November 30, 2010

comfort (30/30)

as i sit in my office on the last day of this month of gratitude the i-pod is playing the dixie chick's cover of "landslide" and the wind is blowing blustery last gasps of fall weather.  the colored leaves have about disappeared and we're left with the stragglers that are quickly fading away into browns and grays.  where our northern friends have beautiful fluffy blankets of white - we here are faced with the browns, taupes and grays of winter.  christmas is in 25 days and the new year is in 31.  overwhelming in many ways.

of all the seasons, winter is not my favorite...it's cold and damp and though i love that the coldness allows the flowers to bloom in the spring and takes care of a rather large bug population, it leaves me feeling a bit isolated and alone.  but maybe that is its purpose - to allow us to feel those feelings so when we are with friends and family that we appreciate their company?  i tend to think in looking at both sides of the coin, the half full, yet half empty glass.  i'm not so much oppotomistic as i'm practical and firmly convinced that worry will not change anything. 

i wanted a big bang to finish up this month...but it seems that i'm going with a whimper - - - sorta.  so as the fall slips into winter and november slips into december, i will remember too that all downs are accompanied by ups.  today i'm grateful for warm beds, good coffee and things that comfort. 

today's gratitude - on this day, i'm grateful for blankets, wooly socks, coffee and tea, comfort, beds with fluffy comforters and soft pillows.  i'm grateful big picture windows that allow me to see the beauty that surrounds me, even when it's gray and brown.  and i'm grateful that i know cold winds will bring bright sunshine and warm weather in the spring.

today on my i-pod - landslide (dixie chicks cover), thank you (dido), i feel the earth move (carole king), have i told you lately (van morrision), champagne supernova (oasis), i wonder (chris isaak)

24 comments:

  1. Very well put for this day...looks the same here. But as you say...it has its purpose!
    I too have enjoyed your month of gratitude...there's so much of it, huh? I'm glad people are grateful and wish that there were more. Thank you for sharing yours!

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  2. Comfort is an easy thing to forget to be grateful for; getting cozy is my favorite thing to do! There are so many people in so many places that don't have the circumstances to allow them to curl up in a warm bed, with cozy PJ's and a hot cup of tea. Great way to end the month of gratitude, Char!

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  3. what a perfect attitude to have....practical i like !

    and can you believe that it is still only brown and grey here ? we have missed all the snow so far as it falls north of us and west of us....and i am not complaining at all....i don't need any white until christmas and then by new years i'm ready for blossoms and blooms...a winter girl i'm not :)

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  4. You have accomplished a wonderful month of gratitude...each one so thoughtfully and beautifully written and illustrated...it could be published Char!

    I love the winter...tho I am ready for spring when it comes...I need the time to regenerate I guess:) I love the muted colors of November and early December too...

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  5. I am so for good coffee! I think I'll go make myself an afternoon cup.
    Brenda

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  6. Having a stay in pj's with coffee and old movies kind of day/s. I have learned when these feelings hit to go with them, and the brighter days seem to come sooner. I have shut off the phone and will shut down here soon. I have two novels calling to me and I'll come back up for air on Wednesday.

    I adore winter here, such a respite from far too much sunlight for me. (Of course I do not have to shovel snow)
    : D

    xx
    z

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  7. You should try a winter up north - you'll have a whole new appreciation for winter in the south!

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  8. ah... such a good reflection.

    we are getting rain again, after our first snow, but that's okay. I'm certain there is plenty ahead.

    I'm not the biggest fan of winter either.

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  9. and I love that photo so much.

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  10. have loved all of these ... thanks for sharing 30 in 30! i am writing a post in which i refer to your month of gratitude (should be done sometime this year!! -- i'm such a sloth lately).

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  11. love this post...great reflections of gratitude. and the pic is just so sweet. hope you are doing well. sending lots of positive vibes your way. one love.

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  12. I'm feeling the same way today. Beautiful post!

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  13. nothing like a warm comfy bed. i had missed mine so much during my time away. hard to get out of it now that i am back, lol.

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  14. What a beautiful month of posts, Char! It is pouring rain here today, but at least it's 60 degrees and not 37... lol I have just put up a little tree with twinkling lights on the back porch, where I can see it as I stand at the kitchen sink. Another reminder of light and life and warmth in this dark season -- a blessing for sure. :)

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  15. You know what else cold weather brings...February skies so blue they need to invent a new name to describe them and night skies so clear the twinkling of the stars is bright even in the nighttime lights of the city.

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  16. the seasons don't normally vary dramatically where i live, but it has been EXCEPTIONALLy cold the last week or so. BURR! i am very thankful to have a home and a bed to keep me out of that bone chilling cold! maybe the best thing about winter is being able to cozy up.

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  17. There is just nothing better in the world than being comfy, and I sit here by the fire and type, knowing that's so true! Hoping your week is a good one Char!
    xo Mary Jo

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  18. I hear ya ... not a big fan of winter myself. Thankfully, at least in December, we have wee twinkling lights to perk things up!

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  19. "today i'm grateful for warm beds, good coffee and things that comfort."

    me too :)

    xo Alison

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  20. You know I so agree with this attitude.I love the I pod list too.

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  21. i feel the beauty and hope in your words.
    such a beautiful photo.
    xo

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  22. i love to hear what you are hearing on your ipod.

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  23. Somehow I keep missing your blog and realized I've not been a 'follower'!! I've corrected that, and have gone back to enjoy all the lovely images you've posted in the past month. They are all so beautiful and inspiring. You are truly a gifted and creative photographer and I'll be sure and visit you more regularly now, and I invite you to visit me too! P.S. I have enjoyed reading your thoughts on today's post.

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  24. Can I tell you that I LOVE your taste in music. Love it. I think if I could get away with it, I would snatch your ipod away when you weren't looking. : )

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i feel as if each comment was between us as we sat and sipped something warm....i love to hear what you're thinking.