November 17 gratitude

November 17, 2008 | 20 Comments

adorable child
adorable child

Three things I’m grateful for:

My clever and sweet daughter, for everything she does.

Google Reader, which puts all my favorite blogs in one place.

NPR, which gives me something interesting to listen to while working in the garden.

What are you grateful for today?

November 16 gratitude

November 16, 2008 | 7 Comments

Three things I’m grateful for, thanks to artists who know a picture can express something so much more eloquently than words–(I’m lagging behind “real time” here, due to deadlines.)

In case you missed it, we got our country back.

Finally! We got our country back!
Finally! We got our country back!
2. We got our country back:
We got our country back!
We got our country back!
3. We got our country back.
Yep, we got our country back.
Yep, we got our country back.

 What are you grateful for today?

November 15 gratitude

November 15, 2008 | 8 Comments

Three things I’m grateful for:

Gee Wally!
Gee Wally!

The New York Times, because along with well-written hard news, it gives me tidbits like this–Wally from “Leave It To Beaver” is going to have a sculpture on exhibit at the Louvre. Who doesn’t like knowing stuff like that?

My friend Lois, because she generally scoops the NYT on stuff like that.

Advance Reading Copies of upcoming books. Known in publishing as ARCs, these are printed out for blurbs and early reviews, and I have been deluged with them! I love them! They make me feel as though I have the inside track on these books. The down side–I have to wait months before telling people to rush out and buy the book. Watch for some finger-licking-good upcoming books from Karna Bodman, Dan Kallas, Karen Young, Hank Phillippe Ryan, Alison Kent, Christine Wenger…I have had an embarrassment of riches lately…

What are you grateful for right now?

November 14 gratitude

November 14, 2008 | 9 Comments

Three things I’m grateful for:

  1. WordPerfect. I know it’s not the industry standard anymore but it’s my standard. I’ve used it ever since v. 4.2, and it makes me a better writer.
  2. A nice visit with a newish friend, and a long, laughter-filled phone call with an oldish one.
  3. Sunshine in November. Here is how it looks reflecting off the water, pouring through the window and shimmering on my wall. The photo doesn’t show the movement, but it’s intriguing.:

shimmering-sunlight

(I am also grateful for my ability to look right past the unmade bed and dusty mirror.)

What are you grateful for today?

November 13 gratitude

November 13, 2008 | 9 Comments

Three things I’m grateful for:

  1. Dogs! Check out this slide show. No commentary needed.
a VetDogs service dog (c) The New York Times
a VetDogs service dog (c) The New York Times
  1. My friend Lillian, shown here with her wonderful guide dog:
lilliankeesha
  1. …and of course, Barkis!
My heart belongs to Barkis.
My heart belongs to Barkis.

What are you grateful for today?

November 12 gratitude

November 11, 2008 | 10 Comments

Three things I’m grateful for:

My writers’ group.

Teenagers! They are so funny and exuberant.

The magic of fiction. A novel released into the wild takes on a life of its own. We all got to see this when Suzanne’s YA novel, Saving Juliet, was adapted into a play and performed by Bainbridge Performing Arts. Here’s Suz at Intermission, surrounded by adoring fans:

Author! Author!
Author! Author!

 What are you grateful for today?

November 9 gratitude

November 09, 2008 | 12 Comments

Three things I’m grateful for:

  1. my funny, big-hearted sister
  2. a good night’s sleep next to a warm husband
  3. autumn beauty, courtesy of Jay’s cell phone
from Jay's talented cell phone
from Jay
What are you grateful for today?

November 7 gratitude

November 07, 2008 | 16 Comments

Three things I’m grateful for:

  1. florists. I love the grace and instant gratification of sending something RIGHT NOW and knowing it’s beautiful. I have a girlfriend who was having a tough day, and I was able to phone a florist in her building and have something sent right up.
  2. Earl Grey tea with lavender honey, in my polka dot mug from Jan.
  3. this exuberant painting by my friend Sally. It’s from her illustrated travel journal, depicting her visit to my yard, including Barkis, a coyote and raccoon we saw along the road.
art by Sally Mara Sturman
art by Sally Mara Sturman

 What are you grateful for today?

November 6 gratitude

November 06, 2008 | 10 Comments

Three things I’m grateful for:

  1. my friend Sherrie, who keeps me from getting overwhelmed by all the businessy stuff
  2. Jay’s daily trip to the grocery store. He always goes, so I don’t have to, and I’ve learned to be very precise in writing down the grocery list. (To a guy, “oil” = Havoline)
  3. A coupon for an extra 15% off anything at Barnes & Noble. I used it to pre-order Horse by Kelly Klein. With a $150 list price, it’s the perfect candidate for a nice big discount.

What are you grateful for right now?