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Gratitude Monday

Gratitude Monday

Today I am grateful for:

~ My wonderful and healthy family.

~ Knitting in the warm sunshine.

~ Everything that we have.

~ Richard’s return home tomorrow. (I miss him)

~ Reading knitting books on my i-pad.

~ A solution for Jen’s grade 10 Maths and Physics! (So relieved about this!)

~ A warm fire.

~ My mom’s stories about her life when she was young.

~ This space.


I am Filled with Gratitude…

I have been knitting on my Tea Leaves cardi in the evenings now that our weather is really cold. I sit beside the fire and knit stocking stitch back and forth, it’s like a meditation and I am almost at the end now.

Today we went on a short road trip to Pretoria to see our doctor, a wonderful homoeopath that is helping our little Kye gently along the path to wellness. My cardi came with and I was able to knit a few rows while Richard drove.

Caiden made a wooden castle for his brother Kye, oh, the excitement when Kye discovered it waiting for him on the dining room table!

Our Petria is in bloom…

Photo taken by Erin, she really loved how the fire was burning through the hole in the piece of wood.

Our Flax, Garlic and Lupins are all thriving well in this raised bed.

I am so pleased with our lemons this season, every tree in our garden is laden with lemons, I will have to send some to our neighbours…

We have had a few colds in our home recently and lemons are amazing for fighting the flu. As soon as a cold or flu raises its nasty head we start with honey, lemon and ginger Rooibos tea.

Honey, Lemon and Ginger Rooibos Tea:

Make a cup of Rooibos tea and add:
The juice of 1 lemon
1 and a half teaspoons of honey
about an inch of grated ginger that’s been peeled
add a little cold water if too hot and sip slowly

This really helps to cut the phlegm and makes you feel better overall.

Seeds from my Goldenrod plant. I need more Goldenrod to grow in our garden so that I can use it for dyeing my wool.

This is Richard’s favourite tree in our garden, he loves how the ivy is climbing up its branches.

Today I am filled with so much gratitude that Kye is on the road to health…



We have started something new as a family, late afternoon walks around our lake… I am hoping these walks will develop into a special time of reflection…

I love this time of day, when it’s coming to a close, all the birds are returning to their nests for the evening, it’s a quiet time to walk and just appreciate how lovely our surroundings are and to be grateful…

I hope your day is wonderful…
In gratitude

“When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton



Collecting seeds

Today has been a lovely day of reflection, the last day of the year. Can you believe tomorrow will be January? Are you ready for January? I’m not sure if I am ready (for January…) I have started breathing it in, thinking about it, about everything that needs to be done and all the new and exciting things we will learn next year.

I have been spending more time out in the garden, watching the birds and connecting with nature. The veggie garden has taken on a life of its own. How amazing that two pumpkin seeds can grow vines that have enveloped our two largest veggie beds, they have even grown up the shade net to the top of the fence.

I have also been thinking how grateful I am and I find that gratitude is something that makes me feel grounded and keeps my attention focused on the important things in our life.

I am grateful for:

  • A wonderful and supportive husband, who drove me to a nursery yesterday to buy flowers only to discover it closed, and simply drove all the way to another one, so that I would be able to plant some colour in our front garden, because he knew that this would make me happy…
  • Thunderstorms that arrive each afternoon during our summer months…
  • Friends that are kind and share their stories with me and listen to mine…
  • Our children who have so much love in their hearts and when they spot an injured bird along the side of the road, bring it home and nurse it back to health…
  • All the experiences in my life, good and some hard that make me the person I am today…
  • The simple things in life, the things that are always there and how different life would be without them…
  • Goodness, I am grateful for this space where I can write my thoughts about our journey…

Wishing you the most wonderful 2012, that your dreams will come true and that love will always be near you.

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