with gratitude

simple gifts

the last few years have been a lesson in gratitude
for the simple things
I no longer get frazzled over the holidays
if I forget the cranberry sauce, it’s no biggie
since my family is now scattered across the US
I am thankful just to be at the dining room table
all together this Thanksgiving.

I am also so thankful for all of YOU
for your visits and for your support
and for your wonderful, inspiring work.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate
and I wish everyone a wonderful week!

26 thoughts on “with gratitude

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Such a lovely holiday when families get together and enjoy each others’ company. I wish we celebrated that here! How right you are not to be frazzled by the little details of life!

  2. And Happy Thanksgiving to you, Susan! I’m grateful to have ‘met’ you this year. And I love that photo. The berries and the sweater, such a perfect color combination.

  3. LOVE your pepper berries photo!! It truly gives me a “thankful” warm feeling! Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving, and I’m thrilled we met through Flickr!

  4. What a beautiful, beautiful ‘grateful’ photo. I’m grateful we are closer in distance now, and have time to visit every once in a while! See you at the secret b.d. party. 🙂

  5. Sometimes it’s just those “little things” that make us feel thankful. Loved your beautiful photo. I’m thankful for blogs like yours to enjoy. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  6. The berries are shown perfectly in those hands with the wonderful gloves. A lovely simple message in that image, and your words are perfect. Being together is really what it is all about! Enjoy!!

  7. Hello Susan!! 🙂 I’m still on my official blog break, but just dropping by to ask if I could use your wonderful winter picture here for the front cover of a literary magazine I’m creating this month? It’s a free magazine, published on WordPress and I’ll be publicizing it through Twitter mainly.

    I’ve got a great selection of writers work from WordPress and other websites too for the first issue. I’m hoping it will be a useful place to direct readers to find where the good writers/photographers/artists are on the internet. It will predominantly be poetry, but will also include some short stories. All credit will go to the original authors/photographers/artists and links back to their blog/website/social media will be given.

    If you are interested, let me know what other website/social media you’d like me to link to. But if you’d rather not, then please don’t hesitate to say no, I really won’t mind.

    Hoping your New Year is a good one!! 🙂

    1. Wow Suzy, that’s so exciting! I would be honored if you used my photo, please help yourself! Let me know if you need me to email you a copy. A poet/essayist/blogger that comes to my mind is Shawna Lemay. I am a big fan of her work and have bought several of her books. Her blog is “Calm Things” http://www.calmthings.blogspot.com. You may want to check it out. Just a suggestion.

      Best of luck with this new endeavor, looking forward to it…and thank you so much for including me.

      Happy New Year to you!

  8. Thank you very much Susan!!♥ I meant to say how stunning that picture is, if that was on a front cover of a magazine it would absolutely draw my eye, I love those colours too! I’ve copied and pasted the picture into the post (set as featured image) and it looks wonderful, so no need to email. The wonders of copy and paste saves everyone so much time!! 😀

    Also wanted to mention, don’t feel obliged to follow this magazine (unless you really want to) I know the diligent bloggers like yourself must be following many blogs now, and there are only so many we can all read and comment on – so no pressure. In fact my reason for starting this was because I wanted to direct the readers (not so much the bloggers) who might be looking for more interesting blogs and websites to follow in the right directions. I took a good look at a lot of literary magazines recently and out of about 30 there were only 3 that would be likely to accept anything I wrote. Most of the authors published had quite a prestigious biography attached to their work (which is fine) but it left me annoyed and wondering where the ordinary and often extraordinary talent was, because the content in some of those publications wasn’t always good. I believe ‘all’ writers should be included no matter who they are, and that goes for photographers and artists too. So I’m hoping that’s what this magazine will accomplish.

    And thank you for mentioning Shawna Lemay! Yes I remember you mentioning something she wrote a while back, she is an excellent poet, so I’ve re-bookmarked her under possible authors to include in future issues. Thanks for reminding me!

    When the first issue is published, I shall get back to you with a link. I shall be returning to the blog as usual in a week or two! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Suzy and I’m glad you like the image! I love your thoughts and ideas here and I too see a need to expose all the wonderful undiscovered talent out there…so glad you are doing this! I would love to follow along. I’m always a bit slow catching up with all my blog reading but I get there eventually! Thanks again and I’ll be anxiously awaiting that link!

  9. Anxiety over Susan, here’s the link to the first issue of ‘The Writing Garden’! 🙂 http://thewritinggarden.wordpress.com/ Thank you so much for letting me borrow that absolutely wonderful picture of yours, it really has made it all quite beautiful!! I hope you enjoy the post – when you have some time! I think you do very well Susan to fit in the reading of blog post with all that photography you do, I don’t know how photographers fit blogging in – you must be very busy sometimes. I used to do a bit of photography myself when I was in my early 20’s, mainly portraits and I can’t imagine trying to squeeze blogging, Facebook and Twitter into all of that! Writing is a lot less physical and I can flip from one subject to another very easily, although having said that – I should get out more, it’s not very healthy all this sitting around!! 😉

    1. Oh Suzy, it all looks fantastic! Will sit down over the weekend and pour through all this wonderful writing and poetry. We all owe you a big thank you for putting this together and getting our work out there. I’m not so sure we are all that different from each other as far as busy-ness goes…we all have a lot to juggle. While I don’t consider photography my job (it’s really my passion) I tend to work at it like it is one! And I have to say that I enjoy all the wonderful connections I have made through blogging and other forms of social media. And I met you! Thanks again for all your hard work!

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