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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…

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…

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.

Gratitude(Post) Monday

It’s Gratitude Monday!  I should do this every Sunday and post first thing Monday.  But here it is Monday at 11, and I am reminded by my friend Laurel to be thankful. So here’s the first ten things that pop into my head. I have enough ideas going on in my head, that I have to write them down, so I don’t forget.  I more things to write about than time to write. My allergies are bothering me.  That means the trees are budding and the weather will be warm soon.  Still, I think it’s a bit of a cruel…

Gratitude Monday

I love the idea of starting the week out with a gratitude list.  Thank you, Laurel, over at Alphabet Salad.  For one thing, it gives me an easy jump-start to writing.  For another thing, all day Sunday, I look around and see my life is abundant. In no particular order: The numbers 55 and 65. No, not speed limits. Yesterday’s and today’s high temperatures. Now that’s more like it. My Prius. It’s 10 years old and still going strong. No rust, over 160,000 miles. Most important, the low gas mileage lets me get in and take a 1 1/2 hour…

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