TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR ...


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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Saturday, June 2, 2018

1.  Herbal aromas -- rosemary, basil, cilantro …
2.  Bright breezy June afternoon
3.  Paper Moon

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Friday, June 1, 2018

1.  Happy news from Nick
2.  New summer sneakers
3.  Red geraniums

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

1.  Rearranged my closet to summer-clothes-mode
2.  Squirrel entertainment
3.  Bright moonlight

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018


A phone call from Marilyn … very emotional

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Shopping with Daddy

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Monday, May 28, 2018

1.  A lovely dinner at Oakside last night
2.  O Brother Where Art Thou?
3.  Working at the museum
4.  I FOUND my lost driver's license!!

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Sunday, May 27, 2018



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Saturday, May 26, 2018



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Friday, May 25, 2018

1.  A garage-sale morning!
2.  Bright breezy weather
3.  Coyotes out front and at the post office

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

1.  Life in a small town -- everywhere you go, you run into someone you know
2.  The ash trees and snowball bushes are blooming
3.  Chocolate chip cookies

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

1.  Looks like we're going to have a good crop of apples this year!
2.  Dinner with Gloria for the Rose Parade
3.  Decisions about the future finalized

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018


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Monday, May 21, 2018



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Sunday, May 20, 2018

1.  First cup of coffee on the front porch
2.  Browsing through my button jars
3.  Tomato plants ready to be planted!

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Saturday, May 19, 2018


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Friday, May 18, 2018

1.  Lilacs
2.  Blue skies
3.  Popcorn

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Thursday, May 17, 2018



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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

1.  Safe travel
2.  My babies
3.  Bouganvillea

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018


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Monday, May 14, 2018

You are standing on the threshold of a meaningful new chapter in your life. Your planning days are over and it is now time to take your good ideas and turn them into something tangible. However, there might be a few days of transition when nothing obvious happens. Thankfully, you are being offered a chance to reconsider your recent activities before moving into new territory. But your anticipation may be so intense nothing will stop you now. Nevertheless, a gradual start is advised. Shakespeare wrote, To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018



Grandsons!!!

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Saturday, May 12, 2018


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Friday, May 11, 2018



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Thursday, May 10, 2018

1.  Lilacs are starting to open around the valley
2.  My mammo results are clear
3.  Hawks soaring

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

1.  California poppies starting to bloom
2.  Feeling good about decluttering
3.  Sleeping with the windows open

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018


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Monday, May 7, 2018

1.  Starting to do some planting in the garden!
2.  Mint chip ice cream
3.  Enjoying reading more Sandra Dallas

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

1.  Claratin helps with spring hayfever
2.A warm welcome at Hunter's Nursery, our first visit of the season for flowers for the front barrels
3.  Homemade tiramisu

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

1.  A nice time at docent orientation
2.  Sitting in the gazebo
3.  Dinner at Sonora Cantina

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Friday, May 4, 2018


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Thursday, May 3, 2018

1.  Two coyotes crossing the road in front of me this morning
2.  Enjoyed working with Dylan at the bank
3.  My last book order finally came

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

1.  A late-season snowstorm
2.  A good first appointment with Joyce
3.  Our comfortable routine

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Monday, April 30, 2018


1.  The sunrise hitting the trees along the Snow Summit ridge
2.  A nice new umbrella for the patio table -- the old one had seen better days
3.  Woohoo -- down two more pounds this month!

