TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR ...


Friday, July 1, 2016


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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016

1.  Out to breakfast
2.  Curtains blowing in the breeze
3.  Gin and tonics

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

1.  A pair of squirrels barking in the treetop
2.  Rose musk incense
3.  Individuation

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

1.  Deep sadness, but with vision and spirituality
2.  Purple fabrics
3.  Ripe sweet juicy summer peaches

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Monday, June 13, 2016


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Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Working guys doing a great job in my neighborhood

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

1.  Lots of pleasant visitors at the shop today
2.  Strawberries and blueberries
3.  A summery-warm evening

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

1.  Sweet cantaloupe
2.  Birds twittering all around
3.  Taking time to appreciate my day

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Monday, May 30, 2016


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Sunday, May 29, 2016

1.  Dinner at Knickerbocker Mansion
2.  O Brother Where Art Thou?
3. A helicopter ride!!


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

1.  Corned beef simmering in the crockpot -- looking forward to a tasty supper!
2.  Making progress on my To Do list
3.  Peaceful days

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Saturday, May 21, 2016


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Monday, May 16, 2016

1.  Jasmine soap
2.  Quilt guild sisterhood
3.  Sleeping with the windows open

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

1.  Four coyotes together across the road
2.  Cinco de Mayo dinner at Sonora Cantina
3.  Small town friends 

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

1.  Cinnamon swirl toast
2.  Starting spring clean-up in the garden
3.  Browsing at Thrift and Treasure

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

 
 
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

1.  Rain
2.  Strong coffee
3.  Quiet time

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Friday, April 15, 2016


1.  Bright breezy weather
2.  A nice visit with Fran and Robin
3. New J. Peterman catalog to daydream through

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

 
. . .  for Lorenzo
 
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Monday, April 11, 2016

1.  Fog
2.  Prayer flags
3.  House finches

 
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Saturday, April 9, 2016

 
 
Somebody is learning how to laugh :)
 
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Friday, April 8, 2016

1.  Beautiful fresh strawberries from the Farmer's Market
2.  Good soaking rain
3.  Fruit trees starting to bloom around town

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Friday, April 1, 2016

1.  Safe travel to visit Enzo
2.  New calendar pages
3.  Jethro Tull

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

 
 
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Sunday, March 27, 2016

 
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Saturday, March 26, 2016

1.  Baked a batch of pizzelles - the house smells like anise
2.  A bouquet of bright daffodils
3.  Chocolat, my favorite spring/Easter movie

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

1.  A very successful first anniversary celebration at the shop yesterday.
2.  First day of Spring -- a relaxing drive around the lake
3.  Chocolate ice cream

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

 
 
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Friday, March 18, 2016

 
 
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

 
 
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016


1.  Rabbits in the yard 
2.  Such a nice birthday dinner for Tom
3.  Twilight in the pine grove -- Daylight Saving Time!

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Monday, March 14, 2016

1.  Lavender-chamomile soap
2.  Excellent turnout at the Sewcial
3.  Carrot-pineapple cake

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

1.  Oatmeal pancakes
2.  First Knight - Sean Connery AND Richard Gere
3.  Lavender sachet

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Monday, March 7, 2016


1.  A cozy stay-at-home snow day 
2.  Hot coffee
3.  Flickers, jays, doves

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

1.  A new blade in my rotary cutter
2.  Nice neighbors
3.  Caught up with bookkeeping

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

 
 
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Friday, March 4, 2016

1.  Robins chirping at daybreak
2.  Almond scented lotion
3.  Girl Scout Thin Mints

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

 
 
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Monday, February 29, 2016

 
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Sunday, February 28, 2016


1.  Daffodils sprouting
2.  Hugs and smiles with Gloria
3,  An apple fritter

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

 




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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

 
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Sunday, February 21, 2016

1.  Pussy willow branches
2.  Jaeger schnitzel at Barnstorm
3.  Moonlight

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

 
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Saturday, February 13, 2016

1.  Fun at the thrift shop - I'm starting to collect 'fancy' fabrics for a crazy quilt
2.  Chipmunks in the yard
3.  Chocolate-dipped strawberries

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

1.  Dinner at Dynasty last night to celebrate
Chinese New Year
2.  Mild spring-like weather
3.  New pictures of Lorenzo

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Monday, February 8, 2016

 
Lorenzo is home!
 
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

1.  My precious family
2.  A relaxing day
3.  Joy and love

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Friday, February 5, 2016

 
 
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Monday, February 1, 2016

1.  New calendar pages
2.  Hot chocolate with whipped cream
3.  Flannel sheets

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

 
We are having some nasty blizzardy weather today, and it caused some boulders to loosen and tumble down to the highway.  I am impressed at the size of them -- as big as a vehicle -- and happy to report that no one was injured. 
 
