Sunday, June 15, 2008

So Many Reasons to Celebrate!

Happy Father's Day to the Best Dad in the World!

My husband and I (and our dog Ruby) drove up to Santa Barbara to celebrate Father's Day with my dad. This morning we had breakfast in a cafe' right on the beach - and how glorious it was! I happen to love the fog and cool weather, and that is what we had, but it was the company that was the best. To be able to take my dad out, and have my husband there as well, was a real treat.

The second reason to celebrate is that this is my 100th post and my blog is one year old today!
I wish I had so much more time to post more - more pictures, more stories, more photos, more recipes. Alas, life is a balancing act, isn't it? I am so grateful for this outlet and the wonderful readers who find there way here, and especially those that keep coming back. You make me feel heard and validated. Does that make sense? Thank you!!!
There are many more reasons to celebrate, like:
Being alive
Having a wonderful husband
Having a sweet, smart dog
Having a roof over our heads and food in our bellies
Not living in a war zone
Being blessed with wonderful friends and family
Having good health
...I could go on and on!


erin :: the olive notes said...

TANTI AUGURI! How random that your 100th and 1-year was on the same day! Congrats. Also, what a great list of things to be thankful for...

thanks to you for your positivity :)

giz said...

Happy 100th
Isn't it wonderful to feel a sense of gratitude for the things we have instead of bemoaning what we don't have. You are very rich.

katerinafiore said...

So much to be grateful and thankful for Jeni. That is great picture of you dad. I did the same on my blog. Congrats on your 100th post!!! Yippee!!

The Passionate Palate said...

Erin - Grazie bella!

Giz - You know all about gratitude don't you? You are an inspiration.

Katie - I can't get to your blog! Help! And thank you for the sweet compliment.

Rebecca said...

Your gratitude shows on your happy face. What a special photo of you and your Dad. Treasure that one! When my Dad was alive every Father's Day for years my gift to him was to make him Eggs Benedict. He loved it. Yesterday I missed my Dad but I had Eggs Florentine at a new restaurant in Santa Monica with a few friends and that was nice. Yes, it's been a year that you've had this wonderful blog and I've enjoyed every article. You inspired me to start a blog and I'm grateful for that. Love, Rebec

Proud Italian Cook said...

Congrats Jeni on your 100th post! I have enjoyed your blog and looking forward to the next 100! Thats a great photo with your Dad, I can see where you get your good looks!

Bella Baita View said...

What a lovely couple. You look so much like your father. Must be where you get your good looks.
Welcome back.

Pannifer's said...

Congratulations!! Here's to many more!

Anonymous said...

Feliciations ! Not only for the 100th post but also for beeing grateful to the great life we have ! You are right, we have to thanks who ever for the luck we have compare to the rest of the world !!

My Melange said...

WOW!! Congrats!!!

I don;t know why Jeni, but it feels like I have *known* you for more than a year ;)

You missed *being able to go to Italy* on that list of yours.....

The Passionate Palate said...

Rebec - a deep, sincere thank you.

Proud - you are too kind!!!

BBV - I admit that my dad is handsome - especially for 74 years!

Pannifer's - grazie!

Corinne - Gratitude is a great place to be in.

Melange - indeed, you are right...going to Italy makes me a very fortunate person!

Christina said...

I'm glad that you had such a nice Father's Day. I really like your new header picture. It's lovely!

rowena said...

Belated congratulations on your 1st year at blogging. Amazing how time flies isn't it? And before you know it, it'll be the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc...

Today I am just grateful that I didn't go for that midnight meal of garlic and hot pepper spaghetti. I think it would have made for a long night of restlessness and digestion at such late hours!

african vanielje said...

Jeni, you are so beautiful (inside and out) that your husband and father are lucky to have you. I'm glad that you had a god weekend. And happy birthday to you! SOrry I missed it.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Happy Blogaversary!!!
That's ONE-derful!

Congratulations, you've done so much in one year, even though you don't give yourself the credit for it, and what a tough year, but you've really come a long, long way, lady.

100th post AND a year old... very good!

Here's to many more excellent years!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore