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Small Things

It looked like a cool overcast morning, perfect for doing yard work.  I always wonder once it gets to be October, how many more times I will have to mow the yard.  It was a real bummer that I had had stop in the middle to get more gas in my gas can.  I am an eternal optimist so getting bummed about something always turns my thoughts into things I am thank for.  I realize traditionally, I am a month early, but being thankful should know no season.  So here is my list of the random things I am thankful for (in no particular order):

  • New gloves.  I opened a new pair of deerskin gloves.  They are soft, comfortable and will last for many years.  I love deerskin.
  • Hummingbird feeders.  I have been able to watch more hummingbirds this year than ever.  Mine left about a week ago but they will be back next summer.
  • My husband, who tolerates my vegetable gardening and compost piles.
  • My husband, who works hard so I don't have to be employed.
  • My kids, with whom I share many interest.  We enjoy spending time together.  Thankful that they live close by so I get to see them often.
  • A truly wonderful daughter in law who loves my son with all her heart.
  • My brother and sister and their spouses who welcomes me into their home.
  • My doctor, who encourages me to plant a winter garden.
  • My animals, a cat who is my constant companion and a dog who keeps us safe but is friendly.
  • Friends, who let me help shear their sheep and goats, who let me join them to sew and quilt, who teach me how to knit and use their long arm quilting frame, and teach me quilt software.
  • Bountiful Baskets coop and all of the volunteers that keep it running so I can reap the benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • An almost paid for home with a big sewing room.
  • Facebook, to keep up with distant friends and family members.
  • Quilt stores that tempt me with beautiful fabrics and wonderful books.
  • Plants that flower in my yard.  They remind me to be happy.

There are plenty of other items to be thankful for, but these are the ones that came to mind today.