TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR ...


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

1.  Dinner at Dynasty last night to celebrate
Chinese New Year
2.  Mild spring-like weather
3.  New pictures of Lorenzo

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Monday, February 8, 2016

 
Lorenzo is home!
 
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

1.  My precious family
2.  A relaxing day
3.  Joy and love

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Friday, February 5, 2016

 
 
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Monday, February 1, 2016

1.  New calendar pages
2.  Hot chocolate with whipped cream
3.  Flannel sheets

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

 
We are having some nasty blizzardy weather today, and it caused some boulders to loosen and tumble down to the highway.  I am impressed at the size of them -- as big as a vehicle -- and happy to report that no one was injured. 
 
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Friday, January 29, 2016

1.  Enjoyed seeing The Revenant at the show, although I must say that since living in the mountains in winter is a daily reality for me, my main response to the movie was coldcoldcoldcoldcold.
2.  Especially tasty chicken cacciatore for dinner
3.  All of a sudden this week I'm noticing that it's staying light later

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

 
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

 
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Monday, January 25, 2016

 
 
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Sunday, January 24, 2016

1.  Roasted yams
2.  Safe travel for Wayne
3.  Moonlight reflecting off the snow

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

1.  That moment when  you wake up cozy and comfy and warm, and you see that you don't have to get up for fifteen more minutes
2.  Suzanne brought chocolate chip cookies to class!
3.  Smart phones

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

 
 
... and every morning I am grateful that I live here!!!
 
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

 
They're trying to catch that bit of sunshine
on the edge of the bed
 
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

1.  Homemade banana bread
2.  All caught up on kits
3.  The deep snow is starting to melt

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Sunday, January 10, 2016


LEO 7/23 - 8/22
You're taking your promises to heart today and you're committed to delivering on your word.  Even if there are too many repetitive tasks on your plate now, concentrate on them one at a time until they are done.  However, you're just as likely to jump into something totally new if given the chance.  Either way, it's tempting to see how far you can push the energy.  Curb your enthusiasm just a notch; a touch of sensible self-restraint at the right moment maximizes your progress no matter what projects are in front of you.          
 
Wow, my horoscope is bang-on correct today!  Winter break is over, and I was in a flurry all day getting ready for the new week and the new year: at the shop, with guild, and everything else I'm responsible for.  I'm feeling invigorated and excited!
 
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Saturday, January 9, 2016

 
 
 
What a pretty sunrise today!
 
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Friday, January 8, 2016

1.  Juicy winter oranges
2.  Warm socks
3.  Browsing through cookbooks

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Thursday, January 7, 2016


With more than two feet of new snow:
1.  A cozy stay-at-home day, complete with hot cocoa and sweatpants :)
2.  Our forest and lake are being replenished - article HERE
3.  Our small community working together to make sure everyone is safe


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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

 
 
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

1.  Tomato soup with crackers
2.  Internet friends
3.  Snow!








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Monday, January 4, 2016


 
Winter storm coming in --
clouds filling the river valley below us
 
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Sunday, January 3, 2016

 
 
A Northern Flicker
These guys are at the suet feeders all the time
 
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Saturday, January 2, 2016

1.  The holiday decorations are all down and packed away, and the house is tidy and simple again
2.  Elaine brought chicken soup to the shop for lunch
3.  The dogs are always glad to see me

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Friday, January 1, 2016

1.  New calendars
2.  Joyful beginnings
3.  Serenity and balance

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I shall pass this way but once.  Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show, let me do it now.  Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
 
Stephen Grellet
 
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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

 ... a new year filled with bright hopes!
 

 Be present in all things and thankful for all things.
  
~ Maya Angelou ~
 
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

1.  Woohoo -- I FINISHED my last commission quilt for the year!!  It's been a successful year.
2.  Small town life is like having one big family
3.   A stack of new books awaiting my attention -- looking forward to quiet winter days
 
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

1.  The pantry and freezer are very well stocked in case we are snowbound in the coming weeks
2.  Nails filed and buffed and hands lotioned
3.  Night falling through the pines

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Monday, December 28, 2015

 
 
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Sunday, December 27, 2015

1.  Spent enjoyable time today planning and making lists for the new year
2.  The holiday weekend is over, and the tourists have gone home -- the valley is quiet again
3.  Eggnog and popcorn and a jigsaw puzzle

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

1.  A chocolate chip bagel for breakfast
2.  Ivory soap 
3.  Sharing childhood holiday memories with Tony

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Friday, December 25, 2015

 
 
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Thursday, December 24, 2015

 
 
Merry Christmas to all,
and to all a Good Night.
 
