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Gratitude Monday: Meditations of a Rainy Day

The weather continues to delight me. ¬†Okay, rain keeps coming; but Here’s my Monday list, in no particular order, and starting with something weather related: ūüėõ ¬†Open windows through which I hear raindrops silencing everything, followed by a cheerful coming to life: Cardinals singing, Blue Jays keeping the peace, the buzzing bees, the distant drone of an airplane, gentle breezes rustling cherry leaves, and the frogs croaking. ūüėõ ¬†A gardening partner who mows while I edge, who trips while I weed, who gathers while I sweep. ¬†Thank you Loved-One. ūüėõ Amazon Prime who hold my wishes and reminds me to…

Gratitude Monday: Back in the Saddle

Did you miss me a little, last week? ¬†I took a vacation with three grandkids, their mom, Coco and Love-One. ¬†I scurried to get some posts scheduled, got my newspaper articles written, and set off for Disney World (and Universal.) ¬†Oh what a great time we had. The weather was hot, hot, hot, which brings me to the first thing on my gratitude list: ūüôā ¬†Air-conditioning: ¬†Usually, I’m cursing the cold of air-conditioned restaurants. “I shouldn’t have to carry a sweatshirt everywhere I go!” It’s summer, it’s supposed to be hot. But even this warm-weather-lover, appreciates a reprieve from 95¬į…

Gratitude Monday: Cup of Perspective

This week I had three separate frets.  By the third fret, Loved-One got a bit anxious.

“You’re always so calm,” he said. ¬†“It’s hard for me to see you agitated. ¬†I’m afraid you might lose it.”

Mind you,


In one instant, I made cell-phone calls in quick succession.  No throwing or shouting or swearing or stamping, or hitting of animate or inanimate objects.

“Let’s go for a walk,” Loved-One suggested.

I really wanted

Gratitude Monday: Abundance

My heart got¬†tortured the past week. My nephew’s getting married. ¬†Saturday was the Wedding Shower. A niece and nephew graduated this year. ¬†Their parties are this coming weekend. ¬†Connie is my godchild. I can’t go both weekends. ¬†It’s over 300 miles away, more than a 5 hour drive. ¬†I say more than, because I never know how long it will take. Traffic through Chicago is always a bit dicey. I choose graduations. Godchild trumps nephew. I see the photos on Facebook of the Shower. Boo. ¬†I wish I went. ¬†Oh well, I’ll see everyone next weekend. Then it happens. Mr.…

Gratitude Monday

Flag IMG_1960It’s Memorial Day. ¬†Today’s paper has the names of all the soldiers from this county who died in wars, beginning from the Civil War. I live in a county that¬†a few medium-sized cities, small villages, along with many farms and preserved open spaces. ¬†The number of soldiers willing to give their life for a cause they believe in is astounding:

Civil War:  345 soldiers

WWI:  90 soldiers

WWII:  293 soldiers

Gratitude Monday: Post Mothers’ Day

This weekend, I traveled. ¬†Mom got out of the hospital, and is on her way back to normal. ¬†Although I left her thinking she looked a little peaked, this morning she sounded great, and my sister, Julie, texted me to say she’s doing much better. ¬†Sorry, but I don’t trust Mom to tell the truth about her health. ¬†She is always, “Great,” or possibly “just wearing out a bit.” ¬†So you can imagine that first on my Gratitude this week is Mom.

‚ô• ¬†Yes, Mom is 87. ¬†And yes, I’m beginning to think perhaps someday…. but not today. ¬†

Mashup: NaPoWriMo, Gratitude Monday

It’s gratitude Monday and It’s CeCe’s birthday. ¬†My gratitude is focused on her today. Today’s NaPoWriMo challenge: Wright a hay(na)ku). Created by the poet¬†Eileen Tabios¬†and named by Vince, the hay(na)ku is a variant on the haiku. A hay(na)ku consists of a three-line stanza, where the first line has one word, the second line has two words, and the third line has three words. You can write just one, or chain several together into a longer poem. For example, you could write a hay(na)ku sonnet, like the one that Vince himself wrote back¬†during NaPoWriMo 2012! Gratitude for a Daughter Anticipating: A…

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