Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday Gratitude

After having read my blog this week, what do you think I am most grateful for this Sunday?

Yes, of course, the US citizenship that we received last Wednesday. It's been a big step, a long process with such a happy ending.

I am also deeply thankful for all the kind reactions I got, especially from you, my friends. You showed so much kindness and joy for and with me, it truly touched my heart. I feel so blessed because of you. Thank you.

This week was also our wedding anniversary - 17 years. I am such a lucky woman to have a husband like him. He is a good man, and I love him. I can't imagine my life without him. We went through some tough times together, but also some incredible happy times, and I still cherish his humor. He is the best companion I could ever imagine.

I enjoy our evening walks. Almost every evening after dinner we take a short or sometimes longer walk through the neighborhood. It's the time when none of us is busy with anything else, it's just for the two of us when we can talk or also be quiet together. It has become a beautiful routine in our life.

Yesterday I discovered a new state park, Olompali Historic State Park. While Kaefer was at German School I went to this park and explored it a little bit. Next time I'll take my hiking boots and hike up one of those trails! It's beautiful up there with lots of gorgeous trees. I love trees and this was some kind of paradise for me. How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful area.

I spent a lot of time in my front garden, redoing the garden path I had made two years ago. It was just a little bit too straight, and I wanted it more in a meandering way. The hummingbird sage is spreading out as well and got into the path which I didn't like either. Every time I walked along there I had to push the pink flowering currant to the side which isn't ideal either. It was just poor planning on my side. So I finally pulled out the path stones and laid them in a different way through the flowers. It looks so much more beautiful now. I'm still not done because I ran out of the path stones. I need to go to Home Depot and get some more. I also transplanted my coffeeberry bush since it clearly wasn't happy in the place it was and got crowded out by some salvia. This has been resolved now. And there's still a lot of trimming and pruning going on.

And last but not least, we got some rain yesterday on our way back from Novato. It was raining so hard that we could hardly see the cars in front of us. The sky had turned very dark, there was some lightning, and then the hail started. It was over after ten minutes.

How was your week?

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Cynthia Schelzig said...

wow I just read your story about your citizenship....omg,,,you did it!!!
What a BIG step!!! congrats .....

Linda Kay said...

Carola, again congrats on your citizenship, so happy for you. Your photos of first the blue sky and greenery, then the rain are great. That is a lot of rain coming down. We have had mostly just drizzle and mist for several days, not a lot of rain, but not's Texas.

Michelle said...

Congrats on the citizenship!

GlorV1 said...

Congrats. On your citizenship and of course your anniversary. I'm happy for you. Love that you are getting ready for gardening. I love the thought and hope to be able to get out there and do it. Have a great week Carola.

GlorV1 said...

Carola, I forgot to say that your journal is awesome. Do you take checks? If you do, I'd love to have the journal. Let me know.

JoZart Designs said...

Congratulations to you all and may you prosper in good health in the fold of your chosen country.
What a memorable and wonderful day it must have been for you.
I'm off next week to your motherland and I will raise a glass to you as I sit with my German family.
Prost! Die besten Wünsche für die Zukunft!
Jo x

Unknown said...

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Hochzeitstag, nachträglich alles Gute für euch!
Ja, Du hast eine wirklich schöne Woche erlebt, der Park gefällt mir auch sehr, da würde ich auch zu gern mal durch stromern.
Wünsche Dir noch einen schönen Tag
und eine schöne Woche
Liebe Grüße

Michelle B said...

Congratulations on your US Citizenship!! That is wonderful! Have a great week!

gina said...

What a special week you had -- it sounds wonderful in every way! I've been working in my garden too, but nothing so ambitious as redoing a garden path. Hope to see photos of the path soon.

21 Wits said...

It's a wonderful thing indeed! Enjoy your week too, and spring is coming!

Elephant's Child said...

I do love your gratitude posts. A gift which keeps giving.
And a gardener's work is NEVER done. Which is a positive and sometimes a negative.
I too am gardening. If I do so diligently every day until Christmas I might be on top of it.

Felicia said...

that park looks like a great place to explore.

happy anniversary and many more.

Barb said...

Happy Anniversary. This will always be a special week in your memory. I like to think that you can actually work in your garden already. Mine will be covered in snow until June!

Magic Love Crow said...

Yeh wedding anniversary and US citizenship ;o) Congrats ;o) Great post ;o)

Bethany Carson said...

Congratulations on 17 years of marriage, and happy anniversary! May the Lord bless you with many more years of happiness together!

John's Island said...

Hi Carola, I love the way you turned that photo of rain on the windshield into something so intersting! Very nice! John