TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR ...


Sunday, August 19, 2018

1.  Ripe tomatoes
2.  Root beer floats
3.  Fun working on Sgt Pepper costumes

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Saturday, August 18, 2018


Today is a palindrome date:
8-18-18

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Friday, August 17, 2018


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Thursday, August 16, 2018

1.  Finished with dental work for now :)
2.  More rain -- the precip totals are looking so much better this season
3.  Another carton of stuff to Doves

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Cooper's Hawk right outside the sunroom window

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

1.  Making good progress on the baby quilt for Stacey
2.  The berries on the ash trees are turning red
3.  Starry skies

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Monday, August 13, 2018

SUMMER INTO FALL
Summer sings its long song, and all the notes are green.
But there’s a click, somewhere in the middle
of the month, as we reach the turning point, the apex,
a Ferris wheel, cars tipping and tilting over the top,
and we see September up ahead, school and schedules
returning. And there’s the first night you step outside
and hear the katydids arguing, six more weeks
to frost, and you know you can make it through to fall.
Dark now at eight, nights finally cooling off for sleep,
no more twisting in damp sheets, hearing mosquitoes’
thirsty whines. Lakes of chicory and Queen Anne’s lace
mirror the sky’s high cirrus. Evenings grow chilly,
time for old sweaters and sweatpants, lying in the hammock
squinting to read in the quick-coming dusk.
A few fireflies punctuate the night’s black text,
and the moonlight is so thick, you could swim in it
until you reach the other side.

Barbara Crooker

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

1.  A wonderful long hard soaking rain
2.  Reading and napping
3.  Perseids

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

1.  Did a few garage sales, and we found the third grandchild rocker for the front porch
2.  The apples are ripening
3.  Hot coffee in the cool of the evening

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Friday, August 10, 2018




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Thursday, August 9, 2018


1.  New book came today: Quirky Little Quilts
2.  We're getting a lot of drift smoke from the Holy Fire down in Lake Elsinore, but the air cooled and cleared some this evening
3.  I've really gotten a lot of handwork done this week, both binding and applique

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018


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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

1.  It's darker in the mornings, the season is beginning to shift
2.  Farmers Market -- bread, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, peaches, plums and grapes!
3.  Started working on Yellow Submarine costumes :)

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Flowers, a video call with Enzo and Lucci, miniature golf, chocolate ice cream, dinner at Teddy Bear, and Nick and Stacey are having a girl!

 
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Sunday, August 5, 2018


Apparently the Universe wants me to do more clearing and cleaning!

~ The less clutter you have the better, so clear out all that is holding you back. The restructuring that you are in the middle of takes some experimentation. Trying something new and failing is a sign of future success. ~

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

1.  Less humidity, more comfortable
2.  Ripe juicy red plums
3.  Mid August Lunch

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Friday, August 3, 2018


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Thursday, August 2, 2018

1.  First day of school
2.  Found a couple of cute mugs at Doves
3.  The cool of the evening

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Root canal accomplished!!!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018


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Monday, July 30, 2018


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Sunday, July 29, 2018


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Saturday, July 28, 2018


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Friday, July 27, 2018


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

1.  Ceiling fans
2.  Safe travel for Tony
3.  Baklava

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018



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Tuesday, July 24, 2018



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Monday, July 23, 2018

1.  Baked good dark rye bread and shortbread cookies before it got hot this afternoon
2.  The robins love to splash in the bird bath
3.  Set my own pace today - nice!

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

1.  Safe travel for Tony
2.  Cleared out two crazy quilt tote tubs!
3.  Chocolate ice cream

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

1.  Enjoyed the Xeriscape Tour and lunch at Broadway Cafe
2.  So many apples on all the trees this year!
3.  Picked our first little tomatoes

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Friday, July 20, 2018

1.  Warm quiet summer mornings
2.  Jess is already thinking about Halloween -- gotta love her!
3.  Dinner at Sonora Cantina, and a nice chat with Maria

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Thursday, July 19, 2018




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Wednesday, July 18, 2018


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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

1.  Farmers Market day
2.  Ladybugs
3.  Pickled radishes

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Monday, July 16, 2018

1.  Less humid today
2.  Making some progress with weeding the sewing room
3.  All the birds that visit our feeders

Time to get rid of more stuff!!!

