Friday Gratitude: What’s Good Right Now

March 7, 2014

Friday Gratitude: What's Good Right Now - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Ice boating on the frozen Hudson River!

This week has felt a bit long, what with our car dying and coming back to life and of course, endlessly wishing away the winter. But! As usual, the week is ending on a higher note than it began.

Without any further rambling, here is this week’s addition of Friday Gratitude, which I’m sort of stretching into what’s good, what’s positive, what’s noteworthy. You get the gist.

Friday Gratitude: What’s Good This Week

1. Andy’s Ice Boat Photography! Yesterday, Andy headed to the other side of the Hudson River to Red Hook to see these historic ice boats up close. Ice yachting is an old sport that’s been getting a bit of local attention recently, since the conditions have been perfect on the river. Such a crazy thing to walk across the Hudson! And these yachts are so unique, and the light was gorgeous yesterday, and honestly, these photos speak for themselves.

Friday Gratitude: What's Good This Week - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Oh, that perfect blue sky…!

2. Books on CD. Am I stuck in the 90’s? I don’t have an e-reader, although I’m certainly not against them. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner, but lately I have been borrowing books on CD from the library and it’s such an easy way to ‘read’ while I’m driving all over Ulster County several times a week. Two I finished recently are Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island (funny, and especially enjoyable to listen to with Andy) and Alice Munro’s Dear Life: Stories (my first by her, must read more!), and right now I’m wrapped up in the lives of JFK Jr and Carolyn Bissette Kennedy as told by his assistant in Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss by RoseMarie Terenzio.

Friday Gratitude: What's Good This Week - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

The Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge in the background

3. Movies. You know when you watch a film and you get that fantastic combination of impeccable acting, nostalgia, sweetness, and humor? That’s what Saving Mr. Banks was for me. Emma Thompson may not be as widely revered or as much of a ‘celebrity’ as Meryl Streep, but she has the ability to turn herself into a character just as well. I didn’t expect to laugh as much as I did watching this. Plus, it’s the story behind Mary Poppins. Automatic win for me! Have you seen any great films lately?

Friday Gratitude: What's Good This Week - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

I love the detail of the woodwork and ice in this one.

4. Gabrielle Blair, AKA Design Mom, wrote a great post opening up about her experience with mental illness. I’d been looking forward to this one for a while, since she mentioned that she was having trouble adjusting to a big move over the summer. I love how she handles so many topics with open-mindedness, sincerity, and genuine interest. She has a way of responding to her readers with grace and diplomacy, and I knew her post about mental health would be no different. She joins the list of bloggers that have opened up about depression after I started following them, which just goes to show I must have found these people for a reason. Thank you, Gabrielle!

Friday Gratitude: What's Good This Week- Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

One of my favorite shots. This needs to be framed!

5. Women’s Travel Fest!! I will have a full report next week, but suffice it to say I am hugely excited to attend this event tomorrow in NYC. I will be surrounded by women in the travel industry, travel bloggers, and hundreds of other women who love travel as much as I do. Plus, the event space is stunning. Hurray for doing something that feeds my soul! 

Friday Gratitude: What's Good This Week - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

What a beautiful backdrop for those boats!

Your turn, friends! What’s going on for you right now? What are you grateful for, what are you excited about, what plans could you make in order to turn things around if you’re not feeling so great?

[P.S. As stated above, all photos in this post are courtesy of my husband, Andy Milford. If you are interested in any of these photos or would like to see more, you can email him at, and or visit the ice boat Facebook album here.]



 I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.      –Anais Nin


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  • Robin (Masshole Mommy) March 7, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I think right now I am grateful for my family and that we are taking an awesome vacation together next month to San Diego!

    • Christy March 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      That sounds awesome, Robin! The anticipation of a trip just adds to the fun 🙂

  • Jessica March 7, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I am beyond grateful that it is Friday, the end of the week and the door to relaxation has opened! I am also thankful that I made it out of a terrible car accident last Thursday. I can’t believe it has been a week today and I have to say that I have made a total change in how I live on a daily basis. I am keeping my attitude positive and focusing on appreciating the little things in life in addition to the big.

    • Christy March 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Great way to put it, Jessica- the door to relaxation has opened! So glad you’re keeping a positive attitude, which I know isn’t at all easy to do after a car accident. I hope it wasn’t too traumatic!

  • Alesha @ Full Time Mama March 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    The ice yachting looks cold, but absolutely beautiful! I’m looking forward to girls night with my best friends tonight; a break for girl time has been a long time coming! Have fun at the Women’s Travel Fest!!!

    • Christy March 7, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      It *does* look cold, you’re right! Luckily the temperature hasn’t been bad at all lately, but with the single digit and sub zero temps we had in Jan & Feb, it’s going to take awhile for the river to thaw.
      Have a great girls night tonight!

  • Dina March 7, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I love reading grateful posts. I’m thankful for my family and my hubby who cleaned my sunglasses and washed my car yesterday. Who cleans someone’s sunglasses?? 🙂 It’s the little things.

