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gratitude: day 7

November 7th, 2011

Today I’m grateful for the falling leaves. Our maple trees are almost bare now — I’ve filled and re-filled the yard debris bins about half a dozen times. Steve and the kids would have helped, if I had asked. But I kind of wanted to do it all by myself and use the time to meditate.

The small amount that was left today got swept out into the street. (Like how i put that into the passive voice? “The leaves found themselves swept into the street.” As if I had nothing to do with it.) I also put some under the burning bushes, to give the critters a place to hide out. (We’re reading “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” for the 2011/2012 Oregon Battle of the Books. It makes you eyeball life in a different way, thinking of it from a mouse and his boy’s point of view.)

In our former town, you could get old and wrinkled waiting for the street sweepers/leaf getters to come by. Out here, they stop by regularly. So I’m grateful for them, too. Thanks, dudes.

But mainly I’m happy today cuz I went to water aerobics, got coffee, stopped by the library and the store, then came home and worked on the leaves. I’m stretched out and relaxed now. it feels good. Am warmed up physically and mentally and now? I write.

have a superfine Monday.

— wm


  1. Nan says

    Today I’m grateful for Skype! Chatting and having a cup of tea with a happy friend who is many miles away!

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  2. WackyMommy says


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  3. LIB says

    This fall has been nice cuz it’s DRY. Raking up dry leaves is a MUCH easier task then dealing with rain soaked leaves!

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  4. Wacky Mommy says

    These ones were wet, but still pretty easy to deal with. i can’t believe that i (heart) leaves, haha.

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