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Thankful Thursday August 12 2021

Technically today is Friday the 13th. I didn’t quite forget about writing yesterday. I just remembered when it was an inopportune time to write. It’s been a busy week!

  • I’m thankful for cycling with friends
  • I’m thankful for cold brew coffee on a hot afternoon
  • I’m thankful for pollinator flowers attracting butterflies to my yard
  • I’m thankful for going to bed early some nights
  • I’m thankful for brain puzzles like sudoku
  • I’m thankful for trying new things


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Thankful Thursday August 5 2021

I’m not sure I like the whole bullet list of gratitudes format.  It feels forced like I’m making a grocery list.  Something to check off without really thinking about it.

I am thankful for a lot of things this week. They all kind of flow together though.  The weather has been cool so I’ve been cycling more.  In cycling more, I’m riding farther and the group ride I do was a lot easier than it has been in the past.  I know the weather makes a huge difference but I hope that I’m getting fitter as well.  

Some of my cyclist friends are also artists. One is curating the Free Little Art Gallery in Edmond, and another artist friend (not a cyclist) visited a second Free Little Art Gallery in our city.  It’s rather close to my house, so I rode my bike to visit it with the intention of dropping off an Artist Trading Card. I forgot the card but discovered a Little Free Library nearby too. 

I wanted to add some miles to my ride so I stopped by a geocache, which was my 500th find. With that and my 21 mile ride on the weekend, I’ve been able to mark off 2 of my goals for 2021. I had forgotten I made goals when I got a paper planner for the year. It’s been interesting revisiting them.

Community has been a theme for the week and I’m thankful for my artist book club group.  One of our group will be moving to Italy so we had a small feast and discussed the chapter of The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp we’re on, enjoying her company before her grand adventure.   I was anxious that it would be a rather somber gathering, but we’re all excited about her move. “My friend in Italy” has a nice ring to it.

What are you thankful for this week?


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Thankful Thursday 2021-0715

This week I read that the only thing we should be thankful for is being connected to all things.  I’m trying to remember that but it’s nice to notice the little things.

  • I am thankful for the butterfly I noticed on a flower in my front garden
  • I am thankful for the basil harvested to make pesto
  • I am thankful for encouraging cycling friends
  • I am thankful for noticing challenges and approaching them differently
  • I am thankful for cycles of activity and rest