Today, I chose plain and simple… grateful.

Let us not focus on Greatness... but rather, on Gratefulness / inspiring post on appreciating a simple day via
Today was a very nice day. My son is at his Dad’s, which left me completely in my own element. It’s been awhile.

My morning coffee started out on the patio. I could feel the heat of the day firing up, but was in no rush to partake in rushing. My Kicking Horse coffee was as smooth as silk. Some things just flat out don’t need a race.

After my veggie filled omelette for breakfast, I decided to sit out on the lawn… to sit. It needed mowing, but I held off for just a little while. Sitting in the sun generally has me feeling antsy and hot, but not today. Today it felt like a long, warm hug, as if beckoning for me to take my time. So I did. Even without a book for entertainment.

Hungry for lunch, I threw together a salad topped with grilled chicken, and parked myself on the patio again. My little tables made me happy! I ran from one sofa to another, depending what I wanted to do.  One has the taller 2×4 topped table and the other the crate tray table… a choice of leisure or work I suppose! I’ll do a shoot of the full patio after I’ve tweaked it a little more.

The other sofa currently has a flannel blanket on it with a mishmash of sofa pillows with no rhyme or reason, just comfort. I’d like to create some soft covers that I love rather grasping for things that will do for now. Soon. Very soon! Just not today.

After lunch, I decided the lawn needed me, so I both mowed and edged, and what a lovely difference. The blogger in me was so tempted to take a shot, but with the sun so bright, I held off. Sun filled shots don’t appear to be my forte so I didn’t even bother trying. Today.

After whipping up another salad for dinner, I straightened up the house, then went to work out. I nearly didn’t go, but encouraged myself anyway. It’s always easier once you’re out the front door. Besides, I missed the burn. I’ve come to enjoy the treadmill of all things, the very thing I thought I detested! I love jacking up the height so I’m walking up hill. May as well make every minute of that nonsense count, right? 🙂

propane firepit via

And right now? I’m on the patio again with my little propane fire pit keeping me company. It’s lovely out here in the dark, crickets singing, neighbours chatting around a fire pit of their own. And inspiring. I just sat for the longest time and allowed myself to quietly think. Which led to this post.

I really didn’t accomplish much today, but then again, in a way, I actually did. I accomplished quiet. The quieter the day was, the more stories and ideas formulated in my head. Does that make sense? The stories emerge when I have my space to myself. It’s like I can hear my own thinking again.

I realize this isn’t a pinworthy post. But everyday life isn’t about that, is it? It’s about being. Hearing. Feeling. Living. And appreciating. Finding the time to feel like this doesn’t come often. But today, when my quiet knocked, I answered!

A quote formulated in my head during my grateful state I thought I’d share…

“Let us not focus on greateness… but rather, on gratefulness.”

As a blogger, it’s generally all about the perfect shot, hoping to convey our story. But today, I chose plain and simple…


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  1. What a smart cookie you are! We all should sit up and take notice….. QUIETNESS is good for the body and soul… As Christians our Lord commands it… Be still and know that I am God…..psalm 46:10. We are refreshed thru and thru!

  2. You summed up quite beautifully what I feel often in my home, especially in the morning time. The positive thoughts and stories that go through my mind, I think, is a great way to start the day. The thoughts you shared were very much welcomed, and perhaps even needed, for they were very inspiring. Thanks.

    One Love

  3. Pin worthy indeed. Inspiration comes in many forms. Some days we need to ponder, enjoy the everyday tasks and a bit of nothingness is good for the soul.

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Enjoy your day.


  4. Hi Donna,
    Down time is a necessity for all of us. It refreshes the soul and renews our spirit. Glad to hear that you were able to have a day for yourself and took that time to embrace the peaceful beauty in the stillness.
    Warmest Regards,
    Pieced Pastimes

  5. Those are the best days! When we allow ourselves to slow down and just enjoy!
    I have followed your blog for awhile. Love it!!! You always have fantastic ideas!
    Thank you!

  6. I so understand. I need days like this also from time to time. I like to have at least one day a week now that I am supposedly retired. I mowed my back yard Saturday and painted my front door ‘stoop’ in the afternoon. I did it with a frame thingy that is meant to be used to make a concrete stone pathway. I turned the frame over and used it as a stencil. And it was not as easy as I thought it would be either, but it looks nice. I used RustOleums Dark Bronze for the base coat and I definitely needed more colors than I had. I recommend at least four if not five colors….. but oh well, it sure is better than the bare (dirty till after I scrubbed it 3 times) concrete.

    • Oh yes, then Sunday I mowed and edged (a ton of edging by hand too) the front yard. So yesterday I did nothing much myself. Today might end up with not much being done again. Since I have this hurtful raw blister on the palm of my right hand…. ouch. I need to mop but can’t wring out the mop. I sure wish I had that round mop and bucket with spinner!!

  7. : ) if we were texting friends I would have sent you a smiley face so this is the equivalent. I love this post as I am in a place of trying to figure out how to be more me, more grounded and unaffected by outside forces…glad you enjoyed your day!

  8. Loved your blog today… Such a plain and simple message… and very well said! Have a great day! 🙂

  9. This was a wonderful post! We all need days that quiet our minds and let us breathe deeply. The quote you created is one I intend to keep and refer to often. I think by posting what you did, you’ve helped us all to remember the importance of a nothing-filled day! THANK YOU!

  10. Thanks for the post. I need to remind myself to slow down and just be sometimes. I like to take long drives for the same reason. Just to think.
    Happy Canada Day! Kiss a Mountie for me.

  11. Such an awesome and inspiring post! We tend to not take a moment for ourselves, especially as women. Makes me want to take more quiet moments of my own. : )

  12. It is so good to have time to rest our body and minds, to nurture ourselves. We don’t do this enough and it’s too bad it is looked upon as unnecessary or wasteful by some. This is sooooo not the case. We need to rejuvenate ourselves often. You hear “I just don’t have time” – well it is important to MAKE the time for our health and sanity. We should be our own top priority or we can’t take care of others.


  13. yes, you inspired me too. I will be moving our unused patio stones to the backyard, where they will be used, and I can enjoy a fire without having ants on my feet, etc.

    Glad you had a good day!
    Lisa in Florida

  14. Regardless of what we have or do not have, regardless of our skin color; the blessing of being born in America and loved by God is the only blessing we need. So many of us forget to be grateful for that simple blessing. GOD Bless America!

  15. For those of us who would like to squeeze another hour into a 24 hour day, this post is a gentle reminder to be grateful for the blessing of quiet time.

  16. Sounds like a great and all around healthy day. As the weekend approached here, I realized I did not have a project pending. I was scrambling through my notebook deciding what I should tackle with my free time. I usually throw myself into something starting Friday evening. Then every Monday morning I’m back to work with the weekend having flown by and no rest. I love showing pictures of my projects on Monday morning, but I’m exhausted only for the week of work and running around to start all over again. We all need more days with some hours of just stillness. Thanks for the pep talk to just relax. Big hug!

    • I feel that pull too Michelle. But I vote to chill if you are that exhausted. I think rest brings even better future projects because you are simply more inspired to pull out all the stops. I hope you had a lovely weekend of absolutely nothing. 🙂

  17. Amen, Donna. I know bloggers tend to want the big ‘wow’ project to share all the time, but I LOVE posts like this! All of that other stuff really can become empty without some personal substance behind it, right? I’m so happy you took the time to share your day and your thoughts.


  18. I love the quiet and sometimes it’s best to just reverse kick back and enjoy it. I find it energizing and many times a way to inspire my creative gears. Thanks for sharing this – I think all can benefit from learning to enjoy the quiet. Carole Garden Up green