The Late Edition:Gratitude Sunday


  • I’m feeling: excited.
  • I’m listening to: birds singing their birdsong on my fire-escape aka “The Balcony”  😀
  • I’m thinking: how easy it is to accumulate “stuff”, how much stuff I have and how much I should use the “stuff” I already have.
  • I’m looking forward to: my current home improvement projects.  Painting my old lawyer’s bookshelf to accommodate my crafty tools.  My long weekend off this coming week.
  • I’m learning: to be “content in whatsoever state I’m in”.
  • I’m enjoying: purging my home and seeing its possibilities. Movement towards some level of sufficiency and the effort it takes to do so.  The sight of my new Ball jars. New Ball Jars
  • I’m creating: New work-spaces. My bedroom redo that’s done and I’m so very happy with the outcome.  Home cooked meals. IMG_4548
  • I’m grateful for: Nikki and Attah.  A week at work of every day being filled with laughter until I cried.  My mom’s home building project being in its final week.  Daily chats with my brother N.  Finding out from my building super that the management company approved my getting an additional work counter and cabinets. These will give me more space in that tiny kitchen to food prep and cook comfortably.  Getting approved finally for two days of vacation.  It’s not two weeks but I’ll take it.  Just being excited at some of the changes I want to make — i.e. re-purposing my home, planting a container garden.
  • Around the house is:  a giant mess. This mess has a purpose and would soon come to an end.  IMG_4571
  • In my kitchen: my stove is calling me.  I attacked my spring cleaning / re-decorating with such gusto, I didn’t have time to cook.  I ended up purchasing food at a restaurant in my neighborhood.
  • I’m planning later in the coming week to: Finish my planting.  Paint my bookshelf.  Finish the preliminary purging and re-decorating.  Enjoy a mani/pedi and exfoliation next weekend. Working on my mood blanket that I’ve woefully fallen behind on.  I’m 4 weeks behind and I need to catch up before I lose track.
  • My quote/verse for the upcoming week is:  Be Content
  • I’m wishing you: the very best of Sundays  — well Monday 😀 — and a wonderful  week ahead.

the new format for “Gratitude Sunday” is borrowed from “The Simple Woman’s Daybook” series

16 thoughts on “The Late Edition:Gratitude Sunday

  1. Lisa Huddleston March 28, 2014 / 2:01 pm

    I like your lists! Thanks for the reminder to be grateful. 🙂

    • Nicky March 29, 2014 / 9:46 pm

      You’re more than welcome. 🙂

  2. Preeti March 28, 2014 / 12:54 pm

    Have a wonderful long weekend, your break is much needed and well deserved 🙂

    • Nicky March 29, 2014 / 9:47 pm

      Yes indeed. It didn’t start the way I hoped it would but I’m hoping that I can have at least one restful day.

  3. Tracey March 24, 2014 / 9:16 pm

    Laughter at work and two days off?!!! I am so happy your week was a good one.
    My spring cleaning is coming up in a few weeks, waiting for spring break from school, and I can’t wait. What I would love to do is just gut the whole house and only bring back in half of what I have packed into my little home, but I managed to fall in love and marry a packrat who might have a little coronary if I were to do that.

    • Nicky March 24, 2014 / 9:58 pm

      It really was. Not even the little irritants could take away anything from how good the week was.

      What you want to do is what I’m doing! That’s why my living room looks so tore up! LOLOL! I’ve been tossing stuff like nobody’s business. My bedroom has been emptied so much I can hear my voice echoing in it when I talk! 😀

      😀 at your description of your hubster! My mom’s kinda the same way. When I go home and I start purging her house, she has to leave the immediate area because I’m merciless! LOLOL!

  4. Lauren March 24, 2014 / 7:32 pm

    I love your Ball Jars! I’m also thinking about doing some purging. Stuff isn’t always as important as it seems when you’re accumulating it.

    • Nicky March 24, 2014 / 7:44 pm

      Who you tellin’?!!! I found stuff I bought but never used. Stuff I rarely used and DON’T talk about the yarn stash. Insanity. Cold-sheeping is going to have to be my way of life for a while. The volume was frightening although I was reacquainted with some pretties I’d forgotten I had.

      The Ball jars are even more beautiful in person. The peacock colour is their 100 anniversary colour (last year’s). I use them all the time and figured why not get these instead of the clear. Glad I did that. 😀

      • Lauren March 25, 2014 / 3:22 pm

        Yeah, about the stash. I feel similarly. I was telling some of my knitting friends about my fear of dying (like of old age when I’m 100) without knitting all of my yarn. They laughed at me! Perhaps I don’t just want to squish it and look at it! Is that weird?

        • Nicky March 25, 2014 / 5:58 pm

          We have the same fears. I have it regarding leaving yarn unused and unloved and I also have it regarding other items I have in my home that I haven’t used. I love the squishing factor of the yarn but I also need to put what I have to use. So no … you’re not weird. If you are then we both are. LOLOL!

          Plus I feel like yarn is also an investment — it’s money sitting there not being put to use. When I make things that can be used, then my money is being put to work in addition to being pretty and useful. Is that weird?

          • Lauren March 25, 2014 / 7:58 pm

            No! In fact I’ll use that next time to even further justify my concerns.

            • Nicky March 26, 2014 / 3:32 pm

              Oh man, that idea came home to me even more last night. I was sorting my yarn in weights so that when I put up the bookshelves on the weekend, I can quickly stash them. It was just a gigantic mountain of stuff; I don’t even think all of them could sit there. Now I feel as if I don’t use them, it’s a big waste of money even as pretty as they are.

              • Lauren March 26, 2014 / 8:44 pm

                We can support each other through this challenge!

                • Nicky March 27, 2014 / 6:14 am

                  Yes ma’am! We certainly will.

  5. savethestationery March 24, 2014 / 7:19 pm

    Contentment and gratitude are powerful weapons in the arsenal of any human being. I love that your practice it as much as you can. I love the fact that you are working on making your space better for you. I am eager to see pictures of your progress.

    Here’s to another wonderful week full of laughter and progress. 🙂

    • Nicky March 24, 2014 / 7:41 pm

      Yes indeed. The way I see it is I can do one of two things, practice gratitude and contentment then feel better even if my situation has not changed or get more upset and feel worse. 😀

      When I’m throwing temper tantrums I don’t always remember the options, but actively choosing to do better in spite of how life can be sometimes really makes me feel better.

      As for the space, it’s part of the gratitude thing. Y’all know I wanted to get out of here but couldn’t because of cost. I still want to leave, but right now, I have to stay so if I have to stay here, might as well make it the best I can.

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