Thankful Thursday is here again and I have so much to be thankful for I hardly know where to start. My City is bathed in grey clouds today although the sun is trying to shine through - and we have had gentle refreshing rain. Our "Indian Summer" has moved on and we have gone into much cooler days and quite cold evenings and nights. Sitting at mys desk I have noticed the cooler weather and have started wearing scarves again - and oh how I love them. The colours are great and the warmth around the neck certainly takes the edge of the cooler days. I have pressed into service my Pashminas too and they are not only beautiful but are so very practical. Our Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers were wise when they wore shawls around their shoulders, crossed at the front and often tied at the back, as I can feel the benefit when I am warm across the shoulders.
Lovely warm mohair and then lighter ones for warmer days.- ~ I love the flair and personality they bring to my day.
Such lovely colours certainly brighten up the day - I shall be doing some on line shopping very soon and have them come arriving at my Post Office box. A friend has been knitting a smaller version, rather like a scarf and making one in an evening - I shall have to get knitting needles out and have a try myself - gosh that will be a shock - I haven't knitted for a very long time.
I have also been beading this afternoon and having a try at making a bracelet for my Medic Alert disk and this is my first attempt - I am pleased, it was easy and I can make one to match each Pashmina or scarf - what a nice thought!
My gratitude today is for many things - for being warm when the chilly wind blows, for friendships over time and space, for old friendships that have stood the test of time. For my children who are gainfully employed and very busy. For those of the family travelling home filled with stories of grand adventures overseas and anxious to get back into routine. Rebecca and Nick leave Frankfurt in the early hours of Friday morning (my time) and head for home and John and I will meet them at the Airport and then go off to the Cattery to collect their much loved cat.
I am thankful for Organ Donor Awareness Month in the United States and for the lives touched by the generosity of strangers who consciously make a decision and make sure their family know their wishes. I am thankful for surgical teams and medical teams who work so very hard for good results and often have to admit defeat and face the loved ones when they lose a patient.
I am thankful for the Internet with all it's complexities and foibles ~ it certainly brings people closer and allows us to be in contact in "real time" and to share time, friendship and photographs in an instant.
I am thankful for the hope of Spring and Summer that lives in the heart of one very dear to me ~ the anticipation of a wonderful summer in a shady garden with good books and summer flowers.
I picked, what I suspect will be, the last rose of summer here this morning and it is wind damaged and a little frail ~ but that bush will become dormant and I shall look forward to the first flush of spring roses after a good pruning.
I have learned so much and am content with my life ~ I like long evenings of good discussion and conversation sprinkled with laughter and music. There is always something to be thankful for and I am very thankful.
Thank you for visiting the musings of my heart ~ a warm and thoughtful heart today and I send out my love and care to you all on the winds of time.
Love and hugs,