TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR ...

Friday, October 31, 2014

 
Samhain greetings
 
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

1.  Snow geese circling
2.  Mellow autumn weather
3.  Tony and I are still in love after all these years

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

 
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

 
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Friday, October 17, 2014

1.  Yellow aspen leaves fluttering down
2.  Succotash for lunch
3.  Pumpkins on the porch steps

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Today's horoscope: If you feel slighted by someone's inconsiderate actions today, you might choose to sulk about it rather than getting it off your chest. Withholding your emotions can initiate an important process now as you learn a lot about your personal goals by comparing what you have with what you want. Nothing is gained by being angry with yourself for not speaking your truth. Have faith that you will say what's on your mind when the time is right.

Aaah, another horoscope that seems to address my current frame of mind.  Perhaps the universe is telling me something?

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

1.  The sweet aroma of simmering applesauce
2.  Beautiful leaf color this weekend!
3.  Earlier and earlier twilight

Today's horoscope: Maintain your integrity at all costs; your decisions will be sound as long as your actions remain consistent with your values.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

 
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

1.  A red-shouldered hawk gliding overhead
2.  Apple cider
3.  Old photos

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

 
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

1.  A flock of ravens circling above the road
2.  A mug of green tea on the back porch
3.  Ripe juicy grapes

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

1.  The sunrise lighting up the ridgetops
2.  Rabbits hopping around the neighborhood
3.  An excellent mushroom burger at Sandy's

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

1.  Buckets-full of freshly picked apples perfuming the house
2.  The clock tower chiming in the distance
3.  Watching the stars come out

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

1.  Last night was the first overnight with temps below freezing for the season, and this morning I saw frost on the roofs for the first time
2.  It looks like a squirrel has taken up residence in Eileen's tree.  The local squirrel population crashed a couple of years ago, so we have our fingers crossed that this signals a comeback here in our neighborhood.
3. Feeling tidy - I got several piles of "stuff" cleared off my work table

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Monday, September 22, 2014

'Tis Mabon!
 
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

1.  A relaxing day with no schedule
2.  Cinnamon shortbread
3.  A shooting star

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

1.  Friends working together for a common cause
2.  Longer afternoon shadows - the sun is moving toward autumn
3.  My comfortable chair and a good book

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Friday, September 19, 2014


1. Never obey anyone's command unless it is coming from within you also.
2. There is no God other than life itself.
3. Truth is within you, do not search for it elsewhere.
4. Love is prayer.
5. Life is now and here.
6. Live wakefully.
7. Do not swim – float.
8. Die each moment so that you can be new each moment.
9. Do not search. That which is, is. Stop and see.

~ Osho (Acharya Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh) ~
 
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Friday, September 12, 2014

 
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

 
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

 
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

 
 
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Monday, September 8, 2014

1.  Rain
2.  French toast
3.  Monday Night Football

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Friday, September 5, 2014

1.  City of New Orleans, Arlo Guthrie
2.  Clean windows and freshly laundered curtains
3.  Red apples

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

1.  New calendar pages
2.  Longer shadows
3.  Treasured friends

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Monday, September 1, 2014

 
 
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1.  My September calendar is organized and full
2.  Spaghetti sauce simmering for supper
3.  Robins twittering in the apple tree at dusk

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


 
Tuesday is Farmer's Market Day
 
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Monday, August 25, 2014

 
It has been a difficult season.  Both my mom's passing and the steady decline of my dad have been distracting me and keeping me sad since spring.  I've decided that it's time for me to start a new chapter.
 
Today is the dark of the moon in my birthday month, so I've chosen this auspicious moment to clear out the weeds and emotional clutter in my life, and to plant a new spiritual garden.  I'm going to grow some positive new habits, and gather bouquets-full of the very best moments of each day.
 
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

1.  Quiet cool mornings -- the days are starting a bit later now that summer is waning
2.  New cushions for the window seat
3.  Our neighborhood has finally made it onto Google Street View

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

1.  A flaky croissant
2.  Rose petal soap
3.  A sunny afternoon at the art fair

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

 
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

1.  Blackberry brandy
2.  Marigolds
3.  Silvery moonlight

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

 
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

 
We are all just walking each other home.
 
~ Ram Das ~
 
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

 
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Monday, August 4, 2014

1.  The rain has ended and we have beautiful bright cool weather
2.  Raspberry butter cake
3.  Shea butter lotion on my feet

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

1.  A new 'spiced berries' candle
2.  Lots of rain refreshing the forest
3.  Reading cookbooks and daydreaming about fabulous meals :)

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

It is through celebration that we become part of what we perceive: the great arc of birdsong - that runs around the world in the receding darkness and through which we are swept into the light of day - is as much part of the dawn as the sun's first flash.

