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Gratitude Monday: Mind Wandering Everywhere

I feel a little blue today for reasons I fail to identify.  I plan to let the feelings swell and subside, like the waves on Lake Michigan.  If all else fails, a pot of Tear Water Tea should do the trick.  In the meantime, I remind myself of all my blessing, big and small.  Here they are in no particular order. Beneficial Bacteria:  My water garden is clear and healthy.  (I know, it’s strange to put this first, but I am a microbiologist, so I gotta love the little ones.) Wedding vows that make me think.  We attended my nephew’s…

Gratitude Monday: Sisters

Today’s Gratitude List is short and so, so sweet: Sisters:  I have five by birth and two by marriage.  Lucky me.  (Yes, I have brothers, too. I’m thankful for them, too.  Today I am talking sisters.) Deanna, for your inspiring sense of style.  I have none, so I must beg and borrow from others. Bonita, my first best friend. Vickie, thanks for calling just to say thank you and then some. Karen, your intelligence and creativity inspire me. Julie, what a wonderful visit we had this weekend. Marcia, next to littlest of the little kids.  You are to grace what…

Goals Progress Report — June

I became much more focused during April.  Maybe that’s why I had a little more progress.  Keeping myself accountable is doing wonders for my concentration.  I’m such a slave-driver of a boss.

My Game plan for 2014:

  1. Get my novel published:  I will get editors, a cover designer, and a publisher.  I will.
    Progress: My content editor,Lisa Romeo, is almost finished with her editing.  The first of five beta readers is finished.  I sat down with her and discussed A Land of Milk and Honey.  She filled me with such confidence and encouragement.  She’s a proven nitpicker of an auditor.  Just what I need.  

Photo Friday: Big Hairy Deal

I only have questions: Does this make you want to buy either product? Did the advertisers know the two ads would be on the same page? “IN OUT DONE,”  What does that mean? Does she have on hosiery from the 1950s or large bandages on her heels? Who can carry that much paper? and Who’s noticing hair?  

It’s time for Hilda’s Rhubarb Crunch Again

People seem to love it or hate it; or so I’m told.  But I say, don’t give rhubarb a raspberry, give it a try.

Summertime is a time when almost everyone thinks of simpler days gone by.  For me, that includes remembering the wonders of rhubarb.  As children, my sisters and I loved to rip a piece out of the ground and just chew on it raw.  No harm there.  An established rhubarb plant can take the tugging, and there’s a good dose of nutrition inside.   Raw rhubarb is a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, and Manganese, as well as chock full of dietary fiber.  

Want to introduce some nostalgia into a summertime picnic?  Hilda’s rhubarb crunch is from the 1970s, and still gaining compliments.

Trust that the Path will Clear

IMG_0039I didn’t want to write today.  I felt empty.  Down-in-the dumps.  What’s the point?  What do I have to say that anyone wants to hear.

I meditate.  I read some of my book for book club.  I read some of novel I wrote.  I read some blogs.  I discover a new blog through my link-up with Laurel’s Gratitude Monday.  It’s “Mother of Nine.”  Rather than inspired and gracious, I feel frustrated and jealous.

I feel even less motivated to write.  Woe is me; I should make myself some Tear Water Tea.

I go outside to work on my water garden.  Physical labor is what I need.

Each spring, I must re-level the pond edges.  Winter freezes, thaws, heaves, and settles my creation.  Water is the great revealer.  Water seeps from the low spots.  Water points out I am no longer near perfect in my creation.

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Completely on accident (I only hung them here to dry) my gloves reflect my woeful mood.

I lug rocks and shovel dirt and check with my level.  I am ready to fill up again.  This year I will build a retaining wall in hopes of staving off winters damage.

I am hot.  I am

Gratitude Monday: The Little Things

Sometimes life seems to plod along with little excitement.  No unhappiness, no drama, no big plans.  Ho-hum.  That, in itself, is reason to be grateful.  In the boring humdrum of everyday, comes a space to listen. Making Gratitude Monday a habit has propelled me to jot some simple pleasures down throughout the week, reminding me how much I have. Here are this weeks, in no particular order: Lilies of the Valley:  tiny, little flowers full of fragrance.  This beauties are so tiny and delicate. Yet, they are so strong that the bunch of them are pushing the landscaping fabric out…

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