Friday, February 22, 2013


Today is a glorious sunny crisp Southern California Day. The birds are singing; the trees are just beginning to get little fat nubs; it's Friday so no freeways for me; my children are healthy and growing (not always comfortable). the grand babies and grand teenagers are mellow for the moment and life is good.
Yes, there are always things that I wish were avocados for me right now. No more potatoes, etc. ever...
When I'm grateful for all of the details (and I do mean all--even the not so great ones) life just seems to hummmmmm along. I'm connected to all that is life giving; my creativity blooms; joy fills me and I begin to wonder what is next on the horizon.
I have a little trick that I try to remember to do every night once I climb into bed: as I'm falling asleep, I start listing all of the details in life that I am grateful for. All of the tiny blessing that I so often take for granted.......I fall asleep so quickly and the miracle is that in the morning (or even in the middle of the night) I awaken so full of life that it is hard to remember a negative thought.
I can definitely be a Polly Ana, and yes, there are times when it takes me a huge amount of effort to start being thankful. And there are times when I am not quite ready to forgive--which is when gratitude becomes a steep ascent.

Have a wonderful almost spring week-end.

Mary & Jones (poor Cole is becoming arthritic)
 who is always grateful for a run in the P-A-R-K   (yes,he knows how to spell it). 


  1. Dear Mary, Thank you so much for your poignant thoughts. I really needed this right now. I DO have so much to be grateful for ( in spite of the challenge I have been given these last two years.

    My family and friends have been more than caring, generous, and helpful. Every night I will be doing more than a prayer; I will go through the list of all the angels I have in my life and thank them.

    love and Hugs

    Art by Karena

    1. Hi Karena, Sending love and prayers!! I'm glad that you are home.
      xoxoxo Mary

  2. I love that, Mary! Listing all the details in life that you're grateful for!! It's a good daily reminder for us all to not take things and people for granted. So easy to forget, especially in today's busy world. I have a little thing I like to do: call a friend / family member each day to say hi! Even if it is just a 5 minute chat.
    PS - Is Cole taking anything for arthritis?

  3. I can see that you are such an optimist
    and that is really good.
    We always have things in our life that we can be thankful for
    it is just a matter of recognizing and finding them.
    I'm totally with you,
    gratitude changes who we are,
    and t is for the better.

    1. Hi Ann,
      Thank you. I was a grouchy today as I allowed myself to wallow a bit.
      Thanks stopping.