Friday, November 16, 2007


I took this self portrait yesterday by the window. The sun felt like a million light bulbs shinning on my face. It was hard not to wince my eyes because of the brightness. I titled this picture thankful because I feel thankful for the good things in my life. And I am trying to stay focused on the good.
Here are a few things i am grateful for:
1. That John didn't die, but lived through his accident.
2. My children.
3. The sky when it's cloudy and grey, then I can appreciate the sun when it shines.
4. Color, I love color. The color of a Green apple, the color of a silver star in the midnight sky, the color of a lilac bush in sweet Summertime. The color of the ocean on a stormy day, the color of the trees in Spring for they are like a riot of color then.
5. Smell, the smell of an apple pie baking in the oven. Fresh laundry hanging on the clothesline. The smell of lavender and vanilla shampoo. The smell of good soap. A roast baking in the oven and fresh bread in the oven.
6. Laughter, we have to have a sense of humor to be able to make it in this life. I laugh many times when I feel like crying. There were many days this week I was down, but I am trying not to be.
These are a few things I am grateful for. I will be posting more throughout the month. What are you grateful for?
Today's song, Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy


Jeannene said...

I am thankful for YOU!!! You are a very sweet Soul. You are so amazing to me. So, please remember their are others you have touched. Hope you have a lovely Weekend. Stop by and see my "Show & Tell" for today. It will put a smile on your face.
xo Jeannene

red tin heart said...

Jeannene: Thank you Jeannene. I appreciate that. I will check it out.Hope you have a lovely week end too. xoxo Nita

mon@rch said...

Good to see you and I think we all are thankful John's accident wasn't worse than it was!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I love the portrait. You really have a wonderful way of using light.

Mary said...

Nita, give thanks for your artistic talent! And, knowing that John will be home when the trees start budding green and the flowers will bloom :o)

Donna said...

I'm grateful for friends like you. Even in your greatest hour of need, you Still reach out to other people. That's a gift...

red tin heart said...

mon@rch: thanks. me too. ~nita~

Susan: I have been practicing with lighting. I am glad you like it. xoxo Nita

red tin heart said...

Mary: That is a wonderful compliment, thank you. And I hope John is home by then... xoxo Nita

Donna: You are a great encourager. And You have been a blessing to me. Thank you for being my friend. love nita

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Nita,

I am thankful that in a world filled with people that have hearts made of stone there are still people that have the heart of compassion. The heart of a friend. Like you. I love your picture.


red tin heart said...

dena: Thanks... that means alot right now. You are a good and kind person. love nita

Bethany said...

I am thankful for soo many son, hubby, cat, warm bed, clothes everywhere, the broken front door, weeds all around the yard, laugh lines and the cheer that a warm hearted friend like you can bring to my life :) Thanks for always bringing a smile amongst all the sloppiness in my life!

Amy Wagner said...

I love the "smells" part of your list. I have a keen sense of smell and I really connect a lot of memories in my life to smells!

red tin heart said...

Bethany: To me you are one of the most beautiful people I have ever met. I love that you put the broken door and the laugh lines. Have a wonderful holiday. xoxo Nita

Amy: I love the gift of sight too. xoxo nita

PixieDust said...

I missed this post... you are such a beauty, and indeed have so much to be thankful for.

I'm thankful for you, and your words that inspire such thought...


red tin heart said...

Pixie: Thank you! You are an inspiration to me with your writing. You make me think about many things. xoxo nita

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

Hi Nita! Love this post. We all have to remind ourselves daily, not just this time of year - what we are thankful for! I hope you get to spend time with John on Thanksgiving~I will be thinking of your family

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

Oops! I forgot to tell you how much I LOVE the picture! you look like a teenager!

amanda said...

I am grateful for your kind and encouraging words. I am grateful for your stories and your pictures. I am grateful for a glimpse of my friend.

My Treasure Barn said...

What a beautiful picture Nita. You are so talented when it comes to taking self portraits and in your writing. Wow, you really need to write a book.

I am thankful for my husband, my children and all of their health. I am thankful for my health. I am thankful for this beautiful state we live in and all the beauty that God has blessed us with. I am thankful for all that God has blessed us with and I am thankful for having you for a friend.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Q said...

Dear Nita,
Your self portrait is lovely. The attitude of gratitude turns every situation into a blessing. May these days of Thanksgiving bring you and your family many blessings.
In the American Indian tradition we say,

eb said...

so love Eva Cassidy - hope things are going well for all of you...

xox - eb.

laura said...

You are a very beautiful person inside and outside...a great combo.


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