A Grateful World Is a Happy World

David Steindl-Rast It is not happiness that makes us grateful, it is gratefulness that makes us happyCreative Commons License BK via Compfight

As Thanksgiving approaches, I have to admit I’m struggling with gratitude. My emotions are mixed and my heart is conflicted with unrest from the recent Paris and Mali shootings and the rants of hate.

It’s hard to put everything into perspective and settle down to celebrate with a quiet dinner and give thanks with so much going on in the world. I will, not because of tradition, but because it’s what is so desperately needed and there is so much for which I’ve been blessed.  Continue reading

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Yes, More Love ― That’s What We Need

Lovers at Orval

Lovers at Orval by Alexandre Dulaunoy — Courtesy of PhotoDropper

I’m dedicating this post to Valentine’s week and love. Hubby and I will be married 48 years this year and we’re getting close to that Golden Anniversary. We’ve seen so many changes over the years not only in us but in the world around us. Through all of it, I can truly say I’m still in love and happy. I’m so grateful for the journey we’ve had together.

I wrote a story back in 2012 about when we first got married and how it all started. It’s called “Young Love to Old Love”.  It’s amazing we’re still here and together, after the interesting beginning we had. But what did I know. I was only 19. I hope you enjoy it. Continue reading

Top O’ the Morning to Ya ― Happy St. Patrick’s Day ― and the Rest of the Day to You!

Cloverleaf by MSN Clipart

Cloverleaf by MSN Clipart

I hope you’re having a happy day! Whether you’re Irish or not, it’s a fun day for laughter and celebration.

Spring is around the corner, a lot to look forward to and be thankful.

Maybe, today you’ll fix up a pot of Irish stew or corned beef and cabbage or attend a parade. I can hear it bubbling and smell the brew.

However you spend today, whatever you’re facing or have come through, I ask to send you an Irish Blessing and wish you happiness and love.

Pat from the ol’ kitchen table