“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


not still day, not yet night. thanksgiving eve.

there are birds nesting in the emma tree. 
silence slides over them and we wait for dark together
and we say our gratitudes. 

for big things ~
for the warmth still outside these windows,
for peace bought at a heavy price,
and small things ~
the purr of a cat in the other room,
for blue flowers still blooming.

for not knowing which is big, which is small.

for friends and books and movies only girls can love,
for candlelight and worn out jeans,
for true love and birthday cakes,
for each new day of a healing heart.
for baseball and memories and time alone,
for time together with no need to speak.
for no explanations needed.

for high heels and bare feet
and white blankets and old movies.
for growing and for standing still.

for apple pies, massages and expensive watches.
for extra time.
for 5 dollar clocks that run on batteries.
for those gone ~ sweet maggie ~
and those still here.

for full moons and family
and summer days and dark nights
and slow christmas carols
and the luxury to do nothing.
at least not right now.

i am always bad at this.
yesterday i was grateful for energy,
today i am grateful for laziness with no guilt;
it changes constantly and i forget so many things -
ice cubes, hot showers,
the smell of lipton tea,
the taste of saigon cinnamon.
the feel of clean sheets,
a hug at the end of the day,
a story read aloud.

tomorrow will bring cold air
and more leaves down from the trees
and a sister-in-law who cooks
and never makes me feel guilty for not doing so.

thank you to her.
to you.
to lilycat.
to the ever-wonderful.

have a fabulous day.



  1. perfect. you are so good at this. :)
    a fabulous day to you. Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. your gratitude is beautiful....

    happy thanksgiving sweet girl....

  3. Beautiful, so much to be thankful for. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  4. Have a lovely day, Debi!

    This is a beautiful list. Thank you for sharing.

    P.S. I'm glad there is a cat purring in the other room. So sweet.

  5. Oh, thank you, this list is so perfect, so real & every day & luminescent. It puts me in a mind of my own sweet perfections to be thankful for. And one of them is you.
    Happy Thanksgiving, dear!

  6. This list is soul food.

    There are so many things here that make me feel as though I have been hugged....by life itself.

    Happy Thanksgiving dear Debi.
    Love to you xoxoxo

  7. I love this list. It makes me happy! It's Thanksgiving day and we are all piled up watching the parade. So, I have the perfect time to drop by and visit friends. I wanted to tell you that one the things I am thankful for today is blogging and the way it has made my world so much bigger. Thank you for the friendship, the wisdom, and the inspiration I have found here. Happy Thanksgiving to you and EW Michael, my friend. Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. you take my breath away ..I am thankful for that..blessings

  9. just found your sweet blog today...love this little post...refreshing :) Happy thanksgiving!

  10. beautiful list of happy thanksgivings, I'm adding snow as we have a lot of it today. Have a wonderful thanksgiving, much love.

  11. Happy thanksgiving! This is such a beautiful gratitude list. i know what you mean about laziness with no guilt, so hard to achieve for me so thank you for the reminder that it is sometimes essential.

  12. Thanks it was a fabulous day. Everyone shared in preparations, which made for a relaxed atmosphere with new friends and family. White blankets, birthday cakes, apple pies, Christmas music and so much more make me smile on a dark winters night.

  13. this is such a beautiful list of gratitude--I love each item, and feel each of them resonate with me. your view of the world is so lovely. I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.


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