Friday Gratitude: Good-bye January

January 31, 2014

Friday Gratitude: Good-bye January - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Perfect sunlight at Bennett College in Millbrook, NY

Time for Friday Gratitude, friends. It’s the last day of January and I’m happy. Now there’s only one full month of winter left. Let’s just look over the fact that it’ll probably feel like winter for another 2+ months, shall we?

Friday Gratitude: Good-bye January - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Love this window and light reflection combo.

Speaking of a new month, I’m playing around with some goals lately that are kind of exciting. I want to write some more formal travel essays to submit to various websites. (Why did I never consider doing this before now?) I also want to make a reading challenge for the year, because there are so many books I want to read but I usually let time fritter away on the interwebs waaaaay too long. So! I’m paying more attention to my book list! And lastly, I want to start volunteering somewhere in the community. I’ll leave it at that for now, we’ll see how things go! (I suppose I should have put a Nerd Alert before that paragraph, huh?)

Today, I’m grateful for…

1. Last night’s eats: Shepherd’s pie and Talenti gelato. Yum. (Thanks hubby!)

Friday Gratitude: Good-bye January - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Muted light at the Adler Hotel, Sharon Springs NY

2. Amazing, high quality food to eat at my job! This family has everything gluten-free, organic, vegetarian friendly you could possibly want. I’ve been loving cashew butter on rice cakes lately, plus a spicy carrot slaw on top of basically everything, baked Japanese sweet potatoes eaten by the slice, and collard greens. Collards! I’m not sure how they prepare them but I must find out!

Friday Gratitude: Good-bye January - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

I love how stained glass stays beautiful even after everything around it has crumbled.

3. Of course, the blue sky and sunshine we’ve had this week has been ever so lovely. I know we’re all pretty done with winter at this point, but it is what it is! So we may as well get out there and appreciate the unique beauty of winter while it’s here, right?

Friday Gratitude: Good-bye January - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

So many wonderful treasures lay inside!

 4. My sister knitted me a purple infinity scarf! I love it and have basically been wearing it everyday.

5. We are no longer a one-laptop household! This is huge. My laptop died about two weeks ago, and it was a tad stressful needing to share with Andy, feeling like all my files were (are still) in different places and not being able to accomplish everything we both wanted to do. Now, Andy has a new laptop and I’ve inherited his old one. Yay!

Friday Gratitude: Good-bye January - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Another great image from the Adler Hotel

Have a nice weekend, everyone. Please feel free to share what you’re grateful for in the comments. I’d love to hear!



*All photos in this post were taken by my husband, Andy Milford, in abandoned locations throughout the Hudson Valley region. For more images like these, please visit Abandoned Hudson Valley.

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  • Robin (Masshole Mommy) January 31, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Sounds like you have lots to be grateful for 🙂 I can hardly believe January is over, though. Doesn’t it feel like it flew by this year?

    • Christy February 1, 2014 at 9:04 am

      I agree, it did kind of fly by, didn’t it? Hopefully February will be the same!

  • Ashley January 31, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    January definitely flew by! Love the photos your hubby took, very pretty!

    • Christy February 1, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Thanks, Ashley, I’m passing on all the compliments! (The real miracle would be for February to fly by, too :))

  • Melanie S. January 31, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I’m grateful for every day that passes and gets me closer to the warmer weather. I also had a pretty good win this week, so that’s helped improve my mood a lot too.
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    • Christy February 11, 2014 at 2:23 am

      Me too, Melanie, on that closer to warmer weather thing. Two more minutes of daylight than yesterday!

  • Kita January 31, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I am grateful for just life in general. I love the pictures too so beautiful and mysterious

  • Shana Norris January 31, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I’m grateful that we’re on the downhill side of winter! I can’t wait to see what you do with the travel essays. You have SO MUCH to share, Christy. Andy’s photos are gorgeous as always. The light and the windows …
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    • Christy February 1, 2014 at 9:06 am

      I love your comments, Shana 🙂 I probably mentioned the travel essays just to make myself more accountable. Yay for new projects!
      And the light and the windows…exactly. Photos themes are fun, I might have to feature more of them.

  • Crystal @ Surviving a Teacher's Salary January 31, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I LOVE your husband’s photography! Abandoned places always have some draw on me! I am SO looking forward to spring – this cold weather in the midwest has been CRAZY!
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    • Christy February 1, 2014 at 9:29 am

      I love them, too. I’ve gone on some fun outings with him to explore some hospitals and hotels- it’s crazy how so many things are left behind! Definitely want to feature one particular hotel that had amazing wacky wallpaper in every room.

