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Gratitude in Motion: December and Goodbye 2013…

I had this planned for the last day of December, but due to unforeseen technical problems, you now have the final post on January 1st instead. Everyday I write four grateful moments and wrap it up at the end of the month. It truly is amazing how good life truly is when we pause, reflect, and realize the abundance we own even in times when we struggle financially.

Thank you for BIG and little things, fun and painful events and 

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– small talks with friends – Waka poetry – eating utensils, especially forks – glass – bumping into friends when running errands  – full day of doing many things – tripod head stand – plastic sandwich bags – the color red – jigsaw puzzles – comedians… 

painting, Japanese woman, chopstick, gratitude, December 2013

Gratitude in Motion: alternative eating utensil…the chopstick.

– nightlight with wax scented air freshener – laughing so hard tears fall and belly aches!!– privately run animal shelters. 

Thank you for spiritual, mentally and physical nourishment…

– gala apples – leftover turkey meals – spiritual uplifting words – homemade chicken soup – smoked salmon – pasta and more pasta dinners…

Haiku Mind: 108 Poems, gratitude, December 2013, book

Gratitude in Motion: – “Haiku Mind” by Patricia Donegan

– wonderful illustrated children’s picture books – sweet grapefruit – hot cocoa with whipped cream…

Dalai Lama’s wisdom words: “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”

– salami – hot cider – rotisserie chicken – eggnog – Tabasco sauce – leftover turkey sandwiches – pastrami sub sandwich – not burning the popcorn.

Thank you for creature comforts that pamper and spoil…

a warm home – layers of warm clothing to wear – winter boots – oil heaters – lemon zest body lotion – warm fuzzy blankets – wool socks – fireplace – flannel sheets and pillowcases – classic movie night with Clint Eastwood: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

– fabric softener to minimize static electricity out of clothing – closet full of clothes – thick carpet flooring – Burt’s Bees lip balm – fur boots

Thank you for Christmas season…

– live nativity scenes – hearing the sound of first snow falling – snow play – snowball fights – angel role in Christmas play –  melting snow

enough snow to make little snowmen – being snowed in at home

dashing through the snow…

– Christmas tree displays – Salvation Army bell ringing donation collectors – bright starlight on Christmas tree

– the house cat who now thinks she must sleep under the Christmas tree

– icicles

– AFrankAngle’s tee-shirt gift & weekend party ☺On the AFA Holiday Gift Party!!!!!!

– family and friends get together – warmer temperatures melting ice from trees and power lines – sunny Christmas Eve – glittery pine cones – colorful sock collection gift – sugar cookies!! – singing Christmas carols with friends – Monopoly game night

– icicles finally melted away – handmade knitted scarves – new year’s eve – taking in the last of the Christmas lights and decorations

And, when is the right time to dismantle all the Christmas lights and decorations? Day after New Year’s day…after Ephiphany? Or just leave it up till next year?? Any advice? 

THANK YOU to my Chuckles, blog dog who takes time out of his busy days to write on awards but mainly focuses on posing for photo shoots, eating and snoozing…

gratitude in motion, december 2013, Chuckles, blog dog, awards

Chuckles: “Er, no…do not ask me to take a bath again. It simply ruins my photo shots!!”

Finally, to some wonderful friends, Little Binky and her Granny, they delivered the Best news of the year 2013…. in a row | angelswhisper2011.

thank you Little Binky and Granny!

And we were Nominated For Awards (the Inner Peace award and WordPress Family award) by Miss Spicy Hat n’ Sugar Socks from KitchenSmitten. Both images are already in our Razzle-Dazzle Awards page so no need to post again. Thank you, Miss Ayesha, and…

another thanks to YOU all, my blog friends,

for a really FAB 2013!

