I will plan to post thoughts in the mornings/photos later in the evening.
Those items I am thankful for: A large, sunny, beautiful apartment overlooking this valley of Southwest France. A well-stocked living space; with books, a bed, art supplies, food and drink. Having no curtains on my bathroom window - look out during a shower and admire a walnut tree, our garden, and hillsides beyond. Good company in the school's classmates and instructors. A stove and oven to cook fresh food. A large refrigerator, a digital camera, and a laptop computer. Friendly people around town, willing to try to converse in a mixture of a language they know, and we are learning. Laughter, sharing stories,and learning histories of the people, the town and this country. The light of the sun glowing from 5 a.m. until just prior to 11 p.m. Pizza Truck, Turnbuckle the cat, choosing between seven shirts and 4 pants, flowers on the front steps, and fresh, hot baguettes every morning. Being married for 20 years. Having good friends and supportive family. Things I do not miss? Cleaning a microwave, office gossip, 4-slice toaster, gas stations, TV, too many kitchen tools and appliances, junk mail/email, meetings that go too long, and my cell phone ringing.
When I started this blog in May 2007, it was for the sole purpose of staying in touch with friends and family while we traveled to Europe for three months. I am still staying in touch. "Traveller's Joy" clematis vitalba: Wildflower found throughout southwest Europe/Africa. Used for medicinal purposes and found "climbing and covering" the roadsides of Europe.
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman