TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR ...


Friday, December 9, 2016

1.  Mushrooms
2.  Elf
3.  Anisette

***************

Thursday, December 8, 2016


***************

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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

***************

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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

***************

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

***************

Sunday, December 4, 2016

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

***************

Saturday, December 3, 2016

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

***************

Friday, December 2, 2016



***************

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

***************

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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

***************

Tuesday, November 29, 2016



Herbs indoors for the winter

***************

Monday, November 28, 2016

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

***************

Sunday, November 27, 2016



***************

Saturday, November 26, 2016



Looks like winter will be arriving this afternoon!

***************

Friday, November 25, 2016

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

***************

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~

***************

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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

*************** 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016



***************

Monday, November 21, 2016



***************

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

***************

Saturday, November 19, 2016

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

***************

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

***************

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Snowmaking: ON!!!!

***************

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


***************

Tuesday, November 15, 2016



We're practicing bye-bye

***************

Monday, November 14, 2016

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

***************

Sunday, November 13, 2016

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

***************

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

***************

Friday, November 11, 2016


My hero

***************

Thursday, November 10, 2016



***************

Wednesday, November 9, 2016



I don't know where we go from here.

***************

Tuesday, November 8, 2016



***************

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

***************

Sunday, November 6, 2016



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

***************

Saturday, November 5, 2016


The old one gave out after several years of constant use

***************

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

***************

Thursday, November 3, 2016







***************

Wednesday, November 2, 2016




***************

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

1.  McIntosh apples
2.  A clean tidy house
3.  Flannel sheets

***************

Monday, October 31, 2016




***************

Sunday, October 30, 2016


***************

Saturday, October 29, 2016



***************

Friday, October 28, 2016

1.  Red grapes
2.  Solitude
3.  Drizzle

***************

Thursday, October 27, 2016

1.   The rabbit has taken up residence in the side yard again, after being away for the summer months
2.  My new sunglasses arrived and they're excellent
3.  A slice of coconut cream pie

***************

Wednesday, October 26, 2016



The gloves just crack me up! 

***************

Tuesday, October 25, 2016



***************

Monday, October 24, 2016

1.  Butter pecan ice cream
2.  Ravens flapping home at dusk in the pouring rain
3.  Feather pillows

***************

Sunday, October 23, 2016

1.  The Cubs won the playoffs and are going to the World Series -- a lifetime event!  Both Mother and Father would have been absolutely over the moon with excitement :)
2.  A chilly gray rainy stay-at-home day ... chicken cacciatore simmering on the stove
3.  Two piles of junk cleared off my worktable!

***************

Saturday, October 22, 2016

1.  Awakened early this morning by a hawk screeching outside, perhaps talking about hunting for breakfast
2.  The foresty scent of mouldering leaf duff
3.  Strong hot black coffee

***************

Friday, October 21, 2016



***************

Thursday, October 20, 2016

And now it's October ...



... the golden hour of the clock of the year. Everything that can run to fruit has already done so: round apples, oval plums, bottom-heavy pears, black walnuts and hickory nuts annealed in their shells, the woodchuck with his overcoat of fat. Flowers that were once bright as a box of crayons are now seed heads and thistle down. All the feathery grasses shine in the slanted light. It’s time to bring in the lawn chairs and wind chimes, time to draw the drapes against the wind, time to hunker down. Summer’s fruits are preserved in syrup, but nothing can stopper time. No way to seal it in wax or amber; it slides through our hands like a rope of silk. At night, the moon’s restless searchlight
sweeps across the sky.


Barbara Crooker, Small Rain

***************

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

1.  New glasses arrived
2.  Tomato soup
3.  Bright cool afternoons

***************

Tuesday, October 18, 2016



***************

Monday, October 17, 2016

1.  Squirrels barking in the pine trees
2.  Pumpkin panettone
3.  Golden leaves drifting down 

***************

Sunday, October 16, 2016

1.  Autumn
2.  Contentment
3.  Moonshine

***************

Saturday, October 15, 2016



***************

Friday, October 14, 2016

1.  A beautiful speech by Michelle Obama yesterday
2.  The front yard is a carpet of gold from fallen aspen leaves
3.  Orion above the road

***************

Thursday, October 13, 2016

1.  Good visit to the eye doctor -- I got a good report!
2.  Sitting in the gazebo on a crisp bright autumn afternoon, enjoying the trees glowing yellow and red
3.  Chocolate chip cookies

***************

Wednesday, October 12, 2016






***************

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

1.  Encouragement from unexpected sources
2.  German potato salad
3.  The aroma of fireplace smoke

***************

Monday, October 10, 2016

1.  Little yellow warblers in the birdbath
2.  Honeycrisp apples
3.  A nice visit with Joyce

***************

Sunday, October 9, 2016



String quartet at the grocery store checkout line today

***************

Saturday, October 8, 2016




***************

Friday, October 7, 2016



Sky Chair with Sue today!

***************

Thursday, October 6, 2016



***************

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

1.  A happy lunch with Heidi and Susanne
2.  The crescent moon sharing the sky with a beautiful sunset
3.  A stack of new mail-order catalogs to browse through

***************

Tuesday, October 4, 2016



As time went by, I realized that the particular place I'd chosen was less important than the fact that I'd chosen a place and focused my life around it. Although the island has taken on great significance for me, it's no more inherently beautiful or meaningful than any other place on earth. What makes a place special is the way it buries itself inside the heart, not whether it's flat or rugged, rich or austere. wet or arid, gentle or harsh, warm or cold, wild or tame. Every place, like every person, is elevated by the love and respect shown toward it, and by the way in which its bounty is received.

Richard Nelson, The Island Within

***************

Monday, October 3, 2016



***************