I’m grateful life calmed down a bit this week. I’m writing this post looking out my window at the mountains and trees all dressed in snow with a blue-sky background. To say this has been a cold winter all across the U.S. would be a gross understatement, and there is much grumbling about it on Facebook, etc. So I decided a few gratitude quotes focusing on winter might be in order. 🙂

Quotes on Gratitude

“If we had no winter, spring would not be so pleasant. If we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” — Anne Bradstreet

“What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” — John Steinbeck

“Winter is the time for stories, staying fast by the glow of fire. And outside, in the darkness, the stars are brighter than you can possibly imagine.” — Isabel Greenberg

Gratitude list for the week ending February 1

  1. I revised a picture book manuscript I only first drafted a month ago. It seems I’ve got my writing mojo back.
  2. Homemade chicken noodle soup on cold winter nights
  3. A crackling fire to work and read by
  4. Reading Harry Potter #1 to Jay. Starting the story anew with fresh eyes, ears and heart.
  5. The generosity of support from folks after I posted ideas about how they could help in the aftermath of Rocky’s shooting.
  6. January came to an end! I’m always glad to see the back side of January, but this year in particular? Whew!
  7. Loving all of the activity and support happening through 12 x 12 already. The Forum and the Facebook group are both on fire!
  8. I leave for Florence, and Writer’s Renaissance, TWO MONTHS from today!
  9. Rocky is recovering so well, he’s practically 100% back to himself.
  10. Going outside to trudge in the snow several times a day. I have to, to take Rocky out. But it’s a great reminder of how beautiful and silent the world is in winter.

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. I too love the dog walks in this weather on the days it isn’t too bad. I love positive spin on everything. When is A Shiver of Sharks out in paperback? My kids love sharks and dogs.

  2. I’m grateful for so many things. I have a loving husband and daughter. I’m thankful a few friendly tweets connected me with lit agent Terrie Wolf and that she would be willing to work with me on three contests.

    I can even say I’m thankful for snow (not cold). I got snow shoes and poles.

    Thank for being in this group too.

  3. I am so, so, so happy to hear that Rocky is nearly 100% better!!!

  4. Lots to be thankful for, as always. For one thing – my first 12×12 manuscript for 2014 – done. …just in the nick of time. Yay for Rocky. We knew he’d bounce back as strong and brave as ever.

  5. Very happy to hear about Rocky’s full recovery! I, too, am, thrilled at all the support and excitement int eh 12×1 group.

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