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

1.  Hugs from friends at the shop
2.  Dinner at Pong's
3.  A fox in the moonlight

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

 
 
Moonlight on San Gorgonio
 
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Monday, December 21, 2015

 
A prayer for Solstice
 
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Sunday, December 20, 2015

1.  Our Public Works plow guys working through the night to keep us clear and safe
2.  Sourdough waffles
3.  Flocks of birds at the feeders

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

 
 
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Friday, December 18, 2015

 
Another fun holiday event -- we thoroughly enjoyed this hilarious play again this year!  These guys are outstanding!  As an example, 'Elvis Presley' is The Ghost of Christmas Past, and it gets sillier from there.
 
We've attended all four years,
and it gets funnier each time. 
Click HERE
for a video promo from last year's performance.
 
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Thursday, December 17, 2015




This is so cute -
it makes me smile every time I watch it!
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

1.  Tamales for supper for the first night of Las Posadas
2.  Went to the show and really enjoyed seeing "Love the Coopers", a nice holiday movie with a happy ending
3.  Fun 'Santa's Helpers' aprons at the shop -- I forgot to get a pic, but I'll try to get one tomorrow and add it

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

1.  Guild friends 
2.  Christmas cookies
3.  I'm safe and warm, and so many people are not

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Monday, December 14, 2015

 
 
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

1.  Hugs and tears with Chris today -- it was a special gift to see him! 
2.  A really lovely shopping experience this afternoon: heartwarming, just right, and DONE   
3.  The aroma of "gravy" (spaghetti sauce) simmering -- pasta is a Sunday rule at our house
4.  Our winter nightcap: a shot of anisette before bed every night

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

 
 
New Jack Russell vacuum cleaner! :)
 
 This is especially amusing because vacuum cleaners are Jake's worst enemy!
Elvis is ambivalent, as always.
 
 
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Friday, December 11, 2015

 
The weather forecast was right -- we got about 3" today.
We're suffering from a drought,
so every snowflake is appreciated.
Cold outside, cozy inside!
 
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

1.  Comfortable shoes
2.  Neighbors waving as they go by 
3.  All caught up with laundry

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

 
1.  A festive new grocery bag
2.  Hot spiced cider
3.  Snow in the forecast for the weekend
 
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1.  The cash register balanced!
2.  Christmas lights
3.  Feather pillows

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

 
 
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Monday, December 7, 2015


This really touched my heart today!  We don't even know this lady - she just stopped by for a minute with this sweet little guest towel and a kind holiday wish! 
It really DOES look like our house, doesn't it?  :)
 


 
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Sunday, December 6, 2015

 
Affirmation:
 
 
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Saturday, December 5, 2015

1.  Wabo's Tacos
2.  The Charlie Brown Christmas song
3.  Cute ornaments from Heidi

 
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Friday, December 4, 2015

 

1.  FOUR coyotes at once out on the driveway this morning -- the dogs were really riled up!
2.  A cloudy moody wintery-feeling day
3.  Enjoyed watching Elf last night - a favorite holiday movie that warms my heart and makes me smile :)

 
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Thursday, December 3, 2015

 
It's chocolate Advent calendar time!
 
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

 
My occupation is "quilter" and this is where I enjoy spending a lot of my time.
 
This is an amazing machine, and I'm proud of having mastered something new and challenging at this late stage of my life! 
 

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

1.  New calendar pages - December means I made it through another year!
2.  Freshly baked sourdough bread
3.  Lighting the candles at nightfall to brighten the darkness

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Sunday, November 29, 2015



 
First grandbaby arriving in ten more weeks!
 
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

1.  Ravens circling and cawing
2.  A mug of hot chai latte
3.  Cozy quilts

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Friday, November 27, 2015

 
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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Massimino Ristorante, Boston, September 2015
 
... my family
 
I'm so very thankful that we had a chance to all be together this year! 

Our travel opportunities had been nonexistent for a number of years due to aging-parent obligations.  But this summer, for the first time in a long while, we travelled to visit Nick and Stacey in Boston. Amazingly, Dave and Jess were able to join us there for a visit at the same time.
 
I love my family enormously,
 and I hold these special memories dear in my heart!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

 
 
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Monday, November 23, 2015

1.  Another quilt sold - the third one this month!
2.  Pumpkin spice ale
3.  Moonlight pouring across the bed

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

1.  My first cup of coffee for the day with the morning star keeping me company
2.  Cinnamon candles
3.  A warm fire flickering in the woodstove

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Saturday, November 21, 2015



A November Smile

Nick and Dave made these little turkeys when they were Cub Scouts, 30 or so years ago.  Every year when I get them out, I am thankful for my dear family.
 
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

 ... stitching in the sunshine.
 
 
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