A Happy and Thankful Life

Anne Shirley

The Google Doodle today reminded me of one of my favorite book series as a young girl, Anne of Green Gables. There are three animations and one included Anne walking across a bridge by herself, followed by an older Anne running with Diana, and ended with Gilbert and Anne rowing across the pond.

I can’t quite remember what it was that I clicked with as a 5th or 6th grader. My Grandma bought me the books. I spent hours reading and rereading them. Maybe it was Anne’s love of adventure and Diana’s voice of reason.

I pulled up quotes on Goodreads and as I read through them, they connected with me…not through the lens of a child remembering the books but as an adult having lived through life changes, everlasting friendships, love, and loss.

These are taken from Goodreads:
– “There is no use in loving things if you have to be torn from them, is there? And it’s so hard to keep from loving things, isn’t it?”
– “It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
– “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
– “Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive–it’s such an interesting world”
– “I went looking for my dreams outside of myself and discovered, it’s not what the world holds for you, it’s what you bring to it.”
– “I’m not a bit changed–not really. I’m only just pruned down and branched out. The real ME–back here–is just the same.”
– “Anne always remembered the silvery, peaceful beauty and fragrant calm of that night. It was the last night before sorrow touched her life; and no life is ever quite the same again when once that cold, sanctifying touch has been laid upon it.”
– “When I left Queen’s my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does.”

Oh, I can go on and on. I think I shall pull my books out and read them again. It will be like reuniting with an old kindred spirit.



Curious Cat

My cat is a special one. I’m sure there were be far more stories shared about her. Last night I bought her a new toy, a fuzzy thing with feathers on a stick. I left it in the bag of groceries in the kitchen last night. Today, I came home from work and discovered that she had pulled the toy out of the bag and dragged it into the bedroom. I couldn’t help but laugh.

Today I’m thankful for a cat that keeps me on my toes…at least in a good way for this one day.

Found item

The earring has been found!

I had to write that. I didn’t want to bury the lead, but it was an interesting way to the discovery.

A gentleman came out in the afternoon and tried to use my other earring to get a base reading on his metal detector. It wouldn’t read. While my earring is 14k white gold, it is apparently small enough that the machines won’t pick it up. He tried to adjust the settings to no avail. My boss and other coworkers come out offering to search as they were leaving for the day. So many people offering to find something of no significance to them. With the earring not being able to be detected, I had even resigned myself to not finding it…as well as was going to Shop Vac the area. Extreme measures, I know.

I showed another coworker where I was standing when I lost it and as they were heading out, they did a quick search. The headlights of a car leaving the lot hit the post at just the right angle that they were able to find the earring. What wonderful happenstance is that?!

I can’t fully express the feeling of the weight being lifted off my shoulders. However, I do feel as though he is laughing at me and would say something about science and technology not able to solve all…but that I had to rely on accepting help from others. It’s a good thing to keep in mind.

So for tonight, I continue to be grateful for the kindness of others as well as having both earrings in my possession. It’s a good night.

Returning to the written word

I’ve been debating about whether or not to return to writing. The past few months have been challenging. I’ve lost my focus and need to recenter myself, place myself as a priority instead of an afterthought. I’ve decided to get my thoughts out of my head and write. Focusing on things to be grateful for each day. What a weekend to jump back in to this.

It’s been a rough one for me. Two days ago, I lost an earring. It couldn’t be the silly dinosaur earrings I wore for my event. No, it was one of the earrings that I was given by the man I loved on the day we were married…six years and one day ago. My heart aches. I know it is just an earring. But it’s one of four pieces of jewelry that he gave me that remind me that I was loved. They make me happy. My heart aches that it is lost. Many tears have been shed. Again, just an earring but it means so much more.

I’ve spent hours searching. Kind friends and coworkers have spent their own time searching. It hasn’t been found. I’ve reached out to a group that searches for such things with metal detectors.  In just a few hours, I received three emails from strangers that are willing to help me. I don’t know if this will find my earring. But this is my last chance to find it.

This not so ideal situation is a gentle reminder that people want to help. I’m stubborn and refuse to ask for help. I don’t want to bother others, especially when there are always more important things happening.  I’m thankful for my friends and strangers that are willing to help me find this earring. It is very humbling.