Gratitude Challenge Extended: Week 4

Hello again,

Today I am thankful that I chose to continue on with the challenge like this because my week has been nasty and doing this helped me get through. With this challenge, I am even more careful to keep my eyes open for the good that happens so that I can share about it at the end of the week for my weekly post. Doing this keeps me more focused on the positive which helps me get through the negative stuff easier. I won’t get in to specifics but this week I felt like it was one thing after another and I admit it was tough to get through. But the wonderful thing is that no matter how bad things get, there is always something positive to hold on to. So that is what I did when it felt like everything was falling apart and I was struggling with stuff. I hope now that the worst of it is over. :) I am just getting to this now because I have been sick today but I didn’t want to miss posting on Friday so I am here. :) Here are the 5 things I am grateful for this week:

1. Our Apple trees surviving the vole damage and producing fruit despite “professionals” saying that would be impossible. I have been harvesting the apples for the past week (since last Friday) and cooking them in to pie filling to freeze and use in desserts over the next year. We love the pie filling that we make with the apples and it would be missed terribly if we didn’t have it this year. I am surprised and grateful at how many apples we have as well. :)

2. That it hasn’t frozen yet. Last Friday we had our first close call with frost and we have had a few more nights with a risk of frost since then. But it hasn’t frozen yet and for that I am so incredibly grateful. It means that we don’t lose the apples, cherries or strawberries that we have yet to pick. The frost will not stay away forever but for now it has and I am so grateful. It has been a good reminder as well to get things picked because it possibly won’t be long now before it really does freeze.

3. Apple Pie. I have made 2 pies now since last Friday and there is something so wonderful about apple pie made from fresh picked apples from your own apple trees. Plus apple pie tastes so good! :)

4. Rain. This week we had a rainy day and I was asked by someone if I prefer sunshine or the rain. I said I love the sun but truth be told, I also love the rain. It waters all the plants and trees outside, it washes my car for free :) , and it gives me an opportunity to get things done inside that get left till I get an inside day which is a rainy day. :)

5. Hair Cuts. I got another hair cut yesterday. I am thankful for it because right now short hair equals less time spent on my hair. That means less pain for me when it hurts to do something like raise my arm to comb it because it is short enough that I basically don’t need to. :)

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I appreciate it! :)


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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Gratitude challenge Extended


Gratitude Challenge Extended: Week 3

Hello again,

Sorry this is late but I sort of thought it was Thursday today. lol oops. I think I remembered just in time though what day it really is. :) It is still Friday even if it is Friday evening. :) I must admit that I had a tough week this week and I really didn’t feel like doing this still tonight. I wonder if anyone reads it and whether it is important to do if I would rather put it off till the next day. Would anyone actually notice? But I made a promise more to myself than anyone else (so the excuse that no one may notice is invalid) that I would do this so here I am…. even if it is almost the end of the day.

1. Visiting with Family. My sister, her husband and their 2 kids came to visit on the weekend and it was so much fun. :) I enjoyed playing with my 2 nephews and chatting with my sister and her husband.

2. Cloudy days. Yes I am thankful for cloudy days. :) They are the days that I can get things done inside and not miss nice weather outside. They are also days that it can be nice to be outside and not have to seek out the shade to escape from the heat of the sun. Not that I dislike the heat but sometimes it can be difficult to actually do much outside other than enjoy the heat and sunshine. :)

3. Calendars. the calendar sets me straight when I get the days mixed up. lol To be honest though, I find calendars very useful.

4. Weather warnings for risk of frost. I am so incredibly grateful to be able to know ahead of time when there is a risk of frost so I know when I need to cover the plants. I am hoping it doesn’t freeze though. I also love our old sheets that I can drape over things so they are a bit protected. :)

5. Making it through another week. Sometimes I am so grateful to see the end of the week and feel like I managed to pull myself through yet another week. This one was especially difficult but I made it through and that feels good.

Thanks for reading my post. I appreciate it. :)

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Posted by on August 22, 2014 in Uncategorized


Gratitude Challenge Extended: Week 2

Hello again,

I can not believe a week has already passed by! Crazy how time can fly sometimes and seem to stand still other times. :) Today I am sharing 5 more blessings in my life from this past week.

