I was rousted out of my early morning reverie by Bear shouting, “Babe! Grab your camera!”
I hurriedly found said object, pulled on a flannel jacket, slipped into my farm shoes, and dashed out the door.
And saw this.
I’ve lived on this farm for a year and a half now, yet it still astonishes me with its beauty and wonder.
Bear chuckled, very pleased with himself, as I dashed about exclaiming in wonder and absolute bliss as the misty fields were suffused with golden light.
I leaned on the dewy front gate for a long time as the burnished light enveloped me, Bear, every leaf and blade of grass.
It is not possible to feel sadness in such moments. Or fear. Or anxiety. Simply an exquisite peace and deep, deep gratefulness.
I wandered through my gardens, loving the sunlight shimmering on feathery asparagus fronds and glistening on the crab apples jeweled by droplets of mist.
Even my little greenhouse wall, usually plain old plastic sheeting, glowed as if it were made of molten glass.
After our walk we returned to our little kitchen and held hands as we visited and sipped maple cinnamon coffee.
It made me smile as I thought of my younger self, so eager for big adventures and grand experiences. Now it is these little moments I treasure, these quiet, beautiful ones shared with people I love.
“One grateful thought is a ray of sunshine.
A hundred such thoughts paint a sunrise.
A thousand will rival the glaring sky at noonday –
for gratitude is light against the darkness.”
Richelle E. Goodrich
Today I am grateful for cozy flannel shirts and maple cinnamon coffee, Autumn sunshine, fallen seed pods that crunch when I walk, seedlings for my winter garden, NUMB3RS on DVD, being creative with dear friends, and love and hugs from Bear.
What are you grateful for today? xo
PS – I am very honored to be interviewed at two lovely sites by two amazing and inspiring women. If you fancy learning a bit more about my life, click here to read the interview at Budget Travel Talk and click here to read the interview at Reading is Fashionable.
Maple Cinnamon Coffee
2 Tbsp espresso (more or less according to your desired strength)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp real maple syrup
1/4 cup whole milk
- Place espresso grounds and cinnamon into your coffee brewer of choice (I use a French press) and brew.
- Pour into mug and stir in maple syrup and whole milk.
- Sip most happily.