Roth Miksa Stained glass window in Budapest
Zinnia -my Nana's favorite flower
Clivia from last Spring
I’ve noticed that many people have Thankful Tuesdays on their blogs and thought it a great idea.
There is so much to be thankful for, and the idea of counting our blessings was one my mother taught me when I was very young….Her worst negative comment about someone was, “She’d cry with a loaf of bread under each arm.” I’ve actually never heard anyone else say this, and wonder where it came from, but the meaning is clear. This person doesn’t know how to count her blessings and be happy. What could be worse?
My mother also used to say, “Half a loaf is better than no bread.” I could make a long blog post of similar things she often said. I don’t think I appreciated them enough when I was young!
Our family used to have a habit, when my children were growing up, of each person writing a list of what they were grateful for and reading it aloud at the Thanksgiving dinner table, after grace and before eating. I think we should perhaps make an effort to get back to that!
I probably can’t list everything individually for which I’m grateful, but let me try to list a few.
I am grateful, joyfully thankful
simply to be alive
for my wonderful loving family
for the beauty of all creation
mountains and valleys -we have no mountains here, but I live quite close to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park which is all about a valley! And I grew up on the west side of Cleveland where I could walk to the valley of Rocky River from my grandmother’s back yard on Story Road.
http://www.nps.gov/cuva/index.htm is the url of the National Park. (I couldn’t make a real link.) Click on Photos and multimedia on the left side and see some pictures of this beautiful part of the world!
Trees and flowers, domestic and wild and bushes and all plants – especially herbs of every sort. Pussy willows are coming soon! And the tatters and shreds of Witch Hazel’s spicy blooms.
Birds and their songs – I saw a bald eagle in the park recently and talked with someone yesterday who had also seen one and now read that they are making a comeback. The herons have returned and are flying about the valley with large nest-building sticks in their beaks. Bluebirds which used to perch in rows on my grandparent’s Chippendale fence, and then nearly became extinct, are making a comeback around here. Goldfinches do their funny bouncing flight in my back yard and we have robins, cardinals blue jays and hawks, wrens and house finches in wild abundance and myriads of other feathered friends.
The garden is filled with life. And so is the house with little dog Bo, Andy’s gerbils Tesla, Marconi, and Faraday, his mouse Basil and two gold fish.
For arts and crafts that people create, in every way! For the awareness of life and beauty of every sort. There is an image of a Roth Miksa stained glass window in this post (his name is Miksa Roth in English). Paul and I visited the museum made from his home when we were in Budapest in 2005. It was so beautiful, and I bought a book in which I discovered that one of Paul’s great-grandmothers (Eisele Maria) commissioned a window from him for the Baszilika in Pest. It was destroyed, I think during WWII, so we never got to see it, but there is a picture of one of the four windows it was a part of in this book. I love stained glass, and like Roth’s work especially, so he is representing all of human art for the purposes of this post.
the wonderful opportunities I’ve had in my life not only to travel but to live in other countries and locations, Germany, and Hungary especially and Italy, France, England and Scotland.
For the internet and the new friendships that have come from this marvel
Our cottage at Lake Chautauqua even though since Paul’s death it hasn’t been used as much. I think that may slowly be changing.
And in a few days I’ll be flying to Venice, Florida for some warmer weather and beach days with my daughters and grandchildren! So also gratitude for oceans, sunsets, seashells and sand castles
For living in the United States of America, truly a land with much freedom and many opportunities. May she live up to all her promises – or at least move gracefully in that direction.
For health and happiness and the peace in my heart!
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