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Once again I nod to estaratshirai  who started the Gratitude Project. I joined this myself in 2004 on Livejournal. The Gratitude Project runs from Lammas to Mabon. It entails you being mindful of whatever brings you Joy and you journal "the something" you are grateful for each day between those Sabbats. No repeats - you can be grateful for your spouse/kids/job/friends, but the reason for the gratitude needs to be different for each entry. It can BIG or not, your journal/blog entry can be long or short. It can be on paper or in pixels and public or private.

Why: A daily focused devotional work that runs from first to second harvest is a lovely and useful thing for me. I'm not someone who gets stuck for long in a "why me?" stage and I do that with a sigh, slow grin at whatever piece is absurd, and remembering a blessing. I do tend to rely on the same blessings on some sort of auto-repeat that is internal and almost unconscious. This project opens me to all the others in ways I would not pay close attention to if not forced by this project. Every year a little bit of the openness sticks and I have a wider repertoire of gratitudes to choose from to unstick in my most intense moments. So, that is my why.

Today I am grateful for my wee vegetable garden. Growing your own food is like printing money. Growing your own food eliminates chemicals and is fresh as can be. Win, win. It's been decades since I've had a dedicated ground space and it feels wonderful! The deer have been kept at bay as have the rabbits and squirrels. Though I planted late, tomatoes and peppers and whatnots are doing their best to come forth in rainy, cooler, and longer spurts than we usually have. Go garden!
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Aug. 1st, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
Yay! I know exactly what you mean. I have an herb garden again after so many years without anything green other than a rangy rose bush and grapes destroyed by stink bugs and an overbearing shade tree.

My herbs thrived, the mint ate Pittsburgh, and my one tomatoe plant has offered The Mother Load (TM) in tomatoes). Zon's tomatoe plant, on the other hand, didn't fair so well. He planted it in a topsy turvy--which is fine--but all we had was top soil and not potting soil. It gave 2 small-ish tomatoes. When they started to blush, I suggested he pluck them and let them finish ripening inside. He thought it best for them to ripen completely on the vine. The next morning they were gone. The deer had eaten them!

Ironically fitting, as they looked like two *coughs* testicles hanging from the vine. A gift to Cernnunos, perhaps? Pan probaby laughed.
Aug. 1st, 2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh, the ancient Testicles for Cernunnos™ sacrifice. Excellent of Zon.

The existence of my garden, the ability of the invisible fencing to actually keep out critters and save my rose bushes actually makes me giddy. Yay for your awesome tomato plant! Mine are still green, but producing. Late harvests for me. :-)
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