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Today’s Gratitude List

It’s good to stop, sometimes, and take a quick inventory of the things in your life for which you’re grateful at that moment in time. In no particular order, here is my own gratitude list for this moment in time.

  • Catching up with a good friend over a delicious dinner and lingering for hours over coffee.
  • My family, who sent us an enormous and very generous parcel of Christmas goodies to be unwrapped and enjoyed on the 25th. Anticipation!
  • My sister, who lovingly crafted a felted Christmas ornament with an image of our beautiful cat Spider on one side, and a heart with “2012” on the other. Peter and I both cried when we saw it, and are so grateful for my sister’s thoughtful kindness and understanding. Now we have a memory of our dear little girl that will be displayed on our Christmas tree in a place of honour every year.
  • Heat! Our furnace went out late last night and left us shivering in a very, very cold house. It’s fixed now, and we are so grateful for the warmth! You don’t really realize how much you value something so essential until it’s no longer there.
  • Lessons learned. For example, the need for a homeowner to change their furnace air filters regularly is a lesson learned that will prove very valuable in the future!
  • Friends who are there for you, ready and willing to offer their experience, advice, practical help, etc.
  • A fun chat with the furnace guy, who also happened to be from BC, about hockey and our mutual favourite team, the Vancouver Canucks.
  • The fact that there is one more new Maeve Binchy book, written before she died, to be enjoyed and savoured.
  • More than two weeks of vacation time!

What’s on your gratitude list at this moment?

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Cheryl December 22, 2012

    Oh, how sweet of your sister! What a thoughtful thing to do for you and Peter.

    I like your gratitude lists because, not only do I enjoy seeing the happy things in your life, your lists make me think of things I’m grateful for in my life. Thank you!

  • Corinne Rodrigues
    December 23, 2012

    Ah yes – so much to be thankful for when one looks back over the year, Dawn. What a thoughtful gift from your sister. ♥
    About the Maeve Binchy book, I downloaded soon after she passed and don’t have the heart to read, because then I’d have read all of her books – and there won’t be any more! Am I mad or what? 🙂
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    • Laurel Regan
      December 23, 2012

      I know exactly what you mean, Corinne – the book has been sitting on my Kindle for awhile, and I’ve held off reading it for the very same reason! So nice to meet another Maeve Binchy fan… she is definitely a much beloved favourite of mine, and I’m so very sad she’s no longer with us.
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