I’m thankful today for generous, well established friends and their well-tended gardens and orchards.  And I’m not the only thankful one.


jelly 3This friend made a statement in passing about “having to pick those grapes again”.  “So many grapes!”  I told her I would be glad to help her with that problem, and she brought me a big bag of gorgeous purple grapes.

Last time I got my hands on grapes, I juiced them and canned the juice.  But we are not huge juice drinkers.  This time I made jelly.  With pectin, and sugar.  Isn’t that awful?  Awful yummy.

Isn’t the color amazing? Like a glowing jewel, on toast.jelly 2

I’m thankful for this kind of treat.


Today, I’m thankful to have my leg back. While I’m not at all ready to go salsa dancing, I’m healing nonetheless. My cast was removed yesterday and I got to see my leg for the first time in six weeks. One of the first things I did when we got home was to heat up a pan of water and give my leg a good soak. Boy, was that divine. I’m adjusting to this walking boot, and feeling slightly timid about the lessened amount of support than what my purple cast provided, but I will adjust. If all goes according to plan, my leg should be completely free of all hindrances about ten days before this baby is due. Whew. I’m thankful, indeed.IMG_8623


I celebrated a birthday this week, and it was a dandy.birthday 2

A couple days before the birthday-proper, my family gathered for feast and fun.

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I am so thankful for their goodness and resilience over the years, for their generosity and love.  They gave me beautiful and thoughtful gifts, including this awesome skein of hand-dyed wool, which serves to heightens my excitement about Robin’s fiber workshop in August.

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My birthday dawned overcast and muggy, with a chance of rain in the forecast.  The ground was dry enough to dig and the potatoes were still under there.  There were some other plans in the works, but we scrapped them and hit the field.  It was a great family group effort.

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And, I got 700 pounds of potatoes for my birthday!  What a day!  We were pretty worn out afterward, but a lengthy dip in the creek revived us and inspired the creation of a really beautiful pineapple upside down cake.  What more could a woman want?

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I am so thankful for another year to live this wonderful life.  So thankful.