Monday, June 25, 2012

Gratitude Journal #143

Today, I am grateful for 26 years with my honey bunny and being able to celebrate our anniversary in paradise. You're the best, George!

Today, I am grateful for the movie Brave, which is brave enough to have a lovely feminist storyline (as opposed to an angry, bitter feminist storyline) in which not one character is truly bad (even the witch has good intentions!) and the princess doesn't need a man to save her. Instead, it's a story about unintended conseqences, love, acceptance, and listening. Plus, it's laugh-out-loud funny. Pixar scores again.

Today, I am grateful for weed-free mulch areas. Whew. That was a lot of work.

Today, I am grateful for living a little bit closer to nature. The firefly show in our back yard is amazing every night, a strobe-light show that dazzles! On an only slightly more dangerous level, Nick and I saw this big fella (or does one sex a turtle?) crossing the street and headed toward the community pond. I stopped the car to help it toward the pond and very quickly realized my mistake.

A guy out watering his lawn said he'd watched the monster cross his yard pretty darn quickly for a turtle. When I walked toward it, it showed no fear. In fact, it stared me in the eye so aggressively that I suspected it was daring me to get any closer.

"I'm harder and meaner than you, you lily-livered, soft-skinned human. Just try me. Go on. I double-dog dare you! You're wearing sandals, I see. Yeah. Come a little closer and I'll snap your toe off!"

I gave it plenty of space, and when we drove past, it snapped at the car tires in a final show of superiority.

I guess that's what snapping turtles do best, eh?

What are you grateful for today?


  1. Congratulations on your anniversary! Thanks for the Brave review - we're going tonight after my son's birthday dinner - can't wait!

  2. Happy Anniversary to you both, that's a beautiful photograh, you look so happy:0) Snappy turtles to be avoided at all times LOL Keep all your fingers and toes LOL xxx

  3. I'm grateful for this life-affirming post, which made me smile. Also have to mention how much I enjoyed that lovely photo of you and George!

  4. Always inspired by your blog. I'm in a major funk today so I posted on my blog some of the things I'm gradeful for.
    Thank you for reminding us to focus on the positive and not stay to long in the pity pool.

  5. What a great picture of the two of you :) Today I'm grateful for the sunshine we have - there has been so little of it all spring (lots and lots of rain) that it lifts one's spirit so!

    Also grateful for summer - a time where our schedule slows down and I get my kids all to myself (no daycare kids) and can use our time together to pour into their lives, especially on a spiritual level. Love my kids and am blessed to be their mom :) Just don't ask me how I'm feeling about them at the end of summer...could be a different answer LOL!

  6. Love the photo of you two - congrats! Glad you had a fabby vacation.

  7. You both look so happy! And so relaxed! Congratulations on 26 years; I wish another 26 for you that are even better.

    Today I am grateful for the last of the local strawberries. The man at the farmers market on Saturday said they are just about done. I am enjoying them in some yogurt with homemade granola.

    I love summer and the bounty at the farmers market. I am so grateful that our SE Michigan farmers work so hard and bring in the crops.

    I am grateful for a wonderful Saturday afternoon spent catching up with my daughter. We talked about breast feeding, cloth diapers, going back to work part time, the changes in baby stuff in the last 30 years and the things that don't change.

    Have a wonderful week!

  8. I am also grateful for Brave. I am especially grateful that Pixar used Scottish actors for the voices! There is nothing more cringeworthy to a Scot than to listen to some Scooge McDuck type accent!I am grateful that Debby has now stopped dumping rain on Florida and the sun is shining again.
    How fabulous that you got to celebrate your anniversary in Hawaii! Congrats to you and George!


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