TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR ...


Thursday, September 29, 2016



Snow geese circling above the trees this morning

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

1.  Rosemary sourdough bread
2.  Blind Faith: Can't Find My Way Home
3.  A drizzly quiet afternoon

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

1.  Last Farmers Market of the year -- the season is turning
2.  We got elderberry and serviceberry bushes from Hunter's for fall planting
3.  Making progress on scrap organization

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Monday, September 26, 2016

1.  The washing machine is fixable -- needs a switch replaced
2.  Bluebirds in the birdbath
3.  Crickets chirping in the dark

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

1.  New soft socks
2.  Parts Unknown - Bourdain + Obama
3.  The neighborhood is so nice and quiet after all the weekend visitors go home

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Saturday, September 24, 2016


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Friday, September 23, 2016

1.  A red-shouldered hawk swooping overhead, so close I could almost reach out and touch her
2.  Plenty of cold fresh water to drink whenever I'm thirsty
3.  Smiles and hugs from Loretta and Cat

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Thursday, September 22, 2016


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

1.  A damp morning walk with crows and rabbits
2.  A stack of books and magazines keeping me company
3.  A lively dinner party with Bridge Club

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

1.  Especially nice cauliflower and brussel sprouts from Farmers Market this week
2.  A dark rainy afternoon
3.  Jake

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Monday, September 19, 2016



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Sunday, September 18, 2016

1.   Stacey lost her wedding ring in the sand while on vacation in Hawaii, but they came with a metal detector and FOUND IT!!!!
2.  Fall leaf garlands up on the porch
2.  Enjoyed seeing Sully at the theater

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Saturday, September 17, 2016



We found a wonderful little crib at the thrift shop today for only $15!  Lorenzo is coming up to stay with us for a sleepover babysitting adventure :) 

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Friday, September 16, 2016

1.  My daffodil bulbs came!
2.  Walnut spice cake
3.  Moonlight flooding the night

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

1.  Taffy apples at North Pole Fudge Co.
2.  Chilly autumn-y weather
3.  Coyotes across the road

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

1.  The aroma of woodsmoke from fireplaces
2.  Chipmunks scurrying
3.  My own feather pillows

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016




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Monday, September 12, 2016



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Sunday, September 11, 2016



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Saturday, September 10, 2016


Consider the other kingdoms. The
trees, for example, with their mellow-sounding
titles: oak, aspen, willow.
Or the snow, for which the peoples of the north
have dozens of words to describe its
different arrivals. Or the creatures, with their
thick fur, their shy and wordless gaze. Their
infallible sense of what their lives
are meant to be. Thus the world
grows rich, grows wild, and you too,
grow rich, grow sweetly wild, as you too
were born to be.

Mary Oliver

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Friday, September 9, 2016

1.  The scent of the cedar trees wafting through the warm afternoon air
2.  I did some file cabinet decluttering today and it feels good to lighten my load
3.  A tasty new recipe for vegetable chowder

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

1.  Ripe pinecones falling off the trees with big loud crashes
2.  An excellent tuna melt for lunch at the deli
3.  Warm socks -- the evenings are chilly

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

1.  The birch tree leaves are starting to yellow up -- autumn is around the corner!
2.  Good loyal comfortable friends
3.  Leftovers - light duty in the kitchen this evening :)


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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

1.  Ripe pears and apples scenting the air
2.  Dinner with Belinda -- all caught up
3.  Enjoying being relaxed and in control this week

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Monday, September 5, 2016

1.  Every day is a fresh new start, full of the promise of good things
2.  Cooking out -- complete with hamburgers and hot dogs, ripe red tomatoes and homemade macaroni salad
3.  A sharp sliver of moon

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

1.  Cinnamon-pecan scones
2.  A surprise visit from Wendy
3.  Happy voices from the neighbor's yard

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Saturday, September 3, 2016


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Friday, September 2, 2016

1.  Spicy apple butter simmering on the stove
2.  Longer shadows in the afternoon
3.  Bats swooping above the porch

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

1.  September -- time to turn over a new leaf
2.  Sourdough waffles
3.  A new apple candle 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

1.  Two raccoons in the back yard
2.  Carole King "Tapestry"
3.  Juicy plums

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Monday, August 22, 2016

1.  A noisy flock of jays 
2.  Chilly overnight temps, so nice for sleeping
3.  My first mug of morning coffee

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

1.  Crickets chirping
2.  Still-warm chocolate chip cookies
3.  Starry skies

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Saturday, August 13, 2016



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Friday, August 12, 2016

1.  Dappled sunlight and shadows
2.  Freshly-baked raisin bread
3.  Perseid meteors flashing past

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

1.  Scented geraniums
2.  Ripe tomatoes
3.  Blue skies

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Saturday, August 6, 2016


Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

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Friday, August 5, 2016



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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

1.  Rosemary sourdough bread
2.  A nice day at the shop
3.  It's starting to get dark a little earlier

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

1.  Farmers Market day
2.  A hawk screeching from the top of the utility pole
3.  Purple Crocs

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Monday, August 1, 2016

1.  New calendar pages
2.  Blackberries
3.  Moths fluttering around the porch light

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Sunday, July 31, 2016


Mmmmm, carrots!

