Another fifth Tuesday means another list of things to be thankful for. I’m purposely not looking back to the last fifth Tuesday, so there may be some repetition, but thankfulness cannot be overstated.
I am thankful for the blazing sun and the brilliant blue skies.
I am thankful for the robins that begin their day at 3:22 a.m. by waking the wrens that wake the sparrows, etc. I’d be happy to let the magpies sleep, but they wake up too.
I am thankful for fresh air and the opportunity to work in the yard and garden. It’s a short season.
I am thankful for flowers. My perennials are flourishing, I’ve transplanted some of them, and the few annuals I planted seem to be doing fine. The garden germinated poorly, but what’s up looks great. The poor germination makes me thankful for grocery stores to buy what I don’t grow.
I am thankful for long hours of daylight as we approach the longest day of the year this coming weekend. I rather dread the decline in daylight hours after that, but for now, I’ll enjoy long evenings to work or to sit and enjoy the yard.
I am always and ever thankful for stories. I read continuously: e-books on my iPhone (haven’t yet justified an iPad), audiobooks on the iPhone or iPod, and print books from the library or the bookseller. To repeat a well-known phrase: there’s no such thing as too many books.
I am thankful for health and strength to do the things I love to do, for joy in the company of family and friends, and the contentment in long hours alone creating my own stories.
I am thankful for faith, which is a gift from God, and for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that gives me purpose, joy and hope.
I am thankful for the technology available to share these thoughts with you, and I wish you joy.