Love and ☼HUGS


47 thoughts on “Gratitude in Motion: December and Goodbye 2013…

  1. Brenda says:

    Which comedian made you laugh this month? Some yummy food in there. I’m always grateful when the popcorn doesn’t burn. No good comes of that! LOL Glad you had a good month, Sun.


    • Sun says:

      hey, Brenda! Happy 2014 ☺ i’m famous for burning popcorn…now i never listen to the 2.5 minutes in the microwave!! lately been on a streak watching classic movies so comedians like Gene Wilder, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy stand out…have not found any modern comedians that grab me…yet. how about you?
      have a wonderful Friday! yay!! 🙂


  2. Suzanne says:

    What a great list. It took me on quite a journey. You reminded of how wonderful it is to snuggle up with a small child and read a really beautifully illustrated children’s book. As for taking down the Christmas tree – I had that conversation myself recently. I have met some people who say you should take it down before New Year so that my bad luck from the past year doesn’t go into the next. My family were always more traditionalists and the tree stayed up for the full twelve days of Christmas. We took it down on Jan 6 – St Michaelmas Day.


    • Sun says:

      i like the idea of dismantling on St. Michaelmas Day, Suzanne. i should remember what that day is about but alas, i must go look it up now. 🙂
      there are so many great illustrated children’s books…i love visiting the public library and see librarians doing read aloud programs. good to know the art of reading still lives on…bless those who promote reading. 🙂
      thanks and happy 2014!!


    • Sun says:

      ha-ha!! it’s quite a chore washing the big boy…thinks it is always play or eating time. blessings in 2014, DIW. 🙂 thanks!!


  3. angelswhisper2011 says:

    Happy New Year my dear furriends, I hope all your wishes come true for 2014. You look Pawsome with your towel, Chuck, just like a Fairytale Prince. Pawkiss right on your nose 🙂 About the Christmastree. Time flies, so you can leave it till next year… but Granny says that you have to dismantle it after Ephiphany…at least that’s what she learned of her Granny. Purrrrrrrs.


    • Sun says:

      Chuckles to Little Binky: okay, LB…i will listen to your Granny. take all lights down after Epiphany. hey, have a happy January and every month after that…RUFFhugs!!! going to eat breakfast now so chat with you later!! 🙂


  4. Sonel says:

    Always so beautiful and bright you are Sun and I am so grateful for that. Love the photo of Chuckles. He is soooo adorable! Please give him lots of hugs and kisses from me. Congrats on the award. Well deserved for sure. 😀 *big hugs*


    • Sun says:

      Chuckles to Miss Sonel: RUFFhugs to you and Little Simba! you know how i love despise taking baths…why, they should just have play and eat time. so much more enjoyable for all parties especially me. thanks for adoring my beautiful face…it would have been more adorable had they blown dry my fur. oh, the help you get or don’t get these days!! happy 2014!!!!!


  5. Lala Rukh says:

    Aww my sunshine that was all so beautiful…Tell Chukles to kiss you for me 🙂 You are lovely ! I wish I could learn laughing so hard that tears fall and my belly aches 🙂 I am loving these pure beautiful moments from your life. Wish you many many more in 2014 ! Much Love xx 🙂


    • Sun says:

      to laugh hard til tears fall and belly aches, Lala, just assemble some of your best friends/family and hopefully all will be in jolly spirits while talking stuff and/or watching funny movies and guaranteed the laughter will pour forth. 😆 Chuckles is busy napping now but he would give you big furry hugs. thank you for the blessings and love…cheers to 2014! 🙂


  6. aFrankAngle says:

    Your monthly post of thanks are my favorite because you have a graceful way of reminding me on the many joys in our lives. …. and then I saw the holiday party! 😀

    Happy New Year to you and all those around you .. .besides, I know you will continue to face the sun with a smile. May 2014 bring you a dose of chocolate port. 😉


    • Sun says:

      okay, no salami and left-over turkey for you, Robert. 😆 hope your January is off to a great start. cheers and many blessings in 2014!! 🙂


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