TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR ...


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

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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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Wednesday, September 26, 2018





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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

1.  Last Farmers Market of the season -- summer is officially over in Bear Valley.  I'm all stocked up on bread for the winter :)
2.  Sitting on the front porch
3.  Falling asleep to the sound of coyotes howling and yelping at the full moon

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Monday, September 24, 2018


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Sunday, September 23, 2018



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Saturday, September 22, 2018


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Friday, September 21, 2018

1.  Sleeping later this week cause it's dark in the morning
2.  Perfect September weather
3.  Baked a beautiful apple bundt cake

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

1.  Coconut soap
2.  Oldies playing at Sizzler
3.  Cool weather - good for sleeping

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

1.  Rye toast
2.  Finished my September dental work today (yuck!)
3.  We got a new Honeycrisp apple tree, and had such a nice visit with Christine and Gema

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

1.  A bit of excitement here in the 'hood -- they're repaving Fox Farm Road for the first time since we've lived here, more than ten years.
2.  Changed to my long sleeve bath robe, a sign that summer is indeed over :)
3.  Life is humming along peacefully

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Monday, September 17, 2018

1.  Holcomb Valley trip
2.  Apple cider floats
3.  Monday Night Football

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

1.  Sunrise on the treetops
2.  The new Starbucks is nice!
3.  Crickets chirping as I fall asleep

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Saturday, September 15, 2018


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Friday, September 14, 2018

1.  First morning of the season wearing cozy sweatpants on my early walk -- it's been in the low 40s overnight for days now
2.  Soft September sunshine
3.  Relaxation

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

1.  Navy bean soup for lunch
2.  A day alone -- Tony is at fire tower
3.  Ripening apples scenting the air

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018


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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

1.  Memories of 2001, and of 1962 … September has its own meaning
2.  Tony started cutting the yard -- huge bouquets of yarrow and lambs-ear gathered
3.  Taffy apples at North Pole Fudge Co

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Monday, September 10, 2018

1.  Starting to think about autumn yard clean-up -- I love that the seasons change here
2.  Stacey received her package
3.  Opening Day -- Monday Night Football, with our traditional Black Forest ham sandwiches and apple slaw.  This dates back nearly 20 years!

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

1.  The delicious aromas of brisket simmering in the slow cooker and apple-cinnamon cake baking in the oven
2.  Longer shadows and mellower sunshine, it's starting to feel like autumn
3.  Relaxed and happy -- living in the moment and not thinking about the world out there this evening

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

1.  Green apple shampoo
2.  Living in the forest
3.  Patience/resignation
4.  Blind Side -- starting into the autumn movies!

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Friday, September 7, 2018


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Thursday, September 6, 2018



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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

1.  The last of the blackberry pie
2.  The new Sift magazine arrived
3.  Cool nights

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018


He's still partying!

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Monday, September 3, 2018

1.  Everyone is here together!!!
2.  Beautiful bright blue weather
3.  The zucchini galette was enjoyed by all
4.  My family

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Granddaughter on the way!!!
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Saturday, September 1, 2018





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Friday, August 31, 2018


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Thursday, August 30, 2018

1.  Safe travel
2.  Being together with my whole family
3.  Joy, love and gratitude

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018


... and suddenly, the birch tree is going gold!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

1.  The clock tower chiming in the distance
2.  The house is perfectly ready
3.  My soft bed -- I'm tired!

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Hmmm, encouragement ...

LEO - The flip side of the fire element is apathy. Your lack of motivation can create a feeling that even the smallest task is a drag today. You need to get in touch with your dreams and visions again. Replace forced obligation with free will. Trace your tracks to see where it was you lost your spark. Seek out those things that make you smile again. Everything is about to move forward soon. Thankfully, you have endless energy to successfully manage your world when your actions are in alignment with your core values.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018



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Saturday, August 25, 2018

1.  Starting an early change to fall d├ęcor in advance of Nick and Stacey's visit
2.  The apples are beginning to ripen
3.  Starry skies

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Friday, August 24, 2018


Successful colonoscopy with good results,
and soooo glad that's over with!


