Inspired by Diana many bloggers have been taking time on Fridays to think about things that we're grateful for.
I've also been inspired this week by my friend Letizia whose recent post about her mama is especially poignant.
So today, I'm thinking about how very grateful I am that my Mom, who turned 83 in February, is still enjoying her life despite many setbacks she has faced in recent years. Since moving into a seniors' home (which she loves) 18 months ago, Mom is spending much more time now with her sisters, including my auntie Jean, in the centre of the above photo. I think that makes them all happy.
I'm also very, very grateful for my brother Robert, also in this photo taken at Mom's birthday party last February. Rob is 10 years older than me, and an ideal big brother. He's very shy and gentle and loves animals far more than is good for him. Feral cats know that as long as he's around, they have a home and all the cat chow they can consume.