With the landfall of Florence, I was deeply touched by all the concern for our welfare. The emails and comments were simply amazing and heart warming. We came through the storm with no damage and little inconvenience, another thing to be grateful for. I’ve talked about Gratitude before in this post, and I am truly grateful for all the wonderful things in my life. It brought to mind a book I have had for many years, and I get out to read from time to time. My mother gave me my copy when it was originally published in 1995, and we would often discuss the thoughts of the day. It is called Simple Abundance A Daybook of Comfort and Joy. It is a daily meditation of 366 writings on various subjects, all designed to focus attention on the small things that make our lives full. I’ve been reading it a lot this week, and I think I’ll leave it out and go through the meditations again.
The publisher says “Simple Abundance shows you how your daily life can be an expression of your authentic self … as you choose the tastiest vegetables from your garden, search for treasures at flea markets, establish a sacred space in your home for meditation, and follow the rhythm of the seasons and the year.” One of the things recommended is to make a Discovery Journal by cutting things out of magazines to find your authentic tastes. Magazines you like to read will have lots of pictures of things you love. It wasn’t surprising to find that I had a picture of a delicate china cup with violets, and a real one that looks quite similar. I do have quilting magazines too, I just forgot to grab one for this photo.
I used a photo album for my journal so I could just lift the cellophane and place the picture.
I made mine years ago, but I still like everything in it. I chose pictures that had scenes that really spoke to me, not just pretty, more than that. Here I have pretty tables and lovely flowers, antique furniture and delicate china.
A light and airy veranda with comfy places to sit. Doing this will help you focus on what you truly love, and then surround yourself with those ideas. I discovered that I really like color on walls, and now our home doesn’t have a white wall in it. The colors are subtle but warm, with accent walls in soft green in several spots.
An old fashioned iron bed with a quilt has charm too. Pretty flowers share a page with a delicate ribbon and a garden table for lunch. I enjoy that soft English country or French country look, but not primitive.
Buttons and sewing things are lovely as vignettes.
Gorgeous garden photos are next to architectural details. I still would like to put a stained glass piece in a window, but I have yet to see one that I love.
Of course, walls of books occupy many pages.
This page has a quilt on a bed with a tea tray, a quiet kitchen corner and an abundance of roses. Small scenes of quiet joy.
On the subject of gratitude, I am grateful for all of you dear readers who spend time several times a week to read my words, and especially to those who leave a comment. In gratitude for their kind support, I am sending a copy of Simple Abundance to my top 3 commenters over the past year. Comments and thoughts on my blog are so appreciated, always make me smile, and frequently warm my heart. Thank you for your amazing support! The books are on the way to you now.
Brenda, my #1 commenter for the past three years
Karen at Sunburnt Quilts in Australia (Australian edition with the seasons correct)
Kathy at Sewing Etc
This passage I found again this year, and it still speaks to me. Especially this week, when there are so many who lost their homes in the eastern part of the state, I am grateful for our beautiful home and safety. I am working on a plan for a quilt project for our Carolina Hurricane victims, and I’ll need your help again. More on this when I get the details worked out.
Each month there are some ideas of things to do that are seasonally related. I like the idea of writing down the things I meant to do this summer and didn’t get to.
I am also sending a copy to my two wonderful Facebook moderators, Mary Deeter and Pat Semeraro. They approve new members, answer questions, and generally take care of the sharing group for me so I can spend more time designing and sewing. As I only go on Facebook once a week or so, they keep things running smoothly, and I am grateful for their help. Thank you, ladies, your books are on the way, too.
Thank you to all who share their thoughts! I wish I could send you all a gift, but if you would like your own copy, you can get one on Amazon. I recommend the hardback as it is a keeper. Simple Abundance on Amazon. The link has a Kindle edition for those of you with a Kindle reader. Now, for a quiet place to read, maybe the daybed where the bunnies relax on a quilt with a beam of sunlight.
What are you grateful for today?