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Thursday, August 23, 2018

1.  The sharp smell of tomato plants
2.  Bright breezy weather
3.  Lorenzo is starting to be successful with potty training!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

1.  The aroma of fresh-cut grass
2.  Getting organized for family fest next week
3.  Cooler evenings, the season is beginning to change

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

1.  Feeling more hopeful about political news
2.  Popcorn
3.  Mellow moonlight

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Monday, August 20, 2018

1.  Went through Nick's baby memory box, and then sent it to him
2.   A group of vintage aprons I ordered arrived today -- very charming!
3.  Crickets chirping

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

1.  Ripe tomatoes
2.  Root beer floats
3.  Fun working on Sgt Pepper costumes

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Saturday, August 18, 2018


Today is a palindrome date:
8-18-18

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Friday, August 17, 2018


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Thursday, August 16, 2018

1.  Finished with dental work for now :)
2.  More rain -- the precip totals are looking so much better this season
3.  Another carton of stuff to Doves

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Cooper's Hawk right outside the sunroom window

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

1.  Making good progress on the baby quilt for Stacey
2.  The berries on the ash trees are turning red
3.  Starry skies

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Monday, August 13, 2018

SUMMER INTO FALL
Summer sings its long song, and all the notes are green.
But there’s a click, somewhere in the middle
of the month, as we reach the turning point, the apex,
a Ferris wheel, cars tipping and tilting over the top,
and we see September up ahead, school and schedules
returning. And there’s the first night you step outside
and hear the katydids arguing, six more weeks
to frost, and you know you can make it through to fall.
Dark now at eight, nights finally cooling off for sleep,
no more twisting in damp sheets, hearing mosquitoes’
thirsty whines. Lakes of chicory and Queen Anne’s lace
mirror the sky’s high cirrus. Evenings grow chilly,
time for old sweaters and sweatpants, lying in the hammock
squinting to read in the quick-coming dusk.
A few fireflies punctuate the night’s black text,
and the moonlight is so thick, you could swim in it
until you reach the other side.

Barbara Crooker

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

1.  A wonderful long hard soaking rain
2.  Reading and napping
3.  Perseids

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

1.  Did a few garage sales, and we found the third grandchild rocker for the front porch
2.  The apples are ripening
3.  Hot coffee in the cool of the evening

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Friday, August 10, 2018




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Thursday, August 9, 2018


1.  New book came today: Quirky Little Quilts
2.  We're getting a lot of drift smoke from the Holy Fire down in Lake Elsinore, but the air cooled and cleared some this evening
3.  I've really gotten a lot of handwork done this week, both binding and applique

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018


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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

1.  It's darker in the mornings, the season is beginning to shift
2.  Farmers Market -- bread, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, peaches, plums and grapes!
3.  Started working on Yellow Submarine costumes :)

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Flowers, a video call with Enzo and Lucci, miniature golf, chocolate ice cream, dinner at Teddy Bear, and Nick and Stacey are having a girl!

 
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Sunday, August 5, 2018


Apparently the Universe wants me to do more clearing and cleaning!

~ The less clutter you have the better, so clear out all that is holding you back. The restructuring that you are in the middle of takes some experimentation. Trying something new and failing is a sign of future success. ~

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

1.  Less humidity, more comfortable
2.  Ripe juicy red plums
3.  Mid August Lunch

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Friday, August 3, 2018


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Thursday, August 2, 2018

1.  First day of school
2.  Found a couple of cute mugs at Doves
3.  The cool of the evening

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Root canal accomplished!!!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018


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Monday, July 30, 2018


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Sunday, July 29, 2018


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Saturday, July 28, 2018


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Friday, July 27, 2018


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

1.  Ceiling fans
2.  Safe travel for Tony
3.  Baklava

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018



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Tuesday, July 24, 2018



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Monday, July 23, 2018

1.  Baked good dark rye bread and shortbread cookies before it got hot this afternoon
2.  The robins love to splash in the bird bath
3.  Set my own pace today - nice!

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

1.  Safe travel for Tony
2.  Cleared out two crazy quilt tote tubs!
3.  Chocolate ice cream

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

1.  Enjoyed the Xeriscape Tour and lunch at Broadway Cafe
2.  So many apples on all the trees this year!
3.  Picked our first little tomatoes

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Friday, July 20, 2018

1.  Warm quiet summer mornings
2.  Jess is already thinking about Halloween -- gotta love her!
3.  Dinner at Sonora Cantina, and a nice chat with Maria

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Thursday, July 19, 2018




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