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

1.  A tidy orderly home
2.  Wine in the gazebo
3.  Ideas and inspirations

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016



RAIN!!!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

1.  A lovely picnic with guild girlfriends
2.  A new blouse that I really like
3.  Dazzling moonlight

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Friday, July 15, 2016


Elvis
2002 - 2016

We'll miss you, big boy!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016



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Monday, July 11, 2016

1.  Iced coffee
2.  Swallowtail butterflies
3.  Zucchini from Jessica's garden

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Friday, July 8, 2016


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Monday, July 4, 2016


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Friday, July 1, 2016


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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016

1.  Out to breakfast
2.  Curtains blowing in the breeze
3.  Gin and tonics

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

1.  A pair of squirrels barking in the treetop
2.  Rose musk incense
3.  Individuation

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

1.  Deep sadness, but with vision and spirituality
2.  Purple fabrics
3.  Ripe sweet juicy summer peaches

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Monday, June 13, 2016


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Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Working guys doing a great job in my neighborhood

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

1.  Lots of pleasant visitors at the shop today
2.  Strawberries and blueberries
3.  A summery-warm evening

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

1.  Sweet cantaloupe
2.  Birds twittering all around
3.  Taking time to appreciate my day

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Monday, May 30, 2016


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Sunday, May 29, 2016

1.  Dinner at Knickerbocker Mansion
2.  O Brother Where Art Thou?
3. A helicopter ride!!


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

1.  Corned beef simmering in the crockpot -- looking forward to a tasty supper!
2.  Making progress on my To Do list
3.  Peaceful days

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Saturday, May 21, 2016


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Monday, May 16, 2016

1.  Jasmine soap
2.  Quilt guild sisterhood
3.  Sleeping with the windows open

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

1.  Four coyotes together across the road
2.  Cinco de Mayo dinner at Sonora Cantina
3.  Small town friends 

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

1.  Cinnamon swirl toast
2.  Starting spring clean-up in the garden
3.  Browsing at Thrift and Treasure

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

 
 
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

1.  Rain
2.  Strong coffee
3.  Quiet time

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Friday, April 15, 2016


1.  Bright breezy weather
2.  A nice visit with Fran and Robin
3. New J. Peterman catalog to daydream through

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

 
. . .  for Lorenzo
 
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Monday, April 11, 2016

1.  Fog
2.  Prayer flags
3.  House finches

 
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Saturday, April 9, 2016

 
 
Somebody is learning how to laugh :)
 
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Friday, April 8, 2016

1.  Beautiful fresh strawberries from the Farmer's Market
2.  Good soaking rain
3.  Fruit trees starting to bloom around town

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Friday, April 1, 2016

1.  Safe travel to visit Enzo
2.  New calendar pages
3.  Jethro Tull

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

 
 
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Sunday, March 27, 2016

 
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Saturday, March 26, 2016

1.  Baked a batch of pizzelles - the house smells like anise
2.  A bouquet of bright daffodils
3.  Chocolat, my favorite spring/Easter movie

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

1.  A very successful first anniversary celebration at the shop yesterday.
2.  First day of Spring -- a relaxing drive around the lake
3.  Chocolate ice cream

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

 
 
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Friday, March 18, 2016

 
 
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

 
 
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016


1.  Rabbits in the yard 
2.  Such a nice birthday dinner for Tom
3.  Twilight in the pine grove -- Daylight Saving Time!

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Monday, March 14, 2016

1.  Lavender-chamomile soap
2.  Excellent turnout at the Sewcial
3.  Carrot-pineapple cake

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

1.  Oatmeal pancakes
2.  First Knight - Sean Connery AND Richard Gere
3.  Lavender sachet

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Monday, March 7, 2016


1.  A cozy stay-at-home snow day 
2.  Hot coffee
3.  Flickers, jays, doves

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

1.  A new blade in my rotary cutter
2.  Nice neighbors
3.  Caught up with bookkeeping

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

 
 
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Friday, March 4, 2016

1.  Robins chirping at daybreak
2.  Almond scented lotion
3.  Girl Scout Thin Mints

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

 
 
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Monday, February 29, 2016

 
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Sunday, February 28, 2016


1.  Daffodils sprouting
2.  Hugs and smiles with Gloria
3,  An apple fritter

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

 




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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

 
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Sunday, February 21, 2016

1.  Pussy willow branches
2.  Jaeger schnitzel at Barnstorm
3.  Moonlight

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

 
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Saturday, February 13, 2016

1.  Fun at the thrift shop - I'm starting to collect 'fancy' fabrics for a crazy quilt
2.  Chipmunks in the yard
3.  Chocolate-dipped strawberries

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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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