1. Supermoons and Meteor Showers. :) I decided to just lump these together since they sort of happened together. First the supermoon this week was amazing to see. :) I saw it and I was compelled to take a photo the one night. It was so beautiful. I sort of missed the meteors because of clouds on its peak night but I love them still. My older sister and I used to go outside and watch them and I enjoy reminiscing about that. :)

2. Summer heat. This year has been fantastic for heat which we haven’t felt in a few years if my memory is correct. I realize we have only maybe hit +30 a couple of times this year but it has been close so many times. We have a lot of humidity this year and if you factor in the humidex, we have gone beyond 30 a lot this year. I can not get enough of it. We live where we have snow for 6 months of the year, so we spend 6 months shivering and it makes the summer heat that much more enjoyable. Even if I am uncomfortable, I love it because it is better than being cold. :)

3. My eye glasses. It may seem like something small to mention but this week I had my glasses off for a few minutes and realized how little of my surroundings I could see clearly and enjoy without them. I would be unable to read or drive without them as well. I wouldn’t be able to see the flowers clearly either which is something I really enjoy taking time to look at.

4. My car. I have been extremely privileged to have my own vehicle to drive. It offers me independence to go where I need to go when I need to. I often think about how lucky I am to have it. It maybe isn’t the car itself that I am thankful for but what it provides for me. It isn’t a fancy car but a reliable car that gets me where I have to go. :)

5. My book collection. I basically have my own mini library of books I have bought over the years. I think I own close to 300 books. Between my mom and I, we own over 600. I have books that I love to reread sometimes and other books I haven’t read yet. I love being able to go to my book shelves and have a huge selection to choose from. I have been blessed to be able to collect so many books. Then there are my kindle books which I apparently have about 1000. Probably at least 95% were free. Amazon puts good books on for free for like a day or more. I stopped looking at the list of books that were on special though because I will likely never get to all the ebooks I have already acquired. lol This week I am reading through Ted Dekker books which are always amazing. :)

So that is my list for this week. I hope you enjoyed reading through it. Stay tuned for my Week 3 list next Friday! :)

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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Gratitude challenge Extended


Gratitude Challenge Extended – Week 1

Hello again,

This week I have been trying to decide how to extend the gratitude challenge that I could continue sharing what I am thankful for. I have also been thinking about how I have wanted to start something again since it has been so long since I did a challenge of my own where I was sharing what I was thankful for each day for one year. Doing it publicly helped me to be accountable and keep going, even when I didn’t really feel up to it. Some days can be really tough and it is hard to come up with something new to share. I had made the choice to think of something new each day so that I would end with 365 different blessings. I have to admit that it was a bit of a challenge near the end. But what I discovered is that I got in to the habit of always being on the lookout for the good in my life. That is definitely a good habit to get in to. I have thought about it and how sometimes it didn’t feel very meaningful because I was just trying to find something to share that I hadn’t already shared. It was always something that was good in my life and I was thankful for but sometimes it just didn’t feel really meaningful. So I have tried to think of a new way to do it that it can be more meaningful. I think I have now come up with something that I hope will be helpful to me and can inspire others maybe as well. I will share it on my blog of course in an effort to help me keep up with it. I am a lot more likely to keep at it if it is visible to others whether I have or have not done it.

So what have I come up with? I think that I want to just post weekly this time so that there are not a lot of posts for people to read through who are interested in reading what I post. I chose Friday to be the day that I post. It seems like a good day to reflect back on the week. I am thinking I will set a goal that I post a minimum of 5 things from the week and I need to try not to repeat myself. I am saying “try” because I want to keep the option open to repeat something if it was very meaningful again in another week. I also want to keep the option open so that I may post something that is similar to something I posted an earlier week but not quite the same. This is something I avoided doing the last time which became difficult too. I don’t want to post just simple things that have little meaning. I may choose to write that I am thankful for a sunrise though if it really impacts me that particular time. If it doesn’t really cause me to feel a sense of gratitude, then it isn’t something I want to post. With the previous project I did, some days I would post something because it was good in my life but it wasn’t something that filled me with a huge sense of gratitude. Those were days that were tough though and it would be all I could come up with. I also say a minimum of 5 because I want to have the freedom to share more if I experienced more blessings that week that I want to mention. I want to list specific things and not just something general as well. I don’t know if this will work but I hope it will. I also want to set a goal of one year. I hope you will join me in this journey. :)

Week 1

1. A wonderful picnic with a friend of mine on Thursday. We had a good time, great weather and a good conversation. My back held up well too. :)

2. Thunderstorms. We have had a lot this week and I do enjoy them. I always hope for storms without hail though. Still amazed at the thunderstorm on Sunday that continued to rumble for 9 hours!! I sat outside to listen to it because it wasn’t raining most of the time and I love listening to it outside if it is safe to do so. It sounds so much better while sitting outside than inside where it can sound muffled.

