One Word Wednesday

It's the Little Things

The perfect weather of last week shot up to extremely hot in about a nano-second. In this day and age it's not too difficult to stay out of the sun and heat. Gratefully, most of us have air conditioning and/or little reason to exert ourselves out of doors. Today I'll share the Ten Times I felt grateful the past week.

1. I am grateful for the warmth and beauty of a summer weekend. We didn't have time to do much more than catch up with ourselves, but it was a nice change from the routines of worklife.

2.The best part of the weekend was the vodka tasting (elegantly presented in paper cups) with good food, good friends, lots of laughter and good conversation. The vodkas were great, but the double rye whiskey won my heart.

3.. Even though I overexerted and over heated myself, I am very grateful I could spend time in the garden. I came home with enough lettuce and spinach for my lunch this week. In the next couple of weeks we'll be picking peas. Our garden is the garden of weedin', however.

4. How many times this past week has my iPod saved me from ambient noise, or from total boredom?  Dozens! I have it loaded with podcasts, books, and music. Portable listening devices are the best technological invention, bar none.


5. Many times this week I've been grateful for a device, such as my Kindle, on which I can search for varies recipes. Smith picked one of the young garlic heads from the garden, as he wanted to see how well they were forming. I searched for a garlic mint sauce to dress the lamb chops we had Sunday night and cobbled together something from the ingredient suggestions of various recipes. The new garlic has a young fresh flavor, with a slight nip of heat. We have a couple hundred head on track to harvest the end of July.

6. This past week I was often grateful for readily available cold, clean water. The heat, yes it is dry heat, takes all the moisture out of the body and quickly turns one into a dried up husk.

7. I am grateful for the fellow employee who brought a drill from home and installed a new keyboard tray on my desk. Without it I cannot type or use the mouse in an ergonomically safe way.
8. The many shawls I've made (or have been given to me) are put to good use this time of year, as I try to protect my shoulders from overly air conditioned buildings. Each is unique and I'm grateful for the art of their creation.
9. Our little Moxie is 15, and while he's had some bad days, he's holding his own and doing quite well. He still bounces around the house before his walk or before being fed. Overall, he is one happy dog. Every day he's with us is a gift.

10. Even though I am not quite the blogger I once was, I am grateful to you, my good friends, for sticking around to read my infrequent tales of knitting and life. Thank you.


There's so much . . . wonderful. . . in our lives! Thanks for sharing yours with us, Margene.

Oh, Lordy, grrrl. I love being a small part of your life. I find the heat is harder on me now. Any heat. After our drought last year, the humidity is harsh, but we have had a glorious verdant spring. Today is the first day we will be at 95. It's the middle of June. All is good.

Beautiful list!

Glad to hear that sweet Moxie is still doing OK. He's a love.

I'm afraid my greens are pretty much toast. The newer seedlings aren't really growing, and the rest had gotten pretty bitter. The pea pods are starting to fill in, but they'll probably end up being bitter too, with all of this heat.

We are fortunate folk aren't we? Moxie's looking good Margene - 15 is pretty spectacular!

Must comment! Do you use your garlic scapes??? Tell me to shut up if you already know... but we LOVE putting them through a food processor with butter and making garlic scape butter. I freeze it and use it all year on veggies, or melted over steaks or or or YUM!

Other than overexerting yourself, it sounds like things have been very very good. :)

Awww - look at Moxie! I agree with the invention of the Ipod/Iphone/Ipad. I would be lost without my "I's".

I love seeing that picture of Moxie - such a happy little dog and he does indeed bounce! You made a great list right here, grrrlfriend.

Moxie is just adorable! We have a 16-year-old cat and I agree completely that every day we get with him is a gift.

I-pods, friends and happy times, trying new things, gardens and pets, love it.

I've always enjoyed your blog, though I did read infrequently and commented even less. But the Ten on Tuesdays has me reading more blogs, and yours is such a pleasure! Your doggie looks like such a sweetie! His good health is a sign of good owners!

Aww, I love seeing Moxie!!!
You are so loved for your voice here Margene!
Thank you for sharing so much of yourself and being an inspiration. I especially look at your book list and enjoy reading what you liked. Recently I listened to a recorded book of The Round House, because of your star rating, and it was wonderful. More than once I have knit something because I admired your version of it.

that's a wonderful list...except for that dry heat and the garden, I was fortunate last week to enjoy many of those same gifts myself last week. thank you for sharing!

Wonderful list. It's easy to forget gratitude at times. The picture of your pup is adorable. Technology, particularly my smartphone, has really been a blessing. Having the perfect map at my fingertips has been a boon in my travels. Ah shawls. I just gifted my finished Beach Glass to my mother last night. And thank you for your sky pics, knitting and reading inspiration, and GF support.

i love my shawls this time of year too ! and my ipod at all times ;). and my doggie too lol
oh and garlic! - how i love garlic <3
garlic and ipiods and knitting didnt make my grateful list but should have lol

Your list makes me feel grateful, too -- what more could you ask for in a reader response? Thanks!

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