Today, I’m grateful for opportunities to exercise indoors.
Some days are too rainy or cold or just too miserable outside for me to convince myself to go out for a morning walk. On those days, I appreciate the workouts I can find on tv and the treadmill in my basement. They leave me with little excuse not to exercise. 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for connecting with friends on Zoom.
After months of social distancing, some friends that I used to see on a regular basis last spring, have settled into the new normal and are using Zoom to get together now. It’s good to see them again, even if it’s only on a screen. 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for the prospect of setting up my new (to me) phone.
My current phone is relatively old—in the ever changing world of smart-phones, that is. I’m always running close to full phone storage capacity and the battery drains faster every day, it seems. But my daughter just got a new phone, courtesy of her employer, so I’ve inherited her ‘old’ one, which is several versions ahead of my own. Looking forward to getting it set up!
Today, I’m grateful for the opportunity to focus on the craft of writing.
Sometimes, I spend more time crossing trivial tasks off my to-do list than focusing on what I really want to do, which is to write and to improve as a writer. This weekend’s writers conference is a gift, allowing me to focus on just that for a few days. 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for spending this weekend at a virtual writers conference.
Back in the spring, I decided to take a big step (for me) and attend a writers conference. The Hollihock Writers Conference, actually. It was to take place at a hotel on the south shore of Massachusetts in May. Well, you know what else happened last spring, don’t you? So, the conference was pushed to August. But the in-person conference was eventually scrapped, and set up to be virtual instead, at the end of October. So, here we are, and I’m so excited! Thankful for all it has in store. 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for a second parking lot gathering with my chorus-mates.
We haven’t been physically meeting together since February due to Covid-19. Every week we meet online, but it’s just not the same. It was fun last weekend to see some of them in person and to sing together, albeit distanced from each other and hard to hear the harmonies. It’s given me motivation to sing more at home, to get my voice back in shape for the next in-person songfest.
Sometimes it feels like all the housework and yard work fall on my shoulders. While it’s true that I’m not gainfully employed outside the realm of home maintenance, it’s still nice when one of my children or my husband has the time to take on some of the tasks. Even better, is when we can work side-by-side to get the work done. 🙂
I found this in a store one day when looking for a soft, cushiony mat to stand on while washing dishes in the kitchen sink. The words (when I take time to notice them) remind me to be thankful for simple things—like a soft mat to stand on. 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for the variety of black-eyed susans still blooming in my garden.
Many flowers have gone by already and temperatures are threatening to dip into the thirties soon. So, I’m enjoying these while I can. A friend gave me some black-eyed susans from her garden many years ago. I haven’t planted any of them since then. They just pop up all over my front gardens every spring. It’s like they feel right at home here. 🙂