  • mj January 31, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I am grateful for having the courage to start my blog. I love your photos and your gratitude list. It is so easy to forget how blessed we are in even the little things.
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    • Christy February 1, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Yup, I find it’s *mostly* the little things. Yay for starting your blog! It can be a big undertaking, but it’s so rewarding. Thanks for coming by and have a great weekend!

  • Lisa Thompson January 31, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I too am grateful that January is coming to end. My kids have had more snowdays this month than in the last 2 years combined! We are definitely looking forward to warmer days!
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    • Christy February 1, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      I know, it’s amazing how many snow days there have been so far!

  • Shell January 31, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I keep seeing that gelato in the store but hadn’t tried it yet. I can’t believe January is already over.

    • Christy February 1, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Highly recommend trying the gelato! You won’t regret it, I promise 🙂

  • Amy | Club Narwhal January 31, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    What a lovely kind of post–it made me think about all the things I am grateful for. And I love your resolutions–especially your travel essays. Can’t wait to hear more about how that goes!

    • Christy February 1, 2014 at 9:09 am

      If you’re considering all that you’re grateful for, too, then my goal has been achieved with this post 🙂 Thanks for the support, Amy!

  • Tess January 31, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I cant believe that January flew by. I am grateful for every day-sometimes we forget to do that. Love the photos too.

  • Deb Rothaug January 31, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Loved reading your gratitude list for today, and it keeps growing, providing a good example to be aware of our blessings! I am grateful to have this way to share with you, for being home from a trip very far away, for love that surrounds me, for the beautiful birds coming to visit our yard and feeders, and for happy thoughts of the days ahead that have surprises in store, provided by an awesome God. You are a blessing, love and hugs to you, dear Christy!

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell January 31, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I am so grateful for my two children. They are such blessings to me, and I am thankful they are safe, happy and healthy.

  • Melissa January 31, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Yay for a new laptop! I am so ready for winter to be over.

    • Christy February 1, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Yay, indeed, Melissa. So glad that sharing nonsense is over with!

  • Jessica January 31, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    I am grateful to have a wonderful family, amazing little girl, job I love, and the freedom to follow my dreams! Everyday there is something new to be grateful for.

    • Christy February 1, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks for sharing your gratitude list, Jessica! Having the freedom to follow your dreams is such a blessing.

  • brett January 31, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    i knew some f those photos looked familiar. i know another blogger who’s shared pics of some of the same places!

    • Christy February 1, 2014 at 9:13 am

      That’s awesome that they look familiar! Where do you think you saw the photos before?

  • Rosey February 1, 2014 at 12:34 am

    You’ve got things going on in your mind and a great attitude! I volunteer in the community and it is very rewarding. I could surely stand to read a bit more than I do, and I have a reading list that is a mile long. 🙂

    • Christy February 1, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Thanks, Rosey! It’s so funny, just a few hours after I published this, I got a call back from a place I had inquired with a month ago about volunteer training! Meant to be!

  • Susanna @ Zealous Mom February 1, 2014 at 6:44 am

    I love reflection posts! It’s been a good January for me as well. Good luck with your travel essays.

    • Christy February 1, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Thank you , Susanna. I’m glad I’ve given myself something constructive to focus on (besides the blog- ha!). Here’s to a good February!

  • Alissa February 1, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Those photos! Just beautiful. I’m grateful for my kids… and for a job flexible enough that snow days are more fun than stressful.
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  • Tamara February 1, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Ok, so much to say I’m typing so fast. First of all, those photos are beautiful. Second of all, I love the end of January. I even love the existence of the SuperBowl even though I don’t watch it, because it means winter is half over! (and football is fully over) And I love the Oscars, because that means spring is even closer. February is miserable for many, but I find it to be very hopeful. Over the winter hump. More light.
    And I had Talenti last night! What flavor do you love? I had a combo of sea salt caramel and southern butter pecan.

    • Christy February 1, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Haha, that’s an excellent reason to love the Super Bowl. I love the Oscars, too- and now is the time when I am going through my catch-up of all the films I missed- just saw ‘August: Osage County’ last night with Meryl Streep and it was a serious family drama, but I didn’t expect to laugh so much. Good stuff.
      Yay for Talenti love! We have caramel cookie crunch right now, but I love the Sea Salt Caramel- with the caramel truffles? the best. And raspberry chocolate chip! Oh man, it’s a good thing it’s on sale this week 🙂

  • Alison February 1, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Yay for yummy food and a laptop to yourself!
    Great pictures!
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  • Jennifer @TheRebelChick February 1, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Your photos are absolutely stunning! I have so much to be grateful for, I can’t even begin to count them. Let’s just say I am grateful for my happiness. 🙂

    • Christy February 1, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      That sounds like a fantastic thing to be thankful for! And I’ll pass on the photo compliment to my husband 🙂

  • Piera February 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Beautiful post and pictures! I’m ready for the spring!

  • Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama February 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    The last time I checked it was October. I have no idea where the last few months have gone, and I still have too much to do in the short time to come! yikes!

  • Paige February 1, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I am sooo glad winter is almost over! I am so ready for spring!

  • Melinda February 1, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    there is so much beauty in the old. I would love to have stained glass windows

  • Janel February 1, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Food and sunshine – two things I’m always grateful for!! I’d love a handknit scarf!!

    • Christy February 1, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Me too, Janel, for sure. My sister has actually knit me two other scarves, but they’ve gotten holes in them from being stored away in the closet :\ So I’m super glad to have this new one!

  • Autumn February 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I love your images of the sunlight peeking through the windows! You have a lot to be thankful for. I know what it’s like to not have a laptop for a while, and it’s awful. So glad that you fixed the situation!

  • Onica {MommyFactor} February 1, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Your husband takes amazing photos. They really fit well with your post. BTW, I agree high quality food at work is important. I use to eat so much fast/junk food while working until I started bring something more healthy

  • Christina S February 1, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Lots to be grateful for! Oh, and I hate sharing my laptop too.

  • Olivia February 1, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Wow, the photos are great! And gelato for dinner is definitely something to be thankful for 🙂
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  • Jaime February 1, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Love this post! Today I’m grateful for our gorgeous weather this weekend. I needed something to pull us out of this cold-weather funk we’ve been in for weeks!

    • Christy February 2, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks, Jaime! I know that cold weather funk all too well. Hope you’re having a good weekend!

  • Candy @ Candypolooza February 2, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Amazing pictures!! I could stare at them for hours. I’m glad January is done and gone. February is my birthday month, but I love it being a short month too.

  • Ashley M February 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I was ready to be done with January around the 2nd. Im so over winter and now we’re that much closer to being done

  • Debi February 2, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    January went so quick. I have been thankful for any sunny days I can get.

  • Mrs. ShuGar February 3, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I really have no idea where January went! Your pics are gorgeous. I love the stained glass windows. So classic! I think that’s a great idea to submit your travel writing. I love reading about your travels. So awesome! I am grateful for the love in my life and the one growing in my belly. Life is beyond sweet and I am blessed in many ways.

  • Liza @ Views From the 'Ville February 3, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Your husband’s photos are beautiful! I’m grateful for my family and that in this cold weather we have food, a roof, and plenty of heat. I know that’s not the case for everyone and it’s made me more interested in trying to do more charitable work this year.

  • Chelsea February 4, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Wow! I love the way your husband has captured the light in his photos! Abandoned places are the best!

  • Cara February 5, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Sounds like you have had a great week! This week I am grateful for my job and friends.

  • Cindy February 11, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I LOVE the idea of a weekly/monthly gratitude post! Love love love.

  • christine February 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Those pictures are absolutely beautiful. I really should sit back and think about gratitude, it’s so easy to fall back on what is negative. Food for thought! #SITSBlogging

  • colette February 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I love the theme of your gratitude posts. It’s so important to stop and recognize all of the great things going on in your life, but I often forget when life gets crazy. Thanks for sharing! #sitsblogging

  • darcie February 11, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I feel like winter is never ever going to go away…this has been one of those longest. winters. ever.

    Gorgeous photos –
    Stopping by from #sitsblogging

  • Courtney February 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I love keeping a record of gratitude and thankfulness! It’s impossible to be grouchy or unhappy when you’re dwelling on thankfulness.

    Hmm, some things I’m thankful for this morning: Warm lattes, snuggles on the couch, Netflix, bible study, and a new episode of Downton to look forward to!

  • Courtney February 11, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Wow, these are beautiful photos! I also love the photo of you in the water on your “About Me” section– too cute. You remind me of my friend Nina! xo #sitsblogging

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  • Christina @ The Scrappy Housewife February 14, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Once I saw “Hudson Valley” in your profile I knew I needed to search around and see what you’d written about the area. My husband and I visit Chatham a couple of times a year! Gorgeous pictures. I loved your quote about the stained glass staying. So very true. Stopping by from #SITSBlogging

    • Christy February 14, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Thanks so much for coming by, Christina! I lived in Chatham for several months, and my husband and I are planning on visiting soon. It will be so interesting to see what’s changed in the last seven years- and thank you for the compliment on the photos 🙂

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