TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR ...


Thursday, November 23, 2017

1.  Beautiful summer-like weather
2.  A lovely meal
3.  Our dear family
4.  Sweet memories

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017



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Monday, November 20, 2017

1.  Clear cold morning walk
2.  Pomegranate lip balm
3.  Lots of handwork completed!

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

1.  A raccoon in the yard during breakfast
2.  Good news from Pete - he bought Madlons!
3.  Sunday pasta

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

1.  Mounds of fallen leaves
2.  Warm soft socks
3.  Big Night

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Friday, November 17, 2017

1.  A drizzly morning
2.  Honeycrisp apples
3.  Reading into the night

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Thursday, November 16, 2017



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Wednesday, November 15, 2017


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017



Enzo is helping Lucky do pushups!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

1.  My walks are longer, now that the mornings are light, and therefore my mind is clearer and more peaceful.
2.  I made candied orange peel for the first time ever, and it turned out beautifully.
3.  Spring bulbs planted

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

1.  Feelings of relief and closure: I had a conversation with Carol, and all the concerns I had are proving to be valid.  I can lay that to rest now, and enjoy peace of mind.
2.  Met the new neighbors -- they're nice and lively and excited about their new house.
3.  An early night.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

1.  Baking day -- the house smells like anise and orange
2.  Bare Novembery trees
3.  Babette's Feast

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Friday, November 10, 2017


Somebody got a new toy

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

1.  Frosted rooftops and water frozen in birdbaths
2.  Out to breakfast and fun Christmas shopping
3.  The new Sift magazine arrived - holiday baking!

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017



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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

1.  All the critters out with me in the morning -- ravens, squirrels, jays, doves, rabbits, flickers, chipmunks, chickadees ...
2.  A huge "bouquet" of dried yarrow from the garden
3.  Smoke rising from chimneys

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Monday, November 6, 2017



Amazed to see this blooming now!

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

1.  Light for my morning walk!!
2.  Lots of holiday foods at the market this week
3.  Chicken cacciatore simmering on the stove

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

1.  Pleasant memories of my childhood neighborhood
2.  Out to lunch
3.  Early to bed -- time change!

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Friday, November 3, 2017

1.  Comfortable routines
2.  Getting the yard closed up for the season
3.  Bright moonlight

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Thursday, November 2, 2017



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Wednesday, November 1, 2017



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Tuesday, October 31, 2017



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Monday, October 30, 2017

1.  Starting to do a bit of Christmas shopping for the boys :)
2.  BIG finish in the sewing room -- my Christmas Gypsy Wife top is done!!!
3.  Chili for supper, an October tradition

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Sunday, October 29, 2017



Cutest calavera ever!!

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

1.  Got a start on November plans and lists
2.  A quick nap
3.  Lighting the candles at dusk

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Friday, October 27, 2017

1.  Flickers in the yard
2.  The clean scent of a bleach load
3.  Holiday catalogs in the mail 
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Thursday, October 26, 2017


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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

1.  We're working on the stair hall -- painting railings, new curtains on landing window
2.  My headache is improving
3.  A really tasty dinner: pork tenderloin, roasted potatoes, and sweet and sour red cabbage with apples

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017



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Monday, October 23, 2017



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Sunday, October 22, 2017

1.  Soothing hand lotion
2.  Pumpkin pie
3.  Starry skies

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

1.  Young Frankenstein and popcorn
2.  Orionids
3.  Soft pillows

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Friday, October 20, 2017


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Thursday, October 19, 2017



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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

1.  The musty scent of fallen leaves
2.  Hot dogs with sauerkraut
3.  Luciano is up to 12 pounds!

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

1.  Sleeping late
2.  Pumpkins 
3.  New inspirations for quilts

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Monday, October 16, 2017



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Sunday, October 15, 2017

1.  Bright calm October days
2.  Perfectly grilled tri-tip
3.  Serenity

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

1.  Working toward completion
2.  Practical Magic
3.  Orion

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Friday, October 13, 2017


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

1.  Brownies
2.  A pumpkin spice candle
3.  Tylenol

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

1.  Dark quiet mornings -- the season has changed
2.  Golden aspen leaves fluttering down like snowflakes
3.  A nice dinner at Mountain Munchies

