1. Hi Christie. I like all your posts but loved this one, thank you. I enjoyed that you found the stone with your names; we’ve donated that way twice and have never been able to find ours (not without the original advice!).

    My turn: I am utterly thankful for my medical team who have given us protocols to keep us safe during the pandemic. Those of us with mesothelioma/immunotherapy are high-risk and so far (touch wood) we’ve stayed strong and healthy, ‘though very much isolated. Second, I had the sweetest happy yesterday and it felt like a blessing. We were hiking in our Northumberland Forest, on the Oak Ridges Moraine and we were both quiet (lost in our own thoughts). Not even fifty yards ahead of us an enormous and spectacularly beautiful stag stepped out onto the trail. He stopped and looked directly at us for a good five seconds (during which time we were spellbound) and then leisurely wandered off into the woods again. Ohmigosh, it was one of those moments I shall never forget and for which I shall always be grateful. Stay well and stay safe! And keep writing – you make a big difference and remind us to be grateful. xxxx

    • Thank you, Pamela, for the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed my Thank You Notes. I loved hearing about your close encounter with a stag. I had a similar experience with a doe one time. There is something so magical about looking in the eyes of a wild creature. I’m glad you are staying safe. The isolation is hard, but it sounds like you are making smart decisions. Continue to take care of yourself and count your blessings. xo

  2. Christy, I was so excited to see this post today. As you might have sensed from my recent posts, I’m struggling a bit. A friend encouraged me to write down 50 things I was happy about right now. I got to 35 and hit a wall! Your post came at the right moment to inspire me. Although, I think 35 was a pretty good start… I will get to 50!

    • Thank you, Pat, for the encouragement. I’m always happy to hear that one of my posts inspired gratitude for someone. I have faith in you reaching 50 things to be happy about…and you’re right 35 is a great start.

  3. There’s so much to love about this post Christie. That salmon salad! I’m really looking forward to the warmer weather to enjoy a beautiful salmon salad. I can see the joy in your face in the hiking photo. Thankyou for your Thankyou Notes

    • It was a good month, Leanne. Your comment made me think about how important our eyes are in interacting with people, now that our mouths are covered much of the time. Take care, and enjoy your springtime!

  4. Like you, I am thankful to close each day with a remembrance of things I’m grateful for that day. As my daughter reminded me, it’s a way of reviewing my day, and doing so in a positive light.
    My really big recent “Grateful.” is this: I got to see and hug my children and grandchildren for the first time since Thanksgiving. (We found a safe way to hug.) It doesn’t get better than that. and it shouldn’t.

  5. Your thank you posts always make me smile Christie, so thank you for that! Seeing the lovely environment you have there and the autumn colours coming out is like a balm to the soul. Your hiking sounds wonderful and like you, we really do have to notice these things to be grateful for. 🙂

  6. Lots of smiles and things to smile about in this edition of thank you notes. Absolutely the strawberry makes that mojito nutritious. Hope you had 2!! And that salad looks fabulous. Have never had salmon salad. Been making a faux seafood salad that’s pretty good.

    Glad you have been able to get out and explore and hike and enjoy friends and family.

    • Thank you Leslie. The salad and the mojito were a perfect combination for a late summer dinner. Now I’m definitely feeling a little fall in the air. The weather is just where I like it for the moment. I’m trying to soak it in and really appreciate it while it lasts. I’m also making the most of time with family and a few friends before the weather drives us indoors. With COVID still going strong here, I’m not sure how much we will be able to get together once it turns cold. I’m doing my best to live in the moment!

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