Gratitude list — Saturday, August 24, 2013

I am so thankful today.

With many thanks to Eldy

With many thanks to Eldy

We had another perfect Maine summer day — great temps, lower humidity, light breeze.  Mom and I got together this morning and threshed beans my sister DB grew in her garden — doors and windows open, and kitties around us, asking me to scratch their ears and give them treats.  We were all deliciously relaxed and comfortable — Mom made a special treat:  my Nana Gray’s blueberry cake.  I ate some, and every bite was a little piece of food heaven.

We talked about her Google Chromebook, and I started this post on it.  My Mac laptop is feeling a little worn — the h, g, and v buttons either don’t work, or need to be leaned on.  The left shift button stopped working  almost 2 years ago, and now when I type on any other keyboard, I forget to use the left shift, and do it all with my right hand.  Still, I am using the laptop right now, and for straight typing, not requiring speed beyond my typing speed, this computer still works.  So I have plenty of time to save for another laptop, after I get done saving for the cruise.

My exercise program is still progressing well, and I am glad stairs are a part of my regimen, because today our power went out when somebody hit a light pole on the highway through town.  A few of the residents were stuck on the second and third floors, and I was happy to be mobile through it all.  I managed to pedal 45 minutes without the benefit of TV to distract me.  Instead, I read a good book and while the time didn’t seem to go as quickly, before I knew it, 45 minutes were over.  I climbed the stairs both ways, down and up, and got to most of my other tasks.  One of the ones I missed was no added sugar, what with the blueberry cake, but I don’t care at all.  The cake was worth sacrificing a few marbles.

For all of this, I am grateful, and for things like walking up a flight of stairs with a lot less pain, and down the stairs with no pain at all.  I am grateful that my sister DB’s garden is as prolific this year as it has been in the past.  I thank the Universe for helping my sister DC and her husband to get her oldest girl to college with minimum difficulty, and thankful that my oldest niece has a healthy new daughter — a lovely sister to grow up with her older brother.  I hope that everyone in their sphere is well and happy.  She is precious!  Who’d ever have thought I would live to be a great-aunt?  Very cool!

In fact, I am happy and relatively healthy myself, and for that I am gratified beyond measure.  I know I say this every week, and I don’t want to sound pat, but really, I am a very lucky woman.

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