~ Norman Mommens ~
 
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Friday, August 1, 2014

1.  New living room furniture ordered -- for only the second time ever in my whole life!
2.  Wonderful soaking rain
3.  Dark grain bread with goat cheese and pinot noir

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

 
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

1.  Safe travel for Tony
2.  A perfect summer picnic with my girlfriends
3.  Tiny yellow warblers at the birdbath

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

 
1.  Mandolin Wind, Rod Stewart
2.  Enjoyed the annual Xeriscape Garden Tour
3.  It seems we have a buyer for Dad's house
 
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

 
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

1.  A peaceful productive at-home day
2.  Scattered clouds making for both a pretty sunrise and a colorful sunset
3.  Bare feet

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

1.  Moonlight as bright as daylight
2.  A delicious chocolate chip walnut muffin
3.  A car is in the garage for the first time since we started emptying Mother's apartment in April


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Thursday, July 10, 2014

1.  Ripe sweet cantaloupe
2.  Bright zinnias and marigolds
3.  Robins chirping in the garden at twilight

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Saturday, July 5, 2014


Lots of excitement this weekend:

1.  Beautiful inspiring fireworks
2.  Rain, thunder and lightening, mudslides and flash flooding ...
3.  AND -- a hefty earthquake!


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Monday, June 30, 2014

1.  A very successful garage sale over the weekend, and we have 'lightened the load'
2.  Iced coffee
3.  Hollyhocks starting to open


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Thursday, June 26, 2014

1.  Good strong dark coffee
2.  Lavender hand lotion
3.  Finches nesting in the gazebo

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

1.  Orange-vanilla creamsicles
2.  It's butterfly season!
3.  Curtains fluttering in the breeze 

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

 
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Friday, June 13, 2014



 
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

 
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014


1.  Hummingbirds and ladybugs
2.  Red-checked tablecloths
3.  A safe trip down the hill

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

1.  The blossoming elderberry bush outside my window smells sweet and lovely
2.  Tacos and margaritas with Gloria last evening
3.   Farmers Market day!

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

If, by a liberal, they mean someone who looks ahead, and not behind ... 
Someone who welcomes new ideas, without rigid reactions ...
Someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties ...
Someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us ... 
If that is what they mean by a liberal, I am proud to be a liberal
 
--John Fitzgerald Kennedy--
 
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Thursday, June 5, 2014


1.  Attended my first board meeting in months -- sooooo good to be back with the gang!
2.  A raven flapping past with his feathers gleaming in the sunlight
3.  Raspberries

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

1.  Crisp freshly-ironed pillowcases
2.  A stack of "new" thrift shop books
3.  Breezy bright blue weather

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

 
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Friday, May 30, 2014


 
These were taken through the sunroom window, so a little blurry.  Two young bunnies: they probably live near my car or right along the garage foundation, cause they've been outside all day every day this week.
 
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

1.  A family of rabbits frolicking and nibbling in the garden at sunrise
2.  Lemon cookies
3.  Now that the windows are open for the summer, I'm enjoying hearing the chimes from the clock tower

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Monday, May 26, 2014

 
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Friday, May 23, 2014

 
The robins used the nest on the right, and when they flew away on May 12, finches moved into the nest on left.  This is the fourth year that we've had nests in use on the front porch.
 
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Saturday, May 17, 2014



1.  Lupine in bloom
2.  Rosemary sourdough bread
3.  Keepsakes from Mother's house
 
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

1.  Polka-dot socks 
2.  Laughing Cow cheese
3.  Brilliant moonlight

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

1.  Strawberries from the Farmers Market
2.  A new pair of Crocs for summer
3.  Finished everything on today's To-Do list

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Friday, May 9, 2014

1.  Blue skies and green pine trees
2.  Apricot brandy
3.  Tablecloths have been put out on picnic tables, so it's official: the outdoor season has begun

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

1.  Poppyseed bread
2.  Lavender soap
3.  Chickadees nesting in the birdhouse

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014


 
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Sunday, May 4, 2014

 
 
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Monday, April 28, 2014

 
 
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Exceedingly grateful today, while things are so difficult with Mother, to have had comforting conversations with Grace and Chris F.
 
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

1.  A much-needed soaking rain
2.  Homemade cookies from Marilyn
3.  A good support system for Mother in this new crisis

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Monday, April 7, 2014

 
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

 
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

 
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

 
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

1.  Enjoyed popcorn and a movie last night:
         Braveheart (Mel Gibson!)
2.  Grape hyacinths
3.  Buddy the neighborly dog

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

 
Commence Spring Cleaning!
 
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

 
We can never change the past,
we can only change the hold it has on us.
 
~ Merle Shaine ~
 
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

1.  Oatmeal pancakes
2.  Pussywillows and daffodils
3.  Anise-scented soap

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

1.  All the birds outside are constantly busy -- they must have spring fever!  I think we're going to have another nest or two up under the front porch roof again this year.  Looks like several nests are happening in the big spruce tree too.
2.  Living in a small town is very comforting -- such a nice support network
3.  Comfortable shoes staying with me through these busy days

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Monday, March 10, 2014

 
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