Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I know that by the time most of you read this, it will be Wednesday. But I'm writing it on Tuesday, and GratiWednesday just doesn't have the same ring to it.

So often I notice things for which I'm grateful. "They" say it's a good practice to write down a gratitude list every evening, just to count your blessings and to shed a light on how sweet life is. I'm never great at the regimentation of doing the same thing EVERY night, so I'm going to start with Tuesdays. Just because GratiTuesday is such a fun thing to say.
Here's my random, off-the-top-of-my-head list:

::finding eight eggs in the henhouse BEFORE they froze.
::another two inches on my socks!!
::kids in the early morning:

::the ornithologically comical loveliness of wild turkeys!
::pretending we're underwater or in outer space while driving in the van
::Jude's drawings of aliens shooting lasers out of their eyes
::the smell of my niece's neck when I kissed her there today
::my new journal and the sequel I've been waiting for...

::Jude's freckles (this somehow always makes my list)
::a little pile of kindling and bunched newspaper, left by my husband to ease starting the fire
::the hats worn by all the ladies in a 1950s photo of my Grandma at a Catholic Women's League convention!
::finding my bellydance groove again after all these years
::rosey cheeks + runny noses = kids who've been playing in the snow
::a naked toddler after her bath, all damp skin and wet curls
::giggling aloud in the bookstore at this:

Might have to add this to my birthday wish list!

::being able to catch up on some bills with an unexpected gift of cash
::planning what to bring on my upcoming retreat: a weekend of women being artistic together!
::my husband taking over the bedtime routine so I can blog/write/rest/read/knit
::Violet wearing my coin belt and shimmying around the house
::these incredibly whimsical socks from Vogue Knitting, Winter 2010/2011, designed by Lisa Whiting:

There. I'm overheating from the woodstove right now so I'll stop there. In your comment, give me 3 things you're grateful for today. Next week I'll try to get a linky Widgety thingy up so you can share your links! Maybe we can get this GratiTuesday list going on a weekly basis!


  1. Great idea! And a lovely list. I'm with you on the freshly bathed kids, and I'll add that I am also grateful for a cozy house on a cold day, and that my DH has an extra 2 days off this set.

  2. I do this too but not nearly as often as a I should. Oh! And I love that Amy Sedaris book. I checked it out from the library. She was, as always, HILARIOUS. My three things:

    -my baby boy running around outside in nothing but a diaper, his green cowboy boots and a wool beanie.

    -the fact that I messed up a skirt I was making but I ripped out the seam and fixed it WITHOUT CUSSING!

    -I got to spend time with a friend I haven't seen in weeks.

    A pretty GratiTuesday!

    Stephanie :)

  3. I am grateful that my boys love to just stop what they're doing and snuggle with me, several times a day, for apparently no reason at all. Sometimes for a minute, sometimes for an hour.

    I am grateful for my grandmother and all the things she's taught me.

    And on a lighter note, today I am grateful for a new package of gum. I've been blowing bubbles like a ten year old and it's so much fun!

  4. GratiTuesday in northern California included a rain-less, sunny, bright day; a nap; and a husband who does grocery shopping and washes dishes. Thanks for putting this out there and reminding us to be thankful always.

  5. Great Idea!!! My entries are:
    1) My teeneage son telling me he loves me
    ( for no apparent reason!!! I'm still in shock)
    2) We seem to have thwarted the resident weasel and all the hens are safe
    3) My "high needs", furry mutt that is providing warmth for my feet as I write this!

  6. 1/Going through a dental appointment with almost no discomfort and no crying this time. Grateful for the gum grafts in that.
    2/A good book. I just finish "Once a Runner" and it was the kind of book you hope will never end.
    3/Kids playing in the snow for over an hour without even me asking.

    Thanks Steph.

  7. 1) the sleepy girls I get to kiss awake every morning, and their warm faces and necks
    2) the man who puts his arms around me every night when he comes to bed
    3) the lovely cup of rooibos tea/vanilla soy milk that I just finished at my desk!

  8. That's quite a list. :-)

    My 3 things:
    1. My Hubba arriving home safely from his trip.
    2. Our home and farm
    3. That I am able to work from home every other week.

  9. Oh my gosh, those vogue socks are so cool!

    My 3 things right now:
    - my hot cup of coffee at my desk
    - finely finishing my sweater and wearing it today for the first time!
    - hearing all about my 4 year old's day at school. he's so animated and excited about learning - I love it!

  10. Right now I am thankful for:
    * the sun blazing in my kitchen window
    * the fact that I get to spend more time outside than I used to
    * warm sweaters

  11. Thanks for answering my question a week or so back about the snow melt! We really appreciated it :D I love your blog, ideas and thoughts that you've shared so I wanted to pass on the 'Stylish Blogger Award' to let you know you're appreciated. (yep, I'm a lurker. One of Those people who don't say much but get heaps out of what you're sharing!) JM :D I'll post your link up soon.


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