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017


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Monday, October 9, 2017


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Sunday, October 8, 2017

1.  Safe travel
2.  Crunchy leaves
3.  Cassiopeia

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Saturday, October 7, 2017


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Friday, October 6, 2017




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Thursday, October 5, 2017


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

1.  A flock of ravens circling over the field
2.  The clock tower chiming in the distance
3.  Brilliant fall color

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

1.  Lorenzo and Luciano
2.  Excellent homemade mushroom soup
3.  Long cozy evenings

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Our view from the sunroom
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Luciano is one month old already!

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Saturday, September 30, 2017


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Friday, September 29, 2017


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Thursday, September 28, 2017

1.  A relaxing quiet day after busy-ness earlier in the week
2.  Split pea soup with rye croutons
3.  Soft glowing moonlight

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017



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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

1.  Bright golden autumn afternoons
2.  A coyote loping along right outside the sunroom
3.  Apple turnovers

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Monday, September 25, 2017




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Sunday, September 24, 2017


1.  Bright blue skies
2.  First pumpkin for the front porch
3.  Pinot noir

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Saturday, September 23, 2017



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Friday, September 22, 2017



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Thursday, September 21, 2017

1.  A chilly drizzly windy stay-at-home day
2.  Homemade vegetable soup
3.  The scent of fireplace smoke

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017



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Monday, September 18, 2017


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

1.  Apple pancakes with cider syrup for breakfast
2.  Perfect fresh bright fall weather
3.  Enjoyed seeing Loretta at the market
4.  Darling pictures and video chat with Lorenzo and Luciano
5.  Leaf garlands on the porch railings
6.  The Russian sage is finally blooming, for the first time ever
7.  Perfectly grilled pepper-crusted tri-tip and vegetable galette for dinner

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Saturday, September 16, 2017



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Friday, September 15, 2017


Triumph!  I've made a decision, and taken the first steps toward realizing a change in my life!  Feeling so very jubilant and unburdened -- guess it was time, overdue actually :)

My capacity is finite -- space, time, attention ... old things need to be thinned out to make breathing space for new things.


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

1.  Bread baking day
2.  Longer shadows
3.  Apple pie a la mode

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017


1.  A hawk shrieking across the road
2.  I see a tinge of yellow beginning to show in the aspen
3.  A cool fresh breeze

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017



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Monday, September 11, 2017

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

1.  Safe travel
2.  My beloved grandsons
3.  Ice cream

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

1.  Homemade applesauce
2.  New pomegranate lip balm
3.  Cool cloudy weather

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Friday, September 8, 2017

1.  A multi-bunny walk this morning -- I sure do enjoy my neighborhood!
2.  A good shopping trip -- getting ready to prep some food and take it down to Jess and Dave
3.  An unexpected rain shower at bedtime

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Thursday, September 7, 2017


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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

1.  Sitting in the sunshine
2.  Kleenex and cold capsules
3.  Crickets chirping

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017


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Monday, September 4, 2017

1.  The little family is home and getting settled
2.  We had a peaceful pleasant relaxing holiday
3.  The darkness and quietness of the forest at night

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Sunday, September 3, 2017




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Saturday, September 2, 2017

1.  Jessica and baby are doing fine
2.  Messaging
3.  Ceiling fans

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Friday, September 1, 2017


1.  A new grandson!
2.  Safe travel
3.  Our dear family

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

1.  The aroma of the wet forest -- cedar and pine scenting the air
2.  Oatmeal cookies fresh out of the oven
3.  Chatting with the kiddos

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

1.  Hard rain
2.  A good schedule
3.  Pinot noir

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Monday, August 28, 2017



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Sunday, August 27, 2017


Steel Magnolias, last CATS production

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