NaBloPoMo

Winter Wonderland Snowfall – Gratitude Day 22

Today, I am grateful for the beautiful snow we’re having. Isn’t it great how snow lightens up the world right when you need it most? Just like how shade also offers itself right when you need it. Normally, we don’t really get into the Christmas stuff – music and decorating etc. – until December. The buzz is that this year, […]

Family of Word Nerds – Gratitude Day 21

I’m grateful to be able to say that my children have inherited my penchant for interesting vocabulary. AB is relishing the lessons they’ve been doing in her class on adding “juicy details” to one’s writing. Yesterday, E correctly (and metaphorically) used the word “begat” in a sentence. More on their lexical prowess later. For now, we can just enjoy this […]

The Diversity of YouTube – Gratitude Day 19

Today, I’m feeling grateful for YouTube. It feels funny that I can remember the babyhood of YouTube even though so many people I spend time with every day cannot (because they weren’t even born). I remember thinking, “Who is going to watch random strangers doing inconsequential things in their living rooms?” Turns out, almost everyone! Including me! YouTube is a […]

Four Seasons – Gratitude Day 17

Although I did appreciate that ridiculous press conference held by the outgoing US presidential administration at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, this post is not about that. It is about actual seasons. This morning on the way to school, E asked, “Would you rather be uncomfortably hot all the time, or uncomfortably cold?” (Tough question. I said cold, but it wasn’t […]

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 […]

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