, born on this date decades ago.

No matter how much we plan for pregnancies or births, the timing is never really completely in our control. Sometimes, daughters are born on holidays or special anniversaries and make those days even more special. Happy birthday, B.!

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 257

Today, I’m grateful for beach sunrises.

Those rare times spent at the shore are best early in the morning. I love to witness the sunrise over the ocean and feel the newness of the day.

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 256

Today, I’m grateful for zinnias.

For the last few years, I’ve bought zinnia seedlings from The Herb Farmacy in Salisbury, MA. There are so many fun, colorful varieties. I keep meaning to grow them from seed myself, but each year I seem to forget, until it’s too late. So, I’m thankful to have any at all to brighten up my garden.

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 255

Today, I’m grateful for the stretch setting on my sewing machine.

You may find it hard to believe, but in thirty-plus years, I’ve never bothered to figure out how to use it. Wanting to make face masks out of old t-shirts motivated me to learn. All I had to do was pull out the machine’s instruction booklet and do a little reading. And the best part of all? It worked as well as it was supposed to. It just goes to show that we’re (I’m) never to old to learn something new. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 254

Today, I’m grateful for finding a mask pattern that fits my face.

When talk of wearing face coverings to slow the spread of Covid-19 began, I tried my hand (& sewing machine) at making masks. Success is a relative term. I’ve got plenty of fabric, but had no elastic, so I made masks with pleats and ties. Each one came out a bit different. I gave a few away to family members, but there was no mass production going on in my house. The pleats and the ties were a challenge for my machine. Then, I inherited some elastic from my mother. Still, making a well-fitting mask was a challenge. Then, I found a pattern that didn’t require pleats. Turned out to be a perfect fit for my face and my capabilities. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 253

Today, I’m grateful for a good poetry challenge.

Each month, the facilitator of my local library’s Poetry Circle challenges us with a new poetry form to try. This month, we’re to write a Triolet. It’s an eight-line poem with some repeating lines and a few rhyming ones. A good poetry challenge really works the brain and gets the creative juices spritzing! If you want to try one, check out the Writer’s Digest explanationย of the rules. Have fun!

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 252

Today, I’m grateful for the taste of fresh cucumbers.

From garden to table. Need I say more?

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 251

Today, I’m grateful for the time and energy for a small landscaping project.

This strange season of relative isolation due to a global pandemic has left many of us at home with time on our hands. Sometimes it’s hard to focus and channel our energy into being productive (or creative). There are projects, large and small, on our wish lists. One of mine is to upgrade an area under a tree in my front yard where nothing grows well. The project is finally begun! ๐Ÿ™‚

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