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Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-14

Some weeks I have a bit of trouble with the taking stock part of this weekly post.  This week is the pausing and breathing part.  It was a great week for me.  A new job, a wonderful turn-out at an Author Showcase, and a chance to visit Mom.  What could be better? Here, in no particular order, are some more reasons to rejoice: Snow drops blooming around a budding willow tree; My sister-in-law, Cheryl, who gave up part of her birthday to support me at the Author Showcase; Enjoying a Culver’s dinner with Mom & Love-one: walleye, followed by a…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-8

This weekend truly gave me an opportunity to re-set emotionally.  I got away from the news, spent some quality time with Loved-One, in one of my favorite places, Chicago, and answered an unexpected invitation to connect with a nephew.  All good for me.  All a welcomed distraction and relief.  Thanks to a little re-set, the my list of gratitudes comes easily and reminds me of the abundance in my life.  A very sunshiny and WARM weekend.  I even saw someone laying on a blanket in her front yard. Long walks with Love-One. It’s about time we both started moving more.…

1,000 Words Worth,  “A Christmas Carol”

Saturday Loved-One and I took the grandkids for our 16th annual Christmas outing.  A lot has changed during that time.  We went from one to 12 grandkids.  We added daughters and sons, and lost a few through divorce.  I know there will be changes in the future.  For today, I’ll celebrate our abundance.     Edit   The Merry Christas season is now officially underway.

There should be an app for that

 The drop in:  Go over to their house and knock on the back door. (The front door was for salesmen and strangers.) If no one was home, you left a note, or came back.  The ring up:  Pick up the phone and dial the number in your area code. (Calling long distance meant an emergency) If you no one answered, you called back.  The send off:  A letter sent to someone too far for the first too.  A letter in the mail meant someone really cared. An upside down stamp or SWAT written across the seal meant love. Now communication…

Gratitude Monday #61: Happiness is the Truth

I woke up this morning and began to sing. So many things overwhelm me with gratitude: Sasha’s constant vie for attention. Healthy, Happy, and Wise friends and family; Faith in God and Love; A job that makes me smile every day; A warm winter (so far;) A completed manuscript; People to Love and People who Love; Health Insurance; New Friends and reconnecting with Old; Enough, More than Enough, Enough to Share. Warm Hugs, and Wet Kisses. Ahhh… Clap along cuz Happiness IS the Truth. What’s on your gratitude list this week?  Please join Laurel at Alphabet Salad for a gratitude…

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…

Photo Friday: The Value of Books

My sister-in-law took this picture of my brother, her husband.  That’s our grand-nephew cuddled up with a book. (Is grand-nephew the correct term for my sister’s grand-child?) Now I ask you:  Can you get this kind of comfort and closeness with a video, a board game, or a joystick? Books are the best.  Yesterday, I heard that reading alters our state of consciousness in much the same way as mind-altering drugs.  Surely, books take us to a whole new dimension.  If we’re lucky, we take someone with us. I feel warm and cozy inside just looking at this scene. Related…

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