Yesterday it was the beautiful shape of a budding birch tree in our neighbours' yard, fanned out so perfectly, that helped change my thoughts. So that is #1 on April's list. Another time it was noticing the leaf buds a little bit bigger on the lilacs, and the red buds on the maple also showing in the photo below. (I still have a hard time with how slow spring is here, unlike the 'overnight' burst of an Alberta one).
2. Sometimes one's world shrinks, and mine has for a few reasons, so some of these likes will perhaps seem odd. I am grateful for a husband who is strong and in good health, grateful that he rebuilt our deck so that there is a pleasant place for us and our animals to sit outside. I'm grateful too that it faces east and south so it gets lots of sunshine. And you know I'm grateful for the railing he designed and made, that matches the fence, upon which I can hang finished quilts to photograph! Click each photo for its post.
3. I am grateful for this baby gate (animal gate!) that our animals respect. It helps set much-needed boundaries at certain sometimes difficult times. For example, I am so glad Rufus respects it, and doesn't go through or over it to get at Bella...an ongoing concern we are trying to snap him out of.
|Notice the fatbric in the basket? It's getting cut into a set of charm squares for a prize for one person who linked up in my Beothuk Star QAL.|
4. I am grateful for the pleasant day here as I write this list.
5. I am grateful for our animals; they bring such joy and calmness to our lives, and they teach us, if we let them.
6. I am grateful for my quilts, that I have the ability to sew and create, as it helps us, as we all know, in a multitude of ways.This week a couple of mine became: a bed extension of a pet as well as the one below, an RSC one from two years ago that became a mat upon which to walk to avoid slipping on a laminate floor and/or deck boards.
A like inside a like is again back to #2, my husband, that he is creative and talented to design and make the water dish holder for big dogs, especially as they age, to not have to bend down to drink and eat.
7. I am grateful that we bought ourselves a pink saucer magnolia tree the first spring here. Wow! This is now our third spring in this house. Our tree brought me a smile on Easter Sunday after a couple days of rain, wind and gloom. I showed it in my last post, but I'd originally taken it for this one, so here you go again: It's opening even more with the past few days of sunshine and warmth since I took this.
8. I am grateful that I have several free-range hens close by, one within walking distance, from whom I can buy eggs. I mainly get ours from a yoga student of mine.
Which one is store bought?!
9. I am grateful for my blog. It has grown in readership, and I have learned so much from it, on many levels, and it has taken me places and given me wonderful friends and acquaintances, all of which I could never have envisioned when I set out to simply make a record of quilts I was making, and my new life after teaching I was living, and to keep in touch with many friends from Alberta to Florida to New York State.
10. I am grateful for those who trust me to give them another QAL that results in a pretty quilt! If you don't have a blog but are quilting along, please email me a photo of your fabric and/or cutting step and I will put you in for this first prize draw for my Beothuk Star QAL. Here's my cut fabric in case you missed that post. It's not too late to pick up a kit for the QAL at Needle & Foot Fine Fabrics, my main sponsor.
11. I really like the new show Jann. I found out today it is the #1 sitcom in Canada, and it deserves to be as it is freaking hilarious. Sadly, Windsor CTV doesn't have it in its lineup so I've had to stream it, and missed episodes 3 and 4, which are now locked, grr. I'll be watching the finale once it's available. I love Jann Arden; I've seen her twice in concert and would go again in a heartbeat.
If you'd like to read more posts filled with gratitude, head on over to Not Afraid of Color and find links, or write a post and join in!
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