3. Our fruit trees and garden were spared somehow despite that nasty hail storm we had. I am still amazed at that and very thankful. The worst of the hail missed us and if you go even a couple of km away from us, there is a lot of damage. Not a single hole in any of our plants leaves though. Which is nuts because the hail was coming down hard here too for a bit. I would think there should have been more damage. The poplar trees and willows lost leaves and branches but not the fruit trees. The fruit trees had no damage that I can see.

4. That I am seeing a chiropractor who was able to take care of my sinus headache. I get crazy bad sinus headaches that turn into sinus infections. I mentioned my sinus pain to him and he pushed on areas of my face and it got so much better. :) He seemed to know exactly where the worst pain was. I can still be a bit skeptical of chiropractors but this caused me to reconsider what I think of chiropractors.

5. The letter I received in the mail today that informed me when my appointment with my specialist will be. I will be able to get in to see him in the beginning of September which is much better than the end of September. I knew my appointment would be sometime in Sept. but wasn’t sure when during that month. Until today. :) I hope to get answers to at least some of the many questions that I have.

I will keep this to 5 things today since I wrote so much ahead of it explaining stuff. I don’t want to keep anyone too long. Thank you for taking the time to read my post! :)


Gratitude Challenge Day 4 and 5

Hello again,

I decided to just post the last 2 days of the facebook gratitude challenge together today. I ended up doing it late last night and all the excitement of the evening with the storm and some other stuff so I thought I would at least get it on facebook and post both on here today. :)

Gratitude Challenge Day 4
I accept the gratitude challenge from ——- to post three things each day for the next five days that I’m thankful for and will challenge two other people each of the five days.
1. Electricity. nothing like losing it for a bit to remind you how wonderful it is.
2. Ice cream. who ever invented ice cream is/was amazing can you imagine life without it?
3. weather forecast – as difficult as it is to forecast the weather, it is still fairly accurate and helps to plan stuff.

Gratitude Challenge Day 5
I accept the gratitude challenge from ——– to post three things each day for the next five days that I’m thankful for and will challenge two other people each of the five days.
1. The mother duck and ducklings that waddled past my bedroom window this afternoon. yes of course I got photos. :)
2. The gorgeous ripe tomatoes that I got to pick today off of my tomato plants.
3. Of course I have saved the best for last and that would be Family and Friends obviously!!! Life wouldn’t be the same without you. :)
So there you have it. All 5 days of the Facebook Gratitude challenge done. :) Now I am considering about how to continue this beyond the 5 days that would be something I could keep up. So I guess all I can say for now is to stay tuned for what comes next! :)
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Posted by on August 5, 2014 in Uncategorized


Gratitude Challenge day 3

Hi again,

Today is day 3 of 5 of the Gratitude Challenge from facebook. Here is what I shared on facebook.

Gratitude Challenge Day 3
I accept the gratitude challenge from ——– to post three things each day for the next five days that I’m thankful for and will challenge two other people each of the five days.
1. my zero gravity chair that allows me to spend time outside because I can recline which helps my back
2. BOOKS!!! Life would suck so much if we didn’t have books. I can’t imagine life without books.
3. my dslr camera that is my baby and helps me to capture the beauty that surrounds me and share it with others.
If I could have added one I have already technically added, it would be thunderstorms. I am enjoying the gentle rumbling thunderstorm we have been having for the past few hours. I love to sit outside during one of these as it is far enough away that there is no danger to me and I can enjoy it better outside. :)
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Posted by on August 3, 2014 in Uncategorized


Gratitude Challenge: Day 2

Hi again,

Today is day 2 of the Gratitude challenge from Facebook. Here is a copy of what I posted on Facebook.

Gratitude Challenge Day 2

I accept the gratitude challenge from ——- to post three things each day for the next five days that I’m thankful for and will challenge two other people each of the five days.
1. both of our greenhouses. so much more room now that we have 2 and we can grow so much more now too.
2. My nice comfy bed.
3. cell phones. after watching an episode of Dr. Quinn tonight, I was reminded how wonderful it is to have access to a cell phone and instant communication.
Thanks for visiting my blog!
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Posted by on August 2, 2014 in Uncategorized


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