A cold wet day starts beautifully when you switch on the computer as you pass by to make the coffee, and within minutes, the skype ring tone starts, and there, before your eyes, is the smiling face of your small granddaughter. Waving a block or 2 at me. Toddling back and forth.
I am so thankful I have a computer and that I can see and hear her.
Banking errands in a town nearby are made so much easier when you can park close by and do not have to climb stairs or walk far.
I am so thankful I have a disabled parking badge, and this was not always how I felt, let me tell you.
Doing a small food shop in a crowded noisy supermarket is made so much more rewarding when you see that the tulips are on special offer with 25% extra free, and you just know they will make you smile every time you see them on your table, and who needs food anyway.
I am so thankful for the promise of spring and the beauty of fresh flowers.
Seeing your friend's car parked outside her house, and stopping for a hot cup of coffee and a chat instead of coming home means laughter, problems sorted and catching up.
I am so thankful for friendships with amazing people who really care.
Coming home to a letterbox full of post and discovering there, amongst the brown stuff we will not discuss, a bright red envelope containing a Mothering Sunday card from your child and a drawing by your granddaughter, is a reminder of what is truly important after all, and it does not come in a brown envelope either.
I am so thankful for each of my children.
Speaking to your sister on the phone, and and hearing that dear, so familiar voice as you discuss latest family developments makes you truly grateful for sisters, and unconditional family love and support.
I am so thankful for my whole family - each and every one of them.
Sitting here wrapped in a blanket with gloves on your hands and 4 layers of clothes as well is a reminder that spring is not here yet and would it please hurry up and arrive because you are freezing and can't find a single reason to be thankful about freezing other than that you have clothes and blanket and gloves and you want to be hot so enough already and did you mention the freezing bit and you absolutely refuse to switch the heating on yet and you are quite happy to moan for a while instead of being thankful and.......