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Five on Friday - gratitude 13.12

Today I need to dwell deeply on my five gratitudes - it is wet and dark outside and life seems very topsy turvy at the moment.
To round up the end of the week my Five on Friday are...

The delicious pleasure of climbing into a pre-warmed bed. Himself always switches on my electric blanket for me and the delight of sliding cold feet into a warm bed is wonderful.

Cinnamon coffee - something I had 'discovered' some winters ago and return to it seasonally. A warming and bold way of zhushing your morning brew. Make your coffee (be it instant or ground) with milk first - this takes off the bitter seared edge, add hot water, stir, then sprinkle on the cinnamon. 
Smell that wonderful aroma, just absorb that gorgeous woody scent, then stir, stir well.
Cinnamon is an acquired taste in coffee, however, if you want to give it a try, start with just a few grains and build it up. It will be worth it - you can feel its magic as you drink it :)

The company of a dog - Moss, a constant companion, a foot warmer, a walk taker, a tail wagger, a pair of trusting brown eyes, a forgiving soul, a confidant, a muse and a constant source of amusement and photo opportunity....

Digital photography - I will be forever grateful that film (although different and still an amazing technology) has moved on to digital. My camera (and to an extent) the laptop are tools for my art - workhorses, logging my work, creating 'stories', capturing inspiration. I can't imagine my world without my camera.

Fold up umbrella - Himself bought us a pair to slot in to haversacks or be hand-held as we walk out. I think this year most of our walks have been 'with umbrella'. This last week my umbrella has seen action every day - hail, sleet, rain and even as a shield against a sharp and icy breeze.

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Every night, as soon as I am comfortable and before I fall asleep, I quietly go through my day and list without fail three things that I am grateful for. Sometimes it is hard to find a new one - then I realise I am grateful for things that are considered normal and universally accepted as everyday - like being warm, like having food in the cupboard, like being able to switch a light on and not worry that it will go off. Then, I realise how very lucky I am.

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Let us celebrate the small things that make our lives all that more easy - a gently way to enjoy our lives xxx

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  1. Yes it is all too easy to go to a tap and turn it on and out comes clean water; ditto the heating; ditto light etc etc. I heartily vote the joy and gratitude of having a digital camera. I did have a film one and was not very good at it (don't mention aperture, film speed, focal length etc etc!). I bought one on a bit of a whim and I'm now on my fourth one. x

  2. I have the same bedtime ritual and it is amazing how often it is the 'normal' things are the things I am most grateful for too. I have never tried cinnamon coffee, but will give it a whirl. Thanks for the idea! If you like hot chocolate try it with a little sprinkling of nutmeg on top for a change. It is delicious.

  3. Beautiful post, Kate. My sleepy brain rarely gets as far as all the 'big' things to be grateful for each day, because I have so many (what are to me) ordinary gratitudes. Safe house, being warm and dry and well fed with clean water on tap, being in good health, being safe, living in a democracy . . . how many millions would consider all that list "big things".

    When I hear people bitching and moaning about not having designer shoes, or tickets to a concert, or other things I consider fatuous, I sometimes have great difficulty keeping my mouth shut 🀬

    As for your five - the company of a devoted dog. Priceless. πŸΎπŸ•πŸ’š

  4. You are so right with your insights this week & I wholly agree, especially about dogs & digital photography. I don't have a dog as you know, but seem to attract them when we are out & about. As for cameras, I've had one since I was 10 & enjoy being able to pick & choose what I've taken instead of many disastrous snaps after they've been printed. Thanks again for waking me up to being more grateful. Take care & huggles. I'll pop my link on today on the PC, as I can't get it to work on my tablet.

  5. So true. We *should* celebrate and notice, the small things. Which are not small, and not easily available to so many people.

    I am grateful, for having a sore throat scare, not turn out to be so!!!! -smile- Went to doctor's and had a throat swab done, and it was not Strep. In fact, it is all gone away. So gladddd!

    But glad I went, because at 82, one does not take chances.


  6. I used to do this gratitude thing with my old work colleague who used to get depressed easily- we'd send each other an email with things we were grateful for. All the 'small things' are indeed great! I love a warm bed too- I am always so grateful when it is bed time!


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