Practicing Gratitude – 2nd Night of Hanukkah



On this, the second night of Hanukkah, I am grateful for some things falling into place.   


My day began early with a phone call from a friend in Australia. She was up in the middle of the night, as usual. I felt her angst as she has so many more things to get done for Christmas. She is the hostess with the mostess. She decorates to the nines and enjoys the gala events she puts on. It is fun having friends who celebrate differently. I am grateful she like to share her world with me.

 I ventured out to the bank and to the grocery store today. I was unnecessarily worried about crowds and traffic. When I arrived at the store I ran into a dear friend. I miss her so much and between our separate physical ailments neither of us gets out too much. We had hugs and a catch-up session in the middle of the aisle. When someone knows you as well as we know each other, you can say a lot in a short time. I am grateful for our chance meeting. Her shopping cart items prompted me to get a very small roast for this week. I wanted to make some comfort food as the rain persists and the cold temperatures are kicking my butt.

I came home to some sweet gifts my friend left me. I will drop of hers on Wednesday morning. Mainly I made gifts this year. Shopping is difficult for me right now. Not having to go to a job means more time enjoying my hobby.

I was so happy to find out that two of my packages I mailed on Saturday morning arrived at their destinations today. I worry about lost packages. This has been a part of my history.  I am grateful when I know my gifts are not floating in nowhere land.

I spent my day finishing up some more sewing items. I know I have more time, so I continue creating. I am grateful that my body is warm in my upstairs room. Yippee for heat rising.

Fortunately, I had some texting conversations with women I care about. It is nice when you know that you are never really alone. I am grateful for the connections I have made this past year. I adore my tribe.

It was dark early, and I was eager to stop sewing for awhile to light the candles. I then made some mac and cheese as well as pea soup. My heart was happy, my stomach was happy, and I felt grateful for all I created today.

After dinner I returned to sewing. I decided to make some more doll clothes for my cousin’s granddaughters. It seems I have a love of making these little fashion items. They are certainly easier to make than “real” clothes.

I finally ended my day at almost one AM. I am exhausted but satisfied with my day. I hope everyone I love has a wonderful Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah.

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