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.
It hasn’t always been as strong as it is today, but I’m grateful that I’ve found ways to improve it. I’m thankful that when I wake up in the morning, I want to get out of bed, and when things don’t go the way I want them to, I can usually find ways to cope. It hasn’t always been this way. So, I’m thankful today.
Today, I’m grateful for early morning food shopping.
These days, just going to the store is a risky operation. I’m thankful that I have the means and the opportunity to do my food shopping early, soon after the store opens. That way, I avoid the crowds and much of the risk.
Today, I’m grateful for a new garden bed area all ready for winter.
I started clearing a section of the lawn this summer, in order to expand my garden footprint. But plans got put on hold and I needed to cover it for the winter. Many leaves, paper bags, and cardboard boxes later, it’s now settled until next spring when the project will hopefully be completed.
Today, I’m grateful for a coat of sealant on our back deck.
I put it off all summer but, thanks to a streak of warm November weather, was able to check it off my to-do list yesterday. It’s not one of my favorite jobs, but I’m grateful for the opportunity, the physical ability, and the resources to get it done.
Today, I’m grateful for my husband, who’s celebrating his birthday this weekend.
There are so many reasons to be thankful for him. My life has been blessed for the past forty years, since that November youth retreat to which a mutual friend invited him. My life has never been the same. And I’m grateful. 🙂