Home for the Holidays, by Thomas Kincaid

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Blessings of the Season/Summer

Hello, Friends and Visitors,

I am returning to the blogging world again after being quite ill with a Summer flu which kept me down for about one and half weeks. I am healthy now, but find myself going through a blue period.

So, today, I thought I will count some blessings which help keep me focused on happy, positive things.

The Blessings of Summer

~Waking up to bright, sunny mornings which energize me towards a new day
~Sitting outside in the morning sunshine, putting on my make-up
~Watching my sweet bird friends at the feeders
~Viewing my first hummingbird of the season (today!)
~Watching the progress of my veggie garden, green plants becoming more abundant and healthy every day
~Hanging the morning wash on the railings of my deck to dry in the warm air and then folding it when it is dry with the fresh smell of summer scents in everything.
~Fresh Summer salads
~Living at a slower pace
~Having the children at home with me. Even when we are enjoying separate tasks, just knowing that they are nearby
~Cleaning house with the windows and doors open to freshen the air inside
~Watching the flight of a butterfly
~Watching in wonder the rapid flight of a hummingbird and seeing it pause for a moment on a small tree branch. How can something so small, so very delicate be packed with such energy and speed?
~Having my apple tree prayers...where I take my devotions out under our tree and listen for the Lord's voice as I listen to the breeze play with the tree leaves
~Eating supper al fresco
~Puttering in the garden with the cats by my side (as soon as they hear me out there, they come to be with me)
~Having the love of an animal (a blessings in every season)
~Sitting in my backyard swing
~Lots of sunshine
~Quiet evenings, and the promise of a bright new day tomorrow
Oh, and, yes, SUNSHINE!

How about you? What are some seasonal blessings for which you are thankful?

Have a wonderful day!


Myrnie said...

So glad you're feeling better! I'm grateful for family that's visiting from far away, and FINALLY sunshine! We've reached the 70's, summer is here :)

The Chair Speaks said...

Glad you are better. The flowers are pretty!

Grammy Staffy said...

Dear Elizabeth,
Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment. It is always so nice to meet new blog friends. By the way, my mom was Elizabeth G. too. What a good name!

I love all the things you listed about summer. What a nice list you made.

I am sorry that you have been sick. I was down a few days last week too but I am better now. I am glad that you are feeling better too.

I hope that you will come back and visit me often. I think that you have a darling blog.Maybe I could meet you sometime when we come to Utah to visit our kids.

Have a good week. Grammy Lura

Anne@Rosydreamer said...

What a lovely list. I am thankful for: time this summer to really be a homemaker, my pets, my tomato plant, a husband who still takes me on dates :), and my God who loves me so dearly, bearing me through every season of life.

Alexandra said...

I suffer from the blues as well. It comes and goes, and it seems to be coming more lately, probably due to peri-menopause. I've also got some sort of lingering sinus thing. Have a super day, and prays for peace and health. :)

Sybil said...

I do hope after writing all you are thankful for that you are truly feeling uplifted, what a lovely lot. It could almost be my grateful list...
I am so gla dto rea dthat you arefeeling better after the summer flu bout, it is horrid to be ill especially in summertime. I have had a heavy heart this week as my darling Brothr in law has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer for which there is little can be done. he has lawasy been our rock and seems just not right. My dear sister has CPOD so is not all that fit herself and cannot drive so I have been driving in and out to Bath twice a day since John went to hospital on Tues. ( we only heard the news on Thurs.) Please keep us in your prayers,
Love Sybil x

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better and I enjoyed your list.

I've been struggling with the blues lately too, and I think it's because I haven't been able to exercise much. It's been too hot to do much strenuous outside, and I can't use the treadmill in the basement because of the mold remediation work going on down there. I find exercise helps my mood so much. Anyway, I think perhaps once you get back into your routine and can be more active again, your mood will lift.

As for gratitude, we had sauted fresh zucchini tonight and a sliced Brandywine tomato, and it was better than eating out at a four star French restaurant!