TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR ...


Monday, December 10, 2018

1.  A gray moody wintery day -- felt soothing and quiet
2.  A Starbucks juniper latte while out shopping … interesting
3.  Monday Night Football and warm-from-the-oven chocolate ship cookies

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

1.  The pleasant hours we've spent watching the birds and critters at the feeders
2.  Making good progress with my bird applique blocks
3.  A cheerful dinner at Sizzler

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Saturday, December 8, 2018



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Friday, December 7, 2018

1.  Our snow removal plows do a good job of keeping the valley safe
2.  Two coyotes right outside the windows this morning, one with a mouse tail dangling out of his mouth -- yum, breakfast!
3.  Potato soup and rye bread for lunch -- definitely in 'winter' mode here

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Thursday, December 6, 2018



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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

1.  Got my amaryllis bulb planted
2.  Tasty dinner - pork tenderloin plus apple pie
3.  A sleety wintery cozy stay-at-home day

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

1.  Good mail today -- both my book order and the Quiltfolk calendar arrived, and also this month's Food Network magazine
2.  My cute yard rabbits
3.  An especially nice lunch at BJ's


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Monday, December 3, 2018

1.  I packed up this Christmas quilt and mailed it off to Nick and Stacey -- a touch of holiday spirit for their new home.  I made it last year, before we knew we were looking forward to a girl, and now I think the pink Christmas quilt was meant to be for them!
2.  Peppermint soap
3.  Peppermint schnapps 

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Sunday, December 2, 2018



Aaah, look who's being cute again today!

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Saturday, December 1, 2018


1.  New calendar pages -- how did December get here so soon?
2.  Holiday home decorating has commenced!
3.  Kicking off the month with Elf and popcorn!


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Friday, November 30, 2018



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Thursday, November 29, 2018



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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

1.  Outside Christmas lights and decor done today, ahead of our big storm coming in tomorrow.  We usually get everything up the day after Thanksgiving, but couldn't because of the window replacement project yesterday.
2.  Lunch at the beach
3.  Nick and Stacey have movers scheduled for Dec 19


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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

1.  Orange marmalade
2.  An uninterrupted day working in my sewing room
3.  Window replacement project complete!

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Monday, November 26, 2018

1.  A very frosty morning!
2.  House is discombobulated -- window replacement tomorrow
3.  I'm getting so close to being done with quilty UFOs, I can start some awesome new projects soon

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

1.  Got all the autumn décor put away, and I'll be ready to start decorating for Christmas later this week
2.  Finishing up leftovers
3.  Glowing moonlight

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Saturday, November 24, 2018



What a difference a year makes!

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Friday, November 23, 2018

1.  A big accident out at the stop sign -- at least one car totaled, probably two -- but amazingly no one was badly injured
2.  The house is ready for Enzo and Lucci!
3.  The full moon

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Thursday, November 22, 2018


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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Trust that you can feel confident and competent with a skill or task without qualification. Sure, theres always room for improvement with anything, but it's likely that you recently worked very hard at mastering something that seemed impossible at first. You've earned your delight.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018


Making MORE applesauce today -- the house smells lovely and fruity!

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Monday, November 19, 2018

1.  Venus was brilliant this morning
2.  Nice chat with Nick
3.  OUTSTANDING game on Monday Night Football!

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Sunday, November 18, 2018


november 18
cloudy, dark and windy.

Walking by flashlight
at six in the morning,
my circle of light on the gravel
swinging side to side,
coyote, raccoon, field mouse, sparrow,
each watching from darkness
this man with the moon on a leash.

WINTER MORNING WALKS 
 TED KOOSER



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Saturday, November 17, 2018



1.  Coyotes howling and answering all across the valley this morning, a real symphony!
2.  Last picking of apples for the season -- five more buckets full! We have as many as we possibly need, so the rest will stay on the trees to feed the birds and critters over the winter
3.  Enjoyed going to the Performing Arts Center this evening to see "Wait Until Dark"

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Friday, November 16, 2018


1.  Morning wildlife:  an owl hooting right outside just before daylight, a coyote loping purposefully along the fence, three squirrels at once munching on sunflower seeds at the feeder 
2.  We've been enjoying a big kettle of pasta fagioli for lunch this week, hearty and savory now that the weather has turned cold
3.  It's fun to do some pretend window shopping -- holiday mail order catalogs arriving daily 

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Nick and Stacey's baby!
Granddaughter, arriving in February :)

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

1.  The wind has died down
2.  I got so much accomplished in my workroom today!
3.  Very much enjoyed seeing Bohemian Rhapsody

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

1.  FINALLY back in business with my big Singer machine, since the beginning of October!  Getting things like that resolved is challenging here in the middle of noplace :)
2.  Laughing with Tony -- after more than 40 years together, we know each other's punch lines!
3.  November dusk falling in the grove across the road

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Monday, November 12, 2018



WWI flying aces on Veterans Day

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

1.  Pecan pancakes
2.  We baked frissenes and the house is scented with anise.
3.  The glittering stars

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

1.  Enjoyed fresh-from-the-oven donuts and coffee at the new shop on Moonridge Road
2.  Starting to plan holiday décor and activities :)
3.  Appreciating my warm cozy sweatshirt this cold evening

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Friday, November 9, 2018

1.  The silence and solitude of early morning
2.  New orange-clove soap
3.  Getting very cold overnight now -- they started snowmaking at the resorts

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

1.  The musty aroma of fallen leaves.
2.  Birdseed on sale at Butchers Block, and we go through a lot of it!
3.  Feather pillows and bright quilts -- I've been sleeping well

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018



While yesterday's election results weren't quite as much as I had hoped for, they are more than enough to stem the tide of evil and corruption that's been drowning this nation for the past two years.  Checks and balances are now in place once again.  To be sure, healing and rebuilding will take place exceedingly slowly, but at least the direction has been reversed.  

