Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thursday thanks

This has seemed like a long week. Thankfully, today is the last day of the work week for me. I have tomorrow off. I'm staying in the day but also looking forward to a few days off.

Other than work today, I plan to go to the noon meeting. I'm meeting my wife afterwards to run an errand for the house. This evening, a friend is coming by to visit.

I plan on going on the boat. The fireworks for the July 4 celebration will be held about 500 yards from where the boat is docked. It's always a spectacular show. I remember going with my parents to see the fireworks when I was a kid. The fireworks shows of today are much bigger and more elaborate. I'll probably buy a few rockets to take with us so that we can have a little show on the island where we anchor the boat.

It's been hotter than a firecracker this week. And it looks like the heat wave will continue through the weekend. I don't think that there is any rain in the forecast until Sunday. And this is just early July. The garden is doing well because of an irrigation system. And the vegetables have been great. The corn crop got shared with the raccoons but that's okay. They have to eat too.

I don't have much else to share except some gratitude:
  • I'm grateful for an invigorating row last night. We were bucking the wind and tide for over an hour and a half. The cheers from the tourists always help motivate when the muscles are straining.
  • I'm thankful for those people in my life who are there when I need to talk. Yesterday, I contacted a few of you and you were there.
  • I'm grateful for not disliking or hating anyone today. My capacity for acceptance seems to increase in proportion to my gratitude.
  • I'm glad to be able to let go of a resentment yesterday by speaking my truth, looking at my part, and then moving on.
  • I'm glad that I can disengage from the news and go read a good book. I'm tired of the media's fascination with the macabre.
Have a good Thursday.


  1. Sounds like you are in a good place Syd. I like your gratitude list. I can identify with the last one. That would make my list too! Have a wonderful long weekend!

  2. Books are good! Life is good! Gratitude is Awesome! And the beauty of living in the water, always working with the tide on this adventure, is GREAT!

  3. Happy July 4th, ENJOY it. We had our celebration here yesterday, Canada's 142nd birthday. I like you refuse somedays to watch or read the news, they get put on iggy many times. Everyday there are bad things happening around us, it's good to put these aside and enjoy the simple pleasures we have and can create on our own , but allow ourself to know the dangers that are close by. I wish the world could be at peace. Life is too short. It blows me away when I hear about the drive by shootings, innocent bystanders. even the schools are not safe anymore. Today I chose not to listen to the news, I read your blog. lol
    Have a great weekend. SMILES

  4. Turning off the TV is the best thing I can do for my mental health.

    Happy 4th to you!

  5. That is my all time favorite way to spend a summer night... on a boat watching fireworks! Enjoy Syd!

  6. I wish for you a happy and restful 4th weekend.

    Blessings and aloha...

  7. Have not owned a boat for a long time. We'll be satisfied sitting on the beach, watching the show out on the end of the fishing pier at Naples.

    Have to remember to take a flashlight this year.

    I'm not jealous, but I envy you, Syd!

  8. Love you Syd. Have a great holiday weekend. Somehow I knew you would be on the boat. Obviously, I am psychic!

  9. I live near a harbor too, and aren't fireworks over the water just so amazing! I quit watching TV entirely 5 years ago, and haven't miss it once! Way too much life to live today! TGIF (kinda)

  10. Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend, sounds like your view of the fireworks will be awesome.
    I's always good to write down what we are thankful for it keeps us from always being negative!

  11. I like this post for many reasons but what really struck me was that your acceptance increases with your awareness of gratitude, I so get that and thank you for sharing it...
    happy 4th.

  12. I'm sure you will have a wonderful 4th of July.

    I will be celebrating the 4th and 5th - the 5th being my 24th Anniversary in Alcoholics Anonymous. 24 years ago on the 5th I took my last drink and on the 6th I woke up a new person through the Grace of God.

    Thank you always for your kind comments on my blog.
    Prayer Girl

  13. What a wonderful place to watch the fireworks !! Your life sounds pretty idealic to me.

  14. Now that all sounds just so romantic for you and your wife. Enjoy to the MAX.

  15. I am so glad you recognize the raccoons need to eat, too.

  16. aaah, you're sweet, feeding the racoons... have a super couple of days relaxing. and enjoy the fireworks!


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