Apple Butter – Gratitude Day 16

Just this, right now. A bunch of peeled apples, quite a bit of time cooking, a bit of immersion blending, some cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and a bit of maple syrup made by friends of ours… It makes the house smell amazing. I’m so grateful for apples, especially local apples, and everything to do with them. Can’t wait to put […]

Homelessness – Gratitude Day 15

Today was a rainy, chilly, blustery day where I live. I am so grateful for these walls, the fireplace, the furnace, the water heater, the stove, the blankets and warm clothes… All of it. On days when I don’t much want to hang out outside, I think of those people who don’t have homes, and feel incredibly fortunate. And frustrated […]

Blog Archives – Gratitude Day 14

Tonight, I am grateful for this blog. Sometimes, after I’ve written a post, I reread an old blog post or several. The other day, I read about something my son said as a toddler that made me spit out my beverage with laughter – something I never would have remembered if I hadn’t written it down. All that time with […]

My Household Appliances – Gratitude Day 13

I’m really grateful for my household appliances today. Sometimes when I’m doing laundry, I imagine having to pump water out of the ground or go get it from a well. Then I think about building a fire to boil the water in a huge cauldron, and putting the family’s filthy clothes in it. (I think this imagery originates from the […]

My Husband – Gratitude Day 12

Tonight I’m feeling grateful for my husband, Sean. He’s an awesome teammate in all these life shenanigans. To be honest, I feel grateful for him basically all the time. I’ve told you before that I’m morbid and I frequently imagine what life would be like if one of my children died – or both – or my husband – or […]

Remembrance Day Reflections – Gratitude Day 11

I have been involved in organizing Remembrance Day assemblies at my school for long enough that I’ve lost count of how many years it’s been. It’s a day that has always meant a lot to me, and has always been an internal struggle as well. (As you already know, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while.) What I […]

Rest In Peace, Alex Trebek – Gratitude Day 9

Tonight, I feel gratitude for the legacy of Alex Trebek. I’ve never blogged about a game show host before. I don’t even watch game shows. The only one I’ve ever watched on a regular basis was Jeopardy – through university up until Sean and I cancelled our TV channels several years ago. In fact, Jeopardy was the one reason we […]

A Lovely Anniversary – Gratitude Day 8

Today I’m grateful for happy anniversary memories of this day last year – and this whole weekend last year – when my sister Emily married her love. I’m grateful that I got to be there in Seattle (actually nearby Everett) as a witness – facilitated by my now-brother-in-law (thank you! xoxo). And I’m extra-grateful that all the siblings – three […]

Guess what I’m grateful for today! Seriously, one guess. Day 7.

Basically everyone I know and love is grateful for the same thing today: the defeat of the orange monster. Maybe if all of us grateful folks work really hard to be extra civil and professional and compassionate and well-spoken (when possible and called-for), we can remind the rest of the population that good behaviour toward other humans is a thing. […]

TGIF – Gratitude Day 6

Right now, I am very very grateful that it’s Friday, and three out of four of us can sleep in tomorrow. (Poor Sean is working overtime. Boo.) I don’t know about the rest of you on the North American continent, but this hasn’t been the greatest week for sleeping around here. I am also grateful that the last votes coming […]