I’ve been remiss in my blogging. In considering the reason for this, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is NOT because I’ve had nothing to say. Quite the opposite. There’s TOO MUCH to say. Family stuff, community stuff, and global stuff bombard me and I struggle to keep up. I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling this way.

Life is messy — like the spent sunflower seeds in this photo. Everyone’s “mess” is a bit different. My mother, who is declining into dementia, has been the greatest focus of my time and energy for the last few years. My own involvement in social activities, like church and chorus, has taken a turn during the pandemic and I’m reassessing my priorities and assessing my own needs. Too many details to mention or even fully grasp are whirling inside my brain. Messy.

Some days, all I can do is focus on the simple things — the things that bring a sense of momentary peace and beauty — like the crocuses in this photo. Today, my “crocus” will be venturing outside in the retreating drizzle to start turning over the dirt in my garden beds. That’s all. The mess of life will still be here when I’m done, but that’s okay. Maybe it’ll feel a little less daunting. I encourage you to do the same if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Give yourself permission to focus on the crocuses. And have a blessed day. 🙂

Gratitude Spiral: Day 354

Today, I’m grateful for a cool starry night.

I like to step outdoors after sunset when these warm autumn days are cooling down, and look up at the clear sky full of stars. It’s a quiet beauty that we can easily forget about as we go about our busy daily lives.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 320

Today, I’m grateful for my husband having the day off from work.

He works hard — at least five days a week, for long hours, at a stressful job. It’s nice to have a day to spend together once in a while. Hopefully, a nice hike is in order. 🙂

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 133

Today, I’m grateful for the moon.

Last night’s beautiful full moon shone on all of us who’ve been doing our best to keep apart from one another. We could all look up from whatever place we call home and appreciate that shared gift.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 49

Today, I’m grateful for squirrels.

Yes, I know, they’re just rodents with bushy tails and can be super annoying at times. But have you ever watched one run up a tall tree with a mouth full of dry leaves to stuff into a nest, over and over again? Or seen them run halfway up a bird feeder pole and then jump off, over and over, in order to shake birdseed onto the ground? They’re a rare and free form of entertainment! 🙂

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 14

Today, I’m grateful for my morning walks. Yesterday, I was able to get outdoors in the sixty degree weather which melted most of the foot and a half of snow we got last week. There’s just something about being outside surrounded by nature that lifts the soul and does a body good!

What are you grateful for today?