Sunday, February 02, 2020

Gratitude

Thank you all for the comforting words on my last post. They meant more than I can say.

A mixed bag of items here.

To start with the weather outside as I hit the keyboard:

It is hard to believe that this continual assault of terrible weather has not lessened as we brace ourselves for more. That is our building manager outside, struggling with the snow blower. The snow goes upward and horizontally in the driving wind, a blizzard.

Gratitude # 1
I live in this building, protected from the elements, knowing the snow is going to be taken care of.

My niece let me know about this Geist competition - a postcard story, and asked me to look at her two entries which blew me out of the water they were so fantastic. It fired up my own story brain and I hauled down this card sent by an Ontario friend last year which reminded me of a crow story I wrote about in my blog and I didn't check the blog entry out as I thought I would delve into memory and see what I recollected and maybe enhance it or dramatize it. So that's what I did.

Gratitude #2
My creativity hasn't abandoned me.

Daughter can't seem to do enough for me. It truly overwhelms me at times. A lot of small stuff but it is the small stuff that is always the most important. I had briefly mentioned that my Amazon order was delayed as ferries weren't running and it had my annual load of TP on it. I laughed as I was going to borrow a roll from a friend to - ahem - tide me over. And Daughter shows up yesterday with a cartload of TP and stocked me up along with 2 lbs of my favourite dark roast coffee beans and took me out for a fabulous brunch (Croque Monsieur, fresh fruit, home made hashbrowns) at Baystar. We forgot to take pics as we fell on the food so fast.

Gratitude #3

The tiny gifts in life are by far the most important of all. And nothing is as precious as the care and attention of a loved one.

I could write loads more (I have had two trips to the hospital for more tests with the support of a friend) but this is enough for today.

I am in a place of gratitude and I want to savour it.

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    1. Totally Gemma. I need to be far more aware of such bounty.

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  2. I love gratitude #2 a lot. How nice of your daughter to help you.

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    1. Yes, she is a real gem. I am so very fortunate.

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  3. Oh nice. TP and coffee and a lovely brunch. And the best: that your creativity has not abandoned you!

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    1. And I saw the photo as depicting somebody having fun with a kicksled :)

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    2. Charlotte - merely a humble snow blower tho in that driving blizzard it nearly got away from him a few times!

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  4. Gratitude is a gift which keeps on giving.
    How lovely of your daughter. The little things are HUGE in my world.
    And even more wonderful is your rediscovery of your creativity.

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    1. It was a great surprise, helped along albeit unconsciously with your prompts last week!

      Creativity and passion can save our spirits.

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  5. Lol at first glance I thought it was someone with a lawn mower!
    I've heard of 'borrowing a cup of sugar' but borrowing a loo roll is a new one to me:). Think on the bright side - at least you wouldn't have had to go out in the white stuff to do it:)

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    1. Exactly Cathy, and I positively hate spending money on those small packs at triple the price. I am totally stingy in some aspects of my life and overboard on others. TP is one of the stingy areas!!

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  6. You are fortunate to have so many who care about you. So many people don't.

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    1. I agree Andrew but on truly awful days I feel I am just a cranky old nuisance so I tend to fold in on myself.

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  7. relieved today to read your update...how special to have a daughter such as yours. sending more hugs to you. all the best.

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    1. Both Daughter and Niece are amazing human beings along with Grandgirl who lives in Toronto. I couldn't be more fortunate.

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  8. Your daughter put tears in my eyes. You are blessed.

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    1. I am Joanne and I need to give a daily gratitude list another attempt to keep me more balanced.

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  9. How lovely to get a cart load of something you simply cannot do without :) and the coffee too, plus lunch to round out a great day.

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    1. A wonderful day River and then Daughter linked to my blog on FB on a post I did about Imbolc (which was, coincidentally the day she was in) a while back - a Celtic festival and a bunch of readers climbed on board. Here it is if you wish to read it.
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  10. As you can imagine, I am with you all the way on the attitude of gratitude. All the best and I salute you for sharing the thoughtfulness of your daughter and the TP story.

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    1. Yes, I think you do a far better job than I with this balancing stuff Ramana and I salute you for it.

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  11. Life's a see-saw isn't it WWW - gratitude can take us into the "up" position - at least for a while. What scary weather you're having this winter! I hope it gets no worse. That meal with daughter sounds delish by the way! Several gold stars to that very thoughtful daughter for providing one of the often overlooked necessities of life - in a roll. :)

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    1. Life is a see-saw and we are not living it if we drag a blanket around ourselves and don't share the reality of it. The pain, the heartache, the fears, the joys the pleasures.

      One wild and crazy journey.

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  12. My husband showed me pictures of your blizzard - I said I know ~ I have a blogging friend who is living in it! So glad you were in a safe place and daughter is around to help out. You are a role model for me in all that you face realistically and keep going, with ups and downs that are real life. I think of you often and send all good thoughts~

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