Cinnamon grateful

Homemade pumpkin cheesecake

My last post was on the first of November, about the behind the scenes creation of books. Today is the thirtieth, and I’m unsure what to say in only my second blog of the month.

It’s been a tough month in a lot of ways. Broken bones, illness, the black dog, exhaustion…we’re both crashing, and we don’t have time to do so.

But, on the other hand, we’ve had good reconnect time with friends, we’ve had great food, full workshops, new book ideas, and I’ve had a new book come out. That’s always exciting and nerve wracking.

I’ve had passing thoughts on blog topics, but then I don’t have (or find) the time and I forget the idea. Or I think of something and dismiss it as too personal or maudlin.

So I’m going to go a little bit cliche and tell you what I’m thankful for as the days grow shorter and the darkness encroaches.

I am grateful for:

  • My wife, who gets me
  • Words, which although sometimes elusive are always powerful
  • The fact that we both like to cook
  • Cinnamon, a perfect spice
  • New and old friends, and the ability to let them wander on and off my path with less anxiety in both directions
  • Books. All of them
  • My wife, who makes me laugh every day
  • For light days that arrive like the tide after the dark ones
  • Long, hot baths
  • Peanut butter in all its forms
  • My mom, who keeps managing to find her feet, time and again. She’s a survivor
  • Physical therapy to help my pickle finger
  • My wife, whose smile makes my heart ache
  • Teaching things I’m passionate about and seeing people’s excitement
  • Good reviews
  • New possibilities and the courage to take a leap of faith
  • Soft sheets
  • My wife, because she never gives up on me, even when it would be totally understandable

I hope you have some things you’re grateful for too, and I hope you have something or someone to help you head for the returning of the light in the distance.

See you soon…

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