Autumn storms help focus gratitude on a warm house – once the power came back on, camp stoves for hot beverages – while waiting on the power to return, a crockpot set to high -since we got a late start on the kale/potato/bean soup, and candles – which smell lovely and scare away some of the drab, dark corners.
It has been an incredibly difficult several months filled with some ups and many downs. Yesterday I was in a dark place, feeling quite hopeless, as if I were in the middle of this murky lake just trying to keep my head above water, and my swimming skills are atrocious at best add to that life going on ashore with no regard for my struggle. 465 more words
Obvious budget savers for living in a foreign country include ensuring lower rent, cooking at home, using a bike instead of a car or taxi. But there are other ways to save money – and still have comforts. 1,563 more words
For millions of people around the world, saying grace before a meal can be a family ritual, a conscious prayer in advance, or part of a healthier attitude to life in general. 622 more words