    • Christy March 7, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      You’re right, I love that example of the little things. Something my husband does is make sure my phone is charged- so ordinary, but so nice!

  • brett March 7, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    funny your photos are of sailboats. I’ve been thinking about and missing my dad (or dad pre-alzheimers, he’s still alive) and he loved sailing. so I guess today i’m grateful for memories and that my dad exists.

    • Christy March 7, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you for sharing this, Brett. I know what it’s like to miss someone even though they are still alive.

  • Karen March 7, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Your husband’s photos are beautiful! That ice sailing looks cold yet really beautiful. Right now I’m grateful that the weather will hopefully be getting warmer. Cabin fever is getting to us and we can’t wait to hit the playground!
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    • Christy March 7, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      I hear you on the cabin fever. I try to go outside a lot with the boy I baby-sit for, but that ice is stubbornly sticking around and there’s only so much slipping and falling we can handle!

  • AwesomelyOZ March 7, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Woohoo awesome ice boat photos! Knowing im having lunch with a girlfriend I haven’t seen in ages. Having ice cream with my son after school then pizza after. That it’s Friday and I can sleep in the next two days! And excited for 60+ degree weather at last.. until it drops again. Lol Have a great weekend Christy! -Iva
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    • Christy March 7, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Well, I love all those things on your list, Iva 🙂 Ice cream and pizza? Yes please! Hanging out with a girlfriend and sleeping in, both priceless. I hope you have a great weekend as well!

  • Shana Norris March 7, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Tell Andy those photos are breathtaking. I’ve never heard of ice yachting. Fascinating. Oh, I loved Notes from a Small Island. It was my first and only (so far) Bill Bryson. That Women’s Travel Fest sounds like the perfect event for you, Christy. Enjoy and do tell us all about it!
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    • Christy March 7, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      I’ll pass it on, Shana, thanks! I had never heard of ice yachting before recently either, and now I learn my mother’s father and an uncle were both into it years ago.
      I started reading Bryson with ‘A Walk in the Woods’, about his time on the Appalachian Trail, and have also read ‘In a Sunburned Country’, about his travels through Australia.
      Can’t wait to report back about tomorrow!

  • Sally March 7, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I didn’t realize you were coming to Travel Fest. Yay! So excited to be able to meet you!

    • Christy March 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Hey Sally! You kept mentioning it and I decided to bite the bullet and buy a ticket, though of course now I’m feeling nervous as well as excited. Looking forward to it for sure, nerves be damned!

  • Krissy March 7, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I love that you are sharing what you’re grateful for. Like they say “if you threw everyone’s problems in a pile and compared them, you’d pick yours back up!”
    I am over winter, but I do think it’s pretty awesome that all these lakes/rivers are freezing over and kids are able to enjoy walking out on the ice and doing fun things like that.
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    • Christy March 10, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Haha, I’ve never heard that quote, but it’s so true! I am *definitely* over winter. But the frozen rivers and lakes thing- unreal! It just feels so bizarre walking on the Hudson, but in our case yesterday, it was less treacherous than the muddy path we’d left behind.

  • Tiffany (Fabulous Mom Blog) March 7, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I have never in my life heard of this. But it’s no on my every changing life list. Looks like a blast.

    • Christy March 10, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      I had never heard of it before this year, either!

  • Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama March 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    That ice fishing vessel is insane! I’m grateful for my intuition with technology. I just created my first iMovie with no help for Instagram and a campaign!

    • Christy March 10, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Congratulations on your first iMovie! You must feel so proud of yourself for doing it based on your own intuition!

  • Terin Garrett March 7, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I’ve never seen ice boats – what gorgeous photos!!

  • Virginia @thatbaldchick March 7, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I have so much to be thankful for! Neat photos.

  • aimee fauci March 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    My excitement comes from my older two girls being at a sleepover tonight! Then on Sunday all three of my girls go to a friend’s house so my husband and I get to go to SA’s Paella Challenge. We rarely ever get alone time so this excites the heck out of me!

  • Jennifer Bullock {MommyBKnowsBest} March 7, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Love the ice boat pictures, they are amazing!!! Sounds like lots of great things in life for you right now.

  • Shell March 7, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    These pics are all gorgeous!

    I loved Saving Mr. Banks.

  • Rachael March 7, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I’ve never heard of ice boating before. I really love the pictures. It looks real peaceful.

  • Jenni @ Sweet Pennies from Heaven March 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Those photos are gorgeous!! Today, I’m thankful that it’s the weekend. It’s been sort of a crazy week and I’m just ready to wind down a bit.

  • Kristen March 7, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    I also love Books on CD. You’re not the only one. I also really want to see Mr Banks and have been watching alot of movies this winter. 🙂 Happy Friday.

  • Melissa March 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    What gorgeous photos….I love posts like this. I also love Saving Mr. Banks!

