TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR ...


Monday, July 24, 2017

1.  Strong dark black coffee
2.  Ivory soap
3.  Good soaking hard rain

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Sunday, July 23, 2017


My new moon ... starting a new phase.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Swap meet treasures

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Friday, July 21, 2017


Sometimes things fall apart so that
better things can fall together.

- Marilyn Monroe -

Life is good!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

1.  Lovely cooler fresher air flowing in the windows  -- hoping our humid spell has ended!
2.  SIX rabbits on this morning's walk :)
3.  Baklava

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Remembering Elvis today .. still miss you, big guy!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017


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Monday, July 17, 2017



All my scattering moments
are taken up with my needle.

 ~ Ellen Birdseye Wheaton  ~

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Today is a palindrome date
7-17-17

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

1.  Kites flying at the park
2.  The sun setting across the lake
3.  Our little yard bunny sitting stock-still in the middle of the road till I passed her

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

1.  A pleasant morning enjoying the annual Xeriscape Garden Tour
2.  Ran into Teresa B
3.  A raspberry frozen juice bar, tart and cold

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Friday, July 14, 2017



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Thursday, July 13, 2017

1.  A quiet morning
2.  I like my wardrobe
3.  Ducks at the beach

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

1.  An awesome coyote performance last night
2.  Sounds like the new baby will be arriving earlier than we were expecting!
3.  Bright yellow yarrow 

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

1.  Rosemary sourdough bread from Farmers Market
2.  A lovely day trip and picnic up in Holcomb Valley
3.  Watering the garden in the cool of the evening

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Monday, July 10, 2017

1.  Morning moonlight
2.  Afternoon downpour!
3.  Coyotes howling at dusk

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

1.  A neat new/old picnic basket and a heavy old flatiron from the thrift shop
2.  An afternoon nap
3.  Peach pie

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

1.  Another bit of rain this afternoon!
2.  Knowing who I am
3.  Lincoln
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Friday, July 7, 2017

1.  A drizzly thundery afternoon -- monsoon season is upon us
2.  Attended a play at the PAC, last production of CATS: You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
3.  A hot fudge sundae!

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

1.  The quiet and cool of the early morning
2.  Watermelon
3.  A young woodpecker and his mom on the birch tree

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

1.  Enjoyed the fireworks at Meadow Park last night
2.  Roses in bloom around town
3.  Quiet time

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017



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Monday, July 3, 2017

1.  New calendar pages
2.  One of the baby robins has left the nest!
3.  Summer moonlight

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

1.  True Grit
2.  Tri-tip on the smoker
3.  Iced coffee

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Saturday, July 1, 2017


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Friday, June 30, 2017

1.  Sweet juicy peaches
2.  Woodpeckers
3.  Green grass

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Thursday, June 29, 2017





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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

My little helper

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017



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Monday, June 26, 2017

1.  We're finally back to cooler more comfortable weather -- the hot spell has ended
2.  Very funny text messages with Nick
3.  Some new Moonshine yarrow planted in the front garden

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

1.  Swallows swooping on my morning walk
2.  Blueberry pancakes
3.  The clock tower chiming in the distance

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

1.  Cloudy all day -- kept the temp down a few degrees
2.  Gin and tonics
3.  Taking each day as it comes

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Friday, June 23, 2017



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Thursday, June 22, 2017


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017





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Tuesday, June 20, 2017


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Monday, June 19, 2017

1.  House all clean and tidy
2.  Baby robins have hatched!
3.  Fire up in Holcomb Valley, but they're right on it

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Sunday, June 18, 2017



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Saturday, June 17, 2017


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Friday, June 16, 2017


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

1.  The elderberry blossoms have such a sweet soft fragrance - reminds me of honeysuckle
2.  Ceiling fans 
3.  Sassy blue jays

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

1.  Lunch in the sunshine
2.  A sense of accomplishment
3.  Almond verbena lotion

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Monday, June 12, 2017



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Sunday, June 11, 2017

1.  Sourdough waffles
2.  The aroma of food on the grill
3.  The Big Dipper

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Saturday, June 10, 2017


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Friday, June 9, 2017

1.  Fresh breezy weather
2.  Excellent mushroom soup at Sizzler
3.  Yard birds

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

1.  Working together with Tony
2.  Our beautiful pine forest
3.  Vegetable soup

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

1.  Cleaned my workroom and it's perfectly lovely!
2.  The mama robin has settled back onto her nest - the window guys didn't deter her
3.  Hand stitching and coffee in the gazebo

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017




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Monday, June 5, 2017

1.  Sweet cantaloupe
2.  Our bossy squirrel
3.  All ready for the working guys tomorrow!

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Sunday, June 4, 2017



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Saturday, June 3, 2017

1.  Still-warm chocolate chip cookies
2.  Pine scent in the air
3.  Long twilight

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Friday, June 2, 2017

1.  A sweet juicy peach
2.  Warm sunshine
3.  A successful time management day :)

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Thursday, June 1, 2017



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Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Nobody can touch his bear!

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

1.  The robins have built two nests up under the front porch eaves
2.  The fresh green scent of cut grass
3.  Long evenings

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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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