Good morning. Good morning.
It's cold here. This temperature in the spring will feel balmy, but
now it just feels Really Quite Cold. This is my favorite time of year for
canning and stocking up on bone broth, since I'm desperate for the
warmth in the kitchen.
Oh, yes. Fall is most definitely upon us.
Today I am cultivating appreciation for all things right and sweet in my world. It's a practice that blesses me everytime I take a moment to count a few blessings.
This morning I am thankful for…
1.The pantry that is brimming with canned tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and this season's most exciting experiment – homemade siracha (hot sauce)! There are plenty of things I didn't get around to putting by, but today I'm feeling deep appreciation for all that did get squirreled away. (I'll share the siracha recipe if you are interested.)
2. The arrival of autumn and the painted leaves that have appeared everywhere around here in the past week. I love fall and the turning inward that it brings each season. Because it is so fleeting, autumn encourages me to be present, put aside the to-do list and get outside to enjoy it.
3. Family. We just returned from a weekend visiting my parents and I do appreciate them so. I was also blessed with an uninterrupted afternoon with a friend who's known me since I was a 16-year old hippie kid. I like being with people who know where I've been.
4. Our farm dream, which we still hold tight to even as the seasons
turn. I am dreaming of curling up beside a woodstove and looking out on
snow-covered Driftless hills. I am open to grace and letting it come.
5. Our bossy chickens who have just woken and are on the back steps, loudly proclaiming that it is time for their servant (me) to feed them their breakfast.
What blessings are you counting today?