Saying I have a lot to be grateful for this week is quite the understatement.  This week’s installment:

Quotes on Gratitude

Even after all this time,
The sun never says to the earth,
“You owe me.”
Look what happens with
A love like that.
It lights the whole sky.

— Hafiz

“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” — Johannes A. Gaertner

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” — Margaret Cousins

Gratitude list for the week ending February 26

  1. Getting the trip to Italy finalized!  Now it’s just the wait that will be difficult.

    Venice - one of the places we will visit on our trip...

  2. Phil is fully recovered from the flu that took him down for about 10 days
  3. My dog curled up next to me on the couch while I’m writing
  4. Skiing with great friends from Virginia at Breckenridge
  5. Spending quality time with same friends over drinks, dinner, and a drive to the airport the next morning
  6. Feeling both confident and exhilarated while skiing (first time since before the kids were born)
  7. Phenomenal cheeseburger at Motherloaded restaurant in Breckenridge.
  8. Having a delicious late dinner with Phil while Mom had the kids overnight
  9. The TravelTracker iPad app
  10. Jay falling asleep in his own bed and staying there all night – all week – major achievement!

What are you grateful for this week?


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  1. We had a wonderful week. Met Jeanne (a blogging buddy) and her husband on their first trip to Florida from Minnesota. Went to a one act play. Watched the Shuttle launch of Discovery. Attended a Kayaking lecture with some fab slides of Florida wildlife. Went for a bike ride. Walked on the beach. Went to an outdoor concert ~ Island Swing (Big Band sounds). Organized my writing desk and office.

    And, best of all, I did NOT do my taxes. 😀

    • Not doing taxes is a wonderful reason to be grateful!

      Envious of you getting see the Shuttle launch. What an experience!

    • You didn’t miss much. We watched the launch on TV and then ran outside and watched the plume as it rose above the Earth. We thought about driving closer, and may for the next launch.

      My brother in law had tickets to watch from Cape Canaveral. He enjoyed it, but he had to head over 10 hours before the launch because of traffic congestion on launch days.

      My gratitude came from Discovery leaving Earth’s orbit in one piece ~ someone had recently posted a piece on Challenger so I was holding my breath.

  2. A nice reminder of the value of both the big and little things in life. I loved item #3. As for Item #6, congratulations–I am a Colorado native, but I still haven’t gotten there! 🙂

    • Jeannie,

      I’m finally at the point where I crave going skiing again. Took me a long time after having the kiddos. And yes, a warm dog curled up next to you is a beautiful thing. 🙂

  3. So happy for the Colorado sun. This week we had a little snow and then poof – the next morning it was no more. Also visited a writer’s group in town. This one seemed more promising than the others I have visited. Very hopeful.

    • Stacy,

      Which writer’s group did you visit? I’m always on the hunt for good ones. Thanks for coming by!

      • I visited one in Colorado Springs. They do prompts and write. During my first visit, there was a large group. Still it was nice to be around writers. Some did not follow the prompts and just continued working on their work in progress. I look forward to giving it another try.

  4. #1 ooh didn’t know you were going to Italy, I’ve only been there for the day from France, but both my parents and hubby’s parents have holidayed there. They say it’s the one place you have to go to before you die. Are you going to Rome?

    #10 congrats I’m jealous!

    yay for the rest.

    I am grateful for a whole day scrapbooking on Saturday followed by a double date to movies to watch Hall Pass, (bit rude!) but hilarious, I was caught laughing raucously when the scene went to a quiet moment on more than one occasion!

    • Catherine,

      We will be going to Rome, along with the Riviera, Milan, Venice and Naples. But most of the time will be in an apartment on the Riviera.

      #10 was a LOOOONG time coming!

      Now I’ll have to look into Hall Pass.

  5. Conosco Camogli, you’ll love it 🙂 the whole summer plan sounds an awesome idea for all the family. Where else have you lived in Europe?

    PS Thanks for the Tuesday Tip, that’s how I arrived here 😉

    • Joanna,

      Thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked the tip! I lived in England for two years (although not consecutively). My husband spent six years of his childhood in Paris.

      Have you been to Camogli?

  6. Those are wonderful reasons to be grateful. Italy is fabulous–I would go back in a heart beat. And an evening without the kids–what a treat! 🙂

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