Many people recommend making a list of three to five things you are grateful for each morning to remind yourself of the good things in your life. Sometimes it’s hard to come with three let along five, but I certainly don’t have that problem right now. I have several big things I’m extremely grateful for at the moment.
Number one is we’ve finally moved into our new house! Closing the deal turned out to be a lot more complicated than we expected and at one point we almost said “forget it.” I’m so very glad we hung in there. Our new place is worth the wait and all the hassles. We now live on top of a hill with wooded open space on one side, a canyon below us, and a view of San Francisco Bay on the other side. I plan to do a lot of writing on our wonderful tree-shaded deck. The house is small but has everything we need, even a spa. It also has a number of nice upgrades and a compatible color scheme—no repainting necessary. I asked for the perfect house and the universe came through.
A second thing I’m grateful for is that our cat survived all our changes of residence. Hubs took a new job that required moving before we sold our house, and we ended up in three different temporary housing situations. Cats are territorial animals and often don’t take to moving. The first apartment we stayed in for two months was on the fourth floor and had no outdoor access. Kitten-Cat spent most of the day looking out the window.
After we decided to buy rather than rent, we needed to move someplace else while we went through escrow. We ended up at a tiny condo on a marina and spent a month looking out at beautiful harbor sunsets. The condo had a small patio and Kitten-Cat made good use of it and didn’t wander off as we feared she might.
After ten days in an Extended Stay hotel (due to the hassles I mentioned before) she’s now absolutely delighted with her new home. She’s been having great fun exploring the deck and yard and is back to dozing on “her” (i.e., our) bed and couch.
The last thing I’m grateful for is how well my experience with LitQuake went. LitQuake is a Bay Area group that sets up a TEN day series of literary events, known as LitCrawls, all around San Francisco. There are readings, talks and classes given by famous and not-so-famous writers and artists and attended by thousands of people—all for free. Saturday night (the day we got the keys to our house), I took part in my first LitCrawl. Six of us from the Silicon Valley Romance Writers of America read from our books to a packed coffee house. It was the first time they’d offered a romance event and we weren’t sure how much attention it would attract. We needn’t have worried. It was SRO! And my excerpt from FOREWARNING was well received. I hope I can do it again next year.
What are you grateful for these days? Do you make daily lists?
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Is she next?
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She’s learned to hide from life.
Should she hide from him?