A to Z Reasons to Smile - "G"

Each day this month I'll be sharing a list of things corresponding to the alphabet letter of the day that encourage and uplift me, the little things that make smile. I hope you'll join me, and maybe add some of your own in the comments! 
"G" Things That Make Me Smile...

God - Top of the list by whatever name you choose to use.  Do I believe in God?  I didn't always, but now I most definitely do - beyond the shadow of a doubt!

Gracie - That sweet little tortie face you see up above!  Gracie was born at our house along with her sister Tiggy, as a litter from a mom rescued off the streets.  She is three years old now, and although the runt of the litter and still the "baby" of our bunch, she is getting braver and more calm as she grows older.  She is also our ace fly-catcher!

Grass - The green, under-the-feet stuff that we have so little of here in West Texas.  Growing up with bare-feet in the grass as a child in Dakota, I miss it greatly, and the smell of fresh-cut lawns.  The cost and use of resources here to maintain green lawns makes it a questionable practice.  We do have a nice yard full of natural cover though - aka weeds. :-)

Glass - I am not a fan of silver that must be polished, but I love glass in it's many forms - pitchers, vases, and especially hand-blown glass balls.  My son gave me a 6" one for Christmas that is multi-colored and so beautiful when reflecting the light.  Check out Kitras Art Glass on!

Galveston Island - On the Gulf Coast not far from Houston, and to date my most favorite place in the whole world!  I would gladly live there if I could.  Just the right size town with needed amenities such as Wal-Mart and a large hospital, and miles of gorgeous beaches, native birds, etc.  The sunrises and sunsets are AMAZING!!  My sacred for centering and finding peace.

Google - Now that we have it, what would we do without it?  I'm not a great fan of Google - the entity which has swallowed up many of the smaller places I loved, such as Blogger, but when it comes to Google's search engine, it's the easiest way to find out just about anything you want or need to know!

Grits - Don't laugh, I love them!  I was raised in the Midwest and this wasn't on the menu up there, but having moved to Texas and being introduced to grits, I can only say YUM!  Cheesy grits with shrimp... DOUBLE YUM!!

Go Walk Sketchers - My daughter introduced me to these amazing little shoes! She's been a floor-duty nurse for 20 years and has the painful feet that come with it.  These wonderful light-weight, flexible shoes with the "bubble bottoms" provide more comfort and support than any good orthopedic shoe she's found, and now that they can be found in fat-foot sizes I can wear, I have to agree.  I wear them every day at work and home - so very nice if you struggle with heel pain.  If' you've never tried a pair on, DO IT... many styles for both men and women.  Go Walk 3 is the best yet!

Guitar Music - Being a child of the 60's-70's, it only stands to reason that guitar music always makes me smile... acoustic please, twelve-string even better.  The music of that era is so tied up with my memories that it's like popping into a time machine! 

Gratitude - I find that an attitude of gratitude is the common factor in every person who lives with a positive outlook on life.  If we take the time each day to find things we are thankful for - and there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for if you look hard enough - it helps to balance out any negativity, fear or worry we are dealing with.  Start keeping a daily gratitude list or journal, and don't overlook the small things that matter most of all - like friendly smiles and wagging puppy tails!
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  1. God can make people that don't even really know him smile. God is great!

  2. All of life is better if you are grateful, and acknowledge God.

  3. Hi, Josie....a great list of G items, for sure. You are definitely right about Google...what would we do without it now that we are so used to having it. We have all forgotten to look in a dictionary or encyclopedia, if we even still have one!

  4. I've been thinking about replacing our lawn with fake grass. Since due to the drought here in Southern California we may have to cut back on or stop watering and our lawn would die anyway. No sprinkler system to maintain, no water bill from watering, and no gardener fees--what's not to like about fake grass other than it's fake.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  5. gratitude, that's we often lack but need in plenty for a happy and contented living

  6. I need to get me some of those Sketchers.


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