Things are tough. Pandemic, economy, political divisiveness, the list goes on and for everyone I know it gets more and more personal.
So today I needed a break. Spent the day with Maggie. We took a nice walk, about 4.5 miles. Made a nice dinner, did a few things around the house. And now I’m thinking about a lot of the things I’m grateful for right now:
The text thread between my siblings and I.
Watching baseball on tv. I know the whole thing is fraught and ridiculous because of Covid, but it does something good to me, even when the Tigers are losing. (Which is a lot right now 😂).
Bobby Flay’s technique for cooking a steak in cast iron skillet. I love using my skillet, but this was the first time I’ve ever cooked a steak in it and man oh man that was maybe the best one I’ve ever cooked.
The “Five Minute Italian” podcast. The last couple months of quarantine I’ve been working slowly on my Italian, and this podcast is terrific.
The patrons of Williamston Theatre. Months after we had to shut down, they’re still with us. We’ve sold a bunch of WT FaceMasks in just a couple weeks, and still get regular feedback from them. I’m excited to reveal to them a couple things we’ve been working on pretty soon.
Being able to sit on our front porch in the evening, listening to the summer night sounds of the crickets, katydids, and cicadas, while reading, or writing in my journal.
That Jeanne was able to retire from teaching, and start a new job that she’s enjoying with less hours, less homework and less stress!
My doctors. With my medical challenges, I’m so grateful for the meds and science and medical know-how that is available to me.
Living in a neighborhood that’s great to walk around in. Trying to keep in shape (well, GET in better shape) and I’ve been walking 4 or 5 miles a day, and very glad for the ability to do it. And I’m down around 15 lbs!
There are more things, but that’s enough for now. Time to enjoy some baseball and relax a little. 😁 Hang in there everyone.
As usual you have inspired me. I was just about to write in my journal this morning and list all the things I miss and am worried about.. Instead, I will pivot and write a list of the many things I am grateful for.
Oh Kitty, you’re too sweet, thank you! I think your first impulse is spot-on also: maybe those two lists can live side-by-side. I may try that in MY journal! Thanks 😊