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Gratitude Monday #43: Loved-One

High on my list today is Loved-One.  I’m thankful for him almost everyday, but today is our anniversary, so all that he gifts me with is flooding my mind today.  Plus, this weekend, I hosted a bridal shower for my godson and his beautiful fiancée.  A Jack-N-Jill shower with couples at every stage of marriage. Here’s my list, in no particular order, but dominated by one person: A companion that sees me in ways no one else does, like the way he recognizes how much like my dad I am.  The good parts, like my sense of humor and my…

Gratitude Monday #42

  Okay, you noticed.  I have NOT been at Gratitude Monday for 42 weeks.  I just decided to match up my week with Laurel’s over at Alphabet Salad where I link up with other grateful readers/writers.  Oh, I’m so happy I no longer need to come up with a catchy title for the week.  Such a clever woman!  Wait.  How many weeks did it take me to come up with that?   So here’s my list in no particular order:   Siblings:  I still have all eight of mine and all of my siblings-in-law.  No one’s lost a born child. …

Gratitude Monday: Littles

I love the little things; like Mondays and Gratitude reminders. Friday morning I picked up five of the grandchildren (Beanie’s kids.)  We had a mini-vacation, and a mini-work day.  These five are soooooo good, and yet I found myself so tired after the three days we spent together. Here’s what I thought about yesterday when the house got quiet again.  (No particular order.)   LongAn empty nest.  Well, yes, that was the first thing I thought about.  Ahhh… the quiet and the slowness of it all.  There’s a reason for the “pause” in menopause.  Listening to silence.  Yum. Jenny.  The…

Progress Report: August

I was right.  Maybe it was that self-fulfilling prophesy thing.  July was kicked back and comfortable: 4th of July, Camping, BlogHer…  Not much to show for myself. I’m kicking in for some real progress in August.  I already have a full end-of-summer-one-last-bash kind of August on my calendar.  Okay, somewhere in there I will finish editing my book.  I promise.   My Progress on Game Plan 2014: Get my novel published:  I will get editors, a cover designer, and a publisher.  I will. Progress:  I’m tucked in for the hard work of editing, based on my beta-readers and Lisa Romero. …

Gratitude Monday: Loafing a Little

It’s Monday and it’s time for a little Gratitude.  Thanks, Laurel, from Alphabet Salad for keeping this link-up going.  Some Monday’s it feels like a chore, others the gratitudes just overflow.  Can you guess what kind of Monday this is? Here’s my gratitude list in no particular order: An exercise buddy.  Sure you wimped out on me at the last-minute today, but I’m going to BodyPump without you. FitBit buddies and Duckie.  The days Duckie works, we meet half way.  It’s about five miles.  Still, I’m in sixth place with my walking buddies.  You peeps inspire me to keep on…

Bill’s Blueberry Cobbler

I’m fresh off my Michigan camping trip where it’s blueberry season. I love blueberries. I love that we spend the last morning picking blueberries. I love Bill’s Blueberry Cobbler. I got the recipe from Epicurious I have the mobile app for my iPad. I mark my favorites and transfer the built in shopping list creator to my “Reminder” app. That’s a list Loved-One and I share titled “groceries etc.” I loved the shared list feature because we can add and subtract and the list is edited in both places. What I love about Epicurious, besides the shopping list and the…

Gratitude Monday: Vacation

Sunsets on Lake MichiganAh the bliss of a vacation:  no routine, no kitchen, no electronics beeping, talking, demanding.  Just the beach, the bike trail, and the campfire.  Ice cream every night.  These this fill me gratitude because:  a) I love the outdoors, b) I love that my family loves what I love, c) I am physically  and financially fit enough to enjoy all of this.

Now back to reality.  My gratitude list this week, in no particular order:

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