LEO - A dramatic shift in your attitude toward your assets and resources is possible now. You may find yourself becoming less attached to your possessions or simply more frugal with your cash. However this change occurs, it reflects a transition in how you value yourself. Perhaps the planets are offering you an initiation into new wisdom by pointing out a different spiritual path. Take the opportunity to view things from a mythical perspective; do your best to work with the magic while remaining practical. Explore the unknown to uncover the mysteries.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

1.  Peaceful thoughts -- I take the weekends off from current events
2.  Relaxing in the gazebo
3.  Blueberry pie
4.  Hidden Figures

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Saturday, July 14, 2018



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Friday, July 13, 2018

1.  Everything smells moist and cool from the rain - petrichor
2.  Nick and Stacey are doing well
3.  A nice note from Renee

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Thursday, July 12, 2018




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Wednesday, July 11, 2018


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Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Serviceberries ripening

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Monday, July 9, 2018

1.  A coyote morning
2.  A nice soaking rain in the evening
3.  I feel clear and light and empty today

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Sunday, July 8, 2018


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Saturday, July 7, 2018



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Friday, July 6, 2018

1.  Cantaloupe
2.  Great progress on the front steps
3.  Long lazy evenings

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Thursday, July 5, 2018


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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

1.  The sound of children playing all over the  neighborhood
2.  The aroma of hickory smoke from the grill
3.  Peach pie a la mode

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

!.  Peppermint soap
2.  Our mama raccoon
3,  My vast collection of quilting supplies

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Monday, July 2, 2018


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Sunday, July 1, 2018

1.  The gazebo
2.  Ripe peaches
3.  Little tomatoes on several of the plants

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Saturday, June 30, 2018






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Friday, June 29, 2018


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Thursday, June 28, 2018

1.  Safe travel
2.  Lunch at In-N-Out
3.  The lovely scent of Spanish Broom perfuming the air

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018


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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

1.  The clock tower chiming in the distance
2.  Tony has started the front stair replacement project
3.  Pomegranate soap

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Monday, June 25, 2018


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Sunday, June 24, 2018

1.  Saw Lorraine at the market
2.  Surprisingly, I found a good pair of new walking shoes at Kmart!
3.  Eating out on the deck - the neighborhood is so quiet on Sunday evenings after everyone leaves

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Saturday, June 23, 2018


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Friday, June 22, 2018



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Thursday, June 21, 2018



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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

1.  The penstemon is blooming and the yard is aflutter with swallowtail butterflies
2.  Sally came into the museum today -- haven't seen her in ages!
3.  Ripe watermelon

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018



9 years here today!

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Monday, June 18, 2018


LEO -
You may be obsessed with making an immediate impact on your world today. Youre not likely interested in philosophical discussions about abstract ideas. You want your hands on reality where you can see the results of your actions. Try not to be too self-critical if you cant find your groove right away. Youre acutely aware of the time going by, but it might be necessary to flounder a bit in order to stumble on that one mental breakthrough that justifies the rest of your day. Be patient; everything comes to you at the right moment.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018


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Saturday, June 16, 2018



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Friday, June 15, 2018

1.  The lovely perfume of elderberry blooms wafting in the window
2.  A nice relaxing stay-at-home day after a very busy week
3.  Long summer twilight

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Thursday, June 14, 2018




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Wednesday, June 13, 2018



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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

1.  Scenery in my mountains
2.  My darling babies
3.  Plan B

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Monday, June 11, 2018

1.  Safe travel down the hill
2.  I liked Dr. Lee
3.  Lunch at Arby's

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

1.  Lavender in the garden
2.  Frappuccinos at Starbucks
3.  Robins chirping at dusk

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Saturday, June 9, 2018


Fruta baby!

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Friday, June 8, 2018

It seems like every day now we get more bad news, though I very rarely discuss current events here.  I was shocked this morning to learn of Bourdain's passing.  It becomes increasingly difficult to make sense of it all. 

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Thursday, June 7, 2018



We're going to have a good crop of apples this year!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

1.  A "working at the museum" day -- it's always so peaceful and old-timey and other-worldly there
2.  Ripe cantaloupe
3.  Long twilight

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018



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Monday, June 4, 2018



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Sunday, June 3, 2018


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