Saturday, October 11, 2014


The "Attitude of Gratitude" is alive and well and thriving here in The Humble Bungalow.

Canadians are "giving thanks" this Thanksgiving Weekend...
families and friends gathered together to share food and celebrate by acknowledging all their blessings.

Some folks are down on their luck, some have mental illness, some have addictions and many more are homeless.
If they are lucky they may receive a handout from the many volunteers who help our marginalized citizens.

There are vans with kind volunteers that drive around town giving out food, warm blankets and supplies.
Turkey dinners for the needy have been full of hungry patrons all week...
the local soup kitchens and shelters are open...
wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone was fed and had a nice warm bed to sleep in?

It's a harsh life out there when you have no one to extend a helping hand.
We need to stick together...

I suppose that is why we "give thanks" every day.

Life has it's bumps
some are big and some are small
some can threaten to de-rail you and others are a minor slip.
There is no perfect life
we play the cards that we are dealt
life flows...
it changes
there is no control...

we can only control how we react to any situation.

I try to react with grace and poise...
wisdom and age help guide me
but I still can learn...

I need to remember to breathe...
to pause
to think...

I am still learning about life...

With unrest and turmoil in the world,
the threat of war,
the ebola virus,
thinking of the people who are locked down in their homes in Slocan City, BC
while a shooter is on the loose,
one never knows what might be around the next corner.

So with that in mind...
we must savour the beauty in life

Seize the day

I captured a few images.

I wonder as I sip my first cup of tea,
what I might see in my daily round that moves me.

My life is not perfect, but whose is?
I try to make the best of each moment.
Look for beauty
savour the sweet,
hug those I love and be grateful.

Do you embrace joy everyday?

Maybe by complicating our lives we set ourselves up for failure.

For me it's all about the simple things...
at least that's the way I see it, today at this moment in time, and I feel content.

Happy Thanksgiving.


  1. Wonderful sentiments Hostess.

  2. What beautiful images...with words that are just as beautiful to go along with them!
    Hope you have the happiest of Thanksgivings!!

  3. Beautiful photos Leslie! Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Such a beautiful post! I agree, it is the simple pleasures. Enjoy your Thanksgiving...Hugs!

  5. Peacefully beautiful, Leslie!
    We are going down to "Our Place" tomorrow to help Gordie Dodd help feed the less fortunate...time to give back to those who need it most!! Hope you and your family have a great time together during this Happy Thanksgiving time...ENJOY :)

  6. Thank you for this reminder of what truly matters. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Beautiful and inspiring post to wake up to. Happy Thanksgiving.

  8. What a lovely post! Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope this holiday weekend is filled with many good things for you and your family.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving my dear friend to you and yours and for reminding me how fortunate we are.
    Hugs, L

  10. Dear Leslie, Thanks so much for reminding us all what REALLY matters!
    big hug, Janice

  11. Dear Leslie, hope you received my Thanksgiving comment, the word Delete shows up after Reply . Did not mean to have that show up ! One of my computer boo boo's !

  12. You have the right attitude Hostess.

  13. A thoughtful reminder to start the day and very calming. Thank you Hostess. Lucy

  14. Thanks for the thought provoking post. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  15. Beautiful photos. There is so much to be grateful for, isn't there? You're right, a simple life helps us see them better.

  16. Happy Thanksgiving, L. We do have much to be thankful for. Your images are beautiful reminders that there is beauty all around us.

  17. Beautifully said...lovely photos...always a grateful heart! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  18. I'm commenting for the first time but read your blog regularly. Loved this post! Beautifully written, thank you 😊. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  19. What a lovely post, both the pictures and the kind words. We really do have so much to be thankful for every day. Happy Thanksgiving to you and to my future Canadian daughter-in-law who graciously visits us on US Thanksgiving day to celebrate our blessings

  20. A lovely post, we do indeed have much to be grateful for.
    Enjoy your day.