Gratitude Monday: A day of rest?

Last night I celebrated with a t-bone steak, fresh potatoes from the garden, a glass of wine, and monster cookies.  Why?  Loved-One and I completed the  last round of book proofing. Oh my, proofing a book is more difficult that writing it.  So tedious, not much fun.  But here’s the good part:  after writing, revising, reading, listening, revising, reading, I got kinda sick of looking at my writing.  Proofing forced me to sit down, read, and look for nits to pick.  Guess what?  I, as a reader, I really like A Ship of Pearl.  And as an author, I really like the cover.  And as a gratitude practitioner, I am so, so grateful for all the people who helped me and all the people who share my enthusiasm.  A special shout-out to Jena Henry, who reached out this weekend and offered to help me promote my books.  Thank you, Jena.book1_headshot_low copy

[tweetthis]I still have lots to do before my official launch date of September 30.[/tweetthis] I’m feeling a little frenzied, so it’s a good time to stop, take a deep breath, and count my blessings.

image1 Here’s a few more of the many things that fill my life with abundance:

  • A four day respite with Mom.  I know I bring her up a lot, but hey, I’m a lucky daughter.  She continues to inspire me with her wisdom, her strength, and her love of life.
  • Himalayan Salt Blocks.  I bought one of these on a whim.  A five-pound block of pink salt.  Loved-One rolled his eyes.  Put it on the grill until it’s hot, then cook on top of it.  Yummy.  Just brush it off, and it’s ready for next time.
  • Chicago Writers Conference.  I’m so looking forward to this conference.  I’m staying at a friends condo, within walking distance.  I love the city.  Perhaps I should have been a city girl.  Loved-One promises to join me for at least one evening.Chicago 4
  • Cool nights and prescription eye drops.  Windows opened for wonderful night sounds, bring on the allergy response.  Thanks to the drops, I am defense ready.
  • Two Grandmas and a Little Girl Flute Trio.  We’ll be performing in a couple of weeks.  We’ve each practiced separately, so yesterday was our first time together.  Wonderfully fun.  Little Girl can roll her tongue and play the flute.  I’ve got something to work on.

What’s on your gratitude list this week?  I love the way you remind me of more ways that I am blessed.