TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR ...


Saturday, January 21, 2017


1.  Woke up to more snow this morning
2.  Roasted yams
3.  The Big Dipper over the yard, pointing the way home

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Friday, January 20, 2017




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Thursday, January 19, 2017



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Wednesday, January 18, 2017



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Tuesday, January 17, 2017



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Monday, January 16, 2017

1.  Lunch with Sue
2.  The snowy slopes above us
3.  The evening star sparkling in the west

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

1.  The lake level is up more than a foot from our recent snow
2.  A sweet juicy pear
3.  Good health and strength

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

1.  Banana bread
2.  Cozy sweats
3.  Schindler's List

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Friday, January 13, 2017

1.  TWO FEET of new snow since yesterday!
2.  A bright fire in the woodstove
3.  Three new books arrived in the mail

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Thursday, January 12, 2017



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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

1.  Green tea
2.  Jake on my lap
3.  The stillness of winter

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017



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Monday, January 9, 2017


Gleefully up to no good!

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

1.  Delicious banana pancakes for breakfast
2. A mild sunny afternoon -- sat on the front porch for a little while
3.  A nice chat with Heidi

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

1.  I finished everything that was on my To-Do list for this week -- a good start to the new year
2.  Another rainy day -- the water level in the lake is improving
3.  A new magazine and popcorn to spend the evening with

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Friday, January 6, 2017



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Thursday, January 5, 2017



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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

1.  Anise biscotti
2.  When I'm 64 
3.  Billions of brilliant stars glistening in the cold clear vast sky

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

1.  New calendars
2.  Almond hand lotion
3.  Tony dug my car out of the snow today

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Monday, January 2, 2017

1.  Living comfortably in the day
2.  A wealth of fabric
3.  Homemade pizza

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Sunday, January 1, 2017


1.  Awakened to a perfectly beautiful silent sparkling winter morning after last night's snow
2.  Holiday décor cleared away and the house has returned to its tidy and serene self
3.  Lentil soup
4.  The house has the aroma of wood smoke and bay leaves

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The birds they sang at the break of day,
Start again, I heard them say.
Don't dwell on what has passed away
Or what is yet to be.

Yeah the wars, they will be fought again.
The holy dove, she will be caught again.
Bought and sold and bought again,
The dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.

We ask for signs, the signs were sent.
The birth betrayed, the marriage spent.
Yeah the widowhood of every government: 
Signs for all to see.

I can't run no more with that lawless crowd
While the killers in high places say their prayers out loud.
But they've summoned, they've summoned up a thunder cloud,
They're gonna hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.

You can add up the parts, you won't have the sum.
You can strike up the march, there is no drum.
Every heart, every heart to love will come.
But like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

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Saturday, December 31, 2016


All men are children, and of one family.  The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.

~Henry David Thoreau~


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Friday, December 30, 2016

1.  Surprise packages from both Nick and Dave!
2.  Peppermint schnapps
3.  Tulips from Eileen

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Thursday, December 29, 2016


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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

1.  Woodpeckers and flickers
2.  Black coffee
3.  Dinner with Belinda and Wayne

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016


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Monday, December 26, 2016



spring passes
and one remembers one’s innocence
summer passes
and one remembers one’s exuberance
autumn passes
and one remembers one’s reverence
winter passes
and one remembers one’s perseverance

Yoko Ono
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Sunday, December 25, 2016



1.  So much snow!
2.  It's a Wonderful Life
3.  Cozy with a fire

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Saturday, December 24, 2016



THE HOLIEST OF ALL HOLIDAYS
ARE THOSE KEPT BY OURSELVES
       IN SILENCE AND APART,
           THE SECRET ANNIVERSARIES OF THE HEART.

      ~  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  ~

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Friday, December 23, 2016

1.  A hot soothing shower
2.  Cranberry liqueur
3.  All errands completed before the bad weather rolled in

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Thursday, December 22, 2016



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Wednesday, December 21, 2016


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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

1.  A happy lunch with Lorraine
2.  Tony's and Wayne's team finished in first place for fall bowling league 
3.  Cozy at home on the longest night

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Monday, December 19, 2016


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Sunday, December 18, 2016



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Saturday, December 17, 2016


The world is troubling; horrifying, in fact.  But I'm feeling content today -- or anyway, satisfied with and unapologetic about what I believe in and who I am.  Each day is my own treasure.  My heart and mind and conscience are clear and strong.  I don't think "it'll all be OK" but I think I'll be OK.

