Gratitude Spiral: Day 249

Today, I’m grateful for the hibiscus blooming at the front corner of our yard.

Almost every year, like clockwork, it blooms on the first day of August. The lunch-plate sized flowers open their pink and white faces to the sun and last a few days each. As the first flowers droop, more open, making a spectacle for passers-by for at least the rest of the month.

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 248

Today, I’m grateful for this first day of August.

August is a special month for my family, complete with birthdays and anniversaries and usually a few beach days thrown in. What could be better? 🙂

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 247

Today, I’m grateful for the long green cucumbers getting longer and fatter in my garden every day. Can’t wait to taste one. 😉

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 246

Today, I’m grateful for the online seminars in creativity that I’ve been able to take in the last few weeks.

So many free or inexpensive offerings of classes and workshops can be found online right now. And each one I’ve attended has left me with a new nugget (or two) of information to help me on my creative path. So, I’m thankful to our local libraries, as well as online writing gurus, for these opportunities. 🙂

What are you grateful for today?

PS: What’s a Gratitude Spiral?? See how it all began, here.

Gratitude Spiral: Day 245

Today, I’m grateful for the first small green butternut squash growing in my garden this season.

Hopefully, the local groundhog is long gone and won’t devour it, like he or she did last summer.

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 244

Today, I’m grateful for potatoes from my garden.

I’ve tried growing potatoes on & off for years. This year, I’m trying again. It’s pretty easy, but it can be disappointing when blight or potato scab taint the crop. This year, I’m finding a little of both, but I’m still getting edible produce. 🙂

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 243

Today, I’m grateful to have visited my ailing aunt, in Oregon, in 2018, with my mother.

My mother knew it was probably the last time she’d trek across the country to see her sister. And she was right. Her sister passed away yesterday and my mother is dealing with her own health struggles now. I’m thankful she and I had the chance to say ‘goodbye’.

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 242

Today, I’m grateful for collaboration.

Most jobs are completed far faster and more easily when you’re not trying to do them all yourself. There are exceptions, of course. But yesterday, my husband joined me in pulling everything out of our backyard shed, sweeping it out, mounting peg board to hang our tools, and then putting everything (or almost everything) back in neatly. Quite an accomplishment! And I wouldn’t have finished in one day if I’d tried to do it alone. So, I’m thankful I’ve got a parter with whom I can collaborate once in a while. 🙂

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 241

Today, I’m grateful for bubbles. Yes, that’s right. Bubbles.

I came around the last corner, approaching home after an early morning grocery store run, when something in the air above the road ahead caught my eye. I thought it was a swarm of bugs. It wasn’t. Next thing I knew, I was driving through a stream of bubbles wafting from a neighbor’s back yard. They immediately put a smile on my face. It was like driving into a party! It almost made me want to find my own bubble wands (yes, there are still some in my basement, somewhere) and join the fun. Who says only kids should blow bubbles?? 🙂

What are you grateful for today?