Sunday Gratitudes #39

โ€œParadigms describe how the world occurs to us. In my mind, there are two general ways that the world occurs to people.

The first is from a place of Abundance. This is where people see themselves as acting on the world. They see themselves as the one that has to change. They see the possibilities in all things. They practice gratitude consistently.

The second is from a place of Lack. This is where people see the world acting on them. They assume that things outside of themselves need to change. They focus on what they donโ€™t have. They allow limitations to permeate their lives.โ€ (x)


What have you felt grateful for this week?

I’m grateful for…

๐Ÿ – My partner still loving me when I got us both sick.

๐Ÿ – Our kittens! Theyโ€™ve been snuggling each other so much lately. The other night Frankie was grooming Luci, then Luci got tired of it and tried to lick/bite her ear, but Frankie was like โ€œStop thatโ€ and held her down for more grooming. We got a video of it. Eventually they just started wrestling, but there was so much cute first.

๐Ÿ – Kitten love as a cure for the common cold.

๐Ÿ – Getting the trash taken out, finally. It has been piling up since we got sick and felt to crummy to deal with it.

๐Ÿ – Cleaning the bathroom floor. It was all dusty and bugging me. Now it looks all nice and clean!

This is not how mineย looked, but they were delicious anyway.

๐Ÿ – Trying a new recipe for crustless apple pies. I wasnโ€™t able to core the apples while they were still in halves so I ended up just slicing them and making an apple crumble instead, but I donโ€™t even care because it was delicious. I had so many apples Iโ€™d accumulated from work (Gravenstein, Red Jonathan, Granny Smith, MacIntosh) that it was a fantastic little medley, and that was only half of them. Continue reading “Sunday Gratitudes #39”

Sunday Gratitudes #38

โ€œI have learned through the practice of mindfulness, gratitude, and spirituality a new path to maximizing my own awareness and happiness. I have started putting negative voices in my mind to bed and learning to accept and focus on my strengths.โ€ (x)

What have you felt grateful for this week?

I’m grateful for…

Pizza and hard cider at Moose’s

๐Ÿ‚ – Visiting an authentic Montana saloon for lunch. Not only was there sawdust on the floor and graffiti carved into every available surface (including parts of the ceiling), but the pizza was amazing.

๐Ÿ‚ – Seeing buffalo, mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and one black-billed magpie during our visit to the National Buffalo Range.

๐Ÿ‚ – Finding Grampsโ€™ memorial brick at the war memorial plaza in Kalispell. It took us a while of searching, but we did it.

๐Ÿ‚ – Getting to pet and pick up my uncleโ€™s outdoor mouse-huntingโ€™ cats, Fuzz and Tom. They were very polite about it, and I was missing my kitten snuggles. Continue reading “Sunday Gratitudes #38”

Sunday Gratitudes #37

One day late, but only because I was without internet connection on a family visit.

โ€œWe are anxious. We worry. We think. We think some more. To stop the cycle, we often need a pattern interrupt. Believing that there is abundance in the world and that there is enough to give and to receive often helps us to get off of the hamster wheel and into the stream of life.โ€ (x)

What have you felt grateful for this week?

I’m grateful for…


๐Ÿฆ„ – Bagels with cream cheese. Great breakfast.

๐Ÿฆ„ – More micro-line pens! Now I have a bunch of them that can live in my briefcase for whenever I need them away from home.

๐Ÿฆ„ – The three containers of Oregon Chai mix that I got at Raleys for 79 cents each.

๐Ÿฆ„ – The Amazon gift card I used to buy the pens, which was a gift from my old supervisor. I really miss my old coworkers and job sometimes.

๐Ÿฆ„ – Having a chance to focus on some tasks at work that Iโ€™ve needed to get cracking on for a while.

๐Ÿฆ„ – The fish pond that weโ€™ve set up in a half wine barrel on the back patio for our new goldfish!

๐Ÿฆ„ – Remembering to bring a thermos with me on my lunchtime caffeine run and getting 50 cents off.

๐Ÿฆ„ – Ben & Jerryโ€™s Tonight Dough.

๐Ÿฆ„ – Having a fish pond!

๐Ÿฆ„ – The camaraderie and support of my current coworkers.

๐Ÿฆ„ – How, when you sit in a hot car for half an hour, it feels really nice just about everywhere else. (It was a bad day in general so I really, really appreciated this feeling.)

๐Ÿฆ„ -Commenting on a restaurantโ€™s Instagram post about beer and inadvertently prompting them to post about our cider next! Thatโ€™s what I love about social media. What a super interaction.

๐Ÿฆ„ – Hot showers. Itโ€™s starting to get chilly at night! We havenโ€™t set the space heater up yet but in the meantime I always have this to fall back on. Continue reading “Sunday Gratitudes #37”

Sunday Gratitudes #36

โ€œIn particular for some more introverted people, the practice of gratitude can improve self-worth in some. Often when we take on a label like introvert or shy, it can cause us to feel less about ourselves. But research shows gratitude reduces social comparisons that might cause us to feel like we are not enough.โ€ (x)

What have you felt grateful for this week?

