Gratitude Sunday


  • I’m feeling: content despite still having this cold.
  • I’m listening to: the sounds of my fan whirling softly in my living room.  It’s kinda hypnotic.
  • I’m thinking of:  how inconsiderate people can be sometimes.  I’m pledging to be more mindful of how I speak to people and how much I consider someone else’s well being before I do certain things.  All situations, no matter how we feel about them, are not always crises.

 I’m looking forward to: watching my lemon balm, rosemary, watercress, basil (planted a second set) and English thyme germinate.  I know, I know, that’s like watching a pot boil but I can’t help it.  😀

  • I’m practicing: self awareness especially understanding my negative triggers.
  • I’m enjoying: gardening — obviously  😛   —  NY in the summer,  fish as my primary meat source, seasonal fruits and veggies, my new thyme plant and summer time light cooking.New Thyme Plant
  • I’m creating: a bigger container garden.  Don’t ask me about what happens to them in the winter.  😛
  • I’m grateful for: a free dress from H & M.  I bought three but the cashier only rang two up.  I didn’t notice until I got home.  When I went back to pay, the cashiers were amazed that I was honest and gave me the dress for free.  New yarn.  I bought some earlier this week for my mood blanket so I could participate in the Cold-Sheeping Extreme Challenge on Ravelry.  Of course a few extra skeins found their way in the basket.  See that’s why I need to cold sheep.  No discipline when it comes to yarn.  The neons are to be combined with muted colours for some colourwork excitement.Rainbow Brites Being able to bounce back quickly from two negative situations at work. New jewelry.  An okra plant from a co-worker.  A swap gift.  Yes, I know I said no swapping, but this one really tempted me.  I’m so weak.  😛
  • Around the house are:  NO MORE mini messes in every room!!!  I just couldn’t take it anymore so I spent the better part of July 4th getting everything back to the way they’re supposed to be.
  • In my kitchen: grilled tilapia, rosemary herb sweet potato wedges in the oven.  Fruit and green salad in the fridge.  Hmmm  … I wonder if my management company would give me space on the roof to grow a vegetable gaarden?  ❗
  • I’m planning later in the coming week to: juice some more, work on my Flax sweater, MacGyver some file boxes to act as planters for the okra plant.  It’s producing flowers; I have to see if I can plant it fast enough to get some okra before summer ends. Okra Bloom Start gathering information on how to keep my perennials alive in an apt during the coming winter.  Get my measurements and some before pictures before I start exercising hard.  Get rid of my craft list page for 2014.  I’m realising that my interests changed and I no longer want to be bound to this list.  Now I’m just going to craft what I want to.
  • My quote/verse for the upcoming week is:


  • I’m wishing you: the very best of Sundays and a wonderful week ahead.


16 thoughts on “Gratitude Sunday

  1. QuaintrelleNoire July 16, 2014 / 6:43 pm

    The thyme looks lovely. What’s the difference between West Indian thyme vs wherever else it’s grown?

    I got a basil plant a couple weeks ago from my vegetable co-op. I brought it to my mom to pot it for me since she has the green thumb. Can’t wait for the basil to start growing out. I’m a big fan of pesto.

    • Nicky July 20, 2014 / 10:40 am

      This thyme is the only version that we know of that grows at home. Tell me how the basil plants goes.

      • QuaintrelleNoire July 21, 2014 / 6:31 pm

        The basil is looking ok so far, it’s still at my mom’s house, she just repotted it. If it goes well it’ll be my first sustainable herb plant. Then I might get adventrurous & move on to some other fancy herbs.

        • Nicky July 21, 2014 / 7:24 pm

          Awesome! 😀

  2. Preeti July 7, 2014 / 1:09 pm

    Your urban garden continues to amaze me! I read ‘grilled tilapia’ and decided that’s what we’re going to have to for dinner tonight (for me, coming up with what to cook is tougher than the actual cooking!) Have a wonderful week friend x

    • Nicky July 13, 2014 / 10:34 am

      Glad you got some inspiration! I feel the same way … choosing what to cook takes more time than actually cooking. I’m trying to meal plan now but it’s been a rough start.

  3. autumngeisha July 7, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    I have really enjoyed seeing your container garden in progress on Instagram. The thyme looks gorgeous. I love having fresh herbs to cook with, don’t you? The dishes just seem more vibrant and tastier with homegrown veggies and herbs. I am planning on potting my herbs when the weather gets cooler and bringing them indoors during the winter. Can’t wait to see how the okra plant does.

    • Nicky July 13, 2014 / 10:36 am

      Thanks Tien! 😀 I do love being able to come to my little garden and pick stuff off right there; the dishes really do taste better with the fresh produce.

      The okra plant has already sprouted an okra and I found three more little ones this morning! So excited!.

  4. Robin July 7, 2014 / 11:26 am

    West Indian Thyme…ooh, I’d love to have a whiff of that. You’re inspiring me to add a few more houseplants…and clean up a few “mini” messes!

    • Nicky July 13, 2014 / 10:37 am

      I’ve been rubbing my fingers on the thyme leaves to release the scent; reminds me so much of my mom’s kitchen.

      As for those mini messes, my space is too small to accommodate them for long so I try to stay on top of them but they multiply during the night … noone can’t convince me that they dont. 😀

  5. Opal July 7, 2014 / 8:07 am

    Oh I love your container garden.

    Honesty is an important trait. Years ago, the ATM spit out a little over $200. I walked to the drive thru (while the teller looked at me with a puzzled look on her face) and explained why I was there and gave her the money. Boy she was surprised. That happened to me twice.

    • Nicky July 13, 2014 / 10:38 am

      Thanks Opal!

      Yes indeed … some of my co-workers were amazed that I took the dress back but I didn’t feel right keeping it at all. I would have done the same re the money.

  6. savethestationery July 6, 2014 / 10:21 pm

    I love this post it is so filled with goodness. I can’t wait to see your new shoots coming up and I living vicariously through your gardening for a while. 🙂 I am also making the transition to having fish be my primary source of protein; it continues to be a learning experience.

    • Nicky July 13, 2014 / 10:43 am

      The new basil shoots have taken off like rockets but my watercress, English thyme and lemon balm have been slow to shoot. I’m going to get more seeds and replant those three this coming weekend.

      I need the food change, so although it is indeed a learning experience, I have to do it!

  7. Tracey July 6, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    I love that you are loving gardening and I think it is so cool that you have okra growing in NY. My crew loves eating okra any way you fix it.
    I still have messes in my home, but tomorrow I am getting back to cleaning it all out.

    Enjoy a beautiful start to your week Nicky.

    • Nicky July 6, 2014 / 10:13 pm

      I love it too. Not sure if I’ll get anything from it but I’m gamed to try!

      Messes just dont stay away do they? I have laundry to put away and a whole list of things to do this week so I feel your pain.

      You have a wonderful week too friend! ❤

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