Yesterday was a stupendous day. Actually, I’ve had a lot of those days lately, but yesterday was exceptional. Maybe I’m just a tad more observant because we are, after all, about to enter the month of Thanksgiving. Then too there’s the fact that I love love love this time of the year. My parents got married in November, and since I was born nine months later, I like to think of it as the month I actually began my life. Oh, and two of my children were born in November too.
Here are the events of yesterday for which I am quite grateful:
- Waking up at least semi-rested. While I like to get at least seven hours of sleep, I can rock and roll on six.
- Working all day on the Kershaw campus without having to drive to another location.
- Eating lunch with some friends. While we were munching on our chips and salsa and discussing family idiosyncrasies, a couple we knew from church came in, and we chatted with them for a moment or two. When we went to the front to pay our bill, we discovered that the mutual church friends had taken care of it for us! Isn’t that amazing? Not to mention generous. Did I mention that while we were eating we got to look at the life-giving rain falling gently outside?
- After lunch, I worked on online courses some more and chatted with Lisa and Lach, some colleagues whose conversation I always enjoy.
- After work, I delivered some mums and visited briefly with the flower loving ladies.
- When I left my mother-in-law’s house, it was with a big container of homemade vegetable soup for dinner.
- I walked 50 minutes and enjoyed the changing autumn landscape of the neighborhood. I even picked up a few hickory nuts and acorns with thoughts of using them in some fall craft or table decoration.
- Speaking of autumn, I read and reread a beautiful Robert Frost poem (October) that Martha posted on FB.
- I dined with my hubby, an enjoyable activity until he began reading the newspaper.
- I checked Face Book and relooked at some pictures of Carrie, Amanda, and sweet baby Olivia. It makes me happy to think about the three of them spending some time together Saturday at Time Out for Women in Atlanta, especially when I consider the uplifting and inspirational messages they received.
- Only one negative event occurred. Someone forgot to turn off the burner under the soup pot, and as I was doing my Susie Homemaker thing in the kitchen, I put a plastic container right on top of the burner. Later, I kept smelling something pretty awful, and when I walked into the kitchen, flames were engulfing the plastic container and its contents. Now we have a permanently damaged stove top and only three useable burners. I’m wondering if it’s time for a new stove. This one’s about 20 years old and doesn’t go with the updated kitchen.
- At bedtime, I still had a slight edge in FB Scrabble.
Today’s been great too. So was the weekend. I’m wondering if making a conscientious effort to look for the good stuff has made a difference in my attitude of gratitude.