I’m grateful for…


๐Ÿ† – Dating the cutest patoot.

๐Ÿ† – New cat toys. Both of them have been playing with them, and Frankie almost never condescends to play with toys (while weโ€™re around to watch). She was so pleased that she loafed next to me on the couch all night.

๐Ÿ† – Getting Frankie-loaf couch snuggles two nights in a row!

๐Ÿ† – Our friend Annieโ€™s cat, Nitro, liking the toys she got him while she was up here visiting us.

๐Ÿ† – Sunshine Coffee Roasters.

๐Ÿ† – Stranger things. Itโ€™s so captivating! Although now that weโ€™ve finished it, I am sad. I hope Netflix comes out with more soon.

๐Ÿ† – Caffeine. I felt like a zombie all morning at work until I made a thermos of tea. Didnโ€™t even need to add honey.

๐Ÿ† – Raspberry lemonade. First my partner bought a bottle of it at the store, and since then Iโ€™ve just kept refilling it using my stash of Crystal Light packets of the same flavor. The latter is not as delicious, but it does help us resist the urge to buy more soda.

๐Ÿ† – Getting permission for a workday at the county fair! Woo, pouring cider!

๐Ÿ† – The press release I sent out actually getting posted somewhere! Thatโ€™s a first for me. Also, bloggers are a lot easier to talk into doing that than more traditional media outlets.

๐Ÿ† – Delicious pasta sauce.

๐Ÿ† – Having Friday off (because Iโ€™m working at the fair on Saturday)!

๐Ÿ† – Whole grain naan sent from my old workplace. I miss those guys. Iโ€™m really glad I had the experience of working there for two years โ€” it was good preparation for the small business start-up world, and the food and beverage industry.

๐Ÿ† – Being able to take pills. I needed the Advil to banish my headache.

๐Ÿ† – Getting so many things done on my day off!

๐Ÿ† – Clean litter boxes. Like, soap clean.

๐Ÿ† – Costco! Lol, we hadnโ€™t been to Costco in a long time. And it was during the samples hours.

๐Ÿ† – Cotton candy!

๐Ÿ† – Going to the Mendocino County Fair & Apple Show. Pouring cider was fun, we ate a large curly fries that I swear was bigger than my head, and my partner won six goldfish. Soโ€ฆ now we have six goldfish and two cats. Let the adventures begin.

๐Ÿ† – My partner volunteered to help pour at the California Cider Competition table and was not only super helpful, but really good at it! There is a future tasting room staff member/employee of the month if I ever saw one. (Now all we need is to get that tasting room built.)

๐Ÿ† – How happy my partner is about the fish. Itโ€™s pretty adorable.

๐Ÿ† – The way we won those fish. Technically we only earned won or two, because regardless of ability to aim that game was hard. Then the guy got so exasperated that we were still there and hadnโ€™t won more fish yet that he just have us another four. (It had been a long, hot day. Heโ€™d spent all of it in a booth surrounded and occasionally being hit by pingpong balls. He was pretty done. It was great.)

๐Ÿ† – How many things I had to be grateful for this week!

Sunday Gratitudes #35

โ€œHave you ever noticed how we are influenced by what we choose to focus on? The thoughts we think, beliefs we hold and lens we view life through, all shape our reality. Imagine what might change for us if we viewed our lives through the lens of gratitude on a regular basis.โ€ (x)

What have you felt grateful for this week?

I’m grateful for…

๐Ÿ‡ – The riot of greens, browns, yellows, and reds in the rolling hills of Northern California’s wine country.

๐Ÿ‡ – An invitation to a coworker’s Labor Day party.

๐Ÿ‡ – How good our kittens are about sharing. If they were dogs, baby Luci wouldnโ€™t let her big sister eat until after she finished! But they both eat out of either bowl, occasionally interrupting each other to switch.

๐Ÿ‡ – A friend of ours visiting this weekend!

๐Ÿ‡ – Having the daybed all set up now, with sheets and pillows and everything.

๐Ÿ‡ – Having the daybed set up, because that means we can have overnight guests.

๐Ÿ‡ – California. Itโ€™s awesome.

๐Ÿ‡ – This new winery weโ€™ve found! They have this amazing outdoor, farm-style tasting room, and we never would have found it if not for taking a new route to a different winery because we live in a new place now.

๐Ÿ‡ – Getting enough sleep regularly. My daily average is 8.5 hours and itโ€™s actually spread out pretty evenly.

๐Ÿ‡ – Breakfast. Just in general. Sometimes I have a parfait, or a bagel with cream cheese, or pop tarts. Today I had a hot dish of eggs, spinach, tomatoes, and goat cheese.

๐Ÿ‡ – Our friend teaching us how to start our bullet journals! We got really nice pens to go with them, too.

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๐Ÿ‡ – Goat cheese.

๐Ÿ‡ – Being so on top of taking my pills and vitamins lately.

Sunday Gratitudes #34

โ€œThink of 5 things you have gratitude for today. Inhale the thought, exhale to release. Any negative energy can be recycled back to the earth for purification.โ€ (x)

What have you felt grateful for this week?

