TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR ...


Friday, February 24, 2017


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Thursday, February 23, 2017



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Wednesday, February 22, 2017



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Tuesday, February 21, 2017



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Monday, February 20, 2017

1.  A soft foggy morning
2.  LOTS of spring melt happening -- the creek is running across the yard
3.  A whole family of coyotes snarling and tussling on the driveway

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Sunday, February 19, 2017



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Saturday, February 18, 2017



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Friday, February 17, 2017

1.  Sour cherry jam
2.  Pussy willows
3.  Knowing when to set limits

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

1.  MORE woodpeckers! 
2.  An especially tasty flank steak dinner
3.  My cold is gradually improving

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017



!!! ( ... the old ones were from 1996) 

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017



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Monday, February 13, 2017

1.  Kleenex
2.  Decongestant
3.  Cough medicine

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

1.  A wonderful visit and party!
2.  Safe travel
3.  Home

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Saturday, February 11, 2017




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Friday, February 10, 2017



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Thursday, February 9, 2017

1.  Cute gifts wrapped
2.  Mild weather
3.  All clear for a trip

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017



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Tuesday, February 7, 2017


1.  Out to the movies: La La Land
2.  Sesame breadsticks
3.  Chipmunks

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Monday, February 6, 2017

1.  Robins in the yard -- winter is turning the corner!
2.  Almond lotion
3.  Our dear Lorenzo

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Sunday, February 5, 2017



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Saturday, February 4, 2017

1.  Living in the moment
2.  Lunch at the beach -- so many ducks waddling around!
3.  Popcorn and The Godfather

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Friday, February 3, 2017

1.  Caught up with paperwork
2.  Took a chocolate panettone out of the freezer - yum!
3.  Moonlight on the snow

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

1.  WONDERFUL video chat with Dave, Jess and Lorenzo
2.  Out to dinner to Sweet Basil Bistro
3.  Espresso gelato

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017


My car is dug out!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

1.  Sourdough waffles -- always my favorite breakfast!
2.  I heard a robin in the yard today
3.  Winding down with coffee and chocolate

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Monday, January 30, 2017

1.  I made cute new kitchen curtains
2.  Lots of swap packages in the mail today
3.  It's beginning to stay light much longer in the afternoon

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Sunday, January 29, 2017


1.  Warmer temps, so things are starting to drip and melt a bit
2.  I finished all I'd set out to this week
3.  The rabbit is hanging out in the yard again -- haven't seen her in quite a while, but now she's there almost every time I look out

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Saturday, January 28, 2017



Happened to look out the window
at just the right moment ...

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Friday, January 27, 2017

1.  Such a pleasant morning in the sunroom doing handwork and watching all the birds and critters at the feeders
2.  Family plans brewing!
3.  Our heroes -- the snowplow guys!

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Thursday, January 26, 2017



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Wednesday, January 25, 2017



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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

1.  The blizzard has ended and the sun's out
2.  Anise biscotti
3.  Birds at the feeders

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Monday, January 23, 2017



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Sunday, January 22, 2017


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Saturday, January 21, 2017


1.  Woke up to more snow this morning
2.  Roasted yams
3.  The Big Dipper over the yard, pointing the way home

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Friday, January 20, 2017




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Thursday, January 19, 2017



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Wednesday, January 18, 2017



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Tuesday, January 17, 2017



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Monday, January 16, 2017

1.  Lunch with Sue
2.  The snowy slopes above us
3.  The evening star sparkling in the west

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

1.  The lake level is up more than a foot from our recent snow
2.  A sweet juicy pear
3.  Good health and strength

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

1.  Banana bread
2.  Cozy sweats
3.  Schindler's List

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Friday, January 13, 2017

1.  TWO FEET of new snow since yesterday!
2.  A bright fire in the woodstove
3.  Three new books arrived in the mail

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Thursday, January 12, 2017



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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

1.  Green tea
2.  Jake on my lap
3.  The stillness of winter

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017



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Monday, January 9, 2017


Gleefully up to no good!

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

1.  Delicious banana pancakes for breakfast
2. A mild sunny afternoon -- sat on the front porch for a little while
3.  A nice chat with Heidi

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

1.  I finished everything that was on my To-Do list for this week -- a good start to the new year
2.  Another rainy day -- the water level in the lake is improving
3.  A new magazine and popcorn to spend the evening with

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Friday, January 6, 2017



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Thursday, January 5, 2017



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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

1.  Anise biscotti
2.  When I'm 64 
3.  Billions of brilliant stars glistening in the cold clear vast sky

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

1.  New calendars
2.  Almond hand lotion
3.  Tony dug my car out of the snow today

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Monday, January 2, 2017

1.  Living comfortably in the day
2.  A wealth of fabric
3.  Homemade pizza

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Sunday, January 1, 2017


1.  Awakened to a perfectly beautiful silent sparkling winter morning after last night's snow
2.  Holiday d├ęcor cleared away and the house has returned to its tidy and serene self
3.  Lentil soup
4.  The house has the aroma of wood smoke and bay leaves

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The birds they sang at the break of day,
Start again, I heard them say.
Don't dwell on what has passed away
Or what is yet to be.

Yeah the wars, they will be fought again.
The holy dove, she will be caught again.
Bought and sold and bought again,
The dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.

We ask for signs, the signs were sent.
The birth betrayed, the marriage spent.
Yeah the widowhood of every government: 
Signs for all to see.

I can't run no more with that lawless crowd
While the killers in high places say their prayers out loud.
But they've summoned, they've summoned up a thunder cloud,
They're gonna hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.

You can add up the parts, you won't have the sum.
You can strike up the march, there is no drum.
Every heart, every heart to love will come.
But like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

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Saturday, December 31, 2016


All men are children, and of one family.  The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.

~Henry David Thoreau~


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Friday, December 30, 2016

1.  Surprise packages from both Nick and Dave!
2.  Peppermint schnapps
3.  Tulips from Eileen

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Thursday, December 29, 2016


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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

1.  Woodpeckers and flickers
2.  Black coffee
3.  Dinner with Belinda and Wayne

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016


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Monday, December 26, 2016



spring passes
and one remembers one’s innocence
summer passes
and one remembers one’s exuberance
autumn passes
and one remembers one’s reverence
winter passes
and one remembers one’s perseverance

Yoko Ono
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Sunday, December 25, 2016



1.  So much snow!
2.  It's a Wonderful Life
3.  Cozy with a fire

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Saturday, December 24, 2016



THE HOLIEST OF ALL HOLIDAYS
ARE THOSE KEPT BY OURSELVES
       IN SILENCE AND APART,
           THE SECRET ANNIVERSARIES OF THE HEART.

      ~  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  ~

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Friday, December 23, 2016

1.  A hot soothing shower
2.  Cranberry liqueur
3.  All errands completed before the bad weather rolled in

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Thursday, December 22, 2016



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Wednesday, December 21, 2016


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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

1.  A happy lunch with Lorraine
2.  Tony's and Wayne's team finished in first place for fall bowling league 
3.  Cozy at home on the longest night

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Monday, December 19, 2016


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Sunday, December 18, 2016



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Saturday, December 17, 2016


The world is troubling; horrifying, in fact.  But I'm feeling content today -- or anyway, satisfied with and unapologetic about what I believe in and who I am.  Each day is my own treasure.  My heart and mind and conscience are clear and strong.  I don't think "it'll all be OK" but I think I'll be OK.

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Friday, December 16, 2016



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