I believe that everything starts by paying attention. Life is imperfect and any magical light we can bring into our day is worthy of our gratitude. Laughter and love, joy and celebrations slip into our lives with ease but learning to cope with the deep pain life brings to us is also necessary. I do this best with my camera, chasing down light, zooming in and out and pairing it all with truth. 

I live in Western Washington with my husband of 40+ years, in the home where we raised our three sons. We share that home now with our sweet beagle named Baker.  

Thank you so much for stopping by. 


 ©Cathy Sly 2018 


“I made cranberry sauce, and when it was done put it into a dark blue bowl for the beautiful contrast. I was thinking, doing this, about the old ways of gratitude: Indians thanking the deer they'd slain, grace before supper, kneeling before bed. I was thinking that gratitude is too much absent in our lives now, and we need it back, even if it only takes the form of acknowledging the blue of a bowl against the red of cranberries.” 

~ Elizabeth Berg, Open House

A few years back I started a gratitude journal during the month of November. I kept it up for over 100 days. It was good, it was eye opening and I am not sure why I stopped. I probably missed a few days and then thought something stupid like "I need to start over now," and let it go. Last November I commited to a week and did it with a group of online friends. 

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. 

~ Melody Beattle 

We can speak gratitude daily in the form of prayer or other means for sure, but it really is amazing, for myself anyway,  how writing a short list at the end of each day can reframe my state of mind, change my demeanor, my mindset and my approach to each new day. 

I have come to understand that anything I wish to become better at I must mindfully practice and gratitude is no exception. Even if we are good at it, we become better, more honed in on the multitude of gifts we are privileged to hold, be it a loved ones smile, or a pay raise,  if we practice it daily. 

I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness

it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude.

~ Brene Brown 


ears.... i am grateful for the softness of those ears! 

i hope you are not suffering from "candy hangover" today!