Today I'm grateful for the lessons I've learned, and for the triumph of the power of good over evil. 

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Election Day



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Monday, November 5, 2018

Hope

Lessons I've been trying to learn and embrace during this abominable era in our nation's history:

1.  Have patience and faith in our society's institutions: depend on democracy, the rule of law, the Constitution.
2.  Have compassion for those who feel the need to act with hatred and ugliness.  Try to understand why they need to conduct themselves that way, and try to perhaps see how I might be instrumental in helping them experience a different version of their lives.
3.  Understand who my friends and allies are.  Be forgiving.  Share love and kindness.  Be humble and generous.
4.  Dig deep and know my own heart and soul … discover what I believe and why; what I might be willing to consider for compromise, and where I need to draw my line and say no.  Maintain personal sense of honor and self-respect.
5.  Paz y amor


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Sunday, November 4, 2018



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Saturday, November 3, 2018

1.  Last dark morning!  Clocks turn back an hour tonight!
2.  Freshly baked rye bread
3.  First load of leaves raked

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Friday, November 2, 2018

1.  Cross-stitching in the sunroom
2.  We really enjoyed sandwiches from Jersey Mike's
3.  A peaceful evening -- early to bed

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

1.  Orion is back!  I love the winter constellations :)
2.  My new glasses are excellent
3.  Halloween décor and kids' toys put away -- the house is calm again

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018



Best Halloween I've had since I was in grade school!!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Enzo likes his desk

Lucci likes to eat

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Monday, October 29, 2018



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Sunday, October 28, 2018


I have abilities and skills that I can use to help others.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018


1.  The morning moon accompanying me
2.  Lucci is walking -- look out, world!  :)
3.  Daffodil bulbs planted

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Friday, October 26, 2018

1.  Cinnamon toast
2.  A new ironing board cover
3.  More quilts delivered to Doves
4.  A thoughtful day

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

1.  Enjoyed setting up the big telescope and viewing the gorgeous brilliant full moon last night
2.  Excellent appointment with the eye doctor -- everything's great!
3.  Lunch at Amangela's, sitting on the patio in the mellow autumn sunshine
4.  Enjoyed First Man at the show -- we lived through history!
5.  Picked another batch of apples -- third picking so far from the Newtown Pippin trees, and at least three or four rounds left!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018



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Tuesday, October 23, 2018



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Monday, October 22, 2018

1.  The oaks and serviceberries are at the height of their autumn color, glowing gold up the road
2.  A baking day: chocolate porter layer cake and pumpkin sourdough bread
3.  A happy conversation with Nick

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

1.  The aroma of fireplace smoke perfuming the neighborhood
2.  Chocolate waffles
3.  Anthony Bourdain

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Saturday, October 20, 2018


Jake and Skippy

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Friday, October 19, 2018

1.  Frost on the rooftops
2.  Got the porch décor and Halloween lights up
3.  Salty pretzels

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Thursday, October 18, 2018



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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

1.  Ravens circling and cawing
2.  Pumpkin spice biscotti
3.  Serenity

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

1.  Safe travel
2.  Bright fall colors and quiet crisp weather here at home
3.  Nick and Stacey are looking at houses!!!

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Monday, October 15, 2018



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Sunday, October 14, 2018




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Saturday, October 13, 2018




First batch of applesauce for the year. 
The house smells fruity and spicy!

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Friday, October 12, 2018

1.  The bright maples around town
2.  Found cute Halloween flashlights on clearance for the boys
3.  The promise of rain overnight

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Thursday, October 11, 2018



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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

1.  Quilts delivered to Doves
2.  Pumpkin fudge from North Pole Fudge Co.
3.  A Star is Born -- story was great and music was excellent!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

1.  Breakfast at Alpine
2.  Picking more apples
3.  Clear bright cool weather
 
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Monday, October 8, 2018

1.  Fun orange enamel plates from Doves
2.  Reuben sandwiches
3.  A good Monday Night Football program, and Drew Brees broke the record

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Sunday, October 7, 2018




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Saturday, October 6, 2018



Found a desk for Enzo

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Synonym study

1. contempt , disdain , scorn imply strong feelings of disapproval and aversion toward what seems base, mean, or worthless. contempt is disapproval tinged with disgust: to feel contempt for a weakling . disdain is a feeling that a person or thing is beneath one's dignity and unworthy of one's notice, respect, or concern: a disdain for crooked dealing . scorn denotes open or undisguised contempt often combined with derision: He showed only scorn for those who were not as ambitious as himself.
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Thursday, October 4, 2018



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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

1.  A coyote and brilliant red maples this morning
2.  A quick nap in the sunshine
3.  Out to dinner to 572 Social

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018



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Monday, October 1, 2018


LEO - You are not one to just follow the crowd for the sake of popularity. Others might be able to get you onboard by presenting solid evidence and a terrific plan, but if the essential pieces are missing you're happy to go it alone. Charting your own course comes naturally to you, and your independent spirit makes a powerful statement about the kind of leadership you're proud to exemplify. In the words of entrepreneur par excellence, Coco Chanel, The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
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Sunday, September 30, 2018


First pumpkin of the season!

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

1.  Afternoon sunshine in my workroom
2.  Funny pictures of the boys
3.  End of month refrigerator clean out

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Friday, September 28, 2018

1.  Apple yogurt
2.  End of the month and I completed my To-Do list
3.  It gets dark so much earlier

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Thursday, September 27, 2018



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