Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving, from Heart and Home

I appreciate your visit.

I am regrouping for the holidays,
taking some well-earned time off to spend with my family.

"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues."
Marcus Tullius Cicero

I am grateful for the time we've had together, here at Heart and Home.
I thank you  for your continued support and encouragement.
I thank you for the inspiration and the creativity you've shared,
 for the insight and wisdom,
and especially the humor

A joyous Thanksgiving Holiday

filled with the love and laughter of friends and family

is what I wish for you, my Heart and Home friends.

Eat, play, relax, and give thanks for all your blessings.
Be well.
Enjoy the warmth and the spirit of the coming days.

Until we meet here again, I will be thinking of you.

Until next time,

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.--Estonian Proverb

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

San Francisco and Wednesday Gratitude #35 at Heart and Home

Hello again friends.
How's everything?
I'm thinking about you!

It's Gratitude Wednesday.
If you'd like you can link your Gratitude post below.

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder

I'm always inspired when I see the Golden Gate Bridge.

I'm grateful for the wonder and excitement of a day spent in my favorite city.
 I love the spectacular view from up here,
on the edge of Lincoln Park overlooking the Pacific ocean.

 To me, it's thrilling knowing powerful ocean waves are crashing
 just beyond the rolling hills of the golf course.

I'm thankful for a day spent browsing
at the beautiful Legion of Honor museum in Lincoln Park.
(check out the link for more info.)

The lion guarding the entrance is freshly power-washed.
Which is the only way to wash a lion, I'm sure.

After a busy day in the bustling city,
I'm thankful for a return to my quiet part of the world,
and my home among the redwood trees.

I'm grateful for the soft rustle of the wind in the treetops...

...and for the beauty of a full moon on a peaceful night.

Goodnight, my friends!
Until next time,
linking to Outdoor Wednesday, thanks Susan!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Wednesday Gratitude #34 at Heart and Home: A Shared Meal

Hello my dear reader-friends.

I'm grateful for you!
Link your Gratitude Post below, and thank you for stopping by today.

"If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily." - Gerald Good

I know it's been awhile.
I haven't had a lot to say.

Thanks for sticking with me!
If I could I would have you all over for a nice fall dinner.
We'd sit around the table for a long time, and share our stories along with the food.

I'd set a pretty table for you.
I'd use fall colors, and make sure the stemware glistened in the candlelight.

What will we have to eat?
Something warm and hearty, this is the time of the year for comfort food!

It always brings me comfort to cook for the people I care about.
I'm grateful for the simple pleasure of preparing a tasty meal.

I am comforted by the flickering candles in the chandelier.
I'm thankful for the soft glow of the fire in the fireplace, and the glass votives on the table.

I am thankful for the warmth of my home on a cool Fall day.

I'm grateful for friends and good food,
and time spent sharing a meal together. 

I am getting used to this feeling that envelopes me.
 Grief is a strange thing.
One minute I feel fine, the next minute I am lost and lonely.
One day I have only happy memories,
the next day I am filled with sadness.

I am grieving the death of my parents,
and my choice to end contact with people who have been cruel.
I am working every day to regain my equilibrium,
and to get my life back on track after this major derailment.

Everyday I think of you!
 I am pondering how Heart and Home fits in my life right now.
Finding the answer might take some time,
and so I am taking things slowly.
 I am thankful for your support and understanding.
And, if we were sitting together around my table sharing a meal,
I would drink a toast in gratitude to you, my blog friends.

Until next time,
also linking to Tablescape Thursday, at Between Naps on the Porch.