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Sunday, April 29, 2018



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Saturday, April 28, 2018

1.  The weather has been so beautiful this week that we've been sleeping with a window open for several nights.  This morning I was awakened before 5 a.m. by an owl hooting repeatedly out in the trees -- what a lovely wake-up!
2.  A good meeting with the lawyer
3.  The tulips have been especially colorful this year

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Friday, April 27, 2018



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Thursday, April 26, 2018

1.  A nice trip down to the DMV in Victorville -- we haven't been down to the desert for a while
2.  Lunch on the patio at BJ's, such pretty spring weather
3.  Dave and Jess's deck/French door project is coming along nicely, and Nick and Stacey are vacationing in Clearwater Fl -- I'm always happy when my kiddos are happy :)

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018



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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

1.  Raccoons out on the road with me this morning
2.  A nice time at Farmers Market
3.  Stopped in at Fox Farm Antiques, haven't been there for a while
4.  Fish tacos

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Monday, April 23, 2018


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Sunday, April 22, 2018

1.  Slept in waaay late -- a whole hour -- what a luxury!
2.  A trip to the Doves thrift shop has me thinking about "stuff"
3.  Laughing at funny "Worst Cooks" moments

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

We got so much done today:  all of the outdoor furniture was washed, the gazebo and porches were swept, rug spread and curtains hung in gazebo, and furniture and cushions put into place -- all ready for being outside!

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Friday, April 20, 2018

1.  A bright crisp day
2.  Working on costume ideas for the museum and Lucci's party
3.  Raspberry cookies

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

1.  Safe travel home, with not as much fog coming up as we were afraid there might be
2.  Caught up with mail
3.  Always nice to be cozy at home, even though I love going down to visit

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018


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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

1.  Safe travel down
2.  My beloved grandsons
3.  Sandra Dallas' writing

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Monday, April 16, 2018

1.  My tidy home
2.  Finally finished the Strawberry Fields top -- that one was a long time in the development stage
3.  Leftovers for supper

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Sunday, April 15, 2018



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Saturday, April 14, 2018

1.  Easter decorations put away
2.  Enjoyed the last orange from Farmers Market -- need to get more!
3.  The garden is greening up

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Friday, April 13, 2018

1.  Getting a good handle on plans for the summer
2.  Grape hyacinths opening
3.  Ran into Sue and Jim H at Mountain Munchies

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Thursday, April 12, 2018


Bros at the park

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

1.  Now that it's light so much earlier, I've switched to my summer/longer route morning walk
2.  Over my cold - feeling much better
3.  The squirrels love the apple cores I put out for them

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

1.  Free ice cream cone day at Ben and Jerry's, and we got there just in time before the middle school crowd arrived
2.  The fruit trees are beginning to blossom
3.  Feeling content

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Monday, April 9, 2018

1.  I've finally managed to drop the 5 extra pounds I gained over the holidays!
2.  Kleenex and Dayquil
3.  A sweet juicy orange

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

1.  A new broom and a new hose nozzle -- we're easy to please :)
2.  Lucci is crawling
3.  Pasta on Sunday, our family tradition

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

1. New issue of Quiltfolk magazine
2. Warm weather -- patio furniture coming out!
3. Reminiscing about the 1960s

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Friday, April 6, 2018


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Thursday, April 5, 2018

1.  Out to lunch with Tony :)
2.  Starting to do spring yard work
3.  Final appearance of the Easter leftovers

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018


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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

1.  Farmers Market opening day!
2.  New SIFT magazine arrived
3.  I finished Lucci's Steam Punk

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Monday, April 2, 2018


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Sunday, April 1, 2018


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Saturday, March 31, 2018


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Friday, March 30, 2018


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Thursday, March 29, 2018

1.  Book order arrived!
2.  Spring cleaning my clothes closet
3.  Enjoying the warm sunshine

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018


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Tuesday, March 27, 2018


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Monday, March 26, 2018


You are done ruminating over what you should or shouldn't do. Although you are just as uncertain about the possible results of your behavior today, you are reaching a point where you don't care. You're ready to gamble on your future just to make something momentous happen. Paradoxically, you are taking control by initiating action and simultaneously relinquishing control as you detach from any specific outcome. No risk; no reward!

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Sunday, March 25, 2018


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Saturday, March 24, 2018


1.  Doves cooing at daybreak
2.  Bright breezy weather
3.  Good information from Dave

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Friday, March 23, 2018



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Thursday, March 22, 2018

1.  Rain
2.  My bread machine
3.  Hot coffee

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018


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