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Friday, December 16, 2016



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Thursday, December 15, 2016

1.  Dave got the job offer he's been interviewing for!
2.  Fruitcake
3.  Stormy blustery weather -- we sooooo need the rain!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

1.  Canned goods delivered to food pantry
2.  Sift magazine
3.  Halos tangerines

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

1.  Holiday baking done!
2.  Making good progress on work plans for next year
3.  Full moon through the pines

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Monday, December 12, 2016

1.  We delivered a big load of underwear, diapers and quilts to Doves today -- holiday spirit happening! :)
2.  Green apple chapstick
3.  Dark strong coffee

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Sunday, December 11, 2016





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Saturday, December 10, 2016



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Friday, December 9, 2016

1.  Mushrooms
2.  Elf
3.  Anisette

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Thursday, December 8, 2016


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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

1.  A lovely pedicure
2.  All caught up with laundry
3.  The holiday lights in the Village

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

1.  Homemade rye bread
2.  The soft perfume of my rose geranium
3.  Jake snoozing on my lap

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Monday, December 5, 2016

1.  Nearly two dozen doves feeding together this afternoon -- I've never seen that many on the ground together at once before
2.  Ghirardelli peppermint bark
3.  A peaceful day

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

1.  Warm cinnamon rolls
2.  Larry the gopher
3.  The evening star and the crescent moon at nightfall

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

1.  A new rotary blade
2.  Peanut butter cookies
3.  Ivory soap

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Friday, December 2, 2016



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Thursday, December 1, 2016

1.  A glowing orange sunrise
2.  A red-shouldered hawk right outside the window on the fencepost, watching the feeders for a tasty chipmunk lunch
3. A dusting of new snow keeping it wintery outside

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

1.  The aroma of fireplace smoke perfuming the neighborhood
2.  The Grizzly, our hometown newspaper
3.  Warm socks

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016



Herbs indoors for the winter

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Monday, November 28, 2016

1.  Turkey noodle soup
2.  A nice phone call from Sue
3.  Christmas curtains in the kitchen

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Sunday, November 27, 2016



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Saturday, November 26, 2016



Looks like winter will be arriving this afternoon!

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Friday, November 25, 2016

1.  Leftovers
2.  Met some nice new neighbors
3.  Started working on outside Christmas décor, before we get some anticipated bad weather

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Thursday, November 24, 2016


I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite - only a sense of existence.

~Henry David Thoreau~

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

1.  All caught up on mail and paperwork
2.  Piles of pinecones
3.  My library

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016



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Monday, November 21, 2016



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Sunday, November 20, 2016

1.  I baked anise cookies this afternoon, and the house smells lovely
2.  The evening star shining at sunset before the clouds rolled in
3.  Wet weather tonight -- fingers crossed that it'll turn into snow before morning

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

1.  Rabbits and squirrels
2.  Pumpkin pie
3.  Moonlight

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Friday, November 18, 2016

1.  A good grocery shopping trip - getting ready for holiday cooking
2.  Sewing machine delivered right on time!
3.  Twinkling stars in the clear night sky

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Snowmaking: ON!!!!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016


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Tuesday, November 15, 2016



We're practicing bye-bye

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Monday, November 14, 2016

1.  Safe travel
2.  My dear family
3.  Roses in bloom

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

1.  Quiet reflective time
2.  Tasty tender pork roast
3.  Bright quilts

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

1.  Waffles
2.  Indian corn on the front door
3.  The stove in the family room keeping me cozy while I read

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Friday, November 11, 2016


My hero

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Thursday, November 10, 2016



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Wednesday, November 9, 2016



I don't know where we go from here.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016



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Monday, November 7, 2016

1.  Novembery longer shadows and sparser trees -- I love the change of seasons
2.  A club sandwich WITH BACON -- a yummy rare treat :)
3.  Monday Night Football

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Sunday, November 6, 2016



Time change ... heading into the dark part of the year

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Saturday, November 5, 2016


The old one gave out after several years of constant use

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Friday, November 4, 2016

1.  I baked apple-walnut bread today and the house smells so nice
2.  News of a new baby in the family - congratulations Walt, May and baby Christine!
3.  Bright beautiful fall weather

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Thursday, November 3, 2016







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