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Friday, January 29, 2016

1.  Enjoyed seeing The Revenant at the show, although I must say that since living in the mountains in winter is a daily reality for me, my main response to the movie was coldcoldcoldcoldcold.
2.  Especially tasty chicken cacciatore for dinner
3.  All of a sudden this week I'm noticing that it's staying light later

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

 
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

 
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Monday, January 25, 2016

 
 
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Sunday, January 24, 2016

1.  Roasted yams
2.  Safe travel for Wayne
3.  Moonlight reflecting off the snow

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

1.  That moment when  you wake up cozy and comfy and warm, and you see that you don't have to get up for fifteen more minutes
2.  Suzanne brought chocolate chip cookies to class!
3.  Smart phones

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

 
 
... and every morning I am grateful that I live here!!!
 
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

 
They're trying to catch that bit of sunshine
on the edge of the bed
 
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

1.  Homemade banana bread
2.  All caught up on kits
3.  The deep snow is starting to melt

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Sunday, January 10, 2016


LEO 7/23 - 8/22
You're taking your promises to heart today and you're committed to delivering on your word.  Even if there are too many repetitive tasks on your plate now, concentrate on them one at a time until they are done.  However, you're just as likely to jump into something totally new if given the chance.  Either way, it's tempting to see how far you can push the energy.  Curb your enthusiasm just a notch; a touch of sensible self-restraint at the right moment maximizes your progress no matter what projects are in front of you.          
 
Wow, my horoscope is bang-on correct today!  Winter break is over, and I was in a flurry all day getting ready for the new week and the new year: at the shop, with guild, and everything else I'm responsible for.  I'm feeling invigorated and excited!
 
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Saturday, January 9, 2016

 
 
 
What a pretty sunrise today!
 
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Friday, January 8, 2016

1.  Juicy winter oranges
2.  Warm socks
3.  Browsing through cookbooks

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Thursday, January 7, 2016


With more than two feet of new snow:
1.  A cozy stay-at-home day, complete with hot cocoa and sweatpants :)
2.  Our forest and lake are being replenished - article HERE
3.  Our small community working together to make sure everyone is safe


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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

 
 
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

1.  Tomato soup with crackers
2.  Internet friends
3.  Snow!








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Monday, January 4, 2016


 
Winter storm coming in --
clouds filling the river valley below us
 
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Sunday, January 3, 2016

 
 
A Northern Flicker
These guys are at the suet feeders all the time
 
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Saturday, January 2, 2016

1.  The holiday decorations are all down and packed away, and the house is tidy and simple again
2.  Elaine brought chicken soup to the shop for lunch
3.  The dogs are always glad to see me

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Friday, January 1, 2016

1.  New calendars
2.  Joyful beginnings
3.  Serenity and balance

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I shall pass this way but once.  Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show, let me do it now.  Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
 
Stephen Grellet
 
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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

 ... a new year filled with bright hopes!
 

 Be present in all things and thankful for all things.
  
~ Maya Angelou ~
 
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

1.  Woohoo -- I FINISHED my last commission quilt for the year!!  It's been a successful year.
2.  Small town life is like having one big family
3.   A stack of new books awaiting my attention -- looking forward to quiet winter days
 
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

1.  The pantry and freezer are very well stocked in case we are snowbound in the coming weeks
2.  Nails filed and buffed and hands lotioned
3.  Night falling through the pines

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Monday, December 28, 2015

 
 
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Sunday, December 27, 2015

1.  Spent enjoyable time today planning and making lists for the new year
2.  The holiday weekend is over, and the tourists have gone home -- the valley is quiet again
3.  Eggnog and popcorn and a jigsaw puzzle

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

1.  A chocolate chip bagel for breakfast
2.  Ivory soap 
3.  Sharing childhood holiday memories with Tony

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Friday, December 25, 2015

 
 
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Thursday, December 24, 2015

 
 
Merry Christmas to all,
and to all a Good Night.
 
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

1.  Hugs from friends at the shop
2.  Dinner at Pong's
3.  A fox in the moonlight

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

 
 
Moonlight on San Gorgonio
 
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Monday, December 21, 2015

 
A prayer for Solstice
 
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Sunday, December 20, 2015

1.  Our Public Works plow guys working through the night to keep us clear and safe
2.  Sourdough waffles
3.  Flocks of birds at the feeders

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

 
 
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