I’m grateful for…

๐Ÿ“ – Reminders that although things are so much better right now, nothing is perfect and I must still strive. No more treading-water living.

๐Ÿ“ – Thai iced tea. There’s a really good little place in front of the local market we go to, and it’s more affordable than Starbucks.

๐Ÿ“ – My partner writing more recently. It’s brought so much joy into our house.

๐Ÿ“ – New sheets.

๐Ÿ“ – Clean sheets!

๐Ÿ“ – A beautiful candlelit dinner.

๐Ÿ“ – Raspberries.

๐Ÿ“ – Leftover fruit salad.

๐Ÿ“ – Really good cider. I mean really good.

๐Ÿ“ – Our kitties.

๐Ÿ“ – The younger kitten only setting a whisker on fire and not, like, her entire face.

๐Ÿ“ – A three day weekend!

Sunday Gratitudes #33

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent to all the other virtues.” ~ Cicero

What have you felt grateful for this week?

I know this is a little late, but last week I was grateful for…

โœ‹ – Having a job.

โœ‹ – Enjoying the social media part of my job so much.

โœ‹ – My family.

โœ‹ – My partner’s family.

โœ‹ – Our fabulous new home!

โœ‹ – Writing and finishing a short story!!! ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“

โœ‹ – How well our open house party went yesterday. So many people came, and it was really fun to show our place off to friends and family.

โœ‹ – My partner.

โœ‹ – Our beautiful baby cats.


Sunday Gratitudes #32

โ€œA range of studies show that more gratitude in your life can reduce stress, decrease the number of annoying ailments, like colds, and increase overall energy. Some researchers say increasing positive thoughts leads to steadier emotions and better physical health long term as well.โ€ (x)


I’m grateful for…

๐Ÿซ – Tea. Caffeine.

๐Ÿซ – My car, and lack of car troubles.

๐Ÿซ – Getting a traffic ticket paid. That thing was stressing me out so much I was procrastinating on dealing with it, which is silly.

๐Ÿซ – Audiobooks.

๐Ÿซ – Sticking with The Sword of Shannara all the way to the end of the book. I mean, I do really like the concept, it’s just the writing style that isn’t my favorite. Continue reading “Sunday Gratitudes #32”

Sunday Gratitudes #31

โ€œWe are anxious. We worry. We think. We think some more. To stop the cycle, we often need a pattern interrupt. Believing that there is abundance in the world and that there is enough to give and to receive often helps us to get off of the hamster wheel and into the stream of life.โ€ (x)

I’m grateful for…

๐Ÿป – Managing to find wifi access for a Toys For Tots donation station during an event at the local mall. I am a millennial, I can find wifi anywhere!

๐Ÿป – Tickets to the Gravenstein Apple Fair! Iโ€™ve never been before.

๐Ÿป – Finally getting everything moved out of the old apartment, the keys turned inโ€ฆ All done.

๐Ÿป – People at or around our old apartment being able to use the furniture and other stuff we couldnโ€™t take with us. At least someone can use it!

๐Ÿป – Being able to get my old mattress from my parentsโ€™ house to replace the one we had to toss.

๐Ÿป – My uncleโ€™s willingness to drive twenty minutes late at night to bring us the spare key to the house. Otherwise we would have driven 2+ hours to pick up a mattress we couldnโ€™t go inside to get.

๐Ÿป – My partnerโ€™s parents for helping us transport said mattress up to our new place.

๐Ÿป – Finding THE perfect tv table at our favorite antique shop.

๐Ÿป – My partner misreading the back of a t-shirt as โ€œTo cat is a necessity. To cat well is an art.โ€ Itโ€™s exactly what our older cat would say about our younger cat, aka the book. (It was actually โ€œto eatโ€. Works either way though.)

๐Ÿป – The voices of reason in our lives.

๐Ÿป – Making plans for a friend to come up and visit next weekend. We donโ€™t get a lot of visitors, so this is really exciting. She gets to see our new place and meet the kittens! (The problem with going to school on the East Coast is that none of our friends live anywhere near California, lol.)

What have you felt grateful for this week?

Sunday Gratitudes #30

โ€œThink of 5 things you have gratitude for today. Inhale the thought, exhale to release. Any negative energy can be recycled back to the earth for purification.โ€ (x)

I’m grateful for…

๐Ÿš› – Getting all of our furniture and stuff out of the old apartment and into our new place!!!

๐Ÿš› – My partner’s family for helping us with the heavy lifting.

๐Ÿš› – All the RSVPs we’ve been getting for our housewarming/open house brunch party at the end of the month.

๐Ÿš› – My parents for agreeing to get the bubbly to make mimosas at the party.

๐Ÿš› – My cousin and her job/employee discount at The Container Store.

๐Ÿš›. – Spraining my foot rather than breaking it. (Probably.)

๐Ÿš› – Finally having some of our life set back up! We moved most of the big pieces over, and put all the books in the bookshelves before dinner. It’s already amazing how this new place feels so much more like home than our first apartment.

What have you felt grateful for this week?