Friday, October 29, 2010

AVery Grateful Friday

GR&DF I do thank you for your kind comments about yesterdays rather satirical post - its just that the whole experience left me sort of chuckling along for the rest of the day.
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Now for today's post...... Grateful : greyt-fuhl - adjective - warm and deep appreciation of kindness or benefits received.
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There are so many things in my life that I have gratitude for - and yesterday was one thing after another. The mail brought three packages - one of them was from Berit - a dear Blogging friend from the East Coast - she sent me a lovely Birthday Present -

She knows of my crazy love of Belle Soie and my gathering of all the colours - sending me three lovely additions to my growing collection!! Thank you so much dear Berit!!

A second package was from a sweet Lurker I met at the EGA Conference - Valerie sent me a super package...

and inside....

... a wonderful piece of Royal/cross stitch stash. I was in the Uk in 2002 and remember all the wonderful things for the Golden Jubilee. Thank you so much Valerie - fore reminding me of those memories!!

The third package was from a sale the Vicki was having over at HDF on her lovely silk -

I had to take advantage and add some of the lovely silks to my ever growing stash.
Grateful for the mail, for friends and for lovely stash!!
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On the way home yesterday, now that I am busing it again until Rico gets back on the hoof, I have about 45 mins to an hour of time to just decompress from the day and reflect. Yesterdays ride and then walk home was much more interesting than usual - after I got off the bus and started down the hill - I have walked many times - I looked up and saw....

...looking east towards the East Bay down Army Street - how dark it was getting from the rain clouds that were coming in off the Pacific. What a great overcast sky. Still walking home I found these flowers all in bloom ....

... this vine was covering a rocky hillside - aren't they a lovely blue. Then as I started down some steps that connect the upper part of the street with a lower part I pass this ....

.... great hillside - the jade plant in front is about 3 1/2 to 4 feet tall, to give you an idea of how big this area is. The century plant behind it bloomed two years ago and is was really something to see - the long spike with a ton of flowers on top. I also pass this house on the way home....

How cute are their decorations. Getting closer to home I pass this....

... reminding me to "always stop and smell the roses." Grateful for a job, and a bus, and being able to walk home, flowers that bloom with no help and for Hallowe'en.
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And looking out from our balcony we had a really beautiful sky....

...looking east towards downtown..

... looking west towards Twin Peaks...

... looking north towards Hill Street. Grateful for the rain, for the fresh wind and for eyesight to see the expanse of sky and the weather closing out the day.
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And.... very Grateful for Blogging Friends that visit and for your kind comments and thoughts!! Thank you for again stopping by, have a wonderful weekend, and do stop by again!!

Take care,
edgar

28 comments:

Stephanie M. said...

Really loved your post!!! I think you are right we do tend to get caught up in the day to day and forget to stop and look around and appreciate what we have. Have a great weekend....Stephanie

Cole said...

What a beautiful post Edgar... thank you for sharing and reminding me to stop and look for the little things, especially since they're the things that usually make it all worthwhile. Have a wonderful weekend :)

Kathy said...

What a beautiful post. The hustle and bustle of everyday life can often make us forget all the little things. It is so nice to stop and remind ourselves of the beauty that surrounds us. Thank you for doing that for us.

I never had a moment to post to yesterdays posting but I'm so glad that Rico is mending and is now in a soft walking cast. I hope his recovery is quicker than the doctors expect.
Hope you both have a lovely weekend.

LoriU said...

I just love your photos! I so want to visit San Francisco ... was there back in 1979 with my parents and just loved it. Have to talk DH into going!

Lori

Nancy said...

Just a feel good post in every way Edgar! So many things to be grateful for, don't you think? Enjoy your weekend, and I hope Rico is feeling better.

Faye said...

Such soothing post Edgar~~As our seasons remind us of changes, it is still nice to see signs of the seasons overlapping...Thanks for sharing those wonderful shots~ Faye

valerie said...

Great gifts and photos!Love the ones of that stormy sky...beautiful!

Barb said...

What a wonderful post to start my day!Thank you so much for reminding me to take time to be thankful for all the things I sometimes take for granted! Great that Rico is mending.

Catherine said...

So glad to read the Rico is on the mend!

Thanks for such a wonderful, reminding post. I think I'll go look around and be thankful!

Maggie O said...

Most timely topic in our busy lives...especially Fridays. Your post will make the weekend different as we take in all the pumpkins, costumes, kids screaming...chocolate... and be thankful for it seeing only the positive side...I am already smiling. Thank you so much!

CalamityJr said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely walk home and all the things you are grateful for. I am sure I can speak for others who follow your blog in saying that we are grateful for YOU!

Marian said...

Just heard on the news that there was a little trouble in SF--suspicious package. Hope you two are okay.

Margaret said...

Happy Friday! What lovely things in the mail! I love your pics as usual. So do you take a camera with you everywhere you go? Is it a small camera? You're a good photographer! Hope Rico is doing well!

Niina said...

Love your photos! And of course your stash seems super! I'm little worried thought that did I miss some sale from Vikki?

Anna van Schurman said...

What an adorable house! Decorated or not. Awesome.

Alice said...

I am grateful for your post! I really could use that reminder to slow down and remember all the little things that make life pretty wonderful.

Victoria said...

Thank you for the beautiful pictures. I took the dog out today and looked at the changing seasons (such as they are in the east bay) in the lovely yards in our neighborhood. I too am grateful.

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love the wonderful post! The photos are lovely, of course, but your words of gratitude reminded me of all we have that we take for granted...and that they really are gifts. I read every post and am grateful for you! Thanks for the gentle reminder. Tina S

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Hi Edgar, you're so right ~ we could all use a bit more *grateful* in our days:) Wishing you and family a delightful and peaceful weekend, hope you're well my friend...

Luned said...

That was a lovely post. It made me think of all the things I'm grateful for too. Thank you. Hope you have a peaceful weekend and that Rico's becoming more pain-free by the day.

Melody said...

Edgar, Thanks for inspirational thoughts and the beautiful pictures. Love seeing the sites around where you live. I've not been west, but would love to visit the area someday. (I'm a midwestern girl) I'm glad to hear Rico is more mobile now with a walking boot. Take care, and Happy Halloween!

Mary said...

Thank you! Really nice post and WONDERFUL cloud photos! I'm grateful you shared your beautiful walk home with us!

Mary in MN

Tina said...

Great blog post as always,SF looks a lovely place to live,will have to visit some day.Love all your new stash,missed the VC sale(how did i do that)glad Rico is on the mend
Tina

Ja'niece said...

What a though provoking post... it really made me smile. And although I don't have the flora and fauna that you have, I enjoy seeing it through your eyes as it were. Glad to hear that Rico and the hoof are now more comfortable and mobile. Jan

Diana said...

Greetings from Australia and what a lovely post. I am grateful to have found your blog and been able to share your trip home.

Roberta said...

Wow Edgar, love the threads you received and the magazines - how fun and special.

What wonderful things you get to see on your walk home. Those storm clouds do look threatening.

Have a Happy Halloween

Berit said...

Sounds like you're doing Thanksgiving early! :D (some friends have a family tradition of everyone talking about what they are thankful for from that year before the meal.) :)

What an amazing Jade plant--Love them, and have never seen one so big (and woody!) :o

I'm so glad you're finding things to enjoy about the temporary bus commute!

Of course you are welcome re the floss-I always SO enjoy your conversions, so it's just a bit of "ammunition" for that! :D

Those HDFs are something--I especially like those Old Maid Hive, Sea, and Vine! :o

Sherry :o) said...

Awesome clouds!