My 2012 Gratitude Journal

A River Runs Through It - The Bow River with Grace
Grace at The Bow River, Canmore, AB

On January 7th, I started the online Five Daily Gratitudes Challenge for Facebook & Twitter (and any other social or non-social media that you’d like to share in.) Why don’t you join me?

Now that we’re a few days into it, I think I’ll do a daily post entry for this, so I have an ongoing record here on the blog. I’m using this page as a bit of a scrapbook for images that I love or contain a certain memory for me too….because I’m so grateful for pictures and images in my life, there’s no possible way to put them into words as well.

Gratitude and thankfulness creates a feeling of a state of abundance and happiness for me. I’m content to share that and hope you share your abundance with me too.

Here are the things that I’m grateful for:

JANUARY

January 7, 2012

  • Flannel Sheets
  • Popcorn
  • Vanessa Redgrave
  • Long hair on little girls
  • Chickens

January 8, 2012

  • Gesso
  • children on holidays
  • holding hands with anyone in public
  • red iron oxide
  • fountain pens.

January 9, 2012

  • Teenagers that get up for school
  • financial planning
  • bran buds
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • daisys
January 10, 2012
  • Snowy winter mountain mornings
  • Coffee with friends
  • paper snowflakes
  • fragrant candles
  • hair elastics
January 11, 2012
  • Sharp scissors
  • artist friends
  • accountant friends
  • sentimental greeting cards
  • period costumes.
January 12, 2012
  • Crazy fuzzy mittens and hats
  • Men with babies
  • Bacon
  • Baskets with surprises
  • Fleece
January 13, 2012
  • Little girls in pink
  • Gluesticks
  • Worn Pebbles from the beach
  • iPhones
  • Tipis

January 14, 2012

  • Sandra Donnelly
  • Onyx, the first horse I’ve ridden in 8+ years
  • Brian & Wendy Ladurantaye
  • Grace
  • Hot tubs

January 15, 2012

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Blowing Bubbles
  • Electricity
  • Pond Skating

January 16, 2012

  •  Pinterest
  • Many prepped linens in my studio
  • Daylight
  • The wheel
  • Kleenex

January 17, 2012

  • Tech geeks
  • Absorbine Jr.
  • Good surgeons with a bedside manner
  • Friends in faraway places
  • Bamboo

January 18, 2012

  • Artists
  • Jello
  • Ice Sculptures
  • Public Art
  • Baby Toes

January 19, 2012

  • Clean bathrooms
  • Starry nights
  • Harvest moons
  • Sticky toffee pudding
  • Smiling teenagers.

January 20, 2012

  • Fridays
  • Buffalo checkered flannel
  • Lavender
  • Gloaming time
  • Lucy Maude Montgomery

January 21, 2012

  • Tipis
  • John Singer Sargent
  • Big boys that babysit little sisters
  • Hand cream
  • Bananas and strawberries together

January 22, 2012

  • Snow tires
  • picnic lunches
  • glaciers
  • ice carvings
  • tea in Lake Louise

January 23, 2012

  • Maple syrup
  • red conte
  • snowplows
  • French accents
  • Austrian drawknife

January 24, 2012

  • Unexpected group hugs
  • Family dinners
  • French Brandy
  • Bookkeepers
  • Spreadsheets

January 25, 2012

  • Flat pillows
  • Internet banking
  • Red Maple Trees
  • Blundstone ankle boots
  • Smelly markers

January 26, 2012

  • kdahkdahmachin
  • any birthday over 80
  • 32gb SD cards
  • water from my tap
  • children reading to me

January 27, 2012

  • expression
  • lavendar hand cream
  • jingle dresses
  • clarity
  • naming

January 28, 2012

  • brilliant ideas followed by action
  • zen moments with horses
  • new friends
  • the unexpected
  • avocados

January 29, 2012

  • Steve Martin
  • popcorn
  • independence
  • new guitar strings
  • conceptual thought

January 30, 2012

  • Kicking butt that needs it
  • Fresh air
  • horse smell on my hands
  • touching black velvet
  • smooth jazz on Sunday nights

January 31, 2011

  • “girls” dinners out
  • olives
  • freedom of expression
  • old photos
  • volunteering at schools
FEBRUARY
February 1, 2012

Big Fish Eats Little Fish by Grace Tanton-Nuxoll
"Big Fish Eats Little Fish" ©2012 Grace Tanton-Nuxoll. Mixed Media on Paper.
  • uncontrollable giggling
  • colouring with crayons again
  • carrot cake
  • Ane Brune
  • good design

February 2

  • Alizarin Crimson
  • anything maple
  • raw silk
  • clay
  • home movies

February 3

  • Warm Milk
    Warm Milk

    warm milk at bedtime

  • reading anything Dr. Seuss
  • surprises
  • Grandpa Tom
  • stickers
February 4
  • Being One with a horse – wow!
  • slow-cooked ribs
  • son playing guitar
  • great report cards
  • buffalo
February 5
  • french braids
  • wild dreams & nightmares
  • being up before sunrise
  • being born in the 60’s
  • independent films

February 6

  • cruise control
  • homemade oatmeal cookies
  • visits from friends
  • swimming in a lake
  • parisian cafe jazz

February 7

  • Lead white
  • reading snuggles
  • kid’s drawings
  • principles
  • my mommy

February 8

  • Lemon Pie
  • painting every day
  • sweetgrass
  • kissing
  • fat buddha back on my desk

February 9

  • reading about dinosaurs
  • chèvre
  • dancing with abandon
  • walkie-talkies
  • tobogganing

February 10

  • portrait grade belgian linen
  • new brushes
  • down duvets
  • bamboo socks
  • haircuts
February 11
  • Moonrise
  • carpet steamers
  • mist
  • maple leaves
  • baby cheeks
February 11
  • Studio time with Grace
  • Valentine’s Day
  • tuna salad
  • hot showers
  • tucking in
February 12
  • Moonrise
  • carpet steamers
  • mist
  • maple leaves
  • baby cheeks
February 13
  • antibiotics
  • Bugs Bunny
  • good doctors
  • ultrasound
  • tangerines

February 14

  • snow
  • making class valentines with Grace
  • thick towels
  • frogs
  • Itzhak Perlman
February 15
  • Love
  • Hope
  • breakfast with Jake
  • radio
  • rubber boots
February 16
  • understanding form and light
  • alpenglow
  • downloadable online video
  • LED lights
  • cotton
February 17
  • Princeton brushes
  • belgian linen
  • lead white
  • board games
  • Russian painters
February 18
  • sleep
  • intelligent artful conversation
  • espresso
  • the smell of freshly cut wood
  • damar crystals
"7 Sisters Lodge Camp" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Work in progress. Oil on linen. 40"x72"
"7 Sisters Lodge Camp" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Work in progress. Oil on linen. 40"x72"

February 19

  • Anything purple at sunrise
  • homemade chili to go
  • picnic lunches
  • visiting Grandpa
  • giggling little girls
February 20
  • British dramas
  • old books
  • email
  • old-fashioned mail
  • kissing
February 22
  • crazy hair day
  • ski day
  • balaclavas
  • sausage mcmuffin
  • dry snow
February 23
  • All kids home
  • Barbie installations
  • Mock Duck
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • portrait grade linen

February 24

  • Fridays
  • making forts – inside or out
  • alla prima
  • dinner with friends
  • uncontrollable giggling
"Grassi At Three" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen panel. 8"x8"
"Grassi At Three" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen panel. 8"x8"

February 25

  • Finishing works
  • cuddling
  • Murphy’s oil soap
  • razor blades
  • clouds

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. I like this!!!

  2. What a great idea. I’m starting my own ‘gratitude’ journal today!

    Jan

  3. What a great idea. I’m starting my own ‘gratitude’ journal today!

    Jan

  4. I have one gratitude that I give thanks for each day and it is for freinds like you that make me think creatively, without abandon and with that sense of simply being human! Thank you Janice.

    1. Oh Louise, you’re quite the inspiration yourself, my dear friend. And yes…if we abandon all pretense and become simply human…there is a whole world of creativity awaiting.

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