You Don’t Know Whatcha Got….

….Until it’s gone.

Have you experienced this truth?  Or are you just an unnaturally grateful individual? 🙂 For me, I like to think that I am thankful for many things(granted, not as much as I should be), but there are still times when this rings true in my life.  I don’t even see it coming!  In some cases, it is something that has been in my life for so long that I don’t even think about being grateful for it- it’s part of my everyday life!  I guess that means I should look for opportunities to be appreciative, huh?

Anyway…. After my slightly dramatic introduction, you are probably thinking that I had a major loss in my life.  You should be relieved to know that it’s not that at all.  It was just a little-ish thing that happened to our scenic drive on the way home.  I’ll divulge. 🙂

My family and I live in the country, if that hadn’t been made clear before.  So if you hear frequent reference to farm animals(we got our pigs last week, by the way!) or other things that would be difficult to do in a city, it’s because we live in the country!  We have to travel about fifteen minutes at least to get anywhere of consequence.  That’s just the way it is.  To some people of our acquaintance, that seems rather extreme. But after doing it for a while we got accustomed to it, and now it’s just a regular part of life.  I’m *not* taking it for granted here.  😉  Having a longer trip home, quite a few things can be done!  Knitting, reading, talking about where you are headed/coming from, relaxing in the car, just enjoying the music and thinking, knitting….There’s lots of things you can do!  Oh!  There’s also playing on your electronic device of choice, and knitting.

Now, to the part where I was taking something for granted-  Since we live in the country, you are free to assume it’s as beautiful as you want.  There are hills, trees, creeks and/or streams, curvy bumpy roads, cows on a hill(my mom loves that, because it always reminds her of Psalm 50:10), and other agricultural things.  Lots and lots of stuff to look at.  Except when you occasionally come across some fields, and it does happen sometimes, I’ll tell you that.  A neighbor we had once put it this way-  Instead of house after house, you get to drive past field after field of corn, corn, corn, beans, corn, beans, corn, and corn.  Lots of corn.  But you’ve got to have a lot of corn for all those cows!  On to the next paragraph, because I took up this one talking about corn and cows….

So before we get to the corn and cows on our way home, we drive down a highway with hills and (used to be) trees.  However, in the last week there has been a change to that.  The men in fluorescent green and orange came with their humongous toys and dug up a lot of trees and multiple front yards of the poor people who live along this highway.  I’m sure it is for a ‘good cause’, like widening the sad, little highway, with no shoulder and ruts all over the place.  At least we are hoping that’s what it is, because if it is for any less-noble reason, there will be a large amount of displeasure throughout the area.

This is what I took for granted- my scenic drive home.  Thankfully, there are other ways to get places.  But we take this route fairly frequently I would say, and it just looks so sad!  Just as everything was starting to turn green too.  In fact, just because of how awful it looks, I’ve decided that it reminds me of something like you would see in Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” video.  I’m not saying it is that dramatic, but it’s also not just one tree cut down, or a few branches pruned.  It’s dirt being turned over for at least a mile along the current highway, and anything that happens to be on top of it being taken out as well.

I took the beauty around me as I drive places for granted.  Like I said, not a huge deal.  But, it still made me think.  Right now I’m thinking we’d better get one fancy highway out of this!  And of course that nothing should be taken for granted. 🙂  I hope you have a lovely day and enjoy everything that is in your life!

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7.5 Reasons to Enjoy Winter

In honor of the first few snowflakes this morning in our area, I give you 7.5 reasons to enjoy winter….or at least try.

My guess is there are two types of people that will read this-  those that wonder how I could only think of 7.5 (yes, it is a little sad), and those who want to peer out of a stack of blankets long enough to laugh in my face (in a nice way, of course) at the thought of trying to enjoy winter!  Well, let’s hope all of you enjoy it either way….

I don’t like it(although I feel compelled to appreciate ALL of God’s seasons), but I have a few reasons that I am going to try to think about in the freezing-est moments.  I will share my list to help others who aren’t fond of chills invading either.  Hopefully, it will make it seem at least a teeny bit better with these happy thoughts in mind. 🙂  Those of you who enjoy the miniscule numbers on a thermometer, feel very invited to leave a comment at the bottom sharing all the reasons why you love winter- I’m sure I’ve missed some, and it will help all the rest of us endure it better!  That being said, here goes….

1.Christmas!!! I love the holiday where we celebrate the Greatest Gift by giving to others. 🙂

2.Winter makes us enjoy the other seasons in all their various beauty even more!

3.No bugs, or fewer at least….

4.Beautiful snow on the trees, fields, cars….Oh, scratch that last one- we’re keeping this positive!

5.Sensible snuggling-  During the summer, snuggling is out of the question because of the heat (unless some people you know like to keep the AC at arctic temperatures!)

6.More opportunities to accessorize!  During the summer, it can be a little difficult to accessorize as much as you want to, merely for fear of suffocating.  Not so with winter!  You can layer on as much as your heart desires, and still feel the frost nipping at your nose!  I get to wear all  the knitted accessories I have made for myself, and observe all the accessories my family members aren’t wearing that I made for them.  O_o  Oh well, you can’t win them all!

7.Coming home to a warm house.  There is a very different feeling between coming home to air conditioning and coming home to a warm house.  There just is.  A warm house just makes it seem so much like a homey-home.  Side note:  I am SO looking forward to the day when our fireplace is up and running….That’ll be the day!

7.5.More time spent indoors with family- this point could also be on the top 7.5 worst reasons to enjoy winter (you may or may not see that blog post come out late January to early February….). This one only gets a half because it’s great to be cooped up with people you love, until Cabin Fever starts developing.

Originally when I commenced writing this blog post, there were going to be 10 reasons.  However, being a fan of all things warm (including summer!), I didn’t succeed at reaching that number, so please enjoy the 7 (and a half) that I did come up with.  If you need something new to help you keep warm, please check out my Etsy shop, To Knit or Knot?.  Until next time then!  I shall now go wrap myself up in a blanket of wooliest-warmth, and recite these to myself over and over, until I have to make a public outing.  Just kidding, I don’t exactly have time for that, but it sounds wonderful…. Oh!  Here’s a bonus reason-  Hot chocolate.  I love  hot chocolate…. or any type of chocolate really!  Have a lovely day, and stay warm!

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