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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…

Photo Friday: Night and Day

Don’t laugh at St. Francis.  He’s over 30 years old.  He’s a bit battered, but he’s traveled to all my homes.  Parting with him would be such sweet sorrow. Please turn your volume up, so you can get the full impact of these videos. I got the first one because I heard someone complaining about her neighbor’s lawnmower.  Yee-gads, she should get a chance to here this desperate toad screaming for a mate.  (Nothing to see because it’s pitch dark out there.) Right after I stopped recording, the coyotes started up.  What a ruckus.  Mothers howling and babies yipping. Now…

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.  

Gratitude Monday: Columbine and more

Thank you once again, Laurel.  You prompt me to consider all the little things that bring gracious gratitude to my heart. This week’s list: My beta readers:  Oh, you patient people, who praise and gently critique.  You find my errors and question my logic and praise my prose.  I love you.  What would I do without your eyes and hearts. My daughters:  Loved the Color Vibe 5K walk run.  So much fun!  You keep me young.  You make me laugh until my sides ache. “Call the Midwife,”  our lunchtime treat:  Tear-jerking life lessons in each episode, plus lots of victimless…

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…

Photo Friday: A Michigan Cliché

I saw the Michigan bird (Robin) building a nest among the Michigan blossoms (Apple.) Michigan, My Michigan.  (Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice.)   Sometimes you grab my heart in ways unexpected. (I saw your white-tailed deer standing on my irises, too.)

Gratitude Monday: Happy Mother’s Day

First of all, Thank you Mom, for providing such a beautiful template to follow.  As we all say, “If my kids someday feel about me the way I feel about you, I will have succeeded.”  Patient, kind, loving, hard-assed, and occasional screaming banshee fit thrower.  You expected the best from me and gave me your all.  Thank you!


In no particular order, here’s what came to mind Sunday afternoon:

  1. Good knees:  So many people I know suffer from weak-knees (literally and figuratively.)  I’m thankful my literal knees are holding up so I can Zomba, hula-hoop, move rocks, lift weights, and climb hills.  I thankful for strong figurative knees, too.  I can thank Mom for teaching me not to be weak-kneed.
  2. Noosa yogurt :  Ooooo it’s the best.  Noosa is so smooth and rich, it’s like eating the full fatted yogurt.  Yes, it’s 280 calories for 8 ounces with 14 grams of protein.  Add some wheat crackers and I’ve got a good lunch.
  3. Thick hair:  A little thinning, but still thick.  Yes, I must use a shine enhancer and pomade to keep those wiry silver ones in place, but a least they are there.
  4. Thoughtful children:  I am exhausted from the pampering of four grown children and their families.
  5. Koi:  They survived the winter and a couple of hungry hawks that are still circling my water garden.
  6. Houseplants:  I have a continuous supply of green all year long.  This week they are going outside for their annual adventure in the wilds of nature.
  7. Duckyisms:  Ah she makes me laugh.  Today it was, “I’m as sharp as a doorknob.”  Me too, Duckie, me too.
  8. Chocolate:  Especially with caramel, especially with nuts, especially dark, or milk, or semi-sweet.  Especially.
  9. Church:  A place to worship, meditate, meet friends, and play my flute.  What a great way to start each week.
  10. Laurel:  You remind me to start each week focusing on abundance.  Life is good.Check out who else is on the Gratitude Monday Link-up.  Monday, Monday, You can trust that day.
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