  • Tamara March 7, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Oh that last photo! Be still my heart.
    It’s gorgeous.
    Definitely going on to read the Mental Health Update post. I started writing about my anxiety about two years ago or so, and I was amazed at how much support I got, and always how manly people have found themselves somewhat in my shoes.

    • Christy March 11, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      I know, I love it too! Andy’s having a show coming up where he’ll feature a bunch of these- we’re so excited!
      The more I share mental health wise, the more I find and the more I want to share. Sharing begets sharing begets understanding <3

  • Jaime March 7, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Those photos are amazing. I’m grateful this week is over and the weekend is looking to be fairly promising. The weather is supposed to only be improving here in NC and I have spring break for a few days next week (I work for a college.) I can’t complain.

  • Mandy@ March 7, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Such beautiful photos! I am grateful that my parents are coming back to visit in a few weeks to help out and give us a break from the sleep deprivated life with a newborn!

  • Chrysa March 7, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Those ice boat photos are awesome! I’m grateful that our old hometown bakery just reopened after being closed for 10 years and I’m going there tomorrow!

  • Isabella Grey March 7, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Right now, I’m grateful for my Wi-fi! I have been able to get so much work done today because of it!

  • Paige March 8, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Right now I’m grateful I have inspiration back for my book! I hope I can finish it this year!

  • Amanda Love March 8, 2014 at 6:28 am

    I’m grateful to just be here! I had surgery 2 weeks ago and it’s been tough. Now hubby had his done less than a week so we’re both recuperating together. I’m just thankful that we’re going to be better together. Lovely photos!
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  • Rosey March 8, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Oh my gosh, those pictures are amazing!! I love every single one of them. I’ve never heard of the sport. I can def. see the appeal.

  • misssrobin March 8, 2014 at 11:24 am

    “What’s good right now.” I love that! I need to stop and think about that more often. Thanks for that phrase.

    His photos are amazing. What a beautiful thing to witness. And thanks for sharing about the movie. I’ve wanted to see it but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Guess I’ll step that up. I love audio books, too! My vision fluctuates so reading isn’t always possible for me. Audio books have brought reading back into my life. Thanks also for the link to the blog post about mental illness. I’ll be going there as soon as I’m done with this comment. I’ve struggled with depression since I was fourteen (I’m 44 now). We have several mental health issues in our family, so I’m always on the lookout for others who write openly about it.

    Something I’m grateful for right now is a diagnosis. I’ve been hurting a lot for months and finally got an answer. It’s not something I’m thrilled about because it will require surgery and possibly a hysterectomy, but it can be fixed and we know what it is and it isn’t dangerous. All of those are wonderful things! Thanks for reminding me to be grateful.

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.
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    • Christy March 11, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      I need to think of that phrase more often myself! I swear, I’m writing these type of posts as much for myself as my readers.
      Glad you got a diagnosis- I understand how frustrating it can be not knowing what’s going on with your body and why.

  • Beth March 8, 2014 at 11:28 am

    How cool would it be to sail across the Hudson!! That looks like fun. This coming week is my sons birthday so I am grateful for that as I am excited to celebrate him. Thanks!!

    • Christy March 11, 2014 at 10:32 am

      I know, it looks like so much fun! My husband proposed to me on a sailboat on the Hudson, so we’ll always have that nice connection 🙂

  • Toni March 8, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Those photos are gorgeous!!!! I have yet to see Saving Mr. Banks, I really want to.

  • Kecia March 8, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Those photos are amazing! Just looking at them gives me a peaceful feeling.

  • Autumn March 8, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I really cannot wait to watch Saving Mr. Banks. I’ve only heard great things about it! The ice photography is so cool! The beauty almost makes you sad that winter is almost over… right? 🙂

  • Ashley - Embracing Beauty March 8, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    What a great practice it is to stop and list things you’re thankful for!! This past week I had a really bad day with my fussy newborn and a jealous strong-willed toddler. I was so relieved when my husband was coming home to help out! When he got home he told me that the power was out all over town except for a small area where we lived. Even though it was a rough day I was suddenly overwhelmed with gratitude.
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    • Christy March 11, 2014 at 10:30 am

      So great! Thanks for sharing this, Ashley. Just goes to show that everything is relative 🙂

  • Alissa March 9, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I love these gratitude posts. Such a simple reminder of all that’s good or going well in our lives. Those photos are beautiful! I’m grateful for books and movies, too… though I haven’t been able to ever get into audio books. I think I just need to be able to see the words on the page to fully absorb it!
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  • Eliz Frank March 9, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Frozen boating on the Hudson River… What a novel idea. The pictures are beautiful and yes, I’d love winter to end too. 🙂

  • Myrah - Coupon Mamacita March 9, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    My family is my greatest gratitude! Your images are stunning. Love that Women’s Travel Fest.

  • Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest March 9, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Those pictures are gorgeous, they’d look so great framed on a wall. To be honest though, I’ve never heard of Ice Boating before now.
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  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables March 10, 2014 at 7:53 am

    wow those photos are amazing!!! I’m definitely ready for spring but at least you got some good photos of chilly weather 🙂

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