Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gratitude 2011

It's the day before Thanksgiving, and that means gratitude. For the past three years, I've set myself the ambitious goal of "no repeats," but this year, I'm going to cut myself some slack. Here we go.

1. GILBERTSVILLE. Really, how could that not be first?
2. Everything we've accomplished, together, in the past year.
3. Sunchokes
4. Genevieve's eggs
5. Pete tearing around like a maniac, outside.
6. That cozy feeling settling in.
7. A new dryer that dries clothes in one cycle.
8. Having a dishwasher again for the first time since May.
9. Our dads: handy, dogged, generous, kind.
10. Our moms: creative, enthusiastic, generous, kind.
11. Our quaint little post office
12. Our quaint little general store
13. Weekly phone consultations with my best friend and bride-to-be, Alexis
14. Every freelance assignment I've been given this year. So grateful.
15. Maker's Mark bourbon
16. Homemade pickles
17. My neighbor's porch swing.
18. The same neighbor's early Christmas decorations.
19. The same neighbor's excellent cookie-baking skills.
20. Land.
21. A different neighbor's horses, which I can see from my office window
22. Our friends with babies.
23. Our friends without babies
24. Old buttons.
25. Roasted Brussels sprouts
26. Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
27. A Dirty Life, by Kristin Kimball, which has been entertaining and inspiring me lately.
28. Clean sheets.
29. Feeling pretty.
30. Fabric-covered embroidery hoops
31. Plate wall
32. Nesting
33. Glee. (Yes...)
34. Supportive family
35. Local meat
36. Mentors
37. Putting down roots in our new home
38. Meeting new people who live on our street
39. Gorgonzola-stuffed olives
40. Chobani yogurt
41. Spotted Duck honey
42. My growing garden
43. Feeling like I have more storage than I know what to do with
44. Hiking with Patrick
45. Goofing off with my husband
46. Borscht
47. My "chicken boots."
48. Dutch Bucket System
49. Singing along to my husband's guitar
50. Decorating
51. Driving the truck
52. Dunderberg Brook.
53. Sourdough pretzels
54. Campfires
55. Looking back
56. Looking ahead
57. Old spools
58. Anna Maria Horner
59. Resiliency
60. Pumpkin bread
61. Pumpkin beer
62. Trick-or-treaters
63. Closure
64. Hosting
65. Porches
66. Galpals
67. Lilacs
68. Arugula
69. Orioles
70. Old cemeteries
71. Craigslist
72. Antiques shows
73. Lockets
74. Pedal steel
75. Old mirrors
76. Repurposing
77. Working from home
78. Old photographs
79. Getting organized
80. Feather duvets
81. Family heirlooms, old and new
82. Flannel shirts
83. Blog comments
84. Colored pencils
85. Sam Adams Octoberfest
86. Portabello mushrooms
87. Ducklings
88. DIY blogs
89. Pinterest
90. Being a band wife
91. Milkshakes
92. Potential
93. Feeling that the toughest of the work is behind us
94. Rag rugs
95. Live music
96. Making soup on rainy afternoons
97. Creme fraiche
98. Old keys
99. Yellow tulips
100. Plaid

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

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Kristen said...

Great list but what are sunchokes?

Kristina Strain said...

Sunchokes are the tuber of the Jerusalem artichoke plant, delicious roasted or eaten raw!

Becky said...

Wonderful list! Thanks for sharing.

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