I’m borrowing an idea from my daughter this morning and making a list of things that have brought me joy this February. When the wind is howling and the rain/snow is falling it is easy to get down in the dumps. But this last hurrah of winter will not get me down as long as I am grateful for these little things:
Facebook- I am still amazed by the privilege of sharing bits and pieces of the lives of family and friends who are scattered to the far corners of the globe. I’ve always enjoyed cards and letters, but the immediacy of the internet and the addition of photos is such a blessing.
Birthdays- My own birthday and the birthdays of so many friends and family members makes February a very special month. I am grateful for all the cards and messages and gifts. I was especially touched by a handmade card I received from my great-niece. What a talented child!
Critters- The birds and squirrels and raccoons and other critters that inhabit this hill entertain me on a daily basis. Feeding them forces me to go outside, and watching them and photographing them makes me happy. We recently watched a nature program about crows and now I am keeping a close eye on the pair that frequents our yard. They are very, very smart and capable of making tools! And I can add my little indoor group of critters to the list of things that I find fascinating. In addition to the dozen baby fish that were born recently, we now have about fifty snail eggs ready to hatch! Anyone need a snail?
Puzzles- Gary gave me a jig-saw puzzle that is challenging and has made me question my abilities a few times. But I will persevere! I have also solved a couple of genealogy “puzzles” recently that have been personally rewarding.
Flowers- Who can deny the joy of a daffodil that has spent months in the ground just waiting for a little warmth and sunshine! And BTW Marilyn Birdsong, yours are gorgeous!
Food- Yes, cornbread and beans and other winter foods are so good, even though I don’t need to enjoy food quite as much as I do! I recently discovered Jasmine rice and may not eat any other kind from now on.
I could go on, but I must leave to enjoy the thing that gives me the most joy, any day, no matter what the weather—School!