I think we might have something to learn from our neighbours across the ocean when it comes to thankful things, so I'm pausing, inspired by Christine at A Colourful Life, to note what is bringing contentment and gratitude this week.
#1 Finding a home for two wee jumpers - I started knitting them for my 'soon-to-be' 3 nephew - but just got round to finishing them this summer. He was 11 a few weeks ago. A friend with two toddlers was grateful to have them and I was delighted to see them go to a good home.
#2 The smallest member of the family who 'joins in' the conversation watchfully and feels entitled to 'take a pew' literally when we all linger round the table with a cuppa.
#3 Daffodils popping through earlier than ever - last year it was Christmas week and that was early. I didn't even think to look to see until the yellow caught my eye so they've been out at least since November 12.
#4 I'm thankful to have reached the end of a very busy few weeks on the road with work and grateful the next phase means staying at home to complete the work gathered up. Now I can stay in my pjs all day if I want (I won't!) and flit between desk and kitchen all day filling up the teapot (I will!) Bliss.
#5 Wood smoke. Someone has a fire lit and the smell of burning wood hangs on the slightly damp air. Sigh.
#6 Dried fruit in the cupboard for the Christmas cake - ready to make when the notion takes me.
#7 Groceries delivered to the door this evening. It's only the second time I've ordered online ever, but it's been an exceptionally busy few weeks and I'm exhausted. Luxury.
#8 The smell of fresh laundry on a cool pillowcase.
#9 Hearing the rain on the window and snuggling in under the quilt.
#10 The quiet, contented breathing from a sleeping loved one who's been struggling with pain all day.