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 123

Today, I’m grateful for new leaves beginning to unfurl.

These are on a bush outside my front door. One more sign that spring is here. 🙂

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 122

Today, I’m grateful for daffodils blooming.

They always bring to mind my first boss, Mrs. Weston, who called them jonquils. I worked in a greenhouse in high school and had never heard the word “jonquils” before. Seeing them open in my own garden makes me a bit nostalgic. 🙂

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 121

Today, I’m grateful for all my musical friends.

Last night, I met thirty of my a cappella chorus-mates on Zoom (video chat) to catch up on life away from the risers. Yesterday morning, ten church choir members chatted for a while (again, on Zoom) about our new normal. It was good to see their faces. One church keyboardist even emailed a piano track to a song we sing, so I pulled out my guitar and played along. It soothed the sore spot in my musical soul. 🙂

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P.S. Wondering what a Gratitude Spiral is? Find the answer here.

Gratitude Spiral: Day 120

Today, I’m grateful for inspiration—not just my own, but the inspiration of millions of others whose novel ideas and unique creations touch, heal, excite, change, or empower the lives of others.

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 118

Today, I’m grateful for a spring snowstorm.

Its big, fat flakes accumulate on grass and cars and trees, but in the end it’s no match for the rising temperatures of spring. It’s also a nice change of scenery in the midst of social-distancing and keeping close to home.

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 117

Today, I’m grateful for the bright red cardinal that sat perfectly poised atop a broken tree waiting for me to snap a photo with my long, yet somewhat inadequate, lens. I’m learning that sometimes it’s better to enjoy their visits in the moment, through a pair of binoculars, and then let them go, instead of trying to capture an image. 🙂

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 116

Today, I’m grateful for all the video chat apps, like Zoom, Facetime, & Skype.

In this time of self-quarantining and social-distancing, they’re a great help in preventing social isolation. I visited with chorus-mates on Zoom this past week, used Xroom to meet with friends, and even “Facetimed” with my octogenarian parents. Though nothing really replaces a hug, these will do for now. 🙂

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 115

Today, I’m grateful for random crocuses that pop up in my backyard.

I planted them a long time ago in my front yard. Years of moving dirt around the yard as I changed the landscaping has scattered them. It’s always a surprise to find one or two in unexpected places.

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 114

Today, I’m grateful for yesterday’s good soaking rain (instead of snow!) in the middle of March.

In New England, the spring bulbs are sprouting, the flowering bushes are just beginning to blossom, and the dry ground desperately needed a drink. 🙂

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