Thankful for Life

Standing here thinking
how lucky I am
to be alive at this time,
enjoying a cold
autumn afternoon!

Don’t need many things
or stuff all around me—
No matter what possessions
I have or don’t have,
I’m thankful for life
and the life that surrounds me.


Sending out best wishes
to all who pass by….
with special thanks to
those who have bravely
followed my wandering path
built on strings of words.       ~ms

About Mary Strong-Spaid

You can find me any time wandering around in my own mind gathering thoughts.
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44 Responses to Thankful for Life

  1. Alison says:

    What a beautiful post.

  2. lautal says:

    Great post and awesome pictures.

  3. Such wonderful images! The words weave them together beautifully ~ tomas ☼

  4. Marso says:

    Yes, you have such a way of stitching words and images together!
    Oh, and your photo of the bird just melts my heart!

    • Actually, this little bird has a strange story…
      It was standing at our back door this morning (on top of a hose reel) just looking at our cats. Suddenly, it flew into the door window, fluttered, pecked at the glass, and then went back to standing on the hose reel…looking at the cats. I have no idea what this bird was thinking, or why it was acting like that! It did this over and over again. Every time the bird would flutter into the window, my female cat would rush forward and hit her head on the glass, trying to catch the bird on the other side. My male cat never moved; he just calmly watched. It was the oddest game of bird vs. cat that I have ever seen! Maybe the bird enjoyed watching my cat fall for the same trick again and again. Who knows! I took several photos of the bird standing on the hose reel—and this is the one that I liked the best.

  5. Your friendship is a treasure! Enjoy happy day; everyday. Eddie

  6. Heather says:

    great photo…you certainly have a way with words!

  7. And such a wonderful path on which to wander, peppered with your beautiful pictures along the way!
    As far as the bird antics, I’ve had birds peck at the window b/c they’ve seen their reflection and think its another bird. Don’t know if that is what happened in this situation. Enjoy all that food you’ve been working with, I’m sure its infused with much love.

  8. laurie27wsmith says:

    Great post Mary.

  9. The simple things in life are always the best I find, and too many possessions and wishing to have things you haven’t got just weighs the mind down. It’s good to be able to be thankful for just being alive – something a lot of people can’t do. Thank you for your thoughtful thoughts!! 😀

    • Agreed.
      Too many possessions does weigh the mind down!.
      Too much to dust, clean, organize, and worry about.
      And on top of all that, then we usually spend money to buy insurance to try keep it all safe. 😉

  10. Coral Swan says:

    Wow, Mary. So glad I have come across your blog. Your words and pictures struck a chord with me… especially this part:
    Don’t need many things
    or stuff all around me—
    No matter what possessions
    I have or don’t have,
    I’m thankful for life
    and the life that surrounds me.
    I’ll follow future blogs with interest.

  11. Lynda says:

    I’m sorry I missed this post. It is so wonderful! Thank you, Mary.

    • Thanks Lynda.
      Love all of your quilts. Such beautiful designs…and I’m sure they are warm too.
      Great for this wintry weather.
      Even though it is south of here, I know it can get rather cold in Alabama!
      I spent a winter in Anniston, Alabama—way way back in 1972 and I still remember….’twas COLD.

      • Lynda says:

        It can get very cold, for a Californian. LOL! We are adjusting… We had a foot of snow three winters back. That extra cold and snow heralded the tornado swarm the following spring. (Has something to do with the jet stream and the low dipping down so far in winter) I am on pins and needles this season and hoping it will not be a repeat of 2011.

        Had to look up Anniston. That’s down in the middle by Burmingham. We are all the way up, about 4 miles from the Tennessee border, and right above Huntsville. 🙂

  12. fabulous poem Mary! there are so many things in this world that are treasure, life itself is one of them!

  13. Dina says:

    Gorgeous post, Mary! Goes right to the heart. I’m late, sorry. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Big hug to you. Take care.
    Dina x

  14. Beautiful. Love that gourd photo too.

  15. drew delaney says:

    Wow! I love your work so much. So down to earth and I agree with all the comments above. The photo and story of the bird is very special. Sounds to me like you are a very wonderful individual. Glad to meet you!

  16. we are so much luckier than other children of earth.

  17. love your post – gratitude is such an underestimated attitude – as a society we are told to focus on success but success is hollow if we have not learnt gratitude – and success is so ridiculously associated with job role or finances – real success is to have found contentment with life as it is among the people we love and to be always grateful – thank you for the reminder

  18. Hi there, Mary! Nice to be visiting again! This is a great post, both images and words! It really is the little things, isn’t it? Hope your year is going great!

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