Do you know there is a difference between those two words in the post title? I'd never thought about it until I wrote my title out and then I wondered if they meant exactly the same and if I used the words correctly in my daily speech. I consulted the Cambridge Dictionary among others and now here's a grammar lesson before I tell you about the things I'm thankful and grateful for this week!
According to the experts - we should use grateful to talk about how we feel when someone is kind to us or when someone or something (like a rose) does us a favor. Thankful is usually used when we express relief or pleasure that what you hoped for has actually happened (or didn't, like an accident). As in, I'm thankful that I was able to eat as much pie as I wanted to last Thursday and that my jeans still fit - ha!
I'll now tell you things that have made me feel both of those words with these pictures :
And, grateful for Netflix - I binge watched both "The Crown" before Thanksgiving and and "Gilmore Girls - A Year In the Life" after. Oh what fun!!!
Look at this sitting room below in the country house of Winston Churchill from The Crown series. The yellow woodwork! The blue and white platters on the ledges! I took the picture with my phone on my iPad screen which isn't ideal.
I'm thankful that my son Heath asked us to join him and his wife last week to Boston to attend the ceremony where he was sworn in as a Massachusetts attorney. It took place in beautiful Faneuil Hall. After the very entertaining (and lengthy, but that's okay because the speakers were wonderful) ceremony, we walked over to the North End where we ate lots of pizza (gratefully) because Regina's Pizza never fails and we were starving.
I'm thankful to have a place all my own with lots of light and space to work and play - a studio!! Our detached garage has a second floor with a full bath that used to be living quarters decades ago. We didn't want to remodel it in to a space for living nor did we want it to be the catch all junk room that it was becoming so we hired carpenters and electricians to add a wall, insulate the ceiling and add heat and over head lighting. Here are befores and afters: