TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR ...


Monday, May 29, 2017


This weekend's garage sale haul :)

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

1.  A perfectly smoked turkey breast
2.  The elderberry bushes are blooming
3.  Coyotes yelping and howling all night

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Saturday, May 27, 2017


Happy anniversary to us!
Today I am grateful to have spent 38 years with Tony. 
It has gone by so quickly, and there's more to come :)

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Friday, May 26, 2017



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Thursday, May 25, 2017


Cate Kerr, Beyond the Fields We Know

We use the word serendipity to describe situations in which we discover something wonderful by accident - often when we are searching for something else entirely. In other words, we stumble upon wonders when we are least expecting them, tripping right over things before realizing that we have found something astonishing.

The root form is Serendip, an old name for Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) hailing from the Arabic Sarandib, then the Tamil Seren deevu or Sanskrit  Suvarnadweepa meaning "golden island", possibly related to Simhaladvipa meaning, "Dwelling-Place-of-Lions Island". If so, the origins of serendipity go back a very long way indeed, for the only lions on the island were extinct long before modern man arrived, and little evidence of them ever been found.

The adjective form has been around since 1754 when Horace Walpole used it in a letter to a friend, explaining that he had derived it from an old Persian fairytale called "The Three Princes of Serendip". The three royal gentlemen in that tale were on a quest and always finding things they were not looking for and had no need of.  Walpole was making an important point in his letter - that a fey and subtle wisdom is often at work in serendipitous situations, a canny ability to see relationships between ostensibly irrelevant facts and come to important conclusions from them.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

1.  Bright breezy weather
2.  Ladybugs
3.  Chocolate ice cream

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

1.  Windows open
2.  Supper on the deck
3.  Sweet dreams

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Monday, May 22, 2017

1.  Screen door fixed
2.  Cannoli pie
3.  The grass seed is sprouted

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Sunday, May 21, 2017


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Saturday, May 20, 2017



1.  Two Stellars Jay babies in the yard - their little crests look like crew cuts
2.  Ginger beer
3.  Paper Moon

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Friday, May 19, 2017

1.  The sun is riding higher as summer approaches
2.  The fresh aroma of cilantro
3.  A BIG raven right outside my window here on the porch roof, I could almost reach out and touch him

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

1.  Rye toast
2.  Lilacs
3.  Enough time

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Abigail Adams (1744-1818)
First Lady of the United States

"Its never too late to get back on your feet. Though we won't live forever, make sure you accomplish what you were put here for."

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Sunday, May 14, 2017



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Saturday, May 13, 2017


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Friday, May 12, 2017

1.  Now that the windows are open, I can hear birds chirping from morning till night
2.  A chocolate croissant
3.  Sunshine and blue skies

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

1.  Working in the garden
2.  The finches are nesting in the gazebo again
3.  Sometimes I can laugh at the sordid mess our country finds itself in

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

1.  Raspberries on sale this week
2.  Jake
3.  Full moon light

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017



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Monday, May 8, 2017


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Sunday, May 7, 2017



We got a bit more than "flurries"!!!!

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

1.  Friends at the garden center
2.  Mint juleps for the Kentucky Derby
3.  A cold blowy night - we're supposed to get flurries before morning!

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Friday, May 5, 2017

1.  Lilacs are starting to open, and the trees are still fully flowering, such a pretty spring this year
2.  An afternoon at the zoo -- our snow leopards are just gorgeous!
3.  Cinco de Mayo at Sonora Cantina, enjoying life in our small town!

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Thursday, May 4, 2017


Happy Birthday Dave!

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

1.  A summery warm spell, gorgeous weather
2.  Ice cream at the beach
3.  The Zookeeper's Wife

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

1.  Integrity
2.  Honor
3.  Dignity

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Monday, May 1, 2017

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

1.  A slow paced afternoon
2.  Burgers at the Brewery
3.  The crescent moon tangled in the pine tree tops

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Saturday, April 29, 2017


A super garage sale find! 
Looks just like our house in December :)

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Friday, April 28, 2017

1.  Birdsong
2.  Tactfulness
3.  Rachel Maddow

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

1.  The poplars are leafing out
2.  The steady comfortable pace of my life
3.  My spirit is in order

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

1.  The rabbits in the yard
2.  Maddie and Bev at the store
3.  New cushions for the gazebo furniture

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Day at the beach!

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Monday, April 24, 2017

1.  Eye drops helping my allergy-itchy eyes ...
2.  ... but the blooming trees are so pretty this spring (!!!)
3.  Tacos at Sonora

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

1.  Windows open!
2.  Fresh strawberry tart
3.  A quiet evening

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Saturday, April 22, 2017



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Friday, April 21, 2017

1.  Annuals from the nursery!
2.  Sunlight across the foot of the bed
3.  The fresh green aroma of the pine forest at night

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Thursday, April 20, 2017


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

1.  Newest issue of Food magazine arrived -- interesting recipes ...
2.  Caught up with laundry from the trip
3.  I see that flats of pansies have come in at Hunter's, it must be time to start gardening!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

1.  A really quick drive home - zero traffic!
2.  My bright sunny house
3.  A good night's sleep in my own bed

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Monday, April 17, 2017




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Sunday, April 16, 2017




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Saturday, April 15, 2017

1.  Safe travel
2.  Warm weather
3.  My dear family

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Friday, April 14, 2017


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Thursday, April 13, 2017

1.  Trees budding out
2.  Sunshine
3.  Robins

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017



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Tuesday, April 11, 2017



This came up today on one of the sites I follow, and I like the encouragement it offers about setting forth in new directions.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

1.  Funny video of Lorenzo and Frankie
2.  Finishing up a couple of undone activities
3.  Moonlight flooding in the skylights

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

1.  Comfortable shoes
2.  A raven softly flapping overhead in the early morning quiet
3.  Shoulder season - ski season has ended and the valley is peaceful

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

1.  Bright chilly weather
2.  Safe travel for Tony and Dave
3.  Chocolat

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Friday, April 7, 2017


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Thursday, April 6, 2017



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Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Mourning Cloak butterfly visiting the yard

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

First Farmers Market of the season -- woohoo, it's spring in Bear Valley!

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Monday, April 3, 2017



Our rabbit family is living under the gazebo again this spring

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

1.  Changed the calendars -- new pictures!
2.  Hyacinths opening around the neighborhood
3.  Action across the road -- we're getting new neighbors

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Saturday, April 1, 2017



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Friday, March 31, 2017


Spring cleaning: lightening my load!

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

1.  Breakfast at Barnstorm
2.  Tony painted all the rockers and we're ready for porch sittin'
3.  Feather pillows

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

1.  Drove past an osprey sitting in a tree on North Shore Drive
2.  Lunch with Sue at Azteca
3.  Blue skies

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Monday, March 27, 2017

1.  My daily walks make me feel calm and strong
2.  A successful new recipe for sour cream-apricot bread
3.  Squirrels chattering in the pine trees

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Sunday, March 26, 2017



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Saturday, March 25, 2017

1.  A sweet juicy orange
2.  Deck railings repaired - it was a tough winter
3.  The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Friday, March 24, 2017

1.  First forsythia of the season just starting to bloom up the road
2.  Rye bread
3.  Sitting on the front porch in the sun

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Thursday, March 23, 2017


Coyote tracks by the gate

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Graupel

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

1.  Bright breezy weather
2.  Sesame shortbread cookies
3.  Caught up with paperwork

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Monday, March 20, 2017



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Sunday, March 19, 2017



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Saturday, March 18, 2017

1.  Mild spring sunshine
2.  Doves
3.  Ginger beer

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Friday, March 17, 2017


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

1.  Lovely weather - yard cleanup has commenced
2.  Lunch at the beach
3.  Resting with my feet up while supper cooks

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

1.  Fig jam
2.  Robins in the grass
3.  Lorenzo

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

1.  Breakfast at Thelma's - corned beef hash :)
2.  Daffodils and crocus blooming
3.  Light in the evening

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Monday, March 13, 2017

1.  Coffee on the deck in the sunshine
2.  Plans with Susanne
3.  I can filter out as much of the awful depressing daily news as I choose to

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Sunday, March 12, 2017



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Monday, March 6, 2017

... recuperating

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Saturday, March 4, 2017


This is his "cheesy" smile

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Friday, March 3, 2017


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Thursday, March 2, 2017


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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

1.  New calendar pages -- it's March already!
2.  An afternoon nap with not-too-much coughing (I'm soooo tired of being sick!)
3.  Good customer service -- Connecting Threads

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

1.  Another light dusting of snow -- our forest and lake are happy this season!
2.  A crisp juicy apple
3.  Cold meds -- it's baaaaack :(

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Monday, February 27, 2017



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Sunday, February 26, 2017



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