Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." ~ Eric Hoffer, Reflections On The Human Condition

To open the paper; to turn on the news; to hear people talk - we are a world gone mad.  It is very easy for me, and I think for most of us, to be swept up in the current state of affairs - both locally and globally - how can we not?  

Back when Oprah was on, I used to love to hear her talk about the things that she was grateful for - she didn't just chat about it at Thanksgiving - she mentioned her gratitude regularly.  It had always been my intention to keep a "Gratitude Journal", but I never did.  Today I will share with you the things for which I feel gratitude and thankfulness, even when the world does not seem a kind place - my guess is that many of you feel the same way!

I am thankful for ~

  • My husband, who is a wonderful husband, father, step-father, grandfather, son and son-in-law.  He loves me, encourages my interests and holds my hand in public - I love you!
  • My son, who has a strong moral compass, wants to make the world a better place, is good to his grandparents, will soon begin a job in his field and who empties the dishwasher - I love you!
  • My parents, who despite a few bumps in the road this past year, are here and healthy and continuing to nurture their children, grandchildren and community - I love you!
  • My sisters, though scattered and living their own lives, are always there for me and our parents, who can make me laugh and cry and would drop everything and come running if I needed them - I love you!
  • My step-children, who are wonderful people and parents - I love you!
  • My step-grandchildren, who are bright and inquisitive - I love you!
  • My friends, who also make me laugh and cry, who nurture my need for good times and creativity, who are always up for a good laugh and a glass of wine, and who would also drop everything and come running if I needed them - I love you!

I know that I could write a much lengthier list - but the really important things - they're all up above.

On another, though somewhat related note, the ornaments are up and for sale in Renee's shop Spun Right Round.  Check out the pictures ~

Remember that the ornaments are $10 each, with all proceeds going to our local Salvation Army at 138 Main St., Cortland, NY.  

Made Locally!

Purchased Locally!

Benefits Locally!

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Perfect. Just perfect.
    PS, I've wanted to start a gratitude journal, too.
    Can't wait to admire, purchase and give one of your gorgeous ornaments at Spun Right Round!

  2. Happy belated Thanksgiving. Sweet tree!! I think it is important for us to focus on our blessings, otherwise we never see them!! Clarice