Notes from Jan

Wide-Eyed Gratitude

August 25, 2017


Really nice to have a drop in humidity and temperature today.  Wind’s coming off the water. Summer’s thinking about heading south like my neighbors who’ll soon swap New England for Florida.

I still prefer seasons until about February.

My California Grands started school this week. I feel like I never left most days.  Always something more to learn, or  not.

A new crop of students arrived at Gordon College. Cars packed with hopefuls.

Never gets old, new beginnings, clean slates.

Read somewhere,”Many of the most exciting things in life are on the other side of  uncomfortable.”

Spent part of the day cleaning.  Didn’t want to imperil the cleaners I hired to help me tomorrow.  Pride entered in, probably.


Saw another sign at the Gloucester Waterfront Festival last Saturday.

“Cleaning with kids in the house is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.”

Wind’s picked up. A couple of fishermen troll for sport or supper.

Sun slips westward, leaving me wide-eyed with gratitude for simply one ordinary day.





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  • Reply Rita Dove August 26, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Amen. ❤️

  • Reply dan russ August 26, 2017 at 1:28 am

    Ah! How lovely are those ordinary days–splendor in the ordinary!

  • Reply Shirley M Dubeau August 26, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Great quotes!
    Gonna steal the “uncomfortable” one!
    So true!

  • Reply Dale Lefever August 26, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Thanks Jan,

    Our “CrossCreeker” friends have been here for the week (45th year in a row) and we just watched the last set of taillights disappear down the driveway. The gift of forever friends makes an ordinary day special as you do for so many. Your note makes me remember when my Mom’s cleaning lady was coming – the house was cleaned the day before, so our “guest” would not think we were sloppy!

    Blessings, Dale

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