Friday Gratitude

May 31, 2013
Friday Gratitude - Sweet and Savoring

Aromatic honeysuckle at Peach Hill Park in Poughkeepsie

Hi everyone. You know when you need to force yourself to do something, get happy, be inspired, count your blessings? Now is one of those times. I love this weather, but I’ve been caught in a web of Internetty delights this afternoon. Not okay! So with this post, I aim to make one more contribution to the Internetty basket of delights, and then head outside.

(This was going to be a post entirely focused on the garden, but wouldn’t  that be more interesting once we have some veggies to show off? Yes, I thought so!)

With that, friends, here is my first installment of Friday Gratitude:

1. I’m grateful for our garden. Andy has put so much work into taking care of all our little seedlings, making the beds, constructing the fence, and now putting it all in the ground! I help out by weeding and gathering bricks or rocks, but he should really get all the credit. I’m excited for all the (FREE!) fresh vegetables we’ll have eventually: tomatoes, peas, string beans, eggplant, kale, squash, artichoke, cucumber, potatoes, rhubarb, spinach, peppers, and lots of herbs, too.

Friday Gratitude - Sweet and Savoring

Screen door, bricks, wood chips, and colorful fencing all found & free materials 🙂

2. I’m grateful for all of the natural beauty there is within a short driving distance. The Hudson Valley is full of parks and forests and waterfalls, many free, and all beautiful  in unique ways.

Friday Gratitude - Sweet and Savoring

Nearby High Falls (note: water is frigid yet exhilarating this time of year!)

3. Soooo much gratitude for this baby!  I talked about her a bit last year, but she has grown so much, it’s like she’s a different person. It’s still just as much of a privilege to be around her as much as I have, to teach her and influence her in ways I’m not even aware of yet. But mostly, she influences me. I love Beans to pieces.

Friday Gratitude - Sweet and Savoring

I think you can tell by my crazy smile in the reflection how much fun she is

4. I am BEYOND excited that I have a bit of travel to look forward to: San Francisco this time next Saturday! My darling friend Ellen and I haven’t seen each other since November, and I haven’t seen California’s enchanting Bay Area since 2006- so overdue!

Friday Gratitude - Sweet and Savoring

Sunrise on the Pacific Coast of San Francisco, with the Cliff House in the background

5. My last gratitude item for today? You! I’m grateful for everyone who stops by this page. The views and comments mean so much to me. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what kind of blog Sweet and Savoring is, but I’ll keep posting if you keep reading, how’s that? So thank you, family and friends, fellow bloggers, and nameless readers!

What are you grateful for today?


The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.  –Eric Hoffer

[Thanks to Andy Milford for the first, second, and fourth photos in this post :)]

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  • Deb Rothaug May 31, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    First, I am grateful for your willingness to share on this blog, Christy! I love feeling a little more “connected” with you, even if it’s not in person each day, I look forward to checking in to read your latest sweet thoughts. I am grateful for you, and the blessings of watching you becoming more and more of a very special woman, who humbly writes and lets readers into some of your struggles, joys, and, well, blessings! I am grateful you post pictures, along with Andy, to let us vicariously enjoy what you’ve discovered, enjoyed and recommend that we try, whether it’s exploring out of doors, creating with your hands, or just love sharing! Thank you for being who you are, and bypassing fears to bring them into the light of day. You are a blessing to me and all our family!

    • Christy May 31, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks Mom- glad someone’s appreciating all of my over-sharing 😉

  • Ellen June 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I’m grateful for your writing, photography and openness on your depression. You are such an inspiration <3

    • Christy June 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Who, me? You’re pretty inspiring yourself, moving all the way across the country. I love you and can’t wait to see you!

  • Natalia June 4, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Christy, I came across your blog today, and I’m so glad to have found it! I love your outlook on life, and we share a common appreciation of veggie gardens (among other things) : ) I’ll definitely be a regular reader! x

    • Christy June 4, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      So glad you found me, Natalia 🙂 I like your blog, as well. Yay for like-minded ladies connecting from across the globe!

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