Practicing Gratitude

November, the month of practicing gratitude, and blogging here. I almost forgot until checking gmail before shutting the computer down before bed and seeing the date remembered.

#1 Grateful for a beautiful Autumn so far.
Crisp days with lots of sunshine. This week temperatures dropped into the low 20s F before dawn to sprinkle frost on all exposed surfaces. The catalpa tree in front of our house held its leaves until the second morning in a row of 24F temps. To see a tree almost completely shed all of its leaves in the span of a few hours is to watch leaves plummeting, raining to the ground. One day. Yesterday Ed climbed onto the roof to sweep them off then we raked the leaves onto a large tarp and scattering them over the garden area out back. As we raked our little dog jumped and scurried through the leaves that were almost as deep as he is tall. His first experience with fallen leaves! I’d pick him up and gently throw him into a deep pile where he sank out of sight then exploded through the very dry leaves and charge back to me. “Again!” his body shouted.

#2 Grateful for pets! We got Pippin when he was 12 weeks old having spoken for a pup from the parents almost a year earlier. He’s chi/mini-pin, he’s more min-pin in attitude, appearance and the way he loves to jump and stand on his hind legs.
One Saturday morning in August Ed went to coffee at a friends. When he returned he was carrying Mack, the Siamese, informing me that he was now ours. The owners wanted to do some road tripping and needed to rehome him. Pippin and Mack celebrate their 7 month birthday today. Well, Pippin does. He truly was born on April fools day. We considered naming him Jester… We’re not sure the exact day that Mack was born, only how many weeks he was when he came to us which put him about the same day as the dog. They have endless fun together.

Our older cat, Ebo, was NOT thrilled to have either invade its space but he puts up with the youngsters tolerably well.
#3 A quiet evening, a snug warm house, and the time to contemplate the day and practice gratitude.
I will always love quiet solitude after a busy day! Ed enjoys reading awhile when he first goes to bed. I begin the day with prayer and scripture and in the evening I like to review the day, make a list for tomorrow then sit in quietness with God. Often I spin or knit as I think and pray then read a few more verses to have in my mind for mulling over as I fall to sleep.

I am grateful for all my blessings!