Thursday Thanks- when it’s really, really cold

not my first plant, but a beautiful bloom in long chain of beauty

not my first plant, but a beautiful bloom in long chain of beauty

I find it easier to be thankful when it’s really cold outside. The cold (in moderate doses) makes me feel more alive and alert. Plus it’s always nice to warm up after being cold. So today, I am thankful for:

1. a warm cozy house

2. warm cozy bed

3. sweet little footie pajamas on sweet little feet

4. the means to buy adequate and appropriate clothing

5.  books to read

6. the look of pride on baby’s face as he stands on his own for the first time- priceless!!!

7.being in a position to help families stay together

8. meeting the sisterhood that makes it possible and connects us

9.  hope for the future

10.  that I don’t have to deal with really cold temperatures on a long term basis.


Candlemas for the unprepared.

images42HA9O3KCandlemas, Groundhog’s Day, Presentation of the Lord- all on the same day.  It’s been six weeks since Christmas, and something in the human psyche must need a little mini celebration around this time.  This year has caught me unprepared. What would normally be half-assed attempts for me are this year’s full-assed attempts.  Whatever, it makes me feel a bit better to try and honestly I don’t think anyone in my house is expecting perfection. That said, here’s what we are doing: 1. lazy girl decorating.  meaning a yellow tablecloth, white napkins and gathering up most of the candles in the house and putting them on the table.  2. baking brownies.  A cute idea I saw was to either put snowy sprinkles or springtime sprinkles on top based on the prediction for your area.  We will do flower sprinkles and a cheerful yellow sprinkle. I have no idea what Birmingham Bill said yet, but based on how it looks out my window, I’ll go with a spring prediction.  How did I arrive at this prediction, you ask?

If Candlemas be fair and bright, Come, Winter, have another flight; If Candlemas bring clouds and rain, Go, Winter, and come not again. —-Traditional Catholic song

Honestly,  I think that’s easier than trying to remember if the groundhog see it’s shadow or not and what it means. Although, Groundhog Day at the Birmingham Zoo is really fun. Just didn’t feel like taking the baby out in 20 degree weather, it’s not normally so cold here in February. In fact, I was wandering around outside looking for some flowers to bring in and couldn’t find any- usually the forsythia is starting to bloom and a few daffodils have begun to peek out. 3. We’ll have pancakes for dinner. Apparently this is traditional too, although I can’t find anything to back this up. Maybe something to do with eating up the fat before Lent? Whatever, it’s easy and quick and everyone will eat it. 4. I ‘ll have the kids draw what their burrow would look like, if they were groundhogs, similar to this.   Happy Candlemas!

the first Thursday Thanks of 2015


I want to remember to be joyful in the present moment; like when a butterfly lands on your little girl’s hand.

Today I am thankful for:

  1. 1. my children
  2. 2. the luxury of being home with them
  3. 3. hot running water
  4. 4. the sweet smell of clean baby
  5. 5. soft footie pajamas on little feet, and big kid feet
  6. 6.  the pleasant homework load they have, not overbearing, just enough to talk about what they did and for them to show off a bit of what they’ve learned
  7. that I and everyone else in our society expects that all my children will receive a quality education, not just my boys, not just the one I can afford to send. Think about that for a minute. That hasn’t always been the case, and still isn’t in a lot of the world.
  8. a safe, comfortable place for all of us to sleep, in warm, cozy beds.
  9. lots of stories to read, and that they still want to snuggle and read with me.
  10. that one-in-fifty chance of actually being able to put together an outfit you saw on pinterest with things you have in your closet right now. that happened today.
  11. the internet. have I mentioned I think it’s awesome?
  12. food. I think it’s pretty awesome too.
  13. quality medical and dental care, and the means to access it.  I know I ‘ve said it before, but I have been without before, so it’s a big, huge deal to me.
  14. I can take a shower or do laundry whenever I want. When I worked in homeless shelters, women were assigned times to take showers. If you missed your time, too bad for you.  I have been thankful for the ability to do as I wish ever since.
  15. the abundance of clean, safe, pleasant and convenient  parks near my house.
  16. safe, reliable, comfortable transportation to reach the things that aren’t so near my house.
  17. that the children in my house are kind, interesting and interested people.
  18. for my husband. I think he’s awesome too.
  19. all natural vanilla ice cream.  you’d think it’d be boring, but it’s so not.
  20. a fresh new year, to find new things to be thankful for.