This is such a great 10 on Tuesday. For most of November I kept on seeing people on Facebook and Twitter talking about all the things they are thankful for. While I know I could do at least one status update a day with something or someone I am thankful for, I just didn't seem to find the time to actually do it. So, I guess this week's 10 on Tuesday is my opportunity. There have been so many awesome things for me to be thankful in the past year. Here is just a small list of them:
1) All the wonderful people who are part of my life - I can't even begin to list all of the people who are dear to me, so I'm not going to try. Some people I see everyday, some less than once a year. I am so blessed to have such caring friends and family, thank you all for being there for me.
2) Warm, purring cats - To me a house without a cat isn't a home. I have had a kitty in my life since I can remember and for 4 years we did without, which was very difficult for me. Whether I'm reading in bed with our Molliwog rubbing her face against the pages of my book or having Winks purr like a madman when I stop by to feed him when Brian's folks are away... these cats just mean the world to me.
3) The smell of a good campfire - I'll admit, I'm a sucker for certain smells and the scent of wood burning is one of them. Good thing I married and Eagle Scout and I was a Cadet in Girl Scouts. Between the two of us, if we need one, a good campfire is an easy undertaking.
4) The taste of freshly baked bread - To quote a co-worker of mine, "I never met a carbohydrate I didn't like," and since I'm home on vacation and have some spare time this week, I've been cooking a lot. Today I made spice bread and it is just so good hot with a little pat of butter. I love my bread machine; now I just have to remember how it works.
5) My hobbies - They might sound distinctly unimportant in the scheme of things, but knitting, paper crafting, photography, blogging and computer games really make a big difference in my life. They de-stress me while forcing me to be creative and laugh at myself. There is also the added bonus that they are all social in some way. I play World of Warcraft with several of my friends, so that gives me a chance to spend some time with them during the week when I normally couldn't see them. Almost all of my paper crafting projects happen when I'm in a class of mostly familiar faces and my knitting introduces me to all sorts of small businesses and other knitters as I look around for some beautiful new yarn I have yet to discover.
6) The exquisitely soft feel of Malabrigo - Ok, forgive me, I'm going to step into my yarn geek persona. If you told me a year ago that I was going to absolutely drool over certain types of yarns... I would have thought you were crazy. However, a tactile obsession has befallen me sometime since I started knitting in earnest. I. Love. Soft. Yarn. All I do when I go to a fiber store is touch things. I can honestly say I have picked up a gorgeously dyed skein to put it in my basket, only to put it down when I notice it's just not soft enough for me to knit with. So sad.... but, at this point I know my weakness. To me the perfect illustration of what is soft (yarnwise) is how Malabrigo Worsted feels.
7) The generosity of others - It always blows me a away how generous people can be. Just this week one of my friends' parents gave us a beautiful four poster queen sized bed. They were moving and didn't need it so they generously said we could have it. Now, my husband and I have been married for over six years now and for those six years have been sleeping in a full sized bed. Our old bed was great, don't get me wrong, it was just a little tough to establish peace where covers were concerned.... Another example is how quickly Brian and I found ourselves with new queen sized sheet sets and a comforter after mentioning our new bed's imminent arrival. I mean really, we didn't even have time to go out any buy any for ourselves!
8) Music - I don't think I can say how much am am thankful for music and do it any kind of justice. It has played such a large part in my life for so many years that I don't know how to begin. I have yet to find a musical genre I don't like at least in some way. From classically written movie scores to musicals and Metallica, I really enjoy a wide range as both a listener and performer. Music is just the perfect way to express all kinds of emotions that are hard to convey by words alone.
9) All the beauty that surrounds me - Spring flowers, blazing sunsets and birds calling in the early hours of the morning; the sound of children playing on the playground outside our window. These are just a few of those tiny things that bring a smile to my face everyday that people often overlook. Even I forget to take time out for them on a busy day, but when I have a change to slow down and relax, they creep back into view.
10) My wonderful husband - I couldn't leave him out now could I? Love you honey!