Apple Trees, Shooting Guns & Making Cheese: What I’m Thankful For. How about YOU?

November 24, 2010 § 11 Comments

This being the week of Thanksgiving, I’ve been seeing a lot of blog posts related to the theme — e.g., why gratitude matters (here), why genuinely thanking people is important (here) and how to appreciate your optimistic and supportive partner by cooking his favorite dessert from scratch (here — with photos to make you drool).

At first I was going to tell a story here about something food-related that I’m thankful for and attempt to use that as a metaphor for expressing some poignant themes or thought-provoking questions about appreciating the individuals, environments, foods, natural elements or whatever it might be that ignites a feeling of gratitude in you. But then I thought: you know what, there are plenty of blog posts like that already out there. So instead of recreating the wheel, I thought I’d keep it simple.

I hope you’ll indulge me by letting me list a few things I’m thankful for this year (many items related to homegrown and homemade food, but some not).

And I’d love it even more if you’d share what you are thankful for this year. To me, Thanksgiving isn’t just about being grateful; it’s also about sharing it with others. We get few opportunities to publicly declare what or who we’re grateful for, so here’s your chance. And attention, lurkers — those of you loyally reading but not commenting: a huge thank you for reading, but I’d like to hear from you, too. 🙂

To get the ball rolling…this year, I’m thankful for:

1 — Quitting my job in January to figure out what a life of joy, passion and balance could look like

2 — Family and friends encouraging me to pursue that life, and cheering me on as I launched and continue to write and photograph for this blog

3 — Being able to transform our backyard from a weedy jungle into a beautiful garden, with two large veggie beds to grow more of our own food

4 — Getting to do a number of things on my bucket list plus stumbling upon a few unexpected adventures (this is where the food stuff comes in — click on the bold italics to see related posts):

  • Starting to grow my own fruit and veggies — and learning lots of lessons along the way

Strawberries from our garden

Paneer & oven-roasted tomato frittata

Cookies and milk on a sunny day; what more do you need?

A shotgun and me

5 — And most of all, having the best partner I could ever imagine — a loving, supportive, smart and positive man who made it possible for me to have all of these experiences I’m thankful for. Thank you, Matthew, for everything.

Okay, I can’t wait to hear: What are you thankful for this year?


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§ 11 Responses to Apple Trees, Shooting Guns & Making Cheese: What I’m Thankful For. How about YOU?

  • Happy Thanksgiving Stephanie. If we’d known each other last thanksgiving and you’d asked me that my first 3 would have matched yours almost exactly! A year later on those same themes I’d say:

    1 – finding a part time job with the NHS that allows me to maintain the balance I found while taking a year out. Having the energy and optimism for a wonderful life filled with time for cats and loved ones, gardening and cooking while doing work that makes a real difference to the people we help.

    2 – for G who supports me in all I do and puts up with little insights about him and our life together on my blog! He really is a badminton ninja, musical genius and greatest cat dad so why shouldn’t I be proud :o)

    3 – learning to accept that the allotment will always be semi jungle and loving it anyway. Forever thankful that Mother Nature does such a generous job of looking after my plants for me and quite often works some Lazarus-like magic!

    • Nic, Thanks so much for sharing your touching and heartfelt list. I love the way you’ve expressed each of these. Thanks also for being a loyal reader and commenter; I love that we’ve connected from across the globe, and I appreciate your support!

  • Iya Santos says:

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING! i hope i can also turn our backyard into a nice garden. 🙂 and hell yeah i wanna learn how to shoot a gun! 😀

  • Meredith Bliss says:

    In addition to friends and family, health, fulfilling work and a wonderful year, I’m thankful for a friend who consistently suggests the best activities. In one year alone, we’ve managed to go to a shooting range, learn to butcher a lamb, make cheese, read all kinds of books and eat a 6-course meal with bacon at every turn. I can only wonder what next year will bring!

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  • mary vascellaro says:

    I confess, I confess. I am one of the lurkers….but you need those too! I also confess to being, at heart, an optimistic person, and, as such, tend to be grateful in general for what is good in life even when some not so good things happen. In fact, I would say that it is gratitude for what I have that gets me through the tough times.

    Top of my list, of course are my family and I am grateful that we will be together tomorrow to celebrate. I am also grateful that after two years in a row hosting for a huge crowd, we are going to Napa this year. I am grateful for my friends, old and new, Stephanie being one of the new; you have enriched my life here on the west coast.

    I am grateful for the beauty of nature that surrounds me both here at in my spiritual home, Martha’s Vineyard, and for the fact that it brings me such happiness.

    • Mary, Thanks for coming out of lurking status. 🙂 I would agree that you are an optimistic person, and I too am so glad that we’ve become friends; you’ve definitely enriched my life as well, in numerous ways. THANK YOU for sharing your beautiful list of what you’re thankful for this year. Enjoy Napa for the holiday! I’ll be cooking for 10.

  • What a wonderful list. loved reading this… Grateful for so much. grateful for family and friends as always, yummy food (sometimes it blows my mind) and the drastic changes this year which in retrospect I am grateful for…

    • Karen, It seems like this year has been quite a year of change for many of us! If you didn’t click it on it, you might click on the 3rd blog post I mentioned in my opening paragraph–it’s Jun-Blog; similar themes. THANK YOU for sharing what you’re thankful for!

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