best real estate websites What I’m Grateful ForMy Fawns: This one is kind of an upside-down gratitude. You see, we have three young deer, still with spots but sassy and rather teenagerish, and my inexpensive electric fence around the garden is not deterring them in the slightest from hanging out and munching on my sweet garden delights all day long…. They are incredibly annoying and eating all my tomatoes.

But… on the other hand… They are eating all the gigantic zucchini too (you know, those zucchini that explode overnight to the size of small children and that you feel enormous guilt for letting them get so large but can’t even think of trying to shove one in the oven, much less eat them…..) So I think I should be grateful to them for this small favor….. Plus they are really cute and shake their long ears in such an endearing fashion. Possibly one of them will grow up to be a large buck someday and I’ll take up hunting and then we can have venison for the winter…..

So there you have it. This is how I attempt to find gratitude even when I’m not feeling particularly grateful. I think that half the value comes from looking for something to find gratefulness for, and the other half comes from making myself laugh. Ok, I gotta go yell at them again they are in the darn tomatoes!

What I’m Reading: This week I’m reading several books, and this one I absolutely must recommend to you. It’s a truly incredible memoir called “Educated” by Tara Westover. It’s about a girl growing up with survivalists in rural Idaho, who never stepped foot in a classroom until she was 17. Despite the accolades below**, I didn’t actually start reading it until my mom told me to. WOW WAS MOM RIGHT THIS TIME!!! Compulsively readable, I am halfway through and I can’t stop reading. If you have a chance (and you haven’t already read it) get this book and let me know what you think!

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What I’m Pondering: “I don’t have to take a trip around the world or be on a yacht in the Mediterranean to have happiness. I can find it in the little things, like looking out into my backyard and seeing deer in the fields.” – Queen Latifah