Friday, December 5, 2014


My computer has a virus.

The day my computer was given the virus I went to Trader Joe, I had to get out of the house.  I got my favorite marinated mozzarella and an evergreen wreath.  The cashier made the mistake of asking how my day was going.  I let it all out, the short version, and then apologized for complaining.  He told me it was ok, to go ahead and vent if I needed to.  I told him thank you, it did help to let it out.  I made it almost to my car when I heard behind me someone yell, “Excuse me, ma’am.”   I turn around and the cashier was holding a bouquet of flowers.  He handed them to me and told me he hoped my day got better.  I cried. 
I guess there really are good people still out there.  

I am still keeping my Winter Gratitude List (check out this post if you would like to know more about my list).  It is helping me find reasons to like winter a little better.  For the sake of brevity I am going to share my five gratitude favorites from the past two weeks: 

Black coats – when snowflakes land on them you can see the individuality of each and every snowflake.
Icicles – I just really like icicles.
Winter Berries – they brighten up my home.
Quiet – the snow seems to act as a natural sound buffer absorbing noise and creating a quieter world.
Holiday Gatherings – reconnecting with family and friends.

Why are you grateful for winter?

Today I am joining Kim Klassen’s Friday Finds and also the class Be Still 52.  My images were textured with Kim’s texture wednesday.  The class assignment was – square, from above and two sides.  My Finds this week were kindness and a beautiful bouquet at Trader Joe, the rose above was part of that bouquet.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!
Have a great weekend!!

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  1. Well, that TJ's clerk was just so thoughtful and I would have cried virus and flowers! Lovely from above...that dish is amazing!

  2. Michelle, Your pictures today will be a reminder of kindness shown and they are truly special. We all know the frustration that often comes with every day - a computer virus. or in our case a broken hot water heater. Regardless, once we share our feelings, we feel better. Your story, the kind clerk from Trader Joe's, only serves to reinforce - small act of kindness make the world a better place.

  3. Now I cried. Such a kind gesture. I remember when people were naturally kind. Now when someone is kind like that it astonishes you. And one act of kindness makes a happy day. :)

  4. This made me teary too ... I'm so sorry your computer has a virus and I hope you can get it resolved really soon. Blessings to that TJ employee ... and your images are truly gorgeous - love the focus and blur.

  5. oh my gosh! I think I would have totally cried too! How sweet!!

  6. We all have those days and weeks. How thoughtful that clerk was. It shows that there are some amazing people in this world.

  7. What a sweet man. How lovely that he should make such an effort to cheer you up. I love your list of gratitudes. You have made winter in your neck of the woods sound totally magical. I love your photos as well. All the best for a happy, cosy weekend, Bonny

  8. Oh your images, are just WOW Michelle and the story oh man I cried also when the guy gave you the bouquet. How nice so sweet.

  9. That was so sweet of the cashier at Trader Joe's. It is good to know that there are good people out there.

  10. Awwww! Such a kind gesture. :)
    Great list of gratitude, and I really love your photos, the color palette is divine.
    Happy weekend and second Sunday of Advent. :)

  11. I like your gratitude list - you actually inspired me to my Sunday Gratitude posts. Trader Joe people are